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The contemporary stunner at 17 Winding Lake Dr. is a thing of beauty, and it’s one of our five Dallas area open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we look at Dallas area open houses and pick five “don’t-miss” properties you’ve just got to see that weekend.

Our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column this week looks at homes ranging in price from $509,900 to $1,727,700. You’ll find a the contemporary home pictured above, an updated condo just steps from Katy Trail, and more. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

 

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beckley club estates

In North Oak Cliff, Beckley Club Estates is one of the older neighborhoods, established in 1926. Rarely does one of the historically notable homes of the area come on market. Our Tuesday Two Hundred was one of the original model home for the neighborhood (“Ramona Gates”). It sits on a corner lot, complete with private courtyard, two-car garage, and plenty of yard space.

Located at 1527 Seevers Ave., it has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,678 square feet, built in 1928. This is a rare find, and it just hit the market. Let’s take a look.

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Dallas Area Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

The gorgeous Craftsman at 5803 Richmond Ave. in Belmont is one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every week, we scour the homes for sale to find the best and brightest for our Thursday CandysDirt.com Open House Roundup. We’ve found Dallas area open houses that will delight you this weekend, ranging in price from $419,900 to $749K.

You’ll find a variety of properties, from the impeccable Belmont Craftsman pictured above, to a renovated Merriman Park Traditional with a light and bright feel. Let’s take a look!

 

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Turtle Creek condo

Midcentury modern lovers, we’ve found the place of your dreams on tony Turtle Creek Boulevard.

Located at 3701 Turtle Creek Blvd. Apt. 4E, this chic and sleek unit is magazine worthy, overlooking the creek from the fourth story. Its retro style is modernized with contemporary touches, like an updated kitchen with a European look in all white. The floorplan is open and bright, and the unit has one bedroom, one bathroom, and 1,025 square feet on one story, built in 1962. Bonus: monthly HOA fees cover all utilities, a rarity in condos. All this for under $300K.

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I have known, and loved, Len Bourland for a long time. We were both writers, mothers, and married to physicians when we met back in the ’80s. Moving to Dallas from New York City, switching roles from working producer to freelancing mom, was sort of shocking to my then much younger system. Meeting Len was amazing: a woman who, like me, lived to write. A writer who actually had a regular column we all devoured, laughed over, but most importantly identified with. Great writers make themselves jump out on the page, bring you into their hearts, pull you into their lives, and leave you as a close friend. A friend you can identify with.

That was, and still is, Len’s award-winning regular column in Park Cities People. From Carpool Capers to At Our House, we enjoyed her stories of the “halcyon days” when we didn’t have car seats with five point locking systems. Like the time she and her neighbor donned rubber gloves, long sleeves, swim goggles, bandanas and shower caps to jump-start a car — after all, the battery warning label said “Caution! Batteries Contain Acid, Which Can Explode!”. It was I Love Lucy meets The Brady Bunch.

Her book, “Normal’s Just a Cycle on a Washing Machine”  is a collection of all those fun columns, raising a family in the Park Cities, the “quintessential Reagan-era stay-at-home mom dream in the Big D”. But it’s also the story of a woman who, like most of us, launches a family with sparkly eyes and a big, loving heart, then sees it turn upside down before her eyes. Len manages to keep it together, “mop up and move on”, and find a new life and career through real estate at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s on Lovers Lane.

And by the way, if you can answer the real estate “riddle” at the end of this post, Len will send you a copy of her book, which is for sale on Amazon, at Preston Royal Barnes & Noble, St. Michael’s Women’s Exchange, Church of the Incarnation and St. Michaels & All Angels Church. 

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DFW open houses

The foursquare Prairie at 5533 Swiss Ave. is a majestic beauty, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we delight in bringing you the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column, your insider’s view of what’s on the market, and which houses you’ve got to see this weekend. We pick five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $329,900 to $960K. We’re featuring the stunning Swiss Avenue Foursquare Prairie you see above (it’s to die for), as well as an updated Prestonwood home with a sleek interior, a serene contemporary in Crest Meadow Estates with over 3,000 square feet, and more. Trust us, this list is fabulous. Read on to see our finds.

 

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Mary Mapes is the CBS News producer who lived the life fantastic as Dan Rather’s principal producer for 60 Minutes. In 1999, their collaborative work culminated in a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for an investigative report on abuses in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.

But Mapes and Rather, as you may recall, are also known for leaving CBS after their famous 2004 report that questioned how George W. Bush got into the (largely noncombat) National Guard during the Vietnam era. It questioned whether he received favorable treatment and even fulfilled the required obligations before his 1973 honorable discharge. It was the early era of blogging and the web microscope. The authenticity of military documents Mapes and Rather used in the report was questioned by bloggers who contended that the typeface used in those documents (Microsoft Word) didn’t yet exist, strongly suggesting the documents had been doctored or were forgeries.

It was one of the most famous events in the history of American journalism. To anyone in broadcast journalism, Dan Rather was the Walter Cronkite of our generation, the shoulders of truth. The ordeal was surreal.

On Sept. 20, 2004, CBS News president Andrew Heyward apologized for the report, as did Rather on the air that same night.

And thus began a nightmare for Mapes, including dismissal from the sterling network brand. Rather resigned from CBS a year later, shipwrecking one of the most stellar careers in broadcast journalism. Mapes was put through the wringer:

Mapes eventually found herself on the receiving end of a more than 200-page report from a panel commissioned by CBS and headed by former Republican attorney general Dick Thornburgh and former Associated Press president Louis D. Boccardi.

The panel said it “had not been able to conclude with absolute certainty” whether the documents used in the report were “authentic or forgeries.” Nor did it find evidence of “liberal bias.”

All that time, Mapes was married to Dallas Morning News reporter Mark Wrolstad and living in Munger Place on Swiss Avenue right here in Dallas. The couple bought the home in 1998.

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Dallas Open House Roundup | CandysDirt.com

The Winnetka Heights Prairie at 319 N. Willomet Ave. is one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we bring you the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column with five standout properties you’ve got to make time to see that weekend. This is the result of days of research into what’s available now, what’s hot, and which open houses shine.

This week, our houses range in price from $499K to $1.099 million. You’ll find a range of properties, including the lovely Winnetka Heights Prairie pictured above, a central Dallas condo with colorful personality, and a Lakeshore Hills contemporary taken to the studs for a huge renovation. Let’s take a look!

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