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Leah Shafer

Leah Shafer is a freelance writer and Dallas native who lives in Richardson with her husband, their toddler, his teenage daughter, and a bitchy cat. In her sixth-grade yearbook, she listed "interior designer" as her future profession. Now she writes about them, as well as all things real estate, for CandysDirt.com.

Russwood Acres Estate on Lush Grounds Impresses in our Dallas Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

Every Thursday, we pick three fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss. This is our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week and it’s full of house porn and eye candy.

This week, our houses range in price from $379K to $1,174,999 and vary greatly in style and amenities. Let’s take a look! 

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10/19/17 1:54pm

Celebrate Historic Oak Cliff Living with this Winnetka Heights Craftsman Bungalow | CandysDirt.com

If you come across the residential handiwork of award-winning preservation contractor Ron Siebler, take note! This talented craftsman has long history of the highest quality restorations of historic homes in North Texas. 

It shows in our Thursday Three Hundred at 315 S. Windomere Ave., a 1913 Winnetka Heights Craftsman bungalow with recent renovations by Siebler and huge overall appeal. 

Sited on an elevated lot with rolling front lawn and waterfall steps, the Craftsman’s curb appeal is completely lovely. Exterior highlights include a pretty gable-covered front porch, tapered columns and brick bases, vertically divided upper window panes, and flared skirting. 

This home has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, two dining areas, and 1,816 square feet on one story. 

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10/17/17 7:30am

Fall for the Mid-Mod Vibes of this Casa View Haven Retro Beauty | CandysDirt.com

Deep in the heart of East Dallas, in a family friendly neighborhood, find a California midcentury with a marvelous aesthetic.

Feel the mid-mod vibe at 2361 San Marcus Ave. in Casa View Haven, built in 1953, beautifully maintained, and tastefully updated. The retro re-do, our Tuesday Two Hundred, takes the best of the original features, like awning windows and refinished hardwoods, and adds on-trend styles and colors. 

This home has three bedrooms, one bathrooms, and 1,150 square feet on one story. It is listed by Shelly Seltzer with Ebby Halliday Realtors and located near Gus Thomasson Road and Ferguson Road. Ready to check it out? 

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10/16/17 10:47am

On SecondShelters.com: Don’t Miss these Hill Country Destinations Near Boot Ranch | CandysDirt.com

Buying and building in Boot Ranch is a no-brainer if you’re looking for luxury Hill Country living with resort-like amenities and an award-winning Hal Sutton-designed golf course.

Boot Ranch provides fabulous service amid the rustic beauty of ranch life and there’s something for everyone, from the 55,000-square-foot members-only clubhouse and village complex and 4.5-acre pool and sports campus, to a 34-acre golf practice park for pre-course warmup.

They recently hosted the CandysDirt.com staff for a three-day retreat and part of the appeal of this incredible destination is its Hill Country location. Boot Ranch is close to so many recreation options, from fine dining and wineries, to state parks and historic sites and museums. Here’s a roundup of some nearby options for Boot Ranch residents looking to take a drive and have some fun.

Read all about it over on SecondShelters.com! 

 

10/16/17 9:58am

North Hill Park is one of the best neighborhoods in Midland and we’ve found a clean slate of a home right in the middle of it.

The house at 1400 Country Club Dr. has location beyond belief, near West Gold Course Road and North Garfield Street. North Hill Park is in Old Midland near University Annex, Grafaland, and Westover Place, other desirable areas in the city. This home has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, one half bath, and 4,163 square feet on two stories, built in 2001. 

Take a look over on MidlandDirt.com! 

 

10/16/17 7:30am

Splurge vs. Steal: Two Vickery Place Craftsman-style Houses | CandysDirt.com

Buyers love historic Dallas neighborhoods. Case in point: Vickery Place. This conservation district, first platted in 1911, offers an abundance of reasons to feel giddy about it. 

For its convenient location near Central Expressway and Henderson Avenue and a pleasing assortment of architectural styles, Vickery Place is in demand. Real estate prices reflect that: it’s hard to walk out of a deal here for under half a million bucks. And if you do find that rare listing, it’s often a teardown to make way for the many new-builds cropping up. 

In today’s Splurge vs. Steal, we’re looking at two Vickery Place Craftsman-style houses, one old and one newer. One is positively palatial — the biggest in the neighborhood, in fact — the other more modest. They each sing their siren song for the right buyer. Which is your favorite? 

 

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Stunning Lakewood Tudor Tops Our Dallas Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

Every Thursday, we pick three fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss. Welcome to our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column. This week, our houses range in price from $375K to $1.15 million and they’re all fabulous.  

 

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10/12/17 9:36am

Sleek Sophistication Looks Clean and Contemporary in Kimball Square | CandysDirt.com

Fifteen minutes from downtown Dallas and 10 minutes from Bishop Arts, you’ll find the neighborhood of Kimball Square and a sleek, contemporary house we love. Located at 3508 Shady Hollow Ln., this house sits on a quarter-acre treed lot and is our Thursday Three Hundred.

The exterior is eye-catching, with architectural elements you won’t see anywhere else in Dallas. The interior is the work of interior designer, V Mode de Vie, who hand selected all interior finishes, materials, and details, while keeping with the natural architecture this home already had. The combination makes for a stunning and rare find, all for well under $400K.

This house has four bedrooms, two of which are masters, two full bathrooms, one half bath, an office, two dining areas, and 2,162 square feet on two stories. 

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