Lakefront Living Looks Lovely in These Three Homes, Repped by Ebby Halliday

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About 60 miles southeast of Dallas, Cedar Creek Lake beckons residents for stress-free living in one of multiple communities. Many DFW residents buy weekend houses there because it’s about an hour from the city and makes for a quick getaway. 

“This is a huge lake that offers a relaxed lifestyle, but it’s close enough to have everything in the city, too,” said by Shelly Brown-Qualls with Ebby Halliday — Preston Center. “I lived down there for many years and now I live in North Dallas and have a lake home there, which I can get to in about an hour and ten minutes.” 

Almost every price point is represented around the lake, from budget-friendly to super luxe, and Ebby Halliday represents some of the best. I’ve found three that range in price from $199,999 to $1.9 million. Let’s take a tour. 



The house at 142 S. Merlin Dr. is in the community of Mabank on the east side of the lake with spectacular 360-degree view from the private gated peninsula. It’s in the Three Harbors subdivision with about 500 feet of retaining wall of open water. This home has three bedrooms, four bathrooms, two living areas, and 3,795 square feet on two stories, sitting on 0.83 acres with about 500 feet of retaining wall of open water. 

The exterior of this house has a stacked stone chimney, mature trees, LED lighting, full irrigation, landscaping, and a raised ridge metal roof. The open floor plan has vaulted ceilings with windows at every angle. The family room is open to the dining area with a stacked stone wood-burning fireplace from floor to ceiling. The kitchen has granite countertops, island with sink, Thermador built-in cooktop and microwave, Dacor convection oven and warming drawer, dual dishwashers, custom wood cabinets, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The master suite has incredible views of the water, dual sinks, walk-in closets, and separate shower, as well as an adjoining room perfect for a home office. The grounds feature a separate building overlooking the water, walk-in garden shed, and custom-built boat house with plenty of room for two personal watercraft, boat slip, and ample covered and uncovered areas to relax and enjoy the sunset. A full lighted tennis court is nearby.

This home is listed by Jill Sparling with Ebby Halliday — Cedar Creek Lake for $1.9 million. For more information or to schedule a private showing, call her at 214-693-4133.



The one-of-a-kind gated, waterfront peninsula house at 98 Tanda Trl. in Trinidad sits on 0.91 acres with over 700 feet of shoreline on the west side of Cedar Creek Lake. This is one of the most spectacular waterfront lots and the house is a one-owner custom-build that showcases water views from every angle. It has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, one half bath, and 6,079 square feet on three stories.

Inside, find rich hardwood floors, an elevator, stone fireplace, and high-end kitchen with granite countertops, tons of cabinets, built-in refrigerator-freezer, built-in ice maker, and double ovens. The huge master suite has a sitting area with killer views, private balcony, and bathroom with oversized frameless glass shower. You’ll also find guest quarters and a three-car garage. The heavily treed lot also has a swimming pool, pergola, lighting system, covered patio, RV/boat parking, a steel retaining wall with a concrete walk along shoreline, and a boathouse with room for boat, sailboat, and PWCs.

This home is listed by Brown-Qualls & Schrickel Group with Ebby Halliday — Preston Center for $1.7 million. For more information or to schedule a private showing, call Shelly Brown-Qualls at 214-934-0077.



The fun and funky house at 499 Arrowwood Beach Rd. is an unexpected find in Trinidad on the west side of Cedar Creek Lake. The property has multiple decks and patios all with lake views and the main house is within 100 feet of waterfront with a dock. This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,654 square feet on two stories and sitting on 0.64 acres

In addition to the main house, there is a “she-shed” in front of the home, offering a getaway space for crafting or relaxing in the small bedroom upstairs, which has a window unit. The house itself is a colorful mix of styles but has good bones and you can’t beat this deal! Boat and personal watercraft parking is available next to the dock with a natural inlet to the great cove location. There is lots of yard space for kids and pets. 

This home is listed by Melinda Robertson and Ken Middleton with Ebby Halliday — Cedar Creek Lake for $199,000. For more information or to schedule a private showing, call Melinda at 972-804-9598 or Ken at 214-500-9161.


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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, 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, and, 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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