Meet your CARES Team at the Pool Party this weekend!

At The Neighborhoods of Cypress Waters, we are beyond excited to have a CARES team in place to help make our residents feel welcome and to plan and build up our community events. If this is your first apartment living experience with a CARES team, here is what you can expect:

CARES
/kers/

1. Verb. To look after and provide for the needs of.
2. Noun. A team that redefines the resident experience through relationship building, event planning and servicing the needs of the community. See below image for what a CARES team should look like.

Meet Naly and Josh!

Meet Naly and Josh!

What’s your names? Where are you from?

My name is Naly Dunham and I was born and raised in Germany. My parents are Lao and Vietnamese.

My name is Joshua Dunham and I was born and raised in Thailand. My parents are from Texas and Louisiana

When you’re not planning resident events, what do you do in your spare time?

Our time is split between movies, friends, church, lakes, but enjoy just being at home as well

Do you have any interesting hobbies/talents?  Places you’ve lived?  Adventures? 

Joshua ran an orphanage and completed his South-East Asian studies at the university in Thailand. He loves to travel, has been to most of the Asian countries and lived in Ireland and Romania.

Naly loves to travel too and speaks 5 languages. She has worked outside of Germany/U.S. in England, Belgium and Thailand as well. In England she has coordinated various city trips for different groups in England, Wales, Belgium, France.

Our latest adventure was having vacation in Myanmar which boarders India. It was very special to us … and we just came back two weeks ago.

What do you hope to bring to the Cypress Waters community?

We’ve never been a CARES team before, but we hope to build upon the strong sense of community which already exists at Cypress Waters and try to make it even better. We hope to add a sense of culture and celebration, but above all we want to serve and help build a sense of fun, safety, acceptance, family and community.

If you could do one nice thing for someone, what would it be?

Always, always cook dinner for them. There is nothing better than cooking dinner, putting on some good music and having great conversations. Feel free to take us up on that!

Where can residents meet & get to know their CARES team?

Of course you will find us at every event – including the Pool Party this weekend! – but besides that we have an open door policy. You are always welcome to come by our apartment in Sycamore Park (stop by the leasing center for our unit #) or feel free to email us anytime at neighborhoodscypresswaters@caresprogram.org.  We look forward to meeting you all soon!

Tips for throwing the perfect summer BBQ

Hamburgers cooking on barbeque grill with flames

Host your own smokin’ barbeque this summer!

Temps are well into the 90s and 100s, and even though you love being outdoors, you may want a grill near a pool or AC to make the best of your summer barbeque.  Here at Cypress Waters, the Glass Box Community Lodge at the Scotch Creek pool offers a terrific setting for your next cookout. Available for all residents to reserve for private parties, the Glass Box boasts a killer multi-functional indoor entertainment space, including flat-screens, games and a full-service kitchen – AND AIR CONDITIONING – as well as an outdoor kitchen and grill just waiting to be fired up.

But, before you pull out your collection of secret sauces and mouthwatering rubs, heed these tips for throwing the perfect summer barbecue.

Instead of just tossing meat on the grill, handing everyone a paper plate and yelling, “Come and get it!”, think of a fun theme for your party. It doesn’t have to be Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day or any special occasion. You can tailor your barbecue to a specific type of food or a personal milestone. Themes to consider include beach, all-American, Tex-Mex, Hawaiian or summer sports.

As long as you have your theme thinking cap on, consider simple, yet eye-catching decorations to add even more ambience to the Glass Box. Patterned table clothes, cool centerpieces and interesting lighting such as bulb strands, tiki torches, candles or lanterns lend a festive touch. Be sure to include decorative accessories such as beach balls, leis, flags and other items that tie into your theme.

Once you have your décor figured out, it’s time to get down to the heart—and stomach—of the matter. Let’s face it; everyone wants to know one important thing: what’s on your menu! As your guests are arriving, make sure to have plenty of snacks on hand, including chips, salsa, guacamole, vegetables and dips.

For the main course, the options are as varied as you want it to be. Depending on your theme, time of day and occasion, you might simply grill up classics like hotdogs, burgers, chicken and corn on the cob. But for the backyard gourmand, a selection of organic farm-raised meats, fresh seafood and grilled vegetables procured from the local farmers market may be the way to go. If you need more grilling inspiration, check out Bobby Flay’s 10 Commandments of Grilling.

Don’t forget the sides. Potato and pasta salads, coleslaw, baked beans, French fries and fruit salad are all big crowd pleasers. And for dessert, you can’t miss with fruit pies and ice cream a la mode, strawberry shortcake or an assortment of cake pops or cupcakes.

Refreshments, anyone? With all that delicious food, you’ll need some complementary thirst-quenching beverages on hand. For the kiddos, concoct a special summer punch. For the adults, have a nice selection of craft brews, light summer wines or even a special barbecue cocktail menu. Whatever beverages you decide to serve, offer plenty of water to keep guests well hydrated.

Game on! Consider setting up a croquet course or a badminton court for a little athletic diversion. Perhaps a game of bocce ball is in order, or simply set out a few Frisbees or soft-toss footballs that guests of every fitness level can enjoy.

Perhaps the most important element of any truly successful barbecue is the guest list. The longer days of the summer are perfect for spending quality time with family, friends and neighbors. As the host or hostess with the mostest, it’s up to you to pull together a great group of folks who will enjoy the atmosphere, the weather, the food, the games and most importantly, each other. So what are you waiting for? You’ve got a barbecue to plan!

Why Cypress Waters is right for you

Cypress Waters is a 1,100-acre master-planned community in the heart of North Dallas. Convenient to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Love Field and major highways, we offer you all the benefits of living in a home without the hassles. It’s also the only apartment community in the area offering rental townhomes.

Whether your style is classic, retro-industrial  or contemporary, we have three distinct, yet connected neighborhoods to suit your individual taste: Parson’s Green, Sycamore Park, and Scotch Creek

Our community is at the crossroads of art and culture. Artwork from around the world is on display throughout the development, and Cypress Waters puts residents in close proximity to the city’s best museums, galleries, theaters and other world-class performance venues. The community also gives families access to the coveted Coppell ISD, where there’s a waiting list for third- through fifth-grade students.

You’ll have no trouble staying fit in this urban oasis, situated near North Lake and bordering lush green space, carved into multiple common activity areas. Engage with your neighbors and make new friends just by going on a leisurely stroll.

You can also enjoy a wealth of amenities, including two resort-style pools with free Wi-Fi, state-of-the-art fitness center, sand volleyball court and community lodge with an indoor/outdoor kitchen and much more. There’s never a lack of activities at Cypress Waters, which boasts a full calendar of programs and events to keep you active, entertained and engaged with one another. We’re also pet friendly, and you and your four-legged companions are welcome to take advantage of the pet park and dog stations throughout the grounds.

The time has come to immerse yourself in Dallas’ newest and most distinct urban neighborhood. Follow your heart to your new home at Cypress Waters. Apply to live here today.