Such a cute town! Head northeast on I-30, over the gentle lapping waters of Lake Ray Hubbard, and you’ll come to the small town of Fate, Texas in the center of Rockwall County. We found these three great homes in the $240k to $380k range, an absolute bargain for the square footage, large lots, and custom extras in these less than 20 year old homes.

Classic Beauty with Coffered Ceilings

Address: 167 Griffin Ave., Fate

  • 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
  • 3,589 square feet
  • $379,990

Listed by Jackie Bradley of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Plano, this 2014-built home by Holiday Builders boasts a great open floor plan with a roomy kitchen that overlooks the family room. The spacious kitchen includes granite countertops, a large pantry, a butler’s pantry, and stainless steel appliances including built-in microwave, oven, cooktop, dishwasher, and built-in refrigerator. Coffered ceilings in the dining room and master suite are beautiful additions to this beautifully-classic home. Located in the Williamsburg community, HOA dues provide access to the clubhouse with fitness center and three community pools. It’s zoned for Rockwall ISD schools. (more…)

This week’s Suburb Sunday sends us to Southlake for three selections of simply gorgeous homes. (I just couldn’t resist the lovely alliteration.) One is transitional, another is modern, and the third is a geodome you have to see to believe. Which do you prefer? (Pick the dome!)


Modern Style in the Carillon Community

Address: 1816 Saint Philip Ave., Southlake

  • 4 bedrooms, 4 baths
  • 4,026 square feet
  • $1,150,000

Roxann Taylor of Engel & Voelkers Dallas Southlake has the listing for this modern custom home in the gated Carillon community that’s priced below appraisal. Beautiful stone and river rock line the pathway up to this zero lot stucco home. The kitchen with gorgeous floor to ceiling custom cabinets features a 14-foot waterfall island, farm sink, and stainless steel appliances including commercial grade range and vent, gas cooktop, oven, built-in microwave, and built-in refrigerator/freezer. Those same gorgeous cabinets are in the home office as well. Annual homeowners association fees of $2,300 cover front yard maintenance, common area maintenance, and full use of facilities including a community pool, catch-release pond, basketball, and walking trails. (more…)

The city of Rockwall is named for an usual discovery that early North Texas explorers found while digging a well. They came across a natural rock formation with long and narrow stacked rocks that looked like bricks in a wall. Naturally, they named the city for its subterranean wall that still exists below private land. Seems like a solid foundation to name a city and a great foundation for these three homes we’re featuring in this week’s Suburb Sunday.

The Home to Enjoy Marina Living

Address: 633 Courageous Drive, Rockwall

  • 4 bedrooms, 4 baths
  • 3,248 square feet
  • $599,000

Danny Cirulis of Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors has listed this new build from Metropark Builders close to the new Bayside Development at Lake Ray Hubbard. It’s got a huge master suite with a private balcony and luxury bath. A second story living area with large balcony is great for entertaining and enjoying the fabulous views and sunsets. Work from home in the office located on the first floor with walk-in closet, or use it as a fifth bedroom.  (more…)

A Wichita Falls radio station once polled some New Yorkers, asking them to pronounce difficult Texas city names. When it came to Waxahachie, they were truly puzzled. (For the record, it’s pronounced wox-a-hatch-e, not wax-a-hatch-e.) Nicknamed the Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas, Waxahachie was founded in August 1850 as the seat of the newly established Ellis County. With a long history of industry, the city of approximately 35,000 residents has a rich inventory of historic homes dating back to the late 1800s. For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we found three homes from different eras and styles to profile. Which do you prefer? (more…)

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

Address: 420 Red Buoy Cove, Princeton (more…)

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?



In a Metroplex with cities such as Southlake and Westlake, doesn’t it make sense to have Northlake? But as north Texas cities go, this Denton County town along I-35W is relatively new. It was incorporated in 1960, but by 1970, Northlake still only had 20 residents. The building of Alliance Airport a few miles to the south contributed to greater expansion in Northlake during the 1990s, until nowadays when approximately 2,000 people call Northlake home. And a great home you can have, here are three for this week’s Suburb Sunday.



Hey, here are three fun facts about Mesquite: One that you knew, one you probably didn’t know, and one you definitely didn’t know.

First the obvious fact, State Legislature designated Mesquite as the Rodeo Capital of Texas. A lesser-known fact, Big Town Mall was the first air-conditioned shopping mall in the U.S. And fact three that I guarantee you didn’t know: In the late 1800s, Mesquite was as known for its many outlaws supposedly residing in the area as was its fertile agrarian roots. Prominent outlaw Sam Bass, historically known for his train robberies in Texas, robbed a train in downtown Mesquite, escaping with $152.

What do these three facts have to do with this Suburb Sunday? In this week’s round-up, we found these three homes close to shopping, entertainment, and wide open spaces. (more…)