10/30/14 8:30am

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At certain price points, property values and housing demand in the Park Cities owe a lot to the top-rated schools in Highland Park ISD, and it’s an area where you’ll see well-maintained luxury condo and townhome developments that add just the right amount of density to the area. It’s less garden-style apartment or walk-up and more polished row house, and that’s why this lovely remodeled condo at 3415 McFarlin is an excellent value for a small family who wants low maintenance and great schools.

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10/29/14 5:05pm
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Interior designer Susie Samuels and home remodeler Bruce Graf teamed up to re-design an upstairs suite that was suited to a teenager as well as a couple who wished to age-in-place. In the master bedroom, Samuels and Graf used reclaimed barn wood in the tray ceiling for added visual impact.

By Diane Feffer
Special Contributor

Last year before the holidays, Kennedale homeowners Stephanie and Greg Mulkey were enjoying their son’s passage through high school.

“We thought  that one of the best tangible gifts we could give him would be a ‘man cave’ where he could experience some daily ‘down time’ after high school,”said the Mulkeys.

They enlisted the help of  interior designer Susie Samuels and home remodeler Bruce Graf. Both professionals worked together to showcase the Mulkeys’ collected treasures and weave those into a renovated upstairs suite infused with a casual country design. Susie reminded the Mulkeys that these four years of high school will fly by fast and that the college years would zip by at lightning speed.

“Bruce and I envisioned a sustainable design that would go beyond high school and college years. We wanted the suite to be fun for their teenage son now and transition into a weekend destination as he bridged over to adulthood. We also included elements of aging-in-place, such as walk-in showers and low lit counter space which brings added value to their investment should the Mulkeys want to enjoy the upstairs suite in their later years, said Susie.

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10/29/14 4:19pm

Haunted House Trulia 2

We’ve been on the receiving end of boatloads of Halloween-themed press releases, but nothing really sticks with you like a cool video. That’s why I love this hidden-camera gem from Trulia, which rigs a cluttered Victorian with a murder back story with some pulleys and sheets for an old-school fright fest!

Jump for the full video!

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10/29/14 3:40pm

8919 Forest Hills Front

If you think you’ve seen this cute little cottage at 8919 Forest Hills Blvd., your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. We actually featured this space before, but at that time it was the office of interior designer Kim Armstrong. She transformed this home from a hoarder’s hellhole to a gorgeous, cozy little Little Forest Hills cottage.

And now, because she’s got tons of projects and another baby on the way, she’s decided to office out of her Lake Highlands home and rent this cutie out. If you need evidence on what a huge transformation this was, check out the post Kim wrote for us.

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10/28/14 4:40pm
Home prices in North Texas are up year-over-year, though sales volume is sluggish.

Home prices in North Texas are up year-over-year, though sales volume is sluggish.

Word comes that for the month of August, Dallas-area home prices posted a fantastic little bump at 7.3 percent year-over-year. Case-Shiller’s Home Price Index report shows enough of an increase in prices to warrant continued optimism among sellers in our burg, where a shortage of inventory and slow-to-catch-up new home builders has made the market for homes in most price ranges very competitive.

That’s one of the highest increases nationwide, and over the national average, too, which is 5.5 percent. According to the report, the median price of a pre-owned, single-family home in North Texas in August is up 7 percent from the same period last year.

But according to a recent report from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, total sales are down 2 percent over a year ago. Of course, as sales volume decreases, it’s only natural for the competition over those homes on the market to heat up.

I guess, though, we’re in a fortuitous spot considering that our price increase puts us at 12 percent higher than pre-recession levels, and with inventory as short as it is and job growth still on pace for expansion, there’s no bubble in sight.

What’s your outlook on home prices and inventory?

10/28/14 3:41pm

 

900 BISON TRAIL FRONT

This home is absolutely super model stunning, from the landscaped and lush curb to the amazing backyard. This is a home that typifies an architectural style from the inside out. Truly, this gorgeous midcentury modern in West Kessler from Kathy Hewitt is a show stopper and definitely worthy of being this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Caliber Home Loans.

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10/28/14 9:48am

 

7319 Bennington Front

Let’s do the Time Warp again, folks! This time, we are headed over to the University Terrace neighborhood that is sandwiched between the Blue Line DART Rail tracks and Northwest Highway. This lovely enclave of 1950s traditionals has seen a lot of flips and updates lately, thanks to the upwardly mobile population looking to move into the Lakewood Elementary attendance area.

This house, though, with its mature trees and adorable shutters, has remained largely untouched!

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10/27/14 4:20pm

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You remember that we featured 4524 Westway, a beautiful transitional home that was taken to the studs in 2008. Well, this home is remarkable because it was once a duplex, but thanks to the major attention from designer Dan Nelson (pictured), this home was transformed into an absolutely stunning abode.

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