The Modern Home is set to complete this model home in May.

By Deb R. Brimer
Contributing Writer

Jimmy Tanghongs – president and CEO of The New Modern Home in Plano – is reinventing green homebuilding. Instead of following the industry flow and building traditional energy-efficient houses, he’s forging his own path by developing the nation’s first neighborhood of self-sufficient homes.

One of Tanghongs’ latest custom homes is currently on the drawing board, and will back up to Lake Ray Hubbard. 


The small rural town of Sunnyvale in Dallas County has a pretty fascinating history, as the amalgamation of the four towns of Hatterville, Long Creek, Tripp, and New Hope in the 1950s. A storm in the 1920s wiped out the most prosperous of these towns, New Hope, where shops, stores, and an annual fair called the Gala Days took place. The rest of the towns came together to form Sunnyvale, a name that the students of Tripp-Long Creek school gave to the town during a citywide school contest. Nowadays Sunnyvale ISD has three highly-rated schools and a population of approximately 7,000. Let’s head to Sunnyvale in eastern Dallas County for this week’s Suburb Sunday and three great homes to consider.

Seven-Bedroom Executive Retreat for Only $700k


We don’t get to talk about Sunnyvale as often as we’d like, but this week’s Saturday Seven Hundred in the highly sought after neighborhood of The Falls is an expansive home just perfect for a family and for entertaining.

How great is The Falls? It’s rural enough to promise spacious lots and homes, but close enough to major thoroughfares to get you to shopping in Mesquite and Garland, plus all the fun that East Dallas has to offer. It’s also about 15 minutes from downtown Dallas.

The entire enclave of The Falls is bordered by Lake Ray Hubbard on one side and is near several walking trails and a beautiful park complete with tennis courts. Several of the home sites are also tucked among trees and a creek. (more…)

Texas transitional

What luxury community with the hottest new Texas transitional home, is within a half hour of downtown Dallas? You may think it’s Southlake, Lewisville, or Allen. Wrong. It’s Heath! A few luxury custom builders have known for a long time that just across Lake Ray Hubbard, Heath is hot and getting hotter. (more…)

Walk to Lake Ray Hubbard from this Stylish and Updated Rowlett Home |

Located on a Lake Ray Hubbard peninsula, walking distance to the water in two directions, one house has cute curb appeal and an updated interior in the low $200s. 

The newly listed Rowlett house at 8417 Meadowview St. is full of tasteful updates and great features, from an open floorplan to hardwood floors. This is our Tuesday Two Hundred and it has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two dining areas, and 1,582 square feet on one story, built in 1990. 



I’ve found the perfect antidote to the stress of city living, and it’s just 30 minutes from downtown Dallas!

The lakefront property at 1 Candlelite Trail in Heath sits on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard. On its more than 13 acres, you’ll find two fully stocked ponds, plenty of room for horses, a barn, and 5,500 fully irrigated trees of both native Texas and fruit varieties. Total paradise!

There rural amenities are complemented by the grandeur of the house, which has all the luxury of a Preston Hollow build. This is a Tuscan-style, 9,323-square-foot residence with five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, three half baths, outdoor living and dining, and a separate guest house. Think soaring ceilings and the finest finishes, luxe kitchen and room after room of well-appointed, thoughtful spaces.

I’m not the only one swooning over this Heath property — it’s been featured on two TV shows!

“It’s so private and it looks like the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum'” said Dee Evans, who has listed the property with the Dee Evans Group of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “The lakefront is unbelievable — 2,316 feet of shoreline — and there are ponds and bridges…it’s just amazing, like a total paradise away from the city.”

I couldn’t agree more. Let’s take a tour of this Heath estate!


2126 Hollow Way Front

This cozy home in Garland is a triple threat, y’all! Not only is it priced well, but it looks fabulous inside.

2126 Hollow Way Living


This house has four bedrooms, two and a half baths, and more than 2,400 square feet and a two-car garage, and — get this — it’s only $205,000! That, to me at least, is a pretty good deal considering that you’re close to Firewheel Town Center, Lake Ray Hubbard, Interstate 30 and 635, and a partridge in a pear tree.

2126 Hollow Way Dining

OK, you don’t get a partridge in a pear tree, but you do get a fully renovated home with hand-scraped hardwoods, fresh tile, and a perfect paint job if you sign on the dotted line for 2126 Hollow Way in Garland. There’s a stone fireplace in the den, too, and everything is open and has a great flow. There’s plenty of light, too, thanks to some strategically placed windows.

2126 Hollow Way Den

The kitchen is fantastic. It has granite counters, stainless appliances, and a gigantic breakfast bar. I’m not crazy about the oak cabinets. I really think a cherry or even walnut would’ve looked better with the bright tile and dark counters. Still, it’s new, it’s functional, and there’s plenty of room for a family to make messes and clean up together.

2126 Hollow Way kitchen

The master bedrooms is … a bedroom. No exciting details here, save for the arched window over the bed and the chair rail. I do like the double doors leading to the master bath. That is a great detail that allows for a larger door frame without the wide berth you need for a full-sized door.

2126 Hollow Way Master

There’s a five-piece bath in the master bathroom, and because this home was built in 2007, there’s nary a brass fixture in sight. There are two separate vanities that face opposing walls — a great feature to maximize space and minimize morning contact before coffee.

2126 Hollow Way Master Bath

The backyard is an OK size. It’s small, but that’s mostly because all the backyards in newer subdivisions are. It’ll be great for a gardener who wants a blank slate, and there’s a covered porch from which you can admire your work.

2126 Hollow Way Backyard

Sound like your cup of tea? Contact Tony Nuncio at Dallas City Center Realtors.