heath

I’ve found the perfect antidote to the stress of city living, and it’s just 30 minutes from downtown Dallas!

The lakefront property at 1 Candlelite Trail in Heath sits on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard. On its more than 13 acres, you’ll find two fully stocked ponds, plenty of room for horses, a barn, and 5,500 fully irrigated trees of both native Texas and fruit varieties. Total paradise!

There rural amenities are complemented by the grandeur of the house, which has all the luxury of a Preston Hollow build. This is a Tuscan-style, 9,323-square-foot residence with five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, three half baths, outdoor living and dining, and a separate guest house. Think soaring ceilings and the finest finishes, luxe kitchen and room after room of well-appointed, thoughtful spaces.

I’m not the only one swooning over this Heath property — it’s been featured on two TV shows!

“It’s so private and it looks like the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum'” said Dee Evans, who has listed the property with the Dee Evans Group of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “The lakefront is unbelievable — 2,316 feet of shoreline — and there are ponds and bridges…it’s just amazing, like a total paradise away from the city.”

I couldn’t agree more. Let’s take a tour of this Heath estate!

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The Amber

Today, I’d love to tell you about one of the most beautiful homes I’ve seen in a long time — there’s not another place like this in North Texas. So unique is this property, it even has a name. The Amber is an expansive, pastoral property nestled in the quiet community of Little Elm. Little Elm is only 45 minutes from downtown Dallas and ten minutes from nearby shopping and dining, but has the coziness of country living on 10 gorgeous acres. And if you haven’t been up there in awhile, well, things are hopping!

Located at 751 Amber Ln., this is sophisticated contemporary transitional living with everything a buyer could want, right on the northern shores of Lewisville Lake. Locals here have access to all the fishing, boating, and fun they could ask for!

The Amber was designed by noted Dallas architecture firm Bernbaum Magadini in 2006, and holds a reputation for award-winning horses, in addition to the breathtaking tranquility of the curated grounds. It has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and 6,232 square feet on two stories. The home is divided into special privacy wings that lend itself to so much versatility of living. Clearly, you can see the spacial use genius of Bernbaum Magadini in every inch. This property is going to knock your socks off — it’s listed by Evan Stewart and Nilza Rueckert of the Rueckert + Stewart Group with Ebby Halliday Realtors, who were kind enough to give me a full tour and let me chase the hens! Jump to watch the video we made and see all the amazing photos of The Amber.

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102 Skyline A

Gone with the Wind was a childhood favorite of mine, with its winding storyline, genteel fashion, and dramatic romances. In one memorable scene, Scarlett’s father, Gerald O’Hara, an Irish peasant immigrant, proclaims in his rough brogue, “The land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it’s the only thing that lasts.”

That sort of mentality about the importance of land to heritage, identity, and wealth still exists, and there’s something visceral and deeply gratifying about owning actual land, as opposed to, say, stocks, which seem to exist in the ether.

If you’re an urban homeowner, the amount of land you’re likely to own is quite small, as plantations like Tara don’t exist within city limits. But there are properties in DFW with actual land, and for today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, I found one sitting on almost an acre in Collin County.

The house at 102 Skyline Dr. in Murphy is listed by William Duke of Carrington Real Estate Service for $259,000 and sits on 0.98 acres. It is located near the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 544 and S. Murphy Road.

Murphy is a fast-growing bedroom community of about 18,000 residents, bordered by Plano, Richardson, Wylie, Sachse, and Parker. It’s about 20 miles from Downtown Dallas, 35 miles from DFW Airport, and 25 miles from Love Field Airport.

This house is a 2,496 square foot fixer-upper with three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and a pool. At $104 per square foot with all that land, I think it’s got huge potential. Jump to read all about it!

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