Preston Trails Soft Contemporary Will Make Your Jaw Drop Among Dallas Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

Every week, we scour the listings and pound the pavement looking for the most impressive, unusual, and wonderful Dallas open houses to recommend for you that weekend. It’s our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column, where 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 $375,000 to $1.6 million. Will you be going to see them?

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Striking Rosser Terrace Renovation Hits All the High Notes Among Dallas Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

Every week, we’re pounding the pavement and scouring the web for the hottest North Texas properties. And every week, you’ll find them here! 

Our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column features 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 $345,000 to $975,000.  

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5603 Matalee Avenue in Dallas, TX is currently listed for $529,000 by Brenda White and Melissa White Smulyan of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’ International Realty.

When a special tip came in from one of our readers about this fabulous M Streets Colonial cottage, I couldn’t resist giving it the spotlight it deserves. This week’s Friday Five Hundred is situated on a quiet corner lot within walking distance to Greenville Avenue, and if you’re thinking “older home, small closets,” well, think again! (more…)

 

5422 Montrose Drive in Greenway Parks is currently listed for $2,075,000 by Gretchen Brasch and Elly Holder of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

Pay attention folks, this listing is hot, hot, hot! Ideally situated on a gracious lot in Greenway Parks, the 1925 Fooshee & Cheek Spanish Colonial Revival was designed by the architects responsible for Highland Park Village, and just hit the market for $2,075,000!

“This is Greenway Parks at its finest,” says listing agent Gretchen Brasch with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “It is a sincere pleasure to represent a property of this provenance and architectural interest. I feel certain we’ll quickly find a ready buyer to help this Fooshee & Cheek gem live on.”

Gretchen co-lists the estate with business partner Elly Holder – the pair are known for representing fine luxury estates in Dallas’ most desirable neighborhoods.

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The North Texas real estate market is full of hot properties, and we spend a lot of time obsessing over every beautiful and impressive detail we find. 

That’s why the CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column is such a pleasure to write. We get to write about one, two, three properties you’ve got to see this weekend. 

This week, our houses range in price from $285,000 to $799,999 and you’ll find an Oak Lawn townhome with a to-die-for rooftop deck, a Richardson Heights renovated cutie, and an under-$300K ranch. Tell us which one is your favorite and if you’re visiting!

 

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First Internationally Certified Passive House in Texas to Hit Market Monday | CandysDirt.com

Dallas gets some big bragging rights today as the first internationally certified Passive House in Texas goes on the market. If you don’t know what that is, listen up and prepare to be impressed with this tale of two men’s vision to bring a new building standard to the state. 

The Northwest Dallas house at 3846 Lively Cir. is 3,230 square feet on two stories. For the past several weeks, the air conditioning as been at 71 degrees and the heat at 69. Lights were burning bright, appliances were buzzing, and people were walking in and out as the property was prepared for sale. 

During all this activity, the house’s electricity usage has averaged $1 a day, about 90 percent less energy than a comparable structure built using standard techniques, says builder Connor Fagin, who with his father Kyle Fagin, owns Fagin Partners

“The Passive House originated in Germany and results in ultra-low energy usage,” said Connor. “We’ve got 14-inch thick [exterior] walls, an 18-inch thick roof, and even when we have a sharp temperature change outside, it takes about 24 hours for the heating or cooling system to have to turn on inside.” 

Built as a spec home, this Passive House uses leading-edge materials and “green” technology to create a comfortable, beautiful dwelling.

“This is a high-quality, well-made house — but it’s just a house if you don’t know anything more than that,” said listing agent Vicki White with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “But then you find out it’s the best of the best in Texas, something one-of-a kind, and it [creates] a whole different level of appreciation.” 

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From roughly the 1890s through the 1940s, America had a love affair with Tudor Revival-style houses. So much so that during the 1920s, about a quarter of all new residential builds across the country were Tudor-styled. These houses offer true craftsmanship and attention to detail, which is part of their appeal. 

The Depression tanked new construction, so the Tudor went on the back burner. A decade later, when we needed to build a lot of houses fast for returning GIs, this labor- and material-intensive house was passed over for other styles. 

Many still stand in North Texas neighborhoods. In this week’s Splurge vs. Steal, we’ve found two University Park Tudor Revival-style houses. Each offers quintessential elements of the style, from steeply pitched and asymmetrical rooflines to a hand-crafted look you just can’t fake. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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Custom Landscaping Is Just the Beginning at this Kiestwood Estates Renovation | CandysDirt.com

One of the largest concentrations of intact midcentury houses in Dallas can be found in an Oak Cliff neighborhood many people have never heard of, Kiestwood Estates. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 2529 Woodmere Dr. is a 1955 ranch-style midcentury in this wonderful part of the city, set among rolling hills and wooded lots. Custom landscaping and an amazing drive-up is just the beginning in this home, which has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, two dining areas, and 1,860 square feet on one story. There is an open house this Sunday, Feb. 18, from 2-4 p.m. Would you like a sneak peek?

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