Wylie

“What county is Wylie located in?” Typically I can name off the county pretty easily for most all north Texas cities, but this week’s Suburb Sunday had me stumped. Now I see why. “Wylie is a city and northeastern suburb of Dallas, that was once solely located in Collin County, but now extends into neighboring Dallas and Rockwall Counties,” my friend Wikipedia tells me.

Just like the zig zag of Wylie’s city limits, the city is uniquely served by a variety of school districts. For example, most of Collin County Wylie is served by Wylie ISD, though a small portion is served by Princeton and Plano school districts. The Dallas County portion of the city is served by Garland ISD, while the Rockwall County portion is served by Rockwall ISD. Crystal clear, right? (more…)

Northern Collin County

Homeowners in Northern Collin County’s Anna and Melissa are enjoying the best of both worlds: They can savor the small-town character of living in the country, but their central location at U.S. 75 and SH 121 make commuting to their Billion Dollar Mile jobs in the city easy (or at least, easier.)  Now that’s a feat considering the unprecedented growth happening in Collin County — the fourth-fastest-growing county in the U.S., according to the latest Census Bureau estimates released in April. For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we’re taking a look at two homes in Anna and one in Melissa that give you country living with on-trend transitional interiors.

Sprawling Anna Country Estate

Address: 9981 Slater Creek Rd, Anna

  • 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths
  • 3,429 square feet
  • $900,000

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Do you know how difficult it is to write headlines with a city whose name begins with the article The? The answer is very as I came to learn more than a decade ago when I was community newspaper editor for The Colony. But despite the clunky headlines I may have written, the stories I came to tell about The Colony are among my favorite because they recorded the small town personality of this Denton County city with all the nearby amenities of the big city. For this week’s Suburb Sunday, I’ve found three great houses in The Colony ranging from $235,ooo to $659,000 that’d make any homeowner happy no matter the price range.

 

Lakeside Living in The Tribute

Address: 8109 Castlebridge Drive, The Colony

  • 3 bedrooms ,3.5 baths
  • 3,200 square feet
  • $659,000

Travis Hitt of Rogers Healy and Associates has a great listing in The Colony’s lakeside The Tribute community, just steps from Lake Lewisville. This 2017-built home has upgraded features such as a covered patio with built-in kitchen overlooking the massive backyard, a second covered patio with fireplace, and commercial grade appliances in the kitchen. Plus, enjoy the neighborhood amenities that include a fitness center, lakeside fire pits, sports area, and lakeside infinity pool.

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This week’s Suburb Sunday sends us to Southlake for three selections of simply gorgeous homes. (I just couldn’t resist the lovely alliteration.) One is transitional, another is modern, and the third is a geodome you have to see to believe. Which do you prefer? (Pick the dome!)

 

Modern Style in the Carillon Community

Address: 1816 Saint Philip Ave., Southlake

  • 4 bedrooms, 4 baths
  • 4,026 square feet
  • $1,150,000

Roxann Taylor of Engel & Voelkers Dallas Southlake has the listing for this modern custom home in the gated Carillon community that’s priced below appraisal. Beautiful stone and river rock line the pathway up to this zero lot stucco home. The kitchen with gorgeous floor to ceiling custom cabinets features a 14-foot waterfall island, farm sink, and stainless steel appliances including commercial grade range and vent, gas cooktop, oven, built-in microwave, and built-in refrigerator/freezer. Those same gorgeous cabinets are in the home office as well. Annual homeowners association fees of $2,300 cover front yard maintenance, common area maintenance, and full use of facilities including a community pool, catch-release pond, basketball, and walking trails. (more…)

Mesquite

Hey, here are three fun facts about Mesquite: One that you knew, one you probably didn’t know, and one you definitely didn’t know.

First the obvious fact, State Legislature designated Mesquite as the Rodeo Capital of Texas. A lesser-known fact, Big Town Mall was the first air-conditioned shopping mall in the U.S. And fact three that I guarantee you didn’t know: In the late 1800s, Mesquite was as known for its many outlaws supposedly residing in the area as was its fertile agrarian roots. Prominent outlaw Sam Bass, historically known for his train robberies in Texas, robbed a train in downtown Mesquite, escaping with $152.

What do these three facts have to do with this Suburb Sunday? In this week’s round-up, we found these three homes close to shopping, entertainment, and wide open spaces. (more…)

Little Elm is known as one of the oldest towns in Denton County, but most of its residents and infrastructure arrived only in the past decade. In the year 2000, Little Elm had a population of 3,600. Ten years later, Little Elm had 26,000 residents. And nowadays, put that number at 46,000 residents living in one of the fastest-growing cities in north Texas. Here are three great homes we found in Little Elm that show lakeside living can be quite affordable.

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For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we’re headed to the bedroom community of Keller. This quiet city of 45,000 residents has no major highway running through it, which helps keep this community of active neighborhoods among the best places to live in Texas. Check out these three great homes that show how lovely life can be in Keller.

Mediterranean Stucco Is a Standout

Address: 2007 Karnes Drive, Keller

  • 4 bedrooms, 5 baths
  • 4,650 square feet
  • $785,000

Rosalyn Gauntt of Century 21 Judge Fite Co has listed this 2000-built Mediterranean-style stucco and stone facade home with a gated courtyard entryway. Enter through the private courtyard into this two-story home with a stunning wall of windows overlooking the resort-style saltwater pool and custom cabana. The chef’s kitchen has a double oven, built-in microwave, Kitchen Aid 5-burner gas cooktop, and custom cabinetry. The kitchen opens to one of two living rooms with a stone fireplace and hardwood floors. (more…)

The great thing about writing Suburb Sunday is diving into a city’s history to see if its past has interesting gems that explain the town’s present-day tapestry. Grand Prairie’s history doesn’t disappoint. When the railroad came to town in 1876, officials called it Grand Prairie instead of the settlement’s given name Dechman because of its location on the vast grand prairie of land that stretched into West Texas. That rolling landscape of grassland became a three-block town by the turn of the century, and then a booming aviation community by World War II, when the Naval Reserve Airforce Base and supporting businesses came to town. In fact, there was such a boom for housing at wartime, Avion Village builders assembled a wood frame home in a record 58 minutes. Today, Grand Prairie still has its aviation roots with Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter, and Vought Aircraft among its largest employers. For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we’ve found three great homes in Grand Prairie that surely don’t touch that previous home-building record. (more…)