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There really is something for everyone at 300 W. Highland Street in Southlake. It’s a large, beautiful property that has it where it counts!

The original home was built in 1998, and the sellers completed a full remodel this year. It welcomes family and friends with a richness of hand-scraped hardwood floors and crown molding. The open concept formal living and dining room will dazzle those who love entertaining.

And this home is unique as it’s really two homes in one.

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Providence Village

Much is said about small-town living, and it’s a major reason people move to the suburbs. The upside is you get a lot of house for your money and many are family-friendly communities that make for a nice place to raise kids.

We’ve found a small-town house (that’s anything but small) in Providence Village at 10325 Nantucket Dr. This Colonial-style home has 2,263 square feet on two stories with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a powder room, and it’s under $200K.

Providence Village is a Denton County master-planned community of about 5,750 people and 1,700 homes. It is located along U.S. Highway 380 near FM 2931, about halfway between Frisco and Denton.

The owner of this home, Angela Swenson, says she bought this home because it’s a “real neighborhood—the kind that the rest of America wishes still existed.”

Swenson has an elementary-aged son, and said the community in Providence Village is ideal for him.

“We have blue-ribbon schools, all in walking distance, awesome houses for cheap, and almost every home has kids, so kids are everywhere on their bikes, playing with friends in their yards or at the parks with very little supervision,” Swenson said. “It’s the community for kids and families—we have a waterpark with huge water-slides, seven catch-and-release lakes filled with fish, huge Easter-egg hunts and fireworks displays, and Santa Claus rides down the street in a sleigh giving out inexpensive toys at Christmas.”

This house was built in 2004 and Providence Village is a resort-style community with everything Swenson mentioned, plus four swimming pools, three tennis courts, three dog parks, four baseball fields, four soccer fields, four basketball courts, a clubhouse, community dock and boat ramp for Lake Providence (a 25-acre lake), greenbelt, jogging/bike path, 11 parks, and playgrounds.

Swenson is a Realtor with United Real Estate, and is the listing agent for this house. She put it on the market Feb. 5 for $197,500. HOA fees are $60 per month and cover full use of facilities, maintenance of common areas, and management fees.

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Floor plan three in the Long Lake development. Photo: Scott Hogg

A rendering of residential floorplan three in the Long Lake development. All renderings courtesy of Scott Hogg

All eyes are on the fiery hot North Texas real estate market, even from 7,000 miles away: A luxury new housing and commercial development in Corinth is underway, backed by an entrepreneur based in Beijing, China.

The Long Lake development is located about 34 miles from downtown Dallas, in Denton County. This 107-acre enclave will have 91 acres dedicated to 99 single-family homes, ranging from $1.1 million to $3 million and up. In its center is a 15-acre lake, and commercial development is planned for later phases.

The development is backed by Lelege USA, a corporation focused on real estate development and management in DFW. It is owned and chaired by entrepreneur Long Zhang, who also owns Lelege Group (Beijing Capital Group Investment, Ltd.), a multibillion-dollar corporation headquartered in Beijing. Lelege Group is a diversified investment firm with worldwide branches engaging in real estate, mining, wealth management, high-tech IC foundry, pharmaceuticals, and cultural art collections. It has total assets of over $3 billion under management and nearly $2 billion in services and management.

“There is a lot of Chinese investment money moving in the U.S. and [Zhang] has looked in the hot real estate markets,” said Scott Hogg, Vice President of Investor Advisory Services, Virginia Cook, Realtors. “He found this property in Corinth up on the lake and had a vision of developing something where they could invest in million-dollar residences in the U.S.”

A rendering of floorplan eight in the Long Lake development.

A rendering of residential floorplan eight in the Long Lake development

Phase one is underway, with 11 lots for sale. The two builders currently working on the development are Ron Davis Custom Homes and Bella Vida Custom Homes. The project is slated for completion in early 2018.

“They will break ground on the property as soon as we get the first lot sold,” said Hogg. “We are marketing these homes and we have clients looking at Ron Davis and Bella Vita model homes that can be built in Corinth. Lelege has their own in-house builder, as well, with a group of architects and house renditions, and all of those come from Tsinghua University.”

Houses in the gated community will be offered in three ranges. At the top, with lot prices of $1.02 million and home prices of $3 million and up, the houses will be 9,200 square feet and larger on 3.93-acre lots. In the mid-range, lot prices will be $385,000 with houses priced $1.5 million and up, with 6,500 square feet of interior space on a 0.71-acre lot. The low-end of the range offers $230,000 lots and $1.1 million homes with 5,500 or more square feet sitting on half an acre.

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2272 Longwood Front

Longtime CandysDirt.com fan Laquita Vickers sent us this week’s Friday Four Hundred, a listing from RE/MAX DFW Associates agent Donna Bradshaw.

Vickers says this cutie pahtootie of a patio home is not only in a fantastic location, but it is on a corner lot with a manicured side-yard right next to a planned greenbelt in the Austin Waters subdivision of Carrollton. Though it’s in Denton County, this neighborhood is close to the planned Toyota headquarters and if you need to go hug a tree, just head to the nearby 200 acre Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.

Let’s jump to find out more!

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This non-descript Flower Mound home had a secret in its walls.

This non-descript Flower Mound home had a secret in its walls.

What a cool story out in Flower Mound, where developer Curtis Grant was beginning the demo process at 4801 Quail Run, a home he purchased that was sold as you’re average 1970s traditional.

Here’s the description from listing agent Jeannie Seth:

Rare opportunity! Original 1970 home added entire 2nd attached home in 2003, perfect for extended families. One story, 4.33 acre property in Flower Mound with exemplary schools. Diving pool, two 2 car garages plus car port for addtl parking. 3 sheds, 2 barns, 1 w-4 stalls, 2 pastures & well for watering. 1970 home has pergo flrs & 1800era FP. 2003 home has ss appl, gas cook top, 42 in cab, wood flrs. Please see media for detail on 2003 home.

Now, Grant says that the original plan was to tear this structure down and build 12 homes on the more-than four acre lot. But when he found the log structure behind drywall, he called in a few experts:

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You do remember this estate up in Hickory Creek, the stunning French magnifique modeled after Vaux-le-Vicomte, a chateau on the outskirts of Paris, France?

It’s enormous: 48,000 square feet now on 39 acres. Originally built by CellStar Corp. founder Alan H. Goldfield and his wife, Shirley, the estate known as Champ d’Or (or “Gold Field”) is one of the grandest residences in the entire country. The property features endless unique high end amenities including a two-story mahogany library; a conservatory mimicking Tavern of the Green in New York City; an ornate theater complete with stage, twin loges, screen and and a concession stand; two commercial elevators; multiple staircases, powder rooms and fireplaces; a master suite with a steam room inspired by “The Rat Pack”,  hair salon, two-story Chanel-style “her” closet, two-story “his” closet, an indoor lap pool and an exercise room off the huge master bathroom with heated towel drawers. The third story holds a mirrored ballroom patterned after Versailles with complete kitchen plus powder rooms for the ladies and men. The entertaining prospects are endless there, or on the veranda with seating for up to 450 people. There is a catering kitchen and a Butler’s pantry. Downstairs, on the lower level, there is a bowling alley, full racquetball court, garage for 20 cars, and a laundry room with commercial washer, dryer and sheet press. There is also a full wine room and gift wrap room with storage. It doesn’t stop here: there is an outdoor pool and pool house, tennis court, and numerous patios and gardens.

As for actual number of bedrooms, there are about six with six full baths and eight powder rooms: the master wing is on the first floor, the Wedgewood suite with living area and fireplace, breakfast bar, luxurious bath and private laundry room, is on the second floor where you also find another two-bedroom suite, each with en suite baths. There is yet another bedroom compartment on the third floor near the ballroom. This one has living and dining rooms plus a kitchen with two bedrooms and separate en suite baths.

Once again, Joan Eleazer of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is listing 1851 Turbeville Road, now known as “A French Country Retreat”. Asking is $17,500,000. No more Champ D’Or. Of course not: the Goldfields no longer own it. A new family, a new generation of life and love has filled 1851 Turbeville Road for the last few years as a second home, and they are ready to pass the beautiful baton:

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1957 Hathaway Front

This is happening more and more in Collin County and Denton County, where a home that is staged well and has all the fixin’s just doesn’t sit around on the market for long. This home at 1957 Hathaway Ln. in Frisco’s Westfalls Village was on the market for all of six days before it was under option contract. Congratulations to Tammy Martinelli of Vivo Realty Group on the quick sale!

The reason? It’s priced right, it’s move-in-ready, and it’s clean as a whistle. Jump to see more!

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We’ve been talking about this trend for some time, but thanks to the business-friendly environment Great State of Texas and our fantastic job market, more people are moving to our state from areas where there are fewer jobs and houses cost a whole lot more.

And of course, when more people relocate to Texas, that means more real estate clients. A total of 138,057 new clients according to the statistics from the Texas Association of Realtors’ “Texas Relocation Report.”

The report, which uses data from 2013 American Community Survey, the 2008-2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as the U-Haul 2013 National Migration Trend Reports shows that Texas is outpacing Florida, California, Georgia, and North Carolina in the number of people moving from out of state.

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