4433 Hyer: Move-in ready four-year-old flip (All Photos: Shoot2Sell Real Estate Photography)

Boooooo! It’s Halloween and time for a little trick or treat. And every kid knows the best candy is in the ritzy neighborhoods like Park Cities, so off we go!

If you’re trying to squeak your way into University Park for the schools and bragging rights, I’ve got the two least-expensive, single-family listings not on a major road. Located on opposite sides of University Park and constructed in 1936 and 1941, these homes took quite different journeys to reach today. Of course both have been upsized from their humble roots from when University Park supported a variety of income levels.

While neither home is in the toniest section of UP, the Hyer property is a block off Lovers Lane and all the nearby shops. The Dyer house is a slightly longer hop-skip to Snider Plaza, but it’s tucked seconds north of Southern Methodist University – so you’d want to understand the level of student rentals nearby.

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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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In our third and final Independence Day pick, we take you to a home that is a less-than-one-minute walk to the route for the venerated neighborhood gem known as the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade.

The parade has maintained its neighborhood feel and roots since its beginnings in 1964 when the parade, according to local lore, consisted of “the two Neikirk children riding their bikes for about 2 houses on the sidewalk in the 7300 block of Lakewood Blvd.”

Today, the parade is chock-a-block full of local school representation, local politicians, families, neighbors, and the de rigueur floats that give a nod to Lakewood legends and inside jokes.

Needless to say, finding a home along this parade route is hard. But we did manage to find one that is so close you could practically fall over and land in the parade, and it’s a beautiful historic 1931 Tudor to boot. (more…)