Imagine kicking back in Emmitt Smith’s Addison mansion to watch the Dallas Cowboys take the field Thursday for their last preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Imagine kicking back in Emmitt Smith’s Addison mansion to watch the Dallas Cowboys take the field Thursday for their last preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Now that’s a football fantasy.

Priced at $2.5 million, this mansion at 15001 Winnwood Road, Addison, is home to the NFL’s all-time leading rusher and wife, Pat, a former Miss Virginia USA.

“It’s the only house the Smiths have ever owned in Dallas,” said agent Arthur Greenstein with Y+A Real Estate & Asset Management. “He built it in 1995 and came back periodically to work on it. He’s into real estate development and loves the real estate game. It’s his passion.”

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These NFL pre-season games have us ready for some serious Dallas Cowboys tailgating, but before there were Yeti coolers, there were trusty old Colemans. And before there was Frisco and Arlington, there was Valley Ranch and Irving.

For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we’re taking a look at Valley Ranch, the master-planned community in northern Irving that the Dallas Cowboys called home for more than 30 years. In fact, the former Cowboys headquarters was razed to make way for Legends Crossing, a 230 single-family home community by noted developer Mehrdad Moayedi coming next year. But we found three great homes in Valley Ranch that are well-located, well-priced, and move-in ready. Let’s take a look.

Canal Views on Waters Court

Address: 10313 Waters Court, Valley Ranch

  • 4 bedrooms, 3 baths
  • 2,893 square feet
  • $424,500

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Stephen Jones (far right) introduces his father and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who announced a first-of-its-kind luxury high-rise project that would combine the team’s brand with a luxury residential concept. From left to right, Robert Shaw, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Roger Staubach, Jerry Jones, and Stephen Jones (Photo by Bethany Erickson).

Twelve Cowboys Way is no joke, but legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback Staubach did admit he had pulled an April Fools prank already Monday morning — on his unsuspecting wife.

“I was getting ready to come here today, and I woke up my wife and said, ‘Honey, honey! There’s a bunch of squirrels in the house,’” Staubach said with a fair amount of glee. “She woke up yelling, ‘What? What!’ — so I got my joke in already.”

And while they may have chuckled when asked if they worried an announcement as big as a new residential high-rise concept co-branded with a sports team might be treated with a little skepticism because of the timing — the middle of April Fools Day — Robert Shaw and Roger Staubach are serious about the project.

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Wade PhillipsAfter listing his house in 2011 and again in 2014, and again in 2018, former Dallas Cowboy’s head coach Wade Phillips is ready to be a landlord, again.

Phillips’ first listed his Preston Hollow home at 6115 Norway Road after he departed Dallas for Houston in 2011 (he’s now the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams). Built in the Hill Country style by Ryan Osborne, Phillips and his family were the first occupants of the home when they purchased it for $2.75 million in 2007.

Allie Beth Allman has been his Realtor of choice throughout – even for the purchase of the home. The property was listed for $3,295,000 in 2011, and then for $2.95 million in 2014. It was leased for $15,000 in 2015, according to MLS records, and then was placed back on the market in January 2018 for $2.95 million before having a price reduction in October 2018 for $2.85 million, and then one more about a week ago to $2.75 million.

The home is for lease once again for $15,000 a month, and is still for sale as well.

Back in 2011, Candy broke the news that the home had been listed, and described some of the home’s features. (more…)

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Happy Friends-giving from CandysDirt.com!

For this installment of my sometimes weekly motivation column, I offer these 13 things you never knew about Thanksgiving. May your D/FW Thanksgiving be full of grace, and may you avoid the meat sweats.

1. Friends produced a Thanksgiving-themed episode nearly every year of its 10-year run, except for one: 1995, Season two’s “The One With The List.” Writers slipped in a “Mocklate” storyline at the last minute for NBC execs, but it’s the only Friends season not to have a dedicated Thanksgiving episode.

2. A kind Boston man offers a Thanksgiving meal to anyone who RSVPs, and he’s done so for 33 years. The tradition began when the divorced loner took out an ad in the newspaper, inviting others who’d spend the holiday alone to come eat together. Through the years, thousands have come to Scott Macaulay‘s table and given thanks together.

3. The only two teams that host a Thanksgiving Day game every year are the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys.

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The Cheney Group — helmed by Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney — just joined Robert Elliott’s firm, The Associates. Aimee Schreiner and Lauri Ann Hanson are hanging their sign with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

Tis the season for new brokerages! This fall has been an active migration season for agents across the region, with many finding new homes with high-end labels both new and old. This week we see some major steam gathering up north, with two one big move in Frisco. Mostly known in Dallas for its personalized service, Robert Elliott’s brokerage — The Associates — just gained Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney’s eponymous group. And two-gal powerhouse team Dwell Partners Realty is forging a new direction with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. 

Not only that, but Robert Elliott has opened up an office inside the $1.5 billion, 200,000-plus-square-foot development dubbed The Star

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AT&T Stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys, but what city is better for football-loving homeowners: Dallas or Green Bay?

AT&T Stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys, but what city is better for football-loving homeowners: Dallas or Green Bay?

Are you ready for some football? Surely you’ve wondered during less-than-stellar seasons of Cowboys past whether it would be better off to live in a city where a team doesn’t bomb the playoffs. As it turns out, Owners.com wanted to know which city, Dallas or Green Bay, Wis., were better for homeowners who are football fans. We were intrigued, too, especially considering that the home teams of these homeowners are going head-to-head on Sunday, Jan. 15, in the NFL Divisional Playoffs.

Who do you think won? Jump to find out!

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1608 Dowling Drive Irv extONLY $1,050,000 to live in the former, totally fabulously renovated Cottonwood Valley home of one of the most cherished starting quarterbacks in America, Tony Romo and his beautiful wife, Candice! This home will be gone by Friday.

1608 Dowling Drive, Irving.

You get a private, gated community, a beefed up security system, Candice’s deftly creative hand at interior design, and the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort a short jog or golf cart ride away (there is a tunnel under MacArthur). The Four Seasons is always alive with activity, be it fireworks on the fourth of July, carnivals, bands, the family pool with white sand beach, sports plus fabulous food and restaurants.

Lots of local celebs live in the area. Across MacArthur is the exclusive Enclave, surrounded by the world-famous TPC at the Four Seasons. This is where DeMarcus Ware and Derrick Holland call home. Cottonwood Valley also has its own golf course for residents, and the Four Seasons manages both so if you are a member at the Four Seasons, you can play both courses.

I mean, this house ought to be as easy to sell as a slice of mom’s apple pie!

Know that this was definitely a bachelor pad house before Tony married Candice Crawford back in 2011. She had told me they were moving into the Cottonwood Valley home, but that she would be doing some re-decorating.

And boy oh boy, did she!Dowling Drive overview (more…)