07/22/18 9:00am

new hampshireOnce a stagecoach stop between Concord, New Hampshire, and Hanover, Mink Pond Farm has a rich history of making travelers feel welcome — and as the current owners list the house, they think the next owners could return the spacious home to its original, hospitable roots.

Built in 1850 in Wilmot, New Hampshire, the home has maintained its period charm while still offering all the upgrades of 21st-century living.

Nestled on more than 8 acres of land, the 4,235 square foot home has six bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and a perfect setup for a future B&B or Airbnb business. (more…)

07/21/18 11:04am

This home — it’s a burned out shell of a home, to be truthful — is located in California’s Silicon Valley, tech and overnight billionaire mecca of the world, where the housing market is notoriously unaffordable. If you do not earn at least $333,000 a year  ($176,000 if you buy a condo), you likely cannot afford a home in this neck of the US. Affordable homes are as rare here as ice. 

But this home, this listing, for a burned-out shell of a home, obviously a tear-down, has sparked outrage online.

My daughter in law told me about it when I was out here last May. The property in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood was recently listed for $800,000. ty you cannot live in is $800,000 FOR THE DIRT. Yes, a burned out property is worth that much for 5850 square feet of dirt.

The property has actually already sold, for $938,000 according to Zillow. $138,000 above asking price.

Funny: Zillow’s “zestimate” had the price appraised at $1,028,696. 

The problem in northern California is that as the concentration of wealth grows into the hands of a smaller, more select few, prospects for middle class living and housing are all but obliterated. Of course, those fed-up with housing prices here cash out their homes and move to other U.S.cities, such as Dallas/Fort Worth, where our housing prices appear downright cheap.

“800k for that…. What has this area come to when a family earning good money cannot even afford to buy even a burnt out wreck,” Cally Jayne wrote. “Greed, pure greed from all concerned right here.”

“Meanwhile, 10 blocks in any other direction there are homeless encampments every which way you turn!!! I live down the road from this houses property and the land is not bloody worth it! Just goes to show where the Bay Area is now,” Adrian Huang said.

07/20/18 9:58pm

Open July 21st from 2:00-4:00 PM!!  Bring boots to explore the woods,  and fishing poles if you wish!

Cool it, Waco. We’ve got a new Texas hot spot. Y’all just wait ’till Chip and Joana hit Royse City. Royse City is near Dallas, and quickly becoming the hottest new Texas community to find your pastoral dream home.
 
Just 32 miles east of Dallas, Royse City is a growing area experiencing a spike in new construction, gaining new residential development, all less than 10 miles from Rockwall. The setting is way prettier than Waco: natural beauty abounds with hundreds of post oak trees, pretty ponds, plus that Sandy loam soil which is so great for horses, cattle, and livestock. The deer and the wild turkey play right outside your front door, and there are so many fish in the tank they are jumping out of the water, begging to be caught. You can even hunt down wild pigs, shoot guns, and no one will protest. That is why we want you to stop, breathe, and consider this area as home.
 
You know what else folks love about this area? It’s right off Interstate 30 and NO CITY TAXES!
 
This property at 3767 County Road 2512 is an authentic farmhouse completely redone with modern conveniences. You get the Modern Farmhouse vibe, but retain tons of character in a well done, high quality make-over. Kind of reminds you of a barn-dominium with an agricultural exemption. Asking price: $645,000.
 

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07/20/18 7:30pm

Indigo River Tiny Homes’ offers both tiny homes on wheels and those built on permanent foundations. This 24-foot model, dubbed ‘Baby Blue’ is on the market for $55,500. (Photo: Indigo River Tiny Homes)

And, to be honest, not all tiny homes are created the same way. When Peter Huggler launched Indigo River Tiny Homes, he sought to fill a small but increasingly important niche in the North Texas housing market. The veteran-owned firm, based in Garland, specializes in custom tiny homes on wheels that bridge the gap between pricey prefab and DIY jobs. Not only are they building beautiful, functional, and energy-efficient tiny homes on wheels, but they’re also starting to build tiny homes on permanent foundations, too.

That’s good news for Dallasites who want to take advantage of changes to the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) regulations in Dallas that now allow for homeowners to build income-producing space on their property with full kitchens and baths as a way to hedge against our growing affordable housing problem. 

Right now they have two spec models ready for purchase: Baby Blue (pictured above, $55,500) and Big Blue (below, $68,500). These two models show just how customizable Indigo River Tiny Homes are, with Baby Blue offering more of a stripped-down, minimalist aesthetic with bright white, streamlined interiors. Big Blue, on the other hand, features gorgeous custom finishes in a variety of wood tones, with a bent-wood spiral staircase and beautiful butcher block counters laid in a chevron pattern. 

Kyle Becker of Indigo River Tiny Homes in Garland gave Rosy and Conrad a tour of Big Blue and Baby Blue, the two spec builds for sale. (Photo: Jo England/Staff)

When you talk about what’s beneath the really fabulous finishes, you’ll be impressed, too. The company uses an innovative construction method using dense Styrofoam encased between layers of dense fiberglass. It’s durable, light, and has an outstanding insulation — which means you have to run your air conditioning less. It’s just one of the creative features Indigo River Tiny Homes sport, making them well-suited for either year-round occupation or as a lakeside weekend getaway spot. 

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07/20/18 11:11am

Could your pooch be bathing more luxuriously than you? It’s possible in the latest pet design trend.

Imagine installing your dog’s own shower or designing a custom bed for your cat. It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. Dallas interior designer Kim Armstrong says when her clients begin home renovation projects, they’re including pets into their interior design schemes. Here are some of the best pet design trends she’s seeing here in the Dallas-area.

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07/20/18 9:45am
House Flip

The front of the house was bumped out to capture about 70-square-feet on the interior.

This absolutely adorable house flip at 7045 Gaston Parkway in Lakewood is a perfect template for all the right things to do when you remodel a home for sale. (more…)

07/20/18 9:24am

4518 Siena Drive in Frisco is currently listed by Tenesha Lusk of Keller Williams Realty Plano for $477,000.

“Not bad!” That’s the phrase that came to mind when this Frisco beauty landed on our desk. Of course, a five-bedroom, four-full-bathroom family home in a great neighborhood, with a fabulous pool, under $500,000 in Dallas feels like a needle in a haystack right? Not today!

This West Frisco stunner has everything you need to celebrate the summer in style, including light and bright interiors, soaring ceilings, hand-scraped hardwood floors, and a sparkling pool that will keep you cool all season long.

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07/20/18 12:21am

Two very different Oak Lawn projects hit CPC Thursday night

It’s difficult being (unpaid) on the City Plan Commission. It’s 9 p.m. and they broke for 10 minutes for a bite to eat before plowing through on another case. Following the lot replatting cases and a West Dallas mobile home park, two Oak Lawn Committee cases hit the horseshoe about the time most of you were solidly into Happy Hour.

The other difficulty must be the variety of cases you see in a given session – anything from a palace to a “solid waste disposal” project. It must be a roller coaster bouncing from the cool to the banal of city planning. In this case, the roller coaster included the well-liked 2727 Turtle Creek mixed use development and the contentious Lincoln Katy Trail project.

It’s also got to be frustrating when every protester seems to say, “I’m not opposed to development, but …”

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