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From staff reports

If your Pinterest board is mansion after mansion, but your bank account is slightly less accommodating to your champagne wishes and caviar dreams, the idea of buying a more luxurious property in DFW might make you a touch incredulous.

But, according to a recent GoBankingRates survey of 48 U.S. cities, if you don’t mind the ‘burbs, you can totally find the Lone Star largesse you’re looking for when it comes to square footage.

No, seriously.

A July study by the company looked at the 200 largest U.S. cities and then, using a definition of homes between 5,000 and 8,000 square feet to determine what a mansion is, researchers multiplied median list price per square foot, and estimated about how much a 5,000, 6,000, 7,000, and 8,000 square foot abode would set you back in the pocketbook.

So where can you live in North Texas and score a big ol’ house for less than $1 million? GoBankingRate found three cities. We’ve linked to a representative listing for each price point (when we could find one), just to further illustrate. (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…)

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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zen home

Lush greenery and tons of custom features create an incredible aura and ambiance in this four-bedroom, three-bath home at 3106 Vicky Court in Garland, listed by Colleen Frost of Colleen Frost Real Estate Services for $399,000. This 3,028-square-foot home has been featured on Designing Texas, House & Home magazine, and on the Spring Park home tour, and for good reason. Homeowner Greta Horowitz, co-founder of the popular, but now closed Casa Milagro restaurant in Richardson, put her custom touches on this zen home that you have to see to believe.

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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…)

InstagramIt’s no real secret — Realtors love Instagram. We do, too — it’s a great way to pique interest in a home, tell a story, and more.

In fact, are you following us there? Because you probably should.

This week’s Tuesday Two Hundred comes from Monument Realty, who tagged us last week to let us know about this five-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, Traditional home in the Forest Ridge neighborhood of Garland.

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We’re not sure what Hollywood has against Garland. In the opening scenes of the Emma Stone movie Zombieland, Jesse Eisenberg’s character is at a service station running from a zombie. In a voiceover, he says: “I’m in Garland, Texas. And it may look like zombies destroyed it, but that’s actually just Garland.”

For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we turn our attention to three great, very zombie-free homes in Garland, a suburb just northeast of Dallas. Garland really covers a lot of ground, stretching from the city’s northmost reaches at President George Bush Turnpike near Richardson all the way south to I-30 near Rowlett.

The city is located mostly in Dallas County, though some parts are located in Collin and Rockwall counties. According to the 2017 estimates, Garland is the 95th most-populous city in the U.S. and the 12th-most populous in Texas, and we’re positive that none of its residents are zombies.

BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM NEAR FIREWHEEL SHOPPING

Address: 210 Boisenberry Drive

  • Five bedrooms, five bathrooms
  • 5,274 square feet
  • $699,900

Here’s a beautiful custom home in north Garland on almost a half-acre private lot in a gated community. Kitchen features granite countertops, island, custom pendant lighting, and bar seating. Master and guest bedrooms are located on the first floor, while three large bedrooms are located on the second floor. The huge game room has a beadboard ceiling and wet bar with access to the balcony and stairs that lead to the pool. In your backyard oasis, you have a covered patio, built-in grill, pool and spa, firepit, and lush landscaping. (more…)

north texas

(Photo courtesy VisitFrisco.com)

How did North Texas fare in a ranking of overall best housing markets in the U.S.? How far has the Dallas-Fort Worth apartment market come in recovering after the recession? How much of their income is the average Dallas-Fort Worth homeowner spending on housing? All this and more in this week’s review of real estate news. (more…)