If you picture a 6,000-square-foot home on a sprawling ranch with a barn and chicken coop to boot, you probably aren’t thinking Plano. However, the recently updated home at 3745 Morton Vale Road is exactly that — an immense, rustic retreat in the middle of one of North Texas’s fastest growing areas.

The gated 12-acre farm is just off Parker Road, a mere six minutes from Central Expressway. It is neighbored by Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, home of the annual Plano Balloon Festival. The popular park features over 800 acres of open space, hiking and riding trails, and a small amphitheater. There’s even a zip-line park hidden under the treetop canopy.


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(Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in a hopefully regular series from Jon Anderson, in which he dishes on the inner-workings of life in the sky. Anderson’s take on Dallas high rise living is both entertaining and educational. You can read his first installment here.)

By Jon Anderson
Special Contributor

Driving up and down our High and increasingly Toll “ways” one can’t help but be proud of the number of housing units built for deaf and blind people. This has picked up considerably since the recession and something we can be proud of.

Or course I’m kidding about the deaf and blind, but how else can you explain the huge numbers of apartment blocks and condominiums lining our dirty and unendingly noisy six-lane thoroughfares? Otherwise, I’d be forced to think developers actually believe people with functioning ears and eyes would not only want to live facing a high-speed motorway but use a balcony overlooking it all.

Here’s just a sample…


7317 Fieldgate Front

This home is a fantastic rental for someone building their dream home and in need of temporary housing, or someone who decided to capitalize in our scorching market and is still looking for the perfect house to move into. And if access and amenities are what you want, you really can’t beat this location.

This is one of those rentals that, when you come across it, you feel like you’ve struck gold! It’s only been on the market for two days, and considering how sought-after the Meadows is, well, I give it a week, max.


5915 Anita Front

Stonewall Terrace is a fantastic neighborhood. The homes are adorable, there are restaurants and shops everywhere, there are tons of pedestrians and cyclists, nearby mass transit, and there’s easy access to North Central Expressway. But what really makes Stonewall Terrace a fantastic family neighborhood is its namesake elementary campus, Stonewall Jackson Elementary.

5915 Anita LivingThis neighborhood has pulled the school up by its bootstraps thanks to a super supportive early childhood PTA that has kept the trains running on time. That’s one of the reasons that this neighborhood, which is near the exceptionally popular M Streets, has skyrocketed as of late. But if you think you can’t find a deal in Stonewall Terrace, think again.

5915 Anita Dining

This adorable cottage at 5915 Anita St. is listed by Dallas City Center Realtor Patricia McCrite for $379,500. With almost 2,000 square feet, you’d be surprised at the size of this home from the curb. It is so adorable, isn’t it? But it’s truly spacious and still private feeling, thanks to the updates this home has received.

5915 Anita Kitchen

With beautiful built-ins and a lovely formal living and dining area, you could hold intimate get-togethers in this home. The kitchen is a bit modest, but there’s still room for a breakfast nook, so it’s not too terribly small. If you’re ambitious, you could expand the kitchen into the formal dining room and open the entire area up.

5915 Anita Master Bed 5915 Anita Master Bath

There’s a den, and the master suite features a living area, too. With three bedrooms and two baths, there’s plenty of room for a family. And with the hardwood floors, tons of great built-ins, this home will have room to grow.

5915 Anita Den

The backyard features a huge deck and separate fenced-in area, perfect for a family with a couple of pooches. What do you think of this home?

5915 Anita Deck 5915 Anita  Backyard

Peak Townhomes

It was the best of times …

No, really, it was. Especially considering that we have two Tuesday $200Ks to share with you, and they are in the same development. Yes, they may be almost the exact same townhome layout-wise, but they could not be more different.

We’re talking about 2200 and 2204 N. Peak Street. Both townhomes are under the divine auspices of Ebby agent Alicia Butler and feature three floors, two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, two garage spots, and an address that puts the potential owner right in an accessible neighborhood near parks, restaurants, mass transit, and just across North Central from Uptown.

2200 N. Peak Main Floor

2200 N. Peak is an end unit with 1,922 square feet and an upstairs balcony that is great for entertaining. It has neutral paint, traditional finishes, and feels pretty tame and — dare I say, generic? It definitely appeals to a broad range of buyers with popular furniture choices and very low-key decor.

2200 N. Peak Kitchen

The master is pretty typical, with double sinks and a shower/tub combo. I do like the vanity, though, and that there is a door between the commode and tub and the rest of the bathroom.

2200 N. Peak Master

2204 N. Peak is the exact opposite. Yes, it has the same stained concrete and knotty pine floors as its neighbors, but every single surface in the main floor has been painted a green so vibrant that I am not sure if we’re in a home or a very elaborate CGI soundstage. Perhaps that was the seller’s intent? It would definitely make for some interesting home movies.

2204 N. Peak Main Floor


In the kitchen, the range has been upgraded from your standard builder-issue stuff, but the dishwasher and refrigerator stick out. I am glad that the sellers used white cabinets, though. Any more color or patterns and you’d get vertigo.

2204 N. Peak Kitchen


And if slate blue is more your color, you’ll love the master bedroom, which has the same paint treatment. Instead of a balcony, 2204 N. Peak has a downstairs deck area, too. There’s also an additional half bath.

2204 N. Peak Master

So, which will you choose? The larger, more sedate end unit, or the bright paint and upgrades of the center unit? If it helps you decide, 2200 N. Peak is on the market for $276,000, while 2204 N. Peak is priced at $260,000.

Can’t decide? Check them out in person tomorrow between 10 a.m. and noon during an MLS tour.

The Ross Avenue area is on its way up, at least that’s what all of the developers investing in mid-rises and empty lots think about the long stretch that takes folks out of downtown and into East Dallas.

It wasn’t too long ago that the stretch of Ross that borders North Central Expressway and the Dallas Arts District was temporarily transformed with pop-up parks, shops, and even a dumpster pool as part of the 72-hour Ross Avenue Better Block challenge.

If you’re looking to move into a place that’s within walking distance of award-winning architecture, cultural amenities, excellent restaurants, all with easy access to anywhere else in Dallas, don’t pass up 4413 Roseland.

This home is on trend. The lower floor is wide open, and upstairs you have warm wood floors and tons of light. There are three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a two-car garage, and 2,300 square feet all for $274,500.

Where are you going to see the value in this house? In the kitchen, of course. Check out that slick countertop on the island! Perfect for entertaining. In fact, all it needs is a few elegant trays of hors d’oeuvres and a few bottles of bubbly on ice and you’ve got a party! There’s plenty of cabinet space, too!

There are huge windows everywhere throughout this home, including the master bedroom, which is significantly larger than the other two bedrooms. The master bath has two cube-shaped vessel sinks, and there’s probably a commode and a shower or tub in there, but you can’t see that from the angle in the listing.

For a townhouse, this home has a gigantic backyard with an incredibly tall privacy fence, making this place an awesome buy for someone accustomed to apartment living but tired of taking fido down two flights of stairs to go to the bathroom (and you won’t have to face the poo police either).

So, what do you think? Is this a great buy in a great location or what?

Everyone seems to be moving to Dallas these days, especially people who are transferred or promoted by one of the billion corporations that call Dallas their headquarters. Finding housing is a big problem for folks moving to a brand-new place, so I’m going to make it easy for them.

This home — 7238 Joyce Way, to be exact — would be a fantastic home for an executive with upward trajectory just moving to Dallas. The location, which is just south of Walnut Hill and smack in the middle between Hillcrest and North Central Expressway, is perfect for someone still getting their bearings. And the price — $499,000 — won’t have you running for the hills, or the next promotion.

The home is nothing to sneeze at, either. This house, repped by Lori Sparks of Virginia Cook Realtors, has two living areas, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a saltwater pool and a two-car garage totaling just less than 3,000 square feet.

This house was built in 1967, but there’s not a trace of original anything left on this home. If you’re moving to Dallas for a corporate relocation, you don’t want to buy a fixer-upper or a house you can’t invite your boss over to. No way, Jose. This house is practically pre-assembled and totally neutral.

The kitchen is very pretty, and will be great for dinner party prep once you ace that electric cooktop and route a gas line in there. Everything else is what you’d expect: Stainless, granite, fresh cabinets, and tumbled stone backsplash. There’s plenty of extra storage for plates and doo-dads in the breakfast nook, as well as a small wet bar with a wine fridge, which will be absolutely necessary when hosting your boss.

The master suite is large and slightly set apart from the rest of the house. The bedroom is  fairly standard, and two full-light doors divide the sleeping area from the lavatory. The master bath is your typical five-piece bath, with a rather standard shower stall and tub combo. The double vanities are average, too.

The backyard, that’s where this place has some real character. Check out the free-form saltwater pool with cascading river rocks. There’s also a decent-sized patio, which will fit a dining set and a grill, no problem. Maybe, just to spice things up a bit, you can negotiate the flying pig!

Just north of Forest and west of Hillcrest is Preston Brook Estates. It’s a quiet little area, carved seemingly from a forest with its mature trees on typical suburban lots. The location is outstanding — you’re close to shopping all along Preston Road, you’re close to North Central Expressway, and you’re about 25 minutes from downtown.

The neighborhood is populated with 50s and 60s-era traditional ranches, which is a great home for those interested in remodeling. Pretty much anything goes with these houses (within the bounds of good taste, of course).


That’s why I like 11820 Hampstead marketed by Sylvia Scott of Allie Beth Allman & Associates. So much of the home has been remodeled, and what’s been done recently is absolutely perfect.  What original work has been kept — the gorgeous fireplaces — were definitely keepers. I love the copious living area (three rooms total!) and the two dining areas.The kitchen is adorable, too. I love the dark cabinets!

In total, this home is 3,154 square feet and priced at $575,000. You get three bedrooms and three baths, too, along with a great backyard that looks like the perfect spot to relax in no matter what the weather throws your way.

My only nit I’m going to pick is the master bath. It’s outdated, which the brass fixtures make painfully obvious. This is a pretty easy fix, though, so don’t let that put you off from this cutie!

What do you think about this house?