Here’s a unique opportunity to take over the renovation of a great home at 6546 Ivyglen Drive in Northwood Hills Estates, near Fretz Park. Much of the demo has been done in this 4,114-square-foot home with five bedrooms and four baths. It’s listed by Judy Switzer with Judy Switzer & Associates for $699,900.

This Northwood Hills home is zoned for the highly-rated Richardson ISD and in the Northwood Hills Elementary, Westwood Middle School, and Richardson High School attendance zones.

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Our Steal: Miranda Gonzales with Keller Williams Urban Dallas has listed 13436 Forestway Drive for $455,000.

Once a rural community on Dallas’ edge, this area has turned into a hot-and-happening hood, with plenty of restaurants and retail — and acclaimed Richardson ISD schools, to boot. Yes, this week we are taking you to Northwood Hills/Valley View, where suburban tree-lined streets and large lots make the houses here feel like home. The two we’ve locked eyes with are made for summer. Plus, they’re priced to sell, too. Each comes with generous interiors and oasis-style pools but with price points that are miles apart.

Which would you choose the Midcentury Modern splurge or the Renovated Contemporary steal? Take your pick and let us know in the comments.

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The whole of North Dallas is full of houses with excellent bones. These homes, many built in the 1970s, are just waiting for the right person to come along and revive them. I’ve long been in love with the bold, angular rooflines, vaulted ceilings, and open floor plans of 1970s soft contemporary architecture, and I get quite giddy when I see one that’s received an especially good-looking facelift. 

That’s what happened when Ernesto Miranda, Principal of Magellan Architects (formerly Walker + Miranda), took on 6212 Emeraldwood Place in the Northwood Hills neighborhood. Located just south of Belt Line Road and west of Hillcrest, this neighborhood is chock full of 1070s soft contemporary architecture. If you own one of these houses and need some inspiration for what’s possible, look no further than this Northwood Hills soft contmporary — our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

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Tucked back between Hillcrest Road and Preston Road, Northwood Hills is a quiet, established neighborhood with treed lots and easy access to Interstate 635. In fact, Realtor Kylah Boyd with Texas Urban Living Realty calls the neighborhood a hidden gem.

She’s gotten to know it pretty well since she listed this beautifully remodeled traditional located at 6502 Covecreek Place last month.

“A lot of the people that attended the open houses said they weren’t even aware that neighborhood even existed,” she said. “The neighborhood really is kind of a hidden gem.”

“The neighborhood is older, established, with tree-lined drives,” she continued. “Most of the neighbors are older. Great school districts and also in the territory for private Jesuit Charter Schools. The turnover rate is very minimal, people buy and stay.”

“It’s Dallas, but the Richardson school district and the neighborhood is quaint, quiet, established and tree-lined, but 20 minutes in any direction from all of the fun stuff,” Boyd said.

Its proximity to the Northwood Club and prime golfing is also a motivator, as is how close it is to both work and play.

“It’s centrally located because you can hop on the freeway and be in Downtown Dallas in 20 minutes, and has over 165 restaurants within a five-mile radius,” Boyd said. (more…)

Just past LBJ Freeway in the heart of North Dallas, Northwood Hills is a higher-end neighborhood with a genuine friendliness and established feel that welcomes newcomers and visitors alike. There’s a lot of recommend the area. In addition to larger lots and proximity to highways, they are zoned for Richardson ISD, a selling point for many families. 

Currently, houses on the market in Northwood Hills range from $500,000 to $850,000. In this week’s Splurge vs Steal, we’re looking at two properties on both ends of that range. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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Northwood exteriorOne of the best things about campaigning for Dallas City Council is getting to see so many homes across my District, District 11. Oh oh the places I go, people I meet, houses I snoop into! We have some of the most amazing homes in Dallas and we have topography with a capital T!

Being a candidate is just the perfect fit for a House Porn Queen: every day brings me another wonderful neighborhood loaded with great homes!Brookridge ext rear

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7715 Maplecrest Front

All of those 1960s ranches with outdated wallpaper and brass fixtures, ugly tile and walls everywhere are probably pretty jealous right about now. I mean, why wouldn’t they when this lovely, attention-getting remodeled 1962 ranch at 7715 Maplecrest looks like it does. I mean, it’s sexy little number in a fantastic neighborhood, with all the upgrades you could want in a home this size.

Truly, this home is an absolute stunner. It’s a well-designed project from Gregory Hagmann Architects that was well-executed by Restructure Corporation of Dallas. It is open, daring, and still warm. It is dang-near perfect.

Perhaps that’s why the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home with more than 2,661 square feet marketed by Clay Stapp + Co. Realtor Richard Baker actually went up in price from its original $472,500 to its now $484,500. That’s a $12,000 jump, for those who don’t want to do the math.

But what do you get for the money?

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7115 Meadowcreek Front

My first impression of this 1970s soft contemporary in Northwood Hills went something like this:

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Totally dramatic, right? From the cool leaded glass double front doors, the vaulted ceiling and ridiculously beautiful fireplace, to the cool wallpaper in the dining room, well, it makes an impact, that’s for sure. And that impact is why I love 7115 Meadowcreek, which is open Sunday, March 2, from 1 to 3 p.m.

This home is huge, and has so much room for entertaining that you’ll be hosting soirees year-round with family and friends. And while some of this home has been updated over the years, the galley kitchen is a total time capsule for any fan of 2000: A Space Odyssey. It’s so stark you can tell that it was made in Germany, but you’ll be wondering if it was east or west.

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Seriously, with five bedrooms, four full baths, three living areas, two dining areas, and an awesome pool in the backyard, how could you not love this home? OK, yes, it’s an acquired taste, mostly because the seller hasn’t staged this property to appeal to a larger audience. Still, it’s located inside a fantastic neighborhood, with Richardson ISD schools and tons of trees. It’s listed by Virginia Cook Realtor Mayo Redpath for $550,000. Yes, it may seem a little steep for this property, but consider the more than 4,100 square feet, the huge windows, and the exceptional condition this property comes in, it’s totally worth the $133/per square foot price tag.

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Of course, the spot where you’ll see the most DRAAAMAAAAAAAAAA! is the master suite. It’s a good size, if you couldn’t tell that visually from the enormous four-poster bed in this place. It feels even bigger than its 23×18 footprint thanks to the vaulted ceiling. With a little work, this place will be fabulous.

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Now, don’t freak out, but I think the wallpaper in the master bath could be a bit too busy, don’t you think? I mean, combined with the very busy green marble tile floor and counter, it seems like a little too much. But still, this is a five-piece bath, and once you take down the wallpaper, it’s just about awesome. I’d keep the brass fixtures, too, because that’s just how I roll.

But it’s the backyard that will have you hooked, and that’s mostly because you can see so much of it through the huge windows at the back of the house, and that view can become positively addicting. Trust me, this home is just a very, very cool place that when combined with a buyer who has great vision, will be worthy of a home tour.

What do you think?

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