richardson real estateFor families looking to live in a northern suburb, today’s Tuesday Two Hundred offers a chance to get a lot of house for under $300K with the opportunity to totally personalize the space.

The Richardson house at 5403 Kingston Dr. is 2,158 square feet with four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and an open floorplan in the shared rooms. Located near Renner and Murphy roads, east of Central Expressway, this Collin County house is zoned for Plano ISD, and its elementary, Miller, earns a 10 out of 10 rating from

There’s a nice-sized backyard, and the house is just one block from the 417-acre Breckinridge Park, with trails, pavilions, picnic and playground areas, a gazebo, 12 soccer fields, two softball fields, three ponds, and tons of undeveloped green space. It’s also about a 10-minute drive from the CityLine mixed-use development.

HOA dues are a very reasonable $90 per quarter, and the house itself was listed Sunday by Kurt Buehler with Keller Williams Realty Dallas Metro North for $250,000 ($116 per square foot).


YouTube marketing

Ebby Halliday Realtor Cynthia Lopez knows a thing or two about smart real estate marketing.

The tech-savvy agent uses YouTube marketing as a way to promote her listings, in addition to the normal online channels, like Zillow,, and Trulia.

“All of my listings go on YouTube. Everything nowadays is very visual and when buyers are looking at properties [online], they flip through so many pictures, it can all become a blur,” Lopez said. “I have found the YouTube video brings some life to it and give more a depth. It’s worked really well for my listings, and I get lots of great comments from it.”

YouTube marketing also helps her get houses under contract fast. Take, for example, our Tuesday Two Hundred, a Richardson house at 2001 Linda Ln. Lopez listed it last Thursday and accepted a contract on Saturday. Check out her video here:

The house is a 4-2 with 1,994 square feet on a big corner lot. It’s located in the Richardson Telecom Corridor area near Jupiter and Collins Boulevard, minutes from Raytheon and BlueCross, as well as huge mixed-use development CityLine. Its elementary school, Yale, gets an 8 out of ten score from, and Apollo Junior High earns a 7.

This house has interior updates and a swimming pool in back. Lots to offer, and listed for $236,000.


17203 Earthwind Front

Every time I read the address of 17203 Earthwind, I always want to add “and Fire!” Definitely makes for a memorable address for an exceptionally memorable house such as this renovated 1970s soft contemporary in Preston Creek.

This home is so beautiful, with light streaming in through the walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that face that backyard and the skylights that filter the sun over the gorgeous kitchen. With an open layout and lofty ceilings, this home is perfect for entertaining. It’s a brand-spanking new listing with Ebby Halliday Realtor Jessica McMurtrey for $585,000.

17203 Earthwind Living

You’ll love the dramatic fireplace in the living room, which really sets the tone as well as foils well against the hardwood floors. It’s a spacious great room-type space, that flows well to the dining room. The low-slung furniture really emphasizes the ceiling height, too. In the dining area, it’s so glamorous, especially with that lantern-style light over the table. Don’t even think of putting drapes on these huge windows, either. They’re perfect just as they are.

17203 Earthwind Dining

The kitchen is the supermodel of this home, though, with its cool pendant lamp over the Vermont Danby Marble island, sleek dolphin gray cabinets, and a cool coffee and wine nook. There’s room for a breakfast area, too, and the island is perfect for supervising homework while whipping up dinner.

17203 Earthwind Kitchen

This is a fantastic family home, too with four bedrooms, four baths, and almost 3,600 square feet. There’s a lovely playroom with access to the side yard, too. And if you have a few young kids, this home is inside the award-winning Brentfield Elementary attendance area of Richardson ISD.

17203 Earthwind Playroom

The master suite is gorgeous, with tons of windows overlooking the pool. The master bath is a project, though, but not too much of one to turn off a potential buyer. Think of it as an opportunity to create the master bath of your dreams.

17203 Earthwind Master 17203 Earthwind master bath

With a pool in the backyard and close proximity to greenbelts and parks, this home is just perfect and practically move-in ready in a fabulous neighborhood! Love it!

17203 Earthwind backyard