The neighborhoods of East Dallas have their own vibe and people are drawn to the area for the personality and access to White Rock Lake. We’ve found a lovely renovated midcentury-era home there with designer finishes and an open floorplan, all for under $400K. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 2441 Wildoak Dr. is in the Claremont neighborhood with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two dining areas, and 1,716 square feet on one story, built in 1958. It’s impressive! 

 

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Feel the Magic of this Claremont Renovation that Turned Dumpy to Delightful | CandysDirt.com

We’ve long been fans of Barton-Graham Home & Design Firm, a dynamic duo specializing in East Dallas renovations. In their latest project, they don’t disappoint. 

The house at 8071 Claremont Dr. is our Thursday Three Hundred, a massive transformation by Casey Barton and Raymond E. Graham. The pair have been renovating and selling houses together for 10 years with their design company, getting better with every flip. 

They specialize in finding diamonds in the rough, and this house was no exception. 

“This was not a sellable property before — it had a 750-square-foot addition that we torn down because it was really bad with different height rooflines and flooring, all very poorly done,” Barton said. “But we knew this house had a lot of potential.” 

They started work one year ago and put the home on the market Oct. 31. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 1,971 square feet on one story, built in 1957. Let’s see the place now. 

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The contemporary beauty at 6828 Ledyard Dr. is one of five open houses this weekend we’re featuring.

Every Thursday, we bring you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. We pick five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $375K to $979K. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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One home feature that tops the list time and again with buyers is an open floorplan.

The renovated ranch at 8566 Sweetwater Dr. offers this buyer favorite in its 2,295 square feet — the living and dining areas and kitchen all have a spacious, open feel and the line of sight is nearly unobstructed.

This is a 4-3 with built in 1961 in the Claremont neighborhood, one of the Lake and Garden District’s heavily treed areas. This ranch is close to White Rock Lake, Casa Linda Plaza Shopping Center, Tenison Park Golf Course, Dallas Arboretum, and Lakewood Country Club. It’s definitely got location going for it.

It was listed May 16 by Shannon Stupay with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Penfed Realty Texas for $365,000.

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claremont home for saleOne of East Dallas’ quaint neighborhoods has a cute midcentury home that’s just gone on the market.

The house at 8335 Banquo Dr. in Claremont is 1,511 square feet of 1959 charms and new renovations, like a a redesigned open floorplan with modern amenities. It’s a 2-2 with hardwood floors, fresh paint, refinished hardwoods, recessed lights, and a totally new kitchen and bathrooms. claremont home for saleClaremont is one of the older, more established neighborhoods in East Dallas with about 600 homes, located southeast of White Rock Lake and north of Interstate 30. The area is full of one-story ranch-style brick homes and cottages, built largely from the late 1950s to early 1960s. They have an active neighborhood association, and lots of community pride. It’s a great part of Dallas.

This Claremont home was listed Dec. 22 by Edwina Dye with Ebby Halliday for $265,900.

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This Vickery Place modern marvel at 5411 Melrose Ave. is just one of five open houses we’re looking at this weekend in DFW.

This weekend, there are dozens of open houses all over North Texas. We’ve picked five of our favorites for your pleasure.

These are in neighborhoods ranging from Vickery Place and Preston Hollow, to Claremont and Stevens Woods. The prices range from the $289K to $989K. Check out our selection and let us know if you visit any and what you think!

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Raymond E. Graham and Casey Barton renovated an East Dallas house at 5823 Canterview Dr. that went under contract in three days. Photo: Casey Barton

Casey Barton (left) and Raymond Graham renovated the East Dallas house at 5823 Canterview Dr. over six months and it went under contract in just three days. The person behind a declined offer for that property turned around and made an offer on another house they’re renovating nearby, which is still a worksite. All photos: Barton & Graham

In last week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we wrote about a gorgeous East Dallas house in Phenomenal Buckner Terrace Reno Goes Under Contract in Three Days.

The renovation was a masterpiece created by Casey Barton and Raymond E. Graham, who have been renovating and selling houses together for eight years and own the company Barton-Graham Home & Design Firm.

Their work itself is inspiring, but when they showed me before-and-after photos of the Buckner Terrace property and others they’ve renovated, I decided they might be more like magicians than renovators.

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The kitchen at 5823 Canterview Dr. was an outdated, dungeon-like galley. Barton and Graham opened it up into the former breakfast area, adding a breakfast bar, wine storage, built-in desk, and end shelves, and cabinetry built for the house.

Barton and Graham are both general contractors and interior decorators, and Graham is a Realtor and is getting his broker’s license in May, so they’ve got all their bases covered to offer comprehensive services to clients. They met in 2002 when they lived in the same apartment complex and after three renos together, including one for Barton’s mother, they decided to do it for a living.

“Our first remodel was in 2008 on a little cottage off Henderson on Bonita,” Graham said. “We did a great job and our hard work paid off, and despite the supposed crash of the housing market, we sold it and made a great profit. We knew that if we could be successful on our first renovation in a supposed bad market, then this is what we were meant to do.”

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After not mentioning the Claremont neighborhood for a while, we’re suddenly seeing gem after gem go on the market there. It’s one of my favorite residential areas in East Dallas, with Midcentury personality, mature trees, and memorable style.

The 1962 ranch-style house at 8526 Sweetwood Drive just came on the market Oct. 31 after an extensive renovation, and it’s got loads of charm packed into its 1,773 square feet. Marketed by Ben Fluno of Chris Arnold Premier Realty for $242,500 (it dropped $2,500 today), I’m actually surprised it’s still on the market. Take a look and I think you’ll agree.

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