disclosure: this post is sponsored by Homes.com

I may or may not have mentioned this before—but I live in Hallmarkville.


You know. The town that has a downtown square with ribbon-wrapped lamp posts and passerbyers with packages and a strolling minstrel with a guitar and people that wave when you walk your dog.

The shopkeepers know you by name and some you went to high school with and some that you go to book club with once a month.

And there’s a pie shop that serves nothing but pies and coffee.

And Santa Claus stops by once a year.

The streets of town are lined with historic homes with porches full of porch swings and flowers and neighbors that wave when you walk by and invite you in for sweet tea.

So today I’m partnering with Homes.com and I thought it might be fun to take a little tour of some of the homes in my town that are for sale and play a little game.

Are you ready?

Let’s go.

This is home number 1

Fun fact. I’m friends with the owner of this home and I was friends with the owner before her.

I’ve played bunco in this house and laughed and giggled and told stories in this house and had sweet tea in these rooms.

This is one of my favorite houses on my block.

Come on in.

Let me show you around.

Now here’s what I thought would be fun. It’s kind of like our own version of one of those real estate shows you can watch on television.

Inquiring minds want to know.

Can you guess how much this house is worth?


Before we start—you need some basic information.

It’s in McKinney, Texas (where I live) which is part of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.

This home is 3,650 square feet and it was built in 1948.

It has 5 bedrooms and 4 baths.

The lot is really big for our historic district and it has a pool, an attached spa and a fully landscaped yard.

Okay you have all the info and you’ve seen the house.

Do you think it’s:

A. 425,000

B. 675,000

C. 895,000

D. 1,000,435

for the answer click here

Were you right?

Did you guess it? Of course, you did–you are a real estate professional.

Do you want to play again?

Oh, good. 

Because here’s house number 2.

This is home number 2

Fun fact. This house is right down the street from the house we used to live in before we moved to Kentucky.

I’ve walked by this house more times than I can count and I’ve always wondered what it looked like inside.

Well now?

Let me take you on a tour.

And now?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Can you guess how much this second house is worth?


Before we start—you need some basic information.

It’s in McKinney, Texas (where I live) which is part of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.

This home is 1886 square feet and it was built in 1936.

It has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths.

It has a small garage with a room walled off for workspace.

Okay you have all the info and you’ve seen the house.

Do you think it’s:

A. 197,000

B. 274,000

C. 379,000

D. 409,000

for the answer click here

Did you guess it?

Isn’t this fun?

Let’s play one more time.

Here’s house number 3.

This is home number 3

Fun fact. This house is a new discovery for me. The twins and I drove by it the other day and I fell in love.

It is a jewel box of a home.

It’s been completely remodeled and I LOVE the master bath.

And now?

Let me take you on a tour.

And now?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Can you guess how much this third house is worth?


Before we start—you need some basic information.

It’s in McKinney, Texas (where I live) which is part of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.

This home is 1439 square feet and it was built in the 1960s.

It has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.

There’s the cutest back patio and a giant back yard.

Okay, you have all the info and you’ve seen the house.

Do you think it’s:

A. 125,000

B. 279,000

C. 339,000

D. 427,000

for the answer click here

Thank you so much for playing along and touring our town.

I just love looking at homes and seeing the inside of homes that I’ve walked by all my life. I went to each of these homes open houses this past weekend and took video tours that I’m going to be sharing on Instagram and Facebook stories.

I’d love to know what you think of the houses.

Did you have a favorite?

I do.

Can you guess which one?

If you tell me which one was your favorite, I’ll e-mail you with mine. 🙂

Please note: these homes are for sale by one of the most incredible realtors I know, Susan Beers. If you are interested in more information on any of these properties, you can contact Susan at her office here.

disclosure: this post was written in collaboration with Homes.com.

All opinions are my own.

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  1. Image for Esther Esther

    Although there's something about each one that I like, I think my overall favorite is house #2. It has such a cute cottagey vibe!

  2. Image for Peg Peg

    House #2 is my favorite because I adore cute, little cottages! The exterior says "Please come in and have a cuppa!" I also underestimated every price! This was so much fun. Thank you!!! xoxo

  3. Image for jillian jillian

    LOL. Bunco. That's a blast from the past! I wish people played that here. Cute houses. Prices are a bit higher than I thought...we have watched too much Fixer Upper and Home Town...I think all houses in Texas and the South only cost 200,ooo plus a little work :) Still, love the sound of your town. If I sent you tours and prices from Boulder you would be aghast. We are always shaking our heads.

  4. Image for Maureen Melnik Maureen Melnik

    My favorite on the outside is number 1 but on the inside it is number 2. That blue velvet couch is everything.


    I liked #1 ...very pretty..but #2 calls to me because it is so cute..love cottage types homes...When you look at it ..it just says comfy cozy to me❤

  6. Image for Catherine Taylor Catherine Taylor

    I loved house number 2! I thought number 1 was stunning, but out of my price range. Number 3 is too modern for me. I'm guessing you like number 2 the best as well This was such a fun and clever thing for you to do. Let's do it again. I love looking at houses, even when I'm not buying! :)

  7. Image for j j

    Indeed this was fun cause it was different! And agree let's do this again! My vote is #2....admittedly didn't think too much of it from the outside, and yet inside was like wow. Love the four different chairs at the kitchen table......don't usually see that in homes nor on blogs. I like 'different.'

  8. Image for Joyce Torok Joyce Torok

    I enjoyed playing this game - and I got them all right! Thanks for doing this! I loved looking at all the houses!

  9. Image for Charlotte S Snodgrass Charlotte S Snodgrass

    Love this post and touring these homes. The third house is not my style but I'm guessing will sell quickly, and rightfully so, it's BEAUTIFUL! I love the curb appeal of #1. Thank you for sharing these homes on your blog Karianne.

  10. Image for Phyllis Phyllis

    I loved house number one. I also thought, even though it was the most expensive, that it was a bargain compared to the prices of the other two houses. Fun game. Let’s play again.

  11. Image for Eloise Fitzsimmons Eloise Fitzsimmons

    I had fun with this game . I vote for #1 . The price of #2 seemed high in comparison. I agree with an earlier comment, Fixer Upper and Home Town do so much with little $$ .

  12. Image for Claudia A. Claudia A.

    Let’s see, I choose #1. I mean it’s a game right? It’s got more bells and whistles. I guessed all the prices right. Truthfully I couldn’t afford any of them. Not even that cool bedspread in #3. Anyway you could grab that and send it over??? 😍

  13. Image for be be

    I loved this adventure. Always fun to look at others style. I liked 1 and 2, but didn't like the curb appeal of #2, so #1 gets my vote.

  14. Image for Terry C Terry C

    #3 all day, baby. And real estate is crazy. Here in Raleigh, NC where I live, those houses would have been MUCH MORE, especially if they were in our downtown core.

  15. Image for Barb Barb

    What a fun blog today. I also enjoy looking at other houses. I really like number 2 as well, it’s more my style.

  16. Image for Dianne Miley Dianne Miley

    Number one is my favorite and I got the price right! (I like the most expensive one, of course! I missed the price of #2 by $30k, and got #3 right too. Like you, I love looking at houses!!! 😉

  17. Image for Carol Carol

    I love number two. Houses are a lot cheaper where you live than in New Zealand where I live. You couldn't buy a cardboard box for $400,000 in Lower Hutt! It was a very interesting exercise.


    KariAnne, thanks for sharing these homes with us! My favorite is #2 because it is so cute and cozy! You live in such a wonderful area. There are such beautiful historic homes!

  19. Image for Jenn Jenn

    I loved this!! We used to live in an historic neighborhood before we moved to the country. It was just a much lower scale...$125,000-$150,000 homes, but they were all huge. Going for walks and peeking through open windows was an evening pass time. Number 1 was my favorite, but they were all so lovely!

  20. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    I'm torn between 2&3 - depends on what you want to do with/in them. 2 is probably more practical. Did you ever buy a little cottage for an office?? Weren't you going to do that at one time??

  21. Image for Jeanne Jeanne

    A fun game...can't believe I was way off (too low) on all the houses...so much for being Miss Authority on Real Estate :) My favorite was the largest - #1 because of the size, curb appeal and that pool. Fun!

  22. Image for Adrienne Adrienne

    Ok, you got me, I want to move to Texas now. Except, snakes... That's why I tell my husband we can't ever leave the Pacific Northwest, we have the smallest number of poisonous snakes and spiders here in the whole US. You see my problem. But enough sunshine for a pool is so tempting!

  23. Image for Stephanie Carrico Stephanie Carrico

    While I would gladly live in any of these lovely homes. I fell hard for #1, it has a fairytale feeling.


    That was fun! Managed to guess all three prices....I thought Number 3 was the most original, and loved 1 and 2.

  25. Image for Wen Wen

    They are all pretty- but I also loved #1 & the amazing amount of storage. I crashed & burned on the price of all 3 ?? And I actually live here ???

  26. Image for Pam Pam

    #2 for sure! I felt #1 and #3; although, beautiful were cold and unwelcoming. #2 was cozy! Perfectly decorated. It just said, “ Come on in! Let’s have some sweet tea and talk about our families. Thanks for the tour! The prices were unreal! 😀

  27. Image for Tori Tori

    Loved the exterior and bones of #1 - not to mention the coffered ceilings; and the cozy cottage vibe of #2. House 3 was cold, grey, and impersonal. It felt more like a public space than a personal home. Not to mention, I like ROOMS! 😀 All the original character had been removed for the grey invasion of the 2010’s. Yay for color in house #2!

  28. Image for pam pam

    My first choice is house 2, My second choice is house 1 and house 3 was still very nice but came in last. This was fun -- thanks for the tours ;'.

  29. Image for Beth Minger Beth Minger

    Hi Karianne!!! Wow - all beautiful - but I think #2 - boy houses in your area are a bit pricey! I bet your house is worth a billion dollars! Beautiful and lots of equity!!!!

  30. Image for Rev. Suzanne Taylor Rev. Suzanne Taylor

    My favorite is house #1. I really like the curb appeal, the back yard, the spaciousness of the home, the office area and so much more.

  31. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Tough decision, but I’m going with house #2! This was really fun! If your town is truly like hallmark I will find a way to get their some day❤️❤️❤️ I want to live, and hope, and dream in a hallmark town. I truly didn’t know if they really existed 🥰 Thanks, Lisa

  32. Image for Joi Joi

    I’m building a small cottage so I definitely chose #2. Mine will have a porch across the front which I feel this one is missing. Small and cozy appeals to me since my kids are all grown! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Image for Kris Kris

    I'm joining the crowd and saying #2--I sense we have a lot of cottage lovers in your comments section! The kitchen looks similar to mine so that might add to the appeal for me. #1 is lovely but is just .... too much house for me. #3 looks very staged but I think I would like it if I could add my own touches--the bones of the house are very classic and would accommodate a lot of different styles. It can be easy to let the decor of a home distract you from looking at the house itself.

  34. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    What fun! Hope you do this more often. I got #1 and #3 right but was way waaaaay off on #2. I love the first one best but it needs some changing up for sure. It had me at "pool." ♥

  35. Image for sue sue

    OMGoodness.....those homes are cute and quite inexpensive.....the smallest would be about 750,000 here in the Seattle/Bellevue market...and the first would be at least 2 million...probably more.....#2 though is my favorite....

  36. Image for Jane Jane

    It was my birthday yesterday and where do you think I wanted to go....my friend and I spent the day in your square. Shopping and eating and drooling over all of the gorgeous historic homes. It really is like a hallmark movie. It was a freezing cold, wind blowing kinda day, but I loved every minute of it. My friend bought me your amazing journal from Doozies. Best present ever!!! Love your blog.

  37. Image for Carrie Carrie

    I loved #1 because then I’d live near you!!! #3 bathroom tile! A-amazing!!! All three were so well decorated, it’s hard to decide !

  38. Image for Jeanine Jeanine

    This is kind of like the Price is Right! Unfortunately, I only guessed one correctly. House no. 2 is my choice. I too could look at houses all day. 😁

  39. Image for Jan Jan

    Number 1 gets my vote - for curb appeal and spaciousness! I live in a small home, so all that space is sooo enticing! Loved seeing these homes, KariAnne, thank you!

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