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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.

06/17/19 9:45am

When some people think of contemporary homes, they think of a stark white box with a white interior — perhaps like the Rachofsky Residence by Richard Meier in Preston Hollow – essentially an art-museum-house-hybrid.

Enrique Montenegro, a principal at SHM Architects, says contemporary is really anything that’s not traditional in architecture, but it’s not necessarily a “classic white box.”

“Contemporary doesn’t have to be cold,” he says.

CandysDirt.com sat down with Enrique Montenegro of Dallas-based SHM Architects to discuss how to design a contemporary home that feels warm and comfortable.

CandysDirt: Let’s start with the criticisms. What are the stereotypes people have of contemporary-style homes?

Enrique Montenegro: Everybody’s got a different idea of what contemporary means. Clean lines is a term that people use a lot when they’re referring to contemporary homes, where everything’s super straight, with minimal details, and very crisp.

But we’ve all been in these kinds of spaces where you feel like you can’t put your feet up. They are rooms full of furniture that make you feel like you’ve got to sit straight up. The way the space is furnished and how the walls are finished can make it feel very cold and too formal. (more…)

06/16/19 9:45am

You gotta love the variety. Something I love about writing Suburb Sunday every week is finding hidden gems throughout the Metroplex and learning something new. For example, I’ve learned the Mesquite’s Big Town Mall was the first air-conditioned mall in the country. Grand Prairie was a booming aviation community during World War II. Last week I learned about Oak Point’s polo club real estate, where you can live on the polo fields at Prestonwood Polo Club. And now for this week’s Suburb Sunday, we feature the Collin County town of Princeton, located on U.S. 380 between McKinney and Greenville, on the northern shore of Lake Lavon. The city with approximately 13,000 population is home to Princeton Lakes, one of the Metroplex’s only ski lake residential communities. There are three homes that offer three very different lifestyles to love. Which do you prefer?

Water Ski From Your Backyard

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06/15/19 9:55am

Who says you can’t find highrise condo living outside the loop? Flower Mound is home to the new 16-story Lakeside Tower overlooking Lake Grapevine, where you’ll find this two-bedroom, 1,136-square-foot condominium listed for $759,900 by Rick Wegman of Ulterre Fort Worth. It’s one of only four condos left in the 48-home tower.  (more…)

06/14/19 9:45am

Starwood Frisco

Judi Wright of Ebby Halliday Frisco has listed this beautifully-landscaped, nearly 8,000-square-foot home at 5008 Monterey Drive in the elite Starwood community for $2.3 million, and you’ve got to see the little extras it has inside.

First off, Jerry Jones’ Blue Star neighborhood of Starwood, just minutes from Plano and Frisco’s corporate headquarter alley, is the kind of luxury you’d expect from the magnanimous Cowboys owner. The 550-acre master-planned, 24-hour guard gated community of 900-plus families offers homes priced from $300,000 to more than $5 million. Wright tells us Monterey Drive is the premier street in this neighborhood with beautiful homes, lush landscaping, and nice topography in the community.

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06/13/19 9:45am

Knightsbridge Estates

Check out the dramatic front elevation of 3316 Birkshire Lane, a Knightsbridge Estates home in northeast Richardson, listed for $359,900 by Linda Jackson of Ebby Halliday Plano. The 1998-built home has four bedrooms, three and half-baths, two living areas, two dining areas, and an upstairs game room with a total 3,282 square feet.

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06/09/19 9:30am

Oak Point, positioned on a scenic Lewisville Lake peninsula, is known for its amazing hidden gems of neighborhoods that are so nestled in the trees, you’ll feel positively secluded. The most appropriately named one is the popular Emerald Sound neighborhood, a deed-restricted development of large single-family homes nestled on the east bank of Lake Lewisville. Each homestead is an irregular one-plus acre estate consisting of Black Prarie soil and post oak timbers. But there’s another big draw for Oak Point — its impressive polo clubs including the Willow Bend Polo Club and Prestonwood Polo Club, which will build 22 exclusive two and half-acre lots for custom-built homes overlooking the polo fields. Oak Point is clearly a special place to live and here are three great homes to choose from. Which is your favorite?

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06/08/19 9:40am

Warren Sibley of Dave Perry Miller has a great Lakewood listing at 6923 Coronado Avenue, a four-bedroom, three and half-bath for $669,000 that’s just in time for a summer move to Lakewood Elementary’s fabulous neighborhood.  (more…)

06/07/19 9:45am

Travel past Denton up I-35 to Pilot Point, where your dream Kentucky-style horse ranch awaits. Imagine the country estate lifestyle you can have at 7601 Sierra Lane, a 10,429-square-foot estate situated on 9.72 acres in the heart of North Texas show horse country. It’s listed by Rogers Healy for $4 million.

From the majestic white picket fence at the gated entrance, follow the fully-paved driveway to the Colonial-style stucco home with fountain and starburst on the circular drive and rear porte-cochere. Built in 2015, the home has six bedrooms, five full baths, and four half-baths set across three stories with a built-in elevator.

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