South Dallas Pemberton Hill

New construction in Dallas in the low $200s?

*Tires screech.*

*Horn blasts.*

*Solo red siren from Dragnet magically appears.*

Dramatization? Or real life? YOU DECIDE.

But seriously, let’s talk about 650 Elkhart Avenue. It’s impeccable. The details are thoughtful, and many were hand-selected by the investor, Tracy Bennett, herself.

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Midcentury homes are hot, but an updated one for $299,000? Wear some protective gear because they’re basically on fire.

This three-bedroom, two-bath located in Forest Oaks off Ferguson Road in East Dallas is definitely of the flame-retardant variety. (And just so we’re clear, this is a metaphor. Nothing’s really on fire.)

Listed by Ray King of R. King Realty, 2222 Forest Oaks is 1,300 square feet of total update complete with wood-lined carport and decorative railing leading up to the perfect aqua front door.

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We hear it a lot, right? “Amazing location. Must see.” And with a fair amount of skepticism, we click. “Oh yeah, we’ll just see about that…”

But this one, this wonderfully updated, sweet little home really is a must see and the location? Well, it’s amazing. It’s walking distance to hiking and biking trails and a little puddle of water called Lake Grapevine.

And then there’s adorable downtown Grapevine with its vintage train, wonderful restaurants, and charming boutiques. Oh, and you’re a short drive from Southlake, too, and hello, they have a Tyler’s.

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Fox & JacobsWe’ve written about Forest Highlands before — the small clutch of Fox & Jacobs homes bordered by Forest Lane, Marsh Lane, and Webb Chapel Road, where some of the more affordable (for the square footage) homes in North Dallas exist.

The neighborhood full of Midcentury Ranches has been home to Dallas families since the late 1950s. Built by brothers Ike and Joe Jacobs and David G. Fox of Fox & Jacobs, the L-shaped Accent and Flair homes of the 1960s are present in several neighborhoods in North Dallas, especially along Marsh Lane.

These homes came in several variations of the same floorplan — some are around 1,500 square feet, some are closer to 1,900. Some had the option of a formal dining room or a fourth bedroom (which means your formal living room has a walk-in closet).  (more…)

A lot of Dallasites, especially the areas hardest hit by the freak storm last Sunday, have been a bit down in the mouth. The loss of so many majestic trees and the damage to so many homes and neighborhoods is a lot to bear. Need some cheering up? This adorable cottage in East Dallas should do the trick.

Located inside one of East Dallas’ most popular neighborhoods, Old Lake Highlands, this cutie packs quite the punch despite its modest size.

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East DallasAll over Dallas, you can still find adorable Midcentury cottages in the $200,000 to $400,000 range — but generally, it’s a mixed bag as to how move-in ready they are. Not so much with this East Dallas charmer we found for this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred.

And if the curb appeal and updated interiors weren’t enough, it’s also a great find because of its location — you can walk to Larry G. Smith Elementary, a school that got a B grade from the Texas Education Agency’s A-F rankings, and met standard with two distinctions. You’re also in the Bryan Adams High School feeder pattern.

There’s also something a little unusual about this Midcentury Cottage: It has a true master. So many of the original homes from this timeframe are three-bedroom, one-bath homes, so finding a home from this era with one is indeed a find. (more…)

Lake Highlands patio home

For this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we found this Lake Highlands patio home at 9646 Baseline Drive that’s a great lock-and-leave option for downsizers and frequent travelers, listed for $265,000 by Mitchell Sanders of Robert Elliott and Associates. (more…)

Capella ParkIf you’ve never heard of Capella Park, finding its white-picket fenced environs might seem like the answer to families (or even downsizers) that are looking for both affordability and a picturesque neighborhood but don’t want to sacrifice a shorter commute to downtown and other Dallas amenities.

Located near the Mountain Creek neighborhood, the master-planned community is just off West Kiest Boulevard between Mountain Creek Parkway and Spur 408, and adjacent to Dallas Baptist University, The Potter’s House, and more. It’s in Duncanville ISD, but has a Dallas address.

It was this listing at 3724 Prague Mews that first caught our eye and directed us to check out Capella Park. (more…)