We love Richardson for its particularly cool mix of midcentury-built homes that have lush, large trees and even larger lots. That’s why it’s a favorite for buyers with an eye for good bones to come in and renovate these well-built homes with modern sensibility. For this Suburb Sunday, we’ve found three great renovated homes in Richardson— one that’s been completely renovated, another that’s on its way, and a third that’s ripe for future reno. Which is more your style?

Address: 409 W. Lookout Drive, Richardson

  • 4 bedrooms, 3 baths
  • 2,248 square feet
  • $485,000
  • Listed by Lynda Piepgras of Compass RE Texas

This 1969-built recently renovated home sits on an incredible quarter-acre lot in the coveted Canyon Creek neighborhood. Bold black doors, ceiling beams, and a black-painted fireplace are hallmarks of local EMRO Homes’ renovation. Knocking out a wall in the kitchen, the new open floor plan flows from living room to two dining areas to kitchen, which features quartz countertops, tiled backsplash, stainless steel farmhouse sink, and breakfast area. (more…)

North of SH 121 and east of the Dallas North Tollway, the Chapel Creek neighborhood in west Frisco has a rare blend of both established homes first built in the early 2000s and brand new, custom-built homes on remaining lots available. Many of the 13 homes now listed for sale in Chapel Creek are from the 2000s, which reflect the very traditional, European-inspired aesthetic popular at the time. But the mix of custom homes ranging from approximately $850,000 to $3.25 million is built by a variety of custom builders, which is a nice change of pace from single-builder neighborhoods that can look too homogeneous. And sometimes just a paint job will make the difference in getting a 6,000+ square foot home for under $200 a square foot. This neighborhood, close to The Star and minutes away from Legacy West, is well-established with lush trees, landscaped grassy areas, and a wooded creek.

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Bristol Place

Address: 6251 Bristol Place, Frisco

  • 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths
  • 6,931 square feet
  • $1.35 million
  • Listed by Ben Wegmann of Rogers Healy and Associates

Located on an interior lot of a cul-de-sac, this 2007-built home by George C. Fuller Custom Homes has a classic timeless appeal with its brick and stone exterior. Inside you’ll find hand-scraped floors, vaulted ceilings, six fireplaces, and extras like a wine cellar and fully equipped media and game room. Yes, it’s got some of the original faux finishes on the walls and ceilings, but it’s just paint. Open floor plan and soaring ceilings give this home a great place from which to make it your own. (more…)

When the Denton County city of Lewisville was officially incorporated in 1925, the government’s first ordinances regulated medicine shows and set speed limits for automobiles at 18 mph. But it’d already been a bustling town with a gristmill, several cotton gins, and two saloons. With many of its original structures still standing, downtown Lewisville, called Old Town, bustles today with shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, including a 1.5-acre urban park and the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater. Today the city has approximately 106,000 residents, one of the largest suburbs we’ve covered in this Suburb Sunday series. Here are three great homes we found in Lewisville that could be perfect for your family.

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Kennedale has really good dirt. Known for mineral-rich land and a long-running brickyard that thrived on ideal soil for making bricks, Kennedale is home to about 8,000 residents who appreciate the quaint bedroom community’s proximity to Mansfield, Arlington, and Fort Worth. The southeastern Tarrant County city is named for a Kennedy — a settler named Oliver Kennedy who purchased land at a mineral well nearly 140 years ago. For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we dug up some good dirt on three great homes ranging from $450,000 to $223,000.

Address: 1005 Oakridge Court, Kennedale

  • 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bath
  • 3,302 square feet
  • $449,900

Suzanne Key of Ebby Halliday Arlington has listed this nearly one acre treed lot, a custom 1985-built home that’s waiting for someone to update with their style make it their own. The living area, which has a brick fireplace and masonry box flanked by two sets of built-ins, has vaulted ceilings and railed overlook from the second floor. The adjacent kitchen has granite countertops, tile backsplash, and black appliances including cooktop, oven, built-in microwave, and dishwasher. A beautiful office space has a wall of windows overlooking the dramatic backyard with a large wood deck that steps down to an in-ground pool.  (more…)

Plano has plenty of superlatives like the safest city, the best place to live, and best place to buy a home in America, but the Collin County city has another interesting superlative — #2 hardest-working city in America according to Kempler Industries. Actually, six of the country’s 10 hardest-working cities are in North Texas, including Dallas #3, Grand Prairie #4, Garland #6, Irving #8, and Arlington #9. If you work hard, forget about playing hard… You want to rest and relax hard. Here are three beautiful Plano houses that make relaxing after a long workday easy to do.

 

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For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we took a look at MLS-listed homes in Farmersville, the far east Collin County town near Lake Lavon. This town of 3,000 residents seems like it’s strapping in for growth from the future Collin County Outer Loop, a designated freeway that will loop Preston Road in Celina, east to US 75 near Melissa, curving down to Farmerville near SH 78 and landing south near the Collin and Rockwall county lines.

Searching for properties to feature, we read a lot of agent buzz about “excellent investment opportunities” on ag-exempt land near the future Outer Loop and soon to be completed US 380 expansion. For one 123-acre lot listed for $3.08 million, the listing agent Shinn Team of Farmersville Real Estate Company writes, “Take advantage of this opportunity to be a part of the growth of Farmersville.”

Indeed by the looks of the homes on MLS, there are nearly more homes pending contract than there are existing homes for sale. Of the approximately 150 listings on MLS, about a dozen are large acreage lots for development, 30 are new construction homes going up, and another 50 are pending contract or contingent. While Collin County suburbs are no stranger to growth, it seems like Farmersville is looking attractive to more people seeking large lots and a rural vibe to suburb living. (more…)

The city of Allen might be best known for its 18,000-seat, $60-million-dollar stadium of controversial grandeur like we’ve never seen before, but it’s not even the biggest or most expensive in Texas. Those respective credits go to the 1976-built Memorial Stadium in Mesquite, which seats 19,400 people and Katy ISD’s Legacy Stadium, which cost $70.3 million to build. But Allen’s top-rated schools are just some of the compelling reasons why 100k people call this central Collin County city home.

Long before it was incorporated in 1953, the original township of Allen was a bustling railroad business district. In 1918, the Houston and Central Texas Railroad built a freight and passenger depot which still stands today as the Allen Heritage Center and Depot Museum. Just as population grew with the development of that railroad station, Allen blossomed again when U.S. Interstate 75 was built in 1960 and brought residents north of Plano. For this week’s Suburb Sunday, check out these three Allen homes we found all in the $400,000 range.

 

Suncreek Home Full of Upgrades

Address: 712 Baldwin Court, Allen

  • 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
  • 3,492 square feet
  • $454,900

Nika Arastoupour with Rogers Healy and Associates is hosting an open house for this 1999 Drees-built home from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 in southwest Allen. The one-owner home has more than $50,000 in recent upgrades, including fresh paint, master bath remodel, kitchen remodel including high-end quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a farm sink, and a new roof. It’s located in highly-rated Plano ISD in the Suncreek neighborhood of Allen, where the median listing price is $450,000. (more…)

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…)