Greenwood Hills

The oversized midcentury brick fireplace is the focus of this Greenwood Hills living room in Richardson.

The last several years have seen a huge resurgence in the popularity of all things midcentury modern in housing. If not “straight” midcentury, then a dash of atomic era flavor. People seem to crave the clean architectural lines, emphasis on natural light, and open design concepts.

In Richardson, a popular “inner-ring” suburb of Dallas, there’ an abundance of houses built in the 1950s and early 1960s. Our Tuesday Two Hundred is an example of this style, with dashes of midcentury design throughout.

It is located at 805 Melrose Dr. in the Greenwood Hills neighborhood of Richardson. This 1960 ranch’s defining midcentury feature is an oversized brick fireplace and divider wall in the entryway and living room. Truly a fabulous design element in this three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,639-square-foot home.

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The board of Dallas County Schools met today in a special called meeting. Among the agenda items were strong hints Superintendent Rick Sorrells will no longer be with the agency.

The board of Dallas County Schools met today in a special called meeting. Among the agenda items were strong hints Superintendent Rick Sorrells will not be with the agency. (Photo courtesy Dallas County Schools)

Embattled school transportation provider Dallas County Schools may have been able to continue its relationship with Dallas Independent School District, but as early as this morning it seemed its superintendent could be the most recent casualty of a recent spate of very bad news.

DCS, which provides busing for Dallas, Carrollton/Farmers Branch, Highland Park, Irving, Aledo, Cedar Hill, Coppell, DeSoto, Lancaster, Richardson, Weatherford and White Settlement school districts, called a special meeting today.

The agenda included two ominous items –  “Consider Appointing an Interim Superintendent” and “Consider Defining Requirements and Authorizing Search for a Permanent Superintendent.”

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Heights Park

Our Thursday Three Hundred is a rare four bedroom, two-story home in Richardson’s Heights Park. With tasteful updated and lots of style, it has a lot to offer the buyer looking for over 2,000 square feet close to Dallas.

Located at 621 Winchester Dr. near West Arapaho Road and North Floyd Road, this house offers beautiful hardwoods, new Pella windows throughout, new roof, new chimney cap, new Hardie siding, fresh exterior paint, a renovated kitchen, renovated bathrooms, custom closets, and lots of storage.

This house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living rooms, and 2,108 square feet, built in 1964.

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Richardson Heights Home for Sale | CandysDirt.com

Richardson Heights is an up-and-coming neighborhood in the Dallas suburb of Richardson, located 12 miles north of downtown, just outside Interstate 635. If you’re looking to get a lot of house for your money, and find character-filled properties, this is the area for you.

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 720 Winchester Dr. is a 1958 traditional, renovated recently to appeal to modern buyers. But its personality still shines through in its three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 2,129 square feet. This house is the whole package: location, looks, and value.

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Real Estate Story

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For people looking to Internet rankings when searching for their next place to live, 24/7 Wall St. produces some solid information. As opposed to some list-makers, they actually do real research with scientific data and come up with interesting findings.

They recently reviewed data on the 550 American cities with populations of 65,000 or more (measured by the U.S. Census Bureau). They looked at a range of variables, including crime rates, employment growth, access to restaurants/attractions, educational attainment, and housing affordability, and they identified America’s 50 Best Cities to Live.

Two Texas cities made the 24/7 Wall St. list, and both are in DFW. In the top five, Richardson, and in the top ten, North Richland Hills. Intrigued? So were we. Read on to see why they chose these two places for their list.

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Think finding a house for under $200K is impossible? Think again. It’s certainly getting much harder, but today, we’ve found a cute cottage in Richardson’s Azalea Park neighborhood that’s totally affordable, super cute, and move-in ready.

The home at 521 Shirley Ct. is an updated ranch, located just east of Central Expressway near E. Main Street and Grove Road. This home has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,267 square feet, built in 1954. It has a wonderful circular floorplan, great staging to show off function and flow, and delightful drive-up appeal.

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Best real estate markets 2016

Nearly a decade after the housing crisis that sent the U.S. economy into freefall, housing is most certainly back—just look at our DFW market. Citing U.S. Census Bureau data, the New York Times recently reported that sales of new single-family homes nationwide were higher this past July than in nearly 10 years.

Nationwide, a company that tracks the health of U.S. real estate, reported at the end of quarter two that “the overall U.S. housing market is sustainable,” adding that “few regional housing markets are vulnerable to a housing downturn.”

In a new study, financial services site WalletHub compared 300 U.S. cities across 16 key metrics to help prospective home buyers find the most attractive real-estate markets. Their data set ranges from “median home-price appreciation” to “housing affordability” to “job growth.”

North Texas cities scored big: Frisco, McKinney, Richardson, Allen, and Plano made their top-ten list of best real estate markets nationwide in 2016. Denton, Carrollton, Fort Worth, Irving, Grand Prairie, and Dallas scored in the top 50.

So what made DFW cities score so high?

“North Texas cities have healthy and sustainable real estate markets,” said WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. “Very few homes have negative equity, home appreciation in the past seven years has continued to increase, and foreclosure rates are extremely low. In addition to having a healthy real estate market, these cities are affordable with low maintenance costs and cost of living. Not to mention, the economic environment in North Texas is thriving, boasting some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country (under 3 percent across the board).”

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401 S Weatherred a

The midcentury modern home at 401 S. Weatherred Dr. in Richardson shines at every angle. Our Tuesday Two Hundred is a marvelous combination of curb appeal, cute interior, and choice location—Richardson Heights was just named among the 5 Neighborhoods on the Rise in the July issue of D Magazine.

With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,434 square feet, this home offers a modest-but-thoughtful footprint, and makes the most of the space. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the interior with light, and vaulted ceilings give a sense of amplitude.

We’re not the only ones crushing on this midcentury charmer—it was listed Aug. 10 by Dan Washburn with Washburn Realty Group and went under active open contract two day later.

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