This is what $3M will buy you in the North Texas real estate market – The Dallas Morning News

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How far does a budget of $3 million stretch in North Texas? We asked that very question while perusing real estate listings in Dallas, Tarrant and Collin counties. What we found are three very different properties: a new build in University Park, a sprawling French traditional in Frisco and a midcentury modern beauty in Fort Worth. But all three homes share something in common — they’re spectacular spaces to entertain and feature beautiful landscaping.

Neighborhood: University Park in Dallas | Square Footage: 5,586 | Listing Price: $3,095,000


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This five-bedroom home, which was recently built by Strange & Sons Development, is nestled in Caruth Hills in the coveted University Park neighborhood. The home not only offers a prime central location to restaurants and shopping centers like Highland Park Village and Snider Plaza, but the main draw for many buyers is its access to the Highland Park Independent School District.

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The open-concept layout features a bright aesthetic and offers a versatile floor plan that’s perfect for entertaining. “The open layout maximizes natural light and ventilation, contributing to a brighter and more comfortable ambiance,” says listing agent Damon Williamson, managing partner of The Agency. “Overall, the thoughtful design of the house facilitates easy movement, accessibility to amenities and a dynamic entertainment experience for residents and guests alike.” For instance, the expansive kitchen, which features top-of-the-line Monogram appliances and beautiful custom cabinets, looks out to a large living area and a breakfast dining space — perfect spots for guests to mingle.

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There are also multiple points overlooking the backyard, such as from the set of double doors in the second-floor primary bedroom that lead to a balcony. “The numerous doors, adorned with elegant designs, beckon you to explore the beautifully landscaped backyard and resort-style pool, covered patio and a fully equipped outdoor kitchen,” says Williamson. You’ll also find stunning hardwood floors and custom millwork throughout the two-story home.

Neighborhood: Villages of Stonebriar Park in Frisco | Square Footage: 6,518 | Listing Price: $2,750,000

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Located on a cul-de-sac in the gated Villages of Stonebriar Park neighborhood in Frisco, this French-style five-bedroom home was built in 2005 by Tommy Palmatier. High-end materials are integrated throughout the home, including Old Virginia Lynnhaven wood-mold bricks at the front entrance and Pennsylvania blue flagstone on the back patio. “One of my favorite features is the incredible and extensive woodwork,” says listing agent Cindy O’Gorman with Ebby Halliday. “The arched casings and trim around doorways, the unique wood and beamed ceiling treatments and the many built-ins show the high-quality finish outs.”

Aside from the two-story home’s craftsmanship, the layout is ideal for family living and large gatherings. “The floor plan is great for entertaining with its large, open rooms,” says O’Gorman. On the first floor you’ll find a luxurious primary suite, a guest suite, a formal dining room, a formal living room (which is currently being used as an office), a game room and a kitchen that overlooks the family room. “The enormous kitchen is perfect for the gourmet cook,” says O’Gorman. It’s outfitted with high-end appliances, two dishwashers, an abundance of cabinet and counter space, and a walk-in pantry.

A large craft room and three additional bedrooms with vaulted ceilings are located upstairs. The property is completed by a custom saltwater pool in the backyard, which features an integrated cleaning system, a gas heater and fountains with LED lights.

Neighborhood: Overton Park in Fort Worth | Square Footage: 3,680 | Listing Price: $2,900,000

It’s not often a pristine midcentury modern ranch-style home comes to the market. This 1950s-era home in Fort Worth’s Overton Park neighborhood boasts the original square footage (no additions) with only small cosmetic updates and a few opened up walls. “The owners have kept the same layout since purchasing the home,” says listing agent Dillon Dewald, a realtor with League Real Estate. “Everything lends to having long views out the windows.” And speaking of windows, Dewald notes that each room, including the bedrooms, has a view of either the front courtyard or the grounds behind the home. “When you are inside, you are still very aware of the outside,” he says. “Living flows seamlessly from the indoors to the outside.”

But the home’s showstopper is the kitchen painted a bold mint green hue inspired by Barbie’s Dream Kitchen, which was released in the mid-1960s. Unlike Barbie’s tiny kitchen however, here you’ll find a gorgeous hooded range, double ovens, stainless steel appliances, and copious storage and counter space. And once again, there’s a direct throughway to the outside. “The kitchen space is easily connected to the covered outdoor living space with oversized sliders,” says Dewald.

The 1.4-acre lot with its outdoor living area and pool is a prime spot for taking in nature or hosting a family gathering. “It truly feels like a retreat within the city, with a good portion of the outdoor space being a heavily treed hillside,” says Dewald. “From the backyard area, there is an expansive and elevated view to the west/southwest of Fort Worth — perfect for watching the sunset.”

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