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.


9812 Saint Annes Front

There’s a subtle line with traditional decor that you don’t want to cross. Often what starts out as a great traditional formal living room sometimes veers into the over-done swag curtain abyss. Luckily, this gorgeous West Plano home inside Ridgeview Ranch Estates is on the tasteful side of traditional.

Things you’ll love about this home right off the bat: The two-sided fireplace that adds warmth and ambiance to both the den and formal living rooms; the open formal dining room that blends seamlessly with the formal living room; the lovely golf course views.

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Listed by Vivo Real Estate’s Bernice Maez for $289,900, this West Plano home is in perfect shape for a family to move right in and start living. It has four bedrooms, three baths, and 2,700 square feet. There’s a two-plus car garage, perfect for parking both family vehicles and even a golf cart, too, should you want to take advantage of the links in this fantastic community.

9812 Saint Annes Fireplace 9812 Saint Annes Kitchen

Another great feature of Ridgeview Ranch is that it feeds into top-scoring Frisco ISD schools. And considering that there is plenty of space in this home, you’ll have tons of room for your teenagers to be close, but not too close. The kitchen is a great hangout place for doing homework, thanks to the great breakfast area and open layout. With custom backsplash, granite counters, and stainless steel appliances, it’s an eyeful, too.

9812 Saint Annes Master

The master suite is well-appointed, but I’m not in love with the carpet (full disclosure: I am rarely ever in love with carpet). Still, the tray ceiling makes it feel elegant. The color on the walls is a bit overpowering. It’d look fantastic in a neutral gray or greenish beige with a bright white paint on the ceiling and maybe a graphic rug beneath the bed to add symmetry.

9812 Saint Annes Master Bath

The master bath is huge, but thanks to the wallpaper, it feels a bit dated. Don’t let that discourage you, though, as these spacious vanities, separate garden tub and shower, as well as walk-in closets, should be enough to persuade you to buy and do a tiny bit of work remodeling. Trust me, it’ll be worth it!


9812 Saint Annes Backyard 9812 Saint Annes Golf CourseOutside you’ve got that fantastic view of the course, which is absolutely verdant come spring. You’ve also got room for a lovely garden, and a rear patio that is fantastic for grilling with friends.


West Plano Squatters

Photos: WFAA/Plano Police Department

Maybe we need to get over this whole “possession is 9/10ths of the law,” mentality, because some folks are taking it way too far.

In another case of a home on the market getting some unexpected tenants, Jack Brewer, 74, and his wife were arrested at the home of Jeff and Melissa Nunn after trying to assume ownership of the home, claiming it was abandoned and using a rule that hasn’t worked so well in the past.

Jack BrewerAccording to the story from WFAA, the Brewers had binders full of sensitive personal documents from the Nunns, including their recently filed divorce decree, which, by the way, was why the Kings Ridge home was vacant (not abandoned) in the first place. They had even gone so far as to tape a notice on the window of the home claiming it was abandoned and that they were taking possession. But when neighbors noticed strange folks moving into the Nunns’ home, they reported them. Smart neighbors!

Police are puzzled though, considering the amount of information the Brewers had. Could this be a bigger plot to seize homes? All this happened while the Nunns were readying their home for the market, which leaves me wondering — how do you protect a vacant home on the market from squatters and thieves?

I’m thinking a good security system is a start, as well as keeping your neighbors in the loop. Agents, how would you prevent this from happening?

Notice From Brewer

Plano Legacy

According to 24/7 Wall Street, our neighbors to the north in Plano live in the best-managed city in the U.S., beating Madison, Wisc., and Irvine, Calif., for top honors. Just how did they come to their conclusion, crowning one of the most popular Dallas suburbs as king?

24/7 Wall St. has completed its second annual ranking of the 100 largest cities in the U.S., based on local economies, fiscal management, and quality of life measures. To evaluate how well a city is managed over the long-term, we looked at factors like the city’s credit rating, poverty, education, crime, unemployment, and regional GDP.

Interestingly, Irving was the only other North Texas city to make the top 20 best-managed list from the investing website. Austin scored a spot at No. 9, and Lubbock (yes, Lubbock!) came in at No. 19, beating Boston. Sounds a little nuts to me, but I didn’t come up with the methodology. Still, it’s got to make Frisco and McKinney green with envy that Plano consistently ranks as one of the top communities in the U.S.

It’s one of the region’s top destinations for corporate relocations, too. Tons of national brands are moving to Plano, and bringing a skilled workforce and high salaries with them.

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Stats from 24/7 Wall Street

Now, when we talk about Plano, we should really talk about West Plano and Plano East. Two different sides of the same coin, in my opinion. In West Plano, you’ll find tons of high-end shopping at the Shops at Legacy, as well as super luxurious homes and top-notch schools. You can find out more about West Plano on our neighborhood page.



Some days I imagine moving to the suburbs. But it’s my love for East Dallas and everything it has to offer (including being about 15 minutes from downtown, a lake, bike trails, great shopping, awesome neighborhoods, etc.) that keeps me urban instead of suburban.

Still, I look at some of the houses and how much home you can get for your money in a place like, oh, say, the Hickory Ridge subdivision of Plano, and I imagine my suburban home, with two SUVs parked in the garage and a golden retriever.

If life north of LBJ is more your thing, then 9320 Old Veranda marketed by 2 Clarks Real Estate is a great place to start. This home is in northwest Plano, which, conveniently enough, is inside the Frisco Independent School District. You’re just south of the Sam Rayburn Tollway (Highway 121 for the uninitiated) and so close to IKEA you can almost smell the Scandinavian-designed furniture hand-crafted in China.

What you compromise with a commute is plenty of room to satisfy everyone. You get four bedrooms, four baths, a media room, a downstairs office, two-car garage, and a pretty sizable backyard. There’s stainless and granite in the kitchen and hardwoods underneath your feet and tons of natural light pouring through the windows.

And you get all of it — all 3,430 square feet — for just $332,000. (There is an HOA, and dues are $250. The annual fee gets the buyer access to the clubhouse and community pool, too.)

That just floors me. A home that size in a desirable area of East Dallas would cost at least half a million, if not much more depending on how close you can get it to White Rock Lake.

What other suburbs have great values for tons of space?