According to Sam Saladino, Cedar Hill is Hot!

After just 10 days on the market, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is already under contract, reports listing agent Sam Saladino. 

Cedar Hill is hot!” Saladino shared. “You can’t beat the dollar per square foot for the neighborhood, home sizes, and amenities.”

The subdivision, which is dubbed Wildwood, plays host to this cool contemporary perched high in the hills above Joe Pool Lake and Cedar Hill State Park. It’s part of the larger Lake Ridge development, a hotbed of luxury homes in a very reasonable price range and on a hidden gem of a lake. 

The Wildwood subdivision boasts some of the best views of Joe Pool Lake, Cedar Hill State Park, and the city beyond.

Of course, the one thing you can’t change about a home is it’s location (unless it’s a tiny home on wheels, of course. More on that soon!). That’s one of the reasons Cedar Hill has become so attractive to bargain-conscious buyers. 

“I love stopping at the ‘whistle stop’-style cafe, the White Rhino on Belt Line Road, for a iced non-fat latte and excellent WiFi,” Saladino said. “It’s a darling Craftsman home converted into a local coffee klatch and area watering hole.”

The area is in many ways picturesque, especially the more historic parts.

“As you wind through ‘old town’ Cedar Hill you pass some cool antique stores and local color,” he added. “One of my favorite sights is a very Green Acres-style homestead with goats and an adorable donkey.”

And then you find yourself in Lake Ridge and Wildwood, which is populated by wonderful single-family homes with traditional flair. Saladino says they are reminiscent of an Orange County, California, development. 

“As you approach the main drag, you’re welcomed by a cascading stone fountain replete with white columned Meet Me in St. Louis-style gazebo and a Victorian globed street lamp,” Saladino mused. “Just enough kitsch to be cool and charming.”

The neighbors keep their properties pristine, too. “Everyone’s yards and landscape are meticulously maintained, and pride of ownership is paramount throughout the community,” he added.

Inside, this four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath Hill Country contemporary at 824 Timber Ridge Drive lives large, with light and bright interiors that offer gorgeous views through the plentiful windows.

“You arrive under a sexy, slatted architectural porte-cochère and step into an elegant hallway with sunken living area beyond,” Saladino said. “Wonderful mirror-topped fireplace, gorgeous hardwoods, and a built-in bar look out from floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of a trellis-covered patio and backyard oasis filled with tall tress and lush plantings.”

The kitchen in this 3,401-square-foot house presents the biggest design opportunity. It’s open to the breakfast area and living room, with a cool corner fireplace just around the breakfast bar. Stainless steel appliances are great, too. If you’ve always dreamt of building the kitchen of your dreams, this house offers a great head start.

The master suite is huge, and offers a five-piece bath with closets Saladino says are fit for Hollywood royalty. And I love how many windows are all over this house, including in the two bedrooms upstairs. There’s also a study full of built-in cabinetry, and a game room, too.

Now, here’s the real shocker about this enormous house. It’s priced at just $425,000! I was thinking this home would be priced at somewhere close to twice that, making this beauty a real steal! How’s that for a High Caliber Home of the Week?