New blood. That’s how neighborhoods change and progress. Child-friendly neighborhoods mature, children grow and leave, parents downsize, younger families move in – all very Lion King. High-rises have the same issues, but while interior renovations are under an owner’s control, the common areas are subject to the cheapness or largess of the community.

I’ve said in the past that Plaza I and II didn’t appear to be keeping up with other high-rises when it comes to renovation. That’s apparently changing. The sallow hallways are about to be refreshed with the outdoor Pavilion already complete.

One thing that doesn’t need a renovation is the view over the Mansion Park area of Oak Lawn. All that green you see to the right? It’s the yard for the modern home behind it. It’s like being across the street from a park. I know at street level, it appears to be an empty lot waiting for a mansion to land on it, but nope, it’s green space just for you (sorta). If you’re wondering about the coming Toll Brothers building, fear not, it will be out of sight around the corner.

On the inside, I had the pleasure of touring a gutted and renovated unit 501 with listing agent Sue Krider from Allie Beth Allman priced at $674,000. Krider knows CandysDirt.com readers thrill at seeing a good renovation, but before we get to the goodies, this unit contains 1,305 square feet within its one bedroom and one full and one half bathroom footprint. (I like to put all the details in one place for when you fall in love.)

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Highland Park English TudorThere are homes that are meant to be preserved, loved, cared for, and kept intact — from generation to generation. Our Monday Morning Millionaire at 4311 Arcady Avenue is a Highland Park English Tudor that is the very definition of such a home. (more…)

North Dallas Contemporary

Our Inwood Home of the Week at 4150 Shady Hill Drive is a breath of fresh air. Sleek, chic and unique, it’s a North Dallas contemporary that has been completely remodeled, sits on an enormous 125 by 130 lot, and could not be in a better location. (more…)

Mediterranean Eclectic MansionOur Monday Morning Millionaire at 3428 Beverly Drive is an iconic, architecturally significant, Highland Park Mediterranean eclectic mansion that has a rich dramatic history. Designed by legendary architect Hal Thomson in 1920, this house has so many stories to tell you better grab a big cuppa, turn off the phone, and sit down.

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Modern Colonial Revival

So often you find a house that’s in a perfect neighborhood, like our Inwood Home of the Week, at 3709 Hanover Street in University Park. It’s the right size, the right style, and has all the elements to suit a family. It also offers great entertaining spaces. But it needs a refresh, and you don’t have time. So, how great is this University Park modern Colonial Revival that has already been through the refresh, and is move-in ready? It’s also an absolutely perfect example of how you take a great house and make it even better. Talk about a score! (more…)

Dallas PalaceWalking through the grand entrance of 9006 Douglas Avenue is like stepping into a fairytale. There are very few homes that merit the use of the word “palace” and this is one of them. This home has been referred to as “The Mansion” for years. That in no way prepares you for what you will experience once you cross the threshold. So, we’re re-christening this palatial Mediterranean resort-style home as the “Dallas Palace.” (more…)

Classic Contemporary Urban Villa
Remember our mantra about buying the home of a builder or an architect, or a designer? We have a home run for you today. Our Inwood Home of the Week at 4310 Abbott Avenue is one of the most cutting-edge classic contemporary urban villas we’ve ever seen. (more…)

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we 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 $355,000 to $1,889,000. You’ll find a range of beauties, from the Forest Place transitional house pictured above to an awesome Claremont renovation. 

 

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