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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 neurotic-but-sweet dog. 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.

Munger Place Swiss Avenue

The Munger Place Swiss Avenue beauty at 5707 Swiss Ave. is one of our featured open houses this week.

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you’e got to see over the weekend.

This week, our houses range in price from $369,500 to $1.1 million. There’s the elegant Munger Place Swiss Avenue home pictured above, a Stevens Park Austin stone cottage with vintage charms, and more. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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05/25/17 8:51am

L Streets

The L Streets are a hot area of East Dallas, part of the Lake Highlands community and located 11 miles northeast of downtown. The L Streets are close to White Rock Lake and the area is full of arching shade trees and super cute houses. There’s a reason real estate here flies on and off the market so fast. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred, located at 9221 Leaside Dr., has so much personality going for it and it’s only been listed for three days. There’s nothing cookie cutter about it, with a flawless marriage of vintage charms and modern updates. The abundance of storage is particularly impressive in this house, which has two bedrooms, one full bathroom, one half bath, two living areas, and 1,460 square feet on one story, built in 1956. 

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05/23/17 7:30am

Midway Hollow home

Midway Hollow is a neighborhood in transition, with a lot of renovations going on among the 2,600 or so houses there. It’s an appealing area in northwest Dallas, with mature trees, affordable homes in several price ranges, nearby shopping, and a healthy, involved crime watch.

Flippers have made their mark among many a Midway Hollow home, and some people are wary of the quality of work offered by them. That may or may not have any basis, but it still causes pause among a few potential homebuyers.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 3703 Cortez Dr. is not a flip — this beautiful work was done by the owner for herself, says listing agent Barbara Arredondo with Clay Stapp + Co. 

“This is such a neat house — it was taken to the studs for a renovation and it sits on a larger corner lot,” Arredondo said. “All of the bedrooms are a big surprise — usually in a home of this era, they are small, but these are not.”

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,044 square feet, built in 1951. There’s an open house this Saturday, May 27, from 2-4 p.m. Here’s your sneak peek. (Be sure to check out the “before” photos below for a look at the hot mess this house was before the owner started renovations!)

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05/22/17 7:30am
Preservation Achievement Awards

The 18th annual Preservation Achievement Awards being presented at the iconic Statler, an icon of mid-20th-century design. Rendering courtesy of Preservation Dallas

After 16 years of vacancy and being listed on local, state, and national endangered lists, The Statler is one of Dallas’ biggest preservation success stories. It was recently recognized as such by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

So it’s totally appropriate that the 2017 Preservation Achievement Awards will be held here next week, with keynote speaker Stephanie Meeks, President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This event is hosted by Preservation Dallas

If you haven’t already purchased your tickets for the May 31 event, CandysDirt.com is giving away two tickets to this sought-after affair. Read on to find out how you can win!

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Lakewood Tudor

The Lakewood Tudor at 6419 Glenrose Ct. is one of our featured open houses this week.

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick the fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $325K to $675K. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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05/17/17 7:30am
Tesla Solar Roof

All photos courtesy of Tesla

If you’ve assumed Tesla Solar roofs would be priced sky high, prepare to be amazed.

The company opened up ordering last week and they priced, on average, at $21.85 per square foot. That’s less than the cost of a regular roof, taking into consideration the energy savings over a 30-year period.

These roofs aren’t 100 percent solar tiles — they’re a mix of non-active tiles and active solar tiles, depending on the energy needs of a house. Non-active tiles cost $11 per square foot; active solar tiles cost $42 per square foot. So for a house needing 35 percent solar panels, the cost works out to $21.85 per square foot. There are lots of variables in determining the percentage of active tiles, of course, like the location of the home and shape and height of the roof.

To put this in perspective, Consumer Reports estimated that a solar roof needs to be $24.50 per square foot to be competitive with other kinds of roofing materials.

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05/16/17 7:30am

Brettonwoods

Driving into the Brettonwoods neighborhood of Oak Cliff, it’s hard to believe you’re just ten miles southwest of downtown Dallas.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred sits on a third of an acre at 2515 Gladiolus Ln., near West Ledbetter Drive and South Hampton Road. It’s heavily treed with a quaint picket fence in front, cozy outdoor living space, and small, gently rolling hills nearby. It’s a few blocks from the 263-acre Kiest Park, offering a mix of nature and sports facilities, including tennis and swimming, as well as a rec center and trails.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 2,475 square feet on one story, built in 1957. There’s an open house this Sunday, May 21, from 1-4 p.m. Let’s get a sneak peek! 

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05/13/17 6:00am

university manor midcentury

Atomic era homes are in high demand in Dallas. And what’s not to love? Clean lines, great indoor-outdoor connection, and open designs concepts make for appealing spaces.

Today’s Saturday Six Hundred is a split-level University Manor midcentury modern with enticing architecture and a lush greenbelt setting: the private backyard backs up to the White Rock Trail. The home at 7310 Walling Ln. in East Dallas has another thing going for it: multiple price reductions, totaling $160K off the original listing price.

You get a lot for your money with this property. It has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, two dining areas, and 3,178 square feet on two stories, built in 1958. Located near Northwest Highway and West Lawther Drive, it’s just a hop, skip, and jump from the north shores of White Rock Lake.

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