Winsome Winnetka Heights Prairie | CandysDirt.com

There’s something truly charmed about a historic home in Dallas. We don’t have that many of them (with more disappearing every year), and many haven’t been kept in good condition over the years.

That’s just two reasons why today’s Thursday Three Hundred was such a pleasure to discover. The home at 211 N. Edgefield Ave. is a winsome Prairie-style Four Square in North Oak Cliff’s Winnetka Heights. Its big spaces and light-filled rooms flow easily and this 1924 structure has been lovingly maintained.

With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,398 square feet on two stories, this is a good-sized house for the era. The location is prime, and the price is right. Let’s take a look before a buyer snatches it up.

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Arlington 2906 Serenity Front 2

This might be one of the most unique homes in the Midcities area, if not the most unique. Right from the first glance, this multi-level contemporary in Arlington’s Tiffany Park won me over. I love the prairie-style shape of this home, with five different levels anchored by a rectangular tower. It’s a novel way of taking advantage of the unobstructed views of Lake Arlington.

But would you believe that this home, built in 1984 and with many great updates, is on the market for just $595,000? It seems like such a bargain for a home in a great neighborhood, right next to a lovely lake, with more than 4,500 square feet, and with an incredible deck and pool with an easily accessible Midcities location.

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Houses are flying off the market at a record-breaking pace. Finding a move-in-ready home in the coveted M Streets is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Of course we keep our ears to the ground and always try to bring you the freshest, hottest listings — in time to actually have a shot at being among the first to have a peek.

Our Friday Five Hundred this week is not even in MLS yet, but it’s already being shown by listing agent Ryan Streiff with Dave Perry-Miller. If you’re looking for a charming 1925 prairie style Craftsman cottage we’d advise calling him immediately because at $515,000-this adorable home at 5743 Mercedes Avenue won’t last long. (more…)

Junius Heights Prairie

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to Junius Heights in Old East Dallas to look at a lovely Prairie Style house that just hit the market June 1.

The Prairie Style of residential architecture made its debut in Dallas in 1907 with a house on Abrams Road, based on the plans Frank Lloyd Wright published in Ladies Home Journal six years earlier. This style was popular in the Midwest and Texas, a distinctly American design idea featuring a low-pitched roof, large overhanging eaves, central chimney, discipline in the use of ornamentation, and low, horizontal lines.

Just three years later, the house at 5614 Worth St. made its appearance near Beacon and Gaston. It’s not a perfect example of the Prairie Style, but comes close, with its warm earth-tone palette, horizontal wood siding, interior glass doors, and other “style appropriate” interior architectural details.

With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,416 square feet, this Junius Heights Prairie house is modest in size, but offers a lot of function and beauty in that space. There are minor cosmetic fixes needed in parts of the house, like the second bathroom, but overall, it’s great. Plus, the location is prime, just minutes away from Lakewood, Lower Greenville, White Rock Lake, and other hot spots for shopping and dining.

This house is listed by Ebby Halliday agent Kay Caughron for $249,000. (As happens so often lately in our red hot North Texas real estate market, it went under contract in three days—it’s a charmer!)

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WhittierAWe’ve found a great property that just isn’t selling, and we’re not sure why. This prairie-style, two-story house in Colleyville was listed at the end of August, and had a $25,000 price reduction in mid-October to $599,900, but still, no buyer.

Listed by Beverly Spillyards at Ebby Halliday’s Southlake office, this property at 6712 Whittier Lane is a custom-build, one of the first in the Whittier Heights subdivision in 2004. With 4,776 square feet sitting on over a third of an acre of land, this house has a lot of everything. It’s a four bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom house with a three-car garage and all sorts of luxury details. So what’s the deal?

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This week the Commerce Department reported that sales and prices of newly constructed single-family homes fell in August despite historically low mortgage rates. Reason: stagnant job market, lots of inventory, and fewer home builders out there churning dirt. We are at about 1970s home building activity, when interest rates were even higher! Last month new home sales slipped 2.3 percent.

Well, in Texas we are still building. And people are buying! Hillwood just announced breaking ground today on the final phase of Lexington Village in the 2,400 acre Twin Creeks residential community in Allen, Texas.  The last phase of the project provides 30 new lots with homes to be built by Sanders and Associates Custom Homes and priced from the $590’s. I was up at Jerry Jones’ Star Creek other day, off Stacy Road, the place is hopping and a gorgeous Darling Home that I admired was sold — $550k ish. Hmm. Must be the sweet spot.

And then, recall this Sale of the Week? Well, it’s sold. Jeff Dworkin of JLD CustomHomes says he cannot build this Prairie style home fast enough in Lakewood. He is churning them out, about to begin construction on another. Little Q&A with Jeff after I went through his amazing 2734 square foot home:

CD: So how long was this home on the market?

JD: Two weeks. I had 2 offers in 3 days.

CD: You are telling me one Realtor offered $15,000 below the list price — wow, why?

JD: They said it’s the norm in the production home community, but it’s not the norm in urban infill areas or tear downs.

CD: Well, they didn’t get it. Honestly, are there any builders left?

JD: There are fewer of us. HBA membership is at about 60% of what it was during the boom years.

CD: Belmont Homes is gone, Liz Newman is in Houston, Gregory & Sons are outa here, right.

JD: Right. Some left for family reasons but it’s just really hard to get financing. Banks want a clear track record and are ultra conservative. They prefer spec homes under $750k.

CD: And there’s a lot of builders cropping up I’ve never heard of! But I’m glad someone’s building! OK, so are building costs lower these days?

JD: Yes, for the most part. The cost of lumber (your number one expense) and concrete are down. Labor prices might actually be up because so many people have left the industry. Dirt’s less, interest rates are low.

CD: So it’s a good time to build?

JD: A great time to build

I told you vacation homeowers are raking it in. Well, now it seems regular homeowners are not doing too shabby, either. One of my alert readers alerted me to this interesting vacation home posting on HomeAway.com: a red-brick Swiss Avenue mansion. It leases for $2,000 to $3,000 per night, or $18,000 a week. (Wowzers!) Five bedrooms, six baths, sleeps 12. Prairie style built in 1913,  one of the largest Prairie Style homes in the Southwest (according to the listing). Beautifully preserved original features, the house has state-of-the-art updates, including 2 fully-equipped media rooms, a tennis court, deluxe grill, 30 ft meat smoker/chiminea — I am sure renters are going to jump right in and smoke meat. There is a rear parking lot, and 3-car garage. We all know how close Swiss Avenue is to everything … they are advertising this as “walking distance to the Lower Greenville nightlife.”

Honestly, not sure I’d walk nor encourage it unless your are packing. But this statement is a fact:

“Swiss Avenue is one of the most scenic walking paths in Dallas, featuring beautiful, historic homes from the early 1900’s.”