It seems Lake Highlands has truly arrived. Once a sedate area of Northeast Dallas complete with the random outcropping of interesting architecture, Lake Highlands now fetches a premium price for even a modest midcentury ranch. Take this listing from Local Resident Realtor Amy Timmerman. 

While this home is adorable and yes, for less than $350k, it does a body good. However, the home itself isn’t usually what delivers the big value in Lake Highlands. As the well-initiated may know, it’s the schools.

This particular home sits inside the Richardson ISD attendance area, though its address is within the City of Dallas. Homes that sit in this overlap between two circles of a Venn diagram tend to have a little upcharge attached, though this house packs plenty of appeal on its own.

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[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2020! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Nikki: As the year winds to a close, we’re giving our keyboards a break and running some of our favorite homes we’ve featured. Which brings us to 10420 Church Road. Back in October when this post originally ran, this house barely, barely squeaked into the Thursday 300 category, but it’s since been reduced $10,000 and is now listed for $389,999. OH MY. It’s a fun house with great detail and we’re still pretty smitten with the creative take on an office/arts and crafts/romper room featuring a futon and a long ol’ table.

Built in 1962, this Midcentury-style house was a later arrival to the era, but you know what? We’ll take it.

The angles, the ceiling, the updates. Come on. This is a white-and-gray house that feels so modern and open — it’s just waiting for your pops of colors.

Out back there’s a concrete deck shaped like a hexagon. Something different, something fun and that’s kind of the theme of the house.

Out front, you’ll find a fully wooded wall and a matching flower box. Your biggest challenge in this house will be keeping the landscape alive to look as cool and contemporary as it does today.

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Propser is popping. I’ve heard it called the new Southlake … just don’t tell Southlake. It’s filled with gorgeous developments — master-planned communities and is where a lot of recently transplanted C-levels are calling home. Which means there’s no shortage of huge, massive, million-dollar homes.

But tucked away right alongside all these gracious estates is today’s Thursday Three Hundred. It’s a four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,418-square-foot house built in 2014 and currently listed at $320,000. Are you thinking steal? Because yes.

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If it is your dream to be a Plano Wildcat, raise a Plano Wildcat, or merely live in the attendance area, here’s your opportunity.

It’s a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, spectacularly updated house located in central Plano and y’all — it’s good.

Built in 1978, it’s a perfect little brick and siding traditional home. Picture perfect on the outside, ultimately updated on the inside.

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Up north and west, located off Interstate 35W and Highway 114 there’s a blossoming town called Northlake. They’ve been incorporated since 1960, but they’re just now getting around to proving it. Back then it was not much more than a few ranches. Now – even though when you Google Map Northlake you, an O’Reilly Auto Parts pops up as the main picture – we can assure you this little town is on the grow.

It’s also a place where you can find brand new construction for the nice round number of $310,454. Yeah, that’s a bit of a shoulder shrugger, but for that price, you can call a freshly constructed three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,189-square-foot house, home.

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For the Thursday 300: Thanksgiving Edition, we’re headed out to Ferguson and Lakeland in an area called Claremont. It’s southeast of Hollywood Heights, Forest Hills, and Casa Linda Forest, but it’s still in the same-ish general area.

It’s also where you’ll find this recently renovated three-bedroom, two-bathroom house that feels way bigger than its 1,608 square feet.

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Down off Northwest Highway, situated in between Skillman and Abrams, there’s a little slice of Pleasantville Heaven called University Manor. The streets are lined with big shade trees, lawns are trimmed and well-manicured, and people are always out and about.

A bike trail runs along Northwest Highway and connects to White Rock Lake if you head east and will take you under Northwest Highway, over Abrams and all the way to Mockingbird Station if you head west. Plus, the White Rock DART Rail station is within walking distance — perfect for commuters.

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The three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch located at 705 Nottingham Drive in Richardson is completely updated from top to bottom. Like stickers-still-on-the-windows updated, and even though they did a fantastic job with materials that are price point appropriate, that’s not the best part of this house.

The best part of this house is the location. It’s close to US 75 for an easy commute to Dallas.


Also right along 75 and basically a walk out your front door? Alamo Drafthouse, Cinnaholic, Haystack Burger, Industrial Pizza + Brew, Communion Coworking Space, Coffee Shop and Restaurant and there’s a Monkey King on its way.

Richardson is where you go when it’s time to hit the suburbs, but you’re not ready for “Dallas you” to die.

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