5234 Ponderosa a

Just how how is the North Texas under-$300K market right now? The Buckner Terrace home at 5234 Ponderosa Way was listed Saturday and the deadline for all offers (plural) is today at noon. That’s how hot.

Part of its appeal is its top-to-bottom renovation by Kettering Ideas. We’ve written about them before here, here, and here, and owner Steve Kettering does simply marvelous and memorable work. You’ve got to see the “before” pictures below to properly appreciate the scale of this flip. It’s night and day.

This house has gone from dumpy to divine, a higher-end transitional remodel with a sleek, on-trend feel and new everything. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,919 square feet, built in 1965.

Now you’ll find low-E windows, rich hardwoods, new doors and fixtures, new sheetrock and insulation in some areas, recessed lighting, new privacy fence, fresh landscaping…there’s not an inch of this corner-lot property that’s not been made appealing.

What do you want to bet it goes for way over asking price?

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Dallas open houses

The house at 8550 Eustis Ave. in Forest Hills Estates is one of the four featured this week in our open house roundup.

If you’re looking for romance before Valentine’s Day, skip the drama and love these listings! We’ve found four open houses you should definitely make a date to visit this weekend. They range in price from $240K to $935K, in neighborhoods from Forest Hills to Preston Royal. Enjoy!

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dallas open houses

The Uptown loft at 1999 McKinney Ave. No. 603 is one of our 5 featured open houses for this weekend.

If the State Fair is not your thing this weekend, make time to visit these five open houses around Dallas. They represent diverse neighborhoods, from Uptown and East Kessler Park, to Northwest Dallas and Turtle Creek. The prices range from the $289,000 to $749,500, and the styles of these houses and condos run the gamut from modern industrial in Uptown to a 2012 David Weekley in Far North Dallas that still has the new-house smell.

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Alger Park MidcenturyA brand-new listing caught my eye this week, an adorable Midcentury Modern in East Dallas’ Alger Park. The house at 9832 Mercer Dr. has lots of original details from its 1952 construction, like a stacked stone fireplace, Terrazzo floors, retro kitchen, and vintage tiled bathrooms.

With its open floorplan, two bedrooms, and 1.5 bathrooms, this home feels more spacious than its 1,544 square feet. A wall of windows along the back of the house looks out onto a heavily treed, landscaped backyard. A small covered patio and lots of grass provide great space for relaxation or entertaining.

There’s a broker open house tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon for this house, listed last week by Cortney Bailey at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $259,000. Better move fast if you’re interested—properties in this great neighborhood move quickly!

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Ridgewood Park Midcentury Every week, as I research this Tuesday Two Hundred column, and I can always count on finding lots of properties in the $200,000 to $300,000 price range in three Dallas locations: East of White Rock Lake, Northwest Dallas inside 635, and North Oak Cliff.

Certain neighborhoods rarely show up, like the location of today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 6424 E. Lovers Ln. This Ridgewood Park Midcentury near Lovers and Abrams is in a sweet spot. It’s two blocks from Greenville Avenue and Central Expressway, 1.5 miles from White Rock Lake, 6.5 miles from downtown, and 8 miles from Love Field.

The number speak to the neighborhood’s desirability: Comps on nine nearby properties show an average price-per-square-foot of $205, and an average sale price of $320,436. This house is $170 per square foot, listed by Sandy Maltese with DFW Urban Realty, LLC for $299,900, reduced from $325,000.

Ridgewood Park is bounded by Lovers Lane, Abrams, Fisher Road, and the DART Blue Line on the south. The area feels friendly and safe, and an active neighborhood association hosts family-centered activities like an Easter egg hunt, block parties, Halloween gathering, and July 4th parade.

This house is right on Lovers Lane, which is a six-lane street west of Abrams, but narrows to two lanes east of Abrams, where the home is located. That’s good news for potential buyers, because it indicates less traffic. Across the street is an elementary school.

Let’s take a closer look at this Ridgewood Park Midcentury.

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Photo: Lisa Long

Photo: Lisa Long

Lisa Long is a single mother and pottery teacher in Richardson ISD who recently decided to sell her three-bedroom Irving house after five years and move closer to work.

Long found herself in a situation emblematic of the fast-and-furious pace of the North Texas real estate market: Her house was on the market for 52 hours and in that time, she got 14 offers, ultimately selling for almost $10,000 above list, plus closing costs.

Great news, right? But Long was thinking the sale would take longer, and give her more time to decide where she and her five-year-old son Luke want to live. Long loves Dallas, but looking at the drive to Richardson, maybe something closer would make more sense. Also, she’s looking at a max budget of $150,000, which somewhat restricts her choices. Finally, properties are selling so fast, she’s got to move quickly if she wants to buy.

“There’s not a lot out there—it’s such a sellers market,” she said. “My dream house would be something small, not more than 1,300 square feet, because I don’t want to have to clean a lot. I’d also like two to three bedrooms, and I need a place to do pottery, like a garage, or studio outside that I could get dirty.”

Also on her wishlist:

  • A yard or community space for Luke
  • Good neighborhood where Luke can play with other children
  • Nearby park

Schools aren’t an issue, since Luke will be able to attend RISD (an awesome perk for teachers there).

We went virtual house hunting with Long and looked at what’s available in her price range that fits her needs and wants. We found four properties that seem to fit the bill.

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10164 Timber Trail Curb

Talk about unexpected. This home is the very definition of a sleeper. It looks totally unassuming from the front. Very sedate tan brick, plain hedges and oversized front lawn. It’s a very typical curb view for a traditional post war home built in Northwest Dallas. Just outside Midway Hollow, the Timber Trail area is experiencing a ton of growth. Several lots have creek views from the back, and though you’re right next to Walnut Hill and Marsh, the area feels somewhat isolated. The mature trees keep this area feeling formal and established.

And this home, while it may look very typical from the front, it’s a completely different and totally stylish animal inside. See for yourself after the jump!

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