A Decked-Out Game Room Provides Hours of Fun for the Whole Family


In the same way that the kitchen is a busy space designed to bring people together, the game room is also a place for family fun. Modern game rooms are constructed to fit pool tables, video consoles, card tables, and large-scale table sports, such as foosball, table tennis, and air hockey. Here are five game rooms tailor-made for friendly family competition.

4412 Lakeside

The game room inside the Highland Park estate at 4412 Lakeside Drive has an energetic, fun-loving atmosphere. This game room features a fireplace, abundant natural light, and space for table tennis, video games, a poker table, and more.

6207 Rex

The game room inside the four-bedroom estate at 6207 Rex Drive is made for billiards aficionados. There’s room for a champion-size table and accessories, plus plenty of space for old-school video games and sports memorabilia.

6130 Desco

The nearly 7,000-square-foot home at 6130 Desco Drive features a beautifully designed game room that’s large enough for a billiards table, sofa, high-top table and chairs, and jukebox.

4612 Isabella

4612 Isabella Lane is made for entertaining indoors and out. While you’ll find a sport court and zip line in the backyard, the second floor features an expansive game room that can accommodate a pool table, a foosball table, video games, and seating, and there’s still plenty of space left over for more.

5139 Seneca

The regally designed game room at 5139 Seneca Drive is just as exquisite as the rest of the 16,000-square-foot Bluffview estate. The space has room for a billiards table and abundant seating. The parquet wood floors, columns, and bronze flair add a touch of sophistication.

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These Porches Should Attract Plenty of Trick-or-Treaters For Halloween Fun


Homeowners around the nation are poised to receive enthusiastic knocks from mini monsters, princesses, and superheroes who’ve descended upon their neighborhoods in search of sugary gold. In the spirit of Halloween, here are five treat-worthy porches.

9441 Tarleton


The porch at 9441 Tarleton Street is a great place for trick-or-treaters to mix and mingle, but check out the balcony, which just screams out for haunted high jinks. This four-bedroom home was designed by an architect, and features abundant natural light and hardwoods throughout. There are views of White Rock Lake from the front yard, and the home is in proximity to the Dallas Arboretum, a dog park, and hike and bike trails.

4246 Northview


4246 Northview Lane is a five-bedroom home with a front porch large enough to invite dozens of your closest friends over. This traditional two-story home, located near Hockaday, has features such as hand-scraped wood floors, a chef’s kitchen, oversize bedrooms, a three-car garage, and a backyard with a fire pit and mature trees.

6207 Rex


The wrap-around porch at 6207 Rex Drive affords great views of the green space just beyond the property line of this corner lot. This one-owner custom build features two master suites (one on each level), a billiards room, a craft room, a heated pool with color-changing lights, a covered patio, and lush landscaping. The home has art niches, abundant storage, and surround sound.

915 Woodlawn


The Craftsman home at 915 Woodlawn Avenue was completely remodeled in 2013. The covered front porch is perfect for relaxing, and the swing adds a touch of charm. Situated on a large corner lot, the three-bedroom home has a gourmet kitchen with a breakfast nook, updated thermo windows, and original hardwood floors. Outside, you’ll find a large yard, a sunshade, atrium glass doors, and a raised garden bed.

417 S Denton


The four-bedroom red-oak manor at 417 S. Denton Street, located in Gainesville, blends historic design with modern conveniences. The grand wrap-around porch is Halloween-party ready, with plenty of space for decorations and holiday festivities. The property features unique touches such as stained-glass windows, wooden pocket doors, and six fireplaces throughout. Included in the property is a two-bedroom, one-bath apartment.

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