There’s No Living Like Lake Living

There’s No Living Like Lake Living

by Susan Neuhalfen

They say if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life. Clyde Fisher is the epitome of loving what he does. Fisher was just recently awarded his sixth consecutive 2016 Best of Lake Dallas Award in the Real Estate Agents category by the Lake Dallas Award Program. As a resident and Realtor in the Lake Cities area for many years, there isn’t a place in Lake Dallas where someone isn’t waiting to greet him with a smile, a handshake and possibly a joke or two.

Clyde Fisher came to Dallas in the late 70’s, an employee of Delta Airlines. He had a great job and a wonderful wife that he’d met after his move to Dallas. He knew, however, he was destined for bigger things in his career.

“I loved my job at Delta but I looked around and no one was leaving,” he said. “I knew I wasn’t going to move up anytime soon and I wanted to grow.”

That was about the time he and his wife bought their new first house and he went to work for a friend who was a builder in the Lake Cities area selling land and homes. Now, the unofficial Ambassador of Lake Cities, he’s never looked back.

“Both of my children graduated from Lake Dallas schools and now I keep busy with four grandchildren,” he said, smiling from ear to ear. “This is a great place to raise a family.”

Touring around the Lake Cities area with Fisher is a fun history lesson as well. Lake Dallas which was formerly known as the Village of Garza, was the weekend hotspot for many Dallas residents in the 1930s. So much so, that small plots of land were sold all around the area, each approximately 25 feet by 50 feet. That’s just big enough for a fishing tent or canopy. There are still many areas around with these small property deeds and it’s quite a feat not only to find the owners, but to get them all to sell.

“I just bought 20 pieces of property around Lake Dallas and I hope to put two homes there,” explained Fisher. “Think about that, if you have just one person in the middle who is hold out, the whole deal falls through.”

That same area was also known as a hideout for Bonnie and Clyde. It was rumored that they had relatives in the area and stayed out by the lake for a period of time, probably in one of those fishing tents. Clyde mentioned that a very old pistol was found on one of the properties that he purchased but they have yet to prove that it might have belonged to the infamous couple.

“There’s no evidence to prove that,” he laughed. “Wouldn’t that be something, though?”

When Fisher first moved to the area, Lake Dallas was the largest of the Lake Cities. He, too, was drawn by the lake. He loves to fish and has been known to show houses from his boat.

“It gives the buyers a new perspective and they enjoy seeing the house from another view,” he said about his unusual real estate tactic. ”Plus it gives me an excuse to take the boat out.”

He is not limited to Lake Dallas, Corinth, Hickory Creek and Shady Shores though. He has sold as far west as horse farms in Argyle and houses in Lantana and as far east as Frisco. The growth around all of North Dallas is not surprising to Fisher as he’s watched it all from a front row seat. However, if you want to move to the Lake Cities area, Fisher is the man with the all of the information. He points out every restaurant, every store, explains its origin plus what is next for the business or building. Fisher is a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, DFW American Legion, the Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce, as well as Lake Shore Baptist Church among others. He feels strongly that if you want to see your city do well, you really have to be involved.

When asked his favorite part about the Lake Cities, he says the answer is quite simple: it’s the lake. It’s not only what makes the area unique, in his opinion, it brings the whole
community together.

“We have a lot of lake related activities that most communities don’t have,” said Fisher, looking out over his favorite piece of property, Lake Dallas. “Generations of families have loved it here and to tell you the truth, there isn’t anyplace I’d rather be.”

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