Once a buyer has settled on an area, often there’s a problem that the right sort of home isn’t currently on the market. Not so on Wild Valley Drive in the Merriman Park neighborhood, tucked next to the White Rock greenbelt and a short distance to Keller’s Drive-In.

Both are three-bedroom homes. Number 7124 is a very livable fixer-upper while 7435 is a move-in ready flip. The flip is smaller and $104,000 more expensive and has an added half bathroom. The other offers 320 additional square feet and a pool. Both are on similarly-sized lots.

Merriman Park is full of 1950s ranch homes on generous lots with good setbacks and tree-lined streets. It’s handiness to White Rock Lake is a selling point, along with its proximity to Central Expressway. Younger buyers may like that it’s easy to bike to DART’s White Rock station.

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Casa Linda Plaza, the oldest shopping center in Dallas, is treasured by its neighboring residential enclaves. When the center’s owner announced a plan to remove five mature cedar elms as part of the center’s remodel, neighbors balked. (Photo Courtesy of Edens)

Built in 1946, Casa Linda Plaza ranks as the oldest shopping center in Dallas. It encompasses three of the four corners of Garland Road and Buckner Blvd., and serves the surrounding neighborhoods, which include Casa Linda, Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, Emerald Isle, and so on. And if there’s one thing that’s sure to set off this committed coterie of conservationists who favor these ‘hoods, it’s trees. Specifically, the removal of trees. And when Edens, the corporation that owns Casa Linda Plaza unveiled a plan to remove five mature cedar elms from the walkway opposite Natural Grocers, let’s just say that it was not a popular decision. 

However, thanks to the measured response from District 9 Dallas City Council member Mark Clayton, not only are residents getting a more robust and shady canopy, they’re also in discussions to bring back a neighborhood tradition — the Casa Linda Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

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A contractor drilled into a sewage pipe, releasing 1 million gallons of untreated sewage into White Rock Creek, which stretches from Collin County to East Dallas’ White Rock Lake. (Photo: Michael Lensi via Wikipedia)

Homes around White Rock Lake often fetch a pretty high price. Dubbed Dallas’ crown jewel, White Rock Lake is encircled by recreational trails, parks, the Dallas Arboretum, and some of the most well-known luxury estates in the city. Heck, even H.L. Hunt built his version of Mount Vernon on White Rock Lake. But living in posh digs on this urban oasis is about to get odorous.

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Put on Your Running Shoes to Catch this Incredible Casa Linda Estates Remodel | CandysDirt.com

If you want a chance of owning a rare nearly acre creek lot in Casa Linda Estates, better put on your running shoes. We’ve found a gorgeous remodel by Kettering Ideas, LLC, that just hit the market and is sure to get snatched up by a fast bidder. 

The East Dallas house at 9330 Alta Mira Dr. has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, two dining areas, and 2,027 square feet, built in 1948 and sitting on 0.8 acres. Represented by Jacqui Bloomquist with Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors, this property is one happy surprise after another with a wonderfully reimagined floorplan, red oak hardwood floors, and a high-end finish out that’s of the moment. 

“Quality, craftsmanship, and amazing attention to detail set Kettering Ideas apart from the competition and [they showcase] the newest styles and trends, and giving the luckiest of buyers the opportunity to own a true gem,” Bloomquist said. “Every home is treated as its own entity, unlike any other remodeler or builder I have ever worked with — this is Kettering’s signature and each home is truly one-of-a-kind.”

 There will be an open house this Saturday, June 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. Would you like a sneak peek? 

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This sweet pea-green house is ready for the Fourth of July!

 
We hear it all the time: Dallas is loaded with cookie-cutter homes, one looking just like the other. Builders, those naughty peeps, scrape down homes with character then build new hogging the entire lot, which few can afford. Where is charm? Where is history? Where is something freakin’ green and ORIGINAL?
 
Grab your checkbook and get pre-approved because I have got a house for you! 
 
Actually, Kate McCoy of the Ebby Halliday Preston Center Office has one. You know, the elegant digs with Ginger Gill at the helm? Though they work right outside the honeypot, those ladies are all over town. This honeypot of a listing is in East Dallas. Almost 100 years old. And I am in love from the pea-green stucco exterior to original hardwood floors in most of the house, nooks, crannies and built-ins plus the kitchen, plumbing, and western windows all updated just last year. Which for this age home is huge. Plus WALKABLE  to Greenville Avenue and Tietze Park.
 
And sit down for this one: a WALK-IN MASTER CLOSET.
 

 

Let me introduce 5939 Richmond Avenue to you, and again, save it, because this honeypie won’t last. Not even in MLS yet. Priced at $530,000, this home is as live-able as it’s brand new neighbors, which are going for upwards of $700.000.

Reading nook on the porch!

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Update, 10:50 am: With more rain and hail in the forecast, the folks at Cobalt Homes & Katie Aspen and Jeff Mitchell have decided to re-schedule tonight’s opening bash for March 22. Stay tuned for details, and please ask Mother Nature to give the real estate community a break!

Don’t forget to join me and Cobalt Homes, along with Katie Aspen, Jeff Mitchell, and more fine Real Estate folks for a very special event Wednesday evening introducing Camdale Court. These are a most unusual real estate product you simply have to see!

You’ve heard all about it, now you can experience it along with Don Chingon at the exclusive launch party! 

  • Empanadas – stuffed with seasoned ground beef chorizo, potatoes, Spanish olives and spices served with a chimichurri sauce 
  • House Made Queso
  • House Made Salsa
  • House Made Chips
  • Chicken Quesadillas – flour tortillas filled with monterey jack, caramelized onions and roasted peppers served with a fire roasted salsa and sour cream

Of course, bubbly for all.

Camdale Court is a development unlike any other in East Dallas, and it is setting new standards for multi-family living across North Texas. We will see you from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Cheers!

Remember this name: Cobalt Homes. A Dallas-based urban builder disrupting the urban town home concept with not just aesthetics and quality construction, but an unheard of thoughtfulness — like a sixth sense — to provide buyers comfort and true home livability.

We all love stories about guys who started famous companies at home. In 1939, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard founded HP in Packard’s Palo Alto garage, now the birthplace of Silicon Valley. In 1976 when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple Computers, they hand built 50 computers in 30 days from a garage in Cupertino, California. 

Larry Page and Sergey Brin were graduate students and started what’s now known as Google from Susan Wojcicki’s garage in September 1998. Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com in 1994 as an online bookstore, completely run out of his garage in Bellevue, Washington.

In North Texas, Canadian-born Larry Lacerte started Lacerte Software Corp. in his home in 1978, the first desktop application for general ledger and tax preparation. He sold the business to Intuit Inc. in 1998 for $400 million in cash, with a $200 million takeaway. 

And there’s the CoastOak Group: Gregory McGowan, Joshua Nichols, and Don Carroll. An unusual union of developers, the trio came from private equity backgrounds, Wall Street ones at that: Josh and Don worked for Goldman Sachs. Greg worked for Rockpoint Group and Westbrook Partners.

And like the entrepreneurs mentioned above, when they started their company in 2008, they worked on tables and computers out of an empty home next door to Greg’s residence for three months. They didn’t even have heat for three days.

But these are private equity guys who know how to rough it. They had all worked together at Trammell Crow in the mid 1990s — all except for Joshua, who was still doing championship wrestling in high school, and on his way to Princeton. Even their current office — it has heat — is nestled among the top-tier real estate guys and gals nesting at Harlan Crow’s Old Parkland.

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Photos courtesy of The Dallas Arboretum

The turkey dinner is a memory. Black Friday is behind us. It’s time to plan activities to get the holiday spirit flowing, entertain visitors, and make magical memories for little ones! Especially with the glorious weather we’ve been having this year, a trip to the Dallas Arboretum is a must.

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