Rowlett sits on Lake Ray Hubbard, boasts nearly $1.5 billion in development, and is home to the Rowlett Wet Zone family water park. It’s also an underutilized, underrated area for housing.

Rowlett sits on Lake Ray Hubbard, boasts nearly $1.5 billion in development, and is home to the Rowlett Wet Zone family water park. It’s also an underutilized, underrated area for housing. This 6,882-square-foot, one-story home at 3013 Sandra Lane has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and plenty of updates.

And for those who have a true crime fetish, well, you’re in luck. (more…)

Plano has plenty of superlatives like the safest city, the best place to live, and best place to buy a home in America, but the Collin County city has another interesting superlative — #2 hardest-working city in America according to Kempler Industries. Actually, six of the country’s 10 hardest-working cities are in North Texas, including Dallas #3, Grand Prairie #4, Garland #6, Irving #8, and Arlington #9. If you work hard, forget about playing hard… You want to rest and relax hard. Here are three beautiful Plano houses that make relaxing after a long workday easy to do.

 

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Located 14 miles south of Fort Worth along I-35W, the city of Burleson dates back to 1881 when it was named in honor of Dr. Rufus C. Burleson, president of Baylor University. Burleson has a country living vibe with highly-rated schools, easy commuting to Fort Worth, and well-priced homes that offer a lot of square footage and acres for the money. But this Johnson County city has something that no other north Texas town does — a bonafide H-E-B grocery store, voted one of the best grocery stores in the country. I think that’s more than enough reasons to consider Burleson as a perfect little slice of suburban living. (more…)

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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Longtime journalist Jason Sickles is trying his hand at real estate. He recently joined Fathom Realty, a cloud-based brokerage that now has a presence in 75 markets across 19 states.

“Fathom’s an agent-owned virtual brokerage and I believe in the direction they’re heading,” Sickles said.  “Their commissions are more favorable to Realtors, and the company’s principles track my own: love, service, integrity, acceptance, respect, support, charity, and family.”

Sickles grew up in East Texas before moving to Dallas in 1989, two days after he graduated high school. A month before he turned 18, he took a part-time job at the Dallas Morning News answering phones for the sports department. By the time he graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a criminal justice degree, he was a full-fledged journalist for the paper. He later worked in both TV news and at Yahoo News.

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Fathom Realty CEO Josh Harley (Photo courtesy Fathom Realty).

From staff reports

McKinney-based Fathom Realty announced last week that it would begin working towards taking the company public, saying it would file documents for an initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the second quarter of 2019.

The cloud-based, 100 percent commission brokerage said it will submit a Form S-1 with the SEC to begin the process of publicly listing its common stock. (more…)

Prosper real estate

Yes, former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders‘ $14 million dollar home is located in the northern Collin (and Denton) County suburb of Prosper, as well as the impressive homes of a dozen other notable athletes, but this 22,000-resident suburb is so much more than that. This bustling town’s inventory of single family homes counts more newly constructed homes than existing homes with a median price of $453,276. In this week’s Suburb Sunday, we explore three great in the fast-growing market of Prosper real estate.

YOU CAN TOUR THIS MEDITERRANEAN TODAY

Address: 4221 Glacier Point Court

  • Five bedrooms, six baths
  • 6,176 square feet
  • $1,599,000

Today’s the chance to tour this gorgeous 2016-built Mediterranean transitional home in Whitley Place from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Beautiful light- and dark-wood floors draw you into the living room with exposed wood-beam ceilings, stone fireplace, and picture windows. The chef’s kitchen boasts two large islands, top-of-the-range Thermador appliances and refrigerator. The master suite overlooks the backyard and opens up to a spacious bathroom with beverage center, double vanities, and large walk-in closet. One bedroom/study is located downstairs, and three bedrooms are upstairs, each with en-suite bathrooms and easy access to the large game room and media room. The backyard boasts a dining and living area, outdoor kitchen, fire pit, seating area, and play set with tree-lined views. (more…)

RichardsonAs you may have noticed, we’ve had a bit of a theme going this week at CandysDirt.com — we’ve been featuring homes in neighborhoods with great walkability and community feel, that are perfect for trick or treating and Halloween festivities. We solicited some suggestions from readers, too, just to make sure we didn’t miss anything.

This week’s slate of open houses come from one of those suggestions — the stretch of Waterview Drive between Belt Line Road and Arapaho Road in Richardson. Our insider told us that this enclave in west Richardson is always busy each Halloween, and “all the little cul-de-sacs add a lot more houses to the mix, too.”

We found three homes in three different price points that all have open houses this week in the neighborhoods around Richardson’s Waterview Drive that were perfect for our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. Which ones will you visit? (more…)