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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.

01/17/17 7:30am

Irwindell

We love a great before-and-after, and our Tuesday Two Hundred tells a compelling story. This 1928 North Oak Cliff Tudor was uninhabitable until 2015, when huge renovations restored this beauty and made it into the cozy, stylish home you see today.

Located at 502 S. Westmoreland Rd. in the Irwindell neighborhood (just south of West Jefferson Boulevard), this Tudor is completely reimagined with an open concept floorplan and modern amenities buyers love, like a brand new kitchen with farm sink and open shelving. But the original character of the home shines, too, with details like glass doorknobs and restored fireplace.

“All the improvements were completed in August 2015 and made to reflect the charm and character of this late 20’s-built home in Irwindell,” said listing agent Mark Lucisano with Keller Williams—Dallas Park Cities. “This home is located one mile from Westmoreland DART station and all of the great shops and eats in Bishop Arts.”

It’s a modest footprint, with two bedrooms, one bathrooms, and 1,105 square feet, but this home packs a lot into that space and makes the most of its size. We’re impressed!

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Fabulous Dallas Open House Roundup | CandysDirt.com

The brand new house at 6350 Belmont Ave. is one of five features in our Dallas open house roundup this week.

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with 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 $499K to $995K. You’ll find the impressive Lakewood Heights new construction pictured above, a beautiful Forest Hills reno, and more!

 

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01/12/17 7:30am

north dallas

If a move-in ready, totally updated house with almost 2,000 square feet is on your wishlist, look no further than our Thursday Three Hundred.

Located at 13409 Purple Sage Rd. near Alpha and Coit roads in North Dallas, this house is about two miles north of LBJ with easy access, so getting to the Tollway or Central Expressway is a snap. It’s also zoned for Richardson ISD, which appeals to many families (as will the big backyard).

Kitchen and master bathroom rank high on this property, which has four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bathroom, two living areas, and 1,997 square feet on one story, built in 1967.

Curb appeal is another nice touch, and this house has a big shade tree, freshly painted shutters, and a welcoming front porch. Let’s look inside.

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01/10/17 9:52am

Forest Ridge North

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is a renovated beauty in a Forest Ridge North cul-de-sac with lots to offer a discerning buyer.

Located at 12347 High Meadow Pl. near I-635 and Marsh Lane, this home has been updated inside and out. Think fresh paint and quartz counters, cedar wood accents and hardwood floors, open floorplan and vaulted ceilings.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,616 square feet on one story, built in 1962. Let’s take a look!

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01/09/17 1:28pm

DFW rent prices

If it feels like you’re paying a lot for rent, you’re probably right: huge demand for DFW apartments in 2016, coupled with a shortage of supply, has pushed rents and building occupancy to record levels.

DFW rent prices are now averaging almost $1,100 a month, according to MPF Research. Add to that a vacancy rate of under 4 percent, and you’ve got demand at an all-time high. The past year’s demand total for apartments in North Texas jumped to 27,120 units, up sharply from the 2015 volume of about 17,000 units.

Fort Worth ranked sixth in the nation for rent increases in 2016, going up 6.7 percent over the previous year. Dallas was close behind, at number 11, with a 6 percent increase over 2015.

“With out apartment clients, we’re getting a lot of people relocating who are unsure if they want to buy or not,” said David Maez, co-founder of Vivo Realty Group. “I think we going to see competitive rent prices continue, even with the inventory that’s coming up.”

There are now almost 50,000 apartments under construction in North Texas, which is about 9 percent of nation’s building activity. That’s the country’s biggest block of product on the way by a large percentage, according to RealPage. About 29,000 of those apartments scheduled for completion in 2017.

“Dallas-Fort Worth is the country’s top spot for apartment demand by a huge margin, which speaks to the strength of the local job market and household formation pace,” said RealPage chief economist Greg Willett. “There’s a great mix of expansion in both the urban core and the suburbs.”

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01/06/17 10:00am
Sharon Flatley

All photos: Daniel S. Flatley Photography

For Dallas interior designer Sharon Flatley, a Barbie Dreamhouse began her passion. She got it as a present when she was eight years old and knew then she wanted to design.

Sharon Flatley

Sharon Flatley, ASID, RID

“I immediately set about redecorating the interior and adding cardboard porches to the exterior—I used scraps of fabric to make drapery treatments and made rugs and cardboard furniture to add to the décor,” she said. “I would spend hours looking at catalogues for furniture and cut out the pieces to create ‘roomscapes.’ I guess it was just meant to be.”

Fast forward a few decades, and she’s still creating roomscapes and great design, but on a grander scale with her firm Sharon Flatley Design. She specializes in kitchens and bathrooms, creating classic and timeless spaces.

“If I return to or repeat any design element, it would be just that,” she said. “I want my designs to stand the test of time and in ten years, still look elegant and classic, as well as functional.”

Flatley loves the process, from concept to completion.

“I love the journey along the way and designing and then adapting that design as issues arise either because of time constraints or structural limitations that come up during the project,” she said. “No matter how well planned out a design, there will always be challenges that will need to be addressed along the way.”

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The Midway Hollow modern at 3766 Valley Ridge Rd. is one of our five featured open houses this week.

The Midway Hollow modern at 3766 Valley Ridge Rd. is one of our five featured open houses this week.

We love bringing you an insider look at hot DFW properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we find 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 $439,900 to $820K. You’ll find an energy-efficient, marvelous Midway Hollow modern (pictured above), a remodeled Lake Highlands traditional with high-end touches, 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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01/05/17 11:35am

Sunset Hill home for sale | CandysDirt.com

Our Thursday Three Hundred is a darling renovated house in North Oak Cliff’s Sunset Hill neighborhood. We’ve fallen for it big time.

Located at 423 S. Waverly Dr. near W. 12th Street and S. Rosemont Avenue, it is cute as a button, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,640 square feet on one story, built in 1920. It offers historic charms, married flawlessly with modern upgrades.

The renovations include a new roof, new kitchen, custom wet bar, custom fireplace, tankless water heater, and an upgraded master suite with dual vanities, granite, and tile. They’ve turned this house from blah to beautiful.

This property is brand new on the market, and priced to sell, so let’s take a look before someone swoops in and makes an offer.

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