Suburbs

Castle Hills Enticing Young Professionals with New Phase of Luxury Apartments

By Leah Shafer / February 5, 2015 / 0 Comments

Since the first homeowners moved into Lewisville’s Castle Hills community in 1998, more than 12,000 people have decided to call the master planned community home, and it is about 60 percent built-out today. Located off State Highway 121 and Farm-to-Market Road 544, Castle Hills is 60 percent residential and has single-family houses ranging from about […]

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Tuesday Two Hundred: Murphy Fixer-Upper Sits on Almost an Acre with Pool, Barn

By Leah Shafer / January 12, 2015 / 5 Comments

Gone with the Wind was a childhood favorite of mine, with its winding storyline, genteel fashion, and dramatic romances. In one memorable scene, Scarlett’s father, Gerald O’Hara, an Irish peasant immigrant, proclaims in his rough brogue, “The land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it’s […]

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Lewisville Old Town Redevelopment Creates Vibrant Entertainment, Living Destination

By Leah Shafer / December 12, 2014 / 0 Comments

When you think of hip, fun destinations to live, work, and play in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the city of Lewisville is not usually at the top of the list. But city leaders in this northern suburb of almost 100,000 residents are changing that as redevelopment moves into full swing in the Old Town area. New […]

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Infographic: Buying new versus preowned

By Leah Shafer / December 10, 2014 / 5 Comments

As the Dallas-Fort Worth area grows and suburbs develop, many people wonder about the advantages of buying a new versus preowned house. We’ve put together a handy infographic for you, outlining the advantages of each. What’s your opinion?    

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Ask an Architect: The Story on Second Stories — How to Decide Between Building on or Moving Off?

By Joanna England / August 20, 2013 / 2 Comments

Two families in my neighborhood, Casa View Haven, recently announced that they’d be selling their modest post war-traditional homes and heading for the ‘burbs. Sure, that’s an option, but sometimes families choose to invest in an addition to accommodate growing families rather than packing up and moving.

Of course, there are pros and cons for both choices. Sometimes the investment in building onto a home isn’t recouped. And sometimes you can’t sell your existing home in time and end up carrying two mortgage payments. And sometimes, too, Homeowners Associations and deed restrictions can keep you from adding more space.

Michael Staten, a Dallas architect and senior project manager at CBRE, considered adding on to his Lake Highlands home. Instead, Staten and his family of four moved to Richardson. Why?

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