This M Streets renovation may as well be a new build for all the updates it boasts. And I’m not just talking the cosmetic stuff. With a new roof, HVAC, updated plumbing, electrical, windows, and a tankless water heater, not a bit of 6158 Marquita Avenue was left untouched. It’s pretty and practical. I don’t know that it gets better than that.

Listed by Richard Garza with VIP realty, this gorgeous rehab is going for $799,000. The drive-up is pretty cute, but even still, it’s not remotely the most attractive feature of this home. It’s truly lovely inside. The finish-out choices are spot on. And with four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms in 3,177 square feet, it’s spacious in all the right ways. Join us after the jump to see for yourself.

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This East Kessler charmer reduced me to giddiness. Avoiding the temptation to over-modernize, its owners have created a lovely balance between the home’s original charm and contemporary conveniences. And it’s a great size for the area at 2,613 square feet.

The walk-up is just lovely. The wide porch makes me hope that it’s just one of many in a neighborhood full of front-porch neighbors who spend temperate evenings out there waving to dog walkers and kids on bikes. Sigh. Leave me to my imagination!

This three-bedroom, three-bathroom ranch situated on a lush hilltop, 1623 Oak Knoll Street is listed by Ged Dipprey of Dave Perry-Miller In Town for $740,000.

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If nothing else, this house was the first I saw of eight that did not have taxidermy on the walls. My, are folks around here dedicated to the display of dead animals! Might I suggest that, in addition to de-cluttering your space, it might be a good idea to remove anything deceased before engaging in professional photography? That includes anything nefarious you’ve got going on in the attic or crawl space, too. It just makes for good business.

Fortunately, this Lake Highlands Estates renovation comes taxidermy-free, and delights as a fantastic renovation that boasts a great kitchen and a retreat-like master suite, among other attractive features. With three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms in 3,174 square feet, 10315 Van Dyke Drive is listed by Barbara Arredondo with Clay Stapp and Co. for $705,000.

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Sometimes, I get lured in by a nice-looking drive-up and then one glance inside, I’m immediately sorry. I went through several of those today before I landed on this easy-on-the-eyes Prestonwood Estates home. Undertaken by an architect and custom home builder, this renovation takes the bones of a 1974 transitional ranch and gives them a sleek, new, modern life. The property description lists 6624 Rolling Vista Drive as a midcentury modern. It’s decidedly not. Not by a long shot. But it is a really good example of diligent attention to detail, solid craftsmanship, and a great eye.

With four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 3,472 square feet on an oversized lot, this Far North Dallas stunner is listed by Chris Dillard of Keller Williams for $719,000.

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With a delicious blend of textures and finishes, today’s Saturday Seven Hundred is the epitome of cool. And at a bit over $300 per square foot, it’s luxury cool. Situated within walking distance of the Arts District and Klyde Warren Park, the location of this amazing urban loft can’t be beat. Seriously, cool. But don’t take my word for it. The 22-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows speak for themselves. This two bedroom, two bathroom condo at 2011 Cedar Springs Road Apartment 102 is listed by Tod G. Franklin with Dfwcityhomes at $725,000.

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I sorted through at least a dozen homes before I landed on this week’s Saturday Seven Hundred treasure. The drive-up is so charming. But it was the first interior shot that made me say, “Oh, yes. This is a goodie.” It came as not a bit of a surprise that this 1925 Tudor was completely rebuilt from its foundation by an architect. There’s just something about the way the spaces are laid out and the use of light that made it obvious someone with know-how got their hands on this Perry Heights home.

The top-down renovation delivers a combination of contemporary appeal and historic charm with admirable deftness. With three living spaces, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms in in 2,141 square feet, 4411 N Hall Street is listed with Virginia Cook’s Nancy Martinez for $749,000. Join us after the jump for a bonus space that will not disappoint.

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Sigh.

This home is really lovely. My tastes veer much more toward the modern, but I can’t argue with the appeal of 9606 Hilldale Drive. It’s tranquil and well-appointed, high-end without being fussy. Impeccably kept, inside and out, its 3,678 square feet are simultaneously cozy and spacious, sophisticated and accessible. And while unarguably traditional, the use of mixed metals throughout the interior keeps it fresh and contemporary.

This four-bedroom, three-bath, hip-pocket treasure in Merriman Park is going for $779,900 with Kyle Brinkley at Brinkley Residential.

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This far North Dallas home projects a little bit of a 1960s Hollywood Hills, Palm Springs contemporary vibe that I find intriguing. It’s so… different. Sometimes you forget that Dallas even does different. Then along comes 4712 Holly Tree Drive. Now, I’ll allow that it also holds its fair share of problems (is that laminate I see?), but in the current real estate climate, I see nearly every house as a project – even ones listed in this price range. I live for potential. And this house has it in spades. Its location puts you in Plano schools and at a very decent commute from Dallas. That’s hard to beat. The house is listed by Susan Withrow of Keller Williams Realty at $725,000.

Starting with the drive up and the limestone entry, this house gives great face. I dig the unique look of the glass block, the curved wall, and the cool, geometric iron door. Like I said, it’s different. In a great way. I also find myself asking, “Would I buy a house for a tree?” Because the curb appeal here is really something.

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