Lavon Traditional Keeps the Thanksgiving Chef In the Conversations

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thanksgivingLast week, we asked Realtors to pitch us listings that addressed a common Thanksgiving conundrum — space to serve many, and space to cook it in.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is a great example of a home where that was taken into consideration — a beautiful three-bedroom, two-bath Traditional in Lavon that was built three years ago, with tons of attention to detail, including that kitchen.

And if listing agent Natalie Swanson with Coldwell Banker Apex-Frisco is excited about this home at 291 Orbit Dr., she has a good reason — it’s her brother’s home.

“He built it three years ago and has put so much work and upgrades into the home,” she told us. “It is spotless, and the only elevation of it’s kind in the whole neighborhood.”

“The new builds in the area start at $292,000, and they don’t have wood floors or the huge lot he has!” she added.

And about that kitchen: Swanson said that she knows that much of modern Thanksgiving traditions are unchanged — like going to “grandma’s house with the whole family, football games, and sometimes escaping outdoors to catch a breath of cool, fresh air.”

“The problem is that the chefs were isolated from all the festivities in the kitchen — but not in this house!” she said.

The kitchen is light and bright, and truly the heart of the home since it’s open to the family room. It comes complete with stainless steel appliances and a gas range that can handle whatever turkey mayhem you can throw at it, plus the sides. An eat-at stained knotty alder island is just one of the custom touches in a home that includes many, including custom paint colors and new Magnolia lighting.

“The island has plenty of room for seating, meal prep, and serving the green bean casserole and iced tea,” Swanson said. “There is also plenty of room for the family to sit at the table and share their stories of thanks while eating the delicious meal prepared in the kitchen.”

And since it’s open to a large family room surrounded by entire walls of windows that look out to a huge backyard (seriously, this house sits on an oversized, wooded lot), you won’t be missing conversations while you baste that bird, either.

“Everyone in the kitchen and breakfast area can watch football on the big screen in the family room or see the kids running and playing their own version of football in the backyard,” Swanson told us.

And when the tryptophans hit, there are plenty of bedrooms to duck into for a nap, and we suggest you try to call dibs on the master suite first, since it’s a separate retreat that has a gorgeous custom wood accent wall, and a beautiful en-suite that includes a large window, separate frameless shower and jetted tub, dual sinks, and a large walk-in closet.

All the bedrooms taken? Swanson said the bricked front porch is perfect for some rocking chairs and enjoying the quiet neighborhood.

“The office has French doors for those that need to do some work or a little shopping during the Thanksgiving feast,” she added.

And the home isn’t just pretty (seriously, you need to see the custom eight-foot iron door, and all the decorator touches inside and outside this house) — practicalities were also addressed, like a garage with lifetime flooring, a new roof, and new windows that were installed in 2017.

“I can’t imagine a better place to enjoy Thanksgiving with friends and family, eating, drinking, laughing and enjoying the holidays!” Swanson said.

The home is listed for $294,999.


Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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