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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.

10/11/18 9:41am

East Dallas

One of East Dallas’ most appealing aspects is its proximity to White Rock Lake, surrounding parks, and heavily treed neighborhoods with winding streets and a picturesque look. This is one of the most scenic parts of the city.

Located at 1751 Tamarack Dr., our Thursday Three Hundred sits pretty at its Peavy Forest address, backing up to Ash Creek and its greenbelt with a balcony overlooking both. Extensive renovations will appeal to homebuyers looking for a move-in ready home with tasteful style.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,515 square feet on one story, built in 1968.

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Every Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. These are the places you don’t want to miss that weekend.

This week, our houses range in price from $350,000 to $899,000. Which ones will you visit?

 

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10/09/18 9:55am

As home prices continue to rise, flippers are moving deeper into East Dallas and working their magic on properties that could use a fresh look. 

That’s the case with the midcentury at 2327 Klondike Dr. It is remodeled by a former vice president of design at HKS Architects in Dallas and not only looks hip, but also has a new roof, R-38 attic insulation, water heater, low-E windows, 14-SEER heating and air conditioning system, and three-ton condensing unit outside. 

“This is approximately his tenth house in 75228 in four years — he is always a trailblazer and does impeccable work,” said listing agent Shannon Metcalf with Pinnacle Realty Advisors. “[This house] had been in the previous owner’s family for decades before it went on the market last May [and it] was in particularly rough shape cosmetically, but it had good bones and a good vibe, so he took it from there.”

Located near Oates Drive and Ferguson Road, our Tuesday Two Hundred is just over three miles from the eastern shores of White Rock Lake, situated between Bishop Lynch High School and Eastfield College in the Cloverdale neighborhood. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,331 square feet on one story, built in 1955. 

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10/08/18 9:16am

First developed in the mid 1950s, the Disney Streets in Northwest Dallas are named after Walt Disney characters and places, such as Pinocchio Drive, Cinderella Lane, and Wonderland Trail. It is part of the larger Midway Hills neighborhood, where you can find some fantastic architectural examples of that era, including a home from celebrated architect Cliff May

This week’s Splurge vs Steal takes us to the Disney Streets to look at two houses. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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10/04/18 9:33am

All eyes are on Elmwood, it seems, as investors make big waves in this historic Oak Cliff neighborhood. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 2210 Melbourne Ave. is an example of a flip done right in Elmwood, with sleek style and attention to every detail. The renovation is by Eligra LLC, a husband-and-wife team of Michael and Victoria Jones, and we’ve admired their work before

In this house, they’ve opened up the floorplan with clean lines of sight and a long list of updates. Those include a new 30-year roof, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, low-E windows, water heater, Elfa closet systems, and new insulation in interior walls, exterior walls, and in the attic.

This kind of attention to detail and quality of improvements is normal for renovation by the couple, said listing agent Adam Murphy with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. 

“Every single flip is extraordinary and they pay incredible attention to detail, like moving the wall back six inches to put in a full-size refrigerator and giving homebuyers a big binder with every single manual and thing they’ve done, from a light fixture to a garage door opener,” Murphy said. “There’s not something comparable on the market in Oak Cliff that is in this price range.”

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,644 square feet on one story, built in 1952. There’s an open house Friday from 5-7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 p.m.. Want a sneak peek?

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If you love clean lines and a contemporary look, then you’ll fall hard for the three properties we’ve found for our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column. They’ve got a sleek aesthetic and stand out as exceptional for their neighborhood. 

This week, our open houses range in price from $465,000 to $1.269 million. Which one is your favorite?

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10/02/18 9:55am

In the hilly, scenic neighborhood of Wynnewood, we’ve found a open-floorplan home with sleek style and big renovations.

Many of the houses more than 350 homes there are quite affordable and have attracted the attention of flippers, like our Tuesday Two Hundred at 2454 Garapan Dr. Both exterior and interior are totally updated, including a new roof, insulation, electrical wiring, windows, water heater, security system, and HVAC condenser and furnace.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 1,512 square feet on one story, built in 1946. 

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10/01/18 2:18pm

A little south of White Rock Lake, the Hollywood Heights neighborhood is a conservation district full of 1920’s Tudor-style houses. The appeal is enormous to homebuyers, and families love that the area is in the attendance zone for the beloved and award-winning Lakewood Elementary. 

Our Splurge vs Steal this week takes us to Hollywood Heights to look at two Tudors. Which one is your favorite? 

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