Live Like New on Lawnhaven in Preston Royal for Under One Million

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Royal Crest
We cannot even begin to tell you how prime this neighborhood is —  I live within walking, and certainly trick or treating, distance of 11031 Lawnhaven in Royal Crest! And you know the first mantra of buying real estate: location location location. The lots are enormous and set back, the trees mature, lush, and perfect for casting spooky nighttime shadows, or hosting hundreds of twinkling holiday lights.
Plus there is something even more wonderful about Royal Crest: access to the wonderful Northaven Trail. In fact, this very home backs to the Northaven Trail and is about a two-minute walk from a main entrance. Whether you walk, jog, bicycle or meander, the Northaven Trail is one of the best neighborhood amenities anywhere! The Northaven Trail, when completed, will connect to the White Rock Creek Trail and future SoPac Trail on the east, and to the future Elmfork Greenbelt Trail on the west. Not only is the trail adding parkland and greenspace to Dallas, it connects residents with the whole city.
11031 Lawnhaven is a completely, dramatically renovated property. If this work looks familiar, it’s because we have seen this builder before, but in Lochwood, not Preston Royal. Nestled on a .34 acre lot in Royal Crest, 11031 Lawnhaven is perfectly located between Preston Road and Hillcrest. The home offers quick, easy access to LBJ, Northwest Highway, Central and The Dallas North Tollway.

I think Royal Crest is the best place to live in Dallas as far as accessibility: first of all, you are mid-way between the two most utilized arteries north/south (Tollway and Central/75), and you are close to LBJ without ever hearing it. Plus with all the growth north to Frisco, quick access to Legacy is very important now.

The home displays a transitional ranch style with incredibly clean lines, high ceilings, complete new interiors, yet at 3500 square feet it neither overtakes the lot nor the bank account.

This is practically a new home south of LBJ under a million! Asking is $949,000, listed with Jerry Jenkins of Engel&Volkers.

Walk in the front door to an opened-up ranch home: kitchen to the right with a massive quartz countertop island with waterfall edge as your focal piece, and what a focal piece it is! This kitchen is not just new from the guts up — we are talking never-used appliances, a Thor gas range with contemporary Ventahood, stainless double ovens by Kitchenaid, wide fridge, microwave and warming drawer, plus dining options at the massive slab island. There is a formal dining room nearby, plus a breakfast area, but this is how you will dine when entertaining large groups: cook and serve on the kitchen, find a seat to eat.

The Great Room is also nearby, the heart of the home, focused on a floor-to-ceiling stone walled fireplace, with great views of the luscious back yard.

The left wing of the home offers three secondary bedrooms along the 1950’s lines of the original house, but with enlarged closets. The new master will knock your socks off. Located at the back of the house, it has a huge window to the yard, glass door to a private patio, and a whopping 15 by 15 feet for fantastic furniture arrangement. The master bath is nearly as large as the master bedroom with dual vanities, a huge walk-in shower, vessel tub, private commode and a spacious master closet with built-ins.

The first floor can be where you do 98% of your living, but more awaits upstairs. A tastefully done upper addition offers a secondary master bedroom suite with large luxury bath, closet, and built-ins. The other upstairs room is called the game room, perfect for an upstairs theater room or the perfect place to run a business from home. The upstairs is accessed by a beautiful, clean-lined staircase just off the Great Room.

But what really makes this home is the backyard. There is no pool, but there certainly is enough room. There may even be enough room for a tennis court. I’m glad the home does not have a swimming pool yet:. that back yard serves as a pallet for whatever the new homebuyer desires, and I see so many options here:

– a full pool off the patio with fire pit
-a sunken spa and private outdoor shower with heater off the master patio
-a serpentine pool with lagoon-style entrance meandering the entire backyard

I mean, do you see what you have to work with? Or maybe just leave it as is, because it’s already beautiful. Lots like this don’t open up every day, nor do picture perfect homes right on the Northaven Trail!

PS: Best Halloween parties in town, too. One year Diane Johnson and I made the BEST haunted house! Move in, and let’s do it again!

Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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