North of SH 121 and east of the Dallas North Tollway, the Chapel Creek neighborhood in west Frisco has a rare blend of both established homes first built in the early 2000s and brand new, custom-built homes on remaining lots available. Many of the 13 homes now listed for sale in Chapel Creek are from the 2000s, which reflect the very traditional, European-inspired aesthetic popular at the time. But the mix of custom homes ranging from approximately $850,000 to $3.25 million is built by a variety of custom builders, which is a nice change of pace from single-builder neighborhoods that can look too homogeneous. And sometimes just a paint job will make the difference in getting a 6,000+ square foot home for under $200 a square foot. This neighborhood, close to The Star and minutes away from Legacy West, is well-established with lush trees, landscaped grassy areas, and a wooded creek.

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Bristol Place

Address: 6251 Bristol Place, Frisco

  • 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths
  • 6,931 square feet
  • $1.35 million
  • Listed by Ben Wegmann of Rogers Healy and Associates

Located on an interior lot of a cul-de-sac, this 2007-built home by George C. Fuller Custom Homes has a classic timeless appeal with its brick and stone exterior. Inside you’ll find hand-scraped floors, vaulted ceilings, six fireplaces, and extras like a wine cellar and fully equipped media and game room. Yes, it’s got some of the original faux finishes on the walls and ceilings, but it’s just paint. Open floor plan and soaring ceilings give this home a great place from which to make it your own. (more…)

There’s a lot to love about McKinney, the Collin County seat that’s got one of the best historic downtown squares hands down. There are about 120 shops and two dozen restaurants in this commercial downtown district. The agenda here: Shop the clothing boutiques at 540 Mercantile, enjoy dinner at The Pantry Restaurant, stop for coffee at fILTER(ed) Craft Coffee House, shop antiques at Special Things, eat pie at Emporium Pies, and grab a pie (or half dozen) to go.

We found a lot to love about the homes here, but our very favorite detail is this original clawfoot tub in an early American Craftsman home built in 1890. See the home that tub belongs to and two other great homes we found for sale in McKinney.

Address: 5900 River Highlands Drive, McKinney

  • 3 bedrooms, 4 bath
  • 3,229 square feet
  • $555,000
  • Listed by Christie Cannon of Keller Williams Frisco Stars

Located in the exclusive gated community of Estates at Craig Ranch, this 2013-built home is a standout with its dramatic gated courtyard entrance that leads to the rotunda entryway and soaring ceilings. Just as dramatic is the outdoor living area with a tall elongated pergola with stone pavers, stone fireplace and lush landscaping that extends through the large grassy yard. (more…)

Since Sunday night, almost the minute that the tornado sirens went off across North Dallas and surrounding cities, we started posting information on our social pages and website to help the many thousands of readers affected directly by this multi-tornadic storm like we’ve never seen before.

For this week’s edition of Suburb Sunday, we looked on the map for the closest suburb near North Dallas and storm-affected areas, which took us to the bustling four-square-mile Dallas County town of Addison. If you’re looking for affordable rentals, here are three homes sorted by descending square footage that you could call home. If you have an available home for lease in the greater North Dallas and close suburbs, comment below or email shelby@candysdirt.com to help get the word out about your listing. (more…)

When the Denton County city of Lewisville was officially incorporated in 1925, the government’s first ordinances regulated medicine shows and set speed limits for automobiles at 18 mph. But it’d already been a bustling town with a gristmill, several cotton gins, and two saloons. With many of its original structures still standing, downtown Lewisville, called Old Town, bustles today with shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, including a 1.5-acre urban park and the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater. Today the city has approximately 106,000 residents, one of the largest suburbs we’ve covered in this Suburb Sunday series. Here are three great homes we found in Lewisville that could be perfect for your family.

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Kennedale has really good dirt. Known for mineral-rich land and a long-running brickyard that thrived on ideal soil for making bricks, Kennedale is home to about 8,000 residents who appreciate the quaint bedroom community’s proximity to Mansfield, Arlington, and Fort Worth. The southeastern Tarrant County city is named for a Kennedy — a settler named Oliver Kennedy who purchased land at a mineral well nearly 140 years ago. For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we dug up some good dirt on three great homes ranging from $450,000 to $223,000.

Address: 1005 Oakridge Court, Kennedale

  • 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bath
  • 3,302 square feet
  • $449,900

Suzanne Key of Ebby Halliday Arlington has listed this nearly one acre treed lot, a custom 1985-built home that’s waiting for someone to update with their style make it their own. The living area, which has a brick fireplace and masonry box flanked by two sets of built-ins, has vaulted ceilings and railed overlook from the second floor. The adjacent kitchen has granite countertops, tile backsplash, and black appliances including cooktop, oven, built-in microwave, and dishwasher. A beautiful office space has a wall of windows overlooking the dramatic backyard with a large wood deck that steps down to an in-ground pool.  (more…)

Haltom City, located just five miles northeast of Fort Worth, has a ghost town in its historical roots. You see, Haltom City’s school district is named Birdville ISD, the scarce remains of a former 1840s-era town called Birdville. (Two churches and a cemetery make up the rest of this ghost lot.) Located to the southeast near Calloway’s Lake and the Viridian master-planned community, Birdville was named for Texas Ranger Jonathan Bird who set up a fort, per Sam Houston’s orders to defend local settlers from attack. The town grew to be the largest in Tarrant County and was named the county seat in 1849.

But as nearby Fort Worth began to grow, ambitious Fort Worth residents called a courthouse election in 1856 proposing their own town as the county seat, sparking a bitter campaign. Here’s where it gets juicy, according to Fort Worth’s city website.

“As legend has it, Birdville had a barrel of whiskey, intended for use on Election Day, but Fort Worth residents learned about it, siphoned off the liquor, took it to their town and gave it to voters,” a Fort Worth library article states. “Fort Worth won the election by a narrow margin. Jubilant residents rushed to Birdville, loaded the county records on a wagon and proceeded triumphantly to the new county seat.”

So, Fort Worth stole their whiskey and their county seat, and Birdville dwindled until it was annexed into Haltom City. So while the community is no longer, the name stuck to the local school district which serves Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Watauga, and parts of Hurst and Fort Worth.

Today, Haltom City is home to approximately 43,000 people and growing, as construction is underway for an upscale master planned community called “High Pointe” with homes from David Weekly and K. Hovnanian Homes. Here are three homes we found in Haltom City that offer a great quality of life for an amazing price point.

Address: 4404 Starlight Drive, Haltom City

  • 5 bedrooms, 4 baths
  • 2,847 square feet
  • $350,000

A lucky buyer already snagged this great house listed by Cassie Samons of JP & Associates Realtors Justin, but it’s too cute to pass sharing with you. In front of this 1962-built midcentury home stands a beautiful massive tree that’s seen this house through the decades. Inside, a dramatic modern wrought iron staircase greets you as you look down the brick-lined hall, through the cedar paneled family room, and straight out onto the golf course. To your immediate left are the formal and dining areas made light and bright by a wall of windows. In the second living area, cedar and brick give wonderful texture to this room that overlooks the newly remodeled kitchen and the large deck. The downstairs master has a bonus room and a decadent oversized shower. Three bedrooms are upstairs with two full baths that have been updated.

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Plano has plenty of superlatives like the safest city, the best place to live, and best place to buy a home in America, but the Collin County city has another interesting superlative — #2 hardest-working city in America according to Kempler Industries. Actually, six of the country’s 10 hardest-working cities are in North Texas, including Dallas #3, Grand Prairie #4, Garland #6, Irving #8, and Arlington #9. If you work hard, forget about playing hard… You want to rest and relax hard. Here are three beautiful Plano houses that make relaxing after a long workday easy to do.

 

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For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we took a look at MLS-listed homes in Farmersville, the far east Collin County town near Lake Lavon. This town of 3,000 residents seems like it’s strapping in for growth from the future Collin County Outer Loop, a designated freeway that will loop Preston Road in Celina, east to US 75 near Melissa, curving down to Farmerville near SH 78 and landing south near the Collin and Rockwall county lines.

Searching for properties to feature, we read a lot of agent buzz about “excellent investment opportunities” on ag-exempt land near the future Outer Loop and soon to be completed US 380 expansion. For one 123-acre lot listed for $3.08 million, the listing agent Shinn Team of Farmersville Real Estate Company writes, “Take advantage of this opportunity to be a part of the growth of Farmersville.”

Indeed by the looks of the homes on MLS, there are nearly more homes pending contract than there are existing homes for sale. Of the approximately 150 listings on MLS, about a dozen are large acreage lots for development, 30 are new construction homes going up, and another 50 are pending contract or contingent. While Collin County suburbs are no stranger to growth, it seems like Farmersville is looking attractive to more people seeking large lots and a rural vibe to suburb living. (more…)