These three North Dallas homes are worth seeing in person! Each offer three different price points and something for every type of buyer.

Magnificent Modern With A View

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Dallas proper posted moderate rent increases, but it was the area suburbs and exburbs that saw the biggest apartment rents in 2018, RentCafe revealed in a recent report.

Flower Mound posted the highest rent at $1,526 (despite only having a minimal increase of 0.1 percent), higher than Farmers Branch and Frisco with average rents of $1,382 and $1,343, respectively. In Coppell, rents have stagnated, decreasing by 1 percent year over year. (more…)

When I first met Bob Hoebeke of Hoebeke Builders, Inc.  and he explained what he planned to do in his new Farmer’s Branch development, I said, “Bob, you are re-creating Seaside in North Texas without the Beach!”

Little did I know, Seaside and Watercolor are exactly what he had in mind, only for North Texas.

Seaside and WaterColor are two coveted vacation home communities on Florida’s Gulf Coast that are hugely popular with Texans. Seaside, the original, is a poster child, master-planned community along Highway 30-A in the Florida panhandle, a 28.5 mile corridor that hugs the Gulf of Mexico coastline in Northwest Florida’s Walton County. The area takes you back in time to the days when Florida was just a sleepy sand and water state. Here is where the cottages of Seaside were born, planting a standard-setting imprint upon New Urbanism. Consumers snatched up beachy homes and white picket fences, but also completely walkable communities where cars were parked, locked (didn’t have to be) and families could walk to everything.

Beach towns were the first inspiration for strolling urbanism, because what do you do most at the beach? Walk!

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By Phil Crone
Executive Officer, Dallas Builders Association

 

 

Unlike prior years, 2019 will not be full steam ahead for our area’s housing market. The predicted return to normalcy after a run of several frenzied years will be hard to characterize with a broad brush (though many will try). While more nuanced and complicated than before, there will be no shortage of opportunities and no reason why we cannot continue to be the envy of the nation.

Looking ahead, here are four things to watch in the year to come and why they matter:

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Soft contemporary
Shelby: I’m a sucker for 1980s soft contemporary homes, so this year-end round-up of 2018’s best Suburb Sunday features my personal favorite suburban homes from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

1960s Suburban Homes

Address: 2885 Meadow Port Drive, Farmers Branch

  • Four bedrooms, three bathrooms
  • 2,302 square feet
  • $420,000

The exterior of this 1962 home looks like a traditional red-brick home, but the interior was renovated to the bones with a dramatic open stairway that wows as you walk in. Grey walls with white trim throughout, plus an on-trend kitchen with grey and white granite counters, and stainless appliances. The dining room features a unique shiplap accent walls and custom lighting. Access to anywhere since this lovely home is located near Josey Lane and Interstate 635 Service Road.

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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…)

Farmers BranchIt’s been a busy week, but when an adorable 1958 Contemporary bungalow hits your inbox, priced at a perfect price point for a young family — and zoned for a great feeder pattern for schools, we make the effort to give it a shout out. And that’s the case with this darling Farmers Branch home.

Kitty Gordon with Angel Realtors pointed out 3146 Myra Lane to us over the weekend. The home is close to convenient commuting, and has been remodeled with modern tastes in mind.

Gordon assured us that all the updates were fully permitted, too. At three bedrooms and two bathrooms, it’s 1,340 square feet of cozy space, with a nice big backyard that’s just screaming for a deck and pergola, and maybe even a swing set.

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10-minute

The Farmers Branch Historical Park is home to numerous events year-round, including a vintage baseball tournament in the Spring (photo courtesy city of Farmers Branch).

Is your home a 10-minute (or less) walk from a park? One-third of Americans have a much longer trek than that to get to their nearest park, according to research by the National Recreation and Park Association, Urban Land Institute and, The Trust for Public Land.

Recently, Rachel Banner, a senior program manager at the NRPA, wrote a piece for the National Association of Realtors’ Spaces to Places blog about a year-long initiative to make more public spaces and parks available — within a 10-minute walk from every person.

Banner also talks about the Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, which revealed that while residential and commercial developers may create amenities within their buildings or spaces, that’s not necessarily what creates a lifelong resident of a city.

“The report talks a lot about the growing demand for amenities in both office and residential development.  In the discussion about the report Owen Thomas, CEO of Boston Properties also remarked that while each year a new set of cities may be pegged for growth, we must look at how long those cities will remain “hot spots” and the places people stay long-term,” Ballard said. “While including amenities within a building may initially attract owners or tenants, it is the amenities outside of the building open to all that will get them to stay.” (more…)