Orchard Flower

Empty nesters today have a far, far different housing story than their parents’ tale. Right-sizing options are all over the map: get a smaller home, get a bigger home, sell the family homestead, keep your city place as efficient as possible. Empty nesters are building a huge custom home next door to me. And I recently heard of a couple who built a 10,000-square-foot retirement home at age 90, with only one bedroom, in Idaho as a retirement villa. When they were building, they had one request of their builder: just finish it before we die.

In fact, many empty nesters build vacation homes to become full-time homes after retirement. No matter what they want, empty nesters will find a host of right-sizing perfection in Flower Mound’s new Orchard Flower neighborhood, a gated community built for the active adult 55-plus lifestyle with snazzy style but comfort as an inherent design.

Grenadier Homes, the folks who are sprucing up Midway Hollow and other Dallas communities with their innovative one-story floor plans and easy living/universal designs, will premiere two luxury patio home models in the Orchard Flower community this week, Thursday, May 19, from 4pm until 7pm, at 1955 Virburnum Drive, Flower Mound, TX (75028).

1951 Virburnum model home

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9909 Faircrest IHOTW

Here is another reason why Dallas is one of the hottest places in the US for relocation: our homes are so freaking affordable. I know that we don’t have a huge lake like Chicago, an ocean like Miami or Maine, or topography and crazy hills like San Francisco and Denver. That’s why second homes were invented! Most of us cannot ski every day, and there is this thing called work. So why not enjoy one of the best commodities our region has to offer and then, when you need a break, go enjoy that beach or those Aspen mountains!

This yummy listing by our own Tony Nuncio at Dallas City Center is like living in a New England transitional every day without the crappy weather!7 stairs

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This non-descript Flower Mound home had a secret in its walls.

This non-descript Flower Mound home had a secret in its walls.

What a cool story out in Flower Mound, where developer Curtis Grant was beginning the demo process at 4801 Quail Run, a home he purchased that was sold as you’re average 1970s traditional.

Here’s the description from listing agent Jeannie Seth:

Rare opportunity! Original 1970 home added entire 2nd attached home in 2003, perfect for extended families. One story, 4.33 acre property in Flower Mound with exemplary schools. Diving pool, two 2 car garages plus car port for addtl parking. 3 sheds, 2 barns, 1 w-4 stalls, 2 pastures & well for watering. 1970 home has pergo flrs & 1800era FP. 2003 home has ss appl, gas cook top, 42 in cab, wood flrs. Please see media for detail on 2003 home.

Now, Grant says that the original plan was to tear this structure down and build 12 homes on the more-than four acre lot. But when he found the log structure behind drywall, he called in a few experts:

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