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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.

02/19/18 8:00am

What Can a Redeveloping Detroit Teach Us About Dallas? | CandysDirt.com

The 20th-century tale of Detroit is often one of woe. Auto industry job loss, economic decline, and rapid suburbanization decimated the city and left it floundering, with a population loss of 60 percent. The blight of urban decay is just one of the problems facing the area and Detroit declared bankruptcy in 2013, becoming the largest American city to ever do so. 

maurice cox

Maurice Cox

But not all is lost in Motor City as committed citizens and employees work to revitalize neighborhoods, engage residents, and redevelop the urban core, all while making sense of the new landscape. 

Nationally acclaimed community designer and leader of the public interest design movement Maurice Cox knows a lot about developing bold – yet achievable – plans that become tools for civic discourse and empowerment, embraced by diverse sectors of the community. He is the director of planning and development for the city of Detroit, speaking at the Dallas Architecture Forum lecture Feb. 21

“Maurice Cox has achieved a nationally acclaimed reputation as a community designer who incorporates active citizen participation into the urban design and planning process,” said Dallas Architecture Forum executive director Nate Eudaly.

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02/19/18 7:30am

Splurge vs. Steal: Two Renovated Midcentury Modern Houses | CandysDirt.com

One of the most popular housing styles around the country is midcentury modern. Classic features in these houses built between the early 1930s to mid-1960s include open floorplans, clean lines, light-filled spaces,  and a simplicity of style that translates beautifully into 2018. 

Certain Dallas neighborhoods have pockets of these architectural gems; many have been lovingly restored and updated, like the two properties in this week’s Splurge vs. Steal. We’re looking at two renovated midcentury modern houses, one in Northwest Dallas and the other in North Dallas’ Janmar neighborhood. Both are so lovely, it’s hard to pick a favorite. So pour a martini, put on some Sinatra, and check out our picks! 

 

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Contemporary Golf Course Home In Bent Tree Royal Sweeps Our Dallas Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

This week, there are some truly remarkable homes on the market in North Texas. We’ve scoured the listings and found three open houses that show a huge range of possibilities and styles for buyers. 

This is our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we find the “must-not-miss” events of the coming weekend. Today, our houses range in price from $325K to $935K. Which one is your favorite?

 

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02/15/18 7:24am

Custom Landscaping Is Just the Beginning at this Kiestwood Estates Renovation | CandysDirt.com

One of the largest concentrations of intact midcentury houses in Dallas can be found in an Oak Cliff neighborhood many people have never heard of, Kiestwood Estates. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 2529 Woodmere Dr. is a 1955 ranch-style midcentury in this wonderful part of the city, set among rolling hills and wooded lots. Custom landscaping and an amazing drive-up is just the beginning in this home, which has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, two dining areas, and 1,860 square feet on one story. There is an open house this Sunday, Feb. 18, from 2-4 p.m. Would you like a sneak peek?

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02/13/18 7:30am

Up-and-coming North Dallas Neighborhood Offers Sweet Style with Updated Home | CandysDirt.com

If you’re looking for updated style, a comfortable floorplan, and an affordable price tag on a family home in Dallas, you have to look hard, act fast, and be decisive. 

The house at 13525 Brookgreen Dr. may inspire you to do just that. Listed three days ago, this Spring Valley Park home is in an up-and-coming part of North Dallas near Coit and Alpha roads. The flip added lots of contemporary elements and opened up the floorplan to create something imminently livable and decidedly lovely. 

This is our Tuesday Two Hundred and it has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 1,760 square feet on one story, built in 1957. 

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02/12/18 7:30am

The idea of an income property appeals to lots of real estate buyers. If you’re up for the challenge and responsibility, this investment can generate income and build your net worth more rapidly than a single-family property alone. 

In today’s Splurge vs. Steal, we’re looking at two multi-family buildings in Dallas. Both are priced under a million dollars, which makes them somewhat rare in the market. There are pros and cons to each — which income property would you buy if you had the opportunity? 

 

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Devonshire Traditional Tops Our Dallas Open Houses This Week | CandysDirt.com

A classic Devonshire traditional that’s updated and gorgeous with almost 4,000 square feet and a fabulous backyard caught our eye this week. That’s why it’s the lead for 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 $437,500 to $1.295 million. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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02/08/18 9:39am

The neighborhoods of East Dallas have their own vibe and people are drawn to the area for the personality and access to White Rock Lake. We’ve found a lovely renovated midcentury-era home there with designer finishes and an open floorplan, all for under $400K. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 2441 Wildoak Dr. is in the Claremont neighborhood with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two dining areas, and 1,716 square feet on one story, built in 1958. It’s impressive! 

 

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