“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you,” once said the GOAT himself, Frank Lloyd Wright – and this Midcentury Modern gem in Las Colinas does just that. It was designed by renowned Dallas architect David George, a devoted student of Frank Lloyd Wright, and in our opinion, a visionary who quite literally took those words to heart. The result is a nature-forward treasure, quietly perched on a heavily treed lot at 113 E. Northgate Drive. And with a price tag under $585,000, it’s a rarity that is sure to go quick. Let’s take a look around, shall we?

A Breathtaking First Impression

 

First, we are struck by the mature lot and timeless appeal of the brick-clad exterior. The walk-up is unreal! Here, canopies of mature trees unfurl with majestic poise, as if to say “welcome home.”  Step through the front door and you’ll soon discover there is not a single room in the house that doesn’t embrace the peaceful yet unbounded natural beauty of the estate.

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These NFL pre-season games have us ready for some serious Dallas Cowboys tailgating, but before there were Yeti coolers, there were trusty old Colemans. And before there was Frisco and Arlington, there was Valley Ranch and Irving.

For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we’re taking a look at Valley Ranch, the master-planned community in northern Irving that the Dallas Cowboys called home for more than 30 years. In fact, the former Cowboys headquarters was razed to make way for Legends Crossing, a 230 single-family home community by noted developer Mehrdad Moayedi coming next year. But we found three great homes in Valley Ranch that are well-located, well-priced, and move-in ready. Let’s take a look.

Canal Views on Waters Court

Address: 10313 Waters Court, Valley Ranch

  • 4 bedrooms, 3 baths
  • 2,893 square feet
  • $424,500

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mid-century capsule

Fix yourself a cocktail at the smoked glass bar and come take a look at this part-time capsule, part-updated home in the heart of Irving listed by Blaine Soileau of Dallas City Center Realtors for this week’s Thursday 300.

Working on last week’s Suburb Sunday featuring Irving, I came across this stunning mid-century style home at 309 San Mateo Court that is fabulously priced at $398,000. This 3,168 square-foot four-bedroom, two and half-bath home has a striking front entrance with amazing angles that hint at its unique inside. I debated between featuring this and another MCM home, and went with the latter, but someone has jumped at the chance for this 1967-built home in Irving’s University Hills because it’s now listed as pending.

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Niche

Photo courtesy Plano Parks and Recreation

Which North Texas cities made the cut for Niche’s best places to live list? How did Texas fare in a ranking of best (and worst) states to retire in? How is Texas trending in foreclosure starts? We have all this and more in this week’s roundup of real estate news. (more…)

IrvingWhen Britta Stanton bought the home she and her four children would move into after her divorce a few years ago, she didn’t think she’d ever move again — she loves her home in Irving that much.

“I thought I would never move, I decorated it like I would never move, and now I’m moving,” she said, with a chuckle.

But with good reason — Stanton got married yesterday, and while her fiance loved the home too, she suggested that they at least go look at something they could buy together for their newly blended family.

“When my fiance and I were talking about this house, I said, ‘Let’s just go look at other houses just to make sure we both choose together,’ because I picked this house out myself,” she said. “And he was like, ‘No, I love your house.’”

So that seemed somewhat settled, because Stanton loved her house, too. But then she discovered that a brand new development was going in right behind her children’s school (they go to Uplift North Hills), which is a kindergarten through 12th-grade charter school — which means that a home closer to it makes for a friendlier commute for all four children right up until college. (more…)

recessionThe two Metropolitan Statistical Areas that encompass Dallas-Fort Worth ranked in a recent list of top 10 metros that have recovered the most from the Great Recession, HSH.com said.

But that recovery isn’t all that usual — 27 major cities still haven’t seen home prices recover peak values they were posting pre-recession. But that number is dropping, HSH said, and so far, 73 U.S. home markets seen complete recovery.

Dallas-Plano-Irving found itself in fourth place, with home prices 68.51 percent above peak). Fort Worth-Arlington was fifth, at 59.85 percent above peak.

Three more Texas metros found themselves on the recession recovery list as well: Austin-Round Rock at No. 2 (72.55 percent), Houston-The Woodlands- Sugarland at No. 6 (57.05 percent), and San Antonio-New Braunfels at No. 8 (44.47 percent).

“Although the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO metro still holds the top slot, Texas markets dominate the most recovered group, holding five of the 10 slots,” the company said.

Additionally, El Paso made the company’s “nearly recovered” list, signaling that its current values are only one or two percent below previous peaks, and that the city is likely close to making that “fully recovered” list, possibly even by the next quarter.

The rankings are determined by using the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Home Price Index to determine which markets have recovered fully and which ones are still lagging.

Las ColinasAh, Las Colinas —  we rarely make our way over there, and honestly, we’re remiss, because it’s a great enclave of Irving with plenty of entertainment, dining, and shopping, and the dirt is still fairly reasonable, too.

Take, for instance, our Thursday Three Hundred this week. In our quest to find homes with great holiday decorating possibilities, we came across this great one-story condo at 4638 O’Connor Court, just a hop and a half a skip from the Las Colinas Country Club, and an easy drive to everything your heart would desire.

With 2,098 square feet of living space, and two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one powder room, this home gives you the price point of a fully-loaded condo, but the feel of a substantial home.

Nell Anne Hunt with Ebby Halliday-Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell said that this is the most popular floorplan for this condominium development, and benefits from gorgeous lake views. (more…)

north texas

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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…)