For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we head to Denton County… er, Dallas County. No, Collin County. What county is Carrollton located in? All three, actually. As the 23rd most populous city in Texas, Carrollton is a vibrant town of industry, retail, and residential with a historic downtown that’s booming with a healthy rail-transit system. Come check out these three great homes on the market right now:

Craftsman Inspired Cutie in Austin Waters

Carrollton

Address: 5005 Sage Hill Drive, Carrollton

  • 3 bedrooms, 4 baths
  • 2,781 square feet
  • $462,900

This craftsman-inspired home has gorgeous curb appeal with its manicured landscaping and welcoming covered front porch that overlooks the greenbelt. It was built by Darling Homes in 2010 and located in Austin Waters, a residential neighborhood of Austin Ranch in northeast Carrollton.

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2272 Longwood Front

Longtime CandysDirt.com fan Laquita Vickers sent us this week’s Friday Four Hundred, a listing from RE/MAX DFW Associates agent Donna Bradshaw.

Vickers says this cutie pahtootie of a patio home is not only in a fantastic location, but it is on a corner lot with a manicured side-yard right next to a planned greenbelt in the Austin Waters subdivision of Carrollton. Though it’s in Denton County, this neighborhood is close to the planned Toyota headquarters and if you need to go hug a tree, just head to the nearby 200 acre Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.

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2244 Longwood Carrollton extWe have written about Darling Home’s Austin Waters because we are, quite frankly, obsessed, and 2244 Longwood Drive is a great example why. Here we have a Darling Austin Waters Villa, a garden home on less than one quarter acre not too terribly far out of the loop. For $389,900 we are getting oh so much: 2529 square feet, three bedrooms, three full and one half bath, even a game room with a wet bar. (more…)

Remember when I told you about Austin Waters up in Carrollton? I’m hearing the development is selling like hotcakes and in fact, has sold out of their models, these gorgeous little numbers you can see in this cool video.

They call it “The Texas Hill Country” up in Carrollton – Darling Home’s Villas at Austin Waters. A friend who is downsizing tells me she is looking at a 2,600 square foot home there in the mid-$200,00o range that has blown her away: low maintenance, great  finish-out, and beautiful architectural styles like Colonials, Classic Revival, Tudor and Arts & Crafts. These are like row houses with a sliver of grass between the homes (she has pets) and darling front porches that make them homier than a condo. The homes are brand new, superior Darling quality, come with energy efficient packages, smart wiring, tons of storage and great design. Best of all, she can lock and leave when she wants to get away, which is also a piece of cake because D/FW is about 20 minutes even  in traffic.

The Villas are snuggled inside a master-planned community designed by internationally-known land planner Peter Calthorpe, who also designed Austin Ranch in The Colony. Calthorpe has been named by Newsweek Magazine as one of the country’s 25 “innovators on the cutting edge” of architectural design. Austin Waters is located on 78 acres of softly rolling hills in the Carrollton city limits and close to the Plano Parkway corridor — Willow Bend, where more folks tell me they shop these days than NorthPark, and the West Plano corridor are all close by. The Villas has mature trees, wide-open green spaces, gardens and waterscapes. I plan to get up there and check it out, but if you’ve already been, drop in a comment and let me know what you think!


I have just heard about what everyone is calling “The Texas Hill Country” up in Carrollton — Darling Home’s Villas at Austin Waters. A friend who is downsizing tells me she is looking at a 2,600 square foot home there in the mid-$200,00o range that has blown her away: low maintenance, great  finish-out, and beautiful architectural styles like Colonials, Classic Revival, Tudor and Arts & Crafts. These are like row houses with a sliver of grass between the homes (she has pets) and darling front porches that make them homier than a condo. The homes are brand new, superior Darling quality, come with energy efficient packages, smart wiring, tons of storage and great design. Best of all, she can lock and leave when she wants to get away, which is also a piece of cake because D/FW is about 20 minutes even  in traffic.

The Villas are snuggled inside a master-planned community designed by internationally-known land planner Peter Calthorpe, who also designed Austin Ranch in The Colony. Calthorpe has been named by Newsweek Magazine as one of the country’s 25 “innovators on the cutting edge” of architectural design. Austin Waters is located on 78 acres of softly rolling hills in the Carrollton city limits and close to the Plano Parkway corridor — Willow Bend, where more folks tell me they shop these days than NorthPark, and the West Plano corridor are all close by. The Villas has mature trees, wide-open green spaces, gardens and waterscapes. I plan to get up there and check it out, but if you’ve already been, drop in a comment and let me know what you think!

Drees Custom Homes nabbed Builder of Year honors

Drees Custom Homes nabbed Builder of Year honors

I have to thank the Dallas Builders Association (DBA) for a very good “last meal” before a business trip to Orlando last week.  With 63 categories, it certainly wasn’t a small, small world that packed the Westin Galleria.  This year’s festivities were kept on track by former Good Morning Texas host Amy Vanderoef who did an enviable job of moving the crowd through its paces.

MC Amy Vanderoef amused by an appreciative audience

Emcee Amy Vanderoef amused by an appreciative audience

It was also a different kind of awards from our usual DBA coverage.  The ARC awards in the summer honor single-family homes and renovations.  The McSAM awards are for developers who build communities and their associated services.

Here are a smattering of the winners:

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I happen to be pretty crazy about Frisco-based Darling Homes. Apparently, others are too. Darling Homes has entered into a purchase agreement to be acquired by Scottsdale, Ariz.-based home builder Taylor Morrison. Even more exciting: Taylor Morrison, which is owned by private equity funds, wants to go public. The company is working on a $250 million stock offering right now. Thus Taylor Morrison would be the first home building company to go public since the housing crash. And certainly having Darling on board will make investors do a major double take. Word from Taylor Morrison was that the acquisition will give home buyers a bigger pool of homes to choose from, and as usual, the acquisition is subject to many conditions and approvals, But still, what a great move!

What do I love about Darling? Their New Home Smell scent, for one, and the way they build “move-up” affordable homes at volume builder prices, but finish-outs that rival some of the best custom homes in Dallas. Darling is just killing it up in the hinterlands of Prosper, Frisco, McKinney, Lantana, Coppell, Allen, Arlington, Carrollton and Las Colinas.

Darling builds in about twenty communities in Dallas and Houston, and I am dying to get up and see their new patio homes in Carrollton at Austin Waters.

The family-owned home builder recently celebrated its 25-year anniversary and does a great deal of philanthropic work in the community, such as Manegait and is consistently voted as one the the best places to work in D/FW. This new acquisition will put another locally-birthed Dallas company on the national map. That’s just Darling!

The Allwood Bella Tiny Home – Available through Amazon.com. Photo: Amazon.com

Just when you think you have your life under control, things change. After attending the Les Dames d’Escoffier International Conference in Seattle last week, this Lifestylist® realized that lifestyles and trends are changing faster than I thought. Being in the city where Amazon morphed from a dream to a company that has changed the way we shop made me realize that there are very few things that you can’t buy on their site. They even have Amazon Go stores that allow you to stop in and pick up a sandwich or a drink through their app and you never have to show a credit card or cash. Now you can buy luxury appliances, a tiny home and almost everything you need to furnish the home you just bought with a click of your mouse.

Amazon debuts one of it’s first Amazon Go shops in downtown Seattle. Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

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