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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There's nothing quite like a Texas lake house. This one, at 1901 Park St. in Azle, is located close to Fort Worth. All photos: Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty

There’s nothing quite like a Texas lake house. This one, at 1901 Park St. in Azle, is located close to Fort Worth. All photos: Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Lakeshore living is at its finest in the Lone Star State, where these five lake house will surprise you with their views, amenities, and luxury. Take a look at a couple of our favorites places for relaxing this summer, thanks to Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

Elegant Exclusive on Eagle Mountain Lake

Texas Lake House

Texas Lake House

1901 Park St., Azle

Listed by John Zimmerman for $2.099 million

Just northwest of Fort Worth is Eagle Mountain Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in North Texas, spanning 8,694 acres. This house has gorgeous views, and the 2.77-acre property is heavily treed with an engineered sea wall and extensive drainage system. The drive-up to the house features street lights from famed Avenue Foch in Paris. The exterior of the home is limestone, cut, polished, and imported from Syria, and solid, double-hung wood Anderson windows create unmasked views of the property while offering the highest energy efficiency. There’s even a boat dock with a lift for two boats. Designed by William Beck and custom built by prize-winning builder Landon Banks, this 5,918-square-foot house has a gourmet kitchen with commercial-grade appliances and a cozy sitting area with a fireplace. All four bedrooms are ensuite, and there are marble, limestone, and designer details throughout.

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