Lakehouse Living with the Greico-Smith Family

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The Greico-Smith home on Lake Texoma.

Coming from a family of homebuilders, Christy Greico-Smith had a head start when it came to designing her family’s Lake Texoma lakehouse. The mother of three — whose kids range in age from 6 to 15 — wanted an escape close enough to her Frisco home to jump in the car Friday afternoon and be home Sunday evening.

“It was important to cater to a varied group,” she says. “We’re entertaining children, teens, and adults all at once.”

Lakefront homes are hot commodities in today’s market.

The Smiths purchased a lot on the Oklahoma side of Texoma for their modern farmhouse-on-the-lake style home. “We fell in love with the sandy beaches. It feels like we’re at the ocean,” says Christy.

For the build, they turned to family-run, Oklahoma-based French Construction.

The company’s experience working with sand and lake terrain made it a seamless fit.

“We’ve been working in the area for more than 35 years,” says owner Rodney French. “Our specialty is building custom homes that are cost effective and meet the needs of the family at the same time.”

The great room features 22-foot cathedral ceilings.

Design-wise, Christy selected an open floor plan that would optimize the home’s 2,900 square feet of living space. The great room — incorporating the family and kitchen areas — sports 22-foot cathedral ceilings and opens up to a large backyard patio.

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Almost the entire house is tiled with white-washed wood-look porcelain — the perfect accent to the decorative black lighting fixtures.

Bunk beds provide ample sleeping space.

Other special features include a custom-built bunk room with four full-size and two twin beds. “It will sleep a ton of children,” says Christy. Just inside the back patio door there’s a shower that can double as a dog or kid wash station.

Outside, the Smiths opted for a low-maintenance combo of cactus and rock. Recreational activities abound, from swimming and boating to hiking and exploring. The area is also known for its UTVs and recreational vehicles, which make it easy to getting around town.

The home was a perfect summer getaway.

Though the lot was purchased and plans underway prior to COVID, the timing proved opportune. The lakehouse was a welcome respite throughout the summer.

For cooler weather, there’s a grilling area and picnic table for dining al fresco. A porch swing offers views of the water. Plans include an in-ground trampoline, tree swing, hot tub, and fire pit.

This 7542-square-foot Kingston estate is listed for $4.95 million.
This 2418-square-foot home on Lake Texoma is currently listed at $1,199,999.

Neighboring properties on the market range in price from $300,000 up to $5 million.

Most sell quickly, often the same day they’re listed.  Nearby, The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma is moving forward with plans to build a new casino resort. Pointe Vista, a new 2,700-acre mixed-use development on the Lake Texoma shoreline, features residential homes, a hotel, and a convention center.

“As the area continues to change and grow, we feel like it will only get more popular,” says Christy. “We’re hoping friends and family will not only visit, but buy in the area.”