splurge vs. stealHomes in the Highland Park ISD attendance zone are often sought after by families buying homes. But those homes can come with a hefty price tag, too.

Our Splurge vs Steal this week looks at two homes in the district’s attendance zone. Both have at least three bedrooms and are at least 2,200 square feet. Which one is your favorite?

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Gracious, upscale living has a new address in the heart of Dallas, with easy access to the Katy Trail, the Arts District, high-end shopping, and some of the city’s finest restaurants. 

Live above it all at the Residences at the Stoneleigh with dramatic views of downtown, a lush greenbelt, sunrises, and sunsets from your balcony at ​2300 Wolf St. The 22-story building is nestled between historic Turtle Creek and the energy of Uptown and offers a rare opportunity to totally customize a luxury high-rise unit. 

Floorplans range from 2,400 square feet to over 4,200 square feet of shell space — buyers can even combine units to create a home up to 15,000 square feet.

“It’s the perfect way to have total control over the design/build process and each shell will be hand-crafted by one Dallas’ finest homebuilders, TriArc Construction and Sharif & Munir,” said Stoneleigh Sales and Marketing Manger Donna Smith. “We’ve already sold over 60 percent of available units to buyers who understand what a one-of-a-kind property this is in Dallas.” 

Also available: turn-key, designer-finished homes with all of the details already in place in one of four floorplans. Buyers can work with their preferred interior designer or a recommended designer to select the perfect furnishings, too. Move-in ready homes mean the Residences at the Stoneleigh lifestyle can become a reality all the sooner. 

Now, I can’t go any further without mentioning the fabulous amenities! Jump to read all about them. 

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Splurge vs Steal: Two M-Streets Tudor Houses | CandysDirt.com

In Greenland Hills, we love the sight of a M-Streets Tudors, and the neighborhood doesn’t disappoint. Many appealing options line the streets. 

In today’s Splurge vs Steal, we’re looking at two of these houses, each one a delight. Bonus for families: both schools are in the attendance zone for the beloved Stonewall Jackson Elementary. Let’s take a look. 

 

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Kyle Crews (Urban Team/McKenzie), Meredith Leyendecker (Talley Dunn), Talley Dunn, Anne Crews (Kyle’s wife), Katy Tomaszczuk (McKenzie), Tammy Gribble (Urban Team/McKenzie), Sanders Avrea (Urban Team/McKenzie) and Trini Martinez (Talley Dunn)

If we have not told you before, we are telling you now: we are living differently in Dallas.

Baby boomers are leaving their large homes, shedding the most square footage consumption in the history of the world. No other generation has lived in such grand homes as have the Boomers. And when it comes time to exit those grand homes for downsized living, many living “the transition” are not sure that they want to buy a condo. They love the concept of less maintenance, smaller living spaces, and reduced clutter, but fear they may miss a home.

Enter the McKenzie, a new truly luxury apartment complex by StreetLights Residential that will be the first truly luxury high rise apartment in North Texas. 

“You won’t feel like you’re in an apartment,” says Kyle Crews, whose Allie Beth Allman Urban team is marketing the 183 unit building on Harvard, across the street from Allie Beth Allman’s world headquarters, just steps from the Katy Trail.  “The finish out is going to have a huge custom feel, and this is a perfect option for homeowners who are not yet completely sold on high rise living.”

The building will be complete this summer, but leases have already been signed, including one for a penthouse apartment.

The McKenzie’s neighbors — Javier’s, Talley Dunn Gallery, and Allie Beth Allman & Associates threw a Cinquo de Mayo celebration for their new neighbor last Saturday at Talley Dunn Gallery. Javier’s provided food and margaritas. The event was also a chance to view the work of two giant artists at the gallery, Joseph Glasco and Helen Altman. Jump for more event photos and take in the amazing art…

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Kevin Tally, a Dallas-based agent with more than a decade of North Texas real estate experience, recently joined Allie Beth Allman and Associates after spending the past three years at Rogers Healy and Associates.

Tally is one of the youngest “veterans” in the Dallas market. He earned his real estate license 10 years ago while still a high schooler in Fort Worth. Despite being accepted into both the University of Texas and TCU, he chose to forgo college and go to work in his hometown.

“I started thinking about it and said, ‘you know what? If I go to college, I’m going to get back into this field anyway because I really love real estate, construction, architecture and all of that,’” he said. “I took the summer off and then I started hustling.”

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Pearl of Preston Hollow Reduced $200K with Broker Open House Next Week | CandysDirt.com

Wow! I had absolutely no idea!

That’s what listing agents Ira Archer and Irmgard Arthur hear when people visit 4665 Meadowood Rd., also known as the Pearl of Preston Hollow. 

So what’s the amazement about? How about a 7,485-square-foot, five-bedroom mansion with immaculate style on 1.78 acres with a dramatic drive up, tennis court, swimming pool, guest house, and four-car garage? And all of that in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Dallas.

“This house is the whole package on almost two acres in Old Preston Hollow,” said Irmgard’s assistant Ira Archer. “The owners renovated everything in mansion with an eye for soft contemporary elegance and style that’s light and bright.”

To top it all off, they’ve reduced the price to $4.550 million (let’s compare that to the $36.2 million Mehrdad Moayedi paid for nearby Walnut Place recently and tell me this isn’t the deal of the decade!).

At a recent open house, brokers showed big interest in this one-of-a-kind property. And of course we had a StaffParty there last month. Let’s take a look around, shall we?

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Satisfy Your Real Estate Longings and Swing on by these Dallas Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

Temperatures may be dropping, but these DFW houses are hot, hot, hot.

We’re talking, of course, about our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties every Thursday. We scour the listings and pick three fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $699K to $1.599 million. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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holiday lights

(Photo courtesy Anthony Quintano/Flickr)

As Christmas approaches, so do the holiday parties — and chances are, there are some great neighborhood light displays to check out on your way to that ugly sweater party or that company dinner.

But how do you know for sure? Thanks to  Christine McKenny of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, and CandysDirt.com, you can check out our list of great cruising spots this holiday season. (more…)