5711 Orchid Front

I may not be a huge fan of traditional architecture, but I do love a Mansard roof. I also love well-planned pops of color, which is what initially drew me to 5711 Orchid Lane in Preston Park. That teal front door spoke to me, and I had to show this home to you, too. But, worry not, dear reader — there’s even more to love about our Friday Five Hundred inside!

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Knox Place Condo

Sure, the single-family detached market is super hot, but nothing says our market is scorching like a townhome going from active to pending in eight days. That’s exactly what happened at 3220 Oliver Ave. — a very rare end-unit two-story condo near Knox Street listed by Dallas City Center Realtor Randy Elms.

Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s an absolutely gorgeous soft contemporary inside!

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6105 Glennox Lane facade

We’re going to get picky today. Our Friday Five Hundred at 6105 Glennox Lane, is a fantastic family home and according to the Dallas Central Appraisal District, this East Lovers Lane traditional is in, well, the East Lovers Lane subdivision. So, don’t let the University Meadows street signs fool you, or the fact Ridgewood Park is only two streets away.

All any of this means is that you are set if you buy this house, because this is one of those areas that is darned hard to beat, but wait — there’s more!

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[Editor’s Note: It’s that time of year that we look back at some of the most popular real estate stories on the blog, and among our regular Friday featured properties, this fabulous Disney streets midcentury modern Karen Eubank wrote about in March got the most shares. Enjoy, and Happy New Year to you, our readers!]

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to buy we go!

Head to the very center of the Disney streets neighborhood in Midway Hills and you’ll find this sweet 1957 midcentury modern home at 11136 Dwarfs Circle. We’re pretty sure this one would have Snow White seriously considering ditching the castle. She’ll probably bring the prince with her, though.

After hitting the market only 11 days ago, it was already under option, which is not surprising considering the lightening speed at which Richard Graziano of Allie Beth Allman sells houses. This 2,414-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bathroom gem is a bargain at $550,000 because every single thing you would think to do to it, has already been done — and done extremely well.

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Photos: Shoot2Sell

So many people are overwhelmed by the idea of an older home. They imagine tight, drafty spaces, oppressive woodwork, and a limited traditional design scheme. But this home in Munger Place — a beautiful turn-of-the-century neighborhood filled with four-squares and bungalows — is going to change your mind.

Built in 1909, this Greek revival prairie-style home has such presence from the curb. It’s so classic, with architectural elements that make you feel as if you’re strolling the neighborhoods of Boston. But inside you’ll find versatile spaces and updated finishes. It’s truly a wonderful space for a family to thrive.

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6366 Greenway Front 2

It was pointed out to me last week that our Friday feature highlighting what you can get in the $400,000 to $500,000 range doesn’t branch out much past the Dallas County line. See, I’ve been operating under the assumption that there aren’t many interesting homes in this bracket to the north and west. But then I caught wind of the Ridglea neighborhood of Fort Worth thanks to our Tarrant County Tuesday columnist Seth Fowler.

And it is a treasure trove of cute cottages that have been tastefully remodeled (think: University Terrace or Ridgewood in Dallas). There are quite a few cute homes on the market in the neighborhood, but I fell fast for 6366 Greenway Road. Bonus: The Christmas lights are already up, so you can go see what this cutie looks like during the holidays! (more…)

948 Forest Grove Curb

Dr. Ben Bowden owned this Eastwood Estates midcentury modern home from the day it was built. It’s a completely custom, made-to-order home in which Bowden spared no expense.

And inside, it feels just the same as the day it was built, as this brand new listing from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agent Vicki White has remained practically unchanged since 1960.

But it’s where Bowden and his wife, Betty, would raise their five children (Barry, Brad, Blake, Bryan, and Beverly) and remain until just now. “The one thing you just can’t see in photos is the feeling of love in that house,” White said.

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200 N. Windomere Front

There are some homes that are better shown off by twilight, and this is definitely one of them. And with Daylight Saving Time ending this weekend, expect to see more twilight shots in MLS. We don’t mind, though, as long as they look like this stunning two-story Craftsman in the heart of Winnetka Heights.

With that expansive front porch, charming paint, and welcoming curb appeal, you’ll fall hard for this 1925-built home on Windomere, this week’s Friday Five Hundred.

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