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The real estate market in Midland is hot, and the houses in the half-million range offer a lot of diversity in their styles and amenities. You’ll find everything from acreage and space for horses to thousands of square feet of living space. Here are five houses on the market now that will show you what’s available in the $500K range.

Visit MidlandDirt.com to see the five houses!

The Beltre’s just picked up this Preston Hollow pad near Northwest Highway and Inwood this April for $2,850,000 and I congratulate them on a steal! The home was originally listed at $3,399,000. They have over 8000 square feet on a three-quarters acre lot, the home built in 2008. Even so, that’s half the size of the home the Beltres are still trying to unload in Bradbury CA, near Pasedena. The Dallas pad has five bedrooms, five baths, two half baths, formals, great kitchen, pool and spa and that Preston Hollow wooded drive up appeal with mature trees & electonic gates.  There are also exercise, game, craft, and bonus rooms, a chilled wine cellar & several wet bars (which will be put to good use after tonight’s game). The outdoor living area, yes, there is one of those, has electronic phantom screens to close off into yet another bug-free living area. Elevator ready, tons of storage with a floored attic.

Written by Candy Evans on September 24, 2011
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Do you REALLY want to be anywhere near Arlington today? We are going to the Cowboys game so I am packing my computer to blog in traffic. If you don’t have tickets to the Cowboys or the World Series, just go north to Fairview and check out a 9,600 Bavarian estate adjoining a 600 acre nature preserve. Trust me, get up there and you won’t believe you are in Kansas anymore!

Let’s face it: you just get so much more value when you buy north. Even the names of the streets are better: who would not want to live on a street called Circle In The Woods?

941 Circle in the Woods is a four-level, almost 9,600 square foot Bavarian estate on a terraced hillside adjoining a wooded 600-acre nature preserve north of Dallas. The gated grounds include 2 acres of English gardens, a beautiful pool and spa, fountains and almost complete privacy. Inspired by Germany’s Kronberg Castle, the home begins with a breath-taking two-story entry, a magnificent formal living room with a cathedral-like 30-foot beamed ceiling to the right, four large imported German chandeliers, an exquisite fireplace and French doors with views of the never-ending charming English gardens. To the left is the VERY formal dining room, more windows and seeded-glass panes. A butler’s pantry,  almost commercial kitchen, and family room with high-tech touches and more floor-to-ceiling windows. Over on the east wing is a master suite you have to see to believe,  a guest suite and two utility rooms. The home has 6 bedrooms, 6 baths and two half-baths. On the second level is a turret-shaped library, a central family upper family room, three secondary bedrooms, all suites, and full quarters with a private entrance. Venture up to the third floor for more space offering expansive views of the forested nature preserve. The stairs or elevator take you down to more flex space and a climate-controlled wine cellar. Don’t let the square footage scare you: Geothermal powered heating, cooling and hot water will keep bills so low you will think no one is washing. What’s funny is the home has a fortress-like security system, but in Frisco’s Fairview, crime is practically non-existent. People are moving up here for the home value, safety, and the schools — top-rated Lovejoy School System. Plus Watters Creek is one of the most luxurious shopping centers in the nation, on a par with Highland Park Village and NorthPark Center. Asking: $1,995,000.

After all, this was the neighborhood that In N Out Burger chose for their very first store in Texas. 941 Circle in the Woods, Frisco,  is open Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. After that, we are off to In N Out…

My favorite real estate blogger, Mama dear over at The RealStalker, got the scoopola straight from Austin: Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, have a giant 11,000 square foot plus house on Lake Austin under contract and are ditching sunny Cali to raise their twins here in the Lone Star state, or at least, in that part that is most like California: Austin.¬† My colleague Sheree Curry at AOL talked to their LA agent, who told Sheree that “one of her favorite features of the Pacific Palisades home they are leaving behind is ‘a great set of huge vintage wood doors that Dennis and Kimberly put in to enter the master suite. They add a wonderful ambiance and set the scene for entering the room.’ “¬† Well, I’ll take being on Lake Austin over vintage wooden doors any day, no offense.

And look how much more space the Quaids are getting in Texas: their 8,400-square-foot main house in LA has 8 bedrooms and 8¬Ω baths, a master suite with a fireplace and private balcony. Fireplaces are everywhere: the gourmet kitchen, the beamed living room and the covered loggia that overlooks the swimming pool and spa. A converted gym sits above the kitchen, but the space can be used as a maid’s quarters. There is also an office and a wine cellar. On for $16.9 million.

In past interviews, Quaid has hinted that he bought a couple of acres on Lake Austin, back when he first met his bride, Kimberly Buffington, who worked in real estate in Austin. According to TREC records, Buffington holds an inactive Texas real estate license. Her father is the CEO of Austin-based Buffington Signature Homes. Last time she was in Austin, she was doing PR for a Title Company. Oh, and talking about multiple homes: the Quaids own their home in Pacific Palisades,  the one on the market, and a ranch near Paradise Valley, Montana, near Yellowstone National Park.

Regina Montoya and Paul Coggins are apparently taking a lesson from George and Laura Bush: just because the kids are grown, doesn’t mean you need a teeny tiny house. Oh, and come on over to Preston Hollow, the water’s just fine.

You remember Regina Montoya and Paul Coggins? Paul was a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. He is now chairing the white-collar practice, securities litigation, and corporate governance at¬† Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP. Formerly, Paul was a partner at Fish & Richardson. Regina, his lovely wife, is a Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Children’s Medical Center Dallas where she watches over several major departments, including legal affairs, governance, governmental relations/advocacy, and community relations. A former award-winning television commentator, Montoya is a Harvard-trained attorney and one of the first Latinas to earn partnership in a major law firm in the United States. Not only is she working on a book about the importance of incorporating Latinas into the economic, political, and social fabric of America, she and her husband have been busy building a new home on Lobello Drive in Dallas. I promise pictures and details soon.

Hmm. Wonder if one or both of this power couple has more political aspirations?

Last month, the Montoyas/Coggins sold their East Dallas home at 3302 Oakhurst Street for $699,000. The home had been listed for a high of $899,500 back in May of 2009 by Regina’s brother, realtor Andrew Montoya of The Drew Company. That listing was canceled, a new file went up, and the home was listed for $799,000, then $749,000. Closed February 28.

Oakhurst, which had been built in 1977, was on a .72 acre private creek lot, a one-story home with pool and spa. It had been extensively remodeled, and taken down to the studs. Walls of windows looked out over the verdant lot with creek views. The 3451 square foot home featured three bedrooms, two and a half baths, living area with mosaic fireplace and reading loft, a  Zen solarium with wall fountain. The master bath and suite were huge, spacious and created of stone.

So now Regina and Paul are on to a whole new chapter in their life: an 11,424 square foot home as empty nesters. I can hardly wait!

Beautiful backyard on Oakhurst!