Enchanted Hill, located within the master-planned community of Castle Hills in Lewisville, is a guard-gated enclave of estate homes with a 24-hour attendant surrounded by the lush fairways of The Lakes at Castle Hills private country club and golf course. Custom home sites in Enchanted Hill are available from the $300s with custom homes from $1.75 million and up. Living in Castle Hills offers many amenities but Enchanted Hill in particular is the cream of the crop in gated community living. Here are five fantastic reasons to live in Enchanted Hill:

1. It’s REALLY centrally located.

Metroplex residents spend 9.4 days in traffic a year, which sounds doubtful until you realize that averages out to 27 minutes one way daily. Sounds about right, doesn’t it?

One big advantage of living in Enchanted Hill (shaded purple in the map) is its central location within the Metroplex, well-situated at the crossroads of State Highway 121, Sam Rayburn Tollway, and FM 423, which becomes Park Blvd. in Plano.

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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…)

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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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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This is how to live in style. Bleu Ciel teamed up with Cantoni, Susan Smith Designs, LBH Interiors, and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams as the designers to bring their unique style to life in their Sky Homes. The new 33-story luxury skyrise at the northwest corner of Wolf and McKinnon streets partnered with several high-caliber firms to design model residential homes that reflect the building’s sleek style. Two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes start at 1,639 square feet and go all the way up to 15,000 square feet. In the glistening tower’s condominiums, residents have an expansive covered terrace that provides views of the Dallas skyline, Calatrava bridge, and endless Texas skies.

Cantoni

Cantoni, a Dallas-based, Italian-inspired modern furniture retailer and design studio, offers personalized design services and a curated selection of high-quality furnishings, art, accessories, lighting, custom cabinetry, and closet systems. For their respective model home, Cantoni designers opted for low profile furniture that doesn’t compete with the home’s stunning views and soft textures to add warmth to the space.

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French Eclectic Manor House

The standards for luxury home building in Dallas are quite simply the best in the nation. This French Eclectic manor house is an excellent example of what luxury buyers expect. Of course, it’s a Mark Molthan home.

Mark Molthan’s Platinum Series Homes , a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, continually exceed luxury building standards. If you can snag a house from the company that has been voted a Dallas Best Custom Home Builder every single year since 2006, don’t think twice. Fortunately, Molthan has a beautifully remodeled French Eclectic manor house available at 3836 Centenary Avenue in University Park.

Don’t let the word remodeled fool you.

“Basically, it was gutted,” listing agent Katie Schortman said. “It was originally built in 1985, but every part of the house was touched.”

And this is a lot of house! With 6,511 square feet, three levels, five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a powder bath, it’s the perfect size for a family.

“All the rooms are extremely large and comfortable, but they retain an air of intimacy,” Schortman said. “It’s such a bright and livable home, and it’s fabulous for hosting events.”

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Jacqueline Meadows, 54, and her husband Mark, 62, were among the first to finish building their custom home at Beacon Hill, a master-planned luxury lake community on the northwestern shore of Cedar Creek Lake off Highway 175 in Kaufman County.

Ease of access was a key differentiator when they were considering building a home at Beacon Hill, which is up to 30 minutes closer than many other lake developments at Cedar Creek. (more…)

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Don’t say we didn’t warn you — the deadline for property tax protests is uh, today. And if you think this requires a massive scramble of documentation to file, we have good news: It can take as little as 10 minutes.

We’ve been telling you about PropertyTax.io since last year. It’s an online tool developed by Goodrich Realty Consulting, first as a tool for their tax consultants to use in the company’s property tax division. Last year, they released the tool to the general public, and it is really shaking up the way people appeal their property tax bills.

So how does it work? In just a few seconds, you can log on to the PropertyTax.io website, put in your address, and register. The next screen will tell you if, based on the algorithms that factor in comparable properties using several data sets, including MLS data and appraisal district data, you’d have success in appealing your taxes this year. (more…)