Looking For Cute, Affordable Homes? Head East to Mesquite

You’ve heard us lament the increasingly rare affordable home in Dallas, and how difficult it is to find move-in ready real estate inside the city. We talk all the time about what’s available up north in Collin County, but it’s time to shift our focus eastward, and this adorable, updated ranch in Mesquite is just what we bargained for. 

With fresh paint, beautiful details, hardwood floors, and great staging, this listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Don Neilson is the perfect High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It just hit the market, and at this under-$300,000 price point, we don’t expect it to last long. Want to snag this home? Call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today to get pre-approved so you can put in your highest and best offer on this Mesquite ranch.

Want to see why this budget-friendly abode is a High Caliber Home? Jump!

First, let’s admire the paint and decor at 1000 Gageway Drive. This is an excellent example of how one bold color on the walls, repeated through adjacent rooms, becomes more of a neutral. It adds to the connected feeling of the home, enhancing flow and mood. It also allows you to work around a specific palette of other neutrals, and shows off the beautiful hardwood floors and elegant beamed-and-vaulted ceilings in the living room, as well as the tray ceiling in the dining room. 

Truthfully, this is a lot more than what I expected when I saw that Neilson’s listing was located near Town East Blvd. and North Galloway — a very convenient location, indeed. The neighborhood, Green Canyon Estates, is full of late ’70s and early ’80s ranches, some looking a little worse for wear. This five-bedroom, two-bath home with 1,976 square feet looks like it was reimagined by Chip and Joanna, Neilson noted. Not only does it feature designer flooring, paint, lighting, a recently added porch, and recently replaced roof, but the landscaping is perfectly manicured, “and there is even a chic playhouse in the back!” Neilson said.

Considering what you get for your money, this home is an absolute value at $269,000. 

See how that rich teal color is repeated through the home? You’ll find it on a wall in the kitchen, adjacent to the dining room, and on toss pillows in the family room, which is next to the gorgeous breakfast nook that has a beautiful beadboard ceiling treatment. There’s tons of light coming in through the windows in the family room, which has a door leading out to the covered porch. The kitchen has tons of prep space on those granite counters, and the backsplash features a lovely mosaic accent above the double-bowl sink. Stainless steel appliances and plenty of storage make this an easy-to-love kitchen for any home chef.

The master suite got the luxury treatment, too, with fresh tile and a distressed finish on the granite-topped double vanity. The master bedroom, with its elegant tray ceiling, feels bright and airy. A word of caution about mattress gymnastics — move the antelope sculpture first to avoid any … accidents. 

And the backyard, with its grassy lawn, playhouse, and covered patio is perfect for a family. Entertain friends and watch the kids play in the space, which feels very private thanks to the eight-foot, board-on-board fence. Considering all of the updates and upgrades, this 1981-built ranch in Mesquite shows the great value to be found if you head east!

5 Comment

  • Absolutely beautiful home. I have lived in Mesquite since 2005, grew up in Garland. Mesquite has many lovely older neighborhoods and the majority of the people take care of their properties. Very active NextDoor sites as well as city councilmen who are plugged in.
    Some of the same issues that the older suburbs have but still a nice place to live with many good churches and neighbors.

  • Thanks for featuring Mesquite! I live in what some people refer to as “Far East Dallas” on the east side of White Rock Lake. We’re close to 635 and 30 but have a Dallas address and zip code, which really makes people scratch their heads in confusion. There are updated starter homes selling in my neighborhood for 200 and UNDER – almost unheard of in Dallas itself. It’s a great little area really getting cleaned up and we have loved it the year we’ve been here.

  • I was born and raised in Mesquite. Mesquite is crime ridden, low property values and more Section 8 housing then people to fill them. Also, take a drive around Mesquite and see the disrepair the streets are in. I recently moved from Mesquite to Carrollton and the quality of life is wonderful!

  • Mesquite is on its way up, and now Mehrdad Moayedi, who did the $350 million renovation of downtown Dallas’ landmark Statler Hotel, is going to develop the Mesquite Rodeo area.

    City officials have been forward-thinking, they’e tightened up the codes and regulations, and there are some new housing developments underway for the first time in over 20 years.

    Sure, it’s had its problems but I think the place is turning around and has potential. At least the city officials recognize opportunities and the need to do things differently.