Residences at CityLine Offer Single-Family Home Living in Hip Urban Environment | CandysDirt.com

We love the CityLine development in Richardson, a live-work-dine-play destination that is home to 1,900 luxury apartments, townhomes, and houses. But only one developer is creating single-family residences, and there are only 32 of those. Talk about one-of-a-kind!

Building and sales at the Residences at CityLine from Centre Living Homes are in full swing. The model opened in December and they’ve sold nine homes, completed two spec houses, and started construction on 12 more. 

These are really visionary, folks — there are no other projects like the Residences at CityLine in nearby suburbs because this is leading edge. And the houses are gorgeous! Think large, open-planned spaces, private side courtyards, high-end amenities, and clean modern designs. I love them! 

“This is an urban, exciting lifestyle where everything is walkable here and you’re near a DART station, the Telecom Corridor, and centered between downtown Dallas and the northern cities” said Trevor Brickman, President of Centre Living Homes. “With everything CityLine has to offer, buyers have a ready-to-love lifestyle just out their doors.” 

The Residences at CityLine range in size from 2,700 to 3,500 square feet with three and four bedrooms and a price range of $525K to the high $600s. Let me show you around. 
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property taxAlthough we’ve warned you a couple of times, just in case you missed it — today is kind of a big deal if you own a home. Today is the deadline (unless you’re in Denton County) to protest your property taxes for this year.

If this has caught you unawares, don’t fret — one local company has come up with PropertyTax.io, a way to determine if you need to protest, compile your evidence if you do, and then download a complete report that you can file electronically with your county’s central appraisal district — in less than an hour in most cases (in fact, it took me about 10 minutes). (more…)

Dallas PalaceWalking through the grand entrance of 9006 Douglas Avenue is like stepping into a fairytale. There are very few homes that merit the use of the word “palace” and this is one of them. This home has been referred to as “The Mansion” for years. That in no way prepares you for what you will experience once you cross the threshold. So, we’re re-christening this palatial Mediterranean resort-style home as the “Dallas Palace.” (more…)

Spectacular Northcrest Remodel Offers Big Updates and Style with Income Suite | CandysDirt.com

I’ve found a spectacular remodeled home in Northcrest with big updates, fabulous style, and an income suite in the form of an apartment above the garage.

Located near Walnut Hill Lane and Midway Road, the house at 4224 Sexton Ln. offers red oak solid hardwoods, new HVAC in 2017, new ducts, electrical panel, Andersen windows, and a new roof  in 2018. All this in designer style with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 2,222 square feet, built in 1952. Bonus for families: it’s zoned for the highly rated Walnut Hill Elementary School. Let’s take a look! 

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property taxLast month, we told you about a service that makes filing a property tax protest a ridiculously simple process. Tuesday, I road tested it myself, and it was even easier than I thought it would be.

If you’ve been putting off filing because you’re worried it won’t be worth it, or because the idea of starting the process sounds daunting, I wouldn’t put it off any longer. The deadline to file a protest is May 15 (May 18 if you’re in Denton County), which is — eek! — next Tuesday. (more…)

In the big cities of America, houses worth $1 million or more make up over 4 percent of all properties, a share that has gone up 3.8 times since 2002, according to Trulia. So if you’re selling, how do you stand out and get noticed by the right buyers? 

Luxury home auctions are the choice for more and more sellers — they’re quick, competitive, and add a sense of urgency to the sale. They also help establish fair value for a hard-to-price asset, like a highly customized luxury home. 

Case in point: Former Texas Rangers’ first baseman Mark Teixeira is selling his fabulous mansion, pictured above, in Westlake’s Vaquero community through Elite Auctions at a no-reserve event on May 12. The home has been on and off the market for years with no luck; choosing an auction now is the smart move, says Elite Auctions President and Founder Randy Haddaway.

“High-end houses with big wow factor are perfect candidates for luxury home auctions, like Teixeira’s extraordinary one-acre waterfront lot in Vaquero,” Haddaway said. “These auctions bring with them concentrated periods of marketing that get a lot of people paying attention to the property during that time and the sale will happen at a definite time.”

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Auction Alert! Snag Mark Teixeira's Westlake Vaquero Mansion with No-Reserve | CandysDirt.com

Former Texas Rangers’ first baseman Mark Teixeira hasn’t played for the team in more than a decade and retired from baseball in 2016. So it’s time for the five-time Gold Glove Award winner to part with his sprawling Westlake mansion, a waterfront property in the exclusive gated golf community of Vaquero. 

Valued at more than $4 million, the stone-and-stucco house at 2220 King Fisher Dr. will be auctioned May 12 at 11 a.m. in a no-reserve event hosted by Elite Auctions

Sitting on 1.08 acres, the 8,554-square-foot house offers an ideal floorplan with five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, four half baths, three living areas, two dining areas, indoor-outdoor theater with wet bar, master suite wing, game room, a separate casita for guests, wine cellar, two-story office, pool, hot tub, and cloistered patio. The custom millwork is part of a look that can only be described as perfection! 

Teixeira said Vaquero was “the coolest resort community I’d ever seen,” and living there felt like going on a “mini vacation” with its golf lifestyle. He’s hit the nail on the head — Vaquero is unlike any other in North Texas. 

Before the auction, come to a Cinco de Mayo CandysDirt.com Staff Party May 5 at this exquisite property. More details below! 

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home warrantyIt seems like just about everyone has an opinion about home warranties, and just about everyone has a love/hate relationship with theirs.

Shopping for a home warranty company, therefore, can also be difficult. Asking friends and neighbors can yield subjective and varied opinions, leaving you just as unsure about which company to choose as you started out.

But reviewhomewarranties.com aims to change that by providing objective reviews and easy-to-understand breakdowns of what each company offers, said James Edwin Surrey, Marketing Manager and Head of Operations for the company. (more…)