Do you know how difficult it is to write headlines with a city whose name begins with the article The? The answer is very as I came to learn more than a decade ago when I was community newspaper editor for The Colony. But despite the clunky headlines I may have written, the stories I came to tell about The Colony are among my favorite because they recorded the small town personality of this Denton County city with all the nearby amenities of the big city. For this week’s Suburb Sunday, I’ve found three great houses in The Colony ranging from $235,ooo to $659,000 that’d make any homeowner happy no matter the price range.

 

Lakeside Living in The Tribute

Address: 8109 Castlebridge Drive, The Colony

  • 3 bedrooms ,3.5 baths
  • 3,200 square feet
  • $659,000

Travis Hitt of Rogers Healy and Associates has a great listing in The Colony’s lakeside The Tribute community, just steps from Lake Lewisville. This 2017-built home has upgraded features such as a covered patio with built-in kitchen overlooking the massive backyard, a second covered patio with fireplace, and commercial grade appliances in the kitchen. Plus, enjoy the neighborhood amenities that include a fitness center, lakeside fire pits, sports area, and lakeside infinity pool.

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Photo courtesy Wildridge

The Collin County chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors will meet this week, May housing reports are in, as well as the state unemployment report. We’ll take a look at all this, plus find out if educated workers are moving to Texas, in this week’s roundup of real estate news. (more…)

By next Independence Day, you could be grilling at your lakeside home, hopping in your boat on Lake Lewisville with prime seats for fireworks, and spending time cooling off in your pool in between — and we have just the house.

This lakefront estate home is in the Sunset Bay community in Little Elm, a cozy enclave known for its acre-or-more lot sizes and independent builders that guarantee that no two homes look the same.

And this 11-year-old Mediterranean is a stunner built for entertaining and luxury lake living, complete with a private boat dock. Located at 6008 Pinnacle Circle, this six-bedroom, six-full-bath, and two-half-bath home has 8,377 square feet of living space and sits on an acre and a half of land overlooking Lake Lewisville. (more…)

3959 Spinnaker Run Front

Designed as the personal residence of William Hidell of Hidell & Associates, this home has the kind of attention to detail and site design you’d expect from a renowned contemporary architect. Clean lines, sexy and sleek finishes, and windows in all the right places make this home a perfect retreat from the busy, hectic lives of today.

Not only that, but it has direct access to Lake Lewisville and is on one of our region’s most scenic shores: Sunset Bay. This is quickly becoming the next hot spot for those who want unobstructed lake views and the privacy to go with it. Situated on almost four acres with plenty of trees, you’ll never need a tall fence to enjoy your estate, which is something you can’t say for many homes inside the loop.

Sure, Little Elm is out there, but you’re making no sacrifices when it comes to comfort and style.

3959 Spinnaker Run Side

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GARNET COVE IHOTW

Sometimes you don’t want proximity. Sometimes you want to go home to a place at the end of the day that envelopes you in nature, with a lake nearby for paddle boarding, sailing or jet skis. Sometimes your way of unwinding when you get home (or off the road) is to go drop a line and fish. Such is what most buyers want and find when they get to Emerald Sound on Lake Lewisville.

Emerald Sound is a deed-restricted development of large single-family homes nestled on the East bank of Lake Lewisville in Oak Point, Texas. Each homestead is an irregular one-plus acre estate consisting of Black Prarie soil and post oak timbers. Homeowners enjoy keeping a horse or two, maybe even a mule, and preserve the migrating waterfowl, animal life and abundance of fishing that drew indigenous people to the area for more than 300 years, before it became part of the Peters Colony, the first Texas land grant open to settlers.

And if you haven’t seen the sun set behind Denton and across the lake, well, you need to. It is the closest I have come to feeling like I’m on the shore in the heart of Texas.

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8325 Lindsay Front

As a golfer, I love The Tribute. This is a fantastic golf community that has a wonderful clubhouse and a gorgeous course. If you’re not familiar, The Tribute’s golf course is modeled after links-style Scottish courses that make you focus on your ball-placement and short game. It’s challenging and beautiful.

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Yes, we have our $30 million dollar Manson Court mansions, our Mt. Vernon and Troy’s pad, if he ever decides to put Highland Drive back on the market. Of course, if the Hicks ever put The Crespi Estate on the market, it would blow them all out of the water. Speaking of water, why not get away from the maddening crowd and head for Lake Lewisville’s Sunrise Bay? Say you dream of coming home every night to a peaceful water retreat, rather than pining for it at your second home while you stare at your neighbor’s fence Monday through Friday: Sunrise Bay at Lake Lewisville is for you. Not terribly far from I-35 and the Dallas North Toll road, this neighborhood is located in the charming town of Little Elm. It’s probably faster to DFW from here than my house now, thanks to the abortion that is LBJ. And forget the plains: this home is located on a 3.81 acre cul de sac with a CLIFF, an entire 35 foot drop with spectacular lake views.

Designed as his personal home by architect William Hidell of Hidell & Associates, this 7250 square foot home home built in 1997 is truly one-of-a-kind. And it was designed with raw love of architecture! I can tell you first-hand about entertaining at 3959 Spinnaker Point Drive because we have had so many fabulous Supper Clubs there: it flows guests like a faucet.

The front exterior is smooth white stucco with fascinating architectural detail, like a tailored grouping of crisp white boxes. The front stainless steel door is huge, impressive, and if I were the Hidells, I’d take it with me: one of the most unusual doors I’ve ever seen!

Walk into the living room/dining room with soaring 22 foot ceilings overlooking the lake. Oh, you HAVE to go potty: the Hidell’s powder room is to die for — I used to go in there just to see the fabulous stainless steel sink. There is a bar off the hallway leading to the stainless steel glass tread stair that wraps the wet bar, convenient to the entire first floor. The entire first floor experiences and views Lake Lewisville with a panoramic view that is your’s 24/7. Told you about the huge living-dining combo with that limestone fireplace, check. Around the wall is the fab kitchen with a mini morning room, breakfast area and every gourmet appliance — the mistress of the home really cooks! Off this is the family room with walls of custom cabinets. Flow right out to the huge landscaped concrete deck with fireplace, 43,000 gallon pool, fountain, spa, and mosquito mist system.

I don’t talk a lot about garages, but in this home, the garage alone is worth a million bucks: five stalls, two attached and three across a motor court and I’m estimating the height at 22 feet. You could never have south of George Bush because crooks would “go shopping”: the garage doors are floor to ceiling glass, crystal clear. Special overhead storage shelves hold all your junk, but the overall effect is almost artistic. Suffice it to say that you will own one of the prettiest garages in North Texas when you buy 3959 Spinnaker Point.

There are four total bedrooms; the “size of your first apartment” master, 730 square feet, and guest are down. The guest bedroom might as well be a master of it’s own: each bedroom is en suite with huge walk-in closets. Upstairs, too, a media room with built-ins and a 400 square foot balcony with stairs to the pool. Of course you can see that lake view from every room.

Speaking of the water, is it safe to go in? Absolutely. Lake Lewisville is a deep water harbor and 3959 Spinnaker Point has something here extremely rare:  a private Corps of Engineers permitted dock for jet skiing. Two boat slips and four jet ski docks are available.

Don’t let the acreage scare you: the home has an irrigation well to the sprinkler system, so that grass will always be green. Little Elm Independent School District. Complete security system, too. Asking $3,250,000 and worth every penny.

 

Let’s say you’re tired of the hustle and bustle of city life and you want your own spot in the country to relax, raise a few kids, all while conveniently close to Lake Lewisville. Oh, and you want a waterfall in your backyard.

You are in luck.

This six bedroom, five-and-a-half bath stunner in Aubrey has plenty of room for a family (and then some!) with a craft room, a gigantic kitchen, and a huge patio all on more than an acre. It’s inside Stone Mountain Estates, a gated community where your nearest neighbor isn’t too close for comfort.

I know someone is going to ask: The HOA fees are $600 a month year. Considering the price tag on 5475 Summit Trace, a 5,283-square-foot home, let’s just say that if you need to eat balogna sandwiches and ramen noodles to afford the HOA fees mortgage, then this house isn’t for you.

I’ll tell you who this house could be for — Pilar Sanders. Why? Excellent schools in Aubrey ISD, a huge lot inside a gated community, a waterfall because she’ll need somewhere to meditate, and there’s a second floor bed/bath suite, which will be perfect for house guests. I wonder if Ebby agent Laura Brewer, who is marketing this home, has heard from our gal …

Now, this English traditional has a few things I am in love with that Pilar might not like so much, such as the copper soaking tub. These are so rare, but so awesome!

Also fantastic: The craft room. I’ve always wanted my own place to get creative. This would be equally cool as an art studio.

Something this size with all of these luxury touches, such as high-end Miele kitchen appliances and gorgeous wood floors, would go for $5 million and upwards inside Dallas County. In Denton County, though, it’ll set you back a cool $1,297,897.