2421 Springhill a

It’s the time of year when we look back on our accomplishments and discoveries for 2016. This Thursday Three Hundred, published March 17, was a favorite of both readers and the author! Enjoy this flashback.

Our Thursday Three Hundred is the home of entrepreneur Rachel O’Connor and her young family. O’Connor is the founder and owner of Party Made Pretty, and she creates all kinds of paper decorations, garlands, and banners.

Rachel O’Connor and family

Rachel O’Connor and family hate to leave their Casa Linda cottage, but her home-based business is booming and she needs a big studio

Party Made Pretty booming—she’s now filling more than 400 orders a month and her home-based business is busting at the seams. So she, her husband, 18-month-old daughter, and adorable, chubby dog need to move somewhere with a larger dedicated studio space.

Which brings us to their awesome house at 2421 Springhill Dr. near Ferguson Road and Lakeland Drive in East Dallas’ Casa Linda Forest. It would be hard to leave this place, a 3-2 with 2,220 square feet—large for the neighborhood, up on a hill with mature trees and a cute cottage feel.

O’Connor has worked magic with the interior—this is a 1959 home that has vintage charm, but feels modern and livable. The open floorplan makes the front rooms flow into one enormous, welcoming space.

“We changed almost every room in the house in one way or another— the way it was originally set up, we could see the potential for entertaining, but had a tiny galley kitchen,” O’Connor said. “We gutted the kitchen and opened it up and made it one big entertaining area. [Our renos were] centered around common living spaces.”

The backyard is big with a nice patio off the kitchen with a hot tub, and previous owners converted the garage into a bonus room. (This could be a negative for people who want a garage, but it sure makes for more space!)

It was listed March 7 by Kevin Caskey with Dallas City Center Realtors $348,500.

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1227 Lansford d

If you appreciate a house with history, character, and serious style, then feast your eyes on our Thursday Three Hundred, which has all in abundance.

The 1924 Elmwood cottage at 1227 Lansford Ave. is a masterpiece, a perfect marriage of its vintage charms with modern amenities, creating a stylish farmhouse look for just over $300K. It totally nails to “barnitecture” trend. And like any farmhouse, this house has wonderful outdoor spaces — the front of the home overlooks the Elmwood greenbelt and Cedar Creek, and the backyard has a large entertaining areas and firepit.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,516 square feet, fully reimagined with an decorator’s eye: think hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, shiplap walls and ceilings, and chic barn doors.

It was listed June 24 by Brian Davis with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $319,000.

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2835 Lee a

One of our five featured open houses this week is this contemporary new build in Knox Henderson at 2835 Lee St.

Take a peek behind the curtain with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we give you the insider’s pick of  five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss!

This week, our five houses range in price from $519K to $769K, and cover a broad array of styles. Think historic M-Streets Tudor, Knox-Henderson new-build contemporary, a truly lovely Greenway Park Traditional reduced $106K from its original list price, and more.

Mark your calendars to revel in this real estate.

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2421 Springhill a

Our Thursday Three Hundred is the home of entrepreneur Rachel O’Connor and her young family. O’Connor is the founder and owner of Party Made Pretty, and she creates all kinds of paper decorations, garlands, and banners.

Rachel O’Connor and family

Rachel O’Connor and family hate to leave their Casa Linda cottage, but her home-based business is booming and she needs a big studio

Party Made Pretty booming—she’s now filling more than 400 orders a month and her home-based business is busting at the seams. So she, her husband, 18-month-old daughter, and adorable, chubby dog need to move somewhere with a larger dedicated studio space.

Which brings us to their awesome house at 2421 Springhill Dr. near Ferguson Road and Lakeland Drive in East Dallas’ Casa Linda Forest. It would be hard to leave this place, a 3-2 with 2,220 square feet—large for the neighborhood, up on a hill with mature trees and a cute cottage feel.

O’Connor has worked magic with the interior—this is a 1959 home that has vintage charm, but feels modern and livable. The open floorplan makes the front rooms flow into one enormous, welcoming space.

“We changed almost every room in the house in one way or another— the way it was originally set up, we could see the potential for entertaining, but had a tiny galley kitchen,” O’Connor said. “We gutted the kitchen and opened it up and made it one big entertaining area. [Our renos were] centered around common living spaces.”

The backyard is big with a nice patio off the kitchen with a hot tub, and previous owners converted the garage into a bonus room. (This could be a negative for people who want a garage, but it sure makes for more space!)

It was listed March 7 by Kevin Caskey with Dallas City Center Realtors $348,500.

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2819 W 9th A

North Oak Cliff is a treasure trove of architecturally significant homes. Charles Dilbeck is one notable name in Dallas architecture, and from 1932 to 1970, he designed more than 600 houses in the city, recognizable for their welcoming presence, rough-hewn architecture, and romantic details, like turrets, balconies, multiple chimneys and decorative brickwork, according to Preservation Dallas.

Several of his homes are in North Oak Cliff’s L.O. Daniel neighborhood. Our Tuesday Two Hundred is just west of this area, at 2819 W. 9th St., near Davis and Westmoreland, near Beverly Hills. This home is not a Dilbeck, but parts of it echo his style, a 1950’s 2-1 with 1,419 square feet, sitting on 0.33 acres of land on Coombs Creek.

It was listed Jan. 21 by Jenni Stolarski with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International for $209,000. Let’s take a look inside and see what makes it special.

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2016 homebuilding trends

“Barnitecture” is one of the big 2016 homebuilding trends, with elements like rough-hewn ceiling beams mixed with more contemporary elements. This home is by LRO Residential. Photo: Shoot2Sell Photography

The 2015 real estate market in Dallas-Fort Worth went down in the books as the best in three decades, and year-end housing construction numbers placed Dallas as one of the country’s top building markets.

North Texas is headquarters to some enormously talented (and busy!) builders. We’ve asked the best and brightest among them to tell us their predictions for 2016 homebuilding trends. They’ve also given us some gorgeous photos that illustrate how those trends are showing up in their work. You won’t want to miss this!

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