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…)

Affectionately known as “the Mound” by locals, Flower Mound in southeastern Denton County earns a lot of superlatives: Money’s No. 16 best place to live in 2018, Niche’s #14 best public schools in Texas, and CNN Money’s best places to retire. And yes, there is a mound. A 12.5-acre hill in the center of town. For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we’re highlighting three great homes on the market full of high-end finishes, classic style, and great architecture. I think a Sunday drive is in order.

 

Beauty Inside and Out in This ‘Showstopper’

Address: 5300 Clear Creek Drive, Flower Mound

  • 5 bedrooms, 5 baths
  • 5,523 square feet
  • $1.04 million

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For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we head to Denton County… er, Dallas County. No, Collin County. What county is Carrollton located in? All three, actually. As the 23rd most populous city in Texas, Carrollton is a vibrant town of industry, retail, and residential with a historic downtown that’s booming with a healthy rail-transit system. Come check out these three great homes on the market right now:

Craftsman Inspired Cutie in Austin Waters

Carrollton

Address: 5005 Sage Hill Drive, Carrollton

  • 3 bedrooms, 4 baths
  • 2,781 square feet
  • $462,900

This craftsman-inspired home has gorgeous curb appeal with its manicured landscaping and welcoming covered front porch that overlooks the greenbelt. It was built by Darling Homes in 2010 and located in Austin Waters, a residential neighborhood of Austin Ranch in northeast Carrollton.

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Great $300k homes

Here’s a quick little Sunday morning trivia bite for you. Did you know that Bedford, located in northeast Tarrant County’s H-E-B mid-cities, nearly became a ghost town in 1909 when its population plummeted to 50 people? Just 20 years earlier, it was a booming frontier town with 1,000-plus residents, growing alongside near neighbors Hurst and Euless. But a wartime boom helped Bedford rebound, and has since become a thriving city of 50,000 residents with some of the best-looking affordable homes in the area. Case in point, for this week’s Suburb Sunday, we found these three great homes ranging from $275,000 to $360,000.

Sunroom Retreat Perfect for Year-round Bliss

Address: 3101 Andrew Court, Bedford

  • 4 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • 2,887 square feet
  • $359,900

If you’ve been looking for a great single story in the mid-cities, you’ll want to drop by this home from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 for an Open House. Beautiful hardwood floors, high ceilings, crown molding, and custom fixtures are just some of the details that make this 1995-built home feel very well cared for. The open floor plan features an updated kitchen with breakfast bar, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a walk-in pantry. The huge master suite has been remodeled with new lighting, tile, and granite. It has a separate shower and garden tub, and separate vanities. The large sunroom is vented for AC and heat and can be used year-round. This home is zoned for Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD.

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This week’s Suburb Sunday takes us to an exurb actually, Addison. While this four-square-mile Dallas County city is often known for its abundant restaurants and entertainment, you can find some great homes here with plenty of amenities. Here are three homes for sale in Addison that satisfy family life, provide a great starter home, or offer low-maintenance living for those constantly on the go.

 

Beautiful Family Home With an Even Better Backyard

Address: 14775 Chancey Street, Addison

  • Four bedrooms, four baths
  • 2,946 square feet
  • $524,900

You’ll love the custom touches in this 1993-built traditional two-story in Addison’s Chatham Court. But one of the best parts of living in Addison and this home particularly is paying a reduced one-time fee to gain access to Addison Athletic Club, which offers indoor and outdoor pools, indoor basketball, racketball, indoor track, weight room, exercise classes, and seasonal events.

The gourmet kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel Thermador Professional appliances, including a four-burner gas stove, convection oven, warming tray, and built-in microwave, as well as a GE under-counter wine cooler refrigerator. Custom touches include a built-in wine rack and slide out cabinet shelves.

The expansive backyard has a louvered pergola covered patio and a stone fire pit with seating. This home is zoned for Dallas ISD in the attendance zones for Bush Elementary, Walker Middle School, and W.T. White High School.

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