Webster Grove HomeToday’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a home in Northwest Dallas that went from cluttered and cramped to contemporary and classy in a substantial recent renovation.

The Webster Grove house at 3233 Dothan Ln., near Royal and Webb Chapel lanes, was an outdated ranch, built in 1961 and looking worn. It’s a 3-2 with 1,625 square feet, but felt smaller.

New owners bought the house in May and gave it an overhaul, from a new roof and hardscape work, to opening up the floorplan inside and adding stylish amenities that make it stand out. It has many similarities to a new-build, but with the benefits of being in an established neighborhood.3233 Dothan exterior beforeOn the outside, only nice thing about the curb appeal used to be those irises (I do hope they dug them up and replanted them elsewhere). Now, a new sidewalk, painted brick facade, new columns on the front porch, and new windows give the place a clean, fresh look. When the landscaping fills in, it will be even better.

It was listed Friday by Danny Scott with Watermark Real Estate Group for $294,900.

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Buckner TerraceWhen people think “East Dallas,” the neighborhoods that usually spring to mind are big names, like Lakewood, Forest Hills, Swiss Avenue, and Junius Heights.

But a little further east and south of White Rock lake is the hidden jewel of Buckner Terrace, where prices are more affordable than many other East Dallas neighborhoods. The homes there are mostly one-and two-story ranches, with lots of interior space, large lots, and mature oak, magnolia, and pecan trees. From many of the streets in Buckner Terrace, you can catch a peek of the downtown Dallas skyline—it’s only five miles away.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred hasn’t hit the market yet—it lists Thursday—so we’re getting an exclusive first look at the renovated beauty at 5727 Marview Ln., in the Everglade Park area of Buckner Terrace, near Jim Miller Road and Samuell Boulevard.

This traditional 1970’s ranch has taken on a new modern look with a comfortable and fluid floorplan, warm and welcoming color palette, and meticulous attention to what many of today’s buyers want: natural materials, clean lines, and timeless finishes. It is steeped in natural light, and the soft whites and grays can be seen throughout the 2,258 square feet of living space.

The owner is an architect and artist and has implemented his vision into the redesign of the house to bring it into living with a modern, funky style (and if you love something you see, take note. All the furnishings in this home are all for sale, including the art).

It will be listed Thursday for $249,900 by Mark Manley of Virginia Cook, Realtors, a longtime resident of the neighborhood himself. Get your offers ready!

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Kings Highway CraftsmanOne of the most appealing things about North Oak Cliff (in a long list of wonderful, charming things) is that every house is like a snowflake: special and unique. No cookie-cutter, boring real estate here.

So the fact that we’re in the same Kings Highway Conservation District neighborhood for this week’s Thursday Three Hundred as last week’s house might give you a moment of déjà vu, but these North Oak Cliff Craftsman houses each have their own personality and style.

Today’s house is at 906 N. Edgefield Ave., a 3-2 built in 1925 with 1,558 square feet and a master bedroom addition that adds a private retreat and second bathroom to the home.Kings Highway CraftsmanThe house is a half mile west of Kidd Springs Park, with its large spring-fed lake, a swimming pool, softball field, butterfly garden, and a rec center that overlooks the lake. A half mile to the east of the house is the Stevens Park Golf Course, often referred as the “Little Augusta” of North Texas.

The wide, open front porch is a friendly welcome for visitors, and a porch swing promises relaxing family time. This house is newly listed by Ged Dipprey at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $315,000.

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Chapel Downs HomeDallas houses built in the 1960s aren’t generally known for their wide, open floorplans. But it’s a top “want” on today’s buyer wishlist, so a renovation that makes it happen is a smart choice.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred shows us a wonderful example of taking a 1966 house and reworking the interior to be spacious and open. The house at 10039 Pensive Dr. in Northwest Dallas is four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and 2,303 square feet. The common spaces—living room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast area—have had almost all interior walls removed to make one huge room. What a difference it makes!Chapel Downs HomeIt’s located in the Chapel Downs neighborhood, a community of 334 homes established in the early 1960s. According to the Chapel Downs Neighborhood Association, the majority of homes in the area are single-story ranch-style homes ranging from 2,000 to 2,500 square feet. The neighborhood is characterized by pleasant homes with comfortable front, back, and side yards with mature trees and plenty of green grass. The borders of Chapel Downs are loosely Walnut Hill Lane on the south, Webb Chapel Road to the East, Carry Back Circle to the North, and Goodyear Drive to West.

Fun fact: The original neighborhood developer was a horse racing fan and named many of the streets after winning horses at the Kentucky Derby, like Carry Back (1961 Kentucky Derby and Preakness), Citation (1948 Triple Crown Winner), Venetian Way (1960 Kentucky Derby), and Pensive (1944 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes).

The overall feel of the house is fresh, modern, and bright. This beauty is newly listed by Philip Hobson with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty Texas for $349,000.

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updated lake highlands

All photos: Shoot2Sell

“Home is the nicest word there is,” proclaimed pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder, and we agree with the sentiment. It’s particularly true when it’s a house as lovely as the updated Lake Highlands home at 10836 Ferndale Rd.

From the street, it looks friendly, with a big front yard, large trees, and a freshly painted exterior. But the interior is what really wows, with a vaulted ceiling in the living room anchored by a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace, a totally updated kitchen, and a crisp, clean look throughout. Built in 1967, this traditional has been extensively renovated to reflect a more contemporary look and feel.

This 4-4 has 2,526 square feet on two stories, with a well-planned layout: the master and one bedroom are downstairs; the open staircase leads to a landing overlooking the den with its vaulted ceiling; the kitchen has new appliances, granite countertops, a breakfast area, and a huge pantry.

This house went under contract days after being listed by Kevin Caskey at Dallas City Center Realtors for $365,000, so let’s take a look at what made it such a hot item. (more…)

Alger Park MidcenturyA brand-new listing caught my eye this week, an adorable Midcentury Modern in East Dallas’ Alger Park. The house at 9832 Mercer Dr. has lots of original details from its 1952 construction, like a stacked stone fireplace, Terrazzo floors, retro kitchen, and vintage tiled bathrooms.

With its open floorplan, two bedrooms, and 1.5 bathrooms, this home feels more spacious than its 1,544 square feet. A wall of windows along the back of the house looks out onto a heavily treed, landscaped backyard. A small covered patio and lots of grass provide great space for relaxation or entertaining.

There’s a broker open house tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon for this house, listed last week by Cortney Bailey at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $259,000. Better move fast if you’re interested—properties in this great neighborhood move quickly!

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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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If it were possible to kidnap a house, I’d be down in North Oak Cliff in a heartbeat with a truck.

Actually, I want the fireplace and I want it NOW!

When I first saw the listing, which is new, I about died. I emailed the agent feverishly and asked who the interior designers were who owned this home — so talented!

“The owners are a wonderful young couple with an eye for the aesthetic,” said Brian.  “Where else can a person get 2700 updated square feet with a pool on an excellent block of an excellent neighborhood for $369k???” 

And as an indication of how wonderful the community is, the neighbor’s kids set up an OJ stand and played the violin for guests at Brian’s Open House this past Sunday!

I’m probably going to O/D you on photos, but here’s what you need to know about 1015 North Clinton Ave:

It’s in the beautiful Kessler area of North Oak Cliff, walking distance to the Stevens Park Golf Course and significant parks, as well as to the Bishop Arts District. Period details include a large brick fireplace in the sunny living room, hardwoods throughout, and spacious room sizes. A large first floor room serves as either a study or third bedroom, in addition to a great family room with access to the sparkling pool. Two-car garage has a bonus. Built in 1924, pier and beam, updated, three bedrooms, three baths.

We should really start a CandysDirt wager on how long before this angel goes under contract, but I think that might be illegal, especially when I post it. But seriously, I bet there’s a full price contract come Sunday.

Just tell that darling neighbor kid to get out his violin! (I played violin! It’s hard!)

Price — you won’t believe: $369,000.