Splurge vs. Steal: Lake Highlands Luxury For Half The Price

Our Splurge: Julie Provenzano of Compass has listed 10720 Meadowcliff Lane for $815,000.

These two Lake Highland beauties are turning heads, and not only for their fabulous exteriors. With large tree-filled lots, spacious interiors, and floor plans made for entertaining, this week’s Splurge vs. Steal offers more bang for your buck, no matter which you choose! The best part? They’re located in prime Lake Highlands territory, meaning ample parks and trails leading to White Rock Lake, plus easy access to all things Dallas. Our Splurge has even caught the eye of HGTV!

Take a closer look and you’ll see why we are crushing hard on these two Lake Highlands finds. 

Splurge: Modern Masterpiece On A Sought-After Creek-Side Lot For $815K 

The modern masterpiece at 10720 Meadowcliff Lane is made for those appreciate nature. Sharp angles, clean lines, and walls of glass bringing the outdoors in – be still my heart. It was featured both in 2013 and 2015 on the Dallas Modern Home Tour, and people just can’t get enough of it. Listing agent Julie Provenzano of Compass says, “This is an incredible property and takes a buyer who can appreciate how truly unique and special it is.” So special in fact, it was designed and renovated from the studs in 2013 by none other than Lake Highlands native Rucker Hill of the modern design build firm of the same name, Ruckerhill.com.


“My clients are both doctors who have high-stress jobs, and this was their zen retreat for three years,” she adds. “They’ve loved every minute of living in this home and look forward to passing it onto someone who will cherish it as much as they did.”

The four-bedroom, two-full-and-one-half-bathroom home affords a gracious open floor plan spanning 2,948 square feet, and is ideally situated on a premier creek-side lot. Julie tells us the architecture is inspired by modernist master Isamu Noguchi, drawing on organic shapes, geometric forms and natural landscapes to create a calming, serene home sanctuary.

Perched on the side of a 25-foot cliff on a wooded lot bordered by one of the area’s many creeks, and opposite a rustling bamboo forest, the home boasts a soaring great room with 20-foot ceilings, and a jewel box dining area that’s nothing short of extraordinary. Not one detail is left unturned, and every room is bathed in natural light.

We are in awe of the expansive ceilings, gorgeous hardwoods, and open-tread staircase. But the floor-to-ceiling walls of windows are the real show-stoppers. Few homes in Dallas offer this level of finish-out and a tranquil, nature-filled backdrop for the price.

“I’ve represented beautiful properties throughout my career, but this is one of my favorites,” Julie says. “It’s a setting unlike any other you’ll find in Dallas and not one that can be replicated. To get this kind of serenity with such a smart layout and timeless style under $1 million is a true find.”

And get an eyeful of that gourmet kitchen! It comes decked out in stainless steel appliances, expansive island with waterfall counters, double Bosch ovens, five-burner Bosch gas cooktop, microwave drawer, stainless steel apron-front sink, and a built-in pantry. There is also a beverage/wine fridge, coffee bar, and under-counter motion sensor toe kick LED lighting! We absolutely love the double sliding glass doors that open to the wrap-around deck, which is perfect for indoor-outdoor entertaining. Your backyard barbecues will never be the same!

There’s even a cantilevered deck overlooking the creek below. We can almost hear the soothing sounds of rushing water. Can you?

Of course, you’ll also fall for the sumptuous main floor master suite. It features a walk-in closet with LED lighting, custom walnut-wrapped cabinetry, a frameless glass shower with double rainfall shower heads, and dual sinks. Guest will love the oversized extra bedrooms with lush views and ample space to lounge.

“I’m getting calls from all over North American on this home and it will be featured on HGTV in February,” Julie reveals. “We’re taking it off the market over the holidays but it will be available as a private sale during that period.” Bottom line, if you are interested in owning this slice of Lake Highlands paradise you better act fast! Give Julie a call and tell her Candy sent you.

Julie Provenzano of Compass has listed 10720 Meadowcliff Lane for $815,000.

Steal: Stunning Tudor Near Moss Haven Elementary For $449K

Now on to our steal. Anybody who reads CandysDirt.com knows we love a good Tudor, and this one is no exception. Much like our Splurge, it’s shaded by mature trees with incredible indoor-outdoor areas to entertain, but for a fraction of the price.

This Lake Highlands steal offers four bedrooms, three full and one half bathrooms, and a spacious 3,018 square feet. Listing agent Debrah King of Ebby Halliday Realtors says families will love this “beautiful custom home in an established neighborhood,” which is zoned in sought after Moss Haven Elementary School in Richardson ISD.

Inside, a generous great room reveals exposed wood beams, a stone fireplace wall, and detailed wood paneling. Doesn’t this room make you want to curl up by the fire with a good book?

The kitchen could use some updating depending on your personal tastes, but it comes well-equipped with stainless steel appliances, a handy wine fridge, and a center island. There’s even a built-in breakfast hutch!

When hosting at the holidays, the beds and baths offer plenty of comfortable space for guests. Debrah thinks buyers will love the “large master with two-full-and-updated bathrooms en suite, with tons of closet and storage space.”

And for those who enjoy low-maintenance living, there’s a stone paver patio marked by lush flower beds and charming pergolas, which Debrah says is “perfect for entertaining.”

With tons of versatile space, a large formal dining area, and a cheerful sunroom/office, this home offers a lot for the price, and a fantastic location to boot!

Debrah King of Ebby Halliday Realtors Lakewood/Lake Highlands has listed 9308 Mill Hollow Drive for $449,900.

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