mansion park

The choice to move to Oak Lawn is one often based on location. People who enjoy this neighborhood with Turtle Creek, hoards of excellent dining and shopping options, and plenty of nightlife, aren’t planning to spend oodles of time inside their digs. Life in Oak Lawn is to be lived in the neighborhood itself, right? 

That’s why we find this adorable Bud Oglesby-designed, Midcentury Modern condo listed by Keller Williams Urban agent Don Neilson so appealing. As our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, we see the inherent value in such a superb location — Mansion Park. Plus, its modest floor plan is so incredibly functional that you won’t miss all the excess space you left behind.

“This is the ultimate ‘tiny home’ on steroids,” Neilson said of his listing at 2727 Hood Street, Unit No. 110. “Today’s sophisticated urban buyers want convenience, style, and simplicity. They want to live in a nice neighborhood and they want a home that is affordable, so they spend their free time on living a more fulfilling lifestyle.”

We couldn’t agree more! 

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Every lover of Midcentury Modern architecture looking for just the right home to purchase and restore should look right over here. This week’s Inwood Home of the Week presented by Inwood National Bank is just that — an original Midcentury Modern ready for its second act.

“This all-original home is situated on half an acre, complete with a wooded area and water feature in the back,” said listing agent Michelle Hopson of Compass Dallas. The home definitely requires some TLC, but is in rare form for an opportunist looking for all the atomic-era details in a stellar location.

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When you’re describing a luxury property, the ‘wow-factor’ always gets top billing. Fancy pools with incredible fountains and fire features are great, but have you ever tried a great porch?

“I’m a sucker for a good screened in porch,” says Compass agent Sam Claussen, who is marketing 6306 Lavendale, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

Of course, with summer temperatures at the backs of our minds with all of this rain, we have to mention that the pool is nothing to sneeze at, either.

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It’s hard to live in North Oak Cliff and not know about the stately white manse in Winnetka Heights that hosts the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts. The Turner House, a beautiful modified Prairie Foursquare home built in 1912 for Winnetka Heights developer J.P. Blake, has become something of a cultural epicenter for North Oak Cliff, hosting all manner of artists, openings, and even private events. It was renamed “Turner House” in 2002 as an homage to the founder of the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts, E.P. Turner.

However, no 100-plus-year-old home is exempt from the toll time takes, and Winnetka Heights‘ Turner House has been in various phases of repair over the last several weeks, with the porch roof receiving special attention during the reconstruction. To support the Turner House and the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts, join Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans at Oak Cliff’s original High Caliber Home from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, for a Derby Day celebration. 

Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans and friends

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When choosing high-rise real estate, what level provides your preferred views? Some people don’t want to get too high, opting for a tree-top skimming view that offers some privacy and shorter elevator rides. Others like that mid-building feel, that gives you a great feel for the horizon and keeps vertigo at bay. Others want a lofty perch from which to look down on their domain. 

Me? I’m a middle-of-the-building gal, which is why I find this gorgeous unit inside The House so appealing. It’s our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

This listing, unit 1704 inside The House by Starck, is marketed by the queen of Dallas high-rise real estate, Nancy Martinez. Martinez just found her new brokerage home at David Griffin & Company Realtors after Virginia Cook Realtors folded last week.

 “It has been a seamless transition so far to David Griffin,” Martinez shared. “David and colleagues have been incredibly welcoming and supportive. The company protocols are familiar because of  David Griffin & Company’s affiliation with Virginia Cook for so many years.  It has made changing brokerages a lot less painful.” 

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As more and more Baby Boomers are struggling to downsize from larger, family-oriented properties, the appeal of “aging in place” has grown. In AARP’s “Survey of Home and Community Preferences,” 76 percent of Americans aged 50 and older said that they wanted to remain in their current home as long as possible. So, if you’re already planning to make a move, choosing a home that will work into your retirement is key. 

A home that works well for Baby Boomers looking to “age in place” will have plenty of security, a first-floor master suite, an elevator to access the upper floors, a low-maintenance landscape, and plenty of room for visiting family and friends. Of course, many Baby Boomers don’t want to waste precious time redecorating or remodeling, so finding a home that is move-in ready is absolutely key.

Today’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is all of those things and stylish, to boot! It’s a gorgeous brick traditional listed by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Stewart Lee and it’s perfect for all of those beautiful Easter brunches with your loved ones! We’re also in love with the neighborhood — Glen Lakes

“Glen Lakes is a fantastic gated community conveniently located and close to major shopping,” Lee said. “It has friendly neighbors and wonderful recreational facilities including a spectacular 2.5-mile trail for walking in a park setting with private lakes and fountains. It also includes a pool, heated spa, and two tennis courts.”

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Realtors across Dallas are taking note as poorly conceived remodels and flips proliferate in the market. It’s not hard to find fault with some of them, as obviously uneven tile, shoddily installed appliances, and hastily painted walls are more common than we’d like to admit.

“Whatever happened to craftsmanship?” you might find yourself asking. The truth? Craftsmanship comes with patience and experience, and you’ll find in homes where a contractor works directly with an architect.

And that’s what you’ll find at this High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s a listing from David Griffin and Company Realtor Bart Thrasher, who is really a triple threat. Not only does his market homes, but he’s an experienced contractor and works side-by-side with his incredible wife, Karen, in their boutique design brand Thrasher Works.

“There was a great collaboration between builder and architect, and it shows,” Thrasher said of this beautifully remodeled ranch in the Lake Park Estates neighborhood of East Dallas. “Matthew Simons of Urban Dwellings LLC and Thrasher Works worked hard to create a home that stands out from the neighborhood.”

Bart says that he and Karen had a strong desire to create architectural significance in a home and to create something that will stand the test of time.

Mission accomplished.

 

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When I first fell in love with Winnetka Heights, I had those ambitious stars in my eyes about historic homes. You know the feeling, like you could transform a 100-year-old house into the stylish, cozy setting for the rest of your life. Today, I am tired. Really, really tired. I no longer have stars in my eyes, and my son has drained any energy and patience I could have spent on a long-term, romantic room-by-room historic renovation. However, I still love Winnetka Heights and its beautiful streets and undeniably charming character. 

Enter this listing from Compass Dallas agent Phillip Murrell. 

“It’s such a rare opportunity to find newer construction in such a popular historic district like Winnetka Heights,” Murrell said of our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. The house, though less than five years old, blends well into the historic fabric of the neighborhood with its large front porch and Craftsman touches. But the respect for the neighborhood from both the builder and the sellers goes much deeper than that, Murrell noted.

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