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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.

Glenridge Estates

The luxe Glenridge Estates home at 4002 Park Ln. is one of our five featured open houses 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 $297,615 to $765K. A swoon-worthy Glenridge Estates traditional, pictured above, tops our roundup. You’ll also find a four-bedroom Kiest Forest home on a creek lot in Oak Cliff, a Prestonwood West garden home with soaring ceilings, and more!

 

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02/23/17 8:11am

Lake Ridge Estates

Color can be a beautiful thing. We’re often told to repaint our homes to a neutral palette when selling to appeal to as many buyers as possible. But some sellers buck that trend and keep the varied hues in their house. The results can be memorable.

Our Thursday Three Hundred will color you happy with its navy blue living room, sage green kitchen, bright bedrooms, and stripes on some walls and ceilings. It even has vintage lavender tiles in one bathroom.

Located at 9847 Shoreview Rd. in Lake Highlands’ Lake Ridge Estates, this property exudes personality and style with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,704 square feet on one story, built in 1958. No one who visits this house will get it mixed up in their memory with another.

Of course, there are lots of other selling features, like hardwood floors in the common areas and bedrooms, slate tile in the kitchen, an updated kitchen with gorgeous granite countertops, recent HVAC replacement, and a fantastic location near Northwest Highway and Audelia Road. It’s a hop, skip, and jump from the north shores of White Rock Lake and Flag Pole Hill. Bonus: it’s in the attendance zone for Hexter Elementary, which earns a “9” out of 10 from greatschools.org.

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02/21/17 7:30am

Elmwood

Over the past year, the Elmwood neighborhood of Oak Cliff has surged in popularity. Here, houses are around 1,500 to 1,600 square feet, usually three bedroom, and often under $300K. That affordability, coupled with the lovely topography and proximity to downtown Dallas, have buyers snatching up the Elmwood homes that hit the market (you can see three recent listings I’ve written about here, here, and here).

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is a great example of what’s available, located at 1715 Lansford Ave., near W. Claredon Drive and S. Edgefield Avenue. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,459 square feet on one story, built in 1947. This same house further north in Oak Cliff would be in the mid-$400s, says listing agent Crystal Gonzalez with David Griffin & Company Realtors.

“It’s hard to find a 3-2 brick house in Oak Cliff that’s in good condition for under $300,000,” Gonzalez said. “Elmwood still has a lot of character, with Tudors and cottage-style homes, but it has affordability — you can buy these great houses for less, which you really can’t do from I-30 down to 12th street.”

With recent renovations and cute curb appeal, this home offers a lot to buyers.

“The cool thing about this house is it has two living areas, which is great because you can still keep a formal area and have a big open space to entertain in with the kitchen and den,” Gonzalez said. “It’s near walking trails and in the heart of Elmwood, which has nice topography and lots of trees.”

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briarwood

The Briarwood traditional classic at 4511 Elsby Ave. is a thing of beauty, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we bring you an insider’s look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every week, 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 $430K to $849K. You’ll find a range of properties, from a Briarwood traditional classic with farmhouse touches and a long list of awesome amenities, to a Winnetka Heights Craftsman with stylish updates. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

 

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02/16/17 9:40am

North Davilla Drive

Midway Hollow is a big star among affordable Dallas neighborhoods. Lots of houses there, like our Thursday Three Hundred, have been totally remodeled to look fresh and modern, but still ring in under $400K.

Located at 3770 Dunhaven Rd. near Walnut Hill and Marsh Lanes in the North Davilla Drive neighborhood, this home is beautifully done with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,413 square feet on one story, built in 1951. It has hardwood floors and fresh paint throughout, with a new kitchen and master bathroom, among other areas.  There’s a partially open floorplan, and a great backyard. Let’s take a look!

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02/14/17 8:15am

Whispering hills

Our Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to Whispering Hills for a renovated home near near Walnut Street and Audelia Road, just north of the 635 loop in North Dallas.

Located at 10136 Rita Rd., this home is lovely inside and out, fully updated with a new kitchen, fresh paint, and new flooring. It has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, and 2,385 square feet on one story, built in 1978. Bonus: there’s a swimming pool in back. Let’s take a look!

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The contemporary stunner at 5606 Meletio Ln. is a thing of beauty, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

The contemporary stunner at 5606 Meletio Ln. is a thing of beauty, and it’s one of our five featured open houses 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’ve got to make time to see.

This week, our houses range in price from $350K to $1.199 million. You’ll find a range of properties, from the contemporary stunner pictured above in Melshire Estates, a Lake Highlands North reno with fresh updates, and more. Check them out!

 

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02/09/17 7:30am

Lake Park Estates

We love a good “before and after,” and today’s Thursday Three Hundred is a beautiful example of renovations done right.

The home at 1010 Tipperary Dr. just hit the market Monday morning, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, built in 1953. The owners updated the entire space, but the kitchen received the most dramatic transformation. It went from clunky and outdated to dreamy and bright with lots of desirable amenities. Kitchens sell houses, and the owners put their renovation dollars in the right places with their work in 2015.

Located in Lake Park Estates, this home is near N. Buckner Boulevard and E. Lake Highlands Drive. The smart layout maximizes the modest footprint and it feels much bigger than its 1,286 square feet, in part due to the abundant natural light, fresh paint in shades of white, and crisp plantation shutters. This listing won’t last long, so let’s take a look before it gets snatched up.

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