Farmers Branch

Farmers Branch is full of fully renovated homes ready for move-in.

Older cities often have, well, older homes, which have beautiful mature greenery and a variety of decade architecture to choose from, but the challenge can be renovation. Let’s be honest: It’s time-consuming, and when you’re in the middle of renovation, it’s hell to live in. But a successful demo/rebuild program in Farmers Branch has given us an amazing inventory of older homes with all the modern features you’d want and the time-consuming renovation already done for you. Here are three Farmers Branch homes to gawk at for this week’s Suburb Sunday.

BROOKHAVEN CC RESIDENCE WITH SERIOUSLY AMAZING BACKYARD

Address: 3406 Highland Meadow Dr

  • Three bedrooms, three bathrooms
  • 2,444 square feet
  • $444,000

Enjoy country club living in this 1981-built home in Oakbrook Estates, near Marsh Lane and E. Belt Line Road. This home is full of custom touches like leaded glass windows, plantation shutters, wood-paneled walls, and beamed ceilings. Two spacious living areas are rich with wood accents, hand-scraped hardwood floors, and high-quality tile. The backyard loggia with stone paving is beautifully-landscaped with a stone path walkway and mature trees. (more…)

golf courseThe argument over whether life is better inside the 635 loop or outside has adamant advocates on either side. But this week’s Splurge vs. Steal showcases golf course adjacent homes, and what you can get if you go a smidgen outside the loop.

Both of our Splurge vs. Steal homes this week are near golf courses — one Lakewood Country Club, the other Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch. What can you get near a golf course, yet close to all the amenities city living offers? Look and see. (more…)

Farmers Branch

A Todd Bonneau custom home. Photo: Todd Bonneau Homes

Once upon a time, a decade or two ago, Farmers Branch was a sleepy suburb with older homes, older shopping centers, and older infrastructure. It wasn’t a bad place to live, but it wasn’t exactly topping the charts of vibrant cities in DFW.

The housing stock, in particular, was fraying around the edges and many aging residences needed a total overhaul. But Farmers Branch reached buildout in the 1970s, so if something new was to go in, something old needed to leave.

But then the city woke up. They adopted a forward-thinking, progressive approach, and builders and developers took notice. The city, which already had parks and green space, has started better utilizing those areas for residents and visitors. Shopping centers and other commercial buildings are getting facelifts, partially funded by the city. Dilapidated houses are being torn down on the city’s dime and the empty land sold to encourage better homes with a higher tax base. Multi-family developments are in phased developments to create a work-play-live, walkable atmosphere.

The result? A Renaissance, of sorts, showing up across all sectors of the Farmers Branch community. This suburb is sleepy no more.

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Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Here is Jordan SpiethNo. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, getting his coveted green jacket. So proud of this guy! He graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, though I have heard an unconfirmed rumor (which is why it’s a rumor) he spent some time at St Mark’s.

Jordan went to the University of Texas at Austin, left midway through his sophomore year in 2013, and started playing pro golf. He learned to play golf as a wee one at Brookhaven Country Club, where his family, who lives in Midway Hills, still belongs. He’s got the gift!

This weekend, the humble and most gentlemanly young man from Dallas graduated to major golf champion on the sport’s biggest stage. The 21-year-old held off strong runs and swings from the world’s best players. On Sunday, he became the world’s second-youngest golfer to claim the highly coveted green jacket. Tiger Woods was the first in 1997.

The University of Texas even burned UT tower orange in his honor Sunday night.

Magnificent Old Preston Hollow beauty with exquisite amenities!

Somewhere in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas, near Bluffview

Jordan Spieth lives in Dallas, and we have told you that his Uptown townhome is on the market for $1,285,000. And that he bought a new, 7,378-square-foot stone mansion for $2.2ish in Preston Hollow, near Bluffview. Jump to see photos of Jordan Spieth’s townhome!  (more…)

3459 Courtyard Front

There are some really one-of-a-kind rentals out there, folks. I love seeing inside homes for lease that have cool architectural details that really set them apart from your generic apartment or townhome development. Neat materials, vintage fixtures, interesting lines, indoor/outdoor pools …

WAIT … INDOOR/OUTDOOR POOLS???

Yes, that’s right! This Farmers Branch townhome at 3459 Courtyard Circle has a partially indoor outdoor pool that is such an interesting feature. First  — how many rentals out there with such a hot location as this have backyard pools? Tremendously few, folks. But the personality in this three-bedroom, three-bath, two-car garage townhome goes beyond the backyard, which includes a putting green, by the way. (I KNOW, GUYS! A PUTTING GREEN!)

3459 Courtyard Pool

Beyond the gated entry that gives way to the front courtyard, you’ll find a front door that opens to the remodeled kitchen. With an island, granite counters, stone backsplash, pot rack and built-in appliances, you’ll enjoy the level of luxury this rental offers in the heart of the home. There’s also a sizable pantry and fresh paint, but you might be a little disappointed by the dated appliances.

3459 Courtyard Kitchen

There is tons of living space in this home, including both a sunroom and a solarium. The formal living room has an interesting fireplace surrounded by mirrors. Definitely reminiscent of “American Hustle,” but kind of fun, too. With almost 2,350 square feet, there’s plenty of room to move around, so if you’ve got pets (which are OK, by the way), you’ll all be able to find a sunny spot.

3459 Courtyard Living

The mirrored fun doesn’t stop there, as the master bedroom also has a wall-to-wall mirror. But that’s OK, considering the French doors, which open to the patio, that let tons of light into this master suite. There is an attached five-piece bath, which has incorporated shell sinks in the vanity, a jacuzzi tub, and a stand-alone shower. You will of course notice the carpet in the bathroom, which is something that makes my brain itch. Moving along …

3459 Courtyard Master 3459 Courtyard Master Bath

But what you really came for is the indoor/outdoor pool. How neat is that? So when it gets ridiculously hot and bright this summer, you can just hang out in the shaded area of the pool with your frosty margarita and your closest pals, still getting your soak on without being singed by our unfathomable UV rays.

Truly, this townhome is epic fun for the next occupant. You can lease it today for $2,400 a month, which, considering this unit’s proximity to Brookhaven Country Club, is a price well worth the personality. And considering the huge storage cabinets in the garage, you’ll have plenty of places to store all your golf clubs and gear as you work on your game. Fore!

3459 Courtyard Garage

 

3459 Courtyard Front

There are some really one-of-a-kind rentals out there, folks. I love seeing inside homes for lease that have cool architectural details that really set them apart from your generic apartment or townhome development. Neat materials, vintage fixtures, interesting lines, indoor/outdoor pools …

WAIT … INDOOR/OUTDOOR POOLS???

Yes, that’s right! This Farmers Branch townhome at 3459 Courtyard Circle has a partially indoor outdoor pool that is such an interesting feature. First  — how many rentals out there with such a hot location as this have backyard pools? Tremendously few, folks. But the personality in this three-bedroom, three-bath, two-car garage townhome goes beyond the backyard, which includes a putting green, by the way. (I KNOW, GUYS! A PUTTING GREEN!)

3459 Courtyard Pool

Beyond the gated entry that gives way to the front courtyard, you’ll find a front door that opens to the remodeled kitchen. With an island, granite counters, stone backsplash, pot rack and built-in appliances, you’ll enjoy the level of luxury this rental offers in the heart of the home. There’s also a sizable pantry and fresh paint, but you might be a little disappointed by the dated appliances.

3459 Courtyard Kitchen

There is tons of living space in this home, including both a sunroom and a solarium. The formal living room has an interesting fireplace surrounded by mirrors. Definitely reminiscent of “American Hustle,” but kind of fun, too. With almost 2,350 square feet, there’s plenty of room to move around, so if you’ve got pets (which are OK, by the way), you’ll all be able to find a sunny spot.

3459 Courtyard Living

The mirrored fun doesn’t stop there, as the master bedroom also has a wall-to-wall mirror. But that’s OK, considering the French doors, which open to the patio, that let tons of light into this master suite. There is an attached five-piece bath, which has incorporated shell sinks in the vanity, a jacuzzi tub, and a stand-alone shower. You will of course notice the carpet in the bathroom, which is something that makes my brain itch. Moving along …

3459 Courtyard Master 3459 Courtyard Master Bath

But what you really came for is the indoor/outdoor pool. How neat is that? So when it gets ridiculously hot and bright this summer, you can just hang out in the shaded area of the pool with your frosty margarita and your closest pals, still getting your soak on without being singed by our unfathomable UV rays.

Truly, this townhome is epic fun for the next occupant. You can lease it today for $2,400 a month, which, considering this unit’s proximity to Brookhaven Country Club, is a price well worth the personality. And considering the huge storage cabinets in the garage, you’ll have plenty of places to store all your golf clubs and gear as you work on your game. Fore!

3459 Courtyard Garage