richardson real estateFor families looking to live in a northern suburb, today’s Tuesday Two Hundred offers a chance to get a lot of house for under $300K with the opportunity to totally personalize the space.

The Richardson house at 5403 Kingston Dr. is 2,158 square feet with four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and an open floorplan in the shared rooms. Located near Renner and Murphy roads, east of Central Expressway, this Collin County house is zoned for Plano ISD, and its elementary, Miller, earns a 10 out of 10 rating from GreatSchools.org.

There’s a nice-sized backyard, and the house is just one block from the 417-acre Breckinridge Park, with trails, pavilions, picnic and playground areas, a gazebo, 12 soccer fields, two softball fields, three ponds, and tons of undeveloped green space. It’s also about a 10-minute drive from the CityLine mixed-use development.

HOA dues are a very reasonable $90 per quarter, and the house itself was listed Sunday by Kurt Buehler with Keller Williams Realty Dallas Metro North for $250,000 ($116 per square foot).

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YouTube marketing

Ebby Halliday Realtor Cynthia Lopez knows a thing or two about smart real estate marketing.

The tech-savvy agent uses YouTube marketing as a way to promote her listings, in addition to the normal online channels, like Zillow, realtor.com, and Trulia.

“All of my listings go on YouTube. Everything nowadays is very visual and when buyers are looking at properties [online], they flip through so many pictures, it can all become a blur,” Lopez said. “I have found the YouTube video brings some life to it and give more a depth. It’s worked really well for my listings, and I get lots of great comments from it.”

YouTube marketing also helps her get houses under contract fast. Take, for example, our Tuesday Two Hundred, a Richardson house at 2001 Linda Ln. Lopez listed it last Thursday and accepted a contract on Saturday. Check out her video here:

The house is a 4-2 with 1,994 square feet on a big corner lot. It’s located in the Richardson Telecom Corridor area near Jupiter and Collins Boulevard, minutes from Raytheon and BlueCross, as well as huge mixed-use development CityLine. Its elementary school, Yale, gets an 8 out of ten score from GreatSchools.org, and Apollo Junior High earns a 7.

This house has interior updates and a swimming pool in back. Lots to offer, and listed for $236,000.

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Curb Appeal

Richardson is one of the inner suburbs of Dallas and offers a lot of opportunities in its 28 square miles. Many of DFW’s telecommunications/networking companies have settled there along the Telecom Corridor, including AT&T, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Texas Instruments, Samsung, and Verizon.

With a population just over 101,000, the city was named the “fifth happiest mid-sized city in America” in 2014 by Movoto, a national real estate blog, based on things like low unemployment, low crime, and high income. That same year, 24/7 Wall St. named Richardson America’s 17th Best City to Live in based on crime, economy, education, housing, environment, leisure, and infrastructure.

I grew up near Richardson and spent lots of time in friends’ ranch houses there, so the listing I chose for today’s Tuesday Two Hundred feels familiar: built in 1964, lots of space inside, and a good-sized yard. The house at 1419 Dumont Dr. is in Northwood Estates and has four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 2,488 square feet on two stories. It is newly listed by Adam Caskey at the Michael Group Real Estate for $298,900.

The house is located near the intersection of S. Coit and W. Belt Line roads, within walking distance to the 25-acre Cottonwood Park. This family-friendly place has picnic and playground equipment, two pavilions, two small lakes with ducks and geese, a swimming pool, baby pool, two lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball court, 1.1 miles of trails, and a multi-use concrete court.

Cottonwood Park-Ducks, Pool, Playground

The park is also home to the locally famous Cottonwood Arts Festival, a free, semi-annual event that features works from the nation’s top visual artists, as well as music, food, and spirits.

In keeping with the “family-friendly” theme, this property is located in Richardson ISD, a district where STAAR passage rates exceeded the Texas average in every subject in 2014. It is zoned for Dover Elementary, Richardson West Arts & Technology Magnet Junior High, and Richardson High School.

Nearby private schools include the lower campus of Parish Episcopal School, Saint Paul The Apostle School, Holy Trinity Academy, Covenant School, and Shelton School. Jump to read more and see photos!

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