7707 Northaven Front

Let’s talk about Hill Haven Heights, OK? I love this area. It is a fabulous neighborhood bordered by North Central Expressway, Hillcrest, Forest, and Royal, so it’s extremely accessible. It’s also full of great single-family homes and a few great condo communities. It’s not far from the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, or the scads of shopping options lining Highway 75.

7707 Northaven Living

And it’s not out of reach, price-wise, either. In fact, you should check out this amazing traditional at 7707 Northaven Road marketed by Clay Stapp agent Richard Baker. It’s on the market for a recently reduced $529,000. Considering the upgrades on this home, that’s fantastic!

7707 Northaven Dining

With more than 3,100 square feet, four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and a two-car garage, this home is plenty big for a family. And considering the neighborhood, this is a great house for someone relocating to Dallas. Sometimes it’s hard to find a home like this, that’s move-in ready, plenty of room to move around, and has a family-friendly backyard, pool included. If you’re headed to Dallas for a job transfer, this is the home to buy.

7707 Northaven Kitchen

You’ve got granite and travertine, hand-scraped hardwood floors, upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances including a wine fridge and custom cabinetry, and two full living areas with an open floor plan. Behind all of that you’ll find practical upgrades such as a radiant barrier insulating the roof, tankless hot water heaters, and a new roof. The large backyard is nothing to sniff at, either.

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The master suite is spacious and features an upgraded bath, including a ceiling fan. This is an often-overlooked feature that really helps during the summer. In the bedroom area you’ll notice French doors that look to the pool and deck area — another great feature that makes this room a wonderful retreat.

7707 Northaven Backyard

And if you’re relocating to Dallas, you’ll probably be overwhelmed by your first summer. All the more reason to consider this home, which has a great pool for cooling off when the heat reaches triple digits.

What do you think of this house?

Fairfax Front

Temporary housing can be so boring sometimes. When you move to an area and are looking for a place to spend the next 9 to 12 months while you find a home to buy, sometimes the best idea is to rent near the area you’re considering purchasing.

Fairfax Living

That’s what’s great about this gorgeous ranch in West Highland Park. Listed for lease by Local Dwelling’s Jason Lucas for $3,600 a month, this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath one-story at 3843 Fairfax Avenue is great for executives relocating to the area with family and even Fido, too. It’s ready for you to move in today!

Fairfax Den

Just west of the Dallas North Tollway, this home has plenty of access to the places and people someone new to the area would want to be near. Tons of shopping and restaurants, and great proximity to Dallas Love Field for business travel makes this home a great match for corporate relocation.

Fairfax Kitchen

Beautiful wood floors, fireplaces, a remodeled kitchen, and a large master suite are all included in this fabulous rental. The backyard, combined with a gigantic sunroom, is great for entertaining bosses and neighbors, too. There’s lots of light if you want it, and plantation shutters throughout the house if you don’t.  Everything is absolutely pristine!

Fairfax Sunroom

Know someone who is headed to Dallas and needs a roof over their heads? Go to LocalDwelling.com for more information. Don’t wait, this gorgeous house will get snapped up soon!

Fairfax Backyard

Fairfax Front

Temporary housing can be so boring sometimes. When you move to an area and are looking for a place to spend the next 9 to 12 months while you find a home to buy, sometimes the best idea is to rent near the area you’re considering purchasing.

Fairfax Living

That’s what’s great about this gorgeous ranch in West Highland Park. Listed for lease by Local Dwelling’s Jason Lucas for $3,600 a month, this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath one-story at 3843 Fairfax Avenue is great for executives relocating to the area with family and even Fido, too. It’s ready for you to move in today!

Fairfax Den

Just west of the Dallas North Tollway, this home has plenty of access to the places and people someone new to the area would want to be near. Tons of shopping and restaurants, and great proximity to Dallas Love Field for business travel makes this home a great match for corporate relocation.

Fairfax Kitchen

Beautiful wood floors, fireplaces, a remodeled kitchen, and a large master suite are all included in this fabulous rental. The backyard, combined with a gigantic sunroom, is great for entertaining bosses and neighbors, too. There’s lots of light if you want it, and plantation shutters throughout the house if you don’t.  Everything is absolutely pristine!

Fairfax Sunroom

Know someone who is headed to Dallas and needs a roof over their heads? Go to LocalDwelling.com for more information. Don’t wait, this gorgeous house will get snapped up soon!

Fairfax Backyard

Chicago's not so hot anymore. The huge mid-west MSA didn't even make the top 20 list of Forbes' fastest growing American cities! (Photo: John Gress/Reuters)

Chicago’s not so hot anymore. The huge mid-west MSA didn’t even make the top 20 list of Forbes’ fastest growing American cities! (Photo: John Gress/Reuters)

As Candy already mentioned, pre-owned inventory is scary low, which is driving prices up for Dallas properties. Sure, demand means a seller’s market, but what about all of the folks that are either being born or moving to Dallas? That’s putting our housing market in a tough spot! Several big corporations have moved to Dallas in recent years — Comerica Bank being one of the largest — which has made move-in ready pre-owned homes sell like hotcakes.

For the study, Forbes measured the top 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas using six metrics:

Using data from Moody’s Analytics, we assessed the estimated rate of population growth for 2012 and 2013, the rate of job growth in 2012, and the rate of gross metro product growth, or economic growth, for 2012. We also factored in federal unemployment data and median salaries for local college-educated workers, courtesy of Payscale.com. The result is a list of the 20 fastest growing metro areas in America in terms of population and economy.

I find it interesting that the three largest Texas cities — Austin, Dallas, and Houston — topped the national list based on these criteria, with San Antonio coming in ninth. Texas cities grew by 470,000 people in 2012!

Houston ranked second, behind Austin, followed by Dallas in third place and San Antonio in ninth. Robust labor markets, unemployment rates under 6% (well below the national average), no state income tax, a business-friendly regulatory environment, and strong population inflows all contributed to Texas towns’ high rankings.

Sure, we ranked high in 2012, but this is a year in which the Texas Legislature convenes, and we’re facing funding shortages across the board. Let’s see if we’re still considered “business-friendly” after the session in Austin.

Still, I wonder if this growth is sustainable for the Dallas housing market. Will we see an uptick in rentals? What will happen if the residential lending environment sours?

Everyone seems to be moving to Dallas these days, especially people who are transferred or promoted by one of the billion corporations that call Dallas their headquarters. Finding housing is a big problem for folks moving to a brand-new place, so I’m going to make it easy for them.

This home — 7238 Joyce Way, to be exact — would be a fantastic home for an executive with upward trajectory just moving to Dallas. The location, which is just south of Walnut Hill and smack in the middle between Hillcrest and North Central Expressway, is perfect for someone still getting their bearings. And the price — $499,000 — won’t have you running for the hills, or the next promotion.

The home is nothing to sneeze at, either. This house, repped by Lori Sparks of Virginia Cook Realtors, has two living areas, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a saltwater pool and a two-car garage totaling just less than 3,000 square feet.

This house was built in 1967, but there’s not a trace of original anything left on this home. If you’re moving to Dallas for a corporate relocation, you don’t want to buy a fixer-upper or a house you can’t invite your boss over to. No way, Jose. This house is practically pre-assembled and totally neutral.

The kitchen is very pretty, and will be great for dinner party prep once you ace that electric cooktop and route a gas line in there. Everything else is what you’d expect: Stainless, granite, fresh cabinets, and tumbled stone backsplash. There’s plenty of extra storage for plates and doo-dads in the breakfast nook, as well as a small wet bar with a wine fridge, which will be absolutely necessary when hosting your boss.

The master suite is large and slightly set apart from the rest of the house. The bedroom is  fairly standard, and two full-light doors divide the sleeping area from the lavatory. The master bath is your typical five-piece bath, with a rather standard shower stall and tub combo. The double vanities are average, too.

The backyard, that’s where this place has some real character. Check out the free-form saltwater pool with cascading river rocks. There’s also a decent-sized patio, which will fit a dining set and a grill, no problem. Maybe, just to spice things up a bit, you can negotiate the flying pig!