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Building a Home: In the Metroplex, Let the Neighborhood Lead You

June 17th, 2013 | by The Update
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The Estates at Craig Ranch offer a spectacular opportunity to choose the home, location—even the view—that most inspires beautiful living.

Before you can choose your lot, detail your building plan or even think about a home style, you need to find the perfect neighborhood in which to build a new home, says veteran Realtor Christy Berry.

Because even the most beautiful home won’t make you happy if you don’t like what’s right over your lot line. Community amenities, friendly neighbors, good schools – they all need to make you happy first.

“You have to find the neighborhood that appeals to your lifestyle,” says Berry, a senior vice president with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “You have to feel comfortable there before you make your big investment.”

Berry represents The Estates, one-acre luxury building lots in McKinney. The Estates neighborhood is in the award-winning, master-planned community of Craig Ranch, which offers the Cooper Fitness Center & Spa, TPC Craig Ranch golf club, Dr Pepper Star Center skating facility, and tournament-quality baseball and soccer fields, all within the community.

She says her clients are choosing The Estates because of those amenities – with the ready access to Cooper Fitness Center, the golf club, and the community’s hike and bike trails topping the list.

Plus, the view is beautiful. The lots sit near the banks of Rowlett Creek and overlook the natural landscape of the golf club. The creek easements mean nothing can be built to obstruct the view.

“If you want panoramic views with nothing impeding the tree line and rolling greens, this is your choice,” Berry says.

Huntington Custom Homes and Sanders Custom Builders are building luxury residences from 3,500 square feet to 8,000 square feet on both half-acre and one-acre lots at The Estates. Sales consultant Mark Ingels says homebuyers are choosing The Estates for several key reasons: It’s a gated community, which is becoming hard to find in Dallas area. It’s close to major shopping areas. And it has a very rural feeling.

“The trend is to try to get a country feel while still having the convenience of the city,” Ingels says.

He says The Estates has attracted couples who are readjusting their lifestyle after their children have grown and young families who want a nice yard where you can build a lovely poolscape.

Both appreciate the unbeatable view from their new homes.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is Dallas’ luxury real estate leader, with more than 190 agents in five offices located throughout the Metroplex and access to the global Sotheby’s network, including more than 11,000 agents in 600 offices worldwide. For more information on escapes and second homesranch and land, and luxury homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and beyond, go to briggsfreeman.com.

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