Joanne Vetterick with Compass has listed 12025 De Or Drive for $489,000. Open House is Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m.

This week’s Friday Four Hundred is the trifecta of real estate offerings near Preston Forest. It’s ideally located, low maintenance, and perfectly priced. The only thing missing is you! Nestled on a mature block surrounded by trees, this two-bedroom, two-and-one-half-bathroom condo sits just minutes from Whole Foods. And since it’s so close to Preston Forest, you’ll be in one of the most convenient areas of town.

Just ask listing agent Joanne Vetterick with Compass who tells us, “This is a perfect location, close to Whole Foods and restaurants at Preston Forest and the Cooper Clinic. A great place for someone who is looking for a low-maintenance home with generous sized rooms!”


the Preserve

One of my favorite things about Allen is how truly well-designed the town is. And one of our favorite developments, The Preserve, has some of the best builders, too! We were so lucky to stumble upon this great listing from Michelle Hopson, a Compass Dallas agent. 

“The Preserve is a small luxury community of only about 100 homes — there is a pond, and hike and bike trails,” Hopson said. “It is a very different feel than being in one of the larger communities.” 

So we’re obviously thrilled to feature this gorgeous Ashton Woods home on an oversized lot, our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. It’s gorgeous and has tons of storage!


This came across my desk today from whom, I don’t know. All I know is, it sounds kine of strange. It sounds like Preston Tower, one of two condominium towers in the sizzling hot ‘hood at Northwest Highway and Preston, aka “Behind the Pink Wall”, wants to shift costs away from the HOA and onto the individual condo owners. Why would they be doing this?

Preston Tower has had a number of lawsuits over the past few years, some of which they have lost. Perhaps this is an effort to shift costs and responsibilities back to the individual condo owners, says our Jon Anderson.

But can they do this?

And what does this do to property values? If you were a buyer, would you buy in a building where your HOA had almost zero responsibilities? Let’s talk about this…

Oak Lawn Townhome with Designer Touches and Low-maintenance Living |

Tucked in the heart of Oak Lawn, 2807 Throckmorton St. Apt 105 is fresh, fabulous, and convenient. This renovated townhome is all about the designer touches, clean lines, and low-maintenance living. We love the overall aesthetic, which is Scandinavian-chic and warmly modern. 

Located near Cedar Springs Road and Wycliff Avenue, this townhome sits in a vibrant part of the neighborhood and has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, and 1,086 square feet on one story, built in 1980. There is a broker open house tomorrow, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. Would you like a sneak peek beforehand? 


Nearby condo replacing noisy steel carport roof with … noisy steel carports roof

Maintenance doesn’t necessarily mean repairing something back to its original condition.  If it did, we’d all still be using outhouses. And while we’re pretty good at changing interior spaces to suit our living needs, often exteriors are left out.

Here’s an example.  In my building, probably 80 percent of our balconies are (unfortunately) enclosed and will likely (unfortunately) remain that way.  Outside those enclosures are the original railings which give owners a nice prison-bar view from the waist down.  Not very enticing.

When it came time to repaint and repair the exterior of the building, railing repair was part of the drill.  My question was why couldn’t we ask the city if the railings on those completely enclosed balconies couldn’t just be removed.  They served no useful purpose, were unattractive and ultimately cost money to maintain.


North Dallas Foundation Repair’s Eddie Zansler and his family. (Courtesy photo)

It’s the dead of summer. You begin to notice cracks appearing at the corners of your doorways. Closets won’t close. And you get the sinking feeling (pardon the pun) that your foundation needs some attention.  If you don’t have any experience with foundation repair, addressing the problem can be daunting. Finding a professional you trust, one who won’t oversell or underperform is key. And so is arming yourself with the knowledge to know the difference. We spoke to Eddie Zansler of North Dallas Foundation Repair, a trusted name in the industry, to get the lowdown on raising your foundation.

First, a couple of basics. The goal of foundation repair is to stabilize a house built on unstable soil by anchoring it into stable soil, or bedrock.  Soil in the Dallas area is notoriously unstable. Over time (usually decades), our homes shift. Proper watering can prevent some shifting, but not all. And the phenomenon is so common, it’s not unusual to see several houses in a neighborhood undergo repairs in the same season.

Stick with us after the jump for some practical advice on repairing and maintaining your home’s foundation.


Courtyards at Normandy | CandysDirt.comIn the heart of University Park, there’s a wonderful community of homes that offer low-maintenance living that’s all luxury.

The Courtyards at Normandy was created by Crescent Estates Custom Homes and it offers just about the perfect situation: lock-and-leave living, upscale amenities, gorgeous architecture, and ideal location. I think these homes are probably the best value in new construction in the Park Cities.

“It’s very unique because Crescent Estates Custom Homes has taken that entire block and built this wonderful community there that is unlike anything else,” said Stacey Beckham Lake, an agent with Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Every house has its own personality, but the overall feel is very harmonious. I have talked to a lot of the residents there and they just love it—they feel like they have their own little world in that 4500 block.”

The home at 4511 Normandy Ave. is a beautiful classic stucco home with a red tile roof, soaring ceilings, shining hardwood floors, and a grand entryway with sweeping staircase.

This is a zero lot-line property, but there’s nothing closed off or dark about it: soaring windows flood the interior with natural light, and it has a contemporary, clean feel with four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, one half bath, and 4,627 square feet on two stories.

This property was built at exactly the right time in the Park Cities—there’s a real demand for a lower maintenance lifestyle in the luxury market. This would be a wonderful home for an empty nester, but also for a family because it’s zoned for the award-winning Highland Park ISD. Let’s take a closer look at this one-of-a-kind property!


2272 Longwood Front

Longtime fan Laquita Vickers sent us this week’s Friday Four Hundred, a listing from RE/MAX DFW Associates agent Donna Bradshaw.

Vickers says this cutie pahtootie of a patio home is not only in a fantastic location, but it is on a corner lot with a manicured side-yard right next to a planned greenbelt in the Austin Waters subdivision of Carrollton. Though it’s in Denton County, this neighborhood is close to the planned Toyota headquarters and if you need to go hug a tree, just head to the nearby 200 acre Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.

Let’s jump to find out more!