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Leah Shafer

Leah Shafer is a freelance writer and Dallas native who lives in Richardson with her husband, their toddler, his teenage daughter, and a neurotic-but-sweet dog. In her sixth-grade yearbook, she listed "interior designer" as her future profession. Now she writes about them, as well as all things real estate, for CandysDirt.com.

kessler woods

The modern marvel at 808 Kessler Woods Trl. tops our open house roundup this week.

Every Thursday, we bring you an insider’s look at the best North Texas properties with our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column. We pick five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $399,900 to $1.189 million. Topping our roundup is a dramatic modern masterpiece in Kessler Woods — it’s truly stunning. We’ve also found an M-Streets English Tudor, newly constructed East Dallas townhome with rooftop deck, and more.

 

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03/23/17 7:30am

Stevens Park Village

Graceful, stylish living claims its space as our Thursday Three Hundred, a 1941 stone cottage in North Oak Cliff’s Stevens Park Village.

Sitting on an elevated lot, the property at 2311 Lawndale Dr. is one of the original houses in the area. It retains an authentic feel of that era with its architectural details and some vintage features. But the owners’ recent renovations brought it up to date and created the kind of features that make buyers speed-dial their Realtor. Think marble hexagon tile in the guest bathroom, rich cabinetry in the kitchen (and plenty of it), and refinished original hardwoods.

“There’s a very nice layout and for the size of the house, you’re getting a lot of openness,” said listing agent Ged Dipprey with Dave Perry-Miller Intown. “There’s great flow from living to dining room with an original arch that opens into the kitchen.”

The marriage between original and updated is flawless in this two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage. Its 1,544 square feet are indeed well appointed and create the perception of much more space.

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03/21/17 7:30am
Greenwood Hills

The oversized midcentury brick fireplace is the focus of this Greenwood Hills living room in Richardson.

The last several years have seen a huge resurgence in the popularity of all things midcentury modern in housing. If not “straight” midcentury, then a dash of atomic era flavor. People seem to crave the clean architectural lines, emphasis on natural light, and open design concepts.

In Richardson, a popular “inner-ring” suburb of Dallas, there’ an abundance of houses built in the 1950s and early 1960s. Our Tuesday Two Hundred is an example of this style, with dashes of midcentury design throughout.

It is located at 805 Melrose Dr. in the Greenwood Hills neighborhood of Richardson. This 1960 ranch’s defining midcentury feature is an oversized brick fireplace and divider wall in the entryway and living room. Truly a fabulous design element in this three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,639-square-foot home.

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Swiss Avenue Prairie Craftsman

The Swiss Avenue Prairie Craftsman at 4807 Swiss Ave. won a 2008 Preservation Dallas Restoration Award and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

Is there any style of house as fetching as a Prairie Craftsman? We’ve found a stunning one in historic Peak’s Addition in Old East Dallas, and she’s a beauty. This winner of the 2008 Preservation Dallas Restoration Award leads the way in our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $327K to $725. You’ll find a range of properties that are all memorable, from a renovated Forest Meadows contemporary in Lake Highlands (with the coolest kitchen island!) to a Hockaday Manor home with an elegant finish-out and architectural interest in every room. Let’s go!

 

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03/16/17 7:30am

Ridgewood Park

As one of East Dallas’ established and popular neighborhoods, Ridgewood Park sees houses fly on and off the market with lightning speed. Our Thursday Three Hundred was just listed March 12, and it charms from every angle. Don’t expect this house to stick around long!

Located at 6462 Axton Ln. near Abrams Road and E. Lovers Lane, this California contemporary ranch just saw big renovations last year. On-trend updates include an open floorplan, Carrera Marble, designer paint colors, and fresh curb appeal with cute landscaping and mature trees.

With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,280 square feet, this Ridgewood Park ranch is modest in size, but don’t let its tidy footprint fool you. This 1953 build packs in all the function and flow of a much larger property.

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03/14/17 9:00am

Mortgage Report Bob Mortgage New

Last week was a tough one for mortgage-backed securities, and they closed below support, but how did that impact rates?

You may know him as Bob Johnson, the senior mortgage advisor at Wallick & Volk, the nation’s oldest privately-held mortgage company. Bob Johnson has helped more than 25,000 families get into the homes of their dreams, in 20 plus years of lending service.

Now with five offices across the DFW Metroplex, the nation’s oldest mortgage firm is helping thousands of consumers get into homes with the most up-to-date financial information possible. Wallick & Volk brings experience and integrity into every single loan, but they also deliver a highly personalized touch that conforms to each client’s need. Is it speed of delivery, unique products, total transaction transparency, or great pricing you need? Wallick & Volk has it all in a broker-friendly banking platform that can do the impossible when it comes to home financing.

THIS WEEK: What are analysts saying and how will this current situation affect mortgage-backed securities?

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03/14/17 7:30am

2959 Bay Oaks a

With our North Texas real estate market soaring, finding fabulous homes in the $300K range is getting harder. But our Tuesday Two Hundred, which just hit the market, has the look of a much more expensive home.

Located at 2959 Bay Oaks Dr. near Royal Lane and Webb Chapel Road in the Walnut Hills neighborhood, this is a recently remodeled 1950’s ranch. It now has an open floorplan, new HVAC and water heater, designer touches, and LED lighting. This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,343 square feet on one story, built in 1955. Let’s take a look.

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2219 Annex a

The Elk Hill midcentury stunner at 2219 Annex Ave. is one of our five CandysDirt.com featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we bring you the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column, an insider’s view into the DFW real estate market. In it, you’ll find five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you’ve got to find time to see.

This week, our houses range in price from $389K to $785. You’ll find the marvelous midcentury in Elk Hill pictured above, a Midway Hollow remodeled ranch, a Devonshire traditional, and more! Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week.

 

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