Sometimes even the big city folk want to roll up their jeans and go fishing in the backyard pond – as long as they can return to a traditional home with luxurious amenities in close proximity to shops and restaurants.

Are there actually fish in the pond? Maybe not.

Does it really matter? Definitely not. You’d have your own pond – and there’s no homeowners association to tell you what you can do with it.


Move into Coppell ISD for $414,400 with this 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,011-sq-ft home at 209 Glendale Drive.

Continuing down the list of homes in great school districts, we come to the No. 5 district in Texas, Coppell ISD, and this lovely home at 209 Glendale Drive near Denton Tap and Beltline in Coppell. There’s a lot of house for a growing family in this four-bedroom, three bath, 3,011-square-foot home built in 1990. The home is listed for $414,400 by Eric Stout, Success North Texas Realty, who says his favorite parts of the home are the beautifully-mature trees in front and throughout the neighborhood, and the stellar elementary school nearby.

This Glendale Drive home is zoned for attendance to Coppell ISD’s Pinkerton Elementary (rated 9 of 10), Coppell Middle West (rated 9 of 10) and Coppell High (rated 8 of 10), as rated by, a third-party school data site that uses state tests, college readiness, academic progress, advanced courses and attendance data to rate the top schools.


2000 Mayflower Front

This traditional in Stevens Park Estates is rather unassuming from the curb, but it hides a wonderful surprise — a beautifully remodeled interior complete with attic conversion, all of which absolutely exudes that midcentury modern style that Millennials are so hot for.

Yes, this two-story, four-bedroom, three-bath home in one of my favorite neighborhoods in all of North Oak Cliff is spacious inside with a wonderfully open first floor, spacious and bright bedrooms, plus a first-floor master with a gorgeous private bath. What a great listing from the Hewitt & Habgood group at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate!


3756 Armstrong Avenue

3756 Armstrong Avenue

We all know that anything under $1 million is flying off the MLS faster than a Cabbage Patch Kid in the 1980s. In the $1 million-plus market, homes are still flying off the shelves like Cabbage Patch Kids … in 2016.

Sure they’re still selling, but no one is getting trampled. This sentiment was echoed recently at the National Association of Real Estate Editor’s conference by journalists nationwide.

To me this means that if you’ve got the means to buy in the luxury market, there are some bargains to bag. Here are two.

3756 Armstrong Avenue

I toured this home recently with listing agent Ben Jones from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s. This is a large home with a long and swanky past.  Designed and built in 1954 by O’Neil Ford, one of Texas’ most influential 20th century architects, this home is just cool … and a bit frightening.



Photos: Shoot2Sell

Sure, when you build a new home, you’re picking out all the hardware and flooring and paint, but sometimes it takes a year or so to get it just right. If you want a new home and don’t want to deal with the seemingly endless list of here-and-there projects that it takes to make a property truly livable, then you’ll love this new Allen listing from Ebby Halliday Realtor Cathy Browne.

“This home, built in 2013, offers buyers a nearly ‘new’ home with all the plantation shutters already in, landscaping in, and the energy-efficiency features by today’s standards,” Browne said.

And the price? Well, it’s just right.



2726 Lawtherwood FrontThis home is perfect for a family with an active lifestyle that wants security, location, and access to Dallas’ crown jewel, White Rock Lake. Not only is it spacious with four bedrooms, two full and one half baths, and large living areas, but it is inside the Lawtherwood subdivision, where you’ll have access to a private park with an affordable HOA.

Jump to find out more about this fabulous Lakewood listing from Dave Perry-Miller Realtor Henda Salmeron.


2904 dove front

This past weekend I found myself wishing my little Post War Traditional had a pool, because the temperatures were perfect for lounging and splashing. That’s what my almost 2-year-old son thought, too. It was that day that I vowed an end to plastic pools on the deck, and that our next home would have a pool with a fabulous patio where I could lounge about (because, you know, moms do a ton of lounging, right? Ha, ha, ha.).

2904 Dove Living Dining

This house, 2904 Dove in McKinney’s Fawn Hollow, is a super cute house with a fabulous pool and patio in the backyard. With four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, and more than 3,000 square feet, this home is fabulous for a family considering moving to the ‘burbs over the summer. There’s an HOA, with fees, which cover access to community amenities. And if country traditional decor is your thing, you won’t have to change a single finish, either.

2904 Dove Den

There are formals, which will be great for big family dinners and entertaining, but you’ll probably use the huge den and kitchen dining areas more, especially considering how open they are to one another. There are plenty of windows to keep things bright, too, and definitely play up the lovely hand-scraped hardwoods throughout the first floor.

2904 Dove Kitchen

The kitchen features granite counters, a large breakfast bar area, and stainless steel appliances. We all know I am a fan of two-tone cabinets, but counting the dark stained island and the sage colored hutch cabinets, this lovely kitchen has three different finishes. Overkill? No, I love it!  The backsplash is Chicago brick — a lovely choice to offset many of the typical tumbled tile backsplashes we see.

2904 Dove Master

The master bedroom is big, not too huge, but big at 18 x 14. I love the huge bay windows, which bring in plenty of light to this suite. This master is a fabulous opportunity to create a true retreat, too, with perhaps a chaise or a comfy chair and ottoman as this owner has done, right next to the window.

2904 Dove Master Bath


The master suite has a five-piece bath, but is showing its age a little due to the brass fixtures. The home was built in 1997, so it isn’t terribly old, and some people do love a bit of brass.

2904 Dove Backyard

But it’s the backyard that catches my eye. This pool is perfect for parties or just generally lazing about on a weekend without a care in the world. The patio is huge, and unlike a lot of homes with pools, this lovely oasis doesn’t take up the entire backyard. And get this — this home is only $309,000! Snatch it up!


Holy updates, Batman! This sweet little traditional at 6927 Santa Maria looks brand-spanking new inside even though it was built back in 1964. The home feels huge, too, with more than 1,700 square feet that includes three bedrooms, two full baths, two living areas, and a gigantic backyard.

You know how much we love Lakewood, and this home is so close to the lake in Williamson Caruth Terrace. The schools are on the upswing, too. So you won’t mind paying the $359,000 price tag because, hey, you’re going to save a ton on private school tuition!

This little gem has everything a young family wants, too. Trust me, as the mother of a 9-month-old, I am in love with the den and glass doors that peek through to the backyard. It’s a perfect place for a playdate!

And the bathrooms are gorgeous, too. The master has clean lines and bright white subway tile in the shower. And marble countertops, too! When mom has had too much kid time, she can retreat here for a nice, hot, relaxing shower!

And here’s something every family MUST HAVE: A mudroom! You have the perfect place for all of that sports equipment and dirty shoes!

Act fast, because I have a feeling that Allie Beth Allman agent Gina Howell isn’t going to have to wait too long to get top dollar for this beauty!