GetMedia-1Nothing warms our hearts more than a Ranch-style home, especially a refreshed ranch. This all-American house style was popularized in the 1950’s, notably by architect Cliff May, and quickly became the iconic suburban home. The simple informal design captured the imaginations and suited the lifestyles of the post-war generation.

What goes around, comes around and a new generation of buyers have rediscovered the ranch.

These homes are a great investment for multiple reasons. Not only do they adapt to traditional or modern tastes, they can capture the midcentury modern aesthetic with minimal work. They are also not terribly challenging to renovate or add on to. Our Saturday 700, at 6610 Yosemite Lane, is a prime example of how to refresh the right way.

By the way this is also a rather famous street in Dallas. It is where the late, great Texie Waterman resided, the first (and some would say, only) choreographer of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders! Also of note is that this particular home was once owned by Dallas cosmetics guru Niven Morgan III… good genes in the house and the ‘hood!

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904 Clermont

Hollywood Heights is one of those picturesque neighborhoods filmmakers love. It’s quaint, charming, and has a unique character. The vast majority of homes were built in the 1920s and ‘30s in a variety of styles, from Spanish eclectic to Craftsman, but the most coveted are the classic Tudor homes. In fact, speculation runs high that it has the largest collection of stone-embellished Tudor cottages in America. Finding one is tricky enough, as once people move in, they stay a good long while. Finding one that’s been fully renovated and for sale is a dream come true. Our Saturday Six Hundred at 904 Clermont is just that. It’s listed by Jim Costello with Costello & Associates.

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When you have an idea in your head, sometimes it sounds way more awesome rattling around in your brain than when it actually happens.

I’m happy to report that this was not the case last night. A steady stream of parents with children in Dallas ISD schools, Lakewood residents, Realtors and more came by the darling Tudor in Hollywood Heights to talk Dallas ISD schools with each other, yours truly, and newly-elected District 2 trustee Dustin Marshall.

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815 Vivian Avenue will be the site of the first School + House event.

Just a reminder – tonight is our first installment of SCHOOL + HOUSE, a chance for Realtors and prospective parents to mingle with involved parents in Lakewood-area Dallas ISD schools, as well as District 2 trustee Dustin Marshall, plus see an adorable 3/2 Tudor in Lakewood. This first installment is a partnership with the Heather Guild Group and CandysDirt.com. Look for more in coming months in other neighborhoods – and Realtors, if you’re interested in finding out how this works, email me.

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815 Vivian Avenue will be the site of the first School + House event. (Photo courtesy Heather Guild Group/Dave Perry Miller Real Estate)

815 Vivian Avenue will be the site of the first School + House event. (Photo courtesy Heather Guild Group/Dave Perry Miller Real Estate)

Way back when I first started writing for CandysDirt.com, the idea was that I give everyone enough information (or the ability to find that information) to make an educated decision about both public schools and neighborhoods they’d like to live in.

And for about the last six months, I’ve been noodling around with a concept that I’m thrilled to say is finally launching next week — SCHOOL + HOUSE. Part traditional open house for prospective buyers, part meet-and-greet with local school officials and parents, SCHOOL + HOUSE is designed to bring everyone you’d ever want to talk to about the Dallas Independent School District in one place, with the added bonus of getting a Realtor who is a fountain of knowledge about the neighborhoods that feed those schools.

Because some of the best knowledge about schools comes from the parents who are there every day. They’re informed, involved and ready to give anyone the ins and outs of sending your child to the schools in the neighborhood.   (more…)

6426 Westlake Front

What a fantastic home that really typifies “move in-ready” for me! For a home to be move in-ready, it has to:

  • Have immaculate neutral paint and fresh baseboards and trim,
  • Have gorgeous floors that are in tip-top shape,
  • And have a kitchen that is ready to plug-in and go!

This home, a 1937 traditional cottage, has all of these things, as well as some fantastic light fixtures and beautiful living areas. There are three bedrooms, two full baths, an updated kitchen, and more than 1,800 square feet, making this home at 6426 Westlake a perfect, cozy family property. This home, located inside Lakewood’s Country Club Estates, is listed with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Karla Trusler for $515,000.

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Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us just north of White Rock Lake in Lakewood to 7325 Rutgers Drive. This fantastic East Dallas neighborhood is full of other handsome midcentury houses like this one, but few are priced as competitively: With a recent price reduction, it is now listed for $299,900, or $185 per square foot. Nearby comps have been averaging almost $200 per square foot.

Built in 1960 and recently updated, this brick house is a 3-2 with 1,617 square feet sitting on 0.178 acres with lovely, mature trees. Located within walking distance of the new playground and splash park at Ridgewood-Belcher Rec Center, this University Terrace property is in the Lakewood Elementary, Long Middle, and Woodrow Wilson High School zones. Nearby private schools include Zion Lutheran, St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary, and Dallas Academy. The neighborhood has a Fourth of July parade and a Halloween party for local kids. Needless to say, the area draws many families.

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6922 Vivian, Photos: Shoot2Sell

6922 Vivian, Photos: Shoot2Sell

Want to live in a genuine historic home? This beautiful Spanish eclectic in Santa Monica was designed by Charles Dilbeck with his signature style that combined traditional elements, old English accoutrements, and Spanish touches. Completed in 1935 and updated in a way that honors this home’s history, 6922 Vivian is a tremendous property.

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