6933 Wake Forrest Front

According to Vishaan Chakrabarti’s essay in last Sunday’s Dallas Morning News Points section, America has an addiction to suburbs that isn’t sustainable, and as more young people move back into the urban core, the federal government will need to de-emphasize its policies that have propagated suburban sprawl:

For all of the attention showered on hipster enclaves like Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Portland, Ore., America is only in the beginning stages of a historic urban reordering. After over a half-century of depopulation, cities have been filling up — and not just with young millennials, but with families and even with older workers and retirees.

This reordering, should it continue, will have dramatic consequences for our politics and society — but only if the federal government undertakes its own historic reordering and shifts its priorities away from promoting the suburbs.

Interesting thoughts. A lot of the “reordering” Chakrabarti describes is illustrated well by Dallas’ booming inside-the-loop neighborhoods, places where you can buy a home inside the city limits and have only a 20 minute commute to downtown. But these are places where you can still enjoy things like a lawn, great neighbors, and some room to breathe. It’s a contrast to Chakrabarti’s vision of city life, which is dense, mass-transit-infused, and walkable.

But make no mistake, these areas are still very much Dallas, and there are some benefits to living inside LBJ despite the suburban feel that crosses into anathema for those new urbanists. Take University Terrace, for example.

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943 Bridget Front

You guys, it’s getting super hard to find a Tuesday $200K these days. I’m having to search high and low, and I remember the good old days about 13 months ago where I had my pick of listings, just a bunch of cute houses staring at me adoringly as I cruised MLS. Today, well, to find a good home in this price range you have to have your ear to the ground.

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851 Peavy Front

This brand new listing (only four days old!) caught my eye this morning as I was driving my son to drop off. I thought to myself, “Values in this area are going up, and I bet this home is a typical traditional 3/2 layout, let’s see …” I then started to play the “How Much Will This Home Be Listed At?” game with myself. Lots of listings in this neighborhood, Lake Terrace, are priced in the $200Ks, and this one has just enough curb appeal to suggest it’s been recently updated.

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This home at 8622 Diceman is new to the market, and was actually built in 1997, unlike so many of it’s neighbors in Little Forest Hills. Newer as it is, she still retains a lot of charm and appeal and blends right into the quirky cottages that comprise LFH. (more…)

We’re hearing so much about inventory being super short and homes moving faster than the speed of light, I just want to tell the real estate market this sometimes:

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So I am almost certain that this home will get snatched up in the blink of an eye. It’s a fantastic family home that has everything you need to settle into life in the ‘burbs. Are you listening?

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OK. Now, from the outside, it looks like your typical suburban home in Collin County. Two stories, brick facade, tree in the front yard with a small lawn. And yeah, I guess it is your typical Allen home. You’ve got four bedrooms, two and a half baths, a two-car garage, and more than 2,500 square feet to move around. Lots of windows, hardwood floors, and Brookside is a fabulous neighborhood.

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Seems simple enough, right? It’s a little predictable, sure, but that’s the beauty of this home. You know? It’s comfortable and still cute, like a brand new pair of UGGs. Put them on and pad around the house a bit and you’ll feel like this:

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And you know what? This home is such an incredible value for its size. Listed by Vivo Realty Group’s David Maez, 1202 Heather Brook is priced at $229,000.

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I know, right? That’s $91 per square foot for a home with excellent schools and a large, fenced in backyard.

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It’s a super comfortable family home, a place where you can loosen your tie and relax at the end of the day. It has plenty of space for you to decompress, as well as a home office just off the entry. It has a lovely gas fireplace, too, which is wonderful for the kind of winter we just can’t seem to shake here in North Texas. The living room is open to the dining area, which leads to the kitchen. Built in 1999, this home has the original cabinetry and has tons of light. There are Corian solid surface countertops, too, a refreshing break from your bland builder-grade granite.

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The master bedroom is upstairs, and it’s a good size at 17 x 14. It gets plenty of light thanks to the oversized windows, and is large enough to accommodate oversized furniture, too. The five-piece master bath is sizable, but a little bland. It has a large dual vanity with tons of storage. Sure, it has white on white tile and oak cabinets, but you won’t really care because you can light a candle, dim the lights, put in some bubbles and pour a glass of bubbly and everything looks juuuuuuuust fine.

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With a nice covered porch and a spacious backyard, this is the kind of area you can just set the kids loose in when you need a break. Two large trees add plenty of shade, too, which is great for keeping your energy bills manageable.

Overall, this is a fantastic home that just hit the market last week and will move fast!

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2344 Pinebluff Front

There is a treasure trove of Midcentury Modern homes in East Dallas, especially in the area surrounding Ferguson Road and Lakeland. After years of hard work and re-investment, this area is making a solid comeback, and some of the homes are getting the attention they deserve.

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This beautiful 1962 Midcentury Modern in the Hillridge neighborhood is a perfect example. Thanks to the seller’s effort, this home has been lovingly preserved and, wouldn’t you guess, after just a few days on the market, 2344 Pinebluff is already under option contract! Seriously, just about any house worth looking at in this price range is already under contract, sometimes after multiple bids above asking. Our short inventory is driving up prices, which is great for areas like this, which have struggled through reinvestment and gentrification after being largely ignored for decades.

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This beauty, listed at $229,000 (a steal for a Mid-Mod in Dallas!) by The Jackson Team Realtor Scott Jackson, has three bedrooms, two full baths, more than 2,100 square feet and a two-car garage — not a car port! Perfect!

Really, I am not surprised that this home was snatched up so quickly, as I love it so much that it hurts! I love the huge brick fireplace, the gorgeous picture windows, and the tall ceilings with exposed beams. This really is an amazing home, with tons of original details.

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The open floorplan is great for entertaining, and just off the dining area is a sunroom with FLOR tiles and plenty of room for a home office. Thanks to the huge windows, you’ll find plenty of inspiration, too, looking out into the backyard.

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Now, the kitchen has a few upgrades, such as the subway tile and open shelving — perfect for storing your vintage dishware and glass collection — and the stainless steel range top, hood, and oven offer a more custom, built-in feel. But the counters are plain-ol’ Formica. This kitchen would look amazing with a stainless steel and butcher block counter, or even a poured concrete one. Only a minor quibble, really, and I do love the cabinets — sleek and understated!

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The master is gorgeous, though, and is a good size at 14 x 12 and thanks to a sliding glass door that opens to the backyard, it gets tons of natural light. The en-suite bath is dated and tiny, but honestly, many homes this age don’t even have master suites, so count your lucky stars, folks!

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The backyard is where this home really shows off, though. The deck is a great place for hosting barbecues, and there’s a firepit, too, perfect for our chilly nights as of late.

Well, if you haven’t fallen in love with this house already, then you need to check your pulse. What an outstanding listing!

509 Elm Street Front

I am really kind of stunned that you can find a loft in the West End for less than $200K, but it’s true. In fact, I’m flabbergasted that you can find such a large one — more than 1,500 square feet — in such a walkable, urban area.

But it’s true! All of it’s true! This historic, recently renovated corner loft with views of Dealey Plaza and Founders Plaza, as well as several downtown Dallas landmarks such as the Bank of America tower, is listed with Rogers Healy and Associates Realtor Steve Ridgely for $199,900. This is a historic building at Record Street and Elm Streets, right in the thick of some incredible redevelopment and super close to the West End DART station. The walk score for this property — Unit 406 at 509 Elm Street — is 97! That’s extremely walkable!

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But what you’ll fall in love with when it comes to this two-bedroom, two-bath loft are the architectural detals. The exposed beam ceilings, brick walls, tons of windows — all of it oozes history. It makes this loft, which might otherwise feel cold and sterile, warm and inviting. It would make a wonderful home for anyone who loves historic details and wants to be in the thick of a revitalization and make an investment that could really bring in dividends.

Investors are looking to redevelop the West End Marketplace, a 240,000-square-foot commercial development, into a sleek hotel. The “Purse” building, or Parlin and Orendorff building, which is just across Record Street from this 23-unit residential complex, was recently purchased by a group of preservationists with plans to bring residential and retail to the site. Very exciting stuff!

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But this loft isn’t without a few updates, mind you. The kitchen has been redone with new cabinets, an island, Silestone countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a fantastic backsplash. It’s the perfect place to make a memorable meal and soak up the view, too.

This loft sports two living areas, a utility and storage closet with washer and dryer, polished concrete floors, plenty of closet space (a rarity!) and 24-hour security as well as attached parking. HOA dues are $578 monthly and include security, maintenance, blanket insurance, and access to facilities including a fitness center.

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My only gripe about this loft is that the bathrooms are a little bland. With an urban property like this I would have hoped to see baths that were a little more inspired. These feel rather suburban, and cheaply outfitted at that. I guess you could see it as an opportunity to invest in making this home your own. Maybe put in a cool steam shower with some neat industrial-looking hardware.

What do you think?

300 S Montreal Front

In a lot of the more gentrified neighborhoods throughout North Oak Cliff, finding a deal is getting harder and harder. Many of the homes in decent shape throughout Winnetka Heights, Kings Highway, Kessler Plaza, and Ravinia Heights have been bought up and fixed up, and sometimes even flipped by folks with the know-how to do so. And of course, because of the sought-after neighborhoods in which these gorgeous homes rest, well, there’s a price to go along with that address.

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Not so in the up-and-coming Sunset Hill neighborhood. This is a fantastic and often overlooked neighborhood that has tons of active homeowners within its borders. It’s bounded by Hampton Road on the west, Jefferson Boulevard on the north, Waverly Drive on the east, and Clarendon Drive on the south. It’s the neighborhood surrounding Sunset High School, which is on its way to being declared a historic landmark just like Adamson High School, another North Oak Cliff DISD campus.

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This fantastic neighborhood is just next door to Winnetka Heights, but the prices of the homes in Sunset Hill are much more reasonable. Check out this prime example at 300 S. Montreal, listed by Dallas City Center Realtor Christina Bristow for a recently reduced $239,000. That’s a steal for a home with tons of great historical details such as this one. This home has tons of room and fantastic location, putting you within biking distance of both the Hampton Road Tom Thumb and the Bishop Arts District to the east. You’re also just south of Jefferson Boulevard, which is a straight shot into downtown should you need a close commute into the city center.

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“It is one of the first renovations to this level in Sunset Hill, which is a neighborhood that flanks Winnetka Heights,” Bristow said. “This Arts and Crafts home has a huge wrap-around porch and eye-catching drive up. Situated on a huge corner lot, this home features a new fence and landscaping. Interior renovations include hand scarped hardwoods, crown moulding, renovated kitchen with granite and stainless, renovated bathrooms, and a huge master suite.”

We agree with Christina that this home has some really fantastic updates, including fresh paint that is a wonderful neutral gray/green, a popular shade right now. Several areas of this home have been opened up, especially the living and dining rooms, which now have tons of light moving through them. With three bedrooms and three full baths over 1,850 square feet, this home has plenty of open space without sacrificing a cozy atmosphere. There are two living areas, two dining areas, an updated kitchen and a wonderful backyard with a privacy fence. There is only one downside to this property, and that’s covered parking. It’s easy to add though, and considering the price, you’ll have plenty of budget to do so.

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I do love the tons of windows in this home, which benefits from that extra light most noticeably in the living room, breakfast area, and kitchen. Still, strategic lighting provided by recessed fixtures, as well as windows, help keep the rest of the home airy. The French doors that lead to the back patio also add more light and a great way to appreciate the backyard, a blank slate perfect for a gardener.

There’s tons to love about this home, and I’m sure everyone can find something they adore about it, not the least of which is its location. What do you think?

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