Just outside of Fort Worth there’s a bedroom community called Benbrook and real estate agent Robin Barrow told us all about it.

But before we dive in, let’s knock out that, “Huh? Whaaa?” A bedroom community is a commuter community where the majority of the residents work in surrounding cities.

Now that that’s cleared up, let’s get back to Benbrook.

It’s a charming city where you still pay your electric bill at the county courthouse and according to Barrow, “there aren’t a ton of commercial buildings” which also means that small-town feel is in full effect.

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East Dallas RanchRemember when you were a kid and you’d go to visit your grandparents’ and it was always 15 degrees warmer inside, but it was so cozy and quaint and life was just better there? Like those people never had to go to school or work and you thought, “How do I get this gig?” Well, Squirt, you can’t get that gig until you retire, so keep working, nose to the grindstone and all that jazz.

In the meantime, if you want to live in a house like that – cozy and comfortable, with or without the furnace on blast – check out 10633 Cayuga Drive. See? Even the address is quaint. Three and five numbered addresses are the best. Four digits are so lame. JK JK, everything’s great and awesome and we all get a gold star.

It’s really the exterior of 10633 Cayuga Drive that gets you, and immediately kicks off the craving for hard candy from an etched glass dish.

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If you’re looking for a small-town feel with reasonable access to the Metroplex, head north — and then north a little more — and be sure to tap the breaks when you see the sign that says, “Welcome to Providence Village.”

It’s a bikes-on-the-lawn community where the residents did the heavy lifting to become a town. They pulled together and made it happen in 2010, and your key takeaway from this endeavor? Men and women who care enough about their community and come together to make it better.

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Fort Worth

It was built long before the Millennials were born, but this Colonial-esque ranch home near downtown Fort Worth has all the updates and offers a prime space for entertaining.

This Tuesday Two Hundred selection is a 1,905-square-foot property at 6304 Whitman Ave., Fort Worth. It features an in-ground pool, a covered, open back patio, and a built-in bar for serving thirsty guests.

“What’s really unique about this house is that it’s updated, and not many of the other properties in this area have that to offer,” said Realtor Nikki Skalsky of Keller Williams Realty Arlington. “It’s a good house for having parties.”

Another three reasons this house will pique your interest: Location, location, location.

“It’s surrounded by everything,” Skalsky said, noting the proximity to Hulen Mall, Texas Christian University, Seventh Street and “tons of entertainment.” (more…)

Half acre. Heavily treed. Walking distance to downtown McKinney. Recently made the Tuesday Two Hundred cut after a $5,000 price reduction. Why is there a streetlamp in the middle of the walkway which blends with the driveway? Nobody knows, but you know there’s one way to find out – tour the house and ask your agent. TA DA!

But if you need a little more convincing before you book an appointment, let’s talk about this well-cared-for, thoughtfully updated, three-bedroom, two-bathroom 1960s ranch-style house located at 409 N. Morris Street.

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South Dallas Pemberton Hill

New construction in Dallas in the low $200s?

*Tires screech.*

*Horn blasts.*

*Solo red siren from Dragnet magically appears.*

Dramatization? Or real life? YOU DECIDE.

But seriously, let’s talk about 650 Elkhart Avenue. It’s impeccable. The details are thoughtful, and many were hand-selected by the investor, Tracy Bennett, herself.

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Midcentury homes are hot, but an updated one for $299,000? Wear some protective gear because they’re basically on fire.

This three-bedroom, two-bath located in Forest Oaks off Ferguson Road in East Dallas is definitely of the flame-retardant variety. (And just so we’re clear, this is a metaphor. Nothing’s really on fire.)

Listed by Ray King of R. King Realty, 2222 Forest Oaks is 1,300 square feet of total update complete with wood-lined carport and decorative railing leading up to the perfect aqua front door.

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We hear it a lot, right? “Amazing location. Must see.” And with a fair amount of skepticism, we click. “Oh yeah, we’ll just see about that…”

But this one, this wonderfully updated, sweet little home really is a must see and the location? Well, it’s amazing. It’s walking distance to hiking and biking trails and a little puddle of water called Lake Grapevine.

And then there’s adorable downtown Grapevine with its vintage train, wonderful restaurants, and charming boutiques. Oh, and you’re a short drive from Southlake, too, and hello, they have a Tyler’s.

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