If you like the charm of a historical cottage with all the updates and want one that’s so picture perfect you almost can’t stand it, go check out this home in downtown McKinney (AKA The Mecca of suburban downtowns).

It’s so cute and walkable and we’ve written about it before so we won’t bore you with a regurge. It’s lovely, though, and perfect and let’s have dinner and shop and coffee and pie. Those are all things you can do. And get your picture taken and your hair did.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s dig in on this house. It’s so pretty.

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Pat Safian joined Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty after spending the past five years affiliated with Coldwell Banker. The move is somewhat of a homecoming for her. She began her career with Brants Realtors, which is now under the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s banner. According to her, the firm’s exceptional marketing and commitment to luxury service were deciding factors.

“It’s not just selling luxury properties,” she said. “We do all price ranges. It’s about the luxury experience.”

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rentsRents in Dallas were flat last month, five North Texas cities made it to the top of a list of best real estate markets, and the National Association of Realtors provides a summary of the July housing market conditions, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

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Ash CreekJeremiah Hobbs with United Realty shared his latest Ash Creek Estates listing recently, and we immediately asked for more details. The 14-year-old Modern has been on the market a little more than a week, and between the gorgeous lot, the beautiful home, and the Casa Linda amenities, it’s a home that is attracting a lot of attention.

It’s rare, Hobbs said, that a home such as 562 Ash Creek Drive comes available in the area, which is adjacent to Casa Linda. And this home has so much going for it, with enough unique features that someone is going to want to snap up in a hurry.

For instance, he said, “the unique design.”

“It includes a 30-foot-long koi pond that flows through the house,” he said. “Large glass windows provide an abundance of natural light and tranquil views.” (more…)

Lancaster

Photo courtesy City of Lancaster

Lancaster Mayor Clyde Hairston is darn near poetic about the city he’s called home for more than three decades, and he’s not shy at all about telling people how great the city is.

Lancaster Mayor Clyde Hairston (Photo by Bethany Erickson)

“Neighbors know each other,” he said at a recent gathering of local business leaders, city leaders, and press. “It’s a special place that I’ve called home for more than 30 years.”

“We are the shining star in Texas, located in a golden box, and there are golden opportunities here in Lancaster.”

That “golden box” Hairston is referring to is Lancaster’s geographic location — bordered by I-20, I-45, I-35, and Loop 9, the city is geographically primed to be a key location for businesses and homebuyers looking for a shorter commute to downtown alike.

And with that location, community leaders are ready to tout the 15-minute commute to downtown, the good schools, and the affordable real estate, as well as its family-friendly parks and recreation, which includes a 170-acre community park with a 6-acre pond and fishing pier, walking trails, waterside amphitheater, youth football and soccer fields, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, and the Royce Clayton/Texas Rangers Youth Ballpark with a covered grandstand for 500 spectators.

And that’s not even counting the indoor water park with lazy river, lap pool, party area, double loop water slide, and more.

Why move to Lancaster? Hairston names off the community’s accolades — its been recognized by Scenic City, Tree City USA,  and Playful City USA. And in 2019, Lancaster was named an “All-American City” by the National Civic League, joining only 29 communities in Texas that have gotten the nod since the award was first doled out in 1949.

And the heart of Lancaster remains — despite a tornado in 1994 that wrought so much destruction — its historic downtown square, dotted with city offices and businesses new and old (including Lovin’ Oven Bakery, which has been around for 40 years).

Photo courtesy City of Lancaster

Hairston also took the opportunity to crow about Lancaster ISD’s Texas Education Agency rankings, which were released just last week. The district earned a B grade, but even better, Hairston said, was the phone call he got the night before.

“The superintendent told me that Lancaster was the most improved school district in all of Dallas County,” he said, beaming. “That’s just awesome.” (more…)

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.

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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…)