Providence Village

Much is said about small-town living, and it’s a major reason people move to the suburbs. The upside is you get a lot of house for your money and many are family-friendly communities that make for a nice place to raise kids.

We’ve found a small-town house (that’s anything but small) in Providence Village at 10325 Nantucket Dr. This Colonial-style home has 2,263 square feet on two stories with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a powder room, and it’s under $200K.

Providence Village is a Denton County master-planned community of about 5,750 people and 1,700 homes. It is located along U.S. Highway 380 near FM 2931, about halfway between Frisco and Denton.

The owner of this home, Angela Swenson, says she bought this home because it’s a “real neighborhood—the kind that the rest of America wishes still existed.”

Swenson has an elementary-aged son, and said the community in Providence Village is ideal for him.

“We have blue-ribbon schools, all in walking distance, awesome houses for cheap, and almost every home has kids, so kids are everywhere on their bikes, playing with friends in their yards or at the parks with very little supervision,” Swenson said. “It’s the community for kids and families—we have a waterpark with huge water-slides, seven catch-and-release lakes filled with fish, huge Easter-egg hunts and fireworks displays, and Santa Claus rides down the street in a sleigh giving out inexpensive toys at Christmas.”

This house was built in 2004 and Providence Village is a resort-style community with everything Swenson mentioned, plus four swimming pools, three tennis courts, three dog parks, four baseball fields, four soccer fields, four basketball courts, a clubhouse, community dock and boat ramp for Lake Providence (a 25-acre lake), greenbelt, jogging/bike path, 11 parks, and playgrounds.

Swenson is a Realtor with United Real Estate, and is the listing agent for this house. She put it on the market Feb. 5 for $197,500. HOA fees are $60 per month and cover full use of facilities, maintenance of common areas, and management fees.

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4947 N Hall A

The real estate world is be buzzing with news about the sale of Walnut Place (aka the Crespi Estate) for somewhere in the ballpark of $100 million this week.

But in the It’s My Mansion occasional feature on CandysDirt, we look at newsworthy properties that have fewer zeros on the end of the list price.

Take, for example, the newly listed condo at 4947 N. Hall St. It’s located near Lemmon Avenue and the Dallas North Tollway, just a hop, skip, and jump from Oak Lawn. With 1,072 square feet, two bedrooms, one full bathroom, and a powder room, it offers a lot of space for well under $200K.

The Westbury Park Condominiums were constructed in 1954, and reflect their era with quaint courtyards, lots of mature trees, landscaping, a community swimming pool, and a serene environment.

Monthly HOA fees are $308 and the condo was listed Jan. 9 by Kristi Reinertsen with RE/MAX DFW Associates for $170,000.

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With Dallas real estate inventory at an all time low, about the only way you can find listings is by having a savvy agent who is worth their weight in Hip Pockets — that is, homes for sale that are not listed in MLS. (Or, ha ha, reading this blog.) Lookie at this precious brick ranch north of LBJ near George Bush and Preston, Highlands North: It is four bedrooms, three and a half baths, two living areas, two dining areas, sparkling clean swimming pool and a two car attached garage. Completely remodeled and absolutley beautiful on the inside. This home is like unwrapping a present that just keeps on getting better. Is the kitchen all new? You bet your sweet ***. Shoot me an email, I’ll hook you up.