We’ve scoured the listings and pounded the pavement, looking for the open houses you’ve got to see this weekend! It’s our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column and we’re here to help. 

This week, our houses range in price from $320,000 to $1.450 million. Will you visit them? 



Splurge vs. Steal: Over 3000 Square Feet in Dallas for Under Half a Million Bucks | CandysDirt.com

If living large is part of your American dream, then homeownership needs to come with a lot of space. But every square foot costs more money, and houses over 3,000 square feet are more often found in the luxury property category in North Texas. 

But not always. In today’s Splurge vs. Steal, we’ve discovered two Dallas houses with over 3,000 square feet, each listed for under half a million dollars. One is far north, the other deep east. Both offer ample room (after room) to spread out and stretch your legs. Which one is your favorite? 



New Lakewood Contemporary | CandysDirt.com

The new Lakewood contemporary at 6967 Kenwood Ave. is one of our three featured open houses this week.

Land value near White Rock Lake, especially on the southeast side, has skyrocketed in value in recent years. So much so that lots of older homes are being torn down to make way for new construction.

The new Lakewood contemporary that tops our Dallas open houses roundup is an example of that trend. This house is one of three we’re looking at today, which range in price from $339K to $1.299 million. 


6855 Arboreal Front

Merriman Park is a fabulous neighborhood. It’s just off Northwest Highway, south of Skillman and east of Abrams, so you’re a short drive from everything. It’s actually within walkin distance of the White Rock DART Rail station, too.

It’s close kin to it’s neighbor across Northwest Highway — University Manor — except that the topography is a little more hilly and the streets are a little better maintained. I do love how this is a fabulous enclave of 1960s ranch architecture.

6855 Arboreal Dining

One of my longtime friends lives in Merriman Park and wouldn’t live anywhere else. They’ve renovated their ranch to make it more modern and definitely more livable, just as the owners of 6685 Arboreal have. This home has tons of fabulous updates that make it feel absolutely posh, such as that awesome chandelier in the dining room!

6855 Arboreal Living

Here are the stats: four bedrooms, two bathrooms, formal living and dining, and a two-car garage with 2,220 square feet. Every inch is just fantastic, no? There are new hardwoods throughout, gorgeous designer paint, and a new roof, too. It’s marketed by Alan Hamilton of Dallas City Center Realtors for $359,000.

6855 Arboreal Kitchen

The kitchen is gorgeous, with new cabinets, coordinating granite counters and tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. Really, the only thing that bugs me about the kitchen is the electric range. If you’re going to upgrade your appliances, real home chefs want gas! Still, it’s a beautiful galley that feels sleek.

6855 Arboreal Master

The master bedroom is modest at 15×12, but it’s still a looker. But that’s not why I love the master suite. I love because, holy heck, that bathroom is incredible. I love the angled shower with the window, the platform atop which sits a claw-foot tub, and that wainscotting is so stinking cool! AND LOOK! THERE’S A CHANDELIER IN HERE TOO!

6855 Arboreal Master Bath

The backyard is great, too, with lush landscaping and a great deck for entertaining. There’s also a small shop in the backyard for working on projects, because hey, that’s a thing! (We’ll forgive that Texas Tech emblem hanging on their back wall, though!)

Don’t you love this home, too?

6855 Arboreal Backyard