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Old Town Lewisville. Photo courtesy of the city of Lewisville

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 houses, townhomes, restaurants, and retail shops are all in the works as developers and entrepreneurs take note of the changing atmosphere.

“Everybody has been hyper-focused on Collin County, but these changes in Lewisville will give people another option,” said David Maez, Broker and Co-Owner at VIVO Realty, which represents the developer Belleville Village, the builders of Uptown Village Lewisville townhomes near East Main Street and East Mill Street in Old Town. “It’s close to Lewisville Lake, close to the airport, close to I-35, which makes it easy to get to Dallas. These changes will make that area more appealing for buyers, especially younger professionals.”  (more…)

Foxborough Front

Sometimes city life can feel claustrophobic, no? The walls start closing in and your neighbors seem a little too cozy for comfort. That’s a tell-tale sign that you should try your luck in wider, more open spaces.

Foxborough Dining

I’d suggest moving to the ‘burbs where the homes are a little larger but the amenities are still fantastic. Hear me out! Life in the suburbs isn’t a death sentence for your social life!  In fact, this unit for lease from Dallas-Fort Worth property management experts LocalDwelling.com is just the fix. You won’t miss a thing in this gorgeous Flower Mound home, which has a great backyard with a pool, too. This home is perfect for hosting friends and family this holiday season.

Foxborough Living

Located at 1908 Foxborough Trail inside the Flower Mound ISD and northwest of Dallas is this great traditional home near Grapevine Lake. With 3,860 square feet, five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a fabulous open floorplan, this home is perfect for anyone who needs some breathing room.

Foxborough Kitchen Foxborough Family

You’ll love the location, but you’ll also adore some of the upgrades inside this home. Granite counters, hardwood floors, a huge master bath, a second-story balcony overlooking the backyard, and a bonus room that would be perfect for a home office or media room. It leases for $3,500 a month, which is entirely reasonable considering what you get for the money.

Foxborough Master Bath Foxborough Media Office Foxborough Pool and Backyard

Looking for room to breathe? Rent this amazing home from LocalDwelling.com today.

Timber Park Front

It’s pretty rare to see a single-family home rental with a pool. It’s even rarer to find one in excellent condition with tons of great features that’s perfect for a family who wants to try out a new area.

Timber Park Living

Thanks to Jason Lucas at LocalDwelling.com, this Flower Mound four-bedroom is a great deal for any renter at $1,995 a month. With 5426 Timber Park Drive you get 2,028 square feet, two bathrooms, a two-car garage, and a pool that is just perfect for cooling off when the summer starts to fry your delicate sensibilities!

Timber Park Kitchen

Other things to love about this home: Theres’s a gas range in the kitchen, a really cool free-standing fireplace that separates the living and dining areas, a five-piece bath in the master suite, and great schools. There’s an open floor plan, too, which is great for entertaining and keeping an eye on your kids!

Timber Park Master Bath

There’s only one turn-off for me, and that’s the carpet in the master bathroom. That’s a real head-scratcher, there.

Sounds like your kind of house? You can apply online at LocalDwelling.com.

Timber Park Front

It’s pretty rare to see a single-family home rental with a pool. It’s even rarer to find one in excellent condition with tons of great features that’s perfect for a family who wants to try out a new area.

Timber Park Living

Thanks to Jason Lucas at LocalDwelling.com, this Flower Mound four-bedroom is a great deal for any renter at $1,995 a month. With 5426 Timber Park Drive you get 2,028 square feet, two bathrooms, a two-car garage, and a pool that is just perfect for cooling off when the summer starts to fry your delicate sensibilities!

Timber Park Kitchen

Other things to love about this home: Theres’s a gas range in the kitchen, a really cool free-standing fireplace that separates the living and dining areas, a five-piece bath in the master suite, and great schools. There’s an open floor plan, too, which is great for entertaining and keeping an eye on your kids!

Timber Park Master Bath

There’s only one turn-off for me, and that’s the carpet in the master bathroom. That’s a real head-scratcher, there.

Sounds like your kind of house? You can apply online at LocalDwelling.com.

This photo is so dark, but hopefully you can see all the stuff loaded in the front yard of 2013 Annabel Lane in Flower Mound  last night when the movers yanked everything out of the home after the new owner, who bought the home out of bankruptcy, hired a mover to clear it. The family had apparently been living in the home for about six months, and the wife told KXAS she had no idea who owned the house because her husband handled all the paperwork:

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“I have utilities on. I pay the water bill, the electric bill, I pay gas bill, I mow the lawn,” she said. “Squatters wouldn’t do that.” Asked if she paid for the house, she said she didn’t know. Her husband did “the paperwork,” she said.

A man named Maurice, who was busy moving while the owner of the home was tending to minor police charges, told me they had improved the house with hundreds of dollar in landscaping, had kept it up and were the rightful owners. The Grand Park Estates Home Owners Association contested the Squatter’s “affidavit” in October and put the home into delinquency foreclosure at which time the home was sold to the rightful owner. It took them six months of nuisance time to clear the house, and many Denton County residences are angry that their D.A. won’t evict these squatters like they are in Tarrant County.

“I heard that the DA was trying to block this eviction today for some unknown reason, he’s out of his mind, ” said one homeowner.

James Robinson, the Squatter over on Waterford who spoke at SMU Law School a few months ago, was apparently teaching his techniques. Still, Flower Mound Realtors say this shouldn’t hurt property values because guess what: the Flower Mound market has turned around.

“One of two isolated cases will not hurt our market. It’s turned on a dime and done a 360,” says Kurt Buehler with Keller Williams Flower Mound. “Inventory is down and it has become a sellers market.”

We’ll see, he said, if the seller’s market continues over the next six months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Annabel Lane

Used to be you couldn’t get people IN houses, now you can’t get them OUT! I got a call from folks up in Flower Mound that another house squatter has been told to get out of a luxury home located at 2013 Annabel in Flower Mound, this one about two miles south of the neighborhood where James Robinson squatted for more than six months.

I went up there and sure enough, the front yard at 2013 Annabel Lane in Grand Park Estates is strewn with belongings. (At first, I thought there had been a fire or something!) There were two U-hauls loaded up with mattresses and belongings, Suburbans stuffed to the gill. Four or five people (who were not willing to share names) were helping a Michael Edwards move out of a home. When I got there, his brother, Maurice, was busy moving and complaining that police would not let him take their refrigerator loaded with food out of the house. (His brother, reporters told me, had been taken to jail on small charges like toll tag violations.). Maurice told me that his brother’s family had been living in the house for six months and they own it. Did you buy it, I asked? Yes, he said. We have been living here six months and taking care of the house, improving the property. I asked if they paid the property taxes — he said they tried to. That’s about all he said, not wanting to talk any more. He also told me the movers stole $400 out of Edwards’ son’s bedroom.

Neighbors are claiming this is another squatter case. Edwards and his family took possession of the home by adverse possession and the home, they say, is in bad shape — from Valley Ridge Road you can see a huge boarded up window in the backyard overlooking the pool. And not one neighbr was helping him move out. The home is valued at $386,779 by Denton County. Built in 2005, it has more than 4200 square feet, five bedrooms and three and a half baths. Edwards is a protege of James Robinson: he also claims ownership by adverse possession. The HOA contested the affidavit in October and put the home into delinquency foreclosure at which time the home was sold. That owner is the one who tried to get the Annabel Squatter out today.

Looks like the previous owner who defaulted, Jacob Emmel, didn’t pay his HOA dues. The new owner has a PO address on Skillman in Dallas. A 4912 square foot home down the street at 1904 Annabel is listed with Keller Williams for $439,900 and was built in 2005. You gotta give them credit: these house squatters have good taste in homes!

Hey Kenneth Robinson, the folks of Flower Mound might soon be shining your boots. The more this story gets around — the story of the man who tried to get a home by adverse possession for $16, the better Flower Mound sounds: the latest description I’ve heard is “ritzy”. Now Flower Mound is a great little community out there near Argyle, Barton and and Lewsiville, but I have never heard it described as “ritzy”. Have you? All of which has me thinking: maybe home squatters are good for property values? They not only keep up vacant ghost homes and provide good ju ju, they give an erstwhile quiet community pizzazz.

Which reminds me: I want to find a beach home that is vacant and in-between foreclosures where I can squat for a few weeks.  If Robinson could get six months, how much do you want to bet I can get six days?

We think Kenneth Robinson might be looking for a new home after next Monday, so we are dedicating today’s Tuesday Two Hundred to him. In case he wants to stay in Flower Mound, but move just a little south, here’s what we found: 2892 square feet on a landcaped lot with trees, hardwood floors, soft paint colors, plantation shutters, tall ceilings and lots of natural light. Four bedrooms, three and a half baths and formals plus gameroom. The kitchen has an island and walk-in pantry, a see-through gas logged fireplace (which by law, I think all homes should have) to the family room. Pretty master with walk-in closet and patio access plus dream spa bath with jetted tub and separate shower. There’s a game room up on the second story and the attic has floored storage for extra space. What is not to like about this house? Built in 1993 it has a brand spanking new roof. Great yard, prize-winning schools. Mr. Robinson might be upset there is no pool, like he has in “his” house, but then I’ll wager he’s getting mighty sick of taking care of that pool about now. This is what I love about our market: $280,000.