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For Sale: 6 Princely Settings for 'Game of Thrones' Viewing

ZillowThis Texas castle's grand banquet hall could accommodate an army. By Catherine Sherman Where are you watching "Game of Thrones"? With the hit HBO show back for a fourth season, now is the perfect time to dream about a Red Keep of your own. Maybe a medieval-style fortress with turrets galore? Or, perhaps a... Continue Reading »

People Are Leaving California for Texas in a Big Way

Jed Kolko is the chief economist for online listings site Trulia. This article originally appeared on the Trulia Trends blog. A constant debate in California politics is whether jobs and people are leaving the state. This week, in fact, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is in California, trying to lure businesses to his state. He... Continue Reading »

Mom Marena Vasquez Throws Her Baby From 2nd-Floor Window as Fire Traps Them

A mother in Fort Worth, Texas, was forced to throw her 4-month-old son from the second-floor window of her apartment as a fire raged through her building and trapped them in their home. A maintenance worker at Marena Vasquez's apartment complex came running when he heard her screaming for help from the window while... Continue Reading »

$1.4 Million Mansion in Houston Is an Architectural Enigma (House of the Day)

This mansion in Houston is one of the weirdest things we've ever seen: It's like someone took pieces of a classic, stately chateau and an uber-modern spread and smashed them together. The listing calls the home "masterfully re-imagined," but as our friends at Curbed put it, that would be "totally accurate if said master... Continue Reading »

Edgel Family's Texas Rental Home Turns Out to Be Marijuana Grow House

One reason why a thorough inspection is necessary before moving into a home? It could reveal that the property used to be a massive marijuana grow house. But the Edgel family wasn't thinking in those terms when they moved from Utah into a house in Cypress, Texas. They didn't know the backstory: The home was involved... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: Kelly Clarkson Puts Her Texas Ranch on the Market for $1.495 Million

By Erika Riggs Singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson could live anywhere in the United States, but since her "American Idol" win in 2002, her primary residence has been in Mansfield, Texas, just 25 minutes outside of Burleson, where she grew up. However, it looks like Clarkson is ready to spread her wings: She has put... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: June 23-24

There's nothing quite like the lure of an open house sign. Granted, you might not be in the neighborhood (or tax bracket) for many of these outstanding properties, but there's still plenty to admire -- even from the comfort of your swivel chair. From coast to coast -- and everything in-between -- we lay down the welcome... Continue Reading »

Texas Family Wins Fight Against HOA to Keep Pet Kangaroo

We've covered HOA battles over statues and flags. Even playhouses for young children. But a baby kangaroo? Say it isn't so. Nick and Jeni Dreis of Spring, Texas, took home the 6-month-old red kangaroo as a vocational training animal for their 16-year-old daughter Kala, who has Down syndrome. Kala became fast friends... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: Under the Texan Sun

Longing for a slice of la dolce vita but not quite ready to haul out and move to Italy? Then this stunning Tuscan-style villa could be the perfect home for you. This gated, 15,341-square-foot estate in The Woodlands, Texas, has just hit the market for $14 million -- somewhat pricey for a home in the greater Houston... Continue Reading »

Unreal Estate: Bulgarian Models Victims of Voyeur Webcam

Each week, AOL Real Estate probes the corners of the Web to bring you offbeat dispatches from the world of real estate. This week brought word of two curious crimes against tenants and reports of bizarre-as-heck things you can purchase -- like towns, prisons and summer camps. Looks like the ogling which buffalo-wings... Continue Reading »

Dennis Quaid Lists Calif. Estate for $16.9M, Buys in Texas

Actor Dennis Quaid and his real estate agent wife, Kimberly Buffington, have put their Pacific Palisades equestrian estate on the market for $16.9 million -- a move that has some speculating that the couple will make their primary home in Texas where the Big Easy star was born and where his wife still has a stake in her... Continue Reading »

Did Jets' Loss to Steelers 'Steal' Super Bowl Rental Booty?

Who is going to spend $22,000 to lease a home just for Super Bowl weekend? Joseph Mannino, apparently. The New York-area businessman -- he is the senior vice president of sales for the Collegebound Network -- was planning on a pricey, but fun-filled weekend in Dallas on February 6. "We had a group of ten guys all ready... Continue Reading »

Disabled Veterans Receive Homes for the Holidays

Developers are often painted as the bad guys, but for five disabled veterans, one developer is a hero. Through a program known as Operation Finally Home, Boca Raton-based Bluegreen Communities is giving away five custom-built homes to disabled U.S. veterans. Each 3,000-square-foot house sits on a 1-acre lot at The Bridges... Continue Reading »

Home Prices: Army Housing Buoys El Paso

In celebration of Veterans Day, HousingWatch is featuring stories about veterans and their real estate experiences throughout the day. This Veterans Day we can thank the military for something else besides keeping our country safe: rescuing a depressed housing market. The expansion of the Fort Bliss Army base in El Paso,... Continue Reading »

U.S. Soldier Evicted by Homeowners Association While Serving in Iraq

Capt. Michael Clauer of Frisco, Texas was deployed and serving his country in Iraq when the Heritage Lakes Homeowners Association decided to sell his family's home. The story is an especially surprising one considering that the HOA foreclosed on the home owned by Capt. Clauer, who serves in the Army Reserve, and his wife... Continue Reading »

Dallas Home for Sale: University Park Colonial for Just Under $1M

With the average home in the desirable Dallas, Texas, suburb of University Park selling for more than $1 million, finding a deal can be difficult. This house at 4508 Stanhope St. in University Park is only $1 under $1 million -- listed at $999,999 -- but it's still a worthy home to buy with plenty of room in a great... Continue Reading »

Dallas: Lakewood House With 5BR and Huge Porch, $1.5M

I want a big house with a big porch so I can sit outside to relax on sunny days, and drink lemonade while sitting in a rocking chair and reading. I know it's a lot to ask for, but the house at 6848 Velasco Ave. in Dallas, Texas, has all that and more for $1,499,000. Not that I have that much money to spend on a house, but... Continue Reading »

Dallas Home for Sale: 3 Blocks From George W. Bush for $6.9M

Former President George W. Bush made news a little more than a year ago for buying a home in the wealthy Preston Hollow neighborhood in Dallas, Texas. Bush bought his home at 10141 Daria Place for a reported $2.1 million. Now, the chance to live near the former president and his wife, Laura, is available for $6,950,000 at... Continue Reading »

Luxury Living in Fort Worth, Texas for $850K

The incredible views of downtown Fort Worth, Texas and the luxury of a highrise condo tower make the condo at 500 Throckmorton St. worth a look. But what seals it for me is the location -- about 10 blocks from the Fort Worth Water Gardens. The urban park has been described as a "cooling oasis in the concrete jungle of... Continue Reading »

University Park, Dallas Home -- Suburb in the City for $1.5M

Living in a metropolitan city like Dallas, Texas, certainly has its advantages. There are all kinds of restaurants to try, sporting events and arts performances to attend, and enough people-watching to keep entertained. But what I like about this $1.5-million house at 3611 Caruth Blvd. in the city of University Park,... Continue Reading »

I Want This House! Golf Course Views in Fort Worth, TX, $750K

I don't play golf, but I'd like to someday have the time, money and patience to learn. Walking outdoors in the green grass sounds relaxing, although shanking too many golf balls into the rough can be frustrating fast. Still, with this $750,000 house at 4717 Crestline Road in Fort Worth, Texas, I could at least watch... Continue Reading »

I Want This House! Dallas, Texas Oasis, $950K

You don't expect to see much greenery in Texas, but this $950,000 house in Dallas has enough in the back yard and at nearby White Rock Lake that beating the summer heat while enjoying the view will be easy. I've written before here about big homes in Dallas at similar prices, but this one at 7151 Greentree Lane is unique... Continue Reading »

I Want This Dallas House, All 3,800 Square Feet of It, $899K

The new slogan for the city of Dallas is "Live large. Think big." That's exactly what I want to do at this house at 6652 Lakeshore Drive in Dallas. The 3,812-square-foot home in the Country Club Estates subdivision is huge, as everything in Texas should be, and has a large rooms and an open floor plan to make stretching... Continue Reading »

I Want This House in Forth Worth, With Indoor Basketball, Golf Course View, $5.2M

For $5.2 million, you'd expect this house for sale in Forth Worth, Texas, to have four large bedroom suites and five bathrooms that are each unique. But what makes this house in the Mira Vista neighborhood stand out is the location atop a hill overlooking a golf course, and extras such as an indoor basketball court and... Continue Reading »

Fantastic or Fanatic? Football Fan Goes Cowboys Crazy at Home

A Dallas area man is so psyched about the upcoming Superbowl XLV in Texas next year, he's designed his entire home around America's Team. Stoney Kersh is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan who says he's loved America's team since the day he was born. So intense a fan, in fact, that he "lives" with the Cowboys: Every inch of his... Continue Reading »

Florida Condo Goes Boom in Implosion

A 30-story hurricane-damaged condo in West Palm Beach, Fla. came tumbling down on Sunday in a Valentines Day implosion that made spectators' hearts go 'boom.' The scheduled implosion took only 15 seconds to crash the concrete and steel building into a 40-foot pile of rubble that will take about three months to clean up.... Continue Reading »

Landslide Threatens San Antonio Home-owners and Home Values

More than 80 families in a still under-construction San Antonio subdivision were evacuated Sunday when giant fissures as much as 15 feet deep opened up near their homes. Now, some of the residents want out. The president of Pulte Homes admitted to News 4 WOAI Monday night the home-builder has had problems in the past... Continue Reading »

Make Your House a Perfect Zero

For some, the phrase "off the grid" may still conjure up visions of a weather-beaten wood shack with rusted metal on the outside and angry tax evaders within. But that's about change, if two Texas-based architects have anything to do with it. The Austin American Statesman reported this month that after ten years in the... Continue Reading »

I Want This House: Marfa Edition

I want this house, for three reasons: Location, location, and location. Or maybe I should just say: Marfa, Marfa, Marfa. I'm referring to the tiny town in West Texas that's hard to get to, and even harder to leave. There's something about Marfa -- about the light, the air, the landscape -- that artists find irresistible... Continue Reading »

Bush Joins Tear-Down Brigade

Down in Texas, former President George W. and Laura Bush have joined a dwindling crowd: the home tear-down brigade. Though national home-razing stats are not available, the National Association of Realtors estimates that 75,000 homes are torn down annually. The most house-busting dust flies in suburban Chicago, the San... Continue Reading »

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