Sunterra residents are in for a treat — having a Crystal Lagoons® amenity right in their backyard.

But what is it?

It’s a tropical experience like no other!

Land Tejas has championed crystal clear lagoons in the Houston area and so far, is the only developer to invest in bringing a lagoon to a master-planned community. Much more than a pool, these massive lagoons are measured in acres — the one at sister community Lago Mar is approximately 12 acres!

The Sunterra lagoon won’t be that big; still in early design, it will likely feature several white sand beaches with multiple acres of crystal clear water.

It’s that turquoise water that is the defining difference of a crystal clear lagoon. Patented technology allows lagoons to retain their blue waters with minimal amounts of chemicals and energy. In fact, the lagoon’s filtration system uses only 2 percent of the energy consumed by conventional centralized swimming pool filtration systems. Additives are applied and ultrasonic waves used that force contaminant particles to be agglomerated into larger particles that are then removed.

Hydraulic and mechanical systems are monitored, controlled and operated remotely by Crystal Lagoons from the company control center, which is how the water quality is maintained within established parameters. The 24-7 monitoring — plus the stringent international physicochemical and microbiological water quality standards followed — ensure the water is safe to swim in year round.

And while the technology is cool, it’s the lifestyle the lagoon brings that means most to residents. These crystal clear waters are surrounded by white-sand beaches dotted with swaying palm trees. It’s a tropical paradise that requires no plane and one residents can visit daily, if they choose. In other Land Tejas communities, it’s called “Lagoon Life,” and it’s a breezy, carefree lifestyle residents of Sunterra will also be able to enjoy.

If you had the opportunity to send your children to schools in one of the top 20 districts in Texas, wouldn’t you? Of course. Which is why Sunterra is the smart choice. Our community is zoned to Katy ISD, ranked No. 15 in Texas and No. 2 in the Houston area.

This year, Niche, a respected ranking review site, awarded Katy ISD the No. 2 spot on a list of the Best School Districts in the Houston area. The district also received A+ grades for college preparation and diversity. Academics, teachers, and clubs and activities received A’s. Out of the 1,019 Texas school districts Niche reviewed, Katy ISD ranked No. 15.

Rankings are based on the most recently available data from the U.S. Department of Education on graduation rates and SAT/ACT scores. Reviews from students and parents were also considered.

Katy ISD is no stranger to accolades. In 2019, the Texas Education Agency awarded the district an overall A rating. Only 301 out of 1,200 school districts received an A. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the state waived accountability ratings for the 2019-2020 school year.

District ratings are based on performance in three areas – Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps. Districts earn an “A” for exemplary performance when they serve most students well and encourage high academic achievement and/or appropriate academic growth for students.

The fine arts program is another area the district excels in. Katy ISD has received the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) award from the NAMM Foundation 17 years in a row. The designation recognizes school districts and schools for their support and commitment to music education.

Katy ISD was also honored by the Texas Art Education Association with a 2020 District of Distinction award for providing a well-rounded education that advocates and integrates a visual arts curriculum.

Happy employees are one reason students perform well. A fact that was recognized by Forbes magazine this year when it named Katy ISD one of the Best Employers in Texas. It was the only school district on the list and came in at No. 8.

With such a solid foundation, it’s no wonder that parents move to the Katy area just for the schools. You can, too. Young Sunterra residents attend Katy ISD schools including Bryant Elementary, Katy Junior High and Katy High School. Make the smart move today.

With more than 50 years of building experience homes and multiple awards, Shea Homes could rest on its laurels, but it doesn’t. Instead, they are always on the lookout for innovative methods to meet homebuyers’ changing needs.

Shea knows that the way homeowners utilize the living spaces in their homes is constantly changing. They focus on making their homes more useable and more adaptable.

Among their most recent innovations is SheaConnect, a suite of smart-home features designed to make your life more convenient. SheaConnect homes come with a standard set of features including Eero Wi-Fi, Amazon Echo Show, Ring Video Doorbell Elite, Genie® or LiftMaster garage door, Honeywell Pro Smart Thermostat, Kwikset or Kevo Electronic Lock, Idevices® wall switch and Cat6 wiring.

Customer service is another area where Shea excels. They genuinely care about making your new home dream a reality and they use innovative technology to do it.

That includes offering virtual model home tours so you can experience the Shea difference on your own time, from wherever you are. During the tour, potential homebuyers can meet with a sales representative to virtually tour the model homes, quick move-in homes and available homesites.

Shea has also partnered with Roomored to allow buyers to see how their design selections will look in the actual rooms in their future home — that includes flooring, cabinets and countertops.

Innovation, quality construction and super customer service. That’s the Shea difference. A difference you can see and feel from the day you visit their model homes —in person or virtually.

Shea will soon begin sales of new designs in Sunterra. Pricing has not been announced but Shea will offer seven floor plans for homes situated on 40-foot homesites and nine plans for homes on 50-foot properties. Designs feature island kitchens, covered patios, studies, flex rooms and entertainment lofts.