Absolutely striking. Those were the first words out of my mouth when I looked at this gorgeous Preston Hollow renovation. The effect comes, in part, from a really well-conceived and beautifully executed renovation. The other star of the show? Staging. It’s impossible not to imagine your own life fitting in this home, with all those clean, white walls and furniture perfectly proportioned to the space. This one’s not going to linger. Especially if that amazing back deck has anything to say about it.

Today’s Saturday Six Hundred is listed by Kyle Brinkley of Brinkley Property Group for $699,900, and it’s a real catch. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms in 3,074 square feet, 4310 Echo Glen Drive is spacious, bright, and so brand-spanking new inside, it completely belies its 1971 construction date. The renovation wrapped up this year. It’s so current and so thorough, it may as well be a new build.  Come take a gander!

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With all the activity going on in Plano and areas beyond, I was curious as to what $600,000 to $700,000 would buy just a bit farther north of our usual hunting grounds.

The answer? A lot.

For the most part, houses in that price range are new-build, custom homes. But even if you’re looking for resale, there’s a bit of inventory available with a lot to offer. Starting with square footage. Compared to homes in Dallas proper in the same price range, buyers can expect to get about 2,000 more square feet for the same investment.

Today’s Saturday Six Hundred is a fantastic example of what you’ll find a bit beyond – big kitchens, vaulted ceilings, open floor plans, bonus spaces, and really great schools. With five bedrooms and four bathrooms in 4,426 square feet, 11366 Chimney Rock Trail is listed by Angela Taylor with JP & Associates for $699,000.

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One quick glance through the photos and it’s clear: 7409 Dalewood Lane is the house that just keeps on going. Not only is this lovely ranch style home is completely move-in ready, its spacious, 3,200-square-foot interior offers seemingly endless possibilities for personalization. The drive-up is really something special thanks to the massive trees on the property. Overall, the landscaping could use a little TLC (I spy a few bushes that could use some heavy-handed trimming) but my goodness, those trees! I’m experiencing some arbor envy! Situated on a large corner lot near Dallas’ White Rock Lake, this gem is listed at $679,900 by Beth Arnold with Local Resident Realty.

Naturally, the real appeal of this week’s Saturday Six Hundred lies beyond the front door. Join us after the jump for some truly great, versatile spaces, four bedrooms, three full and one half bathrooms, and a master bathroom surprise that will have you sighing.

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It speaks volumes about the state of my own home that I’m deeply attracted to property with killer outdoor living spaces. This post-war traditional in the heart of Midway Hollow may not be much to look at from the front, but just wait for it, folks. The backyard is everything.  And I’m going to make you wait until after the jump for it. You won’t even be mad, it’s just that good. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, 3939 Van Ness Lane is listed by Justin Farmer with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty at $615,000.

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I’m not going to bury the lede. This week’s Saturday Six Hundred is brought to you by rooftop patios. Two of them. However, I will make you wait until after the jump to see them, so stick around. There’s also a completely fabulous saltwater swimming pool and yet another patio (this one’s a regular, on-the-ground type) – and that’s just the start to this entertainer’s paradise in Dallas’ Lake Highlands neighborhood.

Perfected for modern living and hosting, 10310 Lakemere Drive is a sleek, stylish contemporary,listed by Deanna Hall with Keller Williams for $679,000. The 3309 square-foot home features 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half bathrooms, and endless updates.

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Merriman Park Estates

Our Saturday Six Hundred, at 6903 Sedgwick Drive in Merriman Park Estates, is built around a tree, and there’s something magical about it. It’s almost as if the tree imparts a protective spirit over the home. Think about it for a moment — the builder made sure the tree survived. He had a heart for it. Instead of taking the easy way out and uprooting it, he constructed his home with respect for the tree. You don’t see that happen often. (more…)

Kessler Park Tudor

If you’re in the market for a Kessler Park Tudor with a backyard that has no less than five areas for entertaining, stop reading and call Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s listing agent Jenni Stolarski immediately. This is one hot property, and mark my words — it will be pending by next week.

It’s always a challenge to bring you move-in ready properties, especially under a million dollars. And when we find them, they go fast.

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Oak Lawn Townhome
Our Saturday Six Hundred at 4010 Lemmon Tree Place is a stylish and sophisticated Oak Lawn townhome. Anyone moving from an urban center like San Francisco or New York is going to feel right at home here.

Oak Lawn has long been a hip, friendly, eclectic neighborhood. Walk Score gives it an incredible 93, meaning you don’t need a car for daily errands. It’s also flat, so easy to bike everywhere, and there is nearby public transportation — a city-lover’s dream! If you have kids, one of the best middle schools in Dallas, The William B. Travis Academy/Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted, is six minutes away. (more…)