6822 Oeste A

The Dallas Cowboys may be bidding farewell to Las Colinas, but homebuyers can’t get enough of this master-planned community in Irving. It’s a clean, attractive suburb with more than 190 acres of parks and greenbelts, 17 miles of canal waterways, and 10 miles of riverside hiking and biking trails.

More than 33,000 call Las Colinas home, and the average house price in the community is $566,417, according to Realtor.com. That makes today’s Tuesday Two Hundred a real find: the townhome at 6822 Oeste Dr. is newly listed by Leslie Knutson at RE/MAX Premier Group for $275,000. The price-per-square-foot of $155 is less than the Las Colinas average of $167 per square foot, and this townhome has hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops.

This Mediterranean-style property has stucco exterior walls, red roof tiles, and is part of the La Villita Townhomes. It has two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms on two stories in 1,772 square feet built in 2007 and is walking distance to the Lago de Claire and the Gran Via canal, a meandering waterway near jogging trails.

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When I first spied this home, it did not look like it was in Plano one bit. (Sorry, Plano peeps. Your homes just have a certain “look”. But we love us some Plano and like how smart your kids all are!) In fact this home brings to mind an entirely new blog topic: what the hec can you do with an “80’s home”?

UPDATE it! Start with the kitchen and baths. Big plus: this home has only had one owner and lots of tender loving care. Secondly, it sports one of those “U-shaped” floor plans around a pretty brick courtyard that lets the sun shine in. The kitchen has brand-new granite counters, a tile floor and breakfast room that opens to the center private patio. The formal dining room — yes, for less than $200,000 you get a formal dining room for all the holidays! —  has added double molding. There is also a living room with a vaulted ceiling and a den. Yes, I am still talking less than $200,000. No, not drinking. Now the real treat is the master bedroom: large master bath with double vanity and a huge walk-in. I’ll be honest: not a fan of the cultured vanities and pull/push faucets, which just scream 1980’s, but these are so pristine it would be a sin to rip them out. Still, we sin every day — pop in some granite and two undercounter sinks and you have the look of a million bucks. This home is located in central Plano with mature trees, a board on board fence for no-peeky privacy, and new drive way. Four bedrooms, three full baths, formals and even a built-in trash compactor on almost one-fourth an acre. Asking $197,000, listed with my friend Christine Clark, and this means you could get in a home for about $1500 a month. And you wonder why everyone wants to move to Texas? Well, Plano!