Spotlight Series – Irving

Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.

20th Stop: Irving – The Most Diverse US Zip Code with 6 Fortune 500 Headquarters!

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Settlers came to the area that is now Irving in the 1850s, and communities such as Sowers, Kit Shady Grove, Union Bower, Finley, Estelle and Bear Creek sprang up in the last half of the century. The new town of Irving, founded in 1903 by J.O. Schulze and Otis Brown, eventually swallowed most of these settlements. Irving was officially incorporated April 14, 1914.

Schulze and Brown, who were employed by the Chicago, Rock Island & Gulf Railway, arrived in 1902 to survey a railroad route between Fort Worth and Dallas. Having decided that this area would be an ideal town site, they bought 80 acres from the Britian family in 1902. The co-founders sold the first town lots at a public auction on Dec. 19, 1903. The post office at nearby Kit was moved to Irving in 1904.

The City Council adopted author Washington Irving as the city’s namesake in 1998. Local historians believe that Irving co-founders Otis Brown and J.O. Schulze decided in 1902 to name the city after Netta Barcus Brown’s favorite author. Schulze, a graduate engineer from the University of Iowa and member of the Washington Irving Literary Society, also was partial to the name Irving.

For more information about Irving and other communities within our exciting Dallas Metro, contact us at 214.769.2142.



Spotlight Series – Highland Park

Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.

19th Stop: Highland Park







  • The Town of Highland Park is located approximately 3 miles north of the center of Dallas.
  • The Town was incorporated in 1913.
  • The Town is 2.26 square miles in size.
  • Highland Park has approximately 8,900 residents.
  • The Town was named “Highland Park” because of its higher elevation compared to the surrounding area and because 20% of developed land was reserved for park space.
  • One of the oldest Christmas Traditions in Dallas County is the annual lighting of The Big Pecan Tree.
  • The Town is approximately 2 miles from Love Field Airport.
  • Highland Park is located approximately 30 minutes from DFW International Airport.

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The Big Pecan Tree

A true treasure in Highland Park is the grand old pecan tree on Armstrong Parkway at Preston Road. This mammoth tree is approximately 75 feet wide by 75 feet tall and is over 140 years old.

In 1843, Dr. John Cole of Virginia and the first physician of Dallas County, acquired 410 acres as a headright from the Republic of Texas. He began buying additional acreage that included the area that would become Highland Park and part of University Park.
The pecan tree was discovered by Cole’s son Joseph Cole while planting corn, when he unknowingly plowed over a small pecan tree. The story goes that Joseph Cole, having come home from the Civil War witnessing so much destruction and killing, staked the tree up to protect it, and hand-watered the pecan tree as a testament to life. In 1888, Joseph Cole, sold 294.9 acres to the Philadelphia Place Land Association, with the understanding that the purchaser would continue to protect the tree. The land on which the pecan tree stands was acquired by John S. Armstrong in 1908, for $21 per acre.

When developing the town years later, it is reported that Hugh Prather, Sr. was offered a million dollars for a lot that would include the pecan tree.  His sons-in-law, Edgar Flippin and Hugh Prather, hired the noted city planner George E. Kessler to design a parkway to protect the tree and provide it with a place of honor at the entrance of town

And because of the story, it became known as the “Million Dollar Monarch.   The first lighting of the pecan tree occurred during the Christmas holidays in 1927. The tree has been adorned with lights every holiday season since, except during World War II and during the 1973 energy crisis. The lighting of the tree is recognized as the oldest community tree lighting tradition in Dallas County.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Image result for Highland Park TX + million dollar monarchThe first lighting of the tree occurred during the Christmas holiday season  in 1927 to promote their new development, Highland Park West. The tree has been adorned with lights every holiday season since,except during World War II. and during the 1973 energy crisis. The lighting of the tree is recognized as the oldest community Christmas tree lighting tradition in Dallas County. The tree requires four men and almost one week to decorate with over 5,000 red, blue, orange, and green Christmas lights.

The Event
The Town of Highland Park will hold the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony for the “Big Pecan Tree” on Armstrong Parkway, just west of Preston Road, on the first Thursday of December.

Million Dollar Monarch
You can view KERA, executive producer Rob Tranchin’s Emmy Award-winning short story on the tree titled Million Dollar Monarch:


The walkability and safety of the city’s tree-lined streets, zealously patrolled by the town’s police force. And, of course, the private-school-quality education at public-school prices that Highland Park ISD provides its students.

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The western edge of Highland Park falls outside the boundaries of the Highland Park school district, which is why you’ll see home prices drop significantly from one side of the Dallas North Tollway to the other. Still ain’t cheap.


A stroll and picnic along Turtle Creek in Lakeside Park, set among jaw-dropping homes, is a lovely option for whiling away an afternoon. Then marvel at how many photographers show up to shoot family portraits there in the twilight.
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For more information about Highland Park and other communities within our exciting Dallas Metro, contact us at 214.769.2142.

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Spotlight Series – Heath

Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.

18th Stop: Heath

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Community Population:
Rockwall and Kaufman Counties
Housing Units:
Approximately 2,660
City Type:
Home Rule City
October 12, 1959
Median Age:
44.9 years
Median Home Value:
Median Household Income:

Heath is a community of more than 7,400 residents. The City of Heath is committed to preserving a special way of life where rolling hills and the sparkling lake provide a serene backdrop for beautiful neighborhoods and distinctive homes.

While this pastoral setting offers a sense of being removed from the bustle of city life, residents enjoy spectacular views of the Dallas skyline and easy access to the business, cultural and entertainment amenities of the Metroplex.  Image result for heath texas + parks


Heath’s growing trail system and two municipal parks, including one along the lake, contribute to an enjoyable lifestyle. First-class recreational opportunities are also offered by Rush Creek Yacht Club, home to Olympic Gold Medalist sailors, and the award-winning Buffalo Creek Golf and Country Club.Related image

Exemplary schools include the state-of-the-art Rockwall-Heath High School. The City welcomes the advent of low-impact businesses to provide goods, services and entertainment to its growing population.

For more information about Heath and other communities within our exciting Dallas Metro, contact us at 214.769.2142.

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OPEN HOUSE this SUNDAY from 1-3pm | Gated Community of Bridgewater Crossing, Richardson 75082 – 4 Bed 3.1 Bath

OPEN HOUSE this Sunday from 1-3pm

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Welcome home to 3410 Sweetwater Drive. Privately located in the gated community of Bridgewater Crossing in Richardson, TX.
From the moment that you walk through the front door, you are greeted by the meticulously designed residence; the homeowners sparing no expense in their finishing luxury touches and floorplan customization.
Built by America’s Luxury Home Builder – Toll Brothers; this 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home is now ready for you to call HOME. Nestled in one of the most sought after suburbs in the Dallas Metro | Richardson, TX.
Warm hardwood floors can be found throughout most of this home. An inviting Formal Dining room with soaring ceilings in the perfect place to enjoy those special meals. A gas/wood burning fireplace can be found in the Family Room is the perfect spot to curl up with a great book or catch up with good friends.
This open and flowing floorplan invites you into the family gathering area and the real heart of the home – the Chefs’ Kitchen…here you will find only the finest of quartz countertops, matchstick tile/stone backsplash, sliding drawer for the waste receptacle, 5 burner gas stove-top, cabinetry extended to ceiling and a large walk-in pantry with added storage.
The first floor is where you will find the Master Bedroom Suite and Spa-Bath with large walk-in closet. The Master suite with sitting area has a private entrance onto one of the 2 outdoor patios. As you enter the spa-bath, be sure to look inside the custom cabinetry – electrical outlets are thoughtfully hidden inside the main cabinet; allowing for a clutter free countertop. Take a soak in the relaxing tub or enjoy the large step-down glassed-in shower with convenient seat.
The second level landing brings you to a Bonus area that can be used for your Media, Library or Office. Bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 are found on the level along with 2 full baths. The 4th Bedroom is complete with its own private full bath – perfect for visiting guests, family or that teenager!
Your garage has been extended with towering ceilings perfect for added top storage.
Features Found in this Toll Brothers home:
– Advance Monitored Security System with installed cameras
– Plantation Shutters throughout home
– Solid Core Doors
– Designer Crown Molding – Wide
– Glassed-In Showers and Doors in all Baths
– 2 separate backyard patio sitting areas
– Large Stone Pavers in Backyard
– 10,000+ in added Landscaping
– Extended Garage for added storage
– Surround-sound Speakers – 2nd level Bonus Room area
– Garage Key Pad
– Recessed Ceiling Lighting
– Toll Brothers Builders Warranty in place

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Live•Play•Grow•D.FW – COMING SOON…..TOMORROW! | West Plano Gem in Hunters Glen – Plano ISD

A Rare Find in West Plano! Photos Below

Beautiful Corner Lot with Pool and Wading section for the little ones!  Conveniently located to 75, George Bush Toll, Dallas North Tollway, Toyota, State Farm, Raytheon, Liberty Mutual, Richardson Corridor – Great parks, restaurants, minutes from Dallas proper plus so much more!

Let’s take a look!  Just call or text to set up an appointment:  214.769.2142  OR stop by the Open House this Saturday and Sunday between 2-4pm

5 bedroom with 2.1 baths | Bonus – Bath on 2nd level with 2 separate showers and tub. Over 3000 sq. ft.

  • Plano ISD

  • Elementary                Hughston   Exemplary

  • Middle                        Haggard     Exemplary

  • High                             Vines

  • Senior High               Plano Senior        Home of the Wildcats!

Link to photos – 2236 Cross Bend Rd Plano

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