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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dallas open houses

The Craftsman at 725 Lowell St. is exquisite, and it’s one of our five featured Dallas open houses this week.

You would think not too many people are having open houses this weekend, and you’d be correct! But we still managed to find five outstanding properties for our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick five fabulous Dallas open houses you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $337,680 to $1,349,900. You’ll find a jaw-dropping Junius Heights Craftsman, pictured above, incredible Kessler Park contemporary, and more. Let’s take a look!

 

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6820 Garlinghouse Front

To some buyers, 6820 Garlinghouse looks like too much work. It’s a 1985-built ranch in Far North Dallas that is in original condition, according to Ashli Clements of Minnette Murray Properties, a boutique real estate group under Coldwell banker residential brokerage.

“It has really good bones and the floor plan works well for today’s families,” she said. “It’s totally livable right now. The seller lived in home for four years and didn’t change a thing. The breakfast nook is actually beautiful, with that gorgeous ceiling.”

6820 Garlinghouse Breakfast

But today’s buyers seem to be lacking in vision and inspiration, because at 2,565 square feet, this home is priced just right for the renovation-minded. This four-bedroom, three-bath home inside the Dallas city limits but with Plano ISD schools is being marketed for just $350,000 — a steal! Plus, buyers will receive a $10,000 allowance toward upgrades, making those Pinterest boards you’ve been carefully curating for your dream house even closer to tangible reality.

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little forest hills real estateLittle Forest Hills real estate is a study in whimsy and character, with some of the most eclectic architecture in Dallas among its 1,000 or so houses.

Case-in-point: Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 8907 San Leandro Dr., near Garland Road and Lakeland Drive. This Little Forest Hills cottage is fanciful and fun, from the bright exterior colors and rustic post-and-rail front fencing, to the cheerful and cozy interior and tranquil backyard with extensive organic landscaping and outdoor shower.

The backyard of this Little Forest Hills cottage is filled with century plants and antique roses, pictured here.

The blooms from one of the heirloom rose bushes in the backyard of this Little Forest Hills cottage.

Located on the East side of White Rock Lake, the neighborhood is well-known for arching shade trees, a strong sense of community, and local artists who make their homes in funky houses. Many are modestly sized, like this one, which measures 874 square feet with two bedrooms and one bathroom.

The cottage is newly listed for $230,000 by Scott Kaserman at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, who said there’s been strong interest and a contract might be coming soon. So let’s take a look at this one-of-a-kind listing before it flies off the market.

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Chapel Downs Home

Here is another reason why you might want to take a serious look at 10039 Pensive Drive here. Our Thursday $300,000 here. Got an email from none other than Rob Snyder, fabulous chairman (and I think founder) of Stream Energy. Turns out he and his (equally) famous and smart brother, Dr. Rick Snyder (Dallas cardiologist, past prez of the Dallas County Medical Society) were RAISED right here at 10039 Pensive Drive. Great DNA and smart juju. Rob says he even installed the sod lawn. No kidding:

Rob Snyder from Stream Energy here.

My Mom sent me this link this morning related to your coverage of a Chapel Downs house located at 10039 Pensive Drive.

And she did so as this home just happens to be the first house of the Snyder family here in Dallas: and in which we lived for eight years after moving from Indiana during the late 1970s.  (Hell: I even helped to install the sod for the first lawn at that place.)

Rob Snyder

Photo by James Bland

This just makes me so happy. It’s the reason we do what we do, our obsession with real estate, here at CandysDirtcom. We kind of feel that real estate is what makes the world go round, and it does. There is something so nostalgically comforting about our past homes and memories of living there. They are like dear old friends. We kind of like to know they are doing OK. Flourishing, even!

And Rob, your old house is splendid! (Look at that sod!) This also means we were actually almost neighbors, too. Our very first home in Dallas was at 3550 Ainsworth, after we left the Hub Apartments on Cedar Springs. Readers have asked me to write about all the homes we lived in since moving to Dallas in 1980. That might be a very cool exercise for not just me, but a series.

And thank you, Mrs. Snyder (Bobbi) for reading and sharing. Sounds like you have an amazing family. Which means you must be an amazing woman. I would LOVE to have coffee with you one day!

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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