402 W. 1st Street Corsicana

HGTV Fixer Upper  fanatics: Do you dream of modernizing a “house with character” into an idyllic country get-away, perhaps one with an art scene for surrounds? Take a gander at this Corsicana old house. If you caught Paper City’s current July/August issue feature “Move Over Marfa; Corsicana is Texas’ Latest Small-Town Arts Mecca,” you’re aware — led by the art center 100 West, the small oil boom town of yesteryear midway between Dallas and Waco is poised to develop into a colony for creatives.

There’s a movement afoot to cultivate a healthy retail and cultural scene in the “downtown area,” including restoring historic early 1900s-era housing nearby, too. Indeed our own Amanda Popken shared insight about Corsicana’s renaissance in a post this past spring. (Fair warning: the enthusiasm of the folks behind the activities to promote the initiative is infectious. Prepare to jump into arts support and entrepreneurial ventures in Corsicana yourself.)

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The property at 1019 E. Hells Gate Dr. in Graford, Texas, is currently listed for $7 million.

Anyone familiar with North Texas knows that the Hell’s Gate Fireworks Show at Possum Kingdom Lake is hands down the best July 4 party around. And if Possum Kingdom is the lake of the summer, then Hell’s Gate is the party cove. Here boaters, water skiers, and sunbathers flock to see and be seen at one of the hottest lakefront celebrations of the season.

This year we called on the experts to narrow down the best spots on the lake to celebrate. Whether you’re in the market for a splurge, or looking for a steal, each of these lake homes offer spectacular outdoor spaces for entertaining, and exceptional views of the Hell’s Gate fireworks. Get your pocketbooks ready people, these properties are hot, hot, hot!

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Clifton

Artist Bruce Greene’s bronze sculpture, titled “On the Banks of the Bosque,” the centerpiece of Heritage Plaza in Clifton, Texas

So your family wants a vacation home in the country, but peace and quiet are just not enough for you — you require art and social outlets built around it to feed your soul, even in a rural retreat.

Take heart. There’s a North Texas place not far from Dallas-Fort Worth that just might fill the bill. The thriving community of Clifton, Texas, has cultural amenities galore and is easily accessible to townies, lake house and ranch owners in the area.

Pre-eminent in the vibrant little town is its art scene. Click below for the story of how Clifton became such a creative nexus, and see a nifty little waterfront home on Lake Whitney available to satisfy the soul of art lovers looking for a weekend getaway spot with cultural treasures.  (more…)