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Leah Shafer

Leah Shafer is a content and social media specialist, as well as a Dallas native, who lives in Richardson with her family. In her sixth-grade yearbook, Leah listed "interior designer" as her future profession. Now she writes about them, as well as all things real estate, for CandysDirt.com.

07/17/18 9:25am

Walk to Lake Ray Hubbard from this Stylish and Updated Rowlett Home | CandysDirt.com

Located on a Lake Ray Hubbard peninsula, walking distance to the water in two directions, one house has cute curb appeal and an updated interior in the low $200s. 

The newly listed Rowlett house at 8417 Meadowview St. is full of tasteful updates and great features, from an open floorplan to hardwood floors. This is our Tuesday Two Hundred and it has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two dining areas, and 1,582 square feet on one story, built in 1990. 

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07/16/18 9:36am

Splurge vs Steal: Willow Bend Elegance in West Plano | CandysDirt.com

Within West Plano, many neighborhoods are highly attractive to buyers, offering superior schools, proximity to many corporate headquarters, and beautiful houses. The Willow Bend area, which includes several adjacent neighborhoods, is a high-end part of West Plano where spacious, elegant houses with wonderful amenities are the rule, not the exception.  

In today’ Splurge vs Steal, we’re looking at two houses in West Plano’s Willow Bend area. Both are in the attendance zone for Centennial Elementary School, which earns a 10 out of 10 from greatschools.org. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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Are you ready for our Dallas open houses roundup? We’ve found three sweet properties that show off some of the best residential real estate on the market now. 

This is the CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. This week, our houses range in price from $449K to $868,850. Will you visit them? 

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07/12/18 7:35am

Before and After: From Dark and Outdated to Darling in Oak Cliff | CandysDirt.com

We love a great before and after in real estate and there’s a home in Oak Cliff’s Oak Park Estates that fits the bill. It has gone from dumpy to darling with a recent renovation that created an open floorplan. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 1529 Briarcrest Dr. sits on a corner lot of almost a third of an acre with lovely mature trees, a 2017 roof, and a location that is walking distance to Kiest Park. This home has four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, two dining areas, and 2,055 square feet on one story, built in 1961.

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07/10/18 9:55am

Mid-Cities living never looked so good as in the Hurst house we’ve discovered with big style and a budget-friendly price tag. 

Located at 725 Thousand Oaks Dr., this house is better than new, recently updated for a total reimagination. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 1,875 square feet on one story, built in 1965. 

“It’s been redone from the studs, so the floorplan has changed and created an open concept look, so it’s a lot more modern look,” said listing agent Bernice Maez with Vivo Realty. “It’s also in the attendance zone for HEB schools, which is a big draw for families.” 

We’ve got some “before” photos that show just how massive of a transformation this home underwent. Jump to see them all. 

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07/09/18 8:18am

Life in downtown Dallas is vibrant with lots of residential real estate options, from industrial loft to chic and sleek in the sky. So much has changed over the past 10 years! 

In this week’s Splurge vs Steal, we’re looking at downtown Dallas living and two higher-end options. Which one is your favorite?  

 

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Open houses are one of the great pleasures of life, a marvelous way to spend a few hours on the weekend. Finding the best and brightest for your perusal is also a pleasure, and it turns into this column each week. 

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. 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 $280K to $1.025 million.  

 

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07/05/18 7:30am

There’s something so satisfying about a big house renovation with before-and-after photos, and we’ve found on in Lake Highlands’ L Streets. The flippers took a dated house and worked some magic to create a home with an open floorplan and clean look.

Our Thursday Three Hundred is at 9659 Leaside Dr., near Walnut Hill Lane and Plano Road. 

“The vision behind this house was to open up the walls — we love open floorplans — and we completely updated everything we touched,” said Kenneth Huggins, a Realtor with Skyline Realty who also mentors families on how to flip houses, including this one, through the family-owned Huggins Family Real Estate. “The L streets are very popular in Lake Highlands and we wanted to create something to be completely up to date [here].” 

This home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two dining areas, a sunroom, and 2,312 square feet on one story, built in 1959. Jump to see some of the pre-renovation photos! 

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