Built in 1966, the Athena has plenty of outdated condominiums waiting for a renovator’s sledgehammer. What’s doubly great is the units are big and the prices relatively small. As I write about new apartment buildings crowing at their 900-square-foot average unit size, I think about the older buildings.  For example, the average unit size at the Athena is 1,721 square feet.  If you figure that most balconies have been enclosed, that jumps to 1,950 square feet. Where ya gonna find that for under $300-large?

Unit 1313 is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with 1,770 square feet. Sure, the listing says 1,543, but that’s because DCAD is too asleep to count the enclosed balcony in their calculations. As you can tell from the photo above, most Athena balconies have been enclosed. As a balcony lover, I’ll also add that you can restore the balcony for some pretty big outdoor space. It’s not like a 1,543-square-foot, two-bedroom is tiny by any measure.

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Williams Trew Real Estate was established in 2000 in Fort Worth

The Williams Trew office in Parker County is the 3rd brick-and-mortar office for the company. (Photos: Daniel Motta)

As the demand for housing in West Tarrant County and Parker County continues to increase, Williams Trew Real Estate, Fort Worth’s premiere real estate brokerage, opened a new office to better serve the growing demand.

Located at 405 F.M. 1187 South (try saying that five times quickly) in Aledo, Texas, the new office was officially opened by the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce last week.

Sure it was under 20 degrees but nothing was going to stop Williams Trew from a good old ribbon cutting

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CandysDirt.com presents a new feature on everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the title business (and then some): deeds, the closing process, and the title company business. Why, when you buy a home in Texas, do you have to close at a title company? Can you close elsewhere? Can you shop around for title policy rates?  Who chooses the title company and why? How is the home closing business changing with the times? And what, ye gads, would happen if the title company did not pay off your mortgage as promised?  Our inquiring real estate minds have always wanted to know this stuff, so we reached out to former Realtor turned title company expert Lydia Player Blair, who will be reporting on the title business for us exclusively.

And it’s not nearly as scary as it sounds. Take it away, Lydia: (more…)

David Gloria is the Ebby Halliday agent who is listing Chateau Montclair, aka Deion Sanders’ old digs and huge spread in Prosper, the place nobody can miss when driving north on Preston Road.

CandysDirt.com is sponsoring a Staff Party there on Wednesday, December 6, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Except that now, with all the development that has sprung up around the estate, you actually might miss it. 

“There has been so much change up there, even from the time you were up, Candy,” Gloria told me. “There is now a luxury gated community of 25 prime lots ready for development and four spec estates, with three to four foundations being poured this week. They all surround the most famous house in Collin County.”

“Princeton, Prosper and Celina are totally exploding,” says Gloria. “Years ago, I would take my clients who wanted a solid investment to these areas to buy. Now, we are seeing it all come to fruition.”

So, this may be your last chance to see Deion’s old place before the auction and get a steal of a deal before the holidays.
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Tonight, a very special treat: get yourself over to Ebby Halliday’s Little White House on Northwest Highway at Preston, get yourself on a party bus, and head east to beautiful Rockwall. You will be fed by The Hamburger man, sip Mimosas and enter a raffle to win some really great prizes. And it all happens at this beautiful house, 662 Chisholm Ridge Drive.

We have told you about  662 Chisholm Ridge Dr. , a stunner that sits on 4.37 acres  in a tight-knit neighborhood in Rockwall. You get so much more for your money when you venture out of Dallas County:  the main house (yes, there are more than one) is over 5,000 square feet and features a wonderful floor plan for entertaining, relaxing, beautiful hand-scraped hardwood floors, and a wine grotto. The property has a whopping seven bedrooms, six full bathrooms, two half baths, a study, four living areas, and three dining areas all on two stories. Practically still smells new, the house was built in 2012.

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Midway Hollow

Tree-lined streets, friendly neighbors, and great schools are just some of the things that make Midway Hollow home for many. (Photo: Bethany Erickson)

If a town hitting its peak is a boomtown, would a neighborhood like Midway Hollow, with its bustling mix of newcomers and longtime residents, be considered a boom-hood?

There are 2,600 homes in the neighborhood, which is bordered by Midway Road, Walnut Hill Lane, Marsh Lane, and Northwest Highway.

Midway Hollow’s ties to Dallas history go back to the time when Texas was its own country — and you can still see them today when you drive down Lively Lane, Marsh Lane, or Coppedge Lane, all of which were named after the early settlers who farmed the land. (more…)

Hill Country Contemporary

We just returned from a lovely weekend editorial retreat at Boot Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. I can safely say the entire CandysDirt.com staff fell in love with not just the beauty of the landscape, but also with the stunning homes.

If you can’t move to the Hill Country, but are longing for the lifestyle, we’ve found the perfect place in what has to be one of the best locations in Dallas. (more…)

The Mansion Park area is one of those neighborhoods chock-full of great properties, and these townhomes are a perfect example of how you can get into a fabulous neighborhood for a less-than-exorbitant price. While these Bud Oglesby-designed, midcentury modern townhomes look pitch perfect from the curb, 2812 Welborn St., another amazing listing from Ebby Halliday top-performer Dennis Hammet, truly does this design justice.

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