Splurge Vs. Steal: Two Homes in Highland Park ISD

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splurge vs. stealHomes in the Highland Park ISD attendance zone are often sought after by families buying homes. But those homes can come with a hefty price tag, too.

Our Splurge vs Steal this week looks at two homes in the district’s attendance zone. Both have at least three bedrooms and are at least 2,200 square feet. Which one is your favorite?


Beautiful updates and spacious living areas make this home at 3421 Asbury St. in University Park a gorgeous family home. The home is in the attendance zone for Armstrong Elementary.

A formal dining room has a gorgeous fireplace, and an open floorplan that opens the kitchen to the den.

A large master has an extra room that could double as a nursery or office space, and the master en-suite bathroom has dual sinks, a soaker tub, a walk-in shower, and walk-in closet.

The other two bedrooms are also generously sized, and each has walk-in closets as well.

And outside, the home has two separate patios for entertaining.

This home was listed by Christine McKenny with Allie Beth Allman & Associates for $824,900.


This updated Tudor cottage at 4523 Livingston Ave. in Highland Park is a gem inside and out. And bonus, it’s within walking distance of Bradfield Elementary, Fairfax Park, and Highland Park Village.

Inside, large windows bring in light that sets off just how spacious this three-bedroom, three-bath, 2,266 square-foot home actually is.

An open floor plan downstairs features a fireplace and built-ins, plus refinished hardwood floors and an updated kitchen with new island and new countertops.

And this home settles the upstairs or downstairs master with ease — there are two masters, one on each floor, which means that Team Upstairs and Team Downstairs will be happy.

And in addition to aesthetic updates, the current owners have gone practical, too, with double panel Pella windows and doors, a new stainless steel gas stove and fresh paint.

This home is listed by Lily Moore for $1,289,900.


Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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