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Sunrooms are not particularly common features in North Texas homes. I suppose the oppressive summer heat makes people think they’re not useful, but we have many months of the year when a sunroom is perfectly delightful. That’s particularly true if the sunroom has a hot tub in it, like the one at our Thursday Three Hundred.

Located at 9064 Stone Creek Pl. in Lake Highlands, this home has that sunroom and quite a bit more. Think German Poggenpohl cabinets and Miele appliances in the kitchen, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, skylight, and lots of space.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 2,433 square feet on one story, built in 1982.

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The old soul Victorian at 4317 Worth St. is one of our five featured open houses this week.

The old soul Victorian at 4317 Worth St. is one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we bring you the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week roundup. It’s your insider’s view of the market, and the open houses you just have to make that weekend.

This week, our five houses range in price from $329,900 to $949K. This is an exceptionally splendid group of houses, from the magazine-worthy Victorian pictured above, to the M-Streets Tudor with picturesque good looks. 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

The architect-designed townhome at 4322 Deere St. is in East Village, close to downtown, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

This week, we’ve got a fantastic lineup of Dallas open houses. We’re looking at five properties that range in price from $340K to $745K. You’ll find modern marvels, a Lochwood cottage, Kessler Square Tudor and more. Jump to see our choices for this week’s CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week!

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4917 Wateka a

Neutrals can get a bad rap as boring and bland. But that’s not the case in our Thursday Three Hundred.

The cottage at 4917 Wateka Dr., near W. Lovers Lane and Inwood Road in the Greenway Village neighborhood, is a vision of cool neutrals and serene spaces. Everything about it looks relaxed, planned, and elegant.

It has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,248 square feet on one story, built in 1946. In terms of location, this cottage has it nailed, just around the corner from Inwood Village, some of the best shopping and dining in Dallas. It’s also close to Love Field Airport and the Dallas North Tollway, making getting around a snap, too.

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garage doors

Steel carriage garage door. Photo: NTX Garage Doors

This is the second installment of a new occasional column called Getting Real About Renovations. We’re looking at renovation realities for all sorts of projects, from hardwood floors and open floorplans, to master suite additions and kitchen upgrades. We’ll give you the unadulterated truth about options, costs, effort, Realtor opinion, and estimated ROI for these projects. You can read the last one about hardwood floors here.

Generally speaking, homeowners remodel to upgrade worn-out surfaces, finishes, and materials; to add features and improve livability; because it is time for a change; and because they’re selling.

Garage door replacements may not sound like a big deal, but in fact, they are one of the easiest ways to quickly boost a home’s curb appeal if the garage faces the street (a front-facing garage door can be almost 20 percent of your home’s front facade). They are also ranked among the top five most profitable projects nationwide, and in Dallas, according to the 2016 Cost vs. Value Report by the National Association of Realtors and Remodeling magazine.

Midrange garage door replacements recoup 100.7 percent ($1,544) of the total project cost in Dallas. Upscale garage door replacements are quickly gaining, too — in 2015, they increased 19 percentage points year-over-year to recoup 82.2 percent ($2,550) of the total project cost.

“I think we often forget to consider that a garage door is not only a functional feature but can be a design feature as well,” said Robin Moss Norcross with Nathan Grace Real Estate. “A garage door update, especially if front facing, can certainly continue the exterior design scheme.”

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Farmers Branch

A Todd Bonneau custom home. Photo: Todd Bonneau Homes

Once upon a time, a decade or two ago, Farmers Branch was a sleepy suburb with older homes, older shopping centers, and older infrastructure. It wasn’t a bad place to live, but it wasn’t exactly topping the charts of vibrant cities in DFW.

The housing stock, in particular, was fraying around the edges and many aging residences needed a total overhaul. But Farmers Branch reached buildout in the 1970s, so if something new was to go in, something old needed to leave.

But then the city woke up. They adopted a forward-thinking, progressive approach, and builders and developers took notice. The city, which already had parks and green space, has started better utilizing those areas for residents and visitors. Shopping centers and other commercial buildings are getting facelifts, partially funded by the city. Dilapidated houses are being torn down on the city’s dime and the empty land sold to encourage better homes with a higher tax base. Multi-family developments are in phased developments to create a work-play-live, walkable atmosphere.

The result? A Renaissance, of sorts, showing up across all sectors of the Farmers Branch community. This suburb is sleepy no more.

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10145 Eastwood a

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is a lovely Midcentury cottage in the Lake and Gardens District, near Garland and Peavy roads.

Located at 10145 Eastwood Dr., this home is beautifully presented—you can see the effort, from the newly laid sod in front and freshly planted flowers, to a well-staged interior with no clutter. It’s a 2-2 with 1,496 square feet, built in 1953, a real find.

The home was totally gutted in fall of 2015, and updated include a new HVAC system, water heater, plumbing, both bathrooms, refinished floors, and recessed lights.

It is newly listed by McKenzie Schimming with Nathan Grace Real Estate for $254,900.

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White Rock ForrestOur Thursday Three Hundred is a White Rock Forrest home with unmatchable views of trees and nature.

Located at 7640 Goforth Rd., this 3-2 has 1,928 square feet, built in 1956 and tastefully updated with modern amenities. As you can see from the map below, the great outdoors is at the doorstep of this home, including the White Rock Greenbelt, White Rock Creek Trail, White Rock Creek, and Flag Pole Hill Park.

White Rock Forrest

Courtesy of Google Maps

It was listed March 9 by Amy Timmerman with Nathan Grace Real Estate for $389,900, and went under contract four days later! Wow!

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