As If We Needed Another Reason to Move Out to a Lake House Right Now

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A percentage of the lake house sale will benefit Dwell with Dignity
A percentage of sales will benefit Dwell with Dignity.

Lisa Robison had a definite plan in mind when she purchased her Star Harbor lake house last June. The Dwell with Dignity founder was going to renovate the property and rent it from Memorial Day to Labor Day, donating 30 percent of the proceeds to her beloved charity.

“The idea was to transform it into a home a family would thrive in,” she says. “Somewhere to escape the city, create memories, and spend time together.”

Darkness into light: a dramatic before-and-after of the living/dining area.

Then COVID-19 hit. Star Harbor decided that short-term leases weren’t the safest option for their community. Shifting gears, Lisa decided to sell the totally updated 2,487-square-foot Cedar Creek Lake cottage.

“Whoever buys it will not only be able to escape this summer, but beyond,” she said. “Of course, Dwell with Dignity will still benefit with a donation of the amount intended.”

Now in its 11th year, Dwell with Dignity continues its mission to support homeless and impoverished families through design.

“Now more than ever, I feel our environments reflect and inform who we are,” she says. “Living through shelter-in-place underscores this theory even more.”

Among the lake house's kitchen renovations: new cabinetry, tiling, and countertops.
Renovations included new cabinetry, tiling, and countertops.

A designer by trade, Lisa admits she’s happy being back in the creative space.

“Star Harbor is a tiny gem of a lakeside community less than an hour-and-a-half drive from Dallas. I found this little township and waited patiently for a year until a home went on the market for me to renovate.”

Blue tile is a focal point of the master bath.

Originally built in the 80s, the vintage cottage had some fantastic architectural features, but was badly in need of a complete overhaul. Fresh paint inside and out provided a great start.

“I loved the soaring ceilings and double living spaces, but all of the flooring, cabinets, and windows had to go,” says Lisa.

Sliding glass doors open up to a screened-in porch with views of the lake.
Sliding glass doors open up to a screened-in porch with views of the lake.

After completely gutting the bathrooms, bar, and kitchen, she opted for custom soft-close cabinetry, new tile, wallpaper, and luxury countertops. Sliding glass doors and expansive windows optimize natural light and make the most of waterfront views.

Furnishings, included in the listing price, seamlessly blend style, comfort, and functionality. A neutral color palette is perfectly in tune with the surroundings. The house also sports three bedrooms, two full baths, and two half baths.

Backyard amenities include Adirondack chairs and a fire pit.

Highlighting the outdoor amenities: a screened-in porch, mature trees, Adirondack chairs, and a fire pit. The backyard boat house comes complete with a sundeck and wave runner lift.

Panoramic lake views and a private boat house highlight outside amenities.
Located on the lake: a double-deck boat house with wave runner lift.

According to Compass Real Estate listing agent Amy Farris, the cottage checks all the live-work-play boxes.

“Our team at The Warner Group has always been passionate about the lake lifestyle. Now, more than ever, people are understanding why: the freedom of letting your kids run wild, yet still be underfoot; the comfort of family and pets in wide-open spaces; the stars, the sky, and the beauty of nature.”

Located at 3 Big Oak Circle, the fully-furnished property is listed for $875,000.

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Elaine Raffel

Having left the corporate world to launch her own freelance creative business, Elaine Raffel is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the mega-talented Dallas homebuilding community. She credits her work with top fashion and design brands for teaching her one inarguably valuable lesson: that truly great work is always a collaboration.

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  1. Ashley Sharp says

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Dwell with Dignity is such a special, unique nonprofit organization and we are so thankful for Lisa, our amazing founder, and for Candy’s Dirt!

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