Rockwall

Sometimes even the big city folk want to roll up their jeans and go fishing in the backyard pond – as long as they can return to a traditional home with luxurious amenities in close proximity to shops and restaurants.

Are there actually fish in the pond? Maybe not.

Does it really matter? Definitely not. You’d have your own pond – and there’s no homeowners association to tell you what you can do with it.

(more…)

Midway HollowHow hot is Midway Hollow still? We put a pin in two listings for this week’s Splurge Vs. Steal last week, and by this weekend, both had offers.

So back to the drawing board.

Luckily, there are homes in all sizes and price ranges still in this tree-lined neighborhood that boasts three terrific public elementary school options (including one school — Walnut Hill Elementary — that is in contention to be a National Blue Ribbon school). The neighborhood is hot because not only is the dirt still a relative bargain, but because the neighbors frequently band together whenever it’s needed, mature trees are abundant, and it’s an extremely family-friendly spot.

So which Midway Hollow home will you choose this week — our tall new construction Splurge, or our cozy original 1950s Midcentury Bungalow?  (more…)

PlanoPlano hits the top 20 when it comes to best places to rent, we have a look at June’s single-family and multi-family housing starts, and homeownership is up for one key age group. We have all this and more in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Best Places to Rent? In North Texas, Start in Plano

Source: WalletHub

If you want to look for the best places to rent in North Texas, you’re going to need to head to Plano, where the city came in 19th out of 180 cities in a new report on the best and worst places to rent by personal-finance website WalletHub. (more…)

LakewoodKendra Benningfield was admittedly very new to homebuying when she saw her Lakewood townhouse for the first time — but she knew that it had good bones if the right person got ahold of it.

And she knew she was that right person.

“I originally found my place while living in Uptown and realizing I wanted to be in an actual neighborhood/community,” Benningfield recalled. “I was very green when it came to home buying so I just started looking on Trulia.”

“After a few hours of scrolling the map around to see what would pop up, I happened across this amazingly well built Charlestonian townhouse smack dab in the middle of Lakewood.”

But it wasn’t completely love at first sight. However, Benningfield knew she could put her stamp on the interior of the home.

“It was very closed-in when I purchased, but I knew the bones were there,” she said. (more…)

North TexasJust yesterday we noticed something — our usual slow summer just wasn’t happening. The market here in North Texas is still moving quickly. 

If you’re a Realtor, you may be wondering how your listing will stand out among the sea of open houses and other listings. Fortunately, we have some answers, and one of them is super simple — pitch us!

We have a great Facebook group, Getting the Dirt, that offers Realtors the opportunity to share their new listings and such with not only the staff of CandysDirt.com, but also fellow Realtors. We also love it when you tag us on your Instagram posts about your listings — as some of you can already attest, we frequently end up connecting you with a writer.

And of course, if you’re really wanting to pull out all the stops, there are always advertising opportunities, too. 

This week’s CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week were pitched by Realtors through social media. Which one will you check out?  (more…)

We hear it a lot, right? “Amazing location. Must see.” And with a fair amount of skepticism, we click. “Oh yeah, we’ll just see about that…”

But this one, this wonderfully updated, sweet little home really is a must see and the location? Well, it’s amazing. It’s walking distance to hiking and biking trails and a little puddle of water called Lake Grapevine.

And then there’s adorable downtown Grapevine with its vintage train, wonderful restaurants, and charming boutiques. Oh, and you’re a short drive from Southlake, too, and hello, they have a Tyler’s.

(more…)

McKinneyTo say the W.D. Smith home in McKinney, built in 1902, has been around for a great deal of North Texas history is an understatement — from its early beginnings as a farmhouse to its life as an abode for an alleged bootlegger and later as home to a McKinney mayor, the quintessential Victorian farmhouse has stood on College Street for seemingly forever.

And now the home where even the trees are historic (no lie — they were planted in 1908 and are recognized by the Texas Historical Tree Coalition) is on the market, listed just three days ago by Leah Graybeal Ashley with the Browne + Douglas Group.

“It was erected in 1905 by W. D. Smith, who was a well-known businessman, rancher, cattle trader, farmer and large landowner in Collin County,” Cathy Browne (the Browne in Browne + Douglas) told us last week. “At one time, the Mayor of McKinney lived there and there is also a story involving this house and the notorious gangsters, Bonnie and Clyde.” (more…)

Tucked behind the guarded gates of Chateau Du Lac in Flower Mound, this pristine abode radiates grandeur and elegance from the moment you pull into the driveway. Let the maze-like gardens before the front door transport you to the lavish French countryside, where the smell of lavender always lingers. With a few trips to the market, your new home can be known for this enchanting aroma, too, which is highly appropriate since you’ll be living in lovely Flower Mound.

To let you in on a little secret, Flower Mound is the new “it” spot everyone is house hunting in, and this property is the ultimate gem. Voted the Safest Texas City with a Population over 50,000, Flower Mound is a beautiful place to live with tons to do. People are gravitating to the area for its idyllic landscape and easy commute to both Dallas and Fort Worth, and chic restaurants and stores are pouring in, too.

(more…)