Our Splurge: Karmel Garcia with Meyer Group Real Estate has listed 6005 Bryan Parkway for $699,000.

Looking for the next big thing in East Dallas? We found it. From our Swiss Avenue Historic District Splurge to an Old East Dallas Multi-Unit Steal, these beauties are worth a look. Both offer a rare chance to live, work, and play in sought-after East Dallas, but with price points and lifestyles that are miles apart. Which would you choose? We would love to hear in the comments.

Splurge: Jaw-Dropping 1920s Swiss Historic District Home In Heart Of East Dallas For $699K


Jaw-dropping is an understatement when it comes to this home’s impeccable remodel. And we have to admit, it was the richly appointed kitchen that caught our eye. Open shelving, sleek quartz counters, brass hardware, and dark cabinetry are on-trend. We love the abundance of natural light streaming through French doors to the patio.

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Jason Castro has listed 10111 Champa Drive for $519,000. Open House Show with live music by CASTRO this Saturday, March 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This is the East Dallas home you’ve been waiting for! And we have all the deets thanks to listing agent and American Idol wunderkind Jason Castro. Yes, real estate has the musician singing a different tune, and his latest listing is generating a buzz all its own. The three-bedroom, two-full-bathroom charmer just hit the market for $519,000 and comes chock full of upgrades. These include tastefully updated baths, new plumbing, and a lush backyard that’s ideal for entertaining.

Don’t Miss The Open House Show

CASTRO pictured here with brothers front and center, Jason Castro right, Michael Castro left.

The best part? Castro Property Group is throwing the first of a new event series at the home this Saturday and it is guaranteed to be an inaugural “Open House Show” unlike any you’ve ever seen before. There will be free food, drinks, and wait for it … an acoustic performance by CASTRO under the cafe lights in the backyard!!!

The Open House will kick off Saturday, March 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 10111 Champa Drive in Old Lake Highlands. A standard open house sans live music will take place Sunday, March 10, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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For this week’s Thursday Three Hundred, we’re in the Woodbridge neighborhood in northeast Dallas for a beautiful 1980-built four-bedroom, three-bath contemporary home listed by Brian Weast of Keller Williams Rockwall. This 2,831-square-foot home located at 12132 Larchgate Drive is listed for $335,000, a pretty tidy savings since it was first listed at $380,000 and great value for other similarly-sized and located homes in the neighborhood.

Tile floors greet you as you walk into this spacious and open floor plan that features vaulted ceilings, wood floors, and a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace in the family room that’s flanked by two large picture windows. You’ve even got a place for your keys and the mail as you first walk in the door! (more…)

Despite all of the new technology available to agents today, success is still determined by an agent’s ability to get a deal done, says David Collier, this week’s High Caliber Agent presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It takes passion, commitment, and consistency to keep clients coming back, and to build a business that thrives no matter what cycle of the Dallas real estate market we are in.

“I’ve been witness to the ebbs and flows of the Dallas real estate market, in which you see tons of new agents piling into the industry believing that it is an easy business that translates to an easy way to make money,” Collier told CandysDirt.com. “But take it from me: You must still be on the ground and dedicated to make buying and selling happen in this marketplace, today or any day.”

Find out more about this week’s High Caliber Agent presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, and how Collier’s dedication to his clients, his community, and his family has given his business the kind of staying power that some Dallas real estate agents only dream of.

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Victorian[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Bethany: When I saw the listing for this house, I knew it had to have a story. And when I met Patricia Simon, who painstakingly restored this Queen Anne Victorian with her husband Kyle, she had a treasure trove of information about the history, which is intermingled with Dallas’s own rich history. I also found it fascinating to see how they were able to combine modern sensibilities and desires with the period-specific aspects of the home.

When orthodontist Patricia Simon isn’t straightening the teeth of Lakewood residents, she tends to be restoring Dallas homes, including her home in the Peak Suburban Addition Historic District she restored with her husband, Kyle.

When the two finished their home, they turned their attention to an aging 1902 Queen Anne Victorian on Moreland Avenue that had become the victim of years of deferred maintenance and the march of time.

“It’s one of the few original Victorians left in the neighborhood,” she said one Sunday as she surveyed the completed work. “There are other old Victorians here, but many of them — not all — were moved here from other places.”

When the two began, they started by trying to suss out the original floor plan. There had been a couple of additions. When they purchased the home, it had been a single family dwelling, but still retained some of the changes from when it had been multifamily housing.

“In the thirties and forties, there was a housing shortage,” Simon explained. At one point, this was divided into four apartments, and those changes were still there.

“It was probably a boarding house,” she added.

The two also began determining what could be saved, and what would need to be replaced.  “I think it’s a nod to the past, but we also realize you have to live in the present,” Simon said of what emerged as they worked. (more…)

When we first saw Sam Claussen’s newest listing, we did a double take. This practically brand new contemporary is located within one of East Dallas’ most sought-after neighborhoods — the Belmont Addition — but it’s absolutely perfect for modern family life. The whole neighborhood, often confused with the M Streets area, is close to the shopping and dining of Lower Greenville, and has access to some amazing parks and schools, but often features older houses that might have their fair share of issues. But inside our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, you’ll find the utmost ease of living without the stress and expense of an older home.

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East DallasIt’s not often you find an East Dallas home with four bedrooms and two baths for less than $250,000, which is why Lauri Ann Hanson with Dave-Perry Miller InTown knew to alert us that she had what she calls “a unicorn.”

And that unicorn, which is located on 11336 Quail Run St., was a perfect candidate for this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, priced perfectly for a first-time buyer or an investor.

“Not only is this Highland Meadows cutie packed with charm and all the curb appeal, but it’s difficult to find four-bed, two-bath within the bubble for just $249,900!” Hanson said. (more…)

VictorianWhen orthodontist Patricia Simon isn’t straightening the teeth of Lakewood residents, she tends to be restoring Dallas homes, including her home in the Peak Suburban Addition Historic District she restored with her husband, Kyle.

When the two finished their home, they turned their attention to an aging 1902 Queen Anne Victorian on Moreland Avenue that had become the victim of years of deferred maintenance and the march of time.

“It’s one of the few original Victorians left in the neighborhood,” she said one Sunday as she surveyed the completed work. “There are other old Victorians here, but many of them — not all — were moved here from other places.”

When the two began, they started by trying to suss out the original floor plan. There had been a couple of additions. When they purchased the home, it had been a single family dwelling, but still retained some of the changes from when it had been multifamily housing.

“In the thirties and forties, there was a housing shortage,” Simon explained. At one point, this was divided into four apartments, and those changes were still there.

“It was probably a boarding house,” she added.

The two also began determining what could be saved, and what would need to be replaced.  “I think it’s a nod to the past, but we also realize you have to live in the present,” Simon said of what emerged as they worked. (more…)