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How to Choose the Right Interior Colors for Your New Tropicana Home

August 30, 2019

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Did you just purchase a new Tropicana home? Now that all the paperwork is out of the way, it’s time to add some personal touches! Deciding where and how to place your furniture and art is exciting, but choosing a color scheme for each room can be a process. Selecting interior colors doesn’t have to be stressful. It can even be the fun part of your home makeover! Here are some things to consider.

Examine External Factors

To optimize your color design, you’ll have to take a lot of things into consideration, like the size of the space, the furniture you want to place in the room, and how much light the area receives. The colors you choose for your home are likely going to be what you look at for the next several years. To be sure that you’re choosing the right color scheme for your home, try putting different paint swatches on your walls and furniture in the room to see how they look throughout the day. You can even use color matching software to create custom paint colors to get the perfect color for your room!

Gain Inspiration from Your Furniture

You likely already have furniture or ideas about what you want in your house. If you’ve decided on which furniture you want to place in each room, you can gather some similarly-colored items and pieces that complement them.  When it comes to painting the room, choose a statement piece you want to accentuate and build your color palette around that.

Create a Mood

You can select an aesthetic and design your room based on the feeling you want it to evoke. Colors can affect our mood, so be strategic and pick a color that makes sense for the function of the room. Blues have a calming effect that will help you relax in your living room. Yellows are welcoming and cheerful, perfect for entryways and bedrooms. Neutrals can bring warmth and elegance to any office or bathroom.

Interior Colors You’ll Love for Years to Come

It’s important to remember you don’t have to be bound by any rules or established color schemes. When deciding on interior colors, pick something you like that you think is a good fit for the space you are working with. You can always change it up if you decide it’s not the look you wanted.

A Colorful Tropicana Home

We want your new Tropicana house will feel like a home, and we’re sure it will once you’ve chosen interior colors that work for you! If you’ve put some thought into the color scheme for your home, but still haven’t decided on a house, take a look at our floorplans! We build beautiful new homes throughout El Paso, Texas and you’re bound to find something you love! For additional information on our floorplans and communities, contact one of our sales professionals.


Summer Fun at Home: How to Have the Ultimate Staycation in Your Tropicana Home

July 26, 2019

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Did you know that this summer, over a third of Americans are planning to go on a vacay? What’s more, their summer holiday plans include a budget of around $2,373! That said, if you haven’t made your own summer plans yet, now’s the best time to. After all, vacations can do wonders to our mental health and well-being. Also, you don’t have to worry much about the stress of planning, especially if you opt for a staycation. Ready to make the most out of your summer in your own Tropicana home? Then let’s get this list of the best staycation ideas started!

Take Your Family to a “World Food Tour”

Take advantage of your Tropicana Home’s energy-efficient, stainless steel appliances! With these, you can whip up delicious and tasty meals for the entire family. You’ve already saved cash on not booking flights and accommodations, so you can splurge a bit.   To make it even more exciting, prepare meals from different countries. This way, you can have your family on a world food tour without even leaving your home.

Make Your Staycation an Everyday Spa Day

Turn your already spacious and comfy Tropicana Home’s bathroom into a luxury spa. All you need are some bath oils, bubble bath, and DIY facial treatments. To make it even more relaxing, light some candles and play your favorite soothing tunes.

Have a Fam Picnic on Your Own Outdoor Living Space

Were you aware that on average, Americans spend a shocking 90% of their time indoors? That’s why you should use staycations as a chance to spend some time outdoors. One idea is to hold a family picnic on your own garden filled with pretty Texas native plants. For yourself and your partner, get a few bottles of wine, some fancy cheese, crackers, and fruits. For the kids, prepare healthy, tasty snacks in your beautiful Tropicana Home kitchen.

Read a Book or Simply Chill Out on Your Tropicana Home’s Garden

Another of the best outdoor staycation tips is to designate a lounge spot in your garden. All you need are some comfy outdoor furniture, like a table, chairs, and a large patio umbrella. Use this space to take a nap, relax, meditate, or finally read that book you bought ages ago! By extending your living space outdoors, you can get your Zen on during your time off from work. You can also have a BBQ or even host dinner with friends on your outdoor space!

Start Planning Your Unforgettable Staycation in Your Very Own Tropicana Home

As you can see, a staycation can be as (or even more) awesome as one outside the city or the country. What’s more, you only need a few days of prep work and then it’s all fun and games after. Besides, your Tropicana Home is already cozy, comfortable, and filled with great amenities. All these may even make you prefer staycations over road trips or long-distance trips! Ready for more tips to enjoy your home this summer? Then be sure to check out our guide on summer monsoon protection for your home! Please feel free to get in touch with us too if there’s anything we can do to help you further enjoy your Tropicana home.


Protect Your New Home From the Rainy Season

June 27, 2019

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Do you live in the El Paso area? Worried about the rainy summer season, and what it could possibly do to your home? Well, this time of the year can be serious with its hail and flash flooding, but it’s not too bad if you properly prepare!

How to Protect Your Home from Heavy Rain

Are you looking for the ins-and-outs of protecting your home against summer monsoons? In this article, the experts at Tropicana Homes are sharing the best tips and tricks on handling heavy rain season. So, you can relax knowing you’re ready for whatever the season throws at you.

Inspect the Trees on Your Property

Do you have any big beautiful trees on your property? Well, you may want to trim them! Heavy branches can easily snap and cause damage to your home or family, and strong wind can even cause them to collapse. It’s best to take a tour of your property and take note of any trees in need of trimming. By thinning them, you can reduce their risk of blowing too much in the wind. Be sure to pay special attention to the trees closest to your house or driveway.

Check on Your Roof

July and August are most known for their heavy rain and heat. And the average rainfall in El Paso is 1.55 inches in July and 2.01 inches in August. So, it’s best to take precaution to make sure your roof is ready for a little extra rain. If you find any holes or cracks, call up a professional to help with your repairs or if you want to make it a DIY project then you can buy roof sealer at any home improvement retail company for a reasonable price.

Waterproof Your Entryways

Whether you have an old home or a brand new one, you should always be taking steps to keep your property as weatherproof as possible. It’s best to weatherproof your entryways every year, as the protections will wear down with every rain season. So, make sure to replace your weather strips regularly, and seal your floors if possible to prevent indoor flooding from excess water.

Award-Winning Warranty Service

If you have a Tropicana Home, you should know you have more than expert craftsmanship on your side. Tropicana Homes offers an outstanding warranty department and service. This means you’re in good hands no matter what our extreme desert weather may bring. Tropicana Homes has won a multitude of prestigious awards, including the 2018 Real Texas Builders Award for best Volume Builder. Everything you need to know about this award-winning warranty service can be found in your closing package. And if you can’t find your documents log into your Homeowners Portal where you can find all of the files that you need to keep you home in the best of conditions. Don’t forget to ask your agent how to sign up!

Is Your Home Ready for the Rain?

By following these simple tips you can prepare your home the best way possible. So if you’re looking for a home in the El Paso area and you’re not sure where to start your search? Then you can take the first step by visiting our floorplans and communities to see what home and location is perfect for you. Contact us to find your dream home today!


Texas Native Plants to Complement your Tropicana Dream Home!

May 28, 2019

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Buying a new home is an exciting experience, and it’s not over as soon as you get your keys. The fun part comes when it’s time to make your home yours and unique. One great wat to achieve that is by creating it’s own front yard landscaping. This will give you new home a personality of it’s own. Tropicana Homes and Patriot Mortgage are here to share with you some helpful tips on how to create a beautiful front yard for your new home with plants that can withstand our desert weather. Everyone can appreciate a well-kept garden. But keeping one up to shape and looking lively all year long can become quite the challenge, especially in an area like Texas. With high heat and drought-like conditions being the norm for many months out of the year, there are certain plants native to Texas which are better suited for a local garden than other plants.  Not only can Texas native plants spruce up your garden but they can help attract some interesting birds as well. Read on, and we’ll walk you through which plants and flowers will work best in your Texas garden!

Consider These Texas Native Plants

Plants native to Texas are typically drought-tolerant, flood-tolerant, or both. They are often able to withstand extreme heat, but this also means they probably will require full sun.

Black-Eyed Susan 

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The Black-eyed Susan is a popular perennial coneflower native to Texas. This plant blooms throughout the summer and features vibrant golden flowers with a black center. These are great drought-resistant plants and make excellent cut flowers with large blooms up to 5 inches wide. 

Texas Lantana

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The Texas Lantana is another great native perennial. Not only is it drought tolerant but it is salt tolerant as well. This Lantana’s orange to yellow flowers is well-known for attracting butterflies. It too blooms throughout the summer and needs full sun.

Prickly Pear Cactus

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The state plant of Texas, this attractive variety of cactus bears edible fruit and can be planted anytime. There are around 20 species of the Prickly Pear Cactus native to Texas. It often bears yellow flowers and also requires full sun.

Agarita

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The Agarita is a fun native Texas shrub that features yellow flowers and bears red berries. It typically blooms between February and April. This drought-resistant plant also has prickly leaves so be careful where you decide to plant it.  It is recommended that you plant Agarita in either early fall or early spring. Keep in mind that they typically grow between 3 and 6 feet high. This shrub does great in all regions of Texas. 

Gulf Coast Muhly

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Gulf Coast Muhly is a strong native perennial grass with airy seed heads during the fall which produces magnificent colors. It is best to plant these in early fall or early spring. It is also recommended that the Gulf Coast Muhly gets full sun although it will be okay with some shade. This grass can grow to be around 2 feet high with a spread of 2 to 3 feet. Gulf Coast Muhly needs to be cut back each year. Many gardeners tend to focus just on flowers but combining them with native grass is an excellent way to add variety to your garden. 

Texas Frogfruit

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Texas Frogfruit is one of the Texas native plants which helps prevent soil erosion. This groundcover spreads quickly and is known as a good host for butterfly larvae.  It requires very little water but should not be moved while blooming. It typically only grows to around 5 inches tall and blooms between May and October.  It bears white flowers with 5 petals and spreads to 3 feet. The plant can also handle drought conditions as well as flooding, making it very versatile. Texas Frogfruit is also deer resistant. 

The Perfect Home for the Perfect Garden

When working on your perfect garden featuring those Texas native plants, you want to make sure that it is complementing your perfect El Paso home.  We at Tropicana Homes want to help you get there. We build new homes throughout El Paso and have been named ”Builder of the Year” 3 times by the Texas Association of Builders including “Best Volume Builder for the Year 2018”. And you can get up to 6% contribution when you use our preferred lender, Patriot Mortgage.You can even use a portion of that contribution as landscaping allowance and get a head start on that garden! Contact us today to get started on your next dream home!


Tax Return Season: Why It's the Best Time to Buy Your Tropicana Home!

March 13, 2019

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There will be approximately 5.7 million homes sold this year in the US. And, most home buyers will be looking for ways to cut costs. Buying a new home is an extremely exciting process. Whether it’s your first home or you are looking to upgrade your home, it’s one of the most important investments you’ll make. This is the reason why many homeowners like to time their purchase. Seasonality can have a huge impact on home sales. Knowing when it is the right time can help you save a lot of money. Tax return season is a prime example. In this article, we’ll go over the definition of tax returns. We’ll also explain why this is the best time to buy a home.

Benefits of Purchasing a New Home

At Tropicana Homes, we focus on building new houses in El Paso. We also work with our sister company Patriot Mortgage that provides full service mortgage company services. Every day, we witness the benefits that folks enjoy when buying their own home. Having your own home provides a feeling of stability. Your family can return to a home that’s yours at the end of every day. Real estate is also a great financial investment. In most cases, property doesn’t lose value. And, if you take care of it, you may even turn a profit when it’s time to resell. This is even truer if you decide to build a new house. Read our two articles on how to take care of your home during the harsh El Paso winter and the heat of our summers! Additionally, owning a house can bring great tax benefits. And, by timing your purchase right, you can save a significant amount of money.

What Is a Tax Return?

The tax return process defines how much money you have to pay in taxes. You have to make an annual statement that includes all income and expenses. It can also include exceptions and deductions that ultimately lower your taxes.

Why is Tax Return Season the Best Time to Buy a Home?

As the name suggests, tax return season is the time of the year to fill out this paperwork. What’s more, this is one of the best times to buy a home as well. Here are some reasons why:

Allows You to Deduce Mortgage Points

Mortgage points are tax deductible. The earlier you start these payments, the more money you’ll save.

Interests and Property Tax are Also Deductible

The same logic applies to interest. Interest rates are a deductible expense. Same goes for property tax, so starting early on means saving more money.

Build Your Dream Home Today

Buying a house is in most people’s life plan. That said, knowing when the best time to buy a home is can help you cut costs. Tax return season offers a great opportunity for potential buyers, so make sure you take advantage of it this year. You can learn more about building a new house by contacting us today. Our team  of knowledgable sales professionals will be happy to assist you and find your ideal home. View our available floorplans and communities for more information.

Receive Up To 6% Contributions with Patriot Mortgage

In order to offer you the best home-buying experience Tropicana Homes’ recommends their preferred lender, Patriot Mortgage to assist customers with their home financing needs. Patriot Mortgage is a full-service mortgage company assisting El Paso families for over 20 years to purchase their home and is locally owned and operated.  When buying a Tropicana Home and financing through Patriot Mortgage you can obtain up to 6 percent of the home purchase price towards your closing costs. This can be used towards a combination of costs including closing costs, loan origination fees, as well as interest rate buy down, which can help lower your monthly mortgage.  Our sales professionals along with the team at Patriot Mortgage will work closely with you to ensure you apply the contribution based on what best fits your particular needs.


Why Choose Tropicana Homes?: A Look at the Recent Awards We've Won

February 20, 2019

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Are you looking for a new home in El Paso? You’re in good company! El Paso was one of the top five hottest real estate markets last year. And in 2017 it was one of the year’s best places to live. Building or buying a new home is an overwhelming process. You have to choose a style and a floor plan. You have to look at neighborhoods, school zones, and commute times. And you have to decide on a realtor and a building company. Wouldn’t it be easy if you could just choose the best? Tropicana Homes has many bests under its tool belt. Find out what awards we’ve won recently and historically.

2018 Real Texas Builder Awards

The El Paso Association of Builders recently celebrated their Real Texas Builder Awards. The association is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders and the Texas Association of Builders. Tropicana Homes and Tropicana Properties were the big winners. With 11 real estate award wins, more than any other builder, we edged out the competition in media, sales, and design. The awards were recently featured in the El Paso Times. View the article here.

Media

Tropicana took home the prize for media, both electronic and traditional. Our crisp, graphic print ad campaign and brochures were recognized for excellence. So was our electronic media ad. We also received accolades for our clean, high-resolution website. It’s easy to navigate, informative, and nice to look at. Our front elevation drawings are a classic and contemporary way to showcase floorplans.

Sales

Carla Smith won the award for best salesperson for her work in the Tres Sueños subdivision in East El Paso. Her warm rapport with clients and a sharp eye for the right fit makes Carla stand out. The Realtor of the Year award went to our very own Mollie Stopani. Professional and hardworking, Mollie goes the extra mile for her customers. Mollie works primarily in La Puesta del Sol in West El Paso, a prime location near the Outlet Shoppes and new West Towne Marketplace with plenty of biking, hiking, and parks. Whether you’re in East or West El Paso, we’ve got an award-winning realtor near you.

Design

As builders with a commitment to quality, the best awards to win are the ones that speak to that. Tropicana won the award for Best Volume Home Builder. For Tropicana Properties, we also collected a handful of design awards for our Dyer Palms property in Northeast El Paso, including Best Architectural Design, Community Space Design, Urban Multi-Family Design, and best Community Club House.

History of Accolades

This year was a banner year for awards, but Tropicana Homes has a history of achievement. With a steady habit of winning Builder of the Year from more than one building association, and even Texas Developer of the Year in 2009. We pride ourselves on our relationship to the El Paso community. We’ve also been on The City Magazine’s Best Of list as the Best Homebuilder of 2012.

Choose the Multiple Award Winning Tropicana Homes

If you could choose the best, why wouldn’t you? Tropicana Homes has the best of everything, from design to sales to marketing materials. If you’re looking for your dream home, contact one of our sales professionals to make the dream come true. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest from Tropicana.



New Year, New Home!

January 4, 2019

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What are your plans for 2019?

Many families are hoping that 2019 will be the year they finally become homeowners, and we can help. If home ownership is one of your 2019 goals, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to tell you why so many people in El Paso, Texas have become homeowners thanks to the knowledgeable sales team and excellent customer service only Tropicana Homes offers.

“2018 was a great year for Tropicana Homes. Now it’s time to start a new chapter and for many that may mean a new start in a new home. We are here to help you make your new home, new year resolution possible. With almost 70 years building homes in El Paso we can assure you that you will experience great service with quality construction. We look forward having the opportunity to serve you and your family in 2019.” Randy Bowling, President, Tropicana Homes  

Why We Can Help You Get The New Home Of Your Dreams

People have their pick of realtors and finance experts when they want to buy a home. But if you want to ensure that you get a well-built home that fits your needs, you should visit Tropicana Homes. Curious about why we stand out among the competition? Once you read this blog, you’ll understand why we are El Paso’s most trusted homebuilder since 1950, that’s almost 70 years!  

Find The Exact Home You Need

When you’re looking to purchase a home with traditional listings, a lot of buyers may have a variety of choices but there may also be an array of hidden issues. There may be repairs, you may lack additional rooms, and you could need to carry out other changes to make the home truly yours. That isn’t the case with Tropicana Homes. Just tell us the kind of house you want and we’ll help you find a new home that fits all of your needs from an array of available floorplans available.  How many bedrooms are you looking for? What amount of square footage do you require to make your home feel comfortable for you and your family? All you need to do is choose what you want from our home floorplans, and we’ll help you find your perfect home. Read our previous blog to see why buying a newly constructed and move-in ready home is the right choice.  

Choice Communities 

Location is one of the most important factors when it comes to picking new homes, especially for families. All Tropicana Homes’ communities are conveniently located near great schools, shopping centers, restaurants, and local businesses- most are also located with easy access to the larger traffic corridors- including I-10 and Loop 375. We have many in the El Paso (East and West) area including Horizon City, Socorro, and Clint. When you visit any of our model homes you’ll see why our communities and homes are a great way to start this new year.  

Receive Up To 6% Contributions with Patriot Mortgage

In order to offer you the best home-buying experience Tropicana Homes’ recommends their preferred lender, Patriot Mortgage to assist customers with their home financing needs. Patriot Mortgage is a full-service mortgage company assisting El Paso families for over 20 years to purchase their home and is locally owned and operated.  When buying a Tropicana Home and financing through Patriot Mortgage you can obtain up to 6 percent of the home purchase price towards your closing costs. This can be used towards a combination of costs including closing costs, loan origination fees, as well as interest rate buy down, which can help lower your monthly mortgage.  Our sales professionals along with the team at Patriot Mortgage will work closely with you to ensure you apply the contribution based on what best fits your particular needs.  

Next Steps

Now that you know where to find your new home, it’s time to find the house that you and your family will love. We’re here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today so you can receive more information about any of our available floorplans, move-in ready homes, communities, and sales professionals. If you want to learn more about our finance options, check out the website for Patriot Mortgage.


New Home For the Holidays!

December 7, 2018

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“The Holidays are a season to surround yourself with family and friends. That’s why at Tropicana Homes we design and build every home with that welcoming feeling everyone enjoys. We are excited to see so many new families moving into their Tropicana Homes before the holidays, and are proud to know that we will be a part of their family holiday tradition.” - Randy Bowling, President, Tropicana Homes

  A recent study found the average homeowner spent an additional average of $6,649 on home improvement projects after buying a resale home. If you are looking to buy a new home, you know costs can add up rather quickly.  How would you like to buy your home and not have to worry about any extra renovation costs?

  Get Started in Your New Location Immediately

No need to worry about how to fix up a few things when you move into one of our move-in ready homes it’s all done for you! It can be difficult to figure out how to get some things done especially when you are in a new community or a new part of town. With a home that doesn’t need any extra maintenance you can now focus your time on getting acquainted with your new community and enjoying the many amenities any of our communities have to offer.  You don’t have to worry about any construction schedules or waiting for something to get done. Your home is waiting for you!

  Know Exactly What You Get

Every Tropicana move-in ready Home is clean, energy efficient, and includes stainless steel appliances. There are no guesses what it will look like after you upgrade the kitchen or bathroom. What you see is what you get or an even better feature, with our current Holiday incentive you’ll have the chance to apply $500 towards any upgrade of your choice. That means you’ll have a beautiful home just in time for the Holidays!

  Fewer Big Investments with Little Maintenance

Minimal maintenance is nice but there could be more costs in addition to maintenance that add up rather quickly. Our new move-in ready homes are built to have lower maintenance with energy-efficient appliances, the newest flooring, and the latest construction materials. If you need to do major updates like electric, new furnace, or plumbing, you could have to spend extra thousands of dollars. Your budget will thank you for buying a move-in ready home!

  Personalize Immediately

Because you don’t have to worry about costly upgrades or repairs, you can spend money personalizing your new home immediately. If there is a wall you’d like to paint or shutters you’d like to have on the windows, we can help you get those upgrades with our Holiday Incentive. That way your new home will have your personal touch. All you need to do now is to bring in your furniture and accessories. You can stop by any of our model homes to get some ideas on how to decorate!

  Enjoy it Now

Imagine just getting the keys and walking into your dream home. Add your furniture and your personal items and you are done. Sounds like a nice holiday gift doesn’t it? Buying in a new community gives you several homes to choose from. You can find open floor plans, two-story homes, or even homes with a three car garage. Enjoy the home you have always wanted immediately without the “what if.”

  About Tropicana Homes

Now finding your dream home is easy! We have communities in Horizon City, Socorro, East and West El Paso, and Clint, Texas to meet the needs of all buyers. Whether you want a country vibe, in the middle of it all, or near Fort Bliss, there is a community for you. Check out our floorplans to help you find the move-in ready home of your dreams. Find the plan in the community you want with the right amount of space for you and your family.

  Ready for Your Move-In Home?

You work hard and deserve to live in a community that you and your family can enjoy for years.  Not to mention, Tropicana Homes is offering a $500 towards any upgrade on your new dream home! We have a variety of floor plans to meet your family’s needs. Our communities are close to it all-shopping, restaurants, highways, and great schools. Contact us today to find your new home!



Find Your Dream Home With our New E-Series Homes!

October 30, 2018

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Dream homes come in all shapes and sizes. With our new Tropicana Homes “E-Series”, we bring quality and affordability together with the latest design aesthetics to create a home your family will love. Find out why our newest E-Series floorplans are the perfect way to live in a beautiful, efficiently built at a prime location. 

What is Efficiency?

When it comes to building homes for a lifetime, Tropicana Homes does not take any short cuts. Our E-Series homes are built to suit the needs of families that are looking to buy their first home. We’ve designed homes that offer spacious rooms, excellent structure, strong foundations, and affordable pricing. That is why our homes are made efficiently with you and your family in mind. Finding your dream home has never been easier!

Our E-Series Dream Homes are Move-In Ready

All the homes in our E-Series neighborhood will be move-in ready. That means that as soon as you close on your new house you will receive the keys and make it into your new home in no time. Just walk through the doors and enjoy the feeling of owning a brand-new home made with you in mind. 

5 Beautiful Floorplans To Choose From

Our new E-Series homes offer 5 different move-in ready floorplans for you to choose from. Find the home that is perfect for you, your family, and your future. If you are looking for a one story home then view our Brandon, Bryan, and Nicole floorplans. These homes offer 3 - 4 bedrooms and 2 - 3 bathrooms. We also offer 2, two-story homes perfect for any family! View our Emerald and Topaz floorplans and see if these beautiful floorplans are just what you need. All of our E-Series homes offer open living spaces, cozy bedrooms, and the homebuilding quality that only Tropicana Homes can offer. 

Featured Floorplan: The Emerald

This 1,910 sq. ft. two-story home is sure to stun your guests with its covered patio and slightly curved front porch. On the first floor you’ll have an open space living/ dining/ kitchen, office area, and full bathroom. On the second floor you’ll see two cozy bedrooms with a shared full bathroom, a loft area that is perfect for entertaining, a convenient upstairs laundry area, and a spacious master bedroom and bathroom. The master suite is complete with a double sink, a walk-in shower, and a walk-in closet. If the Emerald is your dream home then stop by and see which one of the three move-in ready homes is for you!

Location Amenities

Your new neighborhood will be in an excellent location on the Eastside of El Paso. Our E-Series homes are available in our Mesquite Trails community that is conveniently located off of Pellicano Dr. and only a short drive away from Loop 375 and the I-10 exit. They are also near the Zaragoza shopping and restaurant district and many schools. That means that your commute will be easy and there will be plenty to see, do, and eat on the weekends.

In-Home Amenities

  • 9’ ceilings on the first floor
  • Entry door lock with a smart-key feature - allows us to rekey your home after closing
  • Front door with wrought iron, accenting a textured glass surface for a high level of privacy or solid door
  • Back door with tempered glass
  • Security system with battery backup; contacts on all doors and prewired windows
  • 16”x16” floor and wall tile with several colors to choose from 2” faux wood blinds on all major windows
  • Walk-in master closets with high and low clothing rods
  • Maple cabinets with several color choices
  • Smoke/carbon monoxide detectors
  • Extensive choice of colors in Eggshell paint from Sherwin-Williams
  • Rocker switches throughout
  • Ceiling fans with light kits in master bedroom, family room, and loft
  • All bedrooms prewired for ceiling fans
  • TV outlets for cable or satellite in all bedrooms, loft, and living area
  • Phone outlets in living area and master bedroom
  • Raised panel interior doors with nickel hardware
  • Beautiful Delta Peerless(R) plumbing fixtures with a lifetime warranty
  • PEX water supply lines
  • Dual flush elongated commodes
  • Granite in kitchen and cultured marble in bathrooms
  • Tile on walls of tubs and showers

Our Quality Guarantee

At Tropicana Homes, we stand by the integrity of our product. We offer one year warranty coverage against defects in material and workmanship. Two years on insurance protection pertaining to the major systems in your home such as plumbing, heating & cooling, roofing, and the electrical system. In addition, you’ll have a ten year insurance to protect your home against major structural defects. When you move into a Tropicana Home, we want to make sure the only thing you have to worry about is what color to make the curtains.

Inventory Updates

We are constantly growing and building new homes every day. Many of our E-Series homes are move-in ready and some are along the way! If you’d like to know more about the status of your future home, please contact Angela Feathers at (915) 588-9133 or at her email afeather2@aol.com. You can also visit our E-Series community webpage here: https://tropicanahomes.com/e-series or at our Mesquite Trails model home at 12601 Josie Tinajero, 79928. Take the first step into becoming the proud owner of a beautiful Tropicana Home today!


Why the Holidays are a Good Time to Buy a Home

September 26, 2018

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The weather is starting to cool down, the days are getting shorter, and sweaters have been taken out of storage. This could only mean one thing: the Holiday season is coming! Many potential homeowners wonder, “when is it a good time to buy a home?” Read on to learn why the holiday season is the best time to buy a house.

*“THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS MEANT TO BE SPENT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AS WELL AS TO MAKING MEMORIES THAT WILL ONE DAY BE GREATLY CHERISHED. THAT’S WHY OUR COMMITMENT TO BUILDING YOUR TROPICANA HOME WITH ONLY THE BEST IS OUR PRIORITY. WE WANT YOU TO SPEND THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, AND EVERY SEASON IN A HOME YOU WILL LOVE AND ENJOY.” - RANDY BOWLING, PRESIDENT, TROPICANA HOMES *

Sales, Sales, Sales

One of the best things about the holiday season is the sales. You can get the best prices on everything you need for your new home by shopping during the holiday season. Whether you need kitchenware or decor items, the holiday season offers you excellent savings so you can furnish your home for less. Two great things that Tropicana Homes provides can also help you settle in even faster during the holidays are the stainless steel GE appliances that are incorporated into every home and select finished homes that include furniture in the living and dining rooms! This means that your home will be Holiday ready as soon as you walk through the door.

Move-in Ready Homes

One of the best things about moving into a brand new build is that it is move-in ready. Just unlock the front door and bring in your things. You’ll be able to enjoy the holidays at home without organizing renovations or repairs. Tropicana Homes offers a variety of available inventory in our different communities. Feel free to ask any of our knowledgable sales professionals for the move-in ready homes that are in their communities and find your dream home in no time! Do you prefer to have an open floor plan? Or do you love the idea of a great room that features both a dining room and living room? Do you want a one or two story home? You can have exactly what you’ve always dreamed of when you buy a new build. Just turn the key and you’re home! Take a look at our array of floorplans that range from 1,150 Sq. Ft. to 3,430 Sq. Ft. Plus, we have 12 communities throughout the El Paso area including, Horizon City, Socorro, Texas or Clint, Texas. Read about how to find the right neighborhood for you.

Tax Benefits

Closing on a house during the holiday season could give you a major tax advantage for the upcoming year, especially if you are buying a house as an investment property. You might be able to deduct property taxes and the interest rate on your new mortgage on this year’s taxes. The more your house costs, the higher the property taxes. Then, during tax season, the higher the deductions you’ll enjoy. Our preferred lender, Patriot Mortgage, is happy to help you make getting your mortgage simple and straightforward. You’ll also receive up to 6% closings costs when going through Patriot Mortgage. Everyone’s financial situation is different so buying a home during the holidays might not help you pay fewer taxes. We recommend you speak to your tax accountant to find out if a tax saving applies to you.

New Year, New Term

Starting at a new school once the school year has started, especially at the start of a term, is ideal. For one thing, the kids will easily develop friendships by the time summer vacation arrives. When those long, hot days of summer come around, your kids will have many school friends they can call on to enjoy the sunshine together. Every Tropicana Homes community is conveniently located near great schools that range from Preschool to High School. View our previous blog to learn on how to find the perfect school for your children while you find the Tropicana Home of your dreams! For adults, moving over the holidays means starting off the new year right. Whether you have new years resolutions or want a fresh start at something in your life, your new home can help get you going.

Enjoy the Holiday Season

We hope you found this post on moving during the holiday season helpful. We want everyone to find the home of their dreams during any season. Moving into a new home is a rewarding feeling but finding the right time to do so can be intimidating, but that’s why our amazing sales professionals and us are here to help you no matter if it’s a sunny summer day or a cloudy winter afternoon. Call us or visit any of our amazing model homes for more information on how to become a Tropicana Homes owner today!


Finding Your Dream Home and Their Dream School

August 29, 2018

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Finding your dream home can seem like an overwhelming task. Those looking to find the perfect house, you want to have it all. This means the right size, the right community, the right price and of course, the right schools for your children. Luckily, all of this is within your reach. With just a little bit of research savvy and the right kind of help, you’ll be able to find your dream home in no time at all! At Tropicana Homes we’ll help you find the perfect home, with location, quality and floorplan in mind.

  “BUILDING HOMES AT TROPICANA MEANS BUILDING MEMORIES FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. EL PASO IS A GREAT CITY THAT IS CONSTANTLY GROWING, AND WE HAVE OUR YOUTH TO THANK FOR IT. AS OUR COMMUNITY GROWS, AND GENERATIONS PASS, OUR PRIORITY IS AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE BUILD QUALITY, ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES IN GREAT COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT EL PASO. WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY’S FUTURE IN MIND”. - RANDY BOWLING, PRESIDENT, TROPICANA HOMES 

  Consider Your Needs

  This should always be your starting point, as listing your needs will accelerate your house hunting journey, so you can be all settled in your perfect home as soon as possible. Stop for a second and think; “what does my perfect home look like?”. It’s all about asking yourself the right questions. How long do you want your commute to be? Do you need a guest bedroom? How much garage space do you want? And to help answer these questions, you can visit our variety of floorplans to help you find exactly what you need with a few clicks.  Once you have your wishlist in place, you’ll be able to work with your realtor to find the right place in the shortest possible time. Luckily we have communities in El Paso, Horizon City, Socorro, and Clint, Texas which suit the needs of every type of buyer! For those looking for a more countryside feel with close links to the city, Rio Bravo can provide your family with those relaxing country vibes. Alternatively, if you’d rather be in the middle of the action, Mesquite Trails or Aviator Trails are close to the heart of the bustling Zaragoza district, with plenty of top-notch schools nearby. If you are looking for something in Horizon City, we have Horizon Hills with a great elementary school nearby! Or if you are working nearby or in Fort Bliss and have you children go to the school that is closest to the base we also have our Tres Sueños community that offers quick access to Loop 375 and Montana Ave.  On the Westside of El Paso we have La Puesta del Sol that is in the Canutillo School District with Canutillo High School only a short drive away. And if you’re looking to settle down on the Eastside we have Emerald Park, Mission ridge, and Painted Desert at Mission Ridge with great schools all a convenient drive away! Once you know what you want, we can help you take care of the rest.

  Find Your Dream Home for Your Kids

  When people ask how to find a home for them, the children are naturally at the top of everyone’s mind. When buyers say “I want to find my dream home”, they also mean they want the dream schools. You’ll want to ensure wherever you move can provide the best possible future for your kids, so don’t be afraid to make this clear. As always, do your research! Check a school’s ratings online for the peace of mind you deserve and don’t forget to make the time to visit schools in the communities that you’re considering, as this is the best way to learn. There’s no shortage of high-performing schools across the region, with the Americas Estates being in close proximity to some of the best schools in the state. All of our communities are located close to acclaimed and highly rated elementary, middle and high schools, so you really will have many options to choose from. You can see the nearest schools in our community webpages as well, not only that but we also give you an extensive list of nearby attractions, family entertainment, popular restaurants, and local businesses that will help you settle in faster into your new neighborhood! Don’t hesitate to shop around to find the school that you think is right for your children.

  Learn More

  At Tropicana Homes we offer great locations, boast an exceptional quality of craftsmanship and customer service, and a hugely diverse range of homes for everybody’s taste, budget, and needs. If you want to find your dream home and ensure your child gets the best education available, get in touch today and let us help you make your dream home a reality.


Painted Desert at Mission Ridge and USDA Loans

July 25, 2018

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Every homebuyer knows the frustration of struggling to find exactly what they want and where they want it. Fitting your budget, your space needs, and your ideal location all at once is no small feat. If you’re feeling that pain, perhaps it’s time to try something new. Painted Desert- At Mission Ridge is a brand new community that has opened in the far east of El Paso, TX. It offers a variety of great benefits that make it worth a closer look if you’re ready to buy a home.

What’s Unique about Painted Desert at Mission Ridge in El Paso? Painted Desert at Mission Ridge aims to bring a great new option to homebuyers in El Paso by combining all these great features:

“WE ARE PROUD TO INTRODUCE PAINTED DESERT AT MISSION RIDGE AS THE NEWEST ADDITION TO OUR TROPICANA HOMES COMMUNITIES, AND ARE ALSO EXCITED TO SHOW EL PASO TWO OF OUR NEWEST FLOORPLANS AS MODEL HOMES, THE FRIDA AND THE BROOKS. WE ARE CONSTANTLY LOOKING FOR WAYS TO HELP EL PASO’S FAMILIES FIND AND BECOME OWNERS OF THEIR DREAM HOMES.” - RANDY BOWLING, PRESIDENT, TROPICANA HOMES

Affordable Options

Homes in Painted Desert at Mission Ridge start at just $150,000, making them accessible to nearly any budget. While most homes in this price range are older and may have countless hidden problems, this price is a rare bargain for new construction. If you’re looking for something more high-end or more spacious, Painted Desert at Mission Ridge also features over a dozen different floor plans ranging up to four bedrooms.

Exclusively Flat Roof or Clay Tile

Painted Desert at Mission Ridge has covenants that require all homes to be built exclusively with a flat or clay tile roof. Keeping all the homes in the community under a similar esthetic. This gives the neighborhood a welcoming and aesthetically pleasing presence. Just another great reason and amenity for you and you family to buy one of our beautiful homes!

Vibrant Neighborhood

For your property values and your own enjoyment, everyone wants to buy their home in an up-and-coming neighborhood. Painted Desert at Mission Ridge is located in the rising East Side of El Paso. This area has plenty of community events and new businesses coming in every day: the perfect environment for a new homeowner.

Eligible for USDA Financing

A great asset to Painted Desert at Mission Ridge is that it is within the eligible area for USDA benefits! A USDA mortgage loan does not require any down payment: an extremely unique advantage. These loans also have very low-interest rates. Depending on your income, your loan may be provided by a local lender and guaranteed by the USDA. Or, the loan may be provided by the USDA themselves. To qualify for a USDA loan, your new home needs to fit specific requirements based on the qualifications specified by the USDA program. Painted Desert at Mission Ridge fits these requirements, as do several of Tropicana Homes’ communities, including Horizon Hills, Aviator Trails, Emerald Park, and Mission Ridge. We also work with our preferred lender, Patriot Mortgage, who are already experienced in and able to assist with USDA loans. This gives you an easier, faster home buying process. They also offer up to 6% in closing costs when buying a Tropicana Home. 

Easy to Reach

No one wants to buy a new home that’s a struggle to access or take on a difficult commute. One of Painted Desert at Mission Ridge’s most convenient features is that it has easy access to the I-10 freeway and Loop 375. Find you new home between two important streets, Eastlake Blvd. that will give you quick access to the I-10 freeway and Pellicano Dr. that is only a short drive away from Loop 375. 

Backed by a Reputable Company

Some homeowners are hesitant to buy into a new community. Painted Desert at Mission Ridge, however, is backed by the long-standing and reputable company Tropicana Homes. Tropicana Homes has been building in El Paso since 1950 and is proud to have a reputation for success and boasts of excellent customer service reviews. You can rest assured that your new home was built with the best of quality materials and craftsmanship.

How to Tour Painted Desert

All the qualities above make Painted Desert at Mission Ridge a great place for your new home, and a great way to get into East El Paso while it’s on the rise! If you want to learn more or tour a home at Painted Desert at Mission Ridge, Israel Dominguez at (915) 494-8001 or via email at israeldomingue@gmail.com


Tropicana Homes Grows, Gets Noticed - Bowlings Make Builder Magazine’s Top 10 list

July 17, 2018

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By David Crowder / El Paso Inc. staff writer Jul 16, 2018

Tropicana Homes of El Paso saw a 93-percent jump in closings from 2015 to 2017, landing the company in the No. 3 spot on Builder Magazine’s latest list of “fastest-growing, up and coming” builders. In 2015, Tropicana’s sold 180 single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums. In 2017, the company sold 347, and sales hit $59 million. “We’re proud to live and work in the El Paso community,” said Randy Bowling, president of Tropicana Homes. “The growth we’ve seen is a great indicator of our dedication and pride we take in our homes and the service we provide.”

Tropicana isn’t the only El Paso company to find a favorable place this year in one of Builder Magazine’s rankings. Desert View, Saratoga Homes and Carefree homes are El Paso’s biggest homebuilders, according to the magazine. Desert View’s had 866 closings in 2017, representing $213 million in sales. Saratoga sold 540 homes, with $107 million in sales. And Carefree closed 407 homes, with sales of $75 million. But it was Tropicana Homes’ 92.78-percent increase in closings – from 180 closings to 347 over two years that put the company in third place on the up-and-comers list. Tropicana builds and sells homes that range from $120,000 to $400,000 in 12 subdivisions throughout El Paso, with most in Far East neighborhoods, including Horizon, Clint and Socorro. In another line of business, Tropicana Building is a known leader here and across the state for apartment projects that provide subsidized housing for low- and moderate-income residents.“We do townhome condo-type apartments and quadraplexes, and in the last 12 months, we built 352 apartments – three complexes with no second story units – a huge increase for us,” said Bobby Bowling IV, president of Tropicana Building. Financed with federal tax credits that attract investors, those complexes went up on Dyer in Northeast, on Pebble Hills on the Eastside and in Montana Vista. “I love this program, and can talk about it all day,” Bowling said. “Let’s say you’re in an entry-level job making $25,000 a year. You qualify for a three-bedroom apartment with your wife and two kids. But say you do a great job and get a raise to $40,000. In the Section 8 and all the HUD programs, they kick you out because you make too much,” he explained. But in the tax credit program, he said, the only year that matters is the renter’s first year, which means they keep their subsidized apartment as their income goes up – and can save for a down payment. “The coolest thing is we’ve sold houses to some of those people,” Bowling said. Tropicana offers free, on-site financial counseling courses to its renters to help them save money for education or a home. They also provide GED courses and social services, including English language instruction. “We have seven homes under contract right now, and we’ll probably close 15 to 20 this year,” Randy Bowling said. “We’ve sold over 50 homes to former renters. Lawmakers love that story. That was the intent of the program at its inception.” Bobby Bowling regularly testifies about the tax credit program before the Texas Legislature. “They hate hand-out programs, and always think that’s what the tax credit program is,” he said. “Then, when I tell them about it and share anecdotes from people who went from nothing to home ownership, they love that.” Bowling describes the El Paso market as solid.

“It’s steady growth, not boom and bust, and that is very good for us when we’re doing $20-million projects, because we need to forecast out for two years in advance,” Bobby Bowling said. Tropicana collects about $2 million a month in rents, he said, and does $30 million to $50 million in apartment construction a year. Single-family home sales typically run about $40 million a year, and Tropicana’s mortgage company, Patriot Mortgage, does about $65 million a year in originations with the help of Tropicana Realty’s agents. Those home and apartment building projects go up on the city’s fringes. Both Bowlings see long-term, hard-to-solve problems for the aging neighborhoods in the heart of El Paso. The city’s two major school districts, El Paso and Ysleta, are struggling with student shortages while the Canutillo district on the Westside and Socorro on the city’s Far Eastside are having trouble keeping up with the growth. “You have to go where there’s a neighborhood with 200 homes that are old, and somebody has to buy all of them, bulldoze it and start from scratch,” Bobby Bowling said. “We need at least 50 acres to make the economies of scale work for single family homes.”

Article extracted from the El Paso Inc. website. View the article on their website here: http://www.elpasoinc.com/news/local_news/tropicana-homes-grows-gets-noticed/article_2a962e90-8872-11e8-8c9a-6b7ee4932660.html


Military Families: Find Your Dream Home with Tropicana

June 26, 2018

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Many soldiers move to El Paso each year because of the famous military base, Fort Bliss. If  you are going to relocate your entire family, you’ll need to choose a community in El Paso that they will be comfortable in. You also need to choose the perfect home or apartment to suit all your family’s needs. That’s where Tropicana Homes and Tropicana Properties comes in. Read on to find out more about how Tropicana is perfect for families relocating to the El Paso area.

  What El Paso Has to Offer

Aside from its strong military presence, El Paso, Texas, is packed with activities for all the family to enjoy. The county offers a variety of cultural events and festivals. It also boasts a diverse climate and landscape. Switching between hot and cold desert climates, El Paso is perfect for hiking, swimming, and you may see a little snow too. You’ll also experience some of the most amazing sunsets Texas can offer. Plus, if all the above isn’t enough, El Paso City is the second safest city in the US.  

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  “EL PASO IS ONE OF THE GREATEST PLACES TO LIVE AND RAISE A FAMILY. WITH TROPICANA, WE PROVE THAT EVERY DAY.” - RANDY BOWLING, PRESIDENT, TROPICANA HOMES  

If you’re relocating to El Paso, Tropicana Homes and Tropicana Properties can help you! Here is a little bit about us and where you can find us:  

Tropicana Properties- Apartments in El Paso

If your relocation in El Paso won’t be long enough to purchase a home, our sister company, Tropicana Properties, manages more than 29 apartment buildings in El Paso. Like Tropicana Homes, Tropicana Properties has apartment complexes all over the city of El Paso including Horizon City, Socorro, San Elizario, and Clint Texas. Every apartment includes washer and dryer, tiled floor throughout, clubhouses, playgrounds, free monthly activities for all the tenants, and military incentives. Visit the Tropicana Properties website for more information on their locations and incentives at www.tropicanaproperties.org.  

Tropicana Homes Communities:  

La Puesta Del Sol- West El Paso

If you want to be close to the city but still have mountain views, our Puesta Del Sol community is perfect for you. This community is located on the Westside of El Paso. All our homes are only a short drive away from shopping centers, a great outlet mall, the local casino, and a brand new hospital campus. You can enjoy this upper valley living from $180k. Take Transmountain to enjoy a scenic drive through the middle of the Franklin Mountains before you get to Fort Bliss. Contact Mollie Stopani for more information here: M.Stopani@tropicanahomes.com.  

Mesquite Trails and Aviator Trails- East El Paso

Our homes in Mesquite Trails and Aviator Trails start at $150k. It’s perfect if you like taking family outings to the shops and restaurants. It also has quick access to the I-10 freeway that can take you straight to Fort Bliss. Plus, it has some great schools in the area, ranging from elementary to high school. This community also boasts some of the most beautiful parks in El Paso. Contact Sylvia Sandoval for more information here: sylviashomes@gmail.com.  

Emerald Park, Painted Desert, and Mission Ridge- Far East El Paso

For an area with a bit more peace and quiet, check out our Emerald Park, Mission Ridge, and Painted Desert communities. They range from $150k to $300k and are only minutes away from great schools as well as the popular Horizon City golf course. These communities are all located in the growing area of the far Eastside of El Paso. Everyday new restaurants and shops are opening their doors making these communities part of the the future of our great city! Contact Israel Dominguez for more information here: israeldomingue@gmail.com.  

Horizon Hills and Cielo Del Rio- Far East El Paso

For a rural rush with some great area schools, you may want to check out our Horizon Hills community. Houses start at $140k and you’re only a short drive from the I-10 freeway, giving you quick access to the road that will take you wherever you and your family need to go for shopping, dining, or Fort Bliss. Located on the other side of I-10 and our Horizon Hills community is Cielo Del Rio. Find this quiet and tight knit community in Socorro, Texas.  t’s perfect if you want some peace and quiet without feeling alienated from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are dozens of floor plans to choose from and homes start at $130k. Contact Michelle Mata for more information here: michellem@elp.rr.com.  

Tres Sueños- East El Paso- just minutes from Ft. Bliss

The best way to make your commute shorter is by living in our Tres Sueños community. Only a few minutes away from Fort Bliss will make your days easier and travels faster. Located off of Montana Ave. your new home will be on one of the most important streets in El Paso. Montana will take you from your front door all the way down to the historic district of El Paso, while passing by hundreds of restaurants and shopping centers. With homes starting in the $170k contact Carla Smith for more information here: realtorcarlasmith@gmail.com.  

Rio Bravo

Our homes in Rio Bravo are surrounded by miles of farmland but only minutes away from El Paso city. You can find your ideal home for as little as $120k. Rio Bravo is located in the historic city of Clint, Texas. Find buildings that are built like in the times of cowboys and pioneers. Amazing starry nights and acres of crops growing throughout the year. Contact Manuel Gardea for more information here: gardea.m1969@gmail.com.   

Find Out More About Loans and Incentives

If you like the look of one of the Tropicana Homes, we also work closely with our preferred lender, Patriot Mortgage. Patriot can help you with every step of the mortgage process so that you have a stress-free experience buying your new family home. If you are relocating to El Paso with your family, why not reach out to one of our agents? They can give you a ton of information on our various military incentives and help you choose your dream family home.  

We are proud to say that many men and women of the military and their families have chosen us throughout the years. Here at Tropicana Homes and Tropicana Properties, we are committed to helping you find the right place for you to call your new home away from home. And above all, we are very thankful for your services to making this country a safe and wonderful nation. Now let us help you find the perfect place to rest your head after a long day.


Tropicana Homes' Ready for Summer Checklist

May 22, 2018

Th blog may18 2x 100 With winter out of the way and summer rapidly approaching, you’re probably ready to pull out your swimsuit and start planning an amazing summer. But before you do that, it’s important to get your home ready for the summer. Not sure how to get your home ready for summer? Tropicana Homes is here to help! We’ve put together this handy checklist to help keep energy costs low, prevent costly repairs, and keep your home looking stylish all season.

Tropicana Homes’ Ready for Summer Checklist

Getting your home ready for summer involves more than just breaking out the patio umbrella and laying out lawn chairs. Here are some tips that will help all homeowners, whether you’re an experienced home buyer or a new buyer living in one of our eleven communities through El Paso, Horizon, Socorro, and Clint.

Bug-Proof Your Home

Summer in El Paso is amazing. Don’t let pesky bugs ruin it. When preparing your home for summer, take a few extra steps to protect your home from insect invaders. Check out your windows and doors for any gaps or cracks, and make sure to seal them. You may also want to consult with a pest control expert and have your home fumigated with insecticide. If you don’t want to hire a professional, there are many cheap pest control products for purchase.

Get Your Air Conditioner Up and Running

Summers in El Paso get hot, so one of the first things you should do is make sure your air conditioner is in great working condition. If your air conditioner isn’t working properly, reach out to an HVAC professional who can inspect your unit for leaks or defects, and then repair it. And while you’re at it, you may want to consider installing a smart thermostat, which can help you cut down on cooling costs and save energy. Here are a few thing you should look at when preparing your ventilating and air conditioning:

  • Replace the air filter in your furnace/AC for maximum efficiency and improved indoor air quality.
  • Check that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order (replace batteries if necessary).
  • Program thermostat to save on cooling costs. Raise temperature 1 degree for every hour you’re gone, up to 5 degrees (never turn your air conditioner off!).
  • Make sure fans are switched to proper or counter-clockwise position, which will force room air down to give a wind chill effect.
  • Flash hot water tanks to remove sediment, and check the pressure relief valve to make sure it’s in proper working order. Lower temperature to save on energy and accommodate hot summer conditions.
  • Examine exposed ducts in the attic and crawl spaces, and use a sealant to plug any leaks.
  • Remove lint from dryer exhaust vent with long flexible brush.

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space

With the weather warming up, it’s time to take care of your lawn, garden, and deck areas. Here are some to-dos from our summer home checklist that will get your home summer ready.

  • Trim any overgrown branches back from the house and electrical wires to prevent wind-swept branches and causing property damage or a power problem.
  • Ensure rain drains away from the house to avoid foundation problems. The dirt grade — around the exterior of your home — should slope away from the house. Add extra dirt if necessary
  • Inspect your deck or balcony for splintering and treat, if needed, to prevent further deterioration over the winter
  • Make sure your exterior handrails are well secured
  • Inspect your outdoor lighting We also suggest you spruce up your flower beds by removing weeds and redefining bed edges with a spade. And while you’re at it why not fill in your grass and plant some beautiful and fragrant flowers to make sure your home looks even more beautiful.

Check Windows, Doors & Exteriors

Do you want to keep your home cool, prevent leaks, and keep the exterior of your home in tip-top shape? Here are some things to do:

  • Check for missing, damaged or warped shingles and replace as necessary to prevent leaks.
  • Reseal all seals around pipes, skylights, and penetrations in your roof with a roofing cement and caulking gun to prevent future leaks that can be cause from materials freezing.
  • Check for deteriorated flashing at the chimney, walls, skylights, and around vent pipes. Seal joints where water could penetrate, using roofing cement and a caulking gun.
  • Ensure all vents, eaves, and openings are covered to prevent insects, birds, and rodents from nesting.
  • Clean leaves and debris from courtyard and any exterior rock wall drains to prevent blockages.
  • Check the weather-stripping around your door-frames and windows for leaks to prevent cool air loss, and replace if needed
  • Examine window frames and all exterior wood materials; stucco and mortar for signs of deterioration. Repair, replace, re-caulk or repaint to maintain integrity and appearance.
  • Check for drafts around doors and windows. Caulk inside and out, where necessary, to keep cool air from escaping.
  • Inspect your windows for cracks, gaps, or broken glass, and repair or replace if needed
  • Keep your shades closed during the middle of the day to minimize heat from sunlight These simple steps will keep your Tropicana Home in pristine condition all summer season.

Tropicana Home’s Ready for Summer Checklist: Final Thoughts

“I’m looking forward to spending some quality time outside with my family this summer. Home owner maintenance is vital as our rainy season approaches. As the temperature fluctuates, hairline cracks will form in the tar around your roof penetrations and in the caulking of your doors and windows. I will also be showing my family how to prepare our house by sealing all of our exterior penetrations, especially our roof penetrations.  Much like a car, proper maintenance of a house will ensure greater value!” - *Randy Bowling, President *

Summer’s a wonderful time of year. Don’t spoil it by not prepping your home for the season. By summer-prepping your home, you can have time to enjoy Tropicana Home’s amazing amenities like community parks, sand volleyball courts, and easy access to parks and trails.

Are you looking to live in an exciting new community? Contact us at www.tropicanahomes.com to learn all about Tropicana Home’s communities. And click here to print out our Summer Home Checklist.


Taking the First Steps to Become a Homeowner

April 24, 2018

Untitled 3 no sign new There are over five million homes sold every year. That means you have a pretty good chance of finding one you like. However, knowing how to buy your first home is the difficult part. First time home buyers face lots of obstacles. Before you run back to an apartment, know that there are also a lot of great perks to owning your Tropicana Home. Some of these include tax breaks, control over your living environment, and an investment into your future. The obstacles, on the other hand, can all be overcome by learning the details and working with experts. Here are three important things to do in order to buy your very first Tropicana Home.

1. Understand the Finances

Luckily, you won’t have to pay the price of the house upfront. Otherwise, it would be incredibly difficult to buy anything. In fact, when you work with Tropicana Homes and our preferred lender, Patriot Mortgage, we cover up to 6% of your closing costs. The bank lends you money so that you can pay for the house. In return, you promise to pay back the bank’s portion of the home over time. This is called mortgage payments. In order to use the bank’s money, they require that you pay them back interest. The higher the interest percentage, the more money you’ll have to pay to the bank. Some loans, such as a USDA loan, which are available in specific areas of El Paso County, do not require any down payment on your home. There are many different types of mortgage loans, and bond money. Our preferred lender Patriot Mortgage works with these programs, such as VA, FHA, USDA as well as conventional loans and offers TSAHC bond program. They will help you assess your options to find one that best suits your needs. We offer plenty of options, so you can find what works best with you. At Tropicana Homes, we work with Patriot Mortgage to make your home buying experience as easy as possible.

2. Work with a Trustworthy Representative/Realtor

Not only is a good mortgage lender important, but so is a good realtor or builder representative. If you’re a first-time homeowner, you’ll definitely want someone who has been through the process a couple of times to help you out. Luckily, we have an amazing team that are always here to assist you. Our team has access to wide variety of resources and connections. As a result, they can get you into one of our move-in ready homes or find the perfect lot at any of our available communities to build one of the many floorplans that we offer. They can also be great advisors and guide you through the entire homebuying process. Needless to say, we know what it takes to be a good realtor. Find someone who will show you how to buy your first home with ease. Our team of realtors know all of our homes by heart and can guide you through the home complete buying process, whether it’s buying a move-in ready home, or building one.

3. Pick the Right Location

Here’s how to pick the right neighborhood. Tropicana Homes offers 11 communities throughout El Paso, Horizon, Socorro, and Clint, Texas. Each community has different price ranges and floorplans to offer. This is an important step to set down roots in your new home. Also, check these communities before buying your dream property.

Learning How to Buy Your First Home

If it’s time for you to buy your first home, know that you’re not alone. Your parents, grandparents, and others all learned how to navigate this tricky landscape, and you will too. Tropicana Homes is the largest and most trusted homebuilder in El Paso. After 68 years, that’s something we are very proud of. Four times, we have been awarded “Builder of the Year” by the El Paso Association of Builders; in 2009, we were named “Texas Developer of the Year” and “Builder of the Year” in 2003, 2013 and 2015 by the Texas Association of Builders. In their Best of 2012 list, The City Magazine had Tropicana earning the honor of Best Homebuilder. Led by Randy Bowling, president and co-owner, Tropicana Homes has been in existence across three generations of the Bowling family. It has been our privilege to build over 10,000 homes in this city.

“OUR COMMITMENT TO GIVING EL PASOANS THE HIGHEST QUALITY POSSIBLE HAS ONLY INTENSIFIED. WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED.” Randy Bowling, President

In case you’re still apprehensive and don’t know where to start you can contact us! We’ll help you get started on the process right away.


Winterizing Your Home

December 20, 2016

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With temperatures beginning to drop and the Holidays getting closer, you’ve probably already switched the heat on and pulled your winter coat out of storage. Making sure your home is prepared for winter is a good way to keep energy costs low and help prevent costly repairs. Tropicana Homes put together a checklist to help you get your home ready for winter.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

  • Clean or replace the air filter in your furnace, it will improve the air quality and maximize the efficiency.
  • Check all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in working order.
  • Program the thermostat to save on energy costs.
  • Switch ceiling fans to reverse/clockwise position, which will blow the warm air down to the floor.
  • Examine exposed ducts in the attic or crawl space and plug any leaks with sealant.
  • Flush hot water tanks to remove sediment and check the pressure relief valve to ensure it’s functioning properly.

Lawn, Garden and Deck/Balcony

  • Trim branches that interfere with electrical wires or are too close to the home, it will prevent iced-over or wind-blown branches from causing power outages or damage to the home.
  • Ensure rain and snow drain away from the home to avoid foundation issues. The dirt grade should slope away from the house. Add extra dirt to low areas as necessary.
  • Remove hoses from outdoor faucets and shut off exterior faucets, outdoor pipes, valves and sprinkler heads to avoid pipe bursts.
  • Inspect deck or balcony for splintering and treat, if needed, to prevent further deterioration over the winter.

Windows, Doors and Exterior

  • Check the weather-stripping around all windows and doors to locate leaks, replace if necessary to prevent heat loss.
  • Check for drafts around windows and doors, caulk inside and out if necessary, to keep heat from escaping.
  • Examine window frames and exterior wood, stucco and mortar for signs of deterioration. Repair as necessary to maintain integrity and appearance.
  • Inspect windows for cracks and gaps, replace as needed.

Roofs and Drains

  • Check for missing or damaged shingles and replace as necessary.
  • Reseal all seals around pipes, skylights and penetrations in your roof.
  • Ensure all vents, eaves and openings are covered to prevent unwanted creatures from attempting to nest in a warm place.
  • Clean leaves and debris from any exterior drains to prevent blockages.
  • Check for deteriorated flashing at the chimney, walls, skylights and around vent pipes. Seal joints where water could penetrate, using roofing cement and a caulking gun.

This list isn’t exhaustive and your home may have special features that need additional attention, but this will get you started on preparing your home for winter. Periodic checks will help you identify areas that need attention and help prevent costly repairs or emergency maintenance.


The Floor Plan for Your Lifestyle

November 18, 2016

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In your search for a new home, you’ve looked for a community that helps you accomplish specific goals like shortening the commute to work and school or moving closer to family. Now that you’ve found the perfect community, it’s time to start thinking about the floor plan that best fits your lifestyle, family dynamic and future plans.

Tropicana Homes offers a variety of floor plans within each community to best fit the varied needs and family dynamic of each prospective homeowner. These family dynamics range from growing families to empty-nesters to multi-generational households.

We looked through the numerous floor plans offered by Tropicana Homes and considered which features might be beneficial for different family lifestyles. We outlined some of our favorites and why we think they would benefit each family dynamic.

If you have young children or hope to expand your family in the future, floor plans that keep the master bedroom on the same floor as the other bedrooms will allow you to keep a close eye on your babies. Though teaching your children to share their space is a crucial lesson, choosing a floor plan with an extra bedroom or living room will help accommodate your growing family. Some of our favorite growing family oriented floor plans are the Apollo, the Bianka and the Tori 2.

  • The Apollo is a two-story home with approximately 2,223 square feet. All four bedrooms are on the second floor, allowing you to walk down the hall to tuck in your children and chase away bad dreams. The open kitchen, dining and family room area on the main level will allow you to easily entertain guests. The Apollo is currently available in La Puesta Del Sol, Tres Sueños, Emerald Park and Sandstone Ranch.
  • The Bianka is also a two-story home with approximately 3,393 square feet. The additional footage accommodates an upstairs loft, that would serve perfectly as a playroom. There are three bedrooms upstairs and an extra room that can be used as an office, playroom or additional bedroom. The Bianka is currently available in La Puesta Del Sol.
  • The Tori 2 is a two-story home with approximately 2,197 square feet. With four bedrooms and an upstairs loft, there is plenty of room for children to play and grow. The large family room and living room provide abundant space for family time. The Tori is currently available in La Puesta Del Sol, Mesquite Trails, Tres Sueños and Sandstone Ranch.

If you’re an empty-nester, you may be looking to downsize now that your children have moved out to follow their dreams. You may want to keep a guest room for visits, but you can convert an extra bedroom into a hobby room or home office. Some of our favorite downsizing options are the Marcos Modern and the Noel A.

  • The Marcos Modern is a single-story home with approximately 1,148 square feet. This three bedroom floor plan provides ample space for an empty-nester, but is still easy to clean and maintain. The Marcos Modern is currently available in Rio Bravo and Tres Sueños.
  • The Noel A is also a single-story home with approximately 1,295 square feet. The open kitchen and dining room are connected to the living room, making entertaining a breeze. The bedroom at the front of the home gives a view of the front yard and street, perfect for use as a home office. The Noel A is currently available in Tres Sueños.

With a multi-generational family living in one home, there’s a variety of needs to accommodate. Elderly parents may still be capable of independence but don’t want to navigate stairs and children may be growing toward independence. Some of our favorite options for multi-generational families are the Everidge, the Tuscany and the Janis 5.

  • The Everidge is a two-story home with approximately 3,419 square feet. The third garage and main floor bedroom including its own bathroom are perfect for the independent older parent living with their child. The remaining four bedrooms are on the second floor. The home features a balcony and covered patio, providing the opportunity to enjoy an El Paso sunset. The Everidge is currently available in Mesquite Trails, Sandstone Ranch and La Puesta Del Sol.
  • The Tuscany is also a two-story home with approximately 2,976 square feet. The home includes a spare bedroom on the main floor allowing the elderly parent to avoid the stairs. The three car garage allows your teenager to park their vehicle or gives you space to store your outdoor/sporting equipment. The four upstairs bedrooms can accommodate a large family or be converted into a playroom or office. The Tuscany is currently available in Mesquite Trails.
  • The Janis 5 is a two-story home with approximately 2,486 square feet. Elderly parents will appreciate the master bedroom and bathroom on the main floor that is set apart from the living room, providing a quieter space. The second floor features a second master bedroom and bathroom, two bedrooms and a loft that can serve as a playroom or second living room. The Janis 5 is currently available in Tres Sueños, Mesquite Trails and Sandstone Ranch.

The floor plans listed above are only a fraction of what Tropicana Homes offers. Visit tropicanahomes.com/floorplans to view additional floor plans and learn about the availability of the floor plan in each community. In addition to having a variety of layouts, Tropicana Homes gives homeowners the opportunity to choose from different façades (also known as “elevations”): modern, standard and Mediterranean. Contact Tropicana Homes to learn more about the building process. With Tropicana Homes, you’ve found the ideal community, let us help you find your dream home.


Finding the Right Neighborhood

October 17, 2016

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Whether you’re moving from across town or across the country, finding a new house starts with locating the best neighborhood. The ideal neighborhood for one buyer may not be quite so perfect for another, due to variations in lifestyle and life goals. At Tropicana Homes, we’ve invested in communities throughout the El Paso region, within the city limits and beyond. We know there’s a perfect spot waiting for you in one of our communities.

To help you narrow down your search, we put together a list of essential questions you could consider as you search for the best community for you and your family:

  • Does the community include any amenities?
  • Are there any nearby attractions or entertainment options?
  • What schools are nearby?
  • How close are the highways?
  • How close are certain areas of town?
  • Where is the nearest emergency room, dentist, etc.?

Using the list above, we took a closer look at a few of the Tropicana Homes communities.

Emerald Park (near Horizon City)

Emerald Park is a beautiful community just outside of El Paso, giving you a break from the hustle of the city and an opportunity to enjoy a rural hush.

  • Amenities: Community park, including a basketball court and sand volleyball court.
  • Nearby attractions: Horizon Golf Club, Emerald Springs Golf Course and Socorro Independent School District Aquatic Center.
  • Nearby schools: Eastlake High School, Mission Ridge Elementary, Horizon Heights Elementary and Col. John Ensor Middle School.
  • Loop 375/I-10 Interchange: Less than five miles from the community.
  • Commuting: 30 minutes to Fort Bliss, 25 minutes to Downtown El Paso, 15 minutes to Montana Ave., 12 minutes to Lee Trevino Dr., 10 minutes to George Dieter Dr.
  • Healthcare: Two minutes to Las Palmas Urgent Care Center, three minutes to Sierra Providence Medical Partners, two minutes to Keep Smilin’ Family Dental, six minutes to Easy Dental.

Horizon Hills (near Horizon City)

Horizon Hills offers an escape from the busyness of the city without forfeiting the convenience of city features.

  • Amenities: Community park, including a basketball court and sun-shielded playground.
  • Nearby attractions: Horizon Golf Club, Emerald Springs Golf Course and Socorro Independent School District Aquatic Center.
  • Nearby schools: Eastlake High School, Mission Ridge Elementary, Horizon Heights Elementary and Col. John Ensor Middle School.
  • Loop 375/I-10 Interchange: Less than three miles from the community.
  • Commuting: 25 minutes to Fort Bliss, 25 minutes to Downtown El Paso, 10 minutes to Lee Trevino Dr., eight minutes to George Dieter Dr., 15 minutes to Montana Ave.
  • Healthcare: 10 minutes to Las Palmas Urgent Care Center, Sierra Providence Medical Partners, Keep Smilin’ Family Dental, and Easy Dental.

La Puesta Del Sol (West El Paso)

Residents of La Puesta Del Sol have enviable views of the sunsets, access to parks and trails, and an easy drive to the Outlet Shoppes.

  • Amenities: Community park and playground.
  • Nearby attractions: Outlet Shoppes, Sunland Park Mall, Sunland Park Race Track and Casino, Wet and Wild Water World, and more.
  • Nearby schools: Jose Damian Elementary, Canutillo Middle School, and Canutillo High School.
  • Woodrow Bean Trans-Mountain Dr.: Less than two miles from the community.
  • I-10: Less than a mile from the community.
  • Commuting: 25 minutes to Fort Bliss, 15 minutes to Downtown El Paso, 20 minutes to UTEP, 20 minutes to the Northeast, 30 minutes to George Dieter Dr.
  • Healthcare: less than 10 minutes to Upper Valley Urgent Care, Complete Emergency Care and El Paso Quality Dentistry.

Rio Bravo (Clint, TX)

Nestled in the agricultural area of Clint, Texas, Rio Bravo offers residents a quiet community filled with history and surrounded by beautiful farmland. Less than thirty minutes from El Paso, the community gives residents the chance to enjoy the country.

  • Nearby attractions: Cattleman’s Steakhouse, Old El Paso County Jail Museum and El Paso Motor Plex.
  • Nearby schools: William D. Surratt Elementary, Clint Junior High School and Clint High School.
  • I-10: Less than five miles from the community.
  • Loop 375/I-10 Interchange: 13 miles from the community.
  • Commuting: 15 minutes to Socorro, 10 minutes to Fabens and San Elizario.
  • Healthcare: 10 minutes to University Medical Center Fabens Clinic, 10 minutes to Texas Kids Dental Care of Fabens, 15 minutes to Rio Grande Family Dental.

The list isn’t exhaustive, but it will get you thinking about your priorities for your new community, benefits you’d like to have and things that you’re indifferent about. For example, if your children are fully grown, you’d have little concern for proximity to schools, but you might care about how close the airport is to go visit grandchildren. Visit http://tropicanahomes.com/communities to learn more about the available communities and the contact information for the communities’ sales agents.


Energy Efficiency with Tropicana Homes

September 27, 2016

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Since 1950, Tropicana Homes has been committed to providing El Pasoans with homes that complement their lifestyles through quality, comfort-focused design and exceptional value. Over the years, countless memories have been made at thousands of Tropicana Homes, and continue to be made as each new generation begins creating their own.

Keeping these new generations in mind, Tropicana Homes takes pride in continuing to provide quality, comfort and value to our customers as we work to provide solutions to the demand for cleaner and more sustainable energy within our homes and communities. Energy efficiency is the focus of several ongoing federal initiatives, as well as state and local energy code mandates including efficiency requirements for new residential construction.

Any new home that was not permitted before September 1, 2016, must be built to the stringent standards of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). These initiatives and mandates will positively impact the environment, but also result in increased construction costs.

Fortunately, homeowners have the opportunity to educate themselves on the new efficiency measures, learn how to properly maintain the related systems and exercise responsible energy use, which could lead to lower energy costs over the life of their home. The following list highlights the potential benefits of energy efficiency:

  • Increased comfortability and better quality atmosphere throughout the home. Minimum standards help ensure the efficiency of materials used and how they are installed. Examples of this include properly installed ductwork, improved insulation, LED lighting, higher efficiency windows and ventilation fans. When maintained properly, these measures will create a more air tight living space within the home, thereby reducing energy costs.

  • Potential long-term cost savings for homeowners. With appropriate maintenance and consumer use, there is a potential savings for residents through the reduction of electrical, water and gas utility usage. One expert believes, “Homeowners could save themselves roughly $300 annually on their utility bills compared to the 2012 EICC, and $850 annually compared to homes built to the 2006 IECC.” Visit http://www.builderonline.com/building/code for additional information on this topic. (Meres, Ryan. “2015 IECC: What you Need to Know” Builder Online, 18 Nov. 2013. Web. 8 Aug. 2016)

  • Overall benefit to the environment. Investing in efficiency measures will lead to a decrease in pollution and wasted energy and natural gas. This benefits not only current generations but also future generations.

Although there is an initial increase in price, the potential savings could negate the initial cost of implementation. As energy prices rise and resources diminish, new homeowners will continue to reap the benefits of a more energy efficient home, including competitive resale values compared to older, less efficient homes. As always, Tropicana Homes is committed to quality homes and the proper installation of mandated systems and features. We’re here to answer any questions regarding energy efficiency or any other topic related to purchasing your new home. For additional information on energy efficiency tips and tools, please visit the State Energy Conservation Office’s website at www.seco.cpa.state.tx.us.


Tropicana Homes Agent named 2016 "Rookie Sales Professional of the Year"

August 12, 2016

El Paso, Texas- Mollie Stopani, sales professional for Tropicana Homes in El Paso, was named the 2016 “Rookie Sales Professional of the Year” at the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) Star Awards held in Grapevine, Texas on August 4, 2016. The annual awards are a statewide tribute to excellence in the home building industry, showcasing the outstanding work of professionals within the industry. The association is an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders and is comprised of 28 local Texas home builders.

Mollie Stopani, a native of El Paso, began her career as a sales agent at Tropicana Homes in January 2014 at the Tres Sueños community development in East El Paso and is currently over the Sunset Terrace community in West El Paso. “Being a recipient of the TAB Star Awards is a great accomplishment,” said Randall Bowling, President of Tropicana Homes, “Mollie is an exceptional sales professional - we are proud of her achievements and contribution to Tropicana Homes and our community.” As an award recipient, Mollie Stopani will be featured along with other TAB 2016 Star Award winners in the September/October issue of Texas Builder magazine.

Tropicana Homes has also been recognized by the Texas Association of Builders in past years; in 2003, 2013 and 2015 the association awarded Tropicana Homes “Builder of the Year” and in 2009 “Developer of the Year”. Currently, Tropicana Homes has seven living communities available throughout El Paso County, and continues to grow with a new community development in the Northeast area which will be available in 2016.

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