Hollywood Heights English TudorSeldom do you find a home that has been beautifully renovated, yet retains so many original details. Our Saturday Six Hundred is a Hollywood Heights English Tudor at 707 Cordova. It’s one of the best examples we have seen in many years of how to properly take a 1933 home into this century and yet honor the homes origins. (more…)

(Photos: Lance Selgo/Unique Exposure Photography Staging: Karen Otto/Homestar Staging)

Any real estate agent will tell you that the top three most important things in a house are “location, location, location” in that order. And sure, this Caruth Meadows ranch on East University has a location that many buyers dream about. But it is so much more than that. 

What stands out about 6335 E. University has a lot to do with the renovation. It’s just plain flawless.

“Not all renovations are created equal, and as a home staging company, we’re sometimes called in to ‘fix’ a challenge that could have been avoided prior to listing had the reno been thought out carefully prior to opening walls willy nilly,” said Karen Otto of Homestar Staging. “With a Kettering Ideas project, that’s never the case!”

Otto is the person responsible for the magazine-worthy interior decor of this incredible listing from Jacqui Bloomquist of Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors.  Otto already had a great base to work with, as Bloomquist notes that this home is practically brand new.

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M Streets TudorWhat happens when you combine skill, knowledge, style, and taste? This 1931 M Streets Tudor at 5455 Monticello Avenue is the answer. It’s another case of don’t judge a book by its cover and another lesson in remodeling. Do it correctly, and you’ll have a house that is going to fly off the market. (more…)

Now, I may or may not have selected this house solely for its front door and crossed my fingers that the inside measured up. Spoiler alert: it does. In general, the drive-up at 10465 Sinclair Avenue delivers all the charm you’d expect to find in this East Dallas neighborhood, with a fresh face. And seriously, that front door is aces! Two enthusiastic thumbs up.

I love a studs-up renovation that brings a home into the present while preserving its original exterior appeal, and this Eastwood Estates ranch certainly fits the bill. Top to bottom, it’s a gorgeous remodel. But it’s all those unglamorous updates that put it over the top as an exceptional buy. With new roof, rain gutters, electrical wiring, a tankless hot water, updated sewer line, two HVAC units, and low-E windows, the only relic of the 1960s here is the charm. Listed at $649,900 by Coldwell Banker’s Tobin Hartman, it offers four bedrooms and two and one half bathrooms in a whopping 3,056 square feet – all with a clean, sharp design. Hop on over to see what makes this gem an entertainer’s dream.

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Squee! I feel like this custom craftsman-style home at 5848 Prospect Avenue could easily serve as the set for some adorable prime-time TV family. How cute is this house? Cute and smart, apparently! Built in 2011 by JLD Custom Homes, this beauty is Energy Star Certified, with an interior as precious as its drive-up. The location is hard to get over, too. It’s walking-distance to Lower Greenville and just two short miles to White Rock Lake. If you work downtown, that adds up to a pretty painless commute.

Listed by Jan Baldwin with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $679,900, this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath stunner features a modern floor plan wrapped up in the ultra-charming exterior of a bygone era. And every inch of its 2,372 square feet feels warm and inviting.

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Now, I know that the curb appeal here comes off as somewhat meh, but I really like the look of this house. The window details, which are obscured by the bright sun, play so beautifully in the interior photography. They’re one of my favorite (albeit minor) features of this updated 1948 traditional at 5703 Anita Street.

Taken down to the studs in a 2016 renovation, the two-story, family-friendly abode provides a bright, fresh interior and a surprisingly romantic backyard. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,584 square feet, it’s listed by Karen Cuskey of Coldwell Banker for $639,000. Check out the spot-on interior and backyard oasis after the jump!

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Let’s see. Should we start with the spot-on design, the great technology, the stellar amenities, or the unbelievable views? Today’s Saturday Six Hundred is an absolute real estate unicorn. This four-level, energy efficient, luxury townhome at 1910 Wickmere Mews offers all of those high-end finishes you’ve come to expect as well as a host of fantastic surprises. Spoiler: it shares amenities with the Belmont Hotel. Lounge by the pool or catch one of the outstanding live music shows all for a criminally low HOA fee of $81 per month. I know, right?

Sundrenched with views to die for, the 2,250-square-foot unit comprises two bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. Listed by Alex Prins of Coldwell Banker, this gem is going for $649,000. Now, usually I find myself rather unmoved by 3D tours, but this one rates as an exception. Join us after the jump for it and lots, lots more.

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Though I absolutely love the idea of loft living, the biggest turnoff, is the lack of easily accessible green space. But what if you could live in a historic commercial conversion that lived more like a single-family home? That’s what Jenni Stolarski‘s latest Kings Highway listing is, to a tee.

And the isn’t the first time Stolarski has listed this particular property, either. When homeowner Jennifer Waddell was ready to sell this two-bedroom, two-bathroom converted corner market at 805 N. Montclair in the historic Kings Highway Conservation District, her first and only call was to Stolarski. 

Vintage cast iron dragon lights flank the front door of 805 N. Montclair.

Truth be told, I’ve always been intrigued by this property. Back when I was an editor and reporter for Oak Cliff People, I would frequently drive by on my way to PTA functions at nearby Rosemont Elementary and play something of a guessing game with myself regarding this house. “I wonder who would live there? What does it look like inside? What did it used to be?”

Now, with all the answers, I can share with you that anyone who appreciates the rich texture of history could live here, that it is an absolute textural feast for the eyes inside, and that it used to be Moore’s Market for 30 years, after which it was used as a potato chip factory. 

Though many of the commercial aspects of the property have since been lost (sadly, including the potato chips), it still has a working phone booth, tall ceilings, and a few of the original window frames within the interior spaces. Let’s have a look:

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