Dallas-based homebuilder Darling Homes' 25-year relationship with Stonebridge Ranch is coming to a close, as the final home to be built in Wren Creek has now been approved.  

Darling Homes was one of the original builders in Stonebridge Ranch, a 5,000-acre community in the heart of McKinney. Darling Homes has built approximately 2,000 custom homes during the past 25 years in Stonebridge Ranch – one of the nation’s most recognized master-planned communities.

The homebuilder, now ranked 59th among the Top 100 U.S. homebuilders, is on a fast track with aggressive growth plans slated over the next five years.

“With this year marking our 25th anniversary, the timing for closing out our homebuilding efforts in this terrific development could not be more perfect,” Bob Darling, Executive Vice-President of Darling Homes, said in a news release. “Stonebridge Ranch holds a great deal of sentimental value for us because the project actually served as a catalyst for me and my two brothers to start our company – Darling Homes.

"In fact, for the first five years of our business, Stonebridge is where we spent all our time – learning and perfecting our homebuilding craft as a team," Darling said. "We’re so thankful for this opportunity and for the support of our employees who shared our vision and believed our first homebuilding effort was the beginning of something very special.”

Valuable Learning

Darling Homes cites lessons learned within the first years of building within the Stonebridge Ranch development as shaping the company's approach to working successfully with developers, realtors and homebuyers.

The team focused initially on designing and building patio homes. In fact, Darling Homes was one of the first homebuilders to introduce this product to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and is now considered an expert in this homebuilding segment. Their success led them into an expanded portfolio of home designs and proven plans with the intent to retain homebuyer interests as a first-time buyer and throughout their life stages.

The opportunity to be a homebuilder within one of the first large-scale developments in the country enabled the brothers to experience the power and value a master-planned community offers residents. Due to their success within Stonebridge Ranch, the community’s developer selected Darling Homes to be one of the first featured homebuilders in one of Houston’s premier master-planned developments – The Woodlands. As a result, Darling Homes is now a leading homebuilder within the Greater Houston Area.

Darling Homes continues to expand its homebuilding expertise across the D/FW Metroplex and greater Houston area. The company’s business model designed around achieving customer satisfaction has resulted in industry recognition for satisfaction, quality and design. In McKinney, where it all started, Darling Homes consistently wins the People’s Choice Poll as McKinney’s Best Homebuilder.