The Mansion Park area is one of those neighborhoods chock-full of great properties, and these townhomes are a perfect example of how you can get into a fabulous neighborhood for a less-than-exorbitant price. While these Bud Oglesby-designed, midcentury modern townhomes look pitch perfect from the curb, 2812 Welborn St., another amazing listing from Ebby Halliday top-performer Dennis Hammet, truly does this design justice.

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One of the bathrooms in 123 S. Winnetka when the Calhouns purchased it in 1978. (Courtesy Photo)

If you read our Thursday Three Hundred yesterday, you know that love stories are our thing. Well, here’s another one, but this time it’s a two-story Foursquare in Winnetka Heights. This home was in desperate need of some love when Jim and Kathy Calhoun purchased 123 S. Winnetka in 1978. “This is a labor-of-love, come-a-long-way, urban-pioneer story,” says listing agent and fellow Winnetka Heights resident Diane Sherman, who has listed this fully restored beauty for $539,500. “The wallpaper was wild!”

I can see what she means. Of course, the transformation will astound you!

123 S. Winnetka had been converted to a duplex when Jim and Kathy Calhoun purchased the 1913-built Foursquare in 1978. (Courtesy Photo)

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Homes in historic Dallas neighborhoods are selling like hotcakes, mostly for the reason they were preserved in the first place: character. These areas fit a human scale that has long since been rendered incompatible with modernity, but still, that comfortable nostalgia makes them all the more desirable. 

And while East Dallas is already phenomenally popular, the Vickery Place area is coveted even more so, thanks to its prime location near Greenville Avenue, it’s fantastic proximity to downtown Dallas, and the walkable nature of this neighborhood, originally platted in 1891. What’s really great is all of the investment happening here now, with families buying up homes and taking the time and care to bring them up to today’s standards. An absolutely stellar example of this is the beautiful one-story Craftsman bungalow at 5417 Willis Ave.

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Everyone in Dallas and Fort Worth is lamenting the end of affordable homes laden with amenities. But have we all forgotten about the Mid-Cities? There are still great deals to be had in Grand Prairie and especially in Arlington, which is where we found this hot, fully updated traditional listed by Coldwell Banker’s Josh Inman

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Condos and townhomes are only going to grow in popularity in Lakewood, as more and more aging multifamily structures — including the brick duplexes and fourplexes that line many of the side streets off of Gaston Avenue — are razed. This development, built in 2006 right off of Oram Street, is a great example of a well-maintained condo building with beautiful finish-out and livable, warm spaces. Britt Lopez of Dallas City Center Realtors has listed No. 16 at 6269 Oram Street for $540,000.

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There’s something to be said about keeping to scale with the neighborhood, especially when it’s Vickery Place. This conservation district features lovely Tudors, charming Craftsmans, and classic traditionals that give the neighborhood so much character. And while a lot of homes in this neighborhood have been remodeled, some of them no longer really feel at home in the area. Not 5110 Goodwin, a brand-new listing from Ebby Halliday agent Carolyn Albers Black. While the standing-seam metal roof gives this brick Craftsman home a contemporary edge, everything else about it is an instant classic.

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2421 N. cooper St. Back of house 2

It’s like everyone who owns a rad 70s or 80s contemporary in Arlington is putting their home on the market. OK, at least two of them, including last week’s Friday $500K. I decided to look again at this Midcities home of Texas Rangers Baseball and that football team, and what did I find but another impeccable home with some outstanding details. Again, this might be a home worth moving to Arlington for. Just look at this lush, two-story wall of windows on the back of 2421 Cooper Street. It’s a listing from Ebby Halliday Realtor Linda Magazzine and it’s on the market for all of $565,000!

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4904 Racquet Deck

I might have found the home that could get me to move to Arlington.

Most of the time, the only way you can get me to go west of Oak Cliff is for Texas Rangers baseball. In fact, I was just there for Opening Day on Monday, and I was reminded then of how close it actually is to Dallas. And while many people pooh-pooh Arlington and Grand Prairie, it’s hard to deny the attractiveness of a freshly remodeled 1970s contemporary on a private lake listed for — are you sitting down? – $595,000!

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