Tuesday Two Hundred: Go To Plano, Get 2500 Square Feet & Big, Big Bang for Your Buck

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When I first spied this home, it did not look like it was in Plano one bit. (Sorry, Plano peeps. Your homes just have a certain “look”. But we love us some Plano and like how smart your kids all are!) In fact this home brings to mind an entirely new blog topic: what the hec can you do with an “80’s home”?

UPDATE it! Start with the kitchen and baths. Big plus: this home has only had one owner and lots of tender loving care. Secondly, it sports one of those “U-shaped” floor plans around a pretty brick courtyard that lets the sun shine in. The kitchen has brand-new granite counters, a tile floor and breakfast room that opens to the center private patio. The formal dining room — yes, for less than $200,000 you get a formal dining room for all the holidays! —  has added double molding. There is also a living room with a vaulted ceiling and a den. Yes, I am still talking less than $200,000. No, not drinking. Now the real treat is the master bedroom: large master bath with double vanity and a huge walk-in. I’ll be honest: not a fan of the cultured vanities and pull/push faucets, which just scream 1980’s, but these are so pristine it would be a sin to rip them out. Still, we sin every day — pop in some granite and two undercounter sinks and you have the look of a million bucks. This home is located in central Plano with mature trees, a board on board fence for no-peeky privacy, and new drive way. Four bedrooms, three full baths, formals and even a built-in trash compactor on almost one-fourth an acre. Asking $197,000, listed with my friend Christine Clark, and this means you could get in a home for about $1500 a month. And you wonder why everyone wants to move to Texas? Well, Plano!

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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