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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This is the perfect location for an executive home: geographically in the center of everything at the Shops at Legacy, Legacy West, and the Golden Corridor, but specifically located outside of the shops proper, where parking can be a challenge. Luckily there’s a two-car garage in this three-bedroom, three and half-bath townhouse, listed for $399,000 by Russell Rhodes of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty Texas.

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Affectionately known as “the Mound” by locals, Flower Mound in southeastern Denton County earns a lot of superlatives: Money’s No. 16 best place to live in 2018, Niche’s #14 best public schools in Texas, and CNN Money’s best places to retire. And yes, there is a mound. A 12.5-acre hill in the center of town. For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we’re highlighting three great homes on the market full of high-end finishes, classic style, and great architecture. I think a Sunday drive is in order.

 

Beauty Inside and Out in This ‘Showstopper’

Address: 5300 Clear Creek Drive, Flower Mound

  • 5 bedrooms, 5 baths
  • 5,523 square feet
  • $1.04 million

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Plano

Photo courtesy Plano Chamber of Commerce

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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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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From the first look, the modern façade at 10243 Best Drive near Midway Road and Walnut Hill Lane is bright and open, with a face of windows that let in natural light. This five-bedroom, five-and-half bath northwest Dallas home is listed by Phil Hobson of Berkshire Hathaway for $1,795,000. The cool white brick with slate gray highlights give this 5,712-square-foot home sharp lines and a modern feel — something of a signature look for Dallas home builder Nest Builds.

OPEN HOUSE | Takes place from 1-4 p.m., Dec. 9. Visit 10243Best.com for more information.

On entry, floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate the large foyer, which features dark hardwood floors and a unique, geometric banister in the front stairway. The foyer greets visitors into a central hub, which flows from the formal dining room, breakfast area, family room, and formal living area.

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Cliff May East Dallas Home Leads the Way Among Our Dallas Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

We do the hard work every week to find the most wonderful open houses every week. Every Thursday, we pick three fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

One of the houses in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week this week is a Cliff May-designed beauty. 

“[That house] was designed by famed architect Cliff May in 1956 and was featured in the Casa View Cliff May Home Tour in 2016,” said listing agent Mindy Oglesby-Niehaus with JP & Associates Plano. “It was a favorite to many tour goers as they said it felt as though they were up in the trees. Cliff May’s architectural design was focused on indoor and outdoor entertaining and boasts classic midcentury design elements.”

This week, our houses range in price from $299,000 to $2,999,999. Which ones will you visit? 

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