What’re you over-paying for a 1,000-square-foot apartment on the east side of Turtle Creek? Cross the creek and see this 1,025-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bathroom, sixth-floor condo at 3701 Turtle Creek.  It’s a block off Blackburn … you know the street that runs through West Village … and the street that takes you two blocks to Turtle Creek Village with Paul Martin’s and Tom Thumb.

Unit 6C is listed with Grant Vancleve with Briggs Freeman for just $179,900. Let’s add in a mortgage of $680, HOA dues of $616, and taxes of approximately $300 per month.  That’s $1,596 per month and it includes utilities.  That same apartment plus utilities in Uptown is running how much?  Yeah, I thought so.

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3715 Miles St.

3715 Miles St.

I sold my beloved home in May and have been keeping my eyes peeled for little cottage with a yard where my baby, pets, and I could call home. My eyes are still peeled – as I’m sure you’re aware, it’s a crazy market with limited inventory and high prices. However, I did come across this little gem with the help of a friend with an eye and impeccable taste.

Listed at $400,000, it’s above my limit for a fixer-upper at this point, but my oh my the visions I have for this sweet cottage.

3715 Miles St. is located on the edge of West Highland Park. Well, maybe more like off Lemmon Ave. It’s being sold as a tear down with the value in the land, as new houses and multi-family living are going up around it. But it hurts my heart to think of this precious cottage being torn down. (more…)

1818 W. Colorado New Front

This red brick beauty at 1818 W. Colorado is one of Stevens Park Estates original Colonial-styled estates. Built in 1935, this gorgeous home was a real trendsetter. Today it is just as stylish, with three bedrooms, four baths, a detached two-car garage, and a gated drive.

The exterior of the home has been kept as true to period as possible, says owner John D. Murray of Dallas City Center Realtors, who has listed this beautiful 3,720-square-foot estate in one of Dallas’ most sought after neighborhoods for $775,000. The roof sports Ludowici tile that has a earthy patina you’d expect from a similar property in New England, and the curb appeal is unreal thanks to the expansive front lawn and lush landscaping. Inside, though, it’s colorful and full of texture and light.

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415 blondy jhune extTrue story: I was sitting on an airplane Sunday night, heading back to Dallas, working on this blog post. The woman next to me looks over my shoulder (we were NOT in First Class!) and says, oh we have looked at that house! It’s gorgeous!

I start to talk with her about real estate. Guess where her family wants to move? Lucas or Fairview. Guess how old this woman is? Late 30’s. Three children. She recently started being a stay-at-home mom after a busy career. I ask her if, as the demographers and City Huggers claim, she doesn’t want to flock to the urban core? Doesn’t she want to shed her car and bike the kids all over town?

She looked at me as if I had just spilled my wine on her. No, she told me, we want more space around us. Kind of getting sick of people, at least so close by. We’d love a spread like this one on Blondy Jhune and we’d really love some land around us. Her husband wasn’t thrilled about a commute on 75, but some days, he was working remotely.

So here at 415 Blondy Jhune Road you have an amazing, coveted home on 2.01 acres with it’s own pond and fountain for $1,095,000. How more earth-friendly can you get? Built in 2014, the home is practically brand new. The interior amenities will blow your mind at this price point: hidden alcoves, a laundry chute, dual dishwashers, state-of-the-art electronics, kitchen, cabinets, finishes, and 5456 square feet. The home is built on 110 piers on slab, even in the driveway and garage. The game and media rooms are upstairs and separated from the bedrooms for noise limitation, and no finished space or rooms over the master suite allow for quiet seclusion. Listed with the one and only (he really is, in this neck of the woods) Tom Grisak at Keller Williams. (more…)

10181 daria drive putting greenNo matter what your opinion of George W. Bush, he was our president for two terms and he has defined the Darias, both Lane and Place, as his kingdom. His presence on the street makes for ever greater security and scrutiny, which neighbors really like. Besides, when he’s out of town, the gates are usually open.  This home is a brand new custom build a few doors down by that genius home builder Dennis Mullinex, a CandysDirt-approved builder, just completed in 2013. Which practically makes it brand new. The owners are from Wisconsin, and this was built as a second home for them to be near their children. It has a huge lawn (.91 acres), a stunning pool and a putting green. You will note the layout makes this a perfect home for grandparents: a lot of living is downstairs, including a to-die for master suite, bath, and closet. The upstairs is suited for grown visiting children with their own little ones. However, that is not to say this could not also be a fabulous family home. With more than 7200 square feet of perfection, I think a whole brood could live here quite nicely.

It also has a most unique safe room. The door is actually a huge, heavy door from a safe taken out of a bank in Wisconsin.

“The hardest part was not installing it,” Dennis told me, “It was hauling it here. That door safe is heavy!”

Daria Safe

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1415 Lansford Front

I was complaining to a friend recently about how far prices have gone up in North Oak Cliff, putting many homes — even the ones that aren’t perfectly updated — out of reach for many people. Of course, when I was at an event showing off a brand new modern custom home in Kessler Park — more on that later! — I lamented the lack of truly affordable real estate in the area.

It was none other than Steve Habgood that set me straight. According to Steve, principal at the Hewitt & Habgood team at Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, you just have to know where to look. Just south of where Tyler Street turns to Vernon, and close to the DART rail tracks and Cedar Creek is this fantastic little neighborhood in a private-feeling and heavily treed pocket of Oak Cliff. It’s called Elwood, and I’m sure you’ve heard us talk about it before!

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6326 LakehurstAn unknown builder built 6326 Lakehurst several years ago, and I went to see it when it was brand new. At the time I was editing DallasDirt for D Magazine, and I know I wrote about this house. He kind of went over the top and then. just. stopped. building. Well, that was a familiar story back in those days.

Unfortunately, I cannot find the story I wrote, but when I walked into Lakehurst, it was like seeing an old college friend or boyfriend after so many years. The vibes just swelled and I felt comfortable, familiar again. Like I might just move into one of the humongo rooms and never leave.

Let’s face it: this is a big house, big mama, a house that is so perfect for a large family: three teenage boys or girls. Or a family with elderly parents who want to live in with them but still have their privacy. This would also be a great home for blended families. (more…)

1730 JT Ottinger extAllie Beth Allman’s Lille Young has this one nailed — she’s the listing agent to sell former MLB pitcher Kenny Roger’s vast and amazing Westlake estate at 1730 JT Ottinger Road, on 24 acres, designed by our Richard Drummond Davis. The listing is brand spanking new and on the market at a whopping $14.697 million big ones. The home itself is 12,316 square feet and features five bedrooms, six full and four half baths, nine fireplaces (wow!), pool, entertainment pavilion, equestrian center, ponds, guest house and of course a high tech security system.

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