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…)

GarlandWhen we look for that magical turnkey home in the $100,000 to $199,999 price point for the Weekend One Hundred, sometimes it’s like searching for a unicorn. But today’s property is not only turnkey, it’s close to downtown Garland in the established neighborhood of Park Groves.

Yes, this Midcentury Cottage is a three-bedroom, one bath, but it makes an excellent home for a first-time buyer, and can even see you through getting married, having a kiddo, and even elementary school.

Located at 1500 Hilltop Drive, this listing is also very new — as in, it’s not even been on the market a full 24 hours. It sits on a 9,104 square foot lot, too, which means that with some clever configuring and a great architect and contractor, you could probably even finagle a second bathroom, potentially turning one of the bedrooms into a master suite. (more…)

As far as Dallas suburbs go, Rowlett doesn’t get enough good press. I mean, who doesn’t want to live out by Lake Ray Hubbard, with great schools and a wonderful, neighborly feel? Plus, you can get a lot for your money in Rowlett, as you can see from our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. 

This listing from Compass agent Bobbie Jo Glover is a fantastic one-story in the lakeside community of Mariner Park, which is perfectly situated within minutes of the President George Bush Turnpike, Interstate 30, and plenty of shopping. Plus, the community amenities of Mariner Park are great — there’s a community pool for those hot summer days. This budget-friendly listing definitely shows what tremendous value you can get in Rowlett

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GarlandWhen Modtown Realty tagged us on Instagram this week to tell us about their latest listings, a certain four-bedroom, two-bath home in Garland with a terrific price point had us intrigued.

We told them to give us more details — and found that the home move-in ready and near enough to 635 to make it ideal for commuting. The 1,645 square foot home at 2402 Royal Dr. in Garland was built in 1961 and has clearly been well-maintained since.

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first-time buyerIf it feels like it’s tough to find a great house for a budget-friendly, first-time buyer price under $250,000, it’s not your imagination — it’s getting harder and harder to find a move-in ready, single family home for less than $250,000 in the Dallas area.

We’ve even written about the phenomenon a few times. And while some price points are beginning to see an increase in inventory, that $200,000 range are still sitting at much less than two months.

So when we saw Katie Apperson with Real Estate Reformation post this adorable blue home in Crest Ridge Estates in Garland for $206,000 on Facebook last week, we had to pump her for some details.

I mean, you couldn’t miss that blue. (more…)

When you’ve got 1,137 square feet to work with, you want to make the most of every inch, and this tastefully renovated three-bedroom, two-bath home in Rowlett does an amazing job at it.

The home, listed for $190,000 by Kathie Truitt and Kevin Caskey of Halo Group Realty is well-situated at Miller Road and President George Bush Turnpike. What’s special are the high-end touches investor Dino Tapper put throughout the house that make this starter home an inviting, modern space for a couple buying their first home.

Walking up to the front of this 1971-built home, you’ll notice the beautiful stained wood overhang that frames the front door and contrasting white painted brick. The stained wood facade is something of a signature for Tapper. Simple shrubbery gives the home clean curb appeal.

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Area high school students enrolled in construction trade vocational programs were able to network with contractors, builders, and vendors at the Dallas Builders’ Show, held last week in Plano. (Photo: Bethany Erickson)

Area builders and contractors who attended the Dallas Builders’ Show last week didn’t just get the lowdown on the latest in engineered wood or backsplashes – they also had the opportunity to meet the students that will be their future workforce.

The Dallas Builders Association has made good on its desire to help local high school programs by providing networking and internship opportunities to students learning construction trades.

Last spring, the group hosted a group of students from Skyline High School’s construction program at one of Classic Urban Homes job sites.

Last Thursday, the DBA hosted more than 100 students from several area high schools at its annual trade show event in Plano. Students from Arlington, Dallas, Garland, and Grand Prairie mingled with builders and vendors, snagging business cards and making connections. (more…)

62 Dunrobin $1,490,000

See these three gorgeous homes in the Hills of Breckinridge? All three will be open this Sunday, June 25, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm!

Last week, at the National Association of Real Estate Editor’s Denver conference, we heard from experts that Millennials were — surprise, surprise! — finally buying homes. Just taking them a little longer. And when they buy homes, they are not necessarily the urbanites we might think they are. They like the ‘burbs!

Doug Yearley, CEO of Toll Brothers, one of the country’s largest homebuilders, says Baby Boomers have been the backbone of the housing industry for decades. But Boomers, not Millennials, are fueling the high-rise wave. 

49 Dunrobin $1,265,000

21 Dunrobin $939,000

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