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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

 

Finding a home with a central location that also feels like a private sanctuary is no easy feat, but this beautiful brick home near the high-end NorthPark Center has cracked the code. Nestled on a tree-lined street, it is just minutes from movie theaters, designer shopping, and luxurious dining, yet makes you feel as if you’re in a world of your own. It was custom designed and built with unparalleled quality and finishes you won’t find anywhere else. The picture of Southern Charm, this gracious abode is a University Park gem.

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06/11/19 9:45am

By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

Home buyers often like the sense of protection they feel when getting a home warranty on the property they are buying. Until they discover their home warranty is much less effective than expected.

Seasoned and savvy buyers know that a home warranty policy offers limited coverage. They aren’t all-inclusive. In my opinion, some are kind of useless.

Why hate on home warranty companies? I order a lot of home warranty policies as part of my job. And I’ve had home warranty policies on my own properties. Seems like we all have stories of rejected claims and paltry payouts.

Most homeowners who get a home warranty policy do so at the time they purchase a home. Sometimes they negotiate for the seller to pay for a one-year policy as part of their purchase contract. That may be the best reason to get one.

“Any person can buy a home warranty in most cases,” says Julie Jones, Vice President of Real Estate Sales for Nations Home Warranty. “There are different plans and different pricing. You might get your best deal if you’re getting it at the time you are buying a home. “

Just what are home warranties and what do they cover?

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As far as Dallas suburbs go, Rowlett doesn’t get enough good press. I mean, who doesn’t want to live out by Lake Ray Hubbard, with great schools and a wonderful, neighborly feel? Plus, you can get a lot for your money in Rowlett, as you can see from our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. 

This listing from Compass agent Bobbie Jo Glover is a fantastic one-story in the lakeside community of Mariner Park, which is perfectly situated within minutes of the President George Bush Turnpike, Interstate 30, and plenty of shopping. Plus, the community amenities of Mariner Park are great — there’s a community pool for those hot summer days. This budget-friendly listing definitely shows what tremendous value you can get in Rowlett

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Some homeowners see a house as so much more than a place they come home to at the end of the day. For that special breed of owner that falls in love with a historic home for its charm and character, they become stewards of its history. 

Thankfully, the owners of 1215 N. Winnetka were the kind of stewards that poured so much time and so many resources into this stunning Spanish Colonial. This home, a fresh listing from David Griffin and Company Realtor Robert Kucharski, was an obvious choice for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

“The stucco exterior and the tile roof are defining characteristics of this classic Spanish Colonial,” Kucharski said. “And it’s located in the heart of Kessler Park, too.”

 There are so many incredible historic details in this 1921-built home that it’s an endless feast for the eyes no matter what room. 

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Driving around Inwood Road Estates, the one thing you’ll notice of the homes that line the streets of this neighborhood is how great they all look from the curb. It’s like lot upon lot of pageant winners, with groomed hedges and lawns and beautiful facades that front the meandering streets. It’s also close to the Dallas North Tollway and Forest Lane without feeling like it’s right on top of a major roadway. And while there are so many great homes in this neighborhood, this listing from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Chris Hickman stands out.

Located on Del Roy Drive, our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is a looker from the curb. But it’s also surprisingly fully featured and versatile inside. 

“This home is great for today’s buyers and has a great open floorplan with the master bedroom downstairs, plus a large additional guest suite down which is great for multi-generational families,” Hickman noted of this French Country custom build at 5614 Del Roy Drive. It’s solid to the core and has so much more inside, too!

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In North Oak Cliff, location is everything. And when a home has an excellent location like this Kessler Park traditional, it’s worth a mention.

Any Realtor worth their salt will impress upon a potential buyer that the one thing that you cannot change about a property is its location. Paint, interiors, landscaping — all of those things that make a house feel like home — are easily changed. Picking up a house and moving it? Not so easy. 

“I love the location of this house,” notes Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Cynthia Paine-Drennan. “I can just zip on Interstate 30 going either way. We can get to Six Flags, a Rangers or Cowboy game in 16 minutes one way or an FC Dallas game in Frisco in 23. We can get to our office in Preston Center in 8 minutes and Lake Ray Hubbard in 24 minutes, Northpark Centre in 12 minutes,  and 3 minutes from the new Central Market they are building.”
 
That’s just one of the selling points for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. This Kessler Park home has such a stellar location that you might almost forget how adorable it is.
 
 
“Since the homeowners changed the exterior paint from cream to dark gray with black shutters and doors and white dentil moulding, the property has just popped and brought out the gas lanterns,” Paine-Drennan said of her listing at 1323 N. Edgefield.

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05/28/19 9:20am

waxahachieWe’ve told you all about the fantastic Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes in Waxahachie. In its 51st year, one could say that the tour of Waxahachie’s historic homes is a must-do for any Texan — newly minted or born here.

Tourgoers can check out Queen Anne Victorian, Gothic Revival, Bungalow, Romanesque, and Greek Revival styles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, as well as public tours of the historic Ellis County Courthouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday only during Gingerbread Trail tour.

Located off Interstate 35, Waxahachie is only 35 minutes south of Dallas and Fort Worth.

And one lucky CandysDirt.com reader will win tickets to this home tour — keep reading for more! (more…)

In the ongoing transformation that is Lowest Greenville’s residential Renaissance, there are lots of builders out there trying to leave a mark on the East Dallas area. However, not everyone is as careful when it comes to construction and value. Thankfully, we know that Jim Womble at Savannah Custom Builders is there to make sure that his homes meet the highest standards, whether single-family or multi-family construction. With 11 years in the business, he’s an established brand with a fantastic reputation with his clients.

All the more reason we’re thrilled to give our readers an introduction to Womble and his company, Savannah Custom Builders, in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Get to know Womble as the CandysDirt.com highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

To learn more about Savannah Custom Builders, keep reading!

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