Little Elm is known as one of the oldest towns in Denton County, but most of its residents and infrastructure arrived only in the past decade. In the year 2000, Little Elm had a population of 3,600. Ten years later, Little Elm had 26,000 residents. And nowadays, put that number at 46,000 residents living in one of the fastest-growing cities in north Texas. Here are three great homes we found in Little Elm that show lakeside living can be quite affordable.

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There are some homes that, upon seeing them, your shoulders drop and you let out a deep breath.  Aaaaahhhh … That’s exactly what you’ll do upon visiting this gorgeous, secluded-feeling Oak Point farmhouse listed by David Griffin & Company Realtor Lori Ericsson

This picture-perfect abode set on a large, landscaped lot is the perfect High Caliber Home of the Week for people ready to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, but don’t want to feel like they’re out in the boonies. Ready to sign on the dotted line? Our High Caliber Home of the Week is presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, a seasoned mortgage professional that can get you the perfect loan for your dream home. Call her today!

Ready to relax and unwind in your Oak Point haven? 

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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…)

Frisco was named the best city for raising a family, closely followed by Allen, and Southlake as part of a new 2018 “best Texas cities” list, ranking the best and worst Texas cities for families. Wallethub, a D.C.-based personal finance site, compiled the new June 2018 report that ranked the 117 largest cities in Texas based on family life, fun, education, health and safety, affordability and socioeconomic environment.

What makes a city good for raising a family? Plenty of attractions such as museums and theaters, a quality school system, high graduation rates, number of playgrounds per 100,000 residents and a whole lot of pediatricians were all factors that Wallethub took into account when it named the best Texas cities for families.

While the weighted scores and rankings provide a holistic view of cities, a look at the raw data we requested provides some interesting headlines as well. Missing from the list is Highland Park, which did not rank among the largest cities in Wallethub’s data.

Eagles vs. Dragons

Turning to education, Allen had the number one highest graduation rate in Texas – 96.6 percent, according to Wallethub’s data. Frisco, the overall number one, has a 91.8 percent graduation rate, and Southlake, overall number three on the list, had a 87.3 percent graduation rate, according to Wallethub. (more…)

The Amber

Today, I’d love to tell you about one of the most beautiful homes I’ve seen in a long time — there’s not another place like this in North Texas. So unique is this property, it even has a name. The Amber is an expansive, pastoral property nestled in the quiet community of Little Elm. Little Elm is only 45 minutes from downtown Dallas and ten minutes from nearby shopping and dining, but has the coziness of country living on 10 gorgeous acres. And if you haven’t been up there in awhile, well, things are hopping!

Located at 751 Amber Ln., this is sophisticated contemporary transitional living with everything a buyer could want, right on the northern shores of Lewisville Lake. Locals here have access to all the fishing, boating, and fun they could ask for!

The Amber was designed by noted Dallas architecture firm Bernbaum Magadini in 2006, and holds a reputation for award-winning horses, in addition to the breathtaking tranquility of the curated grounds. It has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and 6,232 square feet on two stories. The home is divided into special privacy wings that lend itself to so much versatility of living. Clearly, you can see the spacial use genius of Bernbaum Magadini in every inch. This property is going to knock your socks off — it’s listed by Evan Stewart and Nilza Rueckert of the Rueckert + Stewart Group with Ebby Halliday Realtors, who were kind enough to give me a full tour and let me chase the hens! Jump to watch the video we made and see all the amazing photos of The Amber.

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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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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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TJCH Finally Home

What better way to show some love than to donate to a very worthy cause? We can’t think of anything that matches the feeling we get deep in our hearts when we help those who have sacrificed so much to protect our nation and freedoms. That’s why we’re spreading the word about Operation FINALLY HOME, a nonprofit dedicated to providing a home, free and clear, to our nation’s military heroes.

The organization, in partnership with Tim Jackson Custom Homes, is building a home for Sgt. Stephen Jackel, a decorated veteran who has received numerous awards including a Purple Heart, and ARCOM-4 for Valor, two bronze stars, and an Afghanistan campaign medal.

Jackel, who is originally from San Antonio, served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. When on patrol in Afghanistan in 2011, Jackel was in a convoy that hit an IED. Jackel was able to get his team to safety, but lost his legs in an attempt to put a fire out in his vehicle.

His amazing courage hasn’t gone unnoticed, and Operation FINALLY HOME is working to build a home for this hero and his family.

Jackel Family“It is an honor to provide a home for this brave young man and his family,” said Tim Jackson, president of Tim Jackson Custom Homes. “It means so much to be able to give something back to this local hero in appreciation for his service and sacrifice to our country.”

The nonprofit is trying to raise money for materials and furnishings for Jackel and his beautiful family, all of which will be provided free-of-cost. If you’re interested in contributing, RE/MAX Realtor Amy Hillock is hosting a “sign a stud” event on Feb. 13 at the Little Elm job site. Team Jackel is hoping to raise $5,000 by March, and this event, where for $5 you get to sign the studs of the home before the drywall goes up, should make a big dent in that number.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to help out a true American Hero and leave a little message or blessing for the family,” Hillock said.

Of course, Operation FINALLY HOME is accepting in-kind donations of materials and furnishings, so you have more than one way to contribute. Find out more about Sgt. Jackel and watch the progress of their new home on their Facebook page.