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Five years ago, Dallas City Center realtor Dani Hanna got a call to sell an Old Lake Highlands midcentury modern home at 816 Creekridge Drive. A couple had kept this 2,088-square-foot house as a rental, and it was in bad shape.

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Lake Park Estates

We love a good “before and after,” and today’s Thursday Three Hundred is a beautiful example of renovations done right.

The home at 1010 Tipperary Dr. just hit the market Monday morning, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, built in 1953. The owners updated the entire space, but the kitchen received the most dramatic transformation. It went from clunky and outdated to dreamy and bright with lots of desirable amenities. Kitchens sell houses, and the owners put their renovation dollars in the right places with their work in 2015.

Located in Lake Park Estates, this home is near N. Buckner Boulevard and E. Lake Highlands Drive. The smart layout maximizes the modest footprint and it feels much bigger than its 1,286 square feet, in part due to the abundant natural light, fresh paint in shades of white, and crisp plantation shutters. This listing won’t last long, so let’s take a look before it gets snatched up.

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“Spacious” and “bright” are the keywords for our Friday Five Hundred, a totally renovated Ranch located in Old Lake Highlands at 10743 Lanett Cir.

Sitting on over half an acre, this property has the feel of an estate. It’s on a horseshoe street in the interior of the Mediterranean Gardens neighborhood, so it’s private. And with all the mature shade trees and established landscaping, it got “urban retreat” written all over it.

This property has four bedrooms with two master suites, three full bathrooms, one half bath, and 2,626 square feet on one story, built in 1964. The developer is Pytcher Homes, a residential real estate company based in North Texas specializing in renovated properties, and they’ve done a marvelous job. From the open floorplan and hand-scraped hardwoods, to a spa-like master bathroom with a frameless glass shower with body jets.

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The home at 11325 Chicot Dr. is one of five featured in our weekly open house roundup.

The home at 11325 Chicot Dr. is one of five featured in our weekly open house roundup.

This is not traditionally a great season for home sales—people get busy with holiday plans and postpose their real estate search. But we’ve found five Dallas homes with open houses this weekend that will impress you with their features and style.

They range in price from $349,000 to $1.5 million, and include everything from an Old Lake Highlands cottage updated to perfection to a 7,390-square-foot house in Eudora Estates near Hillcrest and Forest. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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Summer Riggins

Summer Riggins took an outdated cottage in East Dallas and transformed it into a contemporary, elegant haven with luxe features and a custom-build feel. Photo: MetroplexHD

Two weeks ago, an East Dallas property in Old Lake Highlands went on the market and was featured as the CandysDirt Thursday Three Hundred. It caught our eye with its custom-build features; cohesive, elegant look; and Midcentury vibe.

The response was overwhelmingly positive, and people swooned over the details of this big renovation that turned a dated cottage into a chic, welcoming home. (It also went under contract in 12 days, proving our readers have great taste!)

The woman behind the transformation of 561 Classen Dr. is Summer Riggins, a Dallas-area pharmaceutical rep who is self-taught and does this work in her free time.
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After you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor, take a moment to look through the before-and-after photos of this house to appreciate the scale of the reno that Riggins undertook. This was not just paint and floors: Riggins reimagined almost every area and made careful changes to reflect a California Midcentury Modern ranch aesthetic, honed over years of study and practice on multiple smaller projects. The Classen house is almost unrecognizable from its pre-renovation state.

Riggins has been on the path to “renovation virtuoso” since childhood.

“While I haven’t completed a [complete] home renovation prior to this one, I did grow up in a household where it wasn’t uncommon to come home from school and find an exterior wall knocked down, with a smile across my mom’s face and a directive we would be rebuilding it as a family,” she said.

Riggins once got sent to her room for not properly drawing layouts for the home she wanted to build one day.

“I truly wanted to be an architect and I’ve always had visions of living spaces running through my head,” she said. “I guess I thought everyone else did, too.”

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I know that not everyone is going to agree with me, but I’ve been thinking about this ever since PV14 was built: Shipping containers as housing is over.

So over.

When Michael Gooden was hoisting the long metal boxes in the air that would make up his shipping container project in Old Lake Highlands that overlooks White Rock Lake, I had to wonder: Why are we using metal boxes to build things in Texas? Have you ever been inside a storage unit without climate control in summer here? It’s the equivalent of being baked alive. Heck, if you want to sweat it out, go to King Spa. But a corrugated metal home in an area where you’re roasting on 100-degree days throughout the summer? No thanks. And consider that, if you’re just building a room without modifying the container size, it’s only 7 feet wide, which is hardly a good size for a human-scaled space.

And yet, Zad Roumaya wants to build an apartment development in the Cedars that will be made of shipping containers. He says he’ll call the concept, should it get off the ground, ModPod. But how much sense does it make to assemble all these boxes to build a structure that costs hundreds of dollars to retrofit for our climate?

I was glad to see that my misgivings were validated by someone far more qualified: San Francisco-based OpenScope principle Mark Hogan. Hogan, an architect who has even done a shipping container project has much more to say on the matter.

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Eastwood house

For today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we’re venturing to the East Dallas neighborhood of Eastwood. The house at 8917 Sweetwater Dr. just hit the market last week and is simply lovely, from its well-imagined floorplan and thoughtful details like built-ins, to totally renovated kitchen and bathrooms and towering shade trees on the lot.

This 1962 ranch was just listed last week and went under contract within days—one look inside and you’ll see why. The neighborhood is also a big selling point: Eastwood is minutes southeast of White Rock Lake, near the Claremont area. (There’s a better-known neighborhood nearby also called Eastwood, which is roughly bounded by East Lake Highlands, Peavy, Garland Road, and Easton. Not that same area as this one.)

This Eastwood house is close to St. Francis Park, Lakeland Hills Park, Ferguson Park, and Casa Linda Park, and two miles from the Dallas Arboretum and the east shore of White Rock Lake.

It’s a three bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house with 1,986 square feet, listed by Patricia Sterling at The Michael Group Real Estate for $265,000.

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Old Lake Highlands MidcenturyHome sales in North Texas broke a record last month, with more than 10,500 sold in June, shattering the previous record by 1,000 houses. East Dallas is faring particularly well, with sales up 10 percent from last year, according to the latest sales figures from the MetroTex Association of Realtors.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to a property East of White Rock Lake that helps us understand why homes in the area are selling in 22 days on average. (I’ll bet this one goes under contract even faster than that.)Old Lake Highlands MidcenturyThe Old Lake Highlands midcentury at 703 Kirkwood Dr. is newly listed and sits on a heavily treed corner lot, walking distance from White Rock Lake. It’s a 3-2 with 1,632 square feet, built in 1955 and listed by Jan Chavoya at Ebby Halliday Realtors Frisco for $299,700. (The owners recently updated the electrical panel and security system, too.)

MetroTex reports that the average price now for an East Dallas house is $399,230 (a 19 percent increase over last year), so this is a find at under $300K. Let’s look at the updates and features that make this midcentury house a gem.

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