1712 Lake Side Curb

There are so many homes in Plano that look just like the last one. Behind their brick exteriors they have two-story foyers, tile floors and beige carpet, dark wood cabinetry and granite counters. Master suites with the same vanities, the same jetted tubs, and the same shower. I could be describing hundreds of homes in West Plano alone.

And then I came across 1712 Lake Side, the very definition of different among tons of homes that look exactly alike. And while I don’t love everything about this 2,523-square-foot one-story Spanish-inspired home, I like how daring it is in a sea of plain Jane builder-grade homes.

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Clair Cannon and her champion show dog, Bebe the Boxer.

Clair Cannon and her champion show dog, Bebe the Boxer.

 

What a wonderful idea to help build camaraderie in a dog-eat-dog industry. Besides helping turn around what could have been a “ruff” day, VIVO Realty helped agents “paws” and reflect on what’s really important: best friends, specifically man’s best friend.

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SUBURBIA

We already told you about the #VIVOLOVESPLANO contest, but just in case you forgot to enter, you need to get your winning submission posted tomorrow!

We love Vivo Realty Group, as they work hard for their clients and know Plano like nobody else! So, of course, Vivo wanted to celebrate Dallas’ most famous burb with a cool giveaway:

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2010-lexus-hs-250h_9I knew the news was hot when my nephew, who works in the film industry in LA, texted me that Toyota was moving its headquarters to Dallas. No, I texted back, they are moving to Plano. It’s a big change, he said, and also thinks California taxes and cost of living may have played a role.

Whatever, we will soon be welcoming 4,000 newcomers to North Texas.  A press release from the Japanese-based car manufacturer says the move said is “designed to better serve customers and position Toyota for sustainable, long-term growth.” According to the LA Times article James sent me, Torrance California will lose 3,000 employees to “macho” Texas and leave it’s 2 million square foot office complex in Torrance, well, empty. (more…)

SUBURBIA

This year’s Suburbia Music Festival lineup is amazing, y’all. Some of my favorite acts are going to be onstage at this incredible event, and I’m so sad I’m going to miss it because a dear friend of mine decided to get married the weekend of May 3. Don’t worry, I’ve been giving her round-trip tickets to Guiltville for a while. Kidding! (Maybe.)

But you, my friend, can win two VIP passes to this incredible music festival in our own little burb of Plano, Texas. Thanks to the generosity of the amazing folks at VIVO Realty. They’re staging a super fun photo contest for people who really love Plano, just like VIVO Realty does. Jump to find out how you can win!

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Legendary Lane extFolks, I’m telling you, do not, repeat, do not fool around when you are buying homes under $700,000 ANYWHERE in North Texas.

Legendary Lane kitchenCase study: 3708 Legendary Lane, Plano. Listed March 19, year of our Real Estate Lord 2014 for $269,900.

Here is the report I got from the seller on March 19:

“Less than three hours live, and we have an offer above asking! 6 more showings tonight, three tomorrow. Will wait until tomorrow night to make a decision.”

So that was the first day. This for a home in Plano.

March 20:

“40 showings and 4 offers since 4 pm yesterday….”

March 20:

“Sold for $280,000 cash! Done.”

Legendary Lane study Legendary lane master bath 2 Legendary Lane master bath Legendary Lane master Legendary lane Family 2 Legendary Lane Family Legendary Lane kitchen 2 Legendary Lane DR Legendary Lane foyerNow to be honest, this was a very unique home in the heart of Plano, and a wonderful example of how creativity can take what some might call an “ordinary home” and turn it into a knock-out. Yes people, it is possible.

This is a typical floorplan with 4 large bedrooms, three full and one-half baths, just a smidgen over 2800 square feet. The sellers popped in tons of upgrades including wood floors throughout, custom paint, built ins, upgraded stainless steel fixtures. Note the brick walls in the kitchen. Why don’t more home builders build with brick walls?

Then they remodelled the master bath, getting rid of the usual blah white wood and Corian with dual vanities and a frameless shower. All closets throughout are generous, knocked-out. The kitchen is really the showplace of this home with the granite counters and breakfast room. Then there is the pool, viewable from the living room and formals, and that cute draped cabana that evokes images of Casa Blanca.

This home is adorable and it was sold for more than asking in less than two days. If you are in the market for a new home, it is more important now than ever to be ON TOP of listings the second, I mean the second, they hit MLS.Legendary Lane pool

 

Legendary Lane extFolks, I’m telling you, do not, repeat, do not fool around when you are buying homes under $700,000 ANYWHERE in North Texas.

Legendary Lane kitchenCase study: 3708 Legendary Lane, Plano. Listed March 19, year of our Real Estate Lord 2014 for $269,900.

Here is the report I got from the seller on March 19:

“Less than three hours live, and we have an offer above asking! 6 more showings tonight, three tomorrow. Will wait until tomorrow night to make a decision.”

So that was the first day. This for a home in Plano.

March 20:

“40 showings and 4 offers since 4 pm yesterday….”

March 20:

“Sold for $280,000 cash! Done.”

Legendary Lane study Legendary lane master bath 2 Legendary Lane master bath Legendary Lane master Legendary lane Family 2 Legendary Lane Family Legendary Lane kitchen 2 Legendary Lane DR Legendary Lane foyerNow to be honest, this was a very unique home in the heart of Plano, and a wonderful example of how creativity can take what some might call an “ordinary home” and turn it into a knock-out. Yes people, it is possible.

This is a typical floorplan with 4 large bedrooms, three full and one-half baths, just a smidgen over 2800 square feet. The sellers popped in tons of upgrades including wood floors throughout, custom paint, built ins, upgraded stainless steel fixtures. Note the brick walls in the kitchen. Why don’t more home builders build with brick walls?

Then they remodelled the master bath, getting rid of the usual blah white wood and Corian with dual vanities and a frameless shower. All closets throughout are generous, knocked-out. The kitchen is really the showplace of this home with the granite counters and breakfast room. Then there is the pool, viewable from the living room and formals, and that cute draped cabana that evokes images of Casa Blanca.

This home is adorable and it was sold for more than asking in less than two days. If you are in the market for a new home, it is more important now than ever to be ON TOP of listings the second, I mean the second, they hit MLS.Legendary Lane pool

 

Plaza Retail Looking East Along State Street

Less than a decade ago, “transit-oriented development” was a buzzword you couldn’t escape. It was heralded by DART Rail boosters as a way to make mass transit and greater urban density more palatable and accessible. Since then we haven’t seen much in the way of successful transit-oriented development, as even Mockingbird Station — the project that was touted as a model for such building concepts — has had ups and downs.

But with more people moving to Dallas, and many of them coming from areas where mass transit is a way of life, not just a talking point, transit-oriented development is resurfacing, too.

In fact, a completely new development slated for a 186-acre tract adjacent to the Bush Turnpike DART Rail station and straddling Plano Road. Developer KDC has dubbed the project “CityLine” as it sits between both Richardson and Plano.

State Farm has already signed on to lease 1.5 million square feet inside its three office towers, which will total 2.3 million square feet in the project’s initial phase. There will be 92,000 square feet of retail as well as 3,925 multi-family housing units.

According to Walkable DFW’s Patrick Kennedy, the success of this development is as yet unclear, especially considering that this project “has changed hands several times already,” he said via Twitter. The big winner, according to him, will be downtown Plano.

You can read the buzzword-laden press release in full below. Do you think that this project is the kind of “new urbanism” that will make suburbs more sustainable?

KDC ANNOUNCES PROJECT NAME AND PLANS FOR INITIAL PHASE OF 186- ACRE TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT IN RICHARDSON, TEXAS 

Newly named “CityLine” development to feature hotel, retail, multi-family, fitness,

medical and office space 

RICHARDSON, Texas – (October 24, 2013)  – Developer KDC today announced plans for the initial phase of its transit-oriented development located on 186 acres in Richardson, Texas.  The company also announced the name of the development: CityLine. 

“The name CityLine was a natural choice as the development is on the border of two great cities: Richardson and Plano,” said KDC’s Walt Mountford.  “It’s adjacent to DART’s existing light rail station and is also surrounded by key highways and two major thoroughfares.  CityLine will be an instant city with a true urban environment.”

The $600 million, 2.3 million-square-foot initial phase of CityLine is slated for completion in early 2015.  It includes KDC’s property west of Plano Road and adjacent to the DART light rail station.  Project specifics include dense urban restaurant, retail and entertainment space; a contemporary 150-room select service hotel; 520 new urbanism multi-family residential units; an 18,000-square-foot wellness and fitness facility; a 41,000-square-foot medical office building; and a 3.5-acre park with trails, all woven within the recently announced 1.5 million square feet of office towers leased by State Farm. 

“CityLine has been a team sport, and KDC has been fortunate to work with great designers and development partners to create an outstanding place for the community,” said Steve Van Amburgh, KDC’s CEO.  “I can’t think of another development that, upon opening, will completely integrate over 1.5 million square feet of office with retail, restaurant, entertainment, multi-family, medical, fitness, and hospitality uses into an exciting experience for all who live in DFW.”

The focal point of the initial phase will be CityLine Plaza, a centrally located urban plaza designed by Office of James Burnett (OJB), the landscape architect of Dallas’ signature Klyde Warren Park.  Framing CityLine Plaza, fronting Plano Road, and located along State Street will be more than 92,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space.  KDC has selected Dallas-based Retail Street Advisors to start pre-leasing and marketing.

“KDC and its design team have created a truly compelling urban environment that will attract a dynamic mix of dining and entertainment options,” said Aaron Stephenson of Retail Street Advisors.  “State Street and CityLine Plaza are oriented and scaled specifically for pedestrians to encourage sidewalk and patio activity and to promote community interaction and gathering throughout the day.”

Buildings that incorporate several uses are central to the CityLine master plan. Restaurant, retail and entertainment spaces are integrated into the base of the office towers, the multi-family residential, and the hotel, allowing CityLine Plaza and both sides of State Street to be surrounded by activity.  The master plan also focuses on creating a walkable, pedestrian-friendly environment, while providing easy access for vehicles and ample parking in the 7,700 spaces within CityLine parking garages.

In July, KDC broke ground on the project and announced State Farm will lease 1.5 million square feet in three office towers. The Class A office buildings consist of a 13-story tower, 15-story tower and 21-story tower.  Each tower is situated on a five-level parking structure along with ground floor retail space.

KDC acquired the land for the Richardson master-planned project in December 2012.  The project, adjacent to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) Bush Turnpike Station on its Red Line, will be a transit-oriented development on the east and west sides of Plano Road. The east side includes the 147.5 acres of land on the north side of Renner Road, between Plano Road and Wyndham Lane.  The west side includes 38.5 acres of land south of President George Bush Turnpike between Plano Road and the DART light rail tracks.  

At full build-out, the $1.5 billion CityLine project will contain approximately six million square feet of office space, two hotels, 3,925 multi-family residential units, 300,000 square feet of grocery, restaurant, entertainment and retail space, and three parks.

Corgan is the State Farm office architect and Omniplan is the CityLine retail architect and master planner.  Kimley-Horn is the civil engineer and OJB is the landscape architect.