Rhonda Vandiver-White is one of five fabulous Dallas interior designers to watch in 2015. Photo courtesy Robert Peacock.

Stylish interiors in North Texas are no accident—we have an abundance of talented Dallas interior designers working hard to make them so. Over the past year, I’ve kept my eyes on a handful of clever interior designers, and five in particular have distinguished themselves through their gorgeous work. Keep an eye on these five in 2015! (more…)

An artist rendering of the Town Center of Frisco Station. Photo courtesy of city of Frisco.

An artist rendering of the Town Center of Frisco Station. Photo courtesy of city of Frisco.

More big news for Frisco as the Rudman Partnership, Hillwood Properties, and VanTrust Real Estate sign on the dotted line for the development partnership of Frisco Station, a $1.7 billion deal.

This 242-acre mixed-use development will be located along the Dallas North Tollway, north of Warren Parkway. It will surround the Star, the headquarters and training facilities for the Dallas Cowboys.

The development package outlines plans for 4 million square feet of office space, 2,400 multifamily residences, restaurants, entertainment venues, medical and wellness facilities, industrial space, and public parks and open spaces. The initial phase of development is expected to start in 2015. (more…)

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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…)

31 Stonebriar Way ext Want to come home to a total retreat? Want to hear the wind rustle in the trees rather than sirens screeching on Central? If the urban waterfall sometimes gets to be too much, take a look at what this retreat has to offer. This seasoned Tudor revival compound called Stonebriar Manor, at 31 Stonebriar Way, can give you the pleasures of living on a farm in the heart of a major metropolitan area. It has a Frisco address, yes, but is really so close and convenient to everything north of Park Cities. All you do is hop on the Dallas North Tollroad, and pray for no traffic.

Of course, once you get north, you find a wonderland of living from five rolling acres, a creek with a bridge, a barn, greenhouse, wishing well, tennis court, guest house and a pond with a beautiful spray fountain.

The main house is pretty amazing, too, with 9200 square feet of spacious rooms, heavy beams, beautifully crafted woodwork, a double Aga stove, and a complete environment that would support a multi-generational family arrangement. There are four bedrooms, four full and two half baths, a four car garage, exercise room, and a laundry room large enough to hold a pet or two, plus six fireplaces in the main house. A screened-in porch doubles as a card room. The dogs have plenty of space to frolic on five acres, but if you need to put them up, there is a dog run. Feel like raising your own exotic orchids? There is a hothouse greenhouse. Feel like letting your grown children move back home? Take your choice of an apartment with full kitchen or a two bedroom, or the two bedroom, two bath guest house with  full kitchen just across the pool.

Come to think of it, War of the Roses may never have happened if Michael Douglas or Kathleen Turner had had a guest house! (more…)


At the recent Frisco town hall meeting, a Collin County Association of Realtors member said above-ground power lines like those proposed by Brazos/CoServ would negatively impact home values by 5 to 20 percent along the selected route. Map: CCAR

At the recent Frisco town hall meeting, a Collin County Association of Realtors member said above-ground power lines like those proposed by Brazos/CoServ would negatively impact home values by 5 to 20 percent along the selected route. Map: CCAR

The gloves are off in northern suburb Frisco as homeowners fight against a power line proposed by Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc. and CoServ Electric.

But in an unprecedented twist, Frisco Realtors are fighting side-by-side with homeowners for their home values and property rights.

At the heart of the issue is a suggested above-ground, 138,000-volt, double-circuit power line along either Stonebrook Parkway or Main Street in Frisco, built by Brazos on behalf of CoServ. The power line will start at an existing transmission line west of the Dallas North Tollway, and run between 2.7 and 4.1 miles, depending on the approved route, to a new substation to be built on King Road, west of Farm-to-Market Road 423. The new power line would serve growth in Frisco, Little Elm and The Colony, one of the fastest growing areas in the nation.

This prospect has the West Frisco Homeowners Coalition (WFHOC) and Collin County Association of Realtors (CCAR) working together oppose the 12-story power line, proposing instead that Brazos/CoServ build the line underground. They say the above-ground high-voltage transmission line, which will run through densely populated neighborhoods, will adversely affect the rights of homeowners.

“This is not simply about lowering property values—we see this as a huge home ownership, private property rights infringement,” said Adam Majorie, Government Affairs Director for the CCAR. “We think [the above-ground lines] will have a detrimental impact on homeowners themselves, because it affects on the whole neighborhood, and it impacts the homeowners’ nest eggs.”


Dhawan family

Amy Arey, a veteran Collin County Realtor, says Pallavi Dhawan, the Frisco woman accused of killing her son, and who police believe has been found dead in her Frisco home,  may have “contacted me on Trulia a couple months back to show her a home.”

Amy declined, because when she asked for a pre-approval letter, it wasn’t provided.

Frisco Police have not yet identified that the two victims found by a relative in the neat Mountain View Lane home are those of Pallavi and her husband, Sumeet. But a Facebook post from Pallavi’s attorney, David Finn, seems to indicate she is one of the victims: “I am heartbroken. No words can describe.” (more…)

840 Highridge Front

Photos: Shoot2Sell

Today’s Friday Five Hundred comes to your eyeballs from Little Elm, and it’s a lake side 1980s soft contemporary to get your weekend mojo going. Perfect as a main residence or a place to while away your spare hours with a boatload of friends, admiring the gorgeous sunsets over Lake Lewisville.

It’s rare to find a home that would work well as both a main residence and a vacation property, but 840 Highridge Dr. fits that bill to a tee! With four bedrooms, three full and one half bath, and two-story sweeping views of the lake and downtown Frisco, there’s not much more you can ask for in this contemporary lakehouse.

And considering that it’s in the high-achieving Little Elm ISD, you could raise an outdoorsy family in this beautiful waterfront abode, too.


Dallas Cowboys World HQ and Training Frisco

(Photo: DallasCowboys.com)

If there was ever a time to buy in Frisco, it’s now. As the Dallas Cowboys (and Tony Romo!) plan to move their world headquarters from Valley Ranch to one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, home values are rocketing upwards. That’s great news for developers and homeowners inside this popular suburb.

Romo is not going quite that far north, of course. We got wind that Romo and his bride, Candice, are leaving Cottonwood Valley and building inside Glen Abbey, a fabulous gated development right off the Dallas North Tollway in far North Dallas. The lot for the new Cowboys HQ is just a ways from Stonebriar Centre, too. Basically, the Tollway is about to get a lot busier.

And apparently, so is Frisco. While the Cowboys facility won’t be finished until July 2016, the impact from the franchises’ move is already being felt, according to this report from Prudential (emphasis ours):

Prudential Texas Properties reports that an October 14 Frisco real estate report from California-based analytics tracker Altos Research saw the city’s 90-day median list price hit an all-time high of about $416,000. This is up from under $375,000 at the beginning of the year and is a $100,000 market jump from as recently as October of 2011.

Holy cow! That is some seriously immense growth in values! For those who are building on Republic Property Group’s Phillips Creek Ranch, that’s got to be great news. And it’s even more exciting for Realtors in Frisco, who are seeing those prices climb even higher as new single-family homes are in short supply.

“The buzz is reaching fever-pitch in Frisco as local home owners experience continued market growth from what seems like a ripple effect of the year’s most talked-about North Texas real estate venture,” says DD Flynn, VP of Marketing with Prudential Texas Properties. “The future of this rapidly developing city could not be more exciting.”

This is such an interesting development trend. I wonder, will any other big real estate moves precipitate such growth with home values as the Dallas Cowboys have?

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