ElmwoodAs property values climb in Dallas, the $200,000 range is often considered the sweet spot now for first-time buyers — and we found a perfect perch in Elmwood for this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred.

But it’s not just a perfect location (more on that in a minute) that sets this two-bedroom, one-bath home apart from the other starters out there — it’s also been updated extensively.

“What makes this house so special is its charm and character,” listing agent Brian Davis with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s said of 2042 Rugged Drive. “From the moment you drive up, the color of the shutters and front door, the white picket railing on the front porch, the covered sitting area, and the views of the greenbelt draw you in.

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In Oak Cliff’s Elmwood neighborhood, you can live a life of high style in the incredible abode of an interior designer. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 1814 Lansford Ave. sits on a creek front lot on nearly a quarter acre near Wright Street and South Edgefield Avenue. City owned property beyond the survey line makes it feel like a private park in back. Inside, you’ll find an open entertaining area and beautiful hardwood floors with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 1,782 square feet on two stories, sitting on 0.234 acres. 

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How’d you like to have Candy Evans for a neighbor, stopping by for a cuppa now and again? Let’s get real, it’s more likely going to be a glass of champagne! Our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is a gorgeous Preston Haven Estates contemporary at 11414 Parkchester Drive and it’s hop, skip, and a jump from your favorite blogger.

Listed by Brian Davis with The Davis Home Team at  Weichert Realtors, Watson & Associates just days ago for $1.699 million, it’s an absolutely wonderful family home inside and out.

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Our Thursday Three Hundred, a gorgeous renovation in Wynnewood North, shows the powers of great design in marketing a home just hitting the market. This beauty went under contract in two days!

Located at 527 S. Manus Dr. near West Claredon Drive and South Zang Boulevard in North Oak Cliff, this midcentury ranch was masterfully renovated by Oak Cliff residents Jen and Matt Zafros of CO/co.  to combine contemporary convenience and period character. The bright, open floorplan has updated windows and doors, refinished original hardwoods throughout, a period brick fireplace, and updated master bathroom. The kitchen is the focal point of the home, with incredible farmhouse style and modern conveniences.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,980 square feet on one story, built in 1954.

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If you appreciate a house with history, character, and serious style, then feast your eyes on our Thursday Three Hundred, which has all in abundance.

The 1924 Elmwood cottage at 1227 Lansford Ave. is a masterpiece, a perfect marriage of its vintage charms with modern amenities, creating a stylish farmhouse look for just over $300K. It totally nails to “barnitecture” trend. And like any farmhouse, this house has wonderful outdoor spaces — the front of the home overlooks the Elmwood greenbelt and Cedar Creek, and the backyard has a large entertaining areas and firepit.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,516 square feet, fully reimagined with an decorator’s eye: think hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, shiplap walls and ceilings, and chic barn doors.

It was listed June 24 by Brian Davis with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $319,000.

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Dallas ISD's Board of Trustees voted Thursday to OK the purchase of 9400 N. Central Expressway. (Photo: Bethany Erickson)

Dallas ISD’s Board of Trustees voted Thursday to OK the purchase of 9400 N. Central Expressway. (Photo: Bethany Erickson)

As you’ve probably read by now, the Dallas Independent School District’s Board of Trustees voted 5-3 last night to purchase the building at 9400 N. Central Expressway in a bid to consolidate the district’s various departments that are currently spread all over Dallas County.

We can debate the merits of having a building where hundreds of employees will be able to work under one roof for the first time in probably more than 50 years, but that was done for quite some time last night.

Instead, I’d like to talk about something else that came to light (actually, I’ve heard the confusion from many a homeowner about this time every year, too) at this meeting — folks don’t know there’s a difference between the appraisal value Dallas County Appraisal District uses for taxation, and a fair market value appraisal. (more…)

The extra expenses beyond mortgage and insurance can add up, costing the average U.S. homeowner more than $9,000 per year.

The extra expenses beyond mortgage and insurance can add up, costing the average U.S. homeowner more than $9,000 per year.

At CandysDirt, we love real estate and we love homeownership! But with a house comes expenses beyond the mortgage and insurance. For the unprepared buyer, these can be a rude surprise. And nobody likes those.

We’ve seen it before: First-time homebuyers focusing solely on the list price of a house when deciding how much they can afford, and then being shocked by all of the other costs associated with homeownership (hello, water heater/new roof/foundation repairs!). These extra or hidden costs are often the most stressful part about owning a home.

“Those in-the-know are wise to set aside an emergency account, because regardless of age, price point, or quality of construction, issues are going to arise, whether it a 100-year-old house, or a 100-day-old house,” said Realtor Brian Davis of Dave Perry-Miller InTown. “When those issues happen, they’re not always inexpensive and you’re wise to have money saved up for that rainy day.”

We happened upon a new study by Zillow and Thumbtack that identifies a variety of common home expenses — both unavoidable and optional — that often get overlooked during initial budgeting. They calculated what homeowners could spend each year to cover these costs in their area. While these extra expenses might seem small individually, they add up quickly, to the tune of $9,477 for the average American homeowner.

“One thing I’ve stated doing this past year for new homebuyers is having them look at properties $10,000 less than what they’ve been approved for so they have some credit or buying power if they have to do repairs later,” said Elaine Copeland, an Ebby Halliday Realtor. “That also gives them some money for fixing it up—a lot of houses are sold ‘as is,’ and if buyers purchase $10,000 to $20,000 below [their max mortgage approval], they can better manage their budget in the long run. The best thing for a Realtor to do is advise them to do everything affordably.”

So just what are those extra or hidden expenses? Let’s take a look.

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North Oak Cliff bungalowIt’s not often in our Tuesday Two Hundred we get to wonder if a house was designed by noted Dallas architect Charles Dilbeck, but today we can.

The California-style bungalow at 914 Westmount Ave. near Fort Worth Avenue and Westmoreland Road has irregular brickwork and woodwork that has led some to believe this may have been designed by Dilbeck himself. North Oak Cliff bungalowWhether it’s a Dilbeck, or Dilbeck-inspired, this North Oak Cliff home is simply stunning. It’s a 2-2 with 1,445 square feet built in 1946, and it has undergone an impressive transformation with recent renovations. Think polished concrete floors, original refinished hardwoods, an open floorplan, spa-like bathrooms, sexy light fixtures, and a backyard with a lovely pergola surrounded by fruit trees and flowers.

It gets even better when you see the list price: $199,500, almost too low for the Tuesday Two Hundred! It’s newly listed by Brian Davis at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and I’ll bet it goes under contract quicker than you can say, “Great location, great price, gorgeous amenities!”

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