Plano

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Plano was named the happiest city in America by Wallethub recently, citing high scores in emotional and physical well-being, income, employment, community, and environment. Yes, but what about more intangible measures of happiness, like whether you’ve got a home that gives you joy or whether you’ve got separate his-and-hers bathrooms. And we’re not just talking dual vanities. We mean the whole separate sink, shower, toilet, and closet shebang. These are important things.

For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we’ve highlighted a few homes that exemplify some of the more impalpable components of happiness: a home that indulges your interests or hobbies, decor that’s bright and full of personality, and a master bath that’s easy to share with your significant other. There are many components of a happy life, but for CandysDirt.com purposes, we think these three homes are great examples of happy living in Plano.

Finally, a Home With Its Own Gift Wrapping Room

Address: 5045 Royal Creek Lane, Plano

  • 6 bedrooms, 9 baths
  • 13,406 square feet
  • $4.95 million

This palatial estate designed by noted architect Fred Wynn has twin Cinderella staircases, Juliet balconies, and a ballroom, but it’s the personal tropes to the owners’ interests that make this home a happy one. Case in point: a gift wrapping room! A wall of built-in shelves house all the gift wrapping supplies you’ll need, while built-in paper rolls and gift bag hooks help you wrap the perfect present. Another luxury: The 1,500-square-foot auto showroom is large enough to feature all your favorite vehicles and entertain others at the same time. It has an 80-inch flat screen television and a 10-seat granite bar.

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Hold my green beer. For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we’re toasting you a happy St. Patrick’s Day with homes in the Erath County town of Dublin, known as the official Irish Capital of Texas. It’s also the former home of the last Dr. Pepper bottling plant that used real Imperial cane sugar, a variety of Dr. Pepper that earned nearly bootleg status. Dublin is a town full of history and character, and these three home are no exception. This week’s Suburb Sunday is an especially eclectic one with a Folk Victorian, a 1930s Tudor, and a 1960s Spanish Ranch house sitting on an amazing 700+ acres.

St. Patrick’s Day Perfection

Address: 321 N. Patrick Street, Dublin

  • 5 bedrooms, 2 bath
  • 3,758 square feet
  • $166,500

Here’s a captivating two-story folk Victorian style home built in 1898 with fresh landscaping, garden, new paint, new windows, and a storybook white picket fence. The elaborate spindlework on the porch overhang adds an ornate embellishment to this understated Victorian style. It sits on a corner lot of nearly a half-acre and has two living rooms, five bedrooms, and a full bath upstairs and downstairs.

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Denton is more than a college town. It’s a history-rich county seat with homes that run the gamut of styles and influences. For this week’s suburb Sunday, we take a look at three historic homes in Denton in three very different price ranges. Which do you see yourself most at home in?

 

This Historic Mansion with Wine Cellar Could Be Yours

Address: 1035 W. Oak Street, Denton

  • 5 bedrooms, 6 baths
  • 6,614 square feet
  • $1.725 million

This is the 1903 neoclassical Evers House, one of a few original homes that existed on the well-to-do block of Oak Street, nicknamed “Silk Stocking Row.” The huge 6,614-square-foot home features rich hardwood floors and elegant moldings. (more…)

For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we head to Denton County… er, Dallas County. No, Collin County. What county is Carrollton located in? All three, actually. As the 23rd most populous city in Texas, Carrollton is a vibrant town of industry, retail, and residential with a historic downtown that’s booming with a healthy rail-transit system. Come check out these three great homes on the market right now:

Craftsman Inspired Cutie in Austin Waters

Carrollton

Address: 5005 Sage Hill Drive, Carrollton

  • 3 bedrooms, 4 baths
  • 2,781 square feet
  • $462,900

This craftsman-inspired home has gorgeous curb appeal with its manicured landscaping and welcoming covered front porch that overlooks the greenbelt. It was built by Darling Homes in 2010 and located in Austin Waters, a residential neighborhood of Austin Ranch in northeast Carrollton.

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Great $300k homes

Here’s a quick little Sunday morning trivia bite for you. Did you know that Bedford, located in northeast Tarrant County’s H-E-B mid-cities, nearly became a ghost town in 1909 when its population plummeted to 50 people? Just 20 years earlier, it was a booming frontier town with 1,000-plus residents, growing alongside near neighbors Hurst and Euless. But a wartime boom helped Bedford rebound, and has since become a thriving city of 50,000 residents with some of the best-looking affordable homes in the area. Case in point, for this week’s Suburb Sunday, we found these three great homes ranging from $275,000 to $360,000.

Sunroom Retreat Perfect for Year-round Bliss

Address: 3101 Andrew Court, Bedford

  • 4 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • 2,887 square feet
  • $359,900

If you’ve been looking for a great single story in the mid-cities, you’ll want to drop by this home from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 for an Open House. Beautiful hardwood floors, high ceilings, crown molding, and custom fixtures are just some of the details that make this 1995-built home feel very well cared for. The open floor plan features an updated kitchen with breakfast bar, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a walk-in pantry. The huge master suite has been remodeled with new lighting, tile, and granite. It has a separate shower and garden tub, and separate vanities. The large sunroom is vented for AC and heat and can be used year-round. This home is zoned for Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD.

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This week’s Suburb Sunday takes us to an exurb actually, Addison. While this four-square-mile Dallas County city is often known for its abundant restaurants and entertainment, you can find some great homes here with plenty of amenities. Here are three homes for sale in Addison that satisfy family life, provide a great starter home, or offer low-maintenance living for those constantly on the go.

 

Beautiful Family Home With an Even Better Backyard

Address: 14775 Chancey Street, Addison

  • Four bedrooms, four baths
  • 2,946 square feet
  • $524,900

You’ll love the custom touches in this 1993-built traditional two-story in Addison’s Chatham Court. But one of the best parts of living in Addison and this home particularly is paying a reduced one-time fee to gain access to Addison Athletic Club, which offers indoor and outdoor pools, indoor basketball, racketball, indoor track, weight room, exercise classes, and seasonal events.

The gourmet kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel Thermador Professional appliances, including a four-burner gas stove, convection oven, warming tray, and built-in microwave, as well as a GE under-counter wine cooler refrigerator. Custom touches include a built-in wine rack and slide out cabinet shelves.

The expansive backyard has a louvered pergola covered patio and a stone fire pit with seating. This home is zoned for Dallas ISD in the attendance zones for Bush Elementary, Walker Middle School, and W.T. White High School.

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For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we land in Las Colinas — a suburb that’s not actually a city at all, but a master-planned community located in the entirety of Irving. Built in the 70s, it was one of the first planned communities in the country, and for a time, one of the largest in the south. Las Colinas is just perfectly located in the hub of the Metroplex, just 10 minutes away from D/FW International Airport. For your perusal, we’ve picked out some lovely homes in three great neighborhoods in the Las Colinas area. Which do you see yourself in?

Hackberry Estate Five-Bedroom Has Great Curb Appeal

Address: 7319 Bradford Pear Drive, Irving

  • Five bedrooms, four baths
  • 3,850 square feet
  • $499,999

The unique corner-set front door portico is the first thing that jumps out at you as you walk up to this 2000-built home in well-established Hackberry Creek. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances including Jenn-Air gas cooktop, electric oven, built-in microwave, and refrigerator, plus freshly-painted cabinets, granite countertops, and a large breakfast area and bar seating that looks onto the family room. Updates to this home include new carpet, tankless water heater, new roof, gutters, Nest thermostat, Ring doorbell, and new washer and dryer.

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The small rural town of Sunnyvale in Dallas County has a pretty fascinating history, as the amalgamation of the four towns of Hatterville, Long Creek, Tripp, and New Hope in the 1950s. A storm in the 1920s wiped out the most prosperous of these towns, New Hope, where shops, stores, and an annual fair called the Gala Days took place. The rest of the towns came together to form Sunnyvale, a name that the students of Tripp-Long Creek school gave to the town during a citywide school contest. Nowadays Sunnyvale ISD has three highly-rated schools and a population of approximately 7,000. Let’s head to Sunnyvale in eastern Dallas County for this week’s Suburb Sunday and three great homes to consider.

Seven-Bedroom Executive Retreat for Only $700k

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