Real Estate Story
Jennifer Kilpatrick

Jennifer Kilpatrick and her son Jack

Single mom and attorney Jennifer Kilpatrick is a Dallas native and Ursuline Academy grad who moved away in 1992. After a divorce in 2016, she and her son moved back to North Texas, renting an apartment in The Village. She wanted time to find a new house in this competitive market, and focused her search to the area in which she grew up.

“I began searching for a house a few months ago, and wanted to buy a house in east Dallas, since I grew up in Lake Highlands and Jack goes to school at St. Thomas Aquinas,” she said. “I confined my home search to Lake Highlands, Little Forest Hills, Lochwood, and Ridgewood Park (and small, ill-defined neighborhoods around those places).”

We’ve followed her home-buying journey, from first searches to closing on a Lochwood cutie this month. It’s a great story!

Full name: Jennifer Kilpatrick

Occupation: Attorney

Location: East Dallas

Price Range: Under $350K

AgentCindy Johnson with Keller Williams

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Old East Dallas Craftsman

The Old East Dallas Craftsman at 4839 Junius St. is a real stunner, and it’s one of our open houses this week.

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $459,900 to $745,500. You’ll find a some fab properties, from an Old East Dallas Craftsman, pictured above, to a beautiful Austin stone house in Stevens Park Estates. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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munger place

Using most standards from around the world, Dallas homes aren’t very old at all. Sure, you’ll find the occasional 1920’s property, but rarely anything older. Not so with today’s Thursday Three Hundred, a slice of Dallas history as the site of the original Piggly Wiggly store, built in 1916. It is also rumored to have been a speakeasy during the Prohibition era.

Located at 315 N. Collett Ave. this is a rare townhome in Munger Place, both architecturally and historically significant. It offers a distinctly loft-like vibe inside. Think 12-foot ceilings, exposed ductwork and rafters, and exposed brick with custom texture on the walls.

This property is full of stories, and not just its own: the reclaimed maple hardwood floors were recovered from the former gym at the Hockaday School. Pretty cool.

With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,249 square feet on one story, this is a spacious townhome with luxe extras, like three-zone wiring for total house sound, including the front patio and courtyard.

This is such an unusual, storied property, located near N. Munger Boulevard and Columbia Avenue, just minutes from downtown Dallas — let’s take a look.

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17 Winding Lake b

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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dallas open houses

In our weekly roundup of open houses, we’re looking at homes that range from $399,900 to $859,900, including an Uptown highrise condo at 3310 Fairmount St. Apt. 8F with killer views from its wraparound balcony.

We know you love getting insider info about the smokin’ hot North Texas real estate market. That’s why we bring you the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column every Thursday. We pick five open houses the coming weekend in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) and each property stands out in some special way to make the cut.

This week, our houses range in price from $399,900 to $859,900. You’ll find a corner-unit Uptown condo with a wraparound balcony and incredible Turtle Creek views, a renovated M-Streets Tudor with darling looks and separate guest quarters, and more. Mark your calendars—you don’t want to miss these!

 

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dallas open houses

The grand Colonial Revival home at 5931 Boca Raton Dr. is one of five fabulous properties features this week in our open house roundup.

Have you got your weekend planned around Dallas open houses? We sure do. And we hope the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column helps you strategize your approach to some of the fantastic properties on the market now in North Texas.

Every Thursday, 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 $321,900 to $1.45 million. We’ve got a Colonial Revival in Northwest Dallas with over 5,000 square feet, a sweet Buckner Terrace reno for just over $300K, and more. Let’s take a peek inside these Dallas open houses…

 

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cliff kessler

Cliff Kessler is a Realtor with Allie Beth Allman & Assoc. and owner of Cowboy Surf Estates. Photo: Ana Bellington

Cliff Kessler is a Dallas transplant by way of Los Angeles, and the luxury real estate agent is making a name for himself as the owner of Cowboy Surf Estates.

Perhaps this is because has picked up on something essential about working real estate in Dallas: It’s all about relationships.

“It’s about the name, and I feel like the first thing people ask is, ‘Who is your family? Who’s your dad?’ I’ve made so many connections over a game of golf here, or taking someone to lunch,” he said. “Whereas in L.A., it’s all about marketing, websites, someone doing a blog.”

Kessler closed $3 million last year in his inaugural year in Dallas in 2015, and is looking at $22 million in pending real estate in 2016.

“This is a fantastic market, and I’m seeing a lot of sales through pocket listings, like in Lakewood, the M Streets, and parts of Highland Park,” he said. “Things are so hot here, you’re getting eight offers on a pocket if it’s priced right.”

 

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ope house

The contemporary marvel at 2619 Leta Mae Ln. in Farmers Branch is one of five open houses we’re featuring this week.

Now that the holidays are done and spring is around the corner, house hunting is likely to pick up. We’ve picked five open houses this weekend for you, ranging in price from $265K to $995K. Neighborhoods include Bluffview, the M Streets, Hillridge, University Meadows, and a surprise in Farmers Branch. Lots of diversity in the styles and prices—we hope you like it!

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