The Canyon Creek neighborhood is located in northeast Richardson and offers a range of housing, from competitively priced to luxury. Many Telecom Corridor workers call this area home and it definitely offers a family-friendly vibe.

This week’s Splurge vs Steal takes us to the Canyon Creek, where we’re looking at two renovated houses. Which one is your favorite? 



Price Reduction on Corner-lot Cutie in Popular Richardson Heights |

A price reduction on a corner-lot cutie in Richardson Heights is sure to bring more attention to an already great property. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 700 Palmer Pl. is updated in all the right ways to appeal to a wide range of homebuyers. It sits on a quarter acre and is walking distance to a park and excellent Richardson ISD schools. An open floorplan and hardwoods are also appealing in this home with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, three living areas, an office, and 2,060 square feet on one story, built in 1956.


Frisco was named the best city for raising a family, closely followed by Allen, and Southlake as part of a new 2018 “best Texas cities” list, ranking the best and worst Texas cities for families. Wallethub, a D.C.-based personal finance site, compiled the new June 2018 report that ranked the 117 largest cities in Texas based on family life, fun, education, health and safety, affordability and socioeconomic environment.

What makes a city good for raising a family? Plenty of attractions such as museums and theaters, a quality school system, high graduation rates, number of playgrounds per 100,000 residents and a whole lot of pediatricians were all factors that Wallethub took into account when it named the best Texas cities for families.

While the weighted scores and rankings provide a holistic view of cities, a look at the raw data we requested provides some interesting headlines as well. Missing from the list is Highland Park, which did not rank among the largest cities in Wallethub’s data.

Eagles vs. Dragons

Turning to education, Allen had the number one highest graduation rate in Texas – 96.6 percent, according to Wallethub’s data. Frisco, the overall number one, has a 91.8 percent graduation rate, and Southlake, overall number three on the list, had a 87.3 percent graduation rate, according to Wallethub. (more…)

Residences at CityLine Offer Single-Family Home Living in Hip Urban Environment |

We love the CityLine development in Richardson, a live-work-dine-play destination that is home to 1,900 luxury apartments, townhomes, and houses. But only one developer is creating single-family residences, and there are only 32 of those. Talk about one-of-a-kind!

Building and sales at the Residences at CityLine from Centre Living Homes are in full swing. The model opened in December and they’ve sold nine homes, completed two spec houses, and started construction on 12 more. 

These are really visionary, folks — there are no other projects like the Residences at CityLine in nearby suburbs because this is leading edge. And the houses are gorgeous! Think large, open-planned spaces, private side courtyards, high-end amenities, and clean modern designs. I love them! 

“This is an urban, exciting lifestyle where everything is walkable here and you’re near a DART station, the Telecom Corridor, and centered between downtown Dallas and the northern cities” said Trevor Brickman, President of Centre Living Homes. “With everything CityLine has to offer, buyers have a ready-to-love lifestyle just out their doors.” 

The Residences at CityLine range in size from 2,700 to 3,500 square feet with three and four bedrooms and a price range of $525K to the high $600s. Let me show you around. 

Easter egg hunts Dallas

There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who eat their chocolate Easter bunny ears first, and those who just don’t care. A report by WalletHub says 59 percent of Americans eat their chocolate bunny ears first, while 33 percent don’t have a preference. Four percent say they eat the tail first and another 4 percent eat the feet first. Savages. 

Whether you’re an ears gal or a tail kinda guy, the Metroplex has plenty of unique ways to host Easter egg hunts from up in the sky to down on the ground with goats. I’d leave your chocolate bunnies at home for these.


Heights Park Cutie in Richardson Lists Today with a First-Look Open House Tomorrow |

We love it when Realtors give us first dibs on writing about a great property about to hit the market! That’s the case today with this Heights Park home in Richardson — it goes live later today with a first-look open house tomorrow, March 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Located at 435 Rustic Cir., this 1955 property is our Tuesday Two Hundred with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a one-car garage, and 1,203 square feet on one story. 

Heights Park is an established Richardson neighborhood attracting a lot of attention for positive reasons. For example, four houses in the area won community revitalization awards from the city, including one down the block on Rustic Circle. 

“When you buy a house in this neighborhood, you’re buying into the lifestyle — it’s very friendly, you know your neighbors, your kids hang out together,” said listing agent Dan Washburn of Washburn Realty Group . “The home itself is nicely updated and while it’s not huge, but it’s laid out really well.”

Washburn lives in the area and reports a lot of young couples are buying around Heights Park, knocking out the wall between the kitchen and living area, and creating a totally open floorplan in these houses. 

“This house is pier and beam so if you wanted to renovate and knock out that wall, it would be really easy,” he said. 

This house is indeed nicely renovated, including fresh landscaping. In addition to the Wednesday open house, there are two more this weekend on Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. 


BEFORE AND AFTER: Behold the Power of this Richardson Reno to Attract Buyers |

We love a good before-and-after real estate success story and we’ve found one that shines in Richardson. 

The 1975 home at 1706 Yorkshire Dr. went from outdated to outstanding, getting 37 showings and four offers, one of which was chosen yesterday for over-list. That’s just one reason it is our Thursday Three Hundred

This flip is the work of Holly Montilla and her husband of Moxy Real Estate+Design, a new Dallas company that takes buyers and investors through the process of home buying and renovating with an eye toward luxury and a modern feel. 

“This house was one of our first projects with this particular investor and we love this style of property where we can open it up,” Holly said. “A big hurdle [for people] is the renovation process — they’re not able to do it on their own. We take that off our clients’ shoulders.”

This home has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, and 2,047 square feet on one story, built in 1975. 


Real Estate Story

Tell Me Your Real Estate Story: French Couple Persevere to Find Family Home |

Lina Betancourt Fensch is a citizen of the world. Born in the United States to Colombian parents, she moved from Dallas to Paris, France, in 2004. She lived in the City of Light for over a decade, meeting and marrying her husband, Antoine Fensch, and having two children, Mathis and Mila. 

They moved from Paris to North Texas in September of 2016 and started house-hunting shortly thereafter. In May of this year, after looking at dozens of houses and being outbid time and time again, they finally bought a Richardson Heights house with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,856 square feet. Their story is fascinating! 

Full names: Lina Betancourt Fensch and Antoine Fensch

Occupations: Corporate communications, stay-at-home dad

Location: Richardson

Price Range: Under $250,000

Agent: Harriet Shaw with Keller Williams Urban Dallas