Knightsbridge Estates

Check out the dramatic front elevation of 3316 Birkshire Lane, a Knightsbridge Estates home in northeast Richardson, listed for $359,900 by Linda Jackson of Ebby Halliday Plano. The 1998-built home has four bedrooms, three and half-baths, two living areas, two dining areas, and an upstairs game room with a total 3,282 square feet.

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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…)

RichardsonEditor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 23rd city on the list — Thousand Oaks, Calfornia. This week, we look somewhere very familiar: Richardson, where we found three great homes — all for less than $410,000.

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RichardsonEvery Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. These are the places you don’t want to miss that weekend.

This week, we’re headed back to Richardson, and this time, our houses all have price points less than $325,000. Which ones will you visit? (more…)

RichardsonEvery Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. These are the places you don’t want to miss that weekend.

This week, our houses range in price from $239,000 to $670,000, and can all be found in Richardson. Which ones will you visit?

Four-Bedroom Traditional in Gated Community

Open house: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home was custom built on a huge lot overlooking a Breckinridge Park, right in the gated community of the Hills of Breckinridge. (more…)

Soft contemporary
Shelby: I’m a sucker for 1980s soft contemporary homes, so this year-end round-up of 2018’s best Suburb Sunday features my personal favorite suburban homes from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

1960s Suburban Homes

Address: 2885 Meadow Port Drive, Farmers Branch

  • Four bedrooms, three bathrooms
  • 2,302 square feet
  • $420,000

The exterior of this 1962 home looks like a traditional red-brick home, but the interior was renovated to the bones with a dramatic open stairway that wows as you walk in. Grey walls with white trim throughout, plus an on-trend kitchen with grey and white granite counters, and stainless appliances. The dining room features a unique shiplap accent walls and custom lighting. Access to anywhere since this lovely home is located near Josey Lane and Interstate 635 Service Road.

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Richardson

For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we head just north of LBJ to check out three Richardson homes for sale with unique styles from the 70s and today, ranging from approximately $280,000 to $750,000.

Richardson is located northeast of Dallas, just south of Plano. About 106,000 people call Richardson home, where they enjoy top-rated Richardson ISD schools, low crime rates, and a first-class venue like Eisemann Center.

This “first-ring” suburbs offers a range of housing options in both new and well-established neighborhoods. Housing is more affordable than many areas of DFW—the average sales price of a house in 2013 was $209,900. One-bedroom apartments in Richardson average about $875 a month and two bedrooms average around $1,300 a month.

SEE THE BEST OF RICHARDSON IN THIS CANYON CREEK CUSTOM

Address: 200 Lost Canyon Court

  • Five bedrooms, five bathrooms
  • 5,174 square feet
  • $749,900

This beautiful 2000-built home, fresh off of $50,000 in updates, has a sweeping grand staircase, rich hardwoods, and plantation shutters that welcome you into the open floor plan. The gourmet kitchen has stainless steel appliances, two dishwashers, a built-in refrigerator with custom cabinetry, and granite countertops. This Canyon Creek home near UT-Dallas features a downstairs master suite and bookshelf-lined study with floor to ceiling shelves — and a library ladder! (more…)

10-minute

The Farmers Branch Historical Park is home to numerous events year-round, including a vintage baseball tournament in the Spring (photo courtesy city of Farmers Branch).

Is your home a 10-minute (or less) walk from a park? One-third of Americans have a much longer trek than that to get to their nearest park, according to research by the National Recreation and Park Association, Urban Land Institute and, The Trust for Public Land.

Recently, Rachel Banner, a senior program manager at the NRPA, wrote a piece for the National Association of Realtors’ Spaces to Places blog about a year-long initiative to make more public spaces and parks available — within a 10-minute walk from every person.

Banner also talks about the Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, which revealed that while residential and commercial developers may create amenities within their buildings or spaces, that’s not necessarily what creates a lifelong resident of a city.

“The report talks a lot about the growing demand for amenities in both office and residential development.  In the discussion about the report Owen Thomas, CEO of Boston Properties also remarked that while each year a new set of cities may be pegged for growth, we must look at how long those cities will remain “hot spots” and the places people stay long-term,” Ballard said. “While including amenities within a building may initially attract owners or tenants, it is the amenities outside of the building open to all that will get them to stay.” (more…)