Elm StreetSometimes in the course of finding homes to feature through the week, we end up traveling down a bit of a wormhole when the abode’s history comes up. But our trip to the past for the history of this historic downtown Dallas loft was the unusual for a Tuesday Two Hundred.

We first found this unit in 509 Elm Street and fell in love with all the touches that make a loft condo charming — the exposed brick and beams, the concrete floors, the tons of light.

But when you know a building is likely historic, it almost behooves you to go look up what you can about that history — so we did just that.

Although the listing says it was built in 1930, other sourcing has its build date as 1901, 1906, and 1925.

Illustration from Dallas Chamber of Commerce magazine.
Source: Dallas, April 1925. (Courtesy Dallas Public Library archives)

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GreenvilleIf you’ve gone to the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Greenville Avenue at least once, you know that parking can be a bit at a premium — so for this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we were on the hunt for a great pad within walking distance to the parade.

And we found it. No need to move your car if you live in this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, ground-level condo in the gated University Crossroads — it’s literally at the corner of Greenville Avenue and East Mockingbird Lane, and a quick walk up to the end of the parade route at SMU Boulevard and Greenville.

It’s also quite close, of course, to a lot of shopping and restaurants, too. (more…)

Wolf CreekJust seven minutes or so from what is becoming a hot area thanks to revitalization efforts, our Tuesday Two Hundred this week takes us back to Wolf Creek.

We’ve talked about Wolf Creek before — it’s a great neighborhood full of ranch-style and 80s era soft contemporary homes that are well-maintained, affordable, and are being renovated and updated beautifully.

Wolf Creek is a great place to get the square footage you want, but at a price point that you can’t find often in other pockets of Dallas. Many homes, such as this week’s home, are priced in an increasingly dear $200,000 to $250,000 range. Most if not all in this range are updated and renovated, and some even have additional amenities like pools or workshop space.

There are only 16 houses currently in inventory, and several of them already have pending or contingent offers.

And just taking a gander at the area’s NextDoor page, it’s interesting to see how those who call Wolf Creek home describe the best things about their neighborhood — with words like, “peaceful,” “dog-friendly,” “family-friendly,” and “clean.”

And in the case of 1007 Golden Trophy Drive, you can also add, “incredibly close to future amenities,” because it’s roughly seven minutes or so away from Red Bird Mall, which is now the focus of a revitalization project dubbed Red Bird Reimagined, where a decaying mall and adjacent properties are being transformed and well, reimagined.

(Red Bird photos courtesy Omniplan)

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Texas Motor SpeedwayIn our never-ending quest to see just what kind of inventory is out there in the $200,000 range, we came across something fun this week – two condos with nearly identical prices, both with views of turn two at Texas Motor Speedway.

If you’re a racing fan, the idea of a regular perch on the fifth floor for every NASCAR Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity Series, Gander Outdoors Truck Series, and Indy races held at Texas Motor Speedway might just seem like the perfect treat. Host friends and family, enjoy the race in comfort (NASCAR races are held in November and March usually, which means you’ve got a grab bag of weather choices) regardless of whether it’s cold and rainy or mild and sunny.

(Photo courtesy Texas Motor Speedway)

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McKinneyMcKinney’s downtown historic district is bustling — and you could find yourself with a home within biking and walking distance from some of the fun shopping, entertainment, and dining available, thanks to this adorable 1950 cottage we found for this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred.

Downtown McKinney has won some awards for its incredible main street feel, and is home to more than 120 small businesses. So whether you want to walk out your front door and head over to Tennessee Street, or stay put at home and enjoy the great large private backyard that is party-ready, you can appreciate all the options provided.

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cedar crestSometimes you flip through listings and a house just … stands out — like this funky Cedar Crest home with a fun facade and a well-updated interior with a price point that will make some family very, very happy.

Unfamiliar with Cedar Crest? We’ve written about listings in the charming neighborhood before, but for the uninitiated, Cedar Crest is a well-established neighborhood in Dallas that is, we think, a hidden gem. Close to downtown (in fact, you can see the skyline from many points in the neighborhood), the community also boasts a very busy neighborhood association, and is home to the Cedar Crest Golf Course, which hosted the first PGA Tour in 1927.

You can even see a great tour of the golf course here.

“For decades the Cedar Crest neighbors have demonstrated pride in home ownership, which is discernible by many of the uniquely designed custom built homes,” the association’s website said. “The community is well noted for community and political involvement and has produced many business owners, educators and dignitaries.” (more…)

first-time buyerIf it feels like it’s tough to find a great house for a budget-friendly, first-time buyer price under $250,000, it’s not your imagination — it’s getting harder and harder to find a move-in ready, single family home for less than $250,000 in the Dallas area.

We’ve even written about the phenomenon a few times. And while some price points are beginning to see an increase in inventory, that $200,000 range are still sitting at much less than two months.

So when we saw Katie Apperson with Real Estate Reformation post this adorable blue home in Crest Ridge Estates in Garland for $206,000 on Facebook last week, we had to pump her for some details.

I mean, you couldn’t miss that blue. (more…)

Casa ViewOur Tuesday Two Hundred, by definition of its price point, tends to be a showcase of starter homes — and this week’s updated Midcentury Ranch in Casa View is a great example of a starter home that can be quite long term.

So often, we hear the term starter home and assume it means that the buyer will be in it for a handful of years. But when you have a well-done remodel with a sensible garage conversion to increase the square footage of this 1957 home to a rare (for Casa View) 1,782 square feet, it becomes clear that this home has been remodeled with a family in mind. (more…)