Why not kick off the season of Thanksgiving with a few fabulous East Dallas open houses? Our top picks offer all the charm and nostalgia of yesteryear with fantastic updates for modern-day. And all are open for you to tour this weekend!

A Mockingbird Elementary Muse

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Even the pickiest buyer would quickly pick out this custom-built home in the coveted Chimney Rock community of Flower Mound as “The One.”

As you drive onto the property, a lush landscape of trees and ponds introduce you to an ever-present feeling of luxurious tranquility. When your gaze lands upon the Tuscan-style home with elegant modern flair, you’ll want to move in right away. The great news is you can — it’s up for sale and waiting for you to enjoy its splendor. 

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11/21/19 9:45am

Last night, District 14 Dallas City Council Member David Blewett held a town hall meeting to discuss Streetlights Residential’s proposal for a residential tower at Lemmon and Oak Lawn avenues. You’ve seen it before, so I won’t belabor the point (to catch up, skip the first listed story and you’re there).

In reading those older columns, you know what I think. I’d like more parking underground and I’d like the ass-end facing north Lemmon returned to its original, thinner profile. Kinda done. These sentiments and more were raised during the meeting.

The meeting was less vicious than expected, although the same elements that trail all zoning cases were in attendance. Speaking of attendance, while this meeting was posted on every social media light pole, about 100 attendees crammed into the Methodist Church’s meeting room – not a stellar turnout given the ubiquitous notification and density of the local neighborhood. Near the end, Blewett asked a series of leading questions to gauge the room. Who supported, who was drop-dead opposed and who was on the fence depending on some specific issues being managed. In other words, “who’s there?”, “who can get there?”, and “who’ll never get there?”  To cut the suspense, somewhere between a quarter to a third of the room were drop-dead opposed. Again, not a stellar turnout given the level of static this project has engendered.

Another telling metric came when Blewett asked the attendees how far away they lived. As Blewett closed the circle down to areas that might actually feel an impact, representation was sparse. Once the lack of local-locals was noted, attendees piped-up that they crossed the Lemmon and Oak Lawn Avenue intersection regularly. That’s a pretty shaky position. Are commuters’ opinions about development along their route a new bellwether? Construction would cease.

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Maybe you saved this home on Zillow or saved it to your favorites on the Realtor.com app and forgot to come back and study it. But this 1955-built midcentury modern home on Sylvania Drive in East Dallas deserves another look because since we last featured it as Inwood National Bank’s Home of the Week three months ago, the price has come down a cool $26,000. $26K! That’s a lot of capital freed up to make this uber-cool midcentury listing by RE/MAX DFW Associates agent Jenny Capritta all your own.

This 2,753-square-foot home has three bedrooms and two baths on more than a quarter-acre in the Lake Gardens area of White Rock Lake, a neighborhood full of tall trees, winding streets with hilly topography, and an outstanding collection of original and renovated Midcentury Modern homes. As our executive editor Joanna England pointed out, this particular property offers something of a blank slate for those not afraid of taking a home to the studs and remaking it into a showplace. All the MCM pedigree is there with dramatic vaulted ceilings and a wall of windows bringing the outside in, which helps show off the period-traditional low pitched roofline.

While it’s obvious that this Midcentury Modern has had several renovations that have expanded the footprint, let’s take a look at before and after staging photos to get a better idea of how this home flows. (more…)

11/21/19 9:15am

Compass Real Estate announced Wednesday that Chad Schulin, a top-producing agent in Plano, is now affiliated with the technology-driven brokerage.  He will be based out of the firm’s soon-to-be-opened Plano-Frisco office. But leaving Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s was not a decision he made lightly.

“I very much enjoyed my time at Briggs,” Schulin said. “It was a tough decision, but I just felt that for me and my business growth plan, this decision made the most sense.”

While a large percentage of Schulin’s business lies in the corridor between Dallas and Prosper, he also has clients in Westlake and other points west. One of the motivating factors for him was the number of agents he will be able to collaborate with at Compass. The Plano office will be the firm’s fifth local location, joining its Dallas headquarters, Fort Worth, Lakewood and Southlake outposts.

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11/21/19 9:00am

Down off Northwest Highway, situated in between Skillman and Abrams, there’s a little slice of Pleasantville Heaven called University Manor. The streets are lined with big shade trees, lawns are trimmed and well-manicured, and people are always out and about.

A bike trail runs along Northwest Highway and connects to White Rock Lake if you head east and will take you under Northwest Highway, over Abrams and all the way to Mockingbird Station if you head west. Plus, the White Rock DART Rail station is within walking distance — perfect for commuters.

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11/20/19 9:45am

Every week, the detail-oriented folks at Green Scene Home Inspections will give CandysDirt.com readers an education in inspection. Want to see what they see? Tune in  for “Upon Closer Inspection.”

When you’re buying a home, the major areas of consideration from an inspector’s standpoint are the roof, plumbing, electricity, HVAC, and the foundation. These are your bigger ticket items, so if something is amiss, you may have costly repairs on your hands at some point.  

Electrical problems can range from inconvenient to downright dangerous and are usually a result of improper installation, poor maintenance, or older age equipment. Here are some examples of electrical problems we have found in homes:

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