This week we bring you a Friday Four Hundred that is chock full of upgrades, including a crystal blue pool, lushly landscaped lawn, and prime Northeast Dallas location just minutes from White Rock Lake.

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The problem with living on the Katy Trail is that, as Jon Anderson pointed out, so many other people want to live there, too. That’s why there are so many high-rise buildings in planning phases that will line this popular city amenity. Of course, with all of those new buildings, and all of the demand, prices are going to get higher, too. So if you want to get into this area for a reasonable price, Brandon Travelstead of Dallas City Center Realtors has a great unit inside the Lofts at the Katy Trail — the only one with an attached garage — and it’s priced under a half million.

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Get out your checkbook, because even if you’re not in the market, today’s Friday Four Hundred will make you want to drop some earnest money and book the movers. This 1921 Craftsman blends historic charm and practical, pretty updates, making it the ultimate in hard-to-resist real estate. Located in the Kings Highway Conservation District of North Oak Cliff, this gorgeous piece of architecture underwent a 2013 renovation that you must see to believe.

New double-paned windows, updated HVAC, and stainless steel appliances bring 932 North Windomere Avenue smartly into the now, while original hardwoods and true Craftsman appeal transport you to another time. Listed by Kurtis Walker of JP & Associates Realtors for $425,000, the home features two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,312 square feet. As a bonus, it’s in walking distance to the Bishop Arts District.

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Lakewood Heights is one of my very favorite neighborhoods for two reasons: One is that there is block after block of adorable cottages in a wonderful palette of classic colors; and the second is that the neighborhood is just close enough to Greenville Avenue and Downtown to be accessible, but the streets are narrow and the trees are mature, making it feel much more private.

Our Friday Four Hundred really speaks to me on that level. I mean, who can resist such a cute, robin’s egg blue Tudor? 

“We see why you love this home, because it had our hearts from the moment we walked through the front door!” said Lauri Ann Hanson, one half of the Dwell Partners duo. “This classic double-peak 1922 Tudor has captivated all who have viewed it since it hit the market.”

And as you’d expect, this adorable home at 6204 Belmont Ave. listed at $499,900, is already under contract. But that doesn’t mean we can’t admire it, or that it’s all said and done for this home. As you know, nothing’s certain until the ink dries at closing! Let’s take a closer look.

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The Azure, at 2900 McKinnon in Uptown, is a luxury condo building with serious amenities — but you don’t need a multi million-dollar unit to enjoy them.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of shaking off the world by valeting your car at your swank high-rise building, taking the elevator up, and eating up the city views as you unwind with a glass of vino. If it sounds luxurious, it is. But it’s not outside the realm of reality.

Take the Azure, for instance. Completed in 2005, this high-end high-rise in Uptown has some of the best amenities, with a glorious pool deck that offers incredible views of Uptown, a fitness center where any personal trainer would love to help you sweat it out, plus a valet and concierge. 

The lobby of The Azure sets the tone for this building — sexy and luxurious.

But you don’t have to pay upwards of  a million to feel like you’re living in the lap of luxury at the Azure. In fact, Allie Beth Urban’s Ani Nosnik has a beautiful one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath unit on the market that costs less than many homes in the M Streets, gives you more security and amenities, and puts you close enough to downtown that you could very well ditch the car when the weather is irresistible (like today).

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With mature trees, rolling topography, proximity to White Rock Lake, and tons of charming homes, Lochwood is getting plenty of attention from buyers. Of course, when there’s a lot of interest in a neighborhood, prices tend to go up, so we’re not surprised to see this ranch on Rogue Way priced in the $400,000 range. Truly, we have been wondering when the rest of Dallas was going to catch on to this great little enclave of 1960s architecture. 

But this little home, while it’s unassuming from the curb, packs quite the punch inside. With a designer kitchen, open spaces, and tons of light, you’re sure to fall in love with this hip-pocket listing from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Scott Kaserman at 11718 Rogue Way.

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Turned off by the bland, plain vanilla sameness of many suburban houses? Feast your eyes on this stunning Friday Four Hundred subject: 2817 Chatsworth Lane in Plano.  This home in the Briarmeade subdivision near Custer Road and Park Boulevard has been remodeled to uniqueness with well-chosen appointments and fabulous taste.

Facing just across the street from the Chisholm Trail (a 9.3 mile concrete biking, running, and walking trail bordering scenic Spring Creek), the home’s standout character is evident from the get go, with its new metal roof and dramatic double glass and iron front door:

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Just blocks from the historic McKinney Square, this historic cottage is the definition of charming.

I thought I’d done it: I finally found a house that was literally too cute for words. 

But then I realized that this is me we’re talking about — a person who talk at length about which cartoon characters would most likely win in a no-holds-barred cage fight against Caillou. All that to say, let me tell you why 512 W. Hunt Street is so heart-burstingly cute. 

If the curb appeal wasn’t enough (Just look at that ironwork!), this house has some interiors that just might charm the pants right off of you. 

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