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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.

02/19/19 9:45am

aging in place

Sean Kirkham grew up in the home building industry, watching his grandfather build custom homes. The time and detail his grandfather put into his strenuous work didn’t go unnoticed by the impressionable young man. But years later when his grandfather was fighting a battle with cancer, Sean felt the strain of watching his once-active loved one struggle to get around his own house while aging-in-place.

“Working in the industry, there’s a lot of wear and tear on your body,” Sean says. “Knee and hip replacements, and that sort of thing. But he was fine at home. It wasn’t until my grandfather’s diagnosis and getting further along in treatment that his muscles became weak. He just couldn’t get around the house very well.”

Sean’s mother Deborah stepped up to help her own mom, who was already struggling with Parkinson’s, take care of her ailing father. But Deborah and her son Sean were suddenly thrust into the unfamiliar world of caretaking.

“We felt so uninformed about it,” Sean says. He and the family started looking into possible solutions, evaluating whether the elderly duo would have to move out of their home to somewhere that’s easier to navigate with limited mobility.

“We’re all thinking we gotta do something, move them, or do something around the house because we’re worried sick about them injuring themselves,” he says. “But they weren’t ready to move to assisted living. They wanted to live in the home their children grew up and where they built their lives.” (more…)

02/17/19 9:45am

This week’s Suburb Sunday takes us to an exurb actually, Addison. While this four-square-mile Dallas County city is often known for its abundant restaurants and entertainment, you can find some great homes here with plenty of amenities. Here are three homes for sale in Addison that satisfy family life, provide a great starter home, or offer low-maintenance living for those constantly on the go.

 

Beautiful Family Home With an Even Better Backyard

Address: 14775 Chancey Street, Addison

  • Four bedrooms, four baths
  • 2,946 square feet
  • $524,900

You’ll love the custom touches in this 1993-built traditional two-story in Addison’s Chatham Court. But one of the best parts of living in Addison and this home particularly is paying a reduced one-time fee to gain access to Addison Athletic Club, which offers indoor and outdoor pools, indoor basketball, racketball, indoor track, weight room, exercise classes, and seasonal events.

The gourmet kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel Thermador Professional appliances, including a four-burner gas stove, convection oven, warming tray, and built-in microwave, as well as a GE under-counter wine cooler refrigerator. Custom touches include a built-in wine rack and slide out cabinet shelves.

The expansive backyard has a louvered pergola covered patio and a stone fire pit with seating. This home is zoned for Dallas ISD in the attendance zones for Bush Elementary, Walker Middle School, and W.T. White High School.

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02/16/19 9:45am
Caruth Hills

Take a Sunday stroll to this Caruth Hills home from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 17, listed by Tonya Peek of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Frisco.

If you’ve been looking to jump into the Caruth Hills neighborhood, this minimal ranch-style home at 7533 Centenary Ave. is a four-bedroom and three-bath gem with 1,976-square-feet to love. Just imagine the possibilities your personal style could have on this lovely home built in 1951.

The gourmet kitchen features glass-front cabinets, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances including a double oven, five-burner gas cooktop, and mini wine refrigerator. A breakfast nook isn’t a small nook after all, which overlooks and opens up to the backyard.  (more…)

02/14/19 9:25am
stone Tudor

Open House alert for this 1930s stone Tudor: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2605 Maple Springs Blvd.

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02/10/19 9:55am

For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we land in Las Colinas — a suburb that’s not actually a city at all, but a master-planned community located in the entirety of Irving. Built in the 70s, it was one of the first planned communities in the country, and for a time, one of the largest in the south. Las Colinas is just perfectly located in the hub of the Metroplex, just 10 minutes away from D/FW International Airport. For your perusal, we’ve picked out some lovely homes in three great neighborhoods in the Las Colinas area. Which do you see yourself in?

Hackberry Estate Five-Bedroom Has Great Curb Appeal

Address: 7319 Bradford Pear Drive, Irving

  • Five bedrooms, four baths
  • 3,850 square feet
  • $499,999

The unique corner-set front door portico is the first thing that jumps out at you as you walk up to this 2000-built home in well-established Hackberry Creek. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances including Jenn-Air gas cooktop, electric oven, built-in microwave, and refrigerator, plus freshly-painted cabinets, granite countertops, and a large breakfast area and bar seating that looks onto the family room. Updates to this home include new carpet, tankless water heater, new roof, gutters, Nest thermostat, Ring doorbell, and new washer and dryer.

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02/09/19 9:45am

For this week’s Saturday Six Hundred, we head to north Plano for this 3,918-square-foot Toll Brothers home at 6913 Portobello Drive in Kings Ridge. For all those employees flocking to west Plano in the land of corporate relocations, this home is in the perfect location for commuting. The four-bedroom, three-bath open floor plan offers plenty of natural light and neat, clean lines for $665,000, plus a little soft Italian style for flair.

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02/07/19 9:25am

Whether you call it a tri-level or a split-level, mid-century fans will love this luxuriously-finished piece of history from 1968 with everything you want in 2019. This four-bedroom, three-bath home at 1554 Russell Glen Lane is this week’s featured Thursday Three Hundred with a list price of $385,000.

Check out this hard-to-find split level at an Open House from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10

Located in well-established Highland Oaks in South Dallas, this 2,876-square-foot home is a deep-set corner lot situated on a .63-acre lot. Just look at the long, down-sloping walkway to the front door! Plus, talk about a scenic part of town with a great location: 15 minutes to downtown and 10 minutes to Bishop Arts District and Trinity Groves.

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02/05/19 9:55am

Twelve thousand square feet is calling your name! This five-bedroom, five full-bath, and three half-bath Colleyville home at 7212 John McCain Road will be auctioned Feb. 23 by Elite Auctions.

Yes, it’s really on John McCain Road, named for the late American senator and hero.

OPEN HOUSE PREVIEW | Takes place from 1-4 p.m., Feb. 10 and Feb. 17. The no-reserve auction will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, with final preview on Friday, Feb. 22. Visit EliteAuctions.com/7212-John-McCain-Rd for pre-registration instructions and driving directions.

The asking price is just under $3 million. Located near Grapevine Highway 26 and Pleasant Run Road, this grand estate has a private gated entry that opens to its large circular drive. On the 2.76-acre property, you have a sprawling home, huge office space, and lovely outdoor living to enjoy the mature Pecan trees and its own private fountain pond stocked for fishing.

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