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Firethorne Sets All-Time High Sales Record in 2012 with 280 New Home Sales: 55.5% Increase Over 2011 Sales

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

firethorne_logoKaty/Fulshear – Jan. 16, 2013. . . . Firethorne sold an all-time high of 280 new homes in 2012, recording a whopping 55.5 percent increase in new home sales over 2011 for the Katy/Fulshear master-planned community.

“This is quite a milestone for Firethorne,” said Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer. “We’re proud of our steady growth, with home values appreciating.” He credits Firethorne’s success to the continued strength of the Katy/Fulshear/West Houston economy, highlighted by the Energy Corridor and the Texas Medical Center-West, outstanding public schools and the ongoing support from the local Realtor® community. Realtors® have been a cornerstone to Firethorne’s growth, generating more than 79 percent of its new home sales.” The industry norm in a new community such as Firethorne is 60 percent Realtor®-generated home sales.

The Jimmy Franklin Team of RE/MAX Grand Realty and The Joe Rothchild Team of Keller Williams Signature Realty, ranked as Firethorne’s Top Two Producing Realtors, respectively in 2012.

Firethorne’s previous sales record high of 254 new homes was set in 2010, when short-term federal tax credits were in effect for first-time homebuyers.

Project-to-date, Firethorne has sold 1,630 new homes. Its builder team includes such premiere homebuilders as Ashton Woods Homes, M/I Homes, Perry Homes, Highland Homes, Coventry Homes, and Plantation Homes. New home prices range from the high $100s to the mid-$800s.

In terms of growth, energy companies have relocated employees to the Katy area, plus three major Houston hospitals, Texas Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hermann and The Methodist Hospital, have expanded there. Firethorne is located 10 and 15 miles west of the Texas Medical Center-West Campus and Houston’s Energy Corridor, respectively.

Firethorne is also attractive to the Houston relocation market with its location in the top-ranked Katy Independent School District and Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, and availability of lots typically found in the country with all of conveniences of master-designed recreational amenities, such as state-of-the-art technology and nearby shopping, retail, dining, entertainment, schools and medical facilities. The 1,400-acre community features 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities, a 12-acre lake with surrounding greenbelt, resort-style and competitive swim centers, sports fields, hike/bike trails, parks and playgrounds, discovery-rich wildlife observation area and a natural bird habitat. It’s where the vibrancy of West Houston meets the small-town charm of Katy/Fulshear.

To visit Firethorne, take I-10 west and exit Pin Oak to FM 1463, go to www.firethorne.info, or call 281-693-1011.
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Fit Kids: Firethorne to Host Kiwanis Kids Triathlon Sat., Oct. 29

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Katy/Fulshear, TX – Sept. 14, 2011 . . . The Firethorne residential community in Katy/Fulshear will host two triathlons in one weekend this October: the first-ever Kiwanis Kids Triathlon Series Race #9 for children on Saturday, October 29, 8 a.m., followed by the 19h Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne Sunday, October 30, 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Both USA Triathlon-sanctioned races will be positioned in and around the 1,400-acre Firethorne residential community on FM 1463, near the crossroads of the I-10 West corridor, Westpark Tollway and Grand Parkway in Katy/Fulshear.

“We are pleased to introduce the Kiwanis Kids Triathlon to Firethorne this year and welcome back the Katy Triathlon for the third year,” said Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer. Organizers expect approximately 200 participants for the children’s race and 900 in the Katy Triathlon at Firethorne coming from throughout the Houston metropolitan area and the state.

The Katy Triathlon at Firethorne encompasses a 16-mile bike race, a three-mile run and a 500-meter swim in Lake Firethorne. Rotary Club of Katy has sponsored the Katy race for more than 10 years, according to President-Elect Dr. Ralph Brock. The Club organizes more than 40 of its own member-volunteers, in addition to helpers from Cinco Ranch High School FBLA, Rotary Interact Club and Boy Scouts to orchestrate the Katy Triathlon.

The Kiwanis Kids Triathlon Series Race #9, open to children ages 6-12 (birth years 1999-2004), will vary its course length according to birth year/age group. The swimming leg will be held in Firethorne’s new competitive lap pool. For registration for the USA Triathlon-sanctioned race, go to: https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/75756.

The Sunday cycling route for adults will include sections of FM 1463 and US Hwy. 90 within the Katy city limits.

“Firethorne opened a six-lane, 25-yard-long competitive lap pool earlier this summer that is an ideal place for residents to train,” noted veteran Race Director Dave Rainey.

Katy Triathlon registration is open and continues through October 25. The complete fee structure and deadlines are posted on the event website, www.katytriathlon.com.

The Rotary Club of Katy donates event proceeds to the Katy Rotary Fund, which supports local charities for their work in providing essential health, recreation and educational services to children in Katy ISD. In July, the Rotary Fund awarded $21,000 in scholarships, $1,500 each to 14 graduating seniors from the district’s six high schools. Race sponsorships, underwriters and in-kind underwriters are available. For information, call Vicki Rao, 281-391-3655.
Firethorne, located 15 miles west of Houston’s Energy Corridor, blends the best nature has to offer: 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities, a 12-acre lake with surrounding greenbelt, hike/bike trails, parks and playgrounds, tennis courts, Fitness Center, resort-style swimming pool, competitive swim center, discovery-rich wildlife observation area and a natural bird habitat. Served by highly acclaimed schools, Firethorne combines the vibrancy of West Houston with the small-town charm of Katy/Fulshear. To tour Firethorne, take I-10 West and exit Pin Oak to FM 1463, call 281-395-1440 or visit www.firethorne.info.

Hundreds of cycles parked at the Firethorne Visitor Center for Katy Triathlon at Firethorne

Hundreds of cycles parked at the Firethorne Visitor Center for Katy Triathlon at Firethorne


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19th Annual Katy Triathlon Set for Sunday, Oct. 30

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Katy/Fulshear, TX – Aug. 18, 2011 . . .

Swimmers take to the lake at the Katy Triathlon at Firethorne

Swimmers take to the lake at the Katy Triathlon at Firethorne

“We are pleased to welcome back the Katy Triathlon for the third consecutive year,” said Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer. Organizers expect approximately 900 participants from throughout the Houston metropolitan area and across the state.

The Katy Triathlon at Firethorne encompasses a 16-mile bike race, a three-mile run and a 500-meter swim in Lake Firethorne. Rotary Club of Katy has sponsored the Katy race for more than 10 years, according to President-Elect Dr. Ralph Brock. The Club organizes more than 40 of its own member-volunteers, in addition to helpers from Cinco Ranch High School FBLA, Rotary Interact Club and Boy Scouts to orchestrate the Katy Triathlon.

The cycling route for adults will include sections of FM 1463 and US Hwy. 90 within the Katy city limits.

“Firethorne opened a six-lane, 25-yard-long competitive lap pool earlier this summer that is an ideal place for residents to train,” noted veteran Race Director Dave Rainey.

Katy Triathlon registration is open and continues through October 25. The complete fee structure and deadlines are posted on the event website, www.katytriathlon.com.

The Rotary Club of Katy donates event proceeds to the Katy Rotary Fund, which supports local charities for their work in providing essential health, recreation and educational services to children in Katy ISD. In July, the Rotary Fund awarded $21,000 in scholarships, $1,500 each to 14 graduating seniors from the district’s six high schools. Race sponsorships, underwriters and in-kind underwriters are available. For information, call Vicki Rao, 281-391-3655.

Firethorne, located 15 miles west of Houston’s Energy Corridor, blends the best nature has to offer: 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities, a 12-acre lake with surrounding greenbelt, hike/bike trails, parks and playgrounds, tennis courts, Fitness Center, resort-style swimming pool, competitive swim center, discovery-rich wildlife observation area and a natural bird habitat. Served by highly acclaimed schools, Firethorne combines the vibrancy of West Houston with the small-town charm of Katy/Fulshear. To tour Firethorne, take I-10 West and exit Pin Oak to FM 1463, call 281-395-1440 or visit www.firethorne.info. # # #

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M/I Homes Joins Firethorne Builder Team

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Katy/Fulshear – July 12, 2011. . . M/I Homes is the newest homebuilder to join the builder team at Firethorne, a 1,400-acre master-designed residential community located in Katy/Fulshear. The builder’s 60-foot lot model home will be constructed in the new Firethorne West Model Park. Firethorne is situated 10 and 15 miles west of the Texas Medical Center-West Campus and Houston’s Energy Corridor, respectively.

“We are excited about our opportunity to partner with an established developer in a premier community like Firethorne. This coveted area of Houston with easy access to I-10, beautiful amenities and nearby shopping has all the attributes that today’s homebuyers are seeking to satisfy their quality of life needs,” said Craig Westmoreland Area President, M/I Homes, Houston Division. “It is our privilege to offer M/I quality built homes in Firethorne, along with other renowned builders. We seek to complement the integrity of the Firethorne community,” he added.

M/I Homes’ one- and two-story homes, available in brick, stone and stucco exterior elevations, will range from 2,000 to 3,400 square feet and priced from the $220,000s. The builder’s signature features include soaring windows, rotundas, structural and designer options and a 30-year transferable structural warranty.

“We hand-select each of our builders based upon their high standards for design, quality, customer satisfaction and reputation,” said Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer. Currently completing the Firethorne builder team are: Ashton Woods Homes, Coventry Homes, Highland Homes, Partners in Building, Perry Homes, Plantation Homes and David Weekley Homes.

M/I Homes offers a 3%/4%/5% graduated Realtor commission on all 2011 closings. The Columbus, Ohio-based company, publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange, has built more than 78,000 homes since 1976 in the Midwest, mid-Atlantic, the Carolinas and in Florida. M/I Homes now builds in both Houston and San Antonio in Texas.

Firethorne, located in the top-ranked Katy Independent School District and Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, features 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities, a 12-acre lake with surrounding greenbelt, resort-style swim center, new competitive swim center, sports fields, hike/bike trails, parks and playgrounds, discovery-rich wildlife observation area and a natural bird habitat. It’s where the vibrancy of West Houston meets the small-town charm of Katy/Fulshear.

To visit Firethorne, 28100 North Firethorne Road, take I-10 west and exit Pin Oak to FM 1463, or go to www.firethorne.info.

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Contact: Susan Farb Morris, 713.661.7377; 713.805.2608 (cell); susan@farbulous.com

M/I Homes Joins the Firethorne Builder Team

M/I Homes Joins the Firethorne Builder Team

The Envelope, Please. . .2011 “Oscars” of the Real Estate Industry

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Firethorne is a finalist in the Houston Business Journal's Landmark Awards for "Best Residential Development."Next Thursday, April 14, marks the local “Oscars” of the Houston real estate industry. It’s “red carpet” time with the staging of the Houston Business Journal’s 2011 Landmark Awards, to be announced before a crowd of more than 400 of the key executives in the commercial real estate community.

This is a “landmark” year for me in that it will be my first time to attend this Awards Ceremony. I’ll be attending on behalf of my client, Katy/Fulshear’s Firethorne, which is a finalist in the category of “Best Residential Development.” Just as they say at the Academy Awards, it’s an honor for Firethorne to be a finalist for this prestigious real estate award.

Firethorne was nominated as a 1,400-acre residential real estate community that bucked the nation’s residential real estate trends in 2010 by breaking all previous new home sales records. Last year, Firethorne sold 254 new homes, an all-time high for the five-year-old Katy/Fulshear residential development. This represents a 6.7 percent increase in new home sales over 2009, when the master-designed community marked its previous record-breaking 238 homes sold. In addition, in 2010 Firethorne broke ground on its newest section, Firethorne West. The development’s westward expansion comprises 430 acres. Firethorne’s steady growth in its first five years paved the way for Jefferson Development to move forward on this next phase, according to Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer. In 2010 area Realtors® generated more than 80 percent of Firethorne’s new home sales. The industry norm in a development such as Firethorne is 60 percent.

Firethorne, as you can see in the accompanying photos, evokes the spirit of the Texas Hill Country. Anchored by majestic multi-trunked live oaks, large cedar trees, a palette of hardy Texas plants and native Texas limestone boulders and borders, the residential development blends with the best nature has to offer: 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities, the scenic 12-acre Lake Firethorne, greenbelts, hike and bike trails, parks and playgrounds, discovery-rich wildlife observation area and a natural bird habitat. It’s where the vibrancy of West Houston meets the small-town charm of Katy/Fulshear. It is located west of the Texas Medical Center West Campus and Houston’s Energy Corridor and is the home of the Katy Triathlon sponsored by the Rotary Club of Katy.

The envelope, please. . . .

Firethorne is proud to be a finalist (there are only two!). On behalf of Susan Farb Public Relations, Firethorne is a finalist for Houston Business Journal's Landmark Awards in the category of "Best Residential Development."I look forward to representing my client at next Thursday’s Landmark Awards ceremony at The Houstonian Hotel.

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