Auction Alert! Snag Mark Teixeira's Westlake Vaquero Mansion with No-Reserve |

Former Texas Rangers’ first baseman Mark Teixeira hasn’t played for the team in more than a decade and retired from baseball in 2016. So it’s time for the five-time Gold Glove Award winner to part with his sprawling Westlake mansion, a waterfront property in the exclusive gated golf community of Vaquero. 

Valued at more than $4 million, the stone-and-stucco house at 2220 King Fisher Dr. will be auctioned May 12 at 11 a.m. in a no-reserve event hosted by Elite Auctions

Sitting on 1.08 acres, the 8,554-square-foot house offers an ideal floorplan with five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, four half baths, three living areas, two dining areas, indoor-outdoor theater with wet bar, master suite wing, game room, a separate casita for guests, wine cellar, two-story office, pool, hot tub, and cloistered patio. The custom millwork is part of a look that can only be described as perfection! 

Teixeira said Vaquero was “the coolest resort community I’d ever seen,” and living there felt like going on a “mini vacation” with its golf lifestyle. He’s hit the nail on the head — Vaquero is unlike any other in North Texas. 

Before the auction, come to a Cinco de Mayo Staff Party May 5 at this exquisite property. More details below! 


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Shopping for a home warranty company, therefore, can also be difficult. Asking friends and neighbors can yield subjective and varied opinions, leaving you just as unsure about which company to choose as you started out.

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In the 30-mile span between Dallas and Fort Worth, the Mid-Cities and surrounding cities are some of the fastest-growing communities in North Texas. There’s huge diversity in the available houses and community amenities, so finding a knowledgeable Realtor with local expertise and presence in the Mid-Cities can make or break a house-hunting strategy. 

Ebby Halliday Realtors offers just that, with numerous offices throughout the Mid-Cities. They represent some of the most desirable properties in those 21 cities. I’ve found three that impress with their size, style, and use of space. So many great amenities! Let’s take a look.


What Can You Buy In Lakewood for Under $1 Million? (Hint: It's a Lot!)

Lakewood rarely fails to delight when we’re talking about location. With White Rock Lake, the fun of East Dallas, fabulous neighborhoods, and proximity to downtown, what’s not to love?

But with that love comes a price tag. So today, I’ve found two great houses in Lakewood for well under a million dollars each. They’re move-in ready, but with flexible floorplans that could be expanded or reconfigured, too.

Both of these properties are walking distance to the coveted Lakewood Elementary, beloved in the community by parents and students alike. The blue-ribbon school is in the process of completing a long-planned 52,500-square-foot addition with lots of natural light and state-of-the-art technologies. This will serve roughly 1,000 students, almost double the previous amount. It’s just another reason people flock to Lakewood when they’re buying.

So let’s see these two houses, shall we?


What's Hot In and Near Vickery Place? These Two Soon-to-Be-Listed Houses Are It! |

Near Knox-Henderson are some of the best neighborhoods in the city and Vickery Place is one of them. This historic area is a residential oasis in the center of the entertainment, restaurant, and shopping districts of nearby areas like Lower Greenville and downtown Dallas. It’s a destination for many buyers looking for the whole package. 

I’ve found two extraordinary houses in the vicinity that are hitting the market today, Tuesday, April 17. Would you like a sneak peek? 


We see a lot of fabulous homes, but few grab our attention like a Pottsboro property that just hit the market, located about an hour north of Dallas. This is a perfect weekend house if we ever saw one! 

The barndominium at 192 McClain Ln. is a sight to behold, an enchanting and unusual house made to look like a rustic wood barn with lots of high-end features for the discerning buyer. It has five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half baths, and 5,293 square feet on two stories, sitting on 10 acres close to the Texas-Oklahoma border. 

Located two miles from the shores of Lake Texoma, this residence was built as a vacation home by DFW residents looking to create a gathering spot for four adult children, grandchildren, and family friends alike. 

“We wanted to create a new, exciting experiences for our boys and their friends and our friends as well, something that would have that wow factor,” said owner Cynthia Dutton. “It’s so unique and fun — people can relax, go out on the lake, do whatever they want while being around each other.”

Dutton calls the house an “attraction magnet,” fascinating guests with its barn facade, big interior spaces, 10 acres of land, and wildlife. 

“People are excited to come here and once they arrive, it’s a home away from home,” she said. “We’ve had 23 people comfortably staying in the houses for Thanksgiving and everyone had space.” 


Finding a true sense of community can be a challenge as people look for a place to live. Castle Hills is the answer, a 2,800-acre master-planned, gated community located in Lewisville. Not only is it neighborly, it offers proximity to freeways and airports, making it a snap to get around DFW. 

The first residents moved into Castle Hills in 1998 and the area has grown and evolved into a live-work-play community. The development offers 25 parks and green spaces, several lakes, and trees planted every 30 feet. Expansive views and signs of nature are all around and quaint bridges and street lamps gracefully guide the way home. Hike-and-bike trails wind throughout Castle Hills offering many outdoor recreational opportunities for residents. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed at the 12-acre park and lake area. What’s not to love? 

Home prices range from the high $300s to over $3 million. If you’re navigating the real estate market in Castle Hills, you want the true experts at Ebby Halliday Realtors. I’ve found three of the houses Ebby is representing there that are impressive. Let’s take a look.  



Cyndi Cook

In case you didn’t know, there’s a brokerage on the rise in North Texas, the Dallas office of RE/MAX DFW Associates, and I’m thrilled for their successes. 

The Dallas office was just ranked No. 5 overall in Listing Side Units for the fourth quarter of 2017. This is the first year that the Dallas office has been honored for their top production in the RE/MAX region, a huge accomplishment by an elite group of men and women who have achieved unparalleled success as real estate professionals.

“Each member of our team has worked diligently to achieve this high honor in the market,” said Mark Wolfe, broker and owner of RE/MAX DFW Associates. “Ranking number five in Listing Side Units is a tremendous accomplishment, and I’m extremely proud that our team continues to raise the bar in real estate in Texas and in the region.”