Curb Appeal

Richardson is one of the inner suburbs of Dallas and offers a lot of opportunities in its 28 square miles. Many of DFW’s telecommunications/networking companies have settled there along the Telecom Corridor, including AT&T, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Texas Instruments, Samsung, and Verizon.

With a population just over 101,000, the city was named the “fifth happiest mid-sized city in America” in 2014 by Movoto, a national real estate blog, based on things like low unemployment, low crime, and high income. That same year, 24/7 Wall St. named Richardson America’s 17th Best City to Live in based on crime, economy, education, housing, environment, leisure, and infrastructure.

I grew up near Richardson and spent lots of time in friends’ ranch houses there, so the listing I chose for today’s Tuesday Two Hundred feels familiar: built in 1964, lots of space inside, and a good-sized yard. The house at 1419 Dumont Dr. is in Northwood Estates and has four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 2,488 square feet on two stories. It is newly listed by Adam Caskey at the Michael Group Real Estate for $298,900.

The house is located near the intersection of S. Coit and W. Belt Line roads, within walking distance to the 25-acre Cottonwood Park. This family-friendly place has picnic and playground equipment, two pavilions, two small lakes with ducks and geese, a swimming pool, baby pool, two lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball court, 1.1 miles of trails, and a multi-use concrete court.

Cottonwood Park-Ducks, Pool, Playground

The park is also home to the locally famous Cottonwood Arts Festival, a free, semi-annual event that features works from the nation’s top visual artists, as well as music, food, and spirits.

In keeping with the “family-friendly” theme, this property is located in Richardson ISD, a district where STAAR passage rates exceeded the Texas average in every subject in 2014. It is zoned for Dover Elementary, Richardson West Arts & Technology Magnet Junior High, and Richardson High School.

Nearby private schools include the lower campus of Parish Episcopal School, Saint Paul The Apostle School, Holy Trinity Academy, Covenant School, and Shelton School. Jump to read more and see photos!

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102 Skyline A

Gone with the Wind was a childhood favorite of mine, with its winding storyline, genteel fashion, and dramatic romances. In one memorable scene, Scarlett’s father, Gerald O’Hara, an Irish peasant immigrant, proclaims in his rough brogue, “The land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it’s the only thing that lasts.”

That sort of mentality about the importance of land to heritage, identity, and wealth still exists, and there’s something visceral and deeply gratifying about owning actual land, as opposed to, say, stocks, which seem to exist in the ether.

If you’re an urban homeowner, the amount of land you’re likely to own is quite small, as plantations like Tara don’t exist within city limits. But there are properties in DFW with actual land, and for today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, I found one sitting on almost an acre in Collin County.

The house at 102 Skyline Dr. in Murphy is listed by William Duke of Carrington Real Estate Service for $259,000 and sits on 0.98 acres. It is located near the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 544 and S. Murphy Road.

Murphy is a fast-growing bedroom community of about 18,000 residents, bordered by Plano, Richardson, Wylie, Sachse, and Parker. It’s about 20 miles from Downtown Dallas, 35 miles from DFW Airport, and 25 miles from Love Field Airport.

This house is a 2,496 square foot fixer-upper with three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and a pool. At $104 per square foot with all that land, I think it’s got huge potential. Jump to read all about it!

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Beautiful landscaping, towering trees and a flagstone path from

This hidden gem of a neighborhood in North Oak Cliff is becoming more and more popular it seems, with deals under $300K becoming as rare as the buffalo tenderloin at Fearings. That doesn’t mean there aren’t several great properties in Kiestwood, a fantastic nabe with tons of character and the kind of close-knit community you crave.

This particular home at 2848 Woodmere is on a huge corner lot and has pretty much everything you could possibly desire. Lush landscaping, tons of entertaining space, a koi pond, a pool, a lanai and a deck, plus a studio/workroom as well as a 2-car garage … The home seems to be just an endless amount of space!

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