67 Abbey Woods exterior This is a rare opportunity to get yourself inside one of North Dallas’ most coveted gated communities with a famous future neighbor to boot: Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo. And talk about a lock and leave delight, this is your downsizing dream in a guarded, gated community. The one story, decked out 3216 square foot home looks onto the creek and the 3rd Fairway of Bent Tree Golf Course. You have a beautiful green yard without any of the work! The home, built in 2003, is open and light with smooth circulating living areas. Walls of windows open onto breathtaking views of the course. The home has three bedrooms all with en suite baths, one powder room, formals and a lovely patio off the master with retractable mosquito screens. There is a huge laundry room, and great gourmet kitchen with acres of granite and a double range. There is also a secluded, private garden for intimate cocktail settings.

67 Abbey Woods formals 67 Abbey Woods kitchen 67 Abbey Woods windows67 Abbey Woods powderNot going to lie: I’d go in and rework the master bath, remove the wallpaper, replace fixtures in the powder before moving in, but piece of cake! Glen Abbey is getting a lot of buzz now thanks to Candice and Tony Romo building a mega manse up there a few blocks over. To get in for less than a million is, well, almost like almost like scoring a safety on the opening play of the Super Bowl! (Rarely ever happens!) Listed with Jane Idzi, Keller Williams Elite and listed for… $900,000!67 Abbey Woods master bath 67 Abbey Woods master patio 67 Abbey Woods master closet 67 Abbey Woods view

Frisco StationI got word of this early this morning from my Realtor pal Brad Holden, but it took some serious coffee for me to put two and two together: no wonder Tony and Candice are building in Glen Abbey. Yes, that’s confirmed, and I am just about to find out who the builder is. Glen AbbeyGlen Abbey is gorgeous and secure and all that, but it’s also going to be oh so convenient to the new Cowboys training facility at Frisco Station. That’s the northwest intersection of the Dallas North Tollway and Warren Parkway, where Brad says the football action will be on a 317 acre site. Brad says Houston-based Hines Development recently unveiled plans for 4.5 million square feet of office, 40 acres of retail space, 2 hotels (1 full service and 1 limited service) and single family homes with apartments and town homes added to the mix.

And now, the Cowboy’s training base!

Then what’s really cool is that when the indoor facility is built, they will SHARE the complex with the Frisco Independent School District! And this, says Brad, will only make Frisco rule as a sports nirvana, bringing in large tournaments, playoff games, possibly even bowl games. Who’d have thunk it!

Already I’m told Frisco real estate sales are on fire. Which is a bad pun, forgive me, given the fact that some moron(s) may be burning down empty homes up there in the Grayhwak subdivision.  Brad says he has sold 110 houses since last March in three communities. And I told you what Redfin agent Connie Durnal told me last week.

Having America’s team practice facility in Frisco also would mean that student residents in FISD athletics will most likely have the chance to play their playoff and championship games in the facility like they do currently at the FC Dallas Stadium.

Cha-ching: Frisco real estate could be hotter than ever. (Oh dear, bad joke.)

Now Brad seems very certain about this news. Other news outlets are reporting this MAYBE will happen: WFAA-TV Channel 8 says:

“The land in Frisco that could become the next home of the Cowboys is located just off the Dallas North Tollway at Warren Parkway, not far from the Stonebriar Centre Mall. It would be the latest jewel in a Frisco sports crown that already includes the Dallas Stars, Frisco RoughRiders and FC Dallas.”

But the Dallas Morning News says those in the know talk of WHEN, not IF:

“Sources said work remains before the team severs ties with its home of 28 years at Valley Ranch in Irving to travel north. It’s doubtful an announcement will be made in the next few days or weeks…  Preliminary indications are the Cowboys would make the move before the start of the 2016 season.”

 

The move would totally make Frisco a North Texas “sports central” with headquarters that already includes the Dallas Stars, Frisco RoughRiders and FC Dallas.

But poor Irving – not! The Cowboys built their new stadium in Arlington, and now the Byron Nelson is moving to a new golf course in South Dallas. Gotta stay relevant!

“My guess is that if they get things going sooner than later, the Cowboys could either make the move in 2015 or 2016, ” says Brad. “(By this time the Dallas Cowboys will have another 2 Super Bowl trophies though.)”

If you say so, Brad: Frisco is, he says, and will be THE place to be in the future.

At least until the Irving empire strikes back!Brad Holden

 

 

 

36 Ash Bluff extI have finally found a home that could potentially force me to do something really stupid, the likes of which I have never done. Like climb a roof, or maybe bribe someone. You must understand this is truly a trend-setting house nestled away in the woods of North Dallas, with all the bells and whistles I have ever wanted in a home. Like, did my clone built it? I might in fact bribe Cindy O’Gorman to give me a staycation in this place. I’ve always said, try before you buy! Why can’t we try on houses for size?

I want you to look at this piece of beauty and note the price has been reduced to $1,999,000 from a previous high of $2,195,000. Get your signature pens ready!

Recently built in 1998, how can 36 Ash Bluff be only two years senior of my house but look so fabulous? Is she just one of those who never ages? First of all, it’s a modern design on 1.5 wooded acres in the exclusive Ash Bluff 2 section of Glen Abbey, the old Murchison estate property developed by former Dallas Mayor Bob Folsom. You want gated — this is gated, chi chi and uber secure. There are 6,000 glorious square feet in the main house which includes wood and stone flooring, floor to ceiling windows overlooking the grounds, not one, not two but three oversized wood burning fireplaces, wood beamed and corrugated metal ceilings, enormous room sizes, and a fifty foot long loggia gallery perfect for an art collection. Or meditating.36 ash bluff dr36 ash bluff loggia36 ash bluff lr36 ash bluff lr 2

I love the kitchen: commercial-style for serious cooks (or the serious chefs we hire) with wood counters, open shelving, 6 burner Viking range, Sub Zero, and great storage spaces. This home built a caterer’s kitchen with more storage, lighted cabinets, and concrete counters before everyone in Highland Park got one. In fact, this home may have invented the caterers kitchen.

But here is where I could just live and really, to be blunt, die! The master suite offers an office, (the second) with fireplace, large sitting area, kitchenette where I would add in my Miele coffeemaker from the folks at Capital Distribution, color-coordinate my clothes in the huge walk in closet, bathe in that luxurious bath with stone flooring and oval soaking tub, and clutter the granite counters. There is a separate spa room for the masseuse, and the enormous bedroom with walls of windows bringing the outdoors in without the nasties, and one more wood burning fireplace. Plenty of room for the husband, too, who might actually find his wife, the blogger, if her office was off the bedroom.36 ash bluff master bath36 ash bluff master bath 236 ash bluff master36 ash bluff master 2

The home offers three living areas, four bedrooms with master down, four fireplaces, study, solarium, game-room, a separate spa/hot tub room, a carriage house that is 3,000 square feet where you find the solarium, two enormous rooms, upstairs guest quarters with 2 bedrooms and baths, full kitchen with wood floors and granite counter tops (yes, I am in the guest house, dear) plus eating and dining area.36 ash bluff kitchen36 ash bluff kitchen 236 ash bluff kitchen 3

Did I tell you this home has a SIX CAR detached garage plus extra storage rooms, both a metal and tile roof, seriously sexy lap pool, and near perfect grounds that resemble a Zen garden?36 ash bluff pool

I am calling Cindy right now…  this house is seriously too good to be true…

 

 

36 Ash Bluff extI have finally found a home that could potentially force me to do something really stupid, the likes of which I have never done. Like climb a roof, or maybe bribe someone. You must understand this is truly a trend-setting house nestled away in the woods of North Dallas, with all the bells and whistles I have ever wanted in a home. Like, did my clone built it? I might in fact bribe Cindy O’Gorman to give me a staycation in this place. I’ve always said, try before you buy! Why can’t we try on houses for size?

I want you to look at this piece of beauty and note the price has been reduced to $1,999,000 from a previous high of $2,195,000. Get your signature pens ready!

Recently built in 1998, how can 36 Ash Bluff be only two years senior of my house but look so fabulous? Is she just one of those who never ages? First of all, it’s a modern design on 1.5 wooded acres in the exclusive Ash Bluff 2 section of Glen Abbey, the old Murchison estate property developed by former Dallas Mayor Bob Folsom. You want gated — this is gated, chi chi and uber secure. There are 6,000 glorious square feet in the main house which includes wood and stone flooring, floor to ceiling windows overlooking the grounds, not one, not two but three oversized wood burning fireplaces, wood beamed and corrugated metal ceilings, enormous room sizes, and a fifty foot long loggia gallery perfect for an art collection. Or meditating.36 ash bluff dr36 ash bluff loggia36 ash bluff lr36 ash bluff lr 2

I love the kitchen: commercial-style for serious cooks (or the serious chefs we hire) with wood counters, open shelving, 6 burner Viking range, Sub Zero, and great storage spaces. This home built a caterer’s kitchen with more storage, lighted cabinets, and concrete counters before everyone in Highland Park got one. In fact, this home may have invented the caterers kitchen.

But here is where I could just live and really, to be blunt, die! The master suite offers an office, (the second) with fireplace, large sitting area, kitchenette where I would add in my Miele coffeemaker from the folks at Capital Distribution, color-coordinate my clothes in the huge walk in closet, bathe in that luxurious bath with stone flooring and oval soaking tub, and clutter the granite counters. There is a separate spa room for the masseuse, and the enormous bedroom with walls of windows bringing the outdoors in without the nasties, and one more wood burning fireplace. Plenty of room for the husband, too, who might actually find his wife, the blogger, if her office was off the bedroom.36 ash bluff master bath36 ash bluff master bath 236 ash bluff master36 ash bluff master 2

The home offers three living areas, four bedrooms with master down, four fireplaces, study, solarium, game-room, a separate spa/hot tub room, a carriage house that is 3,000 square feet where you find the solarium, two enormous rooms, upstairs guest quarters with 2 bedrooms and baths, full kitchen with wood floors and granite counter tops (yes, I am in the guest house, dear) plus eating and dining area.36 ash bluff kitchen36 ash bluff kitchen 236 ash bluff kitchen 3

Did I tell you this home has a SIX CAR detached garage plus extra storage rooms, both a metal and tile roof, seriously sexy lap pool, and near perfect grounds that resemble a Zen garden?36 ash bluff pool

I am calling Cindy right now…  this house is seriously too good to be true…

 

 

Come learn, see examples, and sip some holiday treats from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 for an informative panel discussion on right-sizing your home.

We don’t just want to show you 31 Abbey Creek Way in North Dallas, Hawkins-Welwood Homes’ brand new, easy-living model at the beautiful Lawns of Glen Abbey. We want to show you how to right-size — how to build a home with everything you want and need on a tighter footprint— at a CandysDirt exclusive expert panel discussion from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12.

You can get your tickets here.

We have put our heads together to assemble a panel of right-sizing (or, if you prefer the old-fashioned word, downsizing) experts including builder John Hawkins of Hawkins-Welwood Homes, Allan Ross of WaaL.Architecture, and certified professional organizer Nancy Peham.


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Rightsizing

We don’t just want to show you 31 Abbey Creek Way in North Dallas, Hawkins-Welwood Homes’ brand new, easy-living model at the beautiful Lawns of Glen Abbey. (Well, yes, it’s gorgeous!) We want to show you how to right-size — how to build a home with everything you want and need on a tighter footprint— at a CandysDirt exclusive expert panel discussion from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12.

We have put our heads together to assemble a panel of right-sizing (or, if you prefer the old-fashioned word, downsizing) experts including builder John Hawkins of Hawkins-Welwood Homes, Allan Ross of WaaL.Architecture, and certified professional organizer Nancy Peham.

You can read more about it here, and snag your free tickets below. Come see us!


Tulip Lane

You know how excited we are about Hawkins-Welwood Homes. We have raved about this builder’s high-quality craft up in the Lawns of Glen Abbey, the amenity spaces at The McKenzie, and just about every home the company has so carefully constructed in Preston Hollow and beyond.

And now, to help you get a jump on your holiday shopping — yes, it’s about that time — Hawkins-Welwood Homes has partnered with Collective Thirty-One to host their First Annual Holiday Market on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6474 Tulip Lane.

Collective Thirty-One is a group of female owned and operated lines and companies that create beautiful, tasteful designs in just about everything from Cover Swim to Mi Golondrina. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Best of all, you can sip hot coffee and tour Hawkins-Welwood’s beautiful custom spec home in Preston Hollow! Please mark your calendars, RSVP below, and invite all your friends, families, and clients!

This custom-built home offers transitional finish-outs and a wide-open floorplan in 8,387 delicious square feet. I love that the home is smooth white brick, the latest trend in transitional exteriors (you can see the floorplan here).


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Far North Dallas is the place to be if you’re looking for bigger homes and a more suburban lifestyle north of LBJ Freeway. It’s the last stop in the city before you get into Plano and it is bordered by Addison and Richardson, too, so the schools are generally quite good (Richardson and Plano ISDs). 

In this week’s Splurge vs Steal, we’re headed there to two lovely houses that exemplify the fine living available in Far North Dallas. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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