Fort WorthFort Worth is the country’s third-fastest growing city, North Texas cities are in the middle of the pack when it comes to being flip-friendly, and DFW rents rose — but not by as much as the national rate. We have all this in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Fort Worth Country’s Third-Fastest Growing City

Fort Worth is the country’s third-fastest growing city, an analysis of U.S. Census data conducted by CityLab revealed.

Richard Florida,  co-founder and editor at large of CityLab, assembled a team of researchers to examine what cities have bounced back and are experiencing growth in population and jobs, and which ones are still struggling post-recession. The team looked at Census data between the years 2012 and 2017. (more…)

Grand Prairie

From the outside of 2322 Sunnyvale Road in Grand Prairie with a wrought-iron and glass door and decorative star at the apex, you’d expect a southern-styled home with Magnolia-inspired rustic decor. But walk inside and your jaw will drop.

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The great thing about writing Suburb Sunday is diving into a city’s history to see if its past has interesting gems that explain the town’s present-day tapestry. Grand Prairie’s history doesn’t disappoint. When the railroad came to town in 1876, officials called it Grand Prairie instead of the settlement’s given name Dechman because of its location on the vast grand prairie of land that stretched into West Texas. That rolling landscape of grassland became a three-block town by the turn of the century, and then a booming aviation community by World War II, when the Naval Reserve Airforce Base and supporting businesses came to town. In fact, there was such a boom for housing at wartime, Avion Village builders assembled a wood frame home in a record 58 minutes. Today, Grand Prairie still has its aviation roots with Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter, and Vought Aircraft among its largest employers. For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we’ve found three great homes in Grand Prairie that surely don’t touch that previous home-building record. (more…)

Grand PrairieFor this week’s Weekend One Hundred, we trek to Grand Prairie, where we found a Midcentury Traditional that puts the cherry on top of a move-in sundae — it’s super close to the new IKEA, the mecca for anyone who moves into a new home.

I mean, how convenient is that?

This three-bedroom, two bath home is located at 305 West Springdale Lane, and is also within walking distance to Barbara Bush Elementary. It has nearly 2,000 square feet of space, and that includes a garage conversion that provides some flex space for a den, playroom, or even office.

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This large corner lot home at 824 Times Street in Grand Prairie has only been on the market for a few days and probably won’t last long. The 2,912-square-foot 2001-built home has four bedrooms, two and a half baths, two living areas, and a private office as you first walk in the home. It’s listed by Jared W. Herman of Keller Williams Dallas Preston Road for $300,000.

Fresh paint, new floors, and new quartz countertops are among the many updates installed in 2018.  Just past the wrought-iron railed staircase is one of two dining areas that are welcoming and accessible in this open floor plan. The living area has vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and an expansive view of the breakfast room and kitchen. (more…)

Financial site WalletHub ranked 182 of the largest U.S. cities to find the most stressful places in America, and found that Plano is the least stressed city in Texas. Houston was ranked the most stressful city in the state. Oh, and the sky is blue. These are things we already knew.

Based on data, WalletHub found the three most stressful cities in the U.S. were Detroit, Newark, and Cleveland. What makes a city stressful? Citywide factors you’d expect such as high rates of unemployment and underemployment, long commute times, and lack of affordable housing. There’s more personal factors that cause stress like personal bankruptcy, foreclosure, poor health, and divorce.

Then, there are the quirky factors that WalletHub evaluates like percentage of binge drinkers (yes, that’s you with your box wine-a-weekend habit), median credit score, obesity rates and share of adults getting inadequate sleep that make writing about WalletHub’s lists so interesting.

People in Plano report lower levels of stress at work, less financial woes, happier families and better health and safety than any other city in Texas, according to the July 2018 study. The new ranking comes after Plano was named one of the happiest places in the United States.

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Credit: NASA

There’s gonna be two kinds of stars in DFW this weekend: the kind that walk the red carpet and the kind that light up the sky.

On Saturday night, April 21, into early morning Sunday, April 22, North Texans can check out the Lyrid meteor shower, which coincides with Earth Day this year, when as many as 20 meteors can be seen “falling” in the night sky every hour.

Just look for the burning shards of rock and natural debris slicing through the sky at tens of thousands miles per hour. The experts at Accuweather say this should be one of the best shooting star displays of late on Earth. Depending on clear skies here in the Metroplex, you can catch a glimpse of these stars streaking across all areas of the sky, with no telescope required. 

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As more and more people hunt for affordable new construction in North Texas, and as more and more builders look for the right lots to build, once-overlooked suburbs are starting to shine. Take the Midcities’ own Grand Prairie for instance. That’s where you’ll find this great transitional design with contemporary flair built by CAVSO Homes and marketed by David Maez of Vivo Realty.

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