Hunters Glen

The sellers at 2313 Loch Haven Drive in Plano’s Hunters Glen barely broke-in the glass cooktop in the kitchen before a dream job recruited them out-of-state. (Did you know water from an overfull pot burns a stain on those cooktops? Just me?) Lived in for less than 30 days, the fully remodeled one-story home in Hunters Glen has been listed by Shannon Beitchman of Robert Elliott and Associates for $388,000. (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…)

Plano

Photo courtesy Visit Plano

From staff reports

Out of 180 cities, Plano made the top 5 in a comparison of what WalletHub describes as “essential family dynamics.” In other words, Plano is family-friendly.

Plano’s total score was 67.88, with top 10 scores in health and safety and in affordability. But Plano wasn’t the only North Texas city on the list: Grand Prairie came in 61st, Fort Worth 72nd, Arlington 83rd, Irving 101st, Garland 116th, and Dallas 133rd.

“WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on 47 key metrics that consider essential family dynamics, such as the cost of housing, the quality of local school and health-care systems, and the opportunities for fun and recreation,” the company said. “While obviously not perfect — given personal preferences and the limitations of publicly available data — our findings will hopefully give movers a sense of their options.” (more…)

This 80s soft contemporary at 2524 Ellis Court in Plano’s River Bend neighborhood will probably be under contract by the time I press publish on this Thursday Three Hundred post. That’s just how hot this four-bedroom, three-bath home has been, listed for $319,900 by Von Truong of Re/Max Premier Properties. Listed just six days ago, Truong says she’s had approximately 60 showings for the house that seems to be popular with both east- and west-coast transplants. (more…)

Niche

Photo courtesy Plano Parks and Recreation

Which North Texas cities made the cut for Niche’s best places to live list? How did Texas fare in a ranking of best (and worst) states to retire in? How is Texas trending in foreclosure starts? We have all this and more in this week’s roundup of real estate news. (more…)

Plano

Photo courtesy Plano Chamber of Commerce

Plano was named the happiest city in America by Wallethub recently, citing high scores in emotional and physical well-being, income, employment, community, and environment. Yes, but what about more intangible measures of happiness, like whether you’ve got a home that gives you joy or whether you’ve got separate his-and-hers bathrooms. And we’re not just talking dual vanities. We mean the whole separate sink, shower, toilet, and closet shebang. These are important things.

For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we’ve highlighted a few homes that exemplify some of the more impalpable components of happiness: a home that indulges your interests or hobbies, decor that’s bright and full of personality, and a master bath that’s easy to share with your significant other. There are many components of a happy life, but for CandysDirt.com purposes, we think these three homes are great examples of happy living in Plano.

Finally, a Home With Its Own Gift Wrapping Room

Address: 5045 Royal Creek Lane, Plano

  • 6 bedrooms, 9 baths
  • 13,406 square feet
  • $4.95 million

This palatial estate designed by noted architect Fred Wynn has twin Cinderella staircases, Juliet balconies, and a ballroom, but it’s the personal tropes to the owners’ interests that make this home a happy one. Case in point: a gift wrapping room! A wall of built-in shelves house all the gift wrapping supplies you’ll need, while built-in paper rolls and gift bag hooks help you wrap the perfect present. Another luxury: The 1,500-square-foot auto showroom is large enough to feature all your favorite vehicles and entertain others at the same time. It has an 80-inch flat screen television and a 10-seat granite bar.

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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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For this week’s Saturday Six Hundred, we head to north Plano for this 3,918-square-foot Toll Brothers home at 6913 Portobello Drive in Kings Ridge. For all those employees flocking to west Plano in the land of corporate relocations, this home is in the perfect location for commuting. The four-bedroom, three-bath open floor plan offers plenty of natural light and neat, clean lines for $665,000, plus a little soft Italian style for flair.

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