Ridgewood Park

As one of East Dallas’ established and popular neighborhoods, Ridgewood Park sees houses fly on and off the market with lightning speed. Our Thursday Three Hundred was just listed March 12, and it charms from every angle. Don’t expect this house to stick around long!

Located at 6462 Axton Ln. near Abrams Road and E. Lovers Lane, this California contemporary ranch just saw big renovations last year. On-trend updates include an open floorplan, Carrera Marble, designer paint colors, and fresh curb appeal with cute landscaping and mature trees.

With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,280 square feet, this Ridgewood Park ranch is modest in size, but don’t let its tidy footprint fool you. This 1953 build packs in all the function and flow of a much larger property.

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Elmwood Cape Cod Transformed from Dumpy to Darling | CandysDirt.com

Every now and again, a house undergoes a total transformation. Not your average flip, these changes take downtrodden properties and make them shine.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred shows off its total rejuvenation with a top-to-bottom renovation. The house is unrecognizable from its previous state (“before” photos after the jump). What was once an eyesore is now one of the prettiest houses in the neighborhood.

Located at 1622 Melbourne Ave. in Oak Cliff, this Elmwood Cape Cod will charm your pants off with lovingly restored period details, high-end newer features, and an overall look that feels chic and approachable.It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,585 square feet on one story, built in 1948. All this for well under $300K. This house won’t last long!

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Bud Oglesby Townhome in the Heart of Oak Lawn | CandysDirt.com

Bud Oglesby’s architectural work is a Dallas treasure, and we have lots of it. Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a Oglesby-designed townhome in the heart of the Oak Lawn neighborhood.

Located at 2727 Hood St. Apt. 107, this townhome is a midcentury modern masterpiece, built in 1964 and extensively updated in a way that adds to the character of the era’s architecture and adds the kind of modern amenities buyers love. And it’s well under $300K, so don’t expect this one to stay on the market long.

The design is contemporary, with an open living and dining room, a dreamy kitchen, and gorgeous bathrooms. This unit has two bedrooms, one full bathroom, one half bath, and 972 square feet on two stories. Let’s take a look!

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Carrera Marble is a classic stone, beloved for its timeless, elegant appeal.

In today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, it reigns supreme in a Preston Tower condo that’s undergone a big renovation. Located at 6211 W. Northwest Hwy Apt. 604, this home has marble galore in the kitchen and bathrooms. This is a 2-2 with 1,130 square feet, built in 1966.

The condo is owned by Valerie Elizabeth of Society Stylist. She personally oversaw all renos and picked everything herself—her chic touch is everywhere. It was creatively and meticulously updated, and the results are impressive. Similar units inside the Northwest Highway loop could be two to three times as much, said listing agent Brian Ellison.

“With its Midcentury lines, and proximity to NorthPark and Preston Center shopping and dining, Preston Tower is gaining popularity,” he said. “The current HOA has a strong commitment and is spending on common area improvements—I consider this building one of the best values in highrise living in the area and clients like [Elizabeth] are making significant investments in their property.”

It was listed yesterday by Ellison with Clay Stapp + Co. for $289,000. Monthly HOA dues are $797.

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The home at 6272 Mercedes Ave. is one of five we're featuring this week in our round-up of open houses.

The home at 6272 Mercedes Ave. is one of five we’re featuring this week in our roundup of open houses.

This is one of the last weekends before the holiday madness begins, so take advantage of the gorgeous days and visit some of Dallas’ open houses.

In this week’s roundup, we’re visiting neighborhoods from the M Streets and Knox-Henderson, to Swiss Avenue and Lakewood. The prices range from $420,000 to $2.295 million. We hope you make time to visit some of these open houses or others you discover—by our count, there are 193 in Dallas alone. Leave us a comment with your thoughts, or if you know of any you think we should mention next week.

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Durham Builders

These photos are of the Durham Builders home at 6924 Santa Barbara Dr., one of three modern houses now available in the new Santa Barbara development. Photos: MetroplexHD

East Dallas has a new modern enclave near White Rock Lake, with three houses built, and four more planned.

The Santa Barbara development, near Mockingbird Lane and W. Lawther Drive, creates a style that fuses native Texas materials with California-style architecture. The result is marvelous, something that’s being called “this-century modern.”

“When we were doing the original modeling, we were doing was more Midcentury Modern [style], but I felt  a Texas modern house would go better with the community,” said builder Miles Durham of Durham Builders. “It seems like the people around the lake and in Lakewood are open to this type and style of house.”

Durham’s father, Robert Durham, is the architect for the Santa Barbara development.

“He has modernist influences, and Frank Lloyd Wright,” Miles said. “He does all of the floorplan layouts and all of the elevations, I do all the finish selections and more. We’ve done a lot of houses and we work well together.”Durham Builders

The Santa Barbara houses are priced between $810K and $825K, and are around 3,200 square feet with four or five bedrooms. The designs include an abundance of large windows, open floorplans, fireplaces clad in Carrera Marble and wood, designer tile, concrete floors, and chef’s kitchens with high-end KitchenAid stainless steel appliances and Silestone quartz countertops.

“It’s extremely affordable by Lakewood standards, and that was important to us,” Miles said.

The photos throughout this post are of the home at 6924 Santa Barbara Dr. listed by Jennifer Baldwin with Clay Stapp + Co. for $810,000. It is a 5-4 with two living areas and 3,137 square feet.
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Tabak HomeWith the large number of people moving to downtown Dallas and the boom in available housing, nearby neighborhood are influenced, as well. Today’s Thursday Three Hundred is just such an example.

The condo at 4401 Roseland Ave. Unit B, near Carroll and Ross avenues, is in the newly christened “East Village” area. It’s one of three units built together, and is three levels and open-concept, with an open terrace on the middle level. It offers two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a half bathroom, and 2,000 square feet.

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Downtown Dallas views from this home

The curb appeal is stylish, with a cedar veneered two-car garage door and cedar extending up the façade, onto the 250-square-foot private terrace on the second level. The modern look extends inside, too, with polished concrete floors, European lacquered cabinets in the kitchen, and a chic master bathroom with a frameless glass shower.

This home was listed Monday by Steven Rigely with Rogers Healy and Associates for $399,000, and mandatory HOA fees are $250 per month. There’s an open house this Sunday, Oct. 25, from 1-3 p.m. If you stop by, let us know what you think!

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Webster Grove HomeToday’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a home in Northwest Dallas that went from cluttered and cramped to contemporary and classy in a substantial recent renovation.

The Webster Grove house at 3233 Dothan Ln., near Royal and Webb Chapel lanes, was an outdated ranch, built in 1961 and looking worn. It’s a 3-2 with 1,625 square feet, but felt smaller.

New owners bought the house in May and gave it an overhaul, from a new roof and hardscape work, to opening up the floorplan inside and adding stylish amenities that make it stand out. It has many similarities to a new-build, but with the benefits of being in an established neighborhood.3233 Dothan exterior beforeOn the outside, only nice thing about the curb appeal used to be those irises (I do hope they dug them up and replanted them elsewhere). Now, a new sidewalk, painted brick facade, new columns on the front porch, and new windows give the place a clean, fresh look. When the landscaping fills in, it will be even better.

It was listed Friday by Danny Scott with Watermark Real Estate Group for $294,900.

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