Highland Village is a beautiful suburb lining the southwest shores of Lake Lewisville, full of beautiful homes ranging from $300,000 to $1 million, but today’s selections for Suburb Sunday have a common theme: The lakefront fort you always wanted. These three unique homes embrace lake living with rich woods, stunning views of the water, and architecture that’s one with nature.

A Backyard You Wouldn’t Believe

Address: 426 Remington Drive, Highland Village

  • 4 bedrooms, 4 baths
  • 3,322 square feet
  • $520,000

We’ll start with the best part of this home, the backyard oasis. Walk out onto the multi-level backyard and descend down the stairs to find a beautifully shaded wood deck, pool, and spa (with new equipment in 2017).  A corner lattice-covered sitting area by the spa gives this backyard a retreat-like feel. Plus, there’s an enclosed air-conditioned cabana with cable and audio setup. All of this, plus a spacious four-bedroom with two living areas, a double-door office, wood-deck balcony, and large garage with shelving.

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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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We’re not sure what Hollywood has against Garland. In the opening scenes of the Emma Stone movie Zombieland, Jesse Eisenberg’s character is at a service station running from a zombie. In a voiceover, he says: “I’m in Garland, Texas. And it may look like zombies destroyed it, but that’s actually just Garland.”

For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we turn our attention to three great, very zombie-free homes in Garland, a suburb just northeast of Dallas. Garland really covers a lot of ground, stretching from the city’s northmost reaches at President George Bush Turnpike near Richardson all the way south to I-30 near Rowlett.

The city is located mostly in Dallas County, though some parts are located in Collin and Rockwall counties. According to the 2017 estimates, Garland is the 95th most-populous city in the U.S. and the 12th-most populous in Texas, and we’re positive that none of its residents are zombies.

BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM NEAR FIREWHEEL SHOPPING

Address: 210 Boisenberry Drive

  • Five bedrooms, five bathrooms
  • 5,274 square feet
  • $699,900

Here’s a beautiful custom home in north Garland on almost a half-acre private lot in a gated community. Kitchen features granite countertops, island, custom pendant lighting, and bar seating. Master and guest bedrooms are located on the first floor, while three large bedrooms are located on the second floor. The huge game room has a beadboard ceiling and wet bar with access to the balcony and stairs that lead to the pool. In your backyard oasis, you have a covered patio, built-in grill, pool and spa, firepit, and lush landscaping. (more…)

CelinaIt’s both the town that was country enough to appear in a Kenny Chesney video, but fancy enough to be home to two acclaimed vineyards — and people move to Celina every year for that small town feel with the big city amenities.

Halfway between Dallas and Oklahoma, Celina is a straight shot up State Highway 289, and is also right on the Dallas North Tollway extension. Dallas is 45 minutes away and Denton is 35 minutes away, making it easy to enjoy the country life while still being able to access all the shopping, entertainment and more that the city has to offer as well.

And did we mention Celina’s longtime pastime? Because quite possibly the best entertainment to be had in Texas comes on Friday nights in a small town, and Celina offers up some of the best small-town Friday night football in the state, with eight state championships and 40 playoff appearances under its belt.

So for this week’s Suburb Sunday, we trek to Celina, where depending on where you live, you could be in Celina ISD or Prosper ISD. Three homes, three different price points. Which one is your favorite? (more…)

WataugaWatauga, a suburb of Fort Worth, is hot. How hot? On average, homes in Watauga sell in 15 days — in fact, Realtor.com recently said that’s three percent faster than last year, and about 50 percent faster than homes in the rest of the country.

So for our inaugural Suburb Sunday, we decided to take a look at three homes in Watauga that provides the affordability of the suburbs but is close enough for its residents to enjoy everything Fort Worth has to offer.

CRISP, CLEAN HOME ON AMBER DRIVE

Address: 7428 Amber Drive
This home Amber Drive was built in 1995, but has recently had a renovation that keeps it current. While the finishes may not be luxury, they are durable and family-friendly, making this three-bathroom, two-bath home a great starter home. (more…)