We could fall in love with this two-story 2014-built Darling Home for the front loggia alone, but add the fact that you’re near the newly announced PGA Headquarters coming to Frisco, it’s a hole in one for 12869 Terlingua Creek Drive in Newman Village, one of Frisco’s most exclusive and private gated communities.

This breathtaking 4,377-square-foot home features five bedrooms, five baths, and two powder baths, with a casita too for $810,000. A gorgeous iron gate greets you as you walk into this cozy, partially covered courtyard lined with brick. Once you step through the front door, the entry of this home offers a soaring ceiling and an iron-railed hardwood staircase.

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Election

Voters lined up at the Oak Lawn library Election Day, with more than 400 people casting ballots by lunchtime (photo by Bethany Erickson)

Frisco, Richardson and Dallas ISD Pass Property Tax Increases

  • Allred bests Sessions in U.S. Rep. District 32 race
  • All four propositions on the ballot for Dallas ISD passed
  • Johnson beats Rinaldi, Johnson beats Luby Ryan
  • Carolyn King Arnold, Keyaira Saunders headed to a runoff

While Democrats came surprisingly (to many) close to winning statewide seats on Election Day, ultimately candidates came just short of besting the Republican party across the board in statewide races. How close were the races, despite the losses? In 16 years, Democratic candidates in statewide races have received 45 percent of the vote only twice — last night, nine of them did.

“Today is not a bad day,” Mike Collier, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, said Tuesday night. “We showed Texas that if you campaign on issues that Texans care about, you can have a strong showing in this state.”

But while the “Beto Effect” may not have bestowed a win on its namesake, it was still impacting races, with the El Paso congressman’s get out the vote effort being attributed to down-ballot flips in several congressional, state, and local races.

After record early voting, Election Day polling locations varied from “ghost towns,” as one poll greeter said, to steadily busy. Turnout increased as schools let out, and as people got off work, volunteers said.

Election Day

After a bit of turmoil during early voting, the Lakeside Activity Center in Mesquite was actually calm and congenial Election Day.

Measures for 13-cent Tax Ratification Elections passed in both Richardson ISD and Dallas ISD. Frisco ISD voters approved a 13-cent tax swap that will move 13 cents from the debt service column to the maintenance and operations column.   (more…)

Frisco ISD, Plano

4409 Benton Elm Drive in Plano, a 3,700-square-foot, four-bedroom for under $500k, is the first in a series featuring great homes located in great school districts like Frisco ISD.

There are two very good reasons why you’d want to purchase a home in this far north Plano neighborhood. No. 1, you’re looking at Plano addresses because you want something a little more established with trees that actually provide shade. And, No. 2, you want your kids to attend one of the best elementary and middle schools in one of the best school districts in North Texas, Frisco ISD.

This two-story, 3,713-square-foot home has the perks of an already-established neighborhood with the modern architecture of a late-model home and fantastic schools to boot. Located in far north Plano, just south of Sam Rayburn Tollway at Coit Road, this home would be great for a growing family looking to attend school in the highly-rated Frisco ISD. This 1991-built property at 4409 Benton Elm Drive is listed at $459,500 by John Harper of Dave Perry-Miller InTown

Start with the landscaped front yard and two well-established trees perfect for climbing and make your way into the spacious tiled entry that features arched doorways and high ceilings and dining room with crown molding details and laminate wood floors.

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An excellent academic program and exceptional opportunities for students make Frisco ISD highly sought after for families relocating to Texas or moving within DFW. 

The district has grown 7 to 30 percent annually since the early 1990s, and today serves more than 58,000 students in 68 schools. They project that number to be 67,528 in 2022. 

For this week’s Splurge vs Steal, we’re looking at two houses in Frisco ISD. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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Karthik Nemmani of McKinney. Photo courtesy of CNN

We get emails from people all the time, asking where the best place to live in North Texas is if you seek a high quality public school.

Tonight, the answer would be McKinney. 

Karthik Nemmani of McKinney is the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion. He won Thursday night, by spelling the word “koinonia” . Media outlets said he survived “arguably the most intense competition in the bee’s 93-year history.”

Karthik is 14 and he beat a record-shattering 515 contestants at the national spelling bee, plus six other Texans. Five of the champion spellers were from the DFW area. Even more, the number of contestants nearly doubled (not exactly, 515 compared to 291 but this is a spelling bee story, not math) after bee organizers expanded eligibility this year.

Along the way, he had to outlast a field of 16 finalists who vanquished words such as “Praxitelean,” “ispaghul” and “telyn” — sometimes without batting an eyelash — in a breathtaking show of spelling skill broadcast live on ESPN.

But Nemmani, who was competing at his first national bee, displayed the poise of a veteran, seeming to sail through his words: “condottiere” (knight or roving soldier available for hire), “miarolitic” (of igneous rock), “cendre” (a moderate blue), “ankyloglossia” (limited normal movement of the tongue), “grognard,” “passus,” “shamir” (tiny worm capable of splitting the hardest stone) and “jagüey” (an East Indian tree).

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When you’re relocating for a job, the search for a home can be rife with uncertainty. 

Are the schools good? Is there a grocery store nearby? Are there other school-aged children in the neighborhood? Is it safe?

Well, if you’re not one for shopping or guesswork, this Frisco home is an easy buy. Built in 2005 inside the popular Stonelake Estates, you get a solid house with plenty of room and on a great street.

“This home is a relocating family’s dream,” says listing agent Kathryn Roan with KW Urban Dallas. “When you first move to a new place, it can be so hard to get your bearings. Frisco is a very family-centric community that welcomes newcomers.”

And it makes it very hard to leave.

“We are sad to leave this wonderful community as we have amazing memories here but our children have all gone off to college,” says seller Donna Nimmo. “This home was amazing to raise young children in thanks to the close proximity to the schools and all of the activities.”

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Dallas ISD will likely ask voters to approve a 13-cent property tax increase in November, its first in almost a decade. (Photo by Flickr/Stuart Pilbrow

Dallas ISD will likely ask voters to approve a 13-cent property tax increase in November, its first in almost a decade. (Photo by Flickr/Stuart Pilbrow)

Hooboy. I’ve gotten some heated emails about the Dallas Independent School District’s announcement that it would be asking voters for a 13-cent increase in property taxes come November.

And I get it. But I also think that many of the folks that emailed me, or that I’ve seen railing against it on social media, have only read the headline. Why do I think this?

Because frankly, all they know is that it’s going up. They can’t tell you how much. They can’t tell me how the measure will be structured. They can’t even tell me if the current rate is too high, or too low.

So it’s clear we need to unpack this. If you want some excellent reasons and information, Eric Celeste and Corbett Smith have already outlined quite a bit. And let me say upfront that as a homeowner, I’m not too jazzed about my bill going up. But as I’ve said elsewhere while hiding in my car from my family while recording a podcast, education is infrastructure. And we have to start treating it like infrastructure.

I know we just passed a bond. But if you do or don’t recall, many felt that bond election should’ve included a small tax increase then, to expand pre-K. It didn’t, because people felt that if a tax was attached, people would vote no on the whole thing.

But if you read no other paragraph than this, read this one: You do not have to vote yes for the entire 13-cent increase. Yes, everyone that knows what’s going on in Dallas ISD would like and hope you do vote for it. But three proposals will go to the voters: a 5-cent increase to fund pre-K expansion, a 4-cent increase to increase the college prep program that will ensure that more district graduates graduate with two years of free college under their belts, and a 4-cent increase to fund teacher pay increases and incentives for some of the district’s best educators that agree to go some of the district’s lowest-performing schools.  Again, that totals 13 cents. But you don’t have to vote yes for all of it (but seriously, you should). (more…)

Nestled among hundred year old oaks, gently tucked in by lush ma

We may have found the most magnificent English Tudor estate, and it is perfect for a football star who wants to have a luxurious, well-appointed home in one of Frisco’s most prestigious communities that also happens to be super close to the new Dallas Cowboys headquarters.

First, let’s just take a moment to soak in the curb appeal, shall we? An expertly manicured garden full of mounding perennials and perfectly shaped topiaries. That colorful screening gives way to a cobblestone driveway, which then leads to a walkway flanked by iron lions, guarding the arched entryway of this brick and stone mansion inside Spanish Oaks.

Stunning drive up with incredible landscape that surrounds the e 5009 Spanish Oaks Entry

Inside this home, the grandeur and majesty just don’t let up. It’s full to the hilt of antiques, plush carpets, and opulent curtains. The walls are covered in glossy wood paneling and the floors sport beautiful honeyed hues. You’ll enjoy frescoes and murals, chandeliers dripping with crystal, and stately coffered ceilings. Of course, as you’d expect, all of the trim and cabinetry has been antiqued to perfection. See more after the jump!

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