You gotta love the variety. Something I love about writing Suburb Sunday every week is finding hidden gems throughout the Metroplex and learning something new. For example, I’ve learned the Mesquite’s Big Town Mall was the first air-conditioned mall in the country. Grand Prairie was a booming aviation community during World War II. Last week I learned about Oak Point’s polo club real estate, where you can live on the polo fields at Prestonwood Polo Club. And now for this week’s Suburb Sunday, we feature the Collin County town of Princeton, located on U.S. 380 between McKinney and Greenville, on the northern shore of Lake Lavon. The city with approximately 13,000 population is home to Princeton Lakes, one of the Metroplex’s only ski lake residential communities. There are three homes that offer three very different lifestyles to love. Which do you prefer?

Water Ski From Your Backyard

Address: 420 Red Buoy Cove, Princeton (more…)

The “tiny house” movement, as well as eco-villages, co-housing, and pocket neighborhoods, are some of the responses to urban growth.

Nan Ellin

Nan Ellin

People living in these alternative houses are returning to a simpler way of life. These all incorporate shared amenities and social spaces, encouraging human interaction in order to nourish a deep sense of community. There’s less “stuff” to stress about, a smaller footprint, and fewer wasted resources.

The next Dallas Architecture Forum event is a panel discussion with residents, architects, and developers of such projects. They will explore their successes as well as opportunities for the future in an evening titled Village Redux: Co-Housing and Pocket Neighborhoods.

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Little Forest Hills CottageTiny houses have captured our collective imagination in recent years. There are countless blogs dedicated to tiny houses, and TV shows like Tiny House NationTiny House Hunters; and Tiny House, Big Living have huge audiences.

The tiny house movement, also known as the small house movement, describes an architectural and social movement that advocates simple living in small houses.

While the Little Forest Hills cottage at 8715 Angora St. is bigger than many at 824 square feet, it’s still in the category. And for Dallas, where the mantra is often “bigger is better,” this is most definitely a tiny house.Little Forest Hills CottageThis cute cottage was built in 1948, with two bedrooms and one bathroom. It has an open floorplan and updates, and a big backyard. Its neighborhood, Little Forest Hills, is a community of almost 1,000 homes on the east side of White Rock Lake, with arching shade trees, friendly neighbors, and eclectic architecture. The home is walking distance to the lake, Dallas Arboretum, and The Bath House Cultural Arts Center, and a 15-minute drive to downtown Dallas.

It was listed Dec. 10 by Kyle Lyon with Keller Williams Urban Dallas for $230,000.

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I’ve been following B.A. Norrgard’s tiny house adventures on her blog, and while it is at times funny and fascinating at others, her process of “lifestyle repackaging” has been thought-provoking for the most part.

Norrgard, once a paralegal at a Dallas firm, was disaffected with her highly consumer-oriented life and wanted to live in a way that was more fulfilling. So she divested herself from her possessions and her home and began work on her tiny house, a 112-square-foot design from Four Lights Houses. She’s now rent free, mortgage free, and property tax free, she says.

It’s been a long road for Norgarrd, but as her tiny home is close to completion (just adding air conditioning) our attention is turning toward what it would take to for Dallas to accept a development like the tiny house community that Norgarrd proposes.

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Mary Lee Apartment 1

I’ve tried time and again to find tiny, cute apartments in Dallas. Let’s just say that our fair burg hasn’t jumped on the “living small” trend nearly as eagerly as Austin, where home prices and rents are sky high.

But young folks are finding a way to live close to downtown, and it’s tiny. Micro, even, according to this piece by KEYE TV Austin. It features an apartment renovated by Mary Lee, previously featured on Apartment Therapy. It’s a humble 300 square feet and is super stylish without being huge.

Mary Lee Apartment 3

This is a fantastic example of a well-curated small living space that doesn’t feel small. There’s room to live, work, and even a bathtub. You really don’t sacrifice anything in this space, which has a gas range and a refrigerator, with tons of storage. The only thing the kitchen lacks is a dishwasher, but really, do you need  a dishwasher? You’ve got hands, right?

Mary Lee Apartment 5

People who choose to live small ask themselves this question all the time. “Do I really need a dining table? Or does a breakfast bar work just fine?” “Do I really need a bed? Or will a cool futon or convertible couch do the job?”

Mary Lee Apartment 4

Stay tuned for more features on living small in Dallas, including a tour of “A Bed Over My Head” blogger B.A. Norrgard’s tiny home on wheels!

(All photos: Mary Lee/Apartment Therapy)

Mary Lee Apartment 1

I’ve tried time and again to find tiny, cute apartments in Dallas. Let’s just say that our fair burg hasn’t jumped on the “living small” trend nearly as eagerly as Austin, where home prices and rents are sky high.

But young folks are finding a way to live close to downtown, and it’s tiny. Micro, even, according to this piece by KEYE TV Austin. It features an apartment renovated by Mary Lee, previously featured on Apartment Therapy. It’s a humble 300 square feet and is super stylish without being huge.

Mary Lee Apartment 3

This is a fantastic example of a well-curated small living space that doesn’t feel small. There’s room to live, work, and even a bathtub. You really don’t sacrifice anything in this space, which has a gas range and a refrigerator, with tons of storage. The only thing the kitchen lacks is a dishwasher, but really, do you need  a dishwasher? You’ve got hands, right?

Mary Lee Apartment 5

People who choose to live small ask themselves this question all the time. “Do I really need a dining table? Or does a breakfast bar work just fine?” “Do I really need a bed? Or will a cool futon or convertible couch do the job?”

Mary Lee Apartment 4

Stay tuned for more features on living small in Dallas, including a tour of “A Bed Over My Head” blogger B.A. Norrgard’s tiny home on wheels!

(All photos: Mary Lee/Apartment Therapy)