Do you know how difficult it is to write headlines with a city whose name begins with the article The? The answer is very as I came to learn more than a decade ago when I was community newspaper editor for The Colony. But despite the clunky headlines I may have written, the stories I came to tell about The Colony are among my favorite because they recorded the small town personality of this Denton County city with all the nearby amenities of the big city. For this week’s Suburb Sunday, I’ve found three great houses in The Colony ranging from $235,ooo to $659,000 that’d make any homeowner happy no matter the price range.


Lakeside Living in The Tribute

Address: 8109 Castlebridge Drive, The Colony

  • 3 bedrooms ,3.5 baths
  • 3,200 square feet
  • $659,000

Travis Hitt of Rogers Healy and Associates has a great listing in The Colony’s lakeside The Tribute community, just steps from Lake Lewisville. This 2017-built home has upgraded features such as a covered patio with built-in kitchen overlooking the massive backyard, a second covered patio with fireplace, and commercial grade appliances in the kitchen. Plus, enjoy the neighborhood amenities that include a fitness center, lakeside fire pits, sports area, and lakeside infinity pool.


3412 Dunbar Court, The Colony, Texas, is currently listed by Stacey Leslie with Keller Williams Realty for $495,900.

This week’s Friday Four Hundred is a stunner! It comes richly appointed with a beautiful stone and brick façade, generous interiors, and waterfront views for just $495,900. If you’ve been scouring Dallas for a dream home under $500,000 this could be it!

Situated just north of Dallas in The Colony rests the four-bedroom, three-bedroom, 7,536-square-foot home that is sure to catch your eye. If you are new to Dallas, The Colony is one of the best kept secrets in the heart of North Texas, offering striking Lake Lewisville views situated along 23 miles of eastern shoreline.


Frisco was named the best city for raising a family, closely followed by Allen, and Southlake as part of a new 2018 “best Texas cities” list, ranking the best and worst Texas cities for families. Wallethub, a D.C.-based personal finance site, compiled the new June 2018 report that ranked the 117 largest cities in Texas based on family life, fun, education, health and safety, affordability and socioeconomic environment.

What makes a city good for raising a family? Plenty of attractions such as museums and theaters, a quality school system, high graduation rates, number of playgrounds per 100,000 residents and a whole lot of pediatricians were all factors that Wallethub took into account when it named the best Texas cities for families.

While the weighted scores and rankings provide a holistic view of cities, a look at the raw data we requested provides some interesting headlines as well. Missing from the list is Highland Park, which did not rank among the largest cities in Wallethub’s data.

Eagles vs. Dragons

Turning to education, Allen had the number one highest graduation rate in Texas – 96.6 percent, according to Wallethub’s data. Frisco, the overall number one, has a 91.8 percent graduation rate, and Southlake, overall number three on the list, had a 87.3 percent graduation rate, according to Wallethub. (more…)

105 White pine canyon ext shot

UPDATE, 10:09 a.m: Nate Schar tells me there is no minimum at all, and this home was last listed for $6.2 million. I mean, can you spell DEAL?

Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and his wife, Laura, like most of us Baby Boomers, have been trying to shed some properties. First it was their home on Alva Court with that jazzy media room, remember? It was listed by Mary Poss and then Ryan Streiff. Think the last asking was $4.7.Tom Leppert Alva CourtWell now it seems they have switched gears and are shedding some Park City, Utah real estate. This is a fantastic piece of property that you can see from the ski lifts. I personally know exactly where this house is. In fact, if you have ever skied Park City — there are three neighboring resorts, Deer Valley, Park City and Canyons comprising 7300 acres of white powder — this home is near the Dreamcatcher Lift. And it sounds like a dream! (more…)

Nebraska Furniture Mart

Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas opened its doors to bloggers in January and we got to take a peek at the massive selection of furniture, appliances, electronics, home decor, flooring, and more. Photo: Leah Shafer

This weekend, my wonderful boyfriend became my fabulous fiancé (!!!), and when I am able to look up from the shiny new ring on my left hand, I’ve been glancing at our hodgepodge assortment of furniture and thinking, “Maybe we should get some new things together.”

When I moved into his place in 2013, my bachelorette apartment merged with his single dad stuff and we created an utterly mismatched look. We live about 10 minutes from the soon-to-open Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas in The Colony at Grandscape, and I was totally and pleasantly surprised by what I saw under that huge roof (560,000 square feet!) back in January when they opened their doors for a blogger sneak peek.

So I gathered my notes from that night, looked around our house, and made this wish list! (You can check out Joanna’s wish list here.)


Nebraska Furniture Mart is almost ready to open, so we're making our wish lists!

Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas is almost ready to open, so we’re making our wish lists!

We’ve been waiting until this spring to replace some of the furniture in our home. We were thrilled to find out that, when Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas opens this month, we’ll be able to get pretty much everything we need all under one very, very, very big roof.

Our style is modern with some antiques, so color us pleased as punch to see that Nebraska Furniture Mart has a big enough selection to buy what we need and then have it delivered in a timely manner to our Dallas home.

Jump to see what I’m wishing for!


Photo courtesy Nebraska Furniture Mart

Photo courtesy Nebraska Furniture Mart

When the team got an invitation to do a early tour of the yet-to-be-completed Nebraska Furniture Mart Texas, we absolutely had to jump at the chance. There’s nothing that we love more than looking at pretty things, and besides, Nebraska Furniture Mart is a pretty interesting spot. The new Texas location of the brand is in Grandscape, a new development in The Colony. The store, which will anchor the 430-acre mixed-use development, is on 100 acres and is about the same size as 31 football fields. It is absolutely mammoth.

We walked the store (all 560,000 square feet of it!) and learned about the brand’s modest history (started in the basement of an Omaha pawn shop by Rose Blumkin in 1937) and its bright future in Texas (the only location planned for the Lone Star State). The store, which is more like five or six stores all under one very large roof, will open some time in the spring, though the marketing team isn’t ready to pin down a date yet.

After our tour, Leah Shafer and I sat down for a frank discussion about Nebraska Furniture Mart. Jump to read all about it!


the_colony_arielI’ve been know to make jokes about what Highland Park police do all day. It’s always in jest, as they were very quick to respond when I saw a dog left of on hot tar concrete and its paws were so hot it was shifting weight every two seconds. (Yes, that happened in Snider Plaza). The humor is basically a testament to the area’s super low crime rate and high quality of life.

But this morning I got quite a shock reading that the usually squeaky clean The Colony (known 4 times as “Playful City USA” for child play options by the Humana Foundation and Money Magazine’s #20 in “Best Places to Live”) had quite a bust of its own. As reported by the Dallas Observer and the Ft. Worth Star Telegram, it appears the ILLEGAL SEX RAID was conducted over months by The Colony Police Department, the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, and the US Department of Homeland Security. The family-friendly suburb’s idyllic veneer was cracked this week when 14 johns, 7 escorts, 2 underage escorts, and 3 drug-related charges were arrested last week at a seedy hotel there.

“Of the johns, eight had entered the country illegally. Two to four more arrests of associated pimps are expected in the next few days.”

Shocking for a town of around 40,000 where the 2013 estimated Average Household Income is $89,673, 42% of the population is college-educated (24% bachelor or graduate degree), and for 2014, the average home sales price was up 15%, at $158,029.

…and I thought this sort of thing only happened in Dallas.