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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.

11/20/17 7:30am

Splurge vs. Steal: Two Melshire Estates Houses | CandysDirt.com

You’ve got to love a neighborhood with the motto, “A community where neighbors are friends and friends are family.” 

That’s what you’ll find in Melshire Estates, a wonderful area inside the 635 loop, just east of the Dallas North Tollway. That’s where our Splurge vs. Steal houses are located today. One is high-end new construction (with a matching price tag) and the other, a complete renovation of a 1967 one-story. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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Swing on by Golf Course Plano Home, Which Tops Our Open House Roundup | CandysDirt.com

Every Thursday, we scour the listings and find three fabulous open houses that weekend you’ve got to see. This is our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column. Today, our houses range in price from $499K to $1.149 million. Let’s take a look.

 

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11/16/17 8:57am

Remodeled Ranch in Midway Hollow Sings a Siren Song for Homebuyers

Midway Hollow is a fast-changing neighborhood in Northwest Dallas and we’ve found an incredible renovation in the area that sings a siren song for buyers. 

The ranch at 3742 Matador Dr. features super sweet curb appeal and a bright, open floorplan. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 1,706 square feet, built in 1951. Let’s take a look at our Thursday Three Hundred before someone snatches it up.

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11/14/17 9:39am

Glenn Oaks Home for Sale in Oak Cliff | CandysDirt.com

Sometimes, we stumble upon a stylish and sexy renovation that stands out as the best in the neighborhood. 

That’s the case with the house at 4621 Oak Trl., our Tuesday Two Hundred. This Glenn Oaks ranch is located near West Ledbetter Drive and South Polk Street about eight miles south of downtown in Oak Cliff. Just about everything is new, from roof and HVAC to electrical and double pane windows. And that’s not even considering the updated rooms, which have outstanding good looks and function. 

This ranch’s renovations are a win in its three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, two dining areas, and 2,078 square feet on one story, built in 1964. 

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11/13/17 8:59am

Splurge vs. Steal: Two Walnut Hill Park Beauties | CandysDirt.com

Northwest Dallas is full of neighborhoods in transition, with custom homebuilders creating incredible new builds among the more traditional midcentury ranch-style homes. It creates an interesting dynamic. 

In this week’s Splurge vs. Steal, we’re looking at just such a neighborhood, Walnut Hill Park, near Royal and Marsh lanes. Prices of houses for sale in Walnut Hill Park currently range from $475,000 to $1.635 million, a huge range. You’ll find huge diversity in styles. So let’s take a look at a high-low comparison of what’s available in Walnut Hill Park. 

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11/13/17 7:30am

Michael Reynolds Joins Briggs Freeman to Focus on Clients, Luxury Market | CandysDirt.com

After three years building his own brokerage, Realtor Michael Reynolds joined Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty last week. Keeping the focus on clients and honing in on the DFW luxury market are his biggest reasons.

“I founded UResidential in 2014 and my vision was to establish a new North Texas real estate brokerage and grow it into other markets,” Reynolds said. “But I ended up doing more management than I had anticipated and my true passion is providing focus and service to my loyal clients.”

After a lot of reflection and talking to other people, Reynolds made the decision to join Briggs Freeman in their Uptown office. The Sotheby’s brand is a big draw for Reynolds, who also noted the excellent team in place there. 

“To me, the Sotheby’s brand is like no other — they’re the best luxury, the best branding, and the best marketing,” he said. “They’re the only brokerage I would want to be working with if I’m not working for myself.” 

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Don Draper Would Totally Dig This Hill Haven Heights Midcentury's Open House | CandysDirt.com

Were he a Dallasite with an affinity for attractive real estate, Don Draper’s would totally be heading for the Hill Haven Heights midcentury with two open houses this weekend. This gorgeous property headlines our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week post. Every Thursday, we pick three fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss. 

This week, our houses range in price from $379,900 to $1.295 million. What’s on your calendar? 

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11/09/17 7:00am

Feel the Magic of this Claremont Renovation that Turned Dumpy to Delightful | CandysDirt.com

We’ve long been fans of Barton-Graham Home & Design Firm, a dynamic duo specializing in East Dallas renovations. In their latest project, they don’t disappoint. 

The house at 8071 Claremont Dr. is our Thursday Three Hundred, a massive transformation by Casey Barton and Raymond E. Graham. The pair have been renovating and selling houses together for 10 years with their design company, getting better with every flip. 

They specialize in finding diamonds in the rough, and this house was no exception. 

“This was not a sellable property before — it had a 750-square-foot addition that we torn down because it was really bad with different height rooflines and flooring, all very poorly done,” Barton said. “But we knew this house had a lot of potential.” 

They started work one year ago and put the home on the market Oct. 31. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 1,971 square feet on one story, built in 1957. Let’s see the place now. 

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