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Shelby Skrhak

Shelby is a journalist and podcaster turned full-time freelance writer based in Plano. She comes to CandysDirt.com after 12 years with SUCCESS magazine as digital content director. After hosting two top-rated iTunes Top 200 podcasts, she launched her own podcast called the Secret to My Success. She's a Lake Highlands native and graduate of UT-Dallas.

08/22/19 9:00am

Just a few days after nearby Collin Creek Mall shuttered permanently for a billion-dollar redevelopment project, this completely updated 1965-built home at 1009 Ridgefield Drive in Plano went on the market for $310,000. Great timing by Keller Williams Arlington agent Phyllis Song because this Dallas North Estates neighborhood should benefit from upscale development coming to this prime location in Plano. PLUS, this house is gorgeous inside! (more…)

08/18/19 9:15am

Wylie

“What county is Wylie located in?” Typically I can name off the county pretty easily for most all north Texas cities, but this week’s Suburb Sunday had me stumped. Now I see why. “Wylie is a city and northeastern suburb of Dallas, that was once solely located in Collin County, but now extends into neighboring Dallas and Rockwall Counties,” my friend Wikipedia tells me.

Just like the zig zag of Wylie’s city limits, the city is uniquely served by a variety of school districts. For example, most of Collin County Wylie is served by Wylie ISD, though a small portion is served by Princeton and Plano school districts. The Dallas County portion of the city is served by Garland ISD, while the Rockwall County portion is served by Rockwall ISD. Crystal clear, right? (more…)

08/17/19 9:55am

Grand Prairie

From the outside of 2322 Sunnyvale Road in Grand Prairie with a wrought-iron and glass door and decorative star at the apex, you’d expect a southern-styled home with Magnolia-inspired rustic decor. But walk inside and your jaw will drop.

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08/17/19 9:30am

Mansfield

Why take a year to build your dream home from scratch when you can turn this fantastically-priced transitionally-styled estate into your own perfect custom home? That’s possible at 8 Woodland Drive in Mansfield, where the sellers are offering a $20,000 remodeling allowance with acceptable offer. Karan Wethington of JP and Associates Burleson has listed this six-bedroom, eight and half-bath home for $1.375 million. (more…)

08/15/19 9:45am

Hunters Glen

The sellers at 2313 Loch Haven Drive in Plano’s Hunters Glen barely broke-in the glass cooktop in the kitchen before a dream job recruited them out-of-state. (Did you know water from an overfull pot burns a stain on those cooktops? Just me?) Lived in for less than 30 days, the fully remodeled one-story home in Hunters Glen has been listed by Shannon Beitchman of Robert Elliott and Associates for $388,000. (more…)

08/11/19 9:30am

These NFL pre-season games have us ready for some serious Dallas Cowboys tailgating, but before there were Yeti coolers, there were trusty old Colemans. And before there was Frisco and Arlington, there was Valley Ranch and Irving.

For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we’re taking a look at Valley Ranch, the master-planned community in northern Irving that the Dallas Cowboys called home for more than 30 years. In fact, the former Cowboys headquarters was razed to make way for Legends Crossing, a 230 single-family home community by noted developer Mehrdad Moayedi coming next year. But we found three great homes in Valley Ranch that are well-located, well-priced, and move-in ready. Let’s take a look.

Canal Views on Waters Court

Address: 10313 Waters Court, Valley Ranch

  • 4 bedrooms, 3 baths
  • 2,893 square feet
  • $424,500

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08/10/19 9:55am

Lake Highlands updated contemporary

The great-looking house at 9202 Whitehurst Drive is one of those homes that I pass by often and wonder what it’s like inside. From the big bay windows, you can catch a good glimpse inside, but even better, Paige Poupart of Compass has listed this Lake Highlands updated contemporary at $625,000. Let’s peek inside.

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08/09/19 9:45am

Andrea Trimble of JP and Associates has been on fire lately with great listings in highly-exclusive Starwood. The Mediterranean beauty at 4901 Buena Vista Drive in Frisco has five bedrooms, five baths and one half-bath and is priced at $1,999,000.

Built by one of Frisco’s favorite custom builders, Steve Roberts Luxury Homes, this 6,839 square feet home sits on nearly a half-acre lot. Walk in to find marble flooring, ornate columns, and multiple walls of energy-efficient double pane windows that overlook the backyard sanctuary with tall mature trees that provide privacy and shade, and a pool and spa with water feature. Plus, avid golfers will love the backyard putting green in this home. (more…)