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Two New Alvin ISD Schools Coming to Meridiana

November 9, 2018

MANVEL/IOWA COLONY (November 9, 2018) – The fast-growing Texas community of Meridiana, which in 2016 welcomed the Alvin Independent School District’s first school south of Highway 6 and east of Texas 288, will soon be home to a new middle school and high school as young families continue to flock to the area.

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MANVEL/IOWA COLONY (November 9, 2018) – The fast-growing Texas community of Meridiana, which in 2016 welcomed the Alvin Independent School District’s first school south of Highway 6 and east of Texas 288, will soon be home to a new middle school and high school as young families continue to flock to the area.

The new onsite middle school is expected to open in the fall of 2020 while the new high school is scheduled to open its doors for the fall semester of 2021 when Meridiana will be the only community in the area with an onsite elementary, middle school and high school.

Meridiana Elementary opened in 2016.  The community is also home to Alvin ISD’s new varsity football stadium, Freedom Field, which opened earlier this year.  

“Meridiana was designed with a focus on education and these new schools certainly will contribute to this theme,” says Dan Naef, president of Meridiana developer Rise Communities.  “Residents enjoy learning and discovery experiences for all stages in life, from young children to active adults.” 

One of Houston’s top-selling master-planned communities, Meridiana is attracting young families with the appeal of new homes from the low $200s to the $600s, a resort-style Oasis Village featuring the new Café Sol, onsite schools and a Texas 288 location minutes south of Pearland.  More than half of the community’s homebuyers list Pearland as their previous home address, according to Naef.

“Onsite schools are a huge selling point for a community,” he adds.  “To have a new elementary, middle school and high school within minutes of our new homes, and in some cases walking distance, is a big plus.”

Like Meridiana Elementary, the two new schools are expected to present a modern look and feel with a strong emphasis on modern instruction technologies and collaborative learning spaces.

Meridiana’s new schools were made possible by the passage of a bond which will fund two other Alvin ISD schools.  As a tax ratification election, the projects will be funded with no increase to the Alvin ISD tax rate.

To reach Meridiana, take the Meridiana Parkway exit from Texas 288 in either direction just minutes south of Pearland.  Heading south on Texas 288, take the Meridiana Parkway exit and turn left onto the overpass into Meridiana.  Those heading north on Texas 288 can take the Meridiana Parkway exit and turn right into the community.

For the latest information on Meridiana and its move-in ready homes, go to MeridianaTexas.com.  Also follow Meridiana at Facebook.com/MeridianaTexas and on Twitter and Instagram @meridianatexas.

  • Thanksgiving by Café Sol

    November 7, 2018

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    Imagine hosting a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings and a gourmet touch. And all you have to do is set the table. This year, let the chefs at newly opened Café Sol prepare the big dinner. Turkey, ham, a great selection both traditional and creative sides … everything you need for the dinner and tasty leftovers the next day. Just place your order, online or over the phone, before 5pm on November 19. Then pick it all up by 2pm on the day before Thanksgiving. Cheers!

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    Visit the Café

    Tuesdays through Sundays 11:00am to 9:00pm
    Happy Hour from 5:00pm-7:00pm

    4003 Meridiana Parkway, Iowa Colony, TX, 77583
    346.816.7202

  • A $1,500 thank you to teachers

    November 5, 2018

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    It’s just a little something. A way of recognizing the important work teachers do in our community. Especially in a place like Meridiana, where education and lifelong learning are emphasized in everything we do.

    Between now and the end of the year, teachers will get $1,500 in options and upgrades with the purchase of any new home by Chesmar Homes. That means a nicer floor, better appliances or maybe a great big tub for relaxing after a day with a classroom full of rambunctious kids.

    Meanwhile, each new Chesmar home comes with an Environments for Living performance guarantee. Which means it undergoes a dozen third-party quality inspections to ensure the exacting standards of both Diamond and Green certifications.

    Chesmar Home plans range from 2,209 to 3,214 square feet with prices from the high $200s to the low $300s. A wide variety of home designs are available to suite a wide variety of homebuyer styles. Stop by the stunning new Vivo model home in Meridiana to start imagining the possibilities.

     

    Contact Chesmar Homes
    Debbie Waterman
832.474.2930
    debbie.waterman@chesmar.com
     

  • Annual Trunk or Treat is a grab bag full of fun

    October 19, 2018

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    Join us October 27, 4:30pm-7:00pm

    Candy candy candy candy candy candy candy … It’s the only Halloween party where cars come dressed up, too. Trunks are decorated in the spirit of the season and filled with candy … absurd quantities of candy. And kids go marauding through the Oasis Village parking lot in costume, filling their bags with goodies. In partnership with Meridiana Elementary, the annual Trunk or Treat is something you have to see to believe. Including lawn games, face painting, sweet treats, a costume competition and a viewing of Hotel Transylvania 3 starting at 5:30pm.

    So bring the whole family and get ready for scary good fun.

     

    Oasis Village & Welcome Center
    4003 Meridiana Parkway
    Iowa Colony, TX 77583

  • Save some green at the Blue-Ribbon Sales Event

    October 8, 2018

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    It’s not every day you can save $5,000 on closing costs. Well, actually it is every day between now and November 30.

    Lennar’s Blue-Ribbon Sales Event is here, giving you that extra nudge to call Meridiana home (if the pools, trails, yacht and amphitheater haven’t convinced you yet). Simply buy a Lennar home before November 30, and finance your purchase through Eagle Home Mortgage. Then, enjoy a $5,000 credit toward closing costs—putting you five grand nearer your dream home.

    Choosing that home may be the hardest part of the deal, since Lennar offers such a wide variety of homes, from 3 – 5 bedrooms and 2,302 – 3,359 square feet. With elevations sporting Tudor, Mediterranean and other flavorful detailing. All nicely priced from the mid $200s to low $400s.     

    What’s included with every home is Lennar’s insistence on quality, value and integrity. Since 1954, Lennar has helped more than one million families move into the next stage of their lives with a new home. They’ve been recognized as the leading builder of quality homes in some of the most desirable real estate markets across the nation. Lennar’s home plans demonstrate their commitment to customers by showcasing outstanding new home construction and a dedication to excellence. Now is a smart time to make the move to Meridiana, while taking advantage of this special sales event.

  • Flavors of Fall Home Tour & Tasting

    September 20, 2018

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    Come get a taste of life at Meridiana. (Hint: it’s delicious.) Flavors of Fall is your opportunity to tour homes while enjoying an afternoon of yummy food and family fun. On October 6 from noon-3, you can tour 12 spectacular model homes and dozens of move-in ready homes by the area’s best builders: Perry Homes, Shea Homes, Highland Homes, David Weekley Homes, Plantation Homes, Trendmaker Homes, Lennar Homes, Chesmar Homes and Taylor Morrison. And as a palate cleanser between all the tours, you can stop by for a bite at the food trucks. Watch—and sample—cooking demonstrations. Maybe win a door prize. Then end your tour with some live jazz and a complimentary cocktail at our soon-to-be open, burgers-pizza-and-more restaurant, Café Sol. Hungry yet?

     

    Start the fun at Meridiana’s Oasis Village and Welcome Center, located at 4003 Meridiana Parkway, Iowa Colony, Texas.

  • Cafe Sol Opening This Fall

    September 20, 2018

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    Mmm-mmm-Meridiana. 

    Café Sol, Meridiana’s soon-to-be new restaurant and bar, is yet another thoughtful addition to the community’s award-winning Oasis Village. The new eatery and meet-ery is sure to be a popular place, thanks to a menu that features all your favorites.

    So what’s cookin’? For starters, fried green tomatoes, shrimp tacos, chicken quesadillas, chips with dips, and Cajun eggrolls. On the lighter side, Café Sol has a nice selection of salads and soups – served with garlic bread. On the pizza side, Café Sol is tossing signature wood-fired pies, including margherita, pepperoni, and roasted garlic-spinach. If you know what you like, create your own pizza using Café Sol’s supply of fresh ingredients. Or try one of their many entrees like the blackened salmon or chicken and waffles.

    Hungry? Grab your Sol burger, spicy black bean burger, BLT, classic club, or chicken sandwich with both hands and take a big juicy bite. Then, wash it down with something from the full-service bar where they’re pouring craft brews, select wines and signature cocktails. Save room for a sweet treat, like bourbon pecan bread pudding with crème anglaise, peach cobbler with ice cream, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies served with mouthwatering toppings, or a very berry brownie.

    Dine in, on the lakeside patio or take your food to go. Bring friends and an appetite, everyone is welcome at Café Sol, and you’re going to want to try everything on the menu.


    Opening this fall
    Tuesdays through Sundays 11:00am to 9:00pm
    Happy Hour from 5:00pm-7:00pm

    4003 Meridiana Parkway, Iowa Colony, TX, 77583
    346.816.7202

    Visit Café Website

  • $0 closing costs, 98% satisfaction. Ready to get moving?

    September 13, 2018

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    If you’ve been waiting for just the right time, consider this. Now through September 30, 2018, you can pay zero, zip, nada closing costs for a new home by Plantation Homes.  A builder that happens to have a 98% recommendation and satisfaction rate, by the way.

    No need to look for the fine print. You can choose from any of Plantation’s move-in ready homes or build the home of your dreams from scratch. You’ll also be able to select from plans ranging from 3-5 bedrooms at prices from the mid $200s-$500s.

    So, how did Plantation Homes earn a 98% recommendation and satisfaction rate? Their sales counselors are committed to going the extra mile for every homebuyer—at every step of the purchasing process. They have decades of experience backing them up too. Plantation Homes is part of the award-winning McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc. (MHI) family. Since 1988, MHI has built more than 50,000 homes across Texas for families and homebuyers like you.

    Choosing Plantation Homes is also a budget- and environmentally friendly choice, as the company is an industry leader for energy-efficient construction, and follows strict Eco Smart building practices. Plantation Homes are both smart and built to last. And located in a neighborhood with amenities and a lifestyle you’ll love. What are you waiting for?

  • Meridiana’s Friday Night Lights

    August 13, 2018

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    Are you ready for some football? This is going to be the best season ever. The mighty Manvel Mavericks kick off the 2018 football season at the new Freedom Field. Located in Meridiana, it’s an open concourse design, which will make watching games and hosting community functions a distinct pleasure. This magnificent 10,280-seat stadium features the latest in artificial turf, and sports a two-story press box with an eagle-eye view. The field's development has been a labor of love. In 2015, the funding for the stadium was approved as a part of a $245 million school bond package. The stunning new stadium sits at Iowa Colony and County Road 65. It will be used by the Manvel Mavericks and the Shadow Creek Sharks this season.

    The Manvel Mavericks are coming into the 2018 season hot with coach Kevin Hall. The team finished 2017 with a 14-1 record and made the state finals. So we can’t wait to see what they’ll do in 2018 in a new home. The team will play 5A-2 Region III District 11. The Manvel Mavericks are ranked sixth in the state and 57th in the nation.

    Come support the boys of fall! With Freedom Field being in our very own back yard, you can easily grab the family and join the Friday night fun. We welcome the Mavericks and the Sharks to Freedom field. And we can’t wait to see you there!

  • Travel with Meridiana

    July 18, 2018

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    The only cure for wanderlust is to wander. Meridiana’s Travel Club is the place for those with a passion for adventure to meet, discuss destinations, trade travel tips and share stories. Joining the Travel Club means learning the best ways to travel and see the world around us. Including how to travel safely, knowing the best times to book international flights, finding the best deals, and much more. Best of all, by being a part of Meridiana’s Travel Club, members are eligible to participate in exclusive trips. Next stop: Basel Switzerland, for the Enchanting Rhine Wine River Cruise. Departing November 17, 2019 from Basel, Switzerland and finishing in Amsterdam, The Netherlands – with stops in Germany and France. There will be a wine expert on board for the duration of the cruise, to host tastings, lead excursions to private wine cellars, and take participating palates on a trip of their own.

    The exclusive club is organized by travel-savvy Meridiana residents. So who knows where you’ll travel next with Meridiana?

  • Smart planning keeps homes flood-safe

    April 18, 2018

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    A connected series of lakes and ponds flowing through the community adds beauty, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities thanks to a design concept called “bayou elegance.” But Meridiana’s landscape is more than aesthetically pleasing, it’s smart.

    The engineered bayous make up a sophisticated drainage system that manages runoff during the rainfall events that come with living near the Texas Gulf Coast. Effectively protecting homes from damage and people from hardship.

    Meridiana’s flood control measures far exceed locally mandated standards. All Meridiana homes are above the 500-year floodplain rather than the 100-year floodplain like most communities.

    The water detention system (the glistening lakes and serene ponds) channels runoff, allowing a controlled discharge into nearby streams that carry the storm water back to the Gulf.

    In fact, the system has already been tested. There were no reports of water damage at any Meridiana homes as the result of Hurricane Harvey.

  • Mission possible, first-time buyers

    June 13, 2018

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    Buying your first home can feel a little daunting. However, it also can be the smartest financial move you’ll make, especially if you buy at Meridiana. A few points to consider.

    It’s more affordable than you think. At Meridiana, new homes start in the low $200s. Which makes for mortgage payments that go mano a mano with Houston’s ever-rising rental rates.

    Amenities make life awesome. It’s hard to top Meridiana’s quality of life. Between the pools, splash pad, lakes, trails, fitness center, houseboat and football stadium, this community is a solid investment in fun.   

    Great schools for your little people. Even if kiddos are a mere twinkle in your eye, know that you’ll be set for, oh, at least 18 years thanks to Meridiana Elementary and other highly acclaimed schools in the Alvin School District. (More neighborhood schools are in the works, by the way.)  

    A location to love. Just 10 minutes from Pearland Town Center’s shopping and dining. And straight shots north on 288 to downtown Houston and south to the DOW and BASF campuses.

    Interest rates are low. But on the rise. According to themortgagereports.com, rates are higher now than they’ve been since 2011. In the past year alone, fixed 30-year rates have risen almost three-quarters of a percent. (Which translates to paying $100 more each month on a $250,000 mortgage.) Getting your home under contract now will lock in the current interest rate before rates rise again.

    So why not take the plunge? Buying a home at Meridiana can be affordable. Smart. And as easy as getting started right here

  • Big screen meets big lawn

    June 1, 2018

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    It’s summer at Meridiana. When movie nights trade up from sticky theater floors to soft grass and bare feet. Shimmering lake views. And popcorn on us.

    Held monthly at the Outdoor Amphitheater, Movie Nights are among the community’s favorite ways to hang out. With a lake as the backdrop, families enjoy films presented on Meridiana’s mobile amenity center with giant screen and state-of-the-art sound system. Plus all kinds of tasty discoveries from the new Café Sol. So grab your blankets and lawn chairs, people—it’s summer and it’s showtime.

    Wondering what we're screening? Check our events calendar for the latest info.

  • Meridiana Opens New Section With Highland Homes, Plantation Homes

    May 31, 2018

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    MANVEL/IOWA COLONY, TX (May 31, 2018) – The Texas 288 community of Meridiana, located minutes south of Pearland, has opened a new phase of 40-foot homesites where Highland Homes and Plantation Homes will build three, four and five-bedroom plans starting in the low $200s.

    Fully furnished model homes by both builders also are now open daily.

    Homes in Meridiana’s newest neighborhood, Allegro Trails, are expected to appeal to homebuyers in the market for a more affordably priced home with a refreshing way to live, according to Lindsey Denson, Meridiana’s Director of Marketing.  Residents in the new Meridiana neighborhood also enjoy weekly lawn care and annual mulching of their flowerbeds as part of their home owners association fees.

    “We’re already seeing quite a bit of interest, particularly with first-time buyers,” says Denson.  “Our sense is these new homes will be very well received.”

    Highland Homes enters the new Meridiana phase with seven floor plans from 1,588 – 2,627 square feet featuring gourmet island kitchen, open family room, master suite, loft space and options such as a three-car garage and exterior outdoor living space.  Plantation Homes presents eight floor plans from 1,500 – 2,482 square feet with standard features including an island kitchen, spacious family room and secluded owners retreat. 

    Both builders offer one- and two-story plans with several move-in ready homes becoming available.

    Opened in 2017, Meridiana offers new homes by Houston’s highest acclaimed builders from the low $200s to the $600s, including those on desirable cul-de-sac properties and in exclusive gated neighborhoods.                     

    Residents enjoy unlimited use of the community’s award-winning lakefront Oasis Village with family pool and custom cabanas, lap pool, splash pad, fitness center, café opening this fall, fishing pier and outdoor area with all-weather ping pong and foosball tables, shaded seating areas and lush central lawn.  A glass-walled conservatory is set over the water adjacent to an Ambassador Yacht for Meridiana canine ambassador Soleil, the community’s lovable golden retriever.  To see more of Soleil in all of her tail-wagging glory, follow her on Instagram @ambassadorsoleil.

    Meridiana also features the on-site Meridiana Elementary School and a full-time, on-site Lifestyle Coordinator who plans movie nights, festivals and other community gatherings.

    To reach Meridiana, take the Meridiana Parkway exit from Texas 288, just minutes south of Pearland, heading north or south.  Heading south on Texas 288, take the parkway exit and turn left onto the overpass into Meridiana.  Those heading north on Texas 288 can take the parkway exit and turn right into the community.

  • Construction Underway on Iowa Colony’s Second Public Park

    January 18, 2018

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    Iowa Colony, Texas (January 18, 2018) – Work is underway on Iowa Colony’s newest public park, 11 acres of tree-lined play space within the master-planned community of Meridiana where families can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities minutes from Texas 288.

    Iowa Colony City Park at Meridiana will open this Spring adjacent to the Meridiana Oasis Village, 4003 Meridiana Parkway, featuring a large central lawn for soccer, Frisbee, kite flying and backstops for baseball.

    The City of Iowa Colony’s second public park also will offer a shaded play structure and pedestrian plaza with tables and chairs, a quadplex basketball court, two grass volleyball courts and a tree-lined walking trail winding around the perimeter of the central green space.

    Ample on-site parking and restrooms are also part of this project.

    “Iowa Colony City Park at Meridiana will be an outstanding addition to our community. We are delighted to partner with Meridiana on this project,” notes Iowa Colony Mayor Michael Buck Holton.  “The 11-acre park setting is part of a larger, 100-acre park site to be developed over the next couple of years.”

    Houston’s first community of new homes with outdoor learning labs for all ages, Meridiana was named 2017 Community of the Year by the Texas Association of Builders and Greater Houston Builders Association.  Meridiana offers new homes from the $200s to the $500s including those in cul-de-sac and secluded gated sections.  The community is located just south of Pearland between the Texas Medical Center and most major Brazoria County employers.

    To reach Meridiana, take the Meridiana Parkway exit from Texas 288, just minutes south of Pearland heading south on Texas 288, take the Meridiana Parkway exit and turn left onto the overpass into Meridiana.  Those heading north on Texas 288 can take the Meridiana Parkway exit and turn right into the community.

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December 2018
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December 2, 2018

Yoga Class

Join Meridiana for weekly yoga classes. Students can expect to link body movement with breath. Classes are engineered to allow practicioner to gain access to positive self connection. ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME.
Investment: $10 per class
Season Pass: $85 for all 10 classes
Registration is required at least 12 hours prior to each class. Please use link below.
meridiana.ticketleap.com/sunday-morning-yoga/
Bring: yoga mat and water
Instructor: Alicia Stephenson
Instagram: @afroyoga 

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December 9, 2018

Yoga Class

Join Meridiana for weekly yoga classes. Students can expect to link body movement with breath. Classes are engineered to allow practicioner to gain access to positive self connection. ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME.
Investment: $10 per class
Season Pass: $85 for all 10 classes
Registration is required at least 12 hours prior to each class. Please use link below.
meridiana.ticketleap.com/sunday-morning-yoga/
Bring: yoga mat and water
Instructor: Alicia Stephenson
Instagram: @afroyoga 

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December 13, 2018

Travel Club

Residents meet in the Conservatory for travel tips, tricks, and deals while enjoying wine and snacks. 

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December 16, 2018

Yoga Class

Join Meridiana for weekly yoga classes. Students can expect to link body movement with breath. Classes are engineered to allow practicioner to gain access to positive self connection. ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME.
Investment: $10 per class
Season Pass: $85 for all 10 classes
Registration is required at least 12 hours prior to each class. Please use link below.
meridiana.ticketleap.com/sunday-morning-yoga/
Bring: yoga mat and water
Instructor: Alicia Stephenson
Instagram: @afroyoga 

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November 15, 2018

Music Together Classes

Music Together offers an invaluable start to your baby or toddler's beginning experience with music hosted here at Meridiana. Ages 0-5 and their caregivers can sign up for a 10 week session by contacting actonemusicarts@gmail.com. 
Come make lasting memories! 

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 15, 2018

Music Together Classes

Music Together offers an invaluable start to your baby or toddler's beginning experience with music hosted here at Meridiana. Ages 0-5 and their caregivers can sign up for a 10 week session by contacting actonemusicarts@gmail.com. 
Come make lasting memories! 

November 17, 2018

Friendsgiving

FRIEND
/frend/
noun
plural noun: friends; plural noun: Friends

  • a familiar or helpful thing.

Meridiana residents are more than just neighbors... help us during the holidays to give thanks for these special friends. Bring your favorite Thanksgiving dish and dine with us at the Oasis Village!

November 18, 2018

Yoga Class

Join Meridiana for weekly yoga classes. Students can expect to link body movement with breath. Classes are engineered to allow practicioner to gain access to positive self connection. ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME.
Investment: $10 per class
Season Pass: $85 for all 10 classes
Registration is required at least 12 hours prior to each class. Please use link below.
meridiana.ticketleap.com/sunday-morning-yoga/
Bring: yoga mat and water
Instructor: Alicia Stephenson
Instagram: @afroyoga