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Shelby Skrhak

Shelby is a journalist, podcaster and content strategist turned full-time freelancer based in Plano. She comes to CandysDirt.com after 12 years with SUCCESS magazine as digital content director before its closure in January. After hosting two top rated iTunes Top 200 podcasts, she launched her own podcast called the Secret to My Success. She's a southpaw and her handwriting should be a font.

12/16/18 9:30am
Colleyville homes

This home at 6905 Westmont Drive in Colleyville has unique treeline views from the pool deck.

Typically for Suburb Sunday, we highlight homes within three different price ranges, or three distinctly different parts of the city to show a slice of life there. This week’s Suburb Sunday is a little bit different because we chose three $1.7 million-plus homes for their unique architectural or design elements that make them one-of-a-kind. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Colleyville:

ESTATE WITH GUEST HOUSE IS A UNIQUE GEM

Bransford Road

Address6113 Bransford Road

  • Three bedrooms, three baths
  • 4,652 square feet
  • $1,924,400 estimated

This 2002-built Colleyville home, recently sold in June 2018, is situated on a 2.580-acre, equestrian-friendly lot with main house, private guest house, workshop, and private pond. This Bransford Road estate has a massive study with fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the back garden, heated diving pool with spa, and outdoor kitchen. The main house has two bedrooms and two baths, and the guest house has one bedroom and bath, plus a living room and small kitchen. (more…)

12/09/18 9:36am

Prosper real estate

Yes, former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders‘ $14 million dollar home is located in the northern Collin (and Denton) County suburb of Prosper, as well as the impressive homes of a dozen other notable athletes, but this 22,000-resident suburb is so much more than that. This bustling town’s inventory of single family homes counts more newly constructed homes than existing homes with a median price of $453,276. In this week’s Suburb Sunday, we explore three great in the fast-growing market of Prosper real estate.

YOU CAN TOUR THIS MEDITERRANEAN TODAY

Address: 4221 Glacier Point Court

  • Five bedrooms, six baths
  • 6,176 square feet
  • $1,599,000

Today’s the chance to tour this gorgeous 2016-built Mediterranean transitional home in Whitley Place from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Beautiful light- and dark-wood floors draw you into the living room with exposed wood-beam ceilings, stone fireplace, and picture windows. The chef’s kitchen boasts two large islands, top-of-the-range Thermador appliances and refrigerator. The master suite overlooks the backyard and opens up to a spacious bathroom with beverage center, double vanities, and large walk-in closet. One bedroom/study is located downstairs, and three bedrooms are upstairs, each with en-suite bathrooms and easy access to the large game room and media room. The backyard boasts a dining and living area, outdoor kitchen, fire pit, seating area, and play set with tree-lined views. (more…)

12/06/18 9:10am

From the first look, the modern façade at 10243 Best Drive near Midway Road and Walnut Hill Lane is bright and open, with a face of windows that let in natural light. This five-bedroom, five-and-half bath northwest Dallas home is listed by Phil Hobson of Berkshire Hathaway for $1,795,000. The cool white brick with slate gray highlights give this 5,712-square-foot home sharp lines and a modern feel — something of a signature look for Dallas home builder Nest Builds.

OPEN HOUSE | Takes place from 1-4 p.m., Dec. 9. Visit 10243Best.com for more information.

On entry, floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate the large foyer, which features dark hardwood floors and a unique, geometric banister in the front stairway. The foyer greets visitors into a central hub, which flows from the formal dining room, breakfast area, family room, and formal living area.

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12/05/18 9:05am

This six-bedroom, five full-bath, and three half-bath Colleyville home that’ll be auctioned Dec. 15 by Elite Auctions really is the perfect mix of stately living and a comfortable abode. The 12,000-square-foot home at 7212 John McCain Road, located near Grapevine Highway 26 and Pleasant Run Road, has a private gated entry that opens to its large circular drive. On the 2.76-acre property, you’ll find many native trees including Pecan trees and its own private fountain pond stocked for fishing.

OPEN HOUSE PREVIEW | Takes place from 1-4 p.m., Dec. 8-9. The no-reserve auction will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, with final preview on Friday, Dec. 14. Visit EliteAuctions.com/7212-John-McCain-Rd for pre-registration instructions and driving directions.

“The homeowners created spaces that are great for entertaining, people interacting, and spending time together in the home,” says Terri DiChito of Elite Auctions.

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12/02/18 9:45am
Farmers Branch

Farmers Branch is full of fully renovated homes ready for move-in.

Older cities often have, well, older homes, which have beautiful mature greenery and a variety of decade architecture to choose from, but the challenge can be renovation. Let’s be honest: It’s time-consuming, and when you’re in the middle of renovation, it’s hell to live in. But a successful demo/rebuild program in Farmers Branch has given us an amazing inventory of older homes with all the modern features you’d want and the time-consuming renovation already done for you. Here are three Farmers Branch homes to gawk at for this week’s Suburb Sunday.

BROOKHAVEN CC RESIDENCE WITH SERIOUSLY AMAZING BACKYARD

Address: 3406 Highland Meadow Dr

  • Three bedrooms, three bathrooms
  • 2,444 square feet
  • $444,000

Enjoy country club living in this 1981-built home in Oakbrook Estates, near Marsh Lane and E. Belt Line Road. This home is full of custom touches like leaded glass windows, plantation shutters, wood-paneled walls, and beamed ceilings. Two spacious living areas are rich with wood accents, hand-scraped hardwood floors, and high-quality tile. The backyard loggia with stone paving is beautifully-landscaped with a stone path walkway and mature trees. (more…)

11/30/18 9:05am
airpark

1620 Airpark Lane has a garage for your cars and a hangar for your airplane.

Just like you’d park your SUV in your garage, you can park your plane in your own hangar at this 6,496-square-foot home in west Plano. We’ve written about this unique property at 1620 Airpark Lane before, and it’s on the market for $1,469,000 by Jack McLemore of Listing Results LLC.

This Airpark Lane property near Willow Bend Mall has five bedrooms and five baths located over 5,488 square feet. There’s a bridge to a 2,323-square-foot airplane hangar aka “toybox,” and a 1,008-square-foot heated and air-conditioned first-floor workshop with a half bath. An upper mezzanine holds a hobby/recreation room and tons of storage.

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11/25/18 9:55am

Brownstone living is possible at Frisco’s The Tower at The Rail.

For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we offer three different living experiences in Frisco: top of the line luxury for under $800k, brownstone living for $450k, and an energy-efficient homescape for $300k.

By now, you’ve heard all about Frisco’s rapid growth, adding around 37 new residents every day, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It’s one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, as reported earlier this year.

But here at CandysDirt.com, we dive into what that means for you. And this kind of phenomenal growth makes real estate in this affluent northern suburb a hot ticket. In fact, luxury housing does quite well in Frisco — high-end, gated communities with great amenities are where a lot of those sales are happening. Take a look at these three fantastic homes we found in Frisco:

STONEBRIAR VILLAGE HOME IS READY FOR ENTERTAINING

Address6 Colonial Court

  • Four bedrooms
  • Three and one half bathrooms
  • 3,767 square feet
  • $749,900

Enjoy gated living in Frisco’s exclusive Stonebriar Village near Sam Rayburn Tollway and Dallas North Tollway with this custom home situated on a private, cul-de-sac lot. The versatile living spaces, including a formal living, formal dining, and family room that are all wired for sound systems, are designed for entertaining. The kitchen features Viking appliances, Sub-Zero fridge, and built-in wine cooler. Everything from the crown moldings, plantation shutters, elegant lighting, and hand-scraped wood floors are sure to impress. I mean, look at that gorgeous chandelier! (more…)

11/22/18 9:05am
Thanksgiving Friends episode

Happy Friends-giving from CandysDirt.com!

For this installment of my sometimes weekly motivation column, I offer these 13 things you never knew about Thanksgiving. May your D/FW Thanksgiving be full of grace, and may you avoid the meat sweats.

1. Friends produced a Thanksgiving-themed episode nearly every year of its 10-year run, except for one: 1995, Season two’s “The One With The List.” Writers slipped in a “Mocklate” storyline at the last minute for NBC execs, but it’s the only Friends season not to have a dedicated Thanksgiving episode.

2. A kind Boston man offers a Thanksgiving meal to anyone who RSVPs, and he’s done so for 33 years. The tradition began when the divorced loner took out an ad in the newspaper, inviting others who’d spend the holiday alone to come eat together. Through the years, thousands have come to Scott Macaulay‘s table and given thanks together.

3. The only two teams that host a Thanksgiving Day game every year are the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys.

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