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Small Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Here at Palo Verde Homes, we believe that there is no need to sacrifice the health of the environment for pleasant living. Taking care of our mother earth is very important and we do our best to make all of our homes the most eco-friendly and energy-efficient as they can be. In fact, we have been recognized as an Energy Star leader in homebuilding. We don’t want to stop there though. We are always looking for ways to improve and make the planet just a little bit cleaner. Here are some ways that you can help improve the earth with just a few small changes that can even save you some money in the process. 

Use More Rags

Rags are far more sustainable than using paper towels to clean and use at the dinner table. Cloth napkins at the dinner table also help make everything feel just a little fancier. Using rags to clean uses less waste because rags and cloth napkins are reusable. All you need to do is stick them in the washer. With reusable rags and cloth napkins, you are largely cutting down on paper products, which means that there is a lot less taking up space in a landfill somewhere.

Buy Some Dryer Balls

Again, the less paper that you use the better, and you can easily cut down by buying fewer dryer sheets. Dryer balls can last for approximately 100 loads and make your clothes just as soft as dryer sheets do. It’s time to get rid of single-use items and time to aim towards reusable materials. 

Cut Down on Dryer Usage

This is an appliance that we use way too often. Many times, we don’t need to put our clothes in the dryer for as long as we usually do. You can probably afford to take your clothes out a few minutes earlier. You can also just skip the dryer altogether. Hang your clothes out to dry on a clothesline or invest in a nice drying rack to eliminate the need for a dryer. 

Shop Vintage

For this, we mean both clothes and furniture. Don’t buy a used mattress or anything, but if you see a nice vintage chair that barely has a stain and was kept in good condition, go for it. This means that there will be fewer things in landfills. Vintage clothes can be really cute and stylish if you find the right items for you. It’s one less thing going in the dump. Also, don’t be afraid of taking your clothes and furniture to get repaired if they’re torn or broken instead of tossing them out. It saves space at landfills and it is probably less expensive than buying new ones.

Get Some Plants

A few houseplants are always a pleasant sight in anyone’s home. They can give you and your family some well-needed oxygen and they look beautiful. The world needs more plants, so give it more plan. Consider also growing your own herb garden. This will save landfills from the packaging that comes with them when bought in a store and will smell lovely in your home.

Get a Compost Bin

Speaking of plants, maybe it’s time that you get a compost bin. Compost is a great way to put use to all of your food scraps so that they don’t go into the trash and into a landfill. You can save up all of your food scraps and use them to fertilize your plants. There are plenty of compost bin containers that can go right on your kitchen counter and hide the smell. 

Invest in a Good Water Filter

Don’t be afraid of drinking the water that your house provides for you. No more plastic single-use bottles and jugs in your house. Switch to a nice reusable bottle and some nice water filters to have all of your tap water taste nice and fresh.

Get a Low-Flow Showerhead

Here is another big yet small way for you and your family to save some water. You won’t even feel the difference if you manage to find yourself one with good reviews. It’s a very subtle change, but it will save a lot of water for our planet, and it will make its money back in no time with all of the money you’ve saved on your water bill. 

We here at Palo Verde Homes deeply care about the environment and try to build our homes to be as eco-friendly as possible. We do our best to give you the best home while saving the planet. Hopefully, this list has helped you become more environmentally conscious and make some small but impactful steps towards being more eco-friendly. If you have any questions about the homes that we build, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Expand Your Horizons: Why Horizon City is a Great Place to Buy a Home

There is a lot of growth and development happening around the El Paso metropolitan area. The city and its surrounding communities add up to more than 800,000 people and a lot of traffic of folks going back and forth across the border. This means a lot of hustle and bustle within the city limits and why a lot of people are looking outward at communities like Horizon City, Texas. If you are shopping around for a place to build your home, Horizon City might be the perfect place for you. Last month, we took a brief look at some of the communities where we build to give you an overview. Let’s take a closer look at why this particular area might be where you build your dream home.
Let’s Start With The Facts
According to U.S Census information, in 2017, the city had a population of approximately 19,000 people. Horizon is within El Paso County and is located Southeast from the city of El Paso.  The city takes its name from the Horizon Corporation, a real estate development corporation which first developed it as a community in the 1960s. The estimated median household income is about 52,000, which is slightly higher than the city of El Paso.

Looking for the Small Town Feel

Many Americans today require the amenities and job opportunities of a bigger city but enjoy the remoteness of a smaller municipality like Horizon. This city offers the small town feel to many people that reside here. There are plenty of places to eat and groceries, but it is not overpopulated or heavily trafficked. This small town also has a lot of open space and feels a lot less crowded than some of the suburbs within the city limits. You may very well find lots that are much bigger and with more wide open space for a backyard, pool, etc.

Schools & Community

Horizon, City is home to several high-quality schools and a vibrant community.  These include Horizon Heights Elementary School and Desert Hills Elementary. Some of its middle schools include Horizon Middle, Ricardo Estrada Junior High, and Colonel John E. Ensor Middle. The head high school includes Horizon High home of the Scorpions.

Palo Verde In Horizon City

One of the communities where we build includes Horizon, City along within communities outside the El Paso area. Palo Verde has been named the builder of the year for three years in a row and part of that is that we know how to choose great communities and, of course, build high-quality beautiful luxury homes unlike any others in the area.

Palo Verde Homes: Where we Build and Why these Are Great Communities

Beautiful, functional, and elegant homes are few and far between.  Palo Verde Homes builds throughout the El Paso region but is concentrated in three main areas including Horizon City, Santa Teresa, and the City of El Paso. Each of these offers a different environment, but each one has its own characteristics and benefits. Within El Paso city limits, there are plenty of options to choose from including westside and eastside, both of which offer different amenities, shopping centers, schools, and more. We thought we’d take a look at some of the growing aspects of these communities and explore what makes them great places to live, raise a family, and purchase a home.

Looking at Horizon City

Horizon City is a growing town located on the eastside of El Paso County, Texas. It is a burgeoning and expanding community but is still more of a rural community with bigger land properties, neighborhoods that are further apart, and less traffic.  Census date indicates that the town has considerable population growth since 2010. At the same time, there is growing infrastructure and communities in surrounding area, including development, shopping centers, and more are making the area a very popular place in the county.  The area of Eastlake is a popular and new community garnering a lot of attention due to its new infrastructure, parks, bike lanes, and the success of the surrounding schools. Building a home in Horizon City still offers a certain amount of rural qualities and is less populated and congested than the city of El Paso. If you’re looking for a growing small town feel, Horizon might be the place for you. Mission Ridge is a community located on Eastlake Blvd which is also showing incredible promise of growth with the Eastlake Marketplace, hospitals, and more. Horizon City is only a few minutes drive from El Paso, where there is more entertainment and events happening.

The City of El Paso

The city of El Paso is a densely populated area with approximately 680,000 people. It is no longer the small town people often claimed it to be, although many will argue it still has a small town feel when it comes to the friendliness of the people and the culture. For the last decade, Texas has seen a lot of influx of people rushing to the Southwest for better weather, more sun, lower taxes. Recent downtown revitalization efforts have made El Paso a fast-growing and modern community with the baseball stadium, new shops, restaurants, and bars, along with the downtown area and throughout the whole city. Visit downtown El Paso today and you’ll see a very different city than existed just ten years ago. Development within the downtown area but also several communities on the westside and eastside have helped the population of the city grow.

Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa is a town in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. It is part of the Las Cruces Metropolitan statistical area although it is geographically closer than El Paso. It is a small town with approximately 5,000 people. Plenty of development and real estate area has made Santa Teresa a desirable place to live for people looking for a smaller community with a small town feel. It is a few minutes drive from El Paso and has easy access to I-10, shopping centers, and shops.

Get Your Home in the Community You Love

Whether you are looking to live in the heart of El Paso, on the New Mexico border in Santa Teresa, or on the far eastside in Horizon City, these are all great areas to purchase your new home. There is a low cost of living, plenty of wildlife, beautiful desert landscapes, mountains, and plenty of entertainment and fun. El Paso is also home to the University of Texas at El Paso, which has recently received recognition for its research projects and capabilities.

Build with Palo Verde Homes

Regardless of where we build, Palo Verde Homes is dedicated to raising the standards of excellence and improving the concept of “home” for all of our clients. If you’re looking for unmatched elegance, custom homes, or move-in ready homes, we are your builders. Gives us a call.

Five Reasons To Buy a Home in El Paso, Texas

Yes, we are at the Westernmost tip of the state and don’t often get included with the bigshot cities in the middle of the state. That doesn’t mean, however, that El Paso doesn’t have its fair share of exciting news to share with the rest of the world. In fact, El Paso has seen — especially in the last couple of years — a lot of changes.
#1 Affordable Prices
El Paso median household income is about 14, 790 dollars lower than the median Texas income. El Paso cost of living is also very affordable and this makes for beautiful homes at a bargain price. The median price of a home in El Paso is currently listed as 126, 700. Compare that price to a typical San Antonio listing at 249,024. This makes quite the difference for a homeowner looking for a family home. In a study reported by Forbes magazine ranking cities where people can live comfortably for less than $60,000, El Paso was high on the list.
#2 Buyer’s Market
A report in 2018, stated that El Paso was a healthy buyers market and had positive growth prospects for the upcoming year. The city’s market is seeing a formidable buyers and sellers market, as buyers from other places like Colorado, California, and Florida are coming in to snatch up these luxury homes at a low price. This creates higher demand for city homes and keeps the market viable, growing, and strong.
#3 New Neighborhoods
The city has a growing population that went from 676,391 in 2015 to 683, 577 in 2017. El Paso has several areas that have been showing a lot of development. From the Northeast to the downtown area, to far East, to NorthWest part of the city. Palo Verde, for example, builds homes all across the city including newest and pristine neighborhoods of Cimarron Sage. This neighborhood is the Westside’s new pride with tree-lined, walking trails, parks, open spaces, and scenic views of the Franklin Mountains. Another burgeoning neighborhood is the Tierra del Este, east of Loop 375 and in the midst of the picturesque desert landscape of the El Paso area. Can’t beat the breathtaking sunsets from the sandy terrain of the East.
#4 Great Weather
They don’t call us the Sun City for nothing. El Paso has an average of 297 sunny days a year. It is why many people with an aversion to cold, hurricanes, storms, tornadoes, or earthquakes, end up here. We have none of that. So, yes. This can save you a lot on a house on damages, insurance, and repairs. It also makes it a great place to raise a family, retire, or enjoy the great outdoors.
#5 Great Place to Raise a Family
Aside from its unique border culture, El Paso is a safe city with low crime rates. Its state University is growing every year and the city has prestigious institutions of higher learning with its community college system and other technical schools. There is a wide variety of entertainment, events, and opportunities for family events like rodeos, fairs, amusement parks, farmers markets, and more. The city has also invested a lot of money in recent years in its downtown revitalization project. This has brought great venues, events, entertainment, and art to the city including a baseball team, science museums, a new arena, etc.
Start Your New Life with Palo Verde Homes
Whether you are new to the city or have lived here your entire life and are looking for your first home, El Paso is a fine western town with the Southwest living, an influence of the cowboy, an air of Hispanic influence, a friendly population, scenic mountains, plenty of outdoor activities, and much much more. Get your new life started with a beautiful, newly-built, and modern Palo Verde Home.

The Emergence of Luxury Homes and What Defines Them

interior shot of a living room built by a custom home builder

The term luxury can have multiple meanings, but in real estate, the term often refers to a home that possesses certain features, amenities, or architectural characteristics. Luxury homes have become quite popular in recent years, as people look for entrancing curb appeal and spellbinding homes that stand out from the rest. Palo Verde Homes and custom builders can help you redefine luxury the way you envision it.

What Makes Luxury?

We all know it when we hear it. Yet, it’s often hard to define. To some, it might suggest affluence, to others a mere surface extravagance, a preoccupation with polished aesthetics, but it can simply mean a home that stands out, a home that is eye-catching, creates an impression and says something special —perhaps mysterious— about the people that live there. It’s a home that is in some ways a work of art and a representation of architectural integrity and beauty.

Real estate, like any other market, is always changing and expanding. Home features and fashions change as lifestyles and culture change, but luxurious doesn’t just mean fancy finishes and intricate fountains by the pool. In this way, it is broadly defined, but certain characteristics help determine what constitutes luxury.

When it comes to real estate, luxury can mean:

Location & Surrounding Areas

One thing that defines a home is the location and its surrounding area. A home’s value is often defined by the neighborhood, neighboring houses, and the area of the city. In recent years, however, people are re-defining what good location means and it can change depending on a variety of factors. Someone might not find a gated community as their ideal location and might look for a more detached and rural sensibility. They might find a home near a park or a mountain trail to represent their idea of luxurious.

Lifestyle

Luxurious living also means a home that can provide the lifestyle you want. A lot of times this means a home that grants people the ability for unique perks that are particularly important to them. For example, privacy. The modern world is not often concerned with privacy and personal spaces, but in their home people see this as a major advantage. A lot of times this is directly connected to security and other personal concerns. Luxury homes might include long driveways, gated and/or separated yards that provide slight seclusion or shielding from the world.

Personal

In other words, customization. The very idea of a customized home translates to comfort. Homeowners that have an opportunity to define certain characteristics of their home usually opt for features that would normally categorize real estate as luxury. This might include large walk-in closets, custom floors, cabinets, or individualized rooms. Luxury is not one size fits all. It is personal and defined by the homeowner’s preferences and vision.

Technologically Advanced

Luxury is smart. By today’s definition, smart refers to possessing unique technological capacity. This usually refers to a home that is equipped with the capabilities of home automation and other smart technological features popular today. There is a wide range of smart features in newer homes and these can be anything from motion detectors, security systems, automatic AC systems, and more.

Find Your Luxury With Palo Verde

With Palo Verde Homes you have access to amazing home builders that know how to create your ideal luxurious home. Whether that means wooden floors, landscaping, or marble countertops, we can help your vision come to life. Call us today.