Why consider renovating an old house in Corsicana?

The small town off of Interstate 45 between Dallas and Waco is familiar to some Dallasites, if only for the stigma-defying fruitcake at its Collin Street Bakery.  But recently, Corsicana has been enjoying quite a different sort of buzz — a downtown art center, 100 West, or 100W, as it is known, is calling attention to the community, and in a good way. An artist and writer’s residency program offers space and support for promising creatives. Gallery space is springing up. Shops and restaurants are being cultivated in the historic downtown.

Corsicana was a thriving metropolis in oil boom years of the early 1900s. Wealthy residents built lovely houses. Many still exist and are good prospects for renovation. It’s a chance to get in on the ground floor of the promising renaissance of a small town. See an example of a house which would make a lovely bed and breakfast, or second home under an hour away from Dallas-Fort Worth. Read more on SecondShelters.com now.

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If you like the idea of having a home on the range but can’t imagine living in the middle of nowhere, you might take a look at Corsicana. The first oil boom town in Texas, it was founded in 1848 and by the early 1900s it was one of the top 10 cities in the nation with the most millionaires. It’s stuck to its small-town roots ever since.

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YouTube marketing

Ebby Halliday Realtor Cynthia Lopez knows a thing or two about smart real estate marketing.

The tech-savvy agent uses YouTube marketing as a way to promote her listings, in addition to the normal online channels, like Zillow, realtor.com, and Trulia.

“All of my listings go on YouTube. Everything nowadays is very visual and when buyers are looking at properties [online], they flip through so many pictures, it can all become a blur,” Lopez said. “I have found the YouTube video brings some life to it and give more a depth. It’s worked really well for my listings, and I get lots of great comments from it.”

YouTube marketing also helps her get houses under contract fast. Take, for example, our Tuesday Two Hundred, a Richardson house at 2001 Linda Ln. Lopez listed it last Thursday and accepted a contract on Saturday. Check out her video here:

The house is a 4-2 with 1,994 square feet on a big corner lot. It’s located in the Richardson Telecom Corridor area near Jupiter and Collins Boulevard, minutes from Raytheon and BlueCross, as well as huge mixed-use development CityLine. Its elementary school, Yale, gets an 8 out of ten score from GreatSchools.org, and Apollo Junior High earns a 7.

This house has interior updates and a swimming pool in back. Lots to offer, and listed for $236,000.

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L-Streets Midcentury

All photos of the renovated house: Shoot2Sell

Jane Austen once wrote, “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”

That’s particularly true when your home is a thing of beauty, like today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 10229 Lynford Dr., near Northwest Highway and Ferndale. This renovated L-Streets midcentury has a crisp, warm palette and welcoming feel.

This certainly wasn’t the case when Kari and Justin LaRusch bought the house in 2010 (see the “before” photo after the jump for proof!). It was dated and dull, with weird paint choices, like road-stripe yellow in the kitchen. But the bones were good, and Kari, and interior designer with Slocum Street design firm Laura Lee Clark, saw potential.

“We came in knowing that we wanted to change everything,” Kari said. “The original hardwood floors looked great, but we painted everything and put in all new landscaping.”

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The LaRusch Family

The result is a cheerful, well-appointed space that looks bigger than its 1,213 square feet. Kari’s designer expertise is evident everywhere, from carefully planned details in the kitchen to an updated bathroom that maintains its vintage charm.

This 3-1 midcentury is zoned for the highly rated Lake Highlands Elementary in Richardson ISD, another big selling point—it’s one of the reasons the LaRusch family originally bought the house. And since it’s just been reduced by $6,250 to $258,750, this is affordable luxury (Kevin Caskey at Dallas City Center Realtors is the listing agent) .

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3725 Pageant Place

Interstate 635 is a 37-mile-long partial loop around Dallas, but for some Dallasites, it’s a magical dividing line only crossed with great protest. The area located “outside the loop” is considered a vast no man’s land full of scary things, like suburban malaise and way too many Olive Gardens.

For those who subscribe to that sentiment, today’s Tuesday Two Hundred won’t be frightening at all. The house at 3725 Pageant Pl. is a 4-2 located inside the loop near Marsh and Forest lanes, newly listed by Hanne Sagalowsky at Ebby Halliday’s Little White House office for $239,900.

This 1965 ranch is on a cul-de-sac and has 1,805 square feet, a good-sized backyard with mature trees, and a stone patio covered by a large pergola and a spa hot tub.

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The interior has lots of bright, open living spaces, a wood-burning fireplace, and big bedrooms, as well as blonde hardwood floors in living room, dining room, hall, master bedroom, one other bedroom.

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7319 Bennington Front

Let’s do the Time Warp again, folks! This time, we are headed over to the University Terrace neighborhood that is sandwiched between the Blue Line DART Rail tracks and Northwest Highway. This lovely enclave of 1950s traditionals has seen a lot of flips and updates lately, thanks to the upwardly mobile population looking to move into the Lakewood Elementary attendance area.

This house, though, with its mature trees and adorable shutters, has remained largely untouched!

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(Photos: Shoot2Sell)

(Photos: Shoot2Sell)

I can say that, besides maybe doing a slightly different kitchen island (I’d go for something that blends with the hardwood floors instead of white) this is exactly the transitional style home for me. Not only does it have a fantastic layout thanks to an open living/dining/kitchen area right when you walk into the home, but it is staged so well, with just the right amount of color and style to make the spaces feel clean and open without feeling cluttered.

And boy, does this cutie have some serious curb appeal! Just look at that welcoming orange front door and that lovely stone and rock pathway!

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Tax-free weekend has come and gone, and the new school year looms like the dark clouds above us. Well, at least that’s the case if you’re young enough to be heading back to school. I’m sure there are several mothers and fathers and caregivers out there that are intensely delighted about the impending school year.

Perhaps, though, there’s a family out there that is craving more space, whose young tribe needs a home with room to stretch and play in a great Dallas ISD attendence zone, to boot. For those kind of needs, I think University Terrace is a perfect neighborhood. This quiet enclave of ranch homes sandwiched by Northwest Highway and DART’s Blue Line tracks is full of great properties that have been meticulously updated.

The average property value of University Terrace is in the middle range for the Lakewood area, averaging in the mid $200K to $300K range. There’s an active crime watch and tons of young families. You’re really close to shopping, with the Medallion Center just down Northwest Highway, and if cycling is your thing, White Rock Lake is a stone’s throw away.

For all those commuters out there, you’re within walking distance of the White Rock DART station, which will save you money and headaches! If you have misgivings about living close to a DART line, know this: The right-of-way for the tracks includes a greenbelt separating homes from the rails. And the trains are pretty quiet, too.

The house itself, 7318 Rockhurst Drive, is 2,227 square feet and move-in ready. The kitchen is fully updated, with gleaming tile, fresh counters, and stainless steel appliances, including built-in double ovens. You can tell from the openness, there’s been extensive remodeling. The kitchen, living, and dining rooms flow together, all brightened by two full-light double doors leading to the covered patio, which is perfect for parties.

There are three bedrooms and two baths, and a den that is a great family room right off of the kitchen. I honestly wouldn’t change a thing about the house, because with kids just starting school who has the time?!