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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.

Expanded Austin Stone English Estate Home in East Kessler | CandysDirt.com

Our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is an expansive and impressive Austin stone English estate home in East Kessler Park. The North Oak Cliff beauty at 1052 Kessler Pkwy. sits on 0.6 terraced acres framed by arching shade trees and a swimming pool, guest quarters, and outdoor entertaining center. 

With over 7,300 square feet on two stories, this property is not lacking for space — it was expanded substantially in 2007 in a way that complements its 1940 design. This home has five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, one half bath, eight living areas, and two dining areas. 

“This beautiful home would work exceptionally well for a large or growing family, but with its [oversized] entertaining spaces, it could work just as well for a young professional couple that enjoys entertaining for business or pleasure,” said Steve Habgood, one of the listing agents with Dave Perry-Miller InTown. “It sits within the estate section of the rolling hills of East Kessler Park and affords a very private & serene setting, with a lush backyard and pool.” 

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Indulge Your Love of a Great Craftsman with This Week's Dallas Open Houses Roundup | CandysDirt.com

The contemporary Craftsman at 5457 Vickery Blvd. was actually built in 2015 and is one of three features in our Dallas open houses roundup this week.

We just love a great Craftsman and the Dallas neighborhoods where they reside. For our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column, we’ve indulged our whimsy and included three Dallas Craftsman houses for your viewing pleasure. They range in price from $499K to $1.189 million and one was actually built in 2015 as an East Dallas custom. All three are beautiful with Craftsman-like elements like wide and welcoming front porches; broad, low gabled roofs; and wide-open layout that makes the most of square footage.

 

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08/17/17 7:30am

Crestview East Midcentury Home | CandysDirt.com

Our Thursday Three Hundred sings a midcentury song with tons of cool retro features in its 1,545 square feet. Located at 1526 Oates Dr. in the Crestview East neighborhood, this home offers modern updates and finishes that fit in beautifully, too. 

With painted brick walls, a built-in brick planter, vaulted ceilings, and lots of natural light, it feels like a Palm Springs residence. But instead, you’ll be near North Buckner Boulevard and Ferguson Road in a fast-changing neighborhood behind Casa Linda and next to Linwood Park east of White Rock Lake. This dynamic area is seeing lots of activity from buyers who have been priced out of other East Dallas neighborhoods, like Little Forest Hills or Lakewood Heights.  

This one-story Crestview East home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, built in 1961.

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08/15/17 7:21am

Oak Park Estates

Our Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to Oak Park Estates neighborhood in Oak Cliff. We’ve found a delightful 1964 ranch near Keist Park with some big updates and lots of original charms, too. Love the way they’ve married those. 

The home at 1551 W. Pentagon Pkwy. has has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, two dining areas, and 1,872 square feet on one story. It is just eight minutes from downtown Dallas and is across the street from the Five Mile Creek greenbelt. Let’s take a look. 

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08/14/17 12:56pm
Splurge vs. Steal: Two Houses in Midway Hollow | CandysDirt.com

The newly updated ranch at 4130 Walnut Hill Ln. is our Midway Hollow splurge this week.

Splurge vs. Steal is a new feature on CandysDirt.com. Every week, we look at two properties that offer something in common, but are miles apart in their asking price.  

Midway Hollow is one of the fast-changing and transitioning areas in northwest Dallas. With about 2,600 houses built in the 1950s and 1960s, Midway Hollow is also attracting a lot of new construction. The boundaries Midway Road, Walnut Hill Lane, Marsh Lane, and Northwest Highway. With proximity to Love Field, the Tollway, and LBJ, it’s easy to get where you want to go from Midway Hollow.

Our Splurge vs. Steal today looks at two original neighborhood homes, each zoned for excellent elementary schools. The splurge is a ranch-style home, the steal more of a cottage. They’re both pretty fab. Let’s take a look.

 

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Lakewood Custom Contemporary Tops Our Dallas Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

The Lakewood custom contemporary at 6915 Pasadena Ave. is one of our three featured Dallas open houses this week.

It’s Thursday, which means time to plan your weekend open house hopping. If you haven’t already made your list and checked it twice, allow us to recommend three fabulous Dallas open houses in this CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week post. 

This week, our houses range in price from $249,999 to $1.19 million. We’ve found a Lakewood custom contemporary with soaring windows, a Casa View Oaks home renovated by two familiar names, and a lovely Glen Cove house just reduced $10K. 

 

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08/10/17 7:30am

Merriman Park Midcentury | CandysDirt.com

One of the biggest trends in design is midcentury modern. People can’t get enough of the clean lines, bold colors, and retro appeal associated with this era. Our Thursday Three Hundred at 7024 Whitehill St. will delight any 1950’s design enthusiast with its original features and amenities. 

This Merriman Park midcentury maintains many of its MCM elements, like Terrazzo tile floors and an original stacked stone fireplace, yet functions well for today’s modern lifestyle. This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,549 square feet, built in 1956. 

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08/08/17 8:36am

Westwood Park Home for Sale, Reduced $10K | CandysDirt.com

Near West Kiest Boulevard and South Westmoreland Road in Oak Cliff is the established neighborhood of Westwood Park. We found our Tuesday Two Hundred here at 3228 Cedarcroft Ln. This extensive remodel has turned a drab ranch into a fab budget find with lots of space and style. 

Located 6 miles southwest of the Bishop Arts District and 9 miles from downtown Dallas, this home has a list of updates a mile long, from new roof, double pane windows, exterior doors, and fence, to updated plumbing, electric, and recently serviced HVAC. The house has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, three living areas, two dining areas, and 2,090 square feet on one story, built in 1958. 

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