open housesRealtors — did you know that every week, we solicit pitches for our various featured listing posts like the Tuesday Two Hundred, the weekly roundup of Open Houses, Thursday Three Hundred, Friday Four or Five Hundred, and more?

All you have to do to get in on the action is join our Facebook group, Getting the Dirt. It’s a great place to virtually mingle with fellow professionals, ask questions, lend a hand, and, yes, pitch stories to CandysDirt.com writers.

Take, for instance, this week’s three properties featured in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. After asking members to share their listings that would help someone meet a common New Year’s resolution, three Realtors pitched their open houses — and are now seeing them featured today.

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Midway Hills Ranch

You can’t tell a book by its cover, so if you think you know what’s behind the doors of this Midway Hills ranch home, I’ll place a bet you’re wrong. This 2,716-square-foot traditional ranch, at 3880 Whitehall Drive, was the American dream in 1962 when it was a custom build for some lucky homeowner.

Midway Hills Ranch

It passed through several hands over the years including Hugh Mullins. Mullins, you may remember, if you’ve been here a spell, flew through CEO positions at St. Johns Knits and Neiman’s before landing at the preppie paradise, Harold’s, now long gone, but never forgotten.

This Midway Hills ranch was Mullins bachelor pad after a divorce and rumor has it the bathroom is so large because he had a tanning bed installed. Move over George Hamilton! But we know he fell for this baby for the same reason everyone does, there’s a big, beautiful surprise when you step through those candy apple red front doors.

Midway Hills Ranch

There is a 1,100-square-foot architect-designed screened room with cathedral ceilings that opens off the family room. It overlooks a sparkling pool and backyard oasis reminiscent of Palm Springs.

“It’s tremendous,” the seller said. “It’s the size of an apartment. You could never dream up a space like this. Even if it is raining, you can sit back there and enjoy it and watch a thunderstorm.”

We’ve included a few photos of what this Midway Hills ranch looked like when the present owners purchased it, to show you how little these great homes need to bring them up to speed. Of course, it helps when you have homebuyers in creative industries, like our sellers. (more…)

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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It takes a bit of magic to snag a house in Fort Worth’s historic Berkeley Place. Most homes trade hands by word of mouth, and people stay put in the neighborhood. They simply up size or downsize as their lifestyles change. So, we were thrilled to discover our Inwood Home of the Week, a gorgeous, recently renovated Berkeley Place Colonial Revival at 2012 Ward Parkway. (more…)

 Bluffview Colonial Revival

It’s hard to imagine that Bluffview was originally a dairy farm with cows grazing on the rolling hills and drinking from Bachman Creek. Those lovely hilltops now feature beautiful homes instead of cows. However, when you see an estate like this 1938 Bluffview Colonial Revival at 4800 Shadywood Lane, it’s easy to imagine what life was like when the neighborhood began in 1924, because that same feeling of being out in the country prevails.
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glass house
There’s a little neighborhood you’d be hard pressed to find unless you were looking for it. Nestled in a slim strip of nature that backs up to the Katy Trail, it’s home to our Monday Morning Millionaire at 2706 Turtle Creek Boulevard—the most wonderful glass house you are ever going to find, anywhere in the world.
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modern shed

The 1980s were an odd time in architectural history. There were some incredibly bad designs, and then there were the great modern sheds, like our Inwood Home of the Week at 5706 Over Downs Drive on the northern fringes of Preston Hollow. (more…)

Life in downtown Dallas is vibrant with lots of residential real estate options, from industrial loft to chic and sleek in the sky. So much has changed over the past 10 years! 

In this week’s Splurge vs Steal, we’re looking at downtown Dallas living and two higher-end options. Which one is your favorite?  

 

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