This Week’s Home Crush: Briar Pointe Villas

I’m helping show the model home of these beautiful townhomes on Main Street in the growing community of North Richland Hills. Let me know if you’d like to see the property, and I can help set up a time.

Favorite features:

  • Location, location, location! Central DFW location in the heart of North Richland Hills
  • Stunning entry way
  • Full rounded corners in the entry, living room, and dining room
  • Customizable with the help of the Innovation Builders Design Center team
  • Birdville Independent School District

The home shown in the video is proposed new construction, but I can show you the model home at 8301 Main Street.

Right around the corner, there’s also a new single-family home subdivision called StonyBrook, which still has some availability. Check out the frontage drawings of these new homes from Innovation Builders.

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Christina Kang

CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company


This Week’s House Crush

This 2010 David Weekley home in SW Dallas County was so well-loved by its current owners that it seems like a brand new home. It also happens to be located along one of my favorite drives in Dallas County, along Spur 408, just north of I-20.

Here’s a look at the neighborhood, which is just down the street from Dallas Baptist University and The Potter’s House. The neighborhood has a nice variety of housing options, such as the gorgeous home in the video above. But you’ll also find brownstone-style homes and homes with a smaller square footage.

The roundabouts and walking-trail-lined avenue that lead to the neighborhood gently ease you into your day and sweetly welcome you back home. Clay Academy is within walking distance of the featured home in this delightful neighborhood, which is carefully peppered with many planned green spaces. I particularly enjoyed seeing the use of native, drought-resistant plants.

A part of Duncanville ISD, this neighborhood may look like it’s out in the country, but it’s about 15 miles from downtown Dallas, about 17 miles from Cedar Hill State Park, and about 15 miles from one of my favorite places, Six Flags Over Texas.

What a find!

This Week’s House Crush

What I liked:

  • It’s in one of those wonderful hilly, treed SW Dallas neighborhoods that feels secluded but it’s just a couple of minutes from a major highway.
  • The screened-in porch has a view of trees, trees, trees.
  • The rooms are spacious yet cozy. I could see myself enjoying a cup of coffee in the eat-in kitchen in the morning.
  • The front living area made me want to curl up with a good book.

Give me a shout if you have any questions about it.

My Path to Real Estate

I’ve been getting crushes on houses since I was a kid. My first “windshield” house tours were on my elementary school bus, where I got a glimpse of my favorite houses every day when we cruised by.

When I was a schoolteacher in my 20s and looking for my first home, I loved touring homes with my realtor. My favorite houses were the ones where I couldn’t immediately tell what the layout was going to be. When I learned existed, it became one of my go-to places to browse on the Internet.

In the early 2000s, I was making a career change and real estate was on my list of paths to consider. But I didn’t feel I had the courage and skill to start my own business. Besides, my family had a realtor—my mother’s cousin, Jean Tutt—who had been selling homes for decades and still loved her work. And she helped countless people in the process.

But I played it safe and went for the corporate jobs in advertising and marketing. I learned a lot about catalog and Internet advertising and many aspects of B2B and B2C marketing. I wrote just about every kind of marketing copy you can imagine for the retail, education, and high tech industries. And at every transition, the one path that kept popping up was real estate.

When I started working as a freelance technical writer and marketing consultant, I did very well working as a social media marketing manager for a great big software company. I earned a grad certificate from Rutgers Business School in Social Media Marketing to help me understand content marketing strategy and the use of technology to reach audiences.

As that project wrapped up, I knew that it was time. I had a nice little nest egg, a big bag of skills, and—most importantly—the gumption to make the leap to the career I’ve been dreaming of for over two decades.

I got my license, found my broker, and have great mentors and coaches to guide me. What amazes me the most about where I am in my career is how every step along the way gave me a deep understanding of the unique skills used by realtors on a daily basis.

A decade of teaching taught me: how to be flexible, how to plan, how to think on my feet, to anticipate what someone needs, to research, to LISTEN, and how to care for people.

A decade and a half of marketing taught me: how to create marketing plans and develop concepts, how to set and MEET deadlines, how to help other people stay on schedule, and how to adapt to technology and communication methods.

And that’s just scratching the surface of what I learned on my path to real estate.

Here’s what’s essential to who I am, and who I will always be:
I love to learn.
I love to help people get what they want and need.
I still get crushes on houses.

I’m thankful to set foot on this path, and look forward to walking this path with those who will join me along the way.

Treasure Hunt, Duncanville: Main Street Pickers

If you haven’t peeked into Main Street Pickers at 408 N. Main Street in Duncanville, you should. Nick Nichols, has a created a space full of treasures, ranging from antiques to mid-century-modern furniture to quirky pieces you won’t find anywhere else. He also features some local artists such as Tomas Artiga and Gene Gregory.

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After Nick retired from Levine’s Department Stores, he opened up a couple of booths at Knick Knacks, where he sold his treasures for close to three years. When the space in the old Mason’s lodge on Main and Davis streets opened up in Summer 2016, he saw a great opportunity to put his retail experience to work. After some renovations, Main Street Pickers opened on July 13, 2016.

For the artsy-craftsy folks out there, Nick has a nice variety of chalk-based paint colors to choose from for a great price. The paints can be used on furniture, wood, metal, glass, and fabrics. When you’re in the shop, be sure to check out some of the painting projects Nick’s working on too.

Personal note: I was delighted to see the old Fain Street Surgical Clinic sign behind the cash register. Dr. Hugh Murray was the “ostetric” (sic) doctor who delivered me – during office hours – on a Monday back in the early 1970s.

Make sure you swing by Main Street Pickers during the next Duncan Switch Street Market (third Saturday from 8-2). Or take a look at Main Street Pickers Facebook page for a look at Nick’s fun finds.

Your friendly neighborhood Realtor,
Dawn McCallum
CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company