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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Come Home to Luxury

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Looking for a custom luxury home surrounded by an award-winning resort-style community? Look no further than Lakes of Bella Terra. Offering a waterfront view, the Mediterranean style property at 11510 Via Fontana Ct. sits on a large corner lot at a cul-de-sac and features 5 bedrooms with private baths and 2 half baths, grand 2-story foyer, double staircase, huge family room, formal dining, study, first floor media room, oversized walk-in kitchen pantry, top-rated appliances and a 4-car garage. The 17,597 SQ/FT custom home also features an outdoor kitchen with fireplace.

Visit Lakes of Bella Terra and learn what it feels like to drive into a community every day and come home to luxury. Meet your neighbors who have a strong sense of community and friendship. Indulge in all of the amenities, including tennis courts, swimming pools, catch-and-release ponds, sports fields and nature trails.

If the property listed above sounds like your next home, please contact Phillippa at 281-235-8245 for more information.

Construction starts on Parkside Bella Terra Apartments

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

As seen in The Houston Chronicle  and The Houston Business Journal 

June 17, 2014 - Austin-­based Oden Hughes has begun construction on The Parkside Bella Terra, its third apartment project in the Houston area.

The 342-unit complex near the Grand Parkway and the Westpark Tollway will be part of the Lakes of Bella Terra master-planned community.

Opening is planned in the spring of 2015. The property is part of the Lamar Consolidated School District and is west of the Energy Corridor, which is the base of 84,000 employees.

“This fast-­growing area offers easy access to several major employment centers and excellent schools,” Craig Hughes, co-founder of Oden Hughes said in an announcement of the project.

Lakes of Bella Terra Awarded Best of Richmond

Monday, May 05, 2014

Lakes of Bella Terra selected as 2014 Best of Richmond, TX Home Builder Award

April 30, 2014 – (Richmond, TX) – Lakes of Bella Terra has been selected for the 2014 Best of Richmond Award in the Home Builder category by the Richmond, Texas Award Program.

Each year, the Richmond Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Richmond Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Richmond Award Program and data provided by third parties.

The winners enhance a positive image of small business through hands-on service to their customers and the Richmond community. Lakes of Bella Terra was chosen because the Richmond program recognizes them as an exceptional residential development that helps make the Richmond area a great place to live, work and play.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our efforts at Lakes of Bella Terra to make our community a better place to live!” said Ryko Development Vice President, Lisa Clark. “We know our award-winning schools offer strong academics and employment is on the rise, so we are honored to be a part of such an amazing community during such a thriving time!

For more information about the award program, please visit www.recognitionawarding.com

Houston's Texaplex Advantage

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Superwoman Raises Money for Houston’s Homeless in a Single Bound

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lisa Clark’s Heroic Deed with Lakes of Bella Terra Builders Helps HomeAid Charity Exceed Annual Goal

February 18, 2014 (HOUSTON, TX) --- Some people say Lisa Clark of Ryko Development leaps tall buildings in a single bound, but she still prefers to take the stairs.

After being appointed Chairwoman for the “Hero Initiative” of the 501(c)(3) charity HomeAid Houston, Lisa Clark boldly asked her team of builders for help with the HomeAid Hero program. Within a few days, the charity’s fund went from zero to hero after nearly every builder at Lakes of Bella Terra, developed by Ryko Development, matched Ryko’s donations for the year.

“Because of Lisa Clark’s efforts, the Lakes of Bella Terra builders have helped us exceed our annual goal for the year by 50%,” said Bette Moser, Executive Director of HomeAid Houston.

The Hero Initiative recruits GHBA and HAR members (builders, remodelers, developers, REALTORS® and their trades) and requests a donation of a certain percentage to HomeAid Houston for every transaction they close during a twelve-month period. This can be a home sale, a lot sale, or a sale of materials. Lakes of Bella Terra builders were unanimous in their decision to donate to the worthy cause. The participating builders are Brighton Homes, Chesmar Homes, Homes by David Powers, Grand View Builders, M Street Homes, Trendmaker Homes.

For the Hero fundraiser, buyers are notified that their purchase will help build and renovate transitional shelters for homeless men, women and children. As part of their transaction, the buyers will receive a thank you letter from HomeAid, and a tax letter is sent to the donating member at the end of the calendar year.

Funds raised through the HomeAid Hero program will be used to fund specialty “Care Projects” throughout the year, where the need in the homeless community is enormous. HomeAid typically receives many more requests for Care Projects than they can fund, but with the help of the GHBA and HAR, every request becomes a possibility. Since 2003, HomeAid has added 400 beds to the Houston community, which have provided multiple days and nights of care for over 5000 men, women and children. Currently, the charity is working on several new construction projects.

Lisa Clark, Vice President of Ryko Development, works tirelessly in her efforts to raise awareness and funds for the non-profit and credits the Lakes of Bella Terra builders and the GHBA for the many homeless lives that will be changed because of their generosity.

“I take my appointment as a Board Member for HomeAid Houston with great pride,” said Clark. “When we all work together to help build shelter for the homeless in our city, we build new lives for the men, women and children who are counting on the right doors to open.”

Last month, Lisa Clark was awarded the GHBA’s 2013 Developer of the Year for the second time since 2006.

Clark Named Developer of the Year 2013

Monday, February 17, 2014

Ryko’s Lisa Clark Honored by Greater Houston Builders Association Again

February 17, 2014 (HOUSTON, TX) --- It’s not the first time Lisa Clark of Ryko Development has been named Houston’s Developer of the Year! In 2006, she was honored as the first female to ever receive this award from the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), and now by beinghonored once more with the title of Developer of the Year 2013, her name is again etched in the record books as the first female to twice receive the award.

The award presented by GHBA recognizes excellence in workmanship, customer service, and community involvement. Each year the GHBA honors five prestigious members in following categories: Custom Home Builder, Production Builder, Remodeler, Developer, and Associate. Chartered in 1941, the GHBA is a trade organization whose members are involved in the development, homebuilding, and remodeling industry in 11 counties comprising the Houston Metropolitan area. With 15,000 member companies, it is the largest builders association in Texas and the third largest in the United States.

“I’m truly thrilled to have been recognized by the GHBA again,” said Lisa Clark, Vice President of Ryko Development. “As a female developer and dedicated employee of Ryko, the honor feels extraordinary.”

Clark credits the success of the company to attentive planning and design, a dedicated team of builders, and an unwavering focus on taking care of the little things to create a truly premier resort-style community.

For over two decades, Ryko Development has earned a reputation for developing premiere lake destinations due to the phenomenal success of all of their residential communities, starting with their early developments of Lakes on Eldridge, Lakes on Eldridge North and Villages at Lakepointe in Houston, to their current developments of Lakes of Bella Terra in Richmond, Texas and BeechTree in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Texas builder uses innovative chemistry and applied building science to construct high-performance homes

Monday, June 24, 2013

HOUSTON, TX & FLORHAM PARK, NJ, June 24, 2013 – BASF announced today that through its Center for Building Excellence, it will collaborate with M Street Homes of Houston, Texas, to help it cost-effectively build high-performance homes that are healthier, more durable, and energy efficient.

M Street Homes is the first builder in the Houston area to employ the BEYOND.High Performance ™ approach from BASF, which emphasizes cost-effective techniques to reach an extraordinary level of energy efficiency and sustainable construction, driving homes towards a net-zero impact through the use of renewable energy, homeowner education and active energy conservation participation.

"BASF is at the forefront of energy-efficient construction and has a reputation of doing things the right way, so it was appealing for us to align with BASF's methods," said Randy Erwin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for M Street Homes. "Our relationship with BASF is valuable because the high performance building materials, expertise, and energy modeling provided by the Center for Building Excellence allows us to stay on the leading edge of green and energy-efficient building."

The BASF Center for Building Excellence staff offers consulting, plan reviews and other services to assist builders in constructing homes using applied building science. The BEYOND.High Performance ™ program helps builders go beyond typical new construction methods to achieve superior homeowner comfort and efficiency.

"We're excited to work with builders like M Street Homes to help them deliver affordable, quality, high-performance homes under the BEYOND program," said Rick Davenport, Director of Sustainable Construction for BASF in North America. "We applaud M Street Homes for its commitment to homeowner satisfaction from the planning stages to the final build." M Street Homes achieves a Home Energy Rating System ® (HERS) score of 50 on finished construction projects, which means it requires only 50 percent of the energy of a conventional code-built home and comes renewable ready. Homes constructed to be M Street Edge, the company's energy efficiency program, include cellulose wall insulation, BASF closed-cell spray polyurethane foam attic insulation, and a high-performance heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. They also feature a hybrid wall system that contains rigid thermal insulation products from BASF that add strength to make them more sustainable in storms as well as the ManaBloc® plumbing system, which reduces water use and plumbing connections while delivering hot water to every outlet faster.

"We've always been a little ahead of the curve when it comes to energy efficiency , and with the BEYOND.High Performance program, we're taking it to the next level," said Erwin. "Our customers want to have an energy-efficient home, but they don't want to have it at the expense of putting their home upside down in value. With M Street Edge, we allow homeowners to have an energy-efficient home without having to spend irrationally to get there, and they reap the benefits of it. In fact, we've had customers show us their electric bills because they're so excited."

The HERS® Index score is a scoring system established by Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), a third party, in which a score of 100 is what a standard new home built to 2006 IECC would score, while a score of 0 is a new home that has net zero energy use. The HERS® Index is a registered trademark of RESNET.

BEYOND.High Performance is a service mark of BASF.

Contact Sharon Kuperman with MStreet at 713-417-2453 in Lakes of Bella Terra for more information.

Fort Bend County Outpacing Most of U.S. in Job Creation

Friday, October 26, 2012

Recent reports indicate that Fort Bend County job growth exceeds the nation's average. Along with tax incentives and the thriving energy and oil and gas industries, Katy area officials tout the quality of life and the higher number of well-planned communities and schools as primary reasons for the successful job rate. Lakes of Bella Terra offers precisely the kind of quality of life described by Fort Bend county officials. The resort-style community offers a beautiful lakeside setting and every amenity.

Lisa Clark, vice president of Ryko Development was not surprised at the recent report's findings. "Our residents enjoy resort-style living and the good life every single day. Convenient access to Grand Parkway and the I10 corridor, along with the shops at Bella Terra, make our community perfect for home buyers whether you're relocating for a job or just looking to upgrade your quality of life. And our residents with children know that they're getting the absolute best schools in the state."

Lakes of Bella Terra is a community situated within Lamar CISD, one of just a few school districts in Texas that met Federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Click here to read an article on the successful job growth in Fort Bend County as compared to the rest of the nation.

LCISD Among Only 27% of Texas Districts

Friday, August 10, 2012

Lamar CISD was one of the very few school districts in the state of Texas that met Federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind law. Only 27.6 percent of Texas school districts met this requirement. That breaks down to 339 Texas public school districts meeting the standard, with 876 districts not achieving AYP.

"We can't attribute this accomplishment to just one thing," said Lamar CISD superintendent, Dr. Thomas Randle. "Every child is a priority at Lamar CISD and when you focus on one student at a time, you'll see results like these. Meeting AYP is a credit to our teachers, administrators, staff, parents and the students themselves."