When you’ve got 1,137 square feet to work with, you want to make the most of every inch, and this tastefully renovated three-bedroom, two-bath home in Rowlett does an amazing job at it.

The home, listed for $190,000 by Kathie Truitt and Kevin Caskey of Halo Group Realty is well-situated at Miller Road and President George Bush Turnpike. What’s special are the high-end touches investor Dino Tapper put throughout the house that make this starter home an inviting, modern space for a couple buying their first home.

Walking up to the front of this 1971-built home, you’ll notice the beautiful stained wood overhang that frames the front door and contrasting white painted brick. The stained wood facade is something of a signature for Tapper. Simple shrubbery gives the home clean curb appeal.



The new developers of the Bayside development in Rowlett told a very surprised city council last week that the eight-acre lagoon would be scuttled in its revised plan.

The much ballyhooed $1 billion Bayside development in Rowlett has gotten an updated plan from a new developer — and the city of Rowlett says it’s a drastic change from the original, which included an eight-acre crystal lagoon.

Tom D’Alesandro

Last week, the council met to discuss proposed changes with the new developer, Tom D’Alesandro, who is working for Bayside Development Partners (which consists of the Kruse family and Wilks Development). D’Alesandro took over the project in February and had hinted in other interviews that there would be changes to the original plan, which included the lagoon, a resort hotel, convention center, one-acre fountain, and other amenities.

At last Thursday’s meeting, it seemed that many council members were shocked to find that the new plan scuttled the lagoon and the fountain, the renderings for which are still prominent on the Wilks Development website. (more…)