Is there anyone more encouraging and passionate about the North Texas Real Estate community than Linda Argo? Member of the MetroTex Association of Realtors Leadership Academy class of 2013, Argo is a seasoned networker and expert recruiter sure to be an integral part of the team at Clay Stapp + Co. Argo just accepted the mantle of Director of Operations for the Greenville Ave. brokerage.

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Urban Reserve is a neighborhood filled with the most cutting-edge collection of architect-designed modern houses in America. Our Inwood Home of the Week is a custom design-build that takes cool to a new level. (more…)

Near Royal Lane and Hillcrest Road is the wonderful North Dallas neighborhood of Brookshire Park. Beautiful houses on larger, heavily treed lots line the streets, with most of the original properties built late 1960s and early 1970s. 

This week’s Splurge vs. Steal takes us there to two Brookshire Park beauties just 0.4 miles apart. Both are over 5,000 feet and offer high-end amenities. Which is your favorite? 

 

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When you enter an Avant Group custom home, there’s a certain atmosphere of sleek sophistication and glamour that you can expect. That’s not a coincidence, says Heaven Porteous, who oversees this small-batch builder’s design and finish-out. Their latest spec home on the market in Northwest Dallas’ Ridgecrest Village neighborhood (north of Northwest Highway and west of Midway Road) perfectly shows off the ease-of-living and contemporary aesthetic that has attracted families to the brand in droves. 

Sure, this soft contemporary with modern influences has some trendy fixtures and finishes. Take the roofline and the stained wooden siding, easily visible from the curb of 3889 Cortez Drive — it’s easy on the eyes and offers clean lines and the brand’s midcentury modern-influenced elevations. But what you don’t see from the curb is the glorious, glamorous details just behind that contemporary front door.

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Don't Be Cruel to a House that's Blue (You Won't Want No Other Home) | CandysDirt.com

If your heart is yearning for a fabulous real estate find in this new year, we’ve found an affordable blue beauty deep in the heart of East Dallas. 

Our Tuesday Two Hundred, located at 10208 San Lorenzo Dr., sits pretty with a new facade color — cobalt blue — and some other appealing updates inside and out. This Casa View Oaks house has three bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,430 square feet on one story, built in 1953.

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If nothing else, this house was the first I saw of eight that did not have taxidermy on the walls. My, are folks around here dedicated to the display of dead animals! Might I suggest that, in addition to de-cluttering your space, it might be a good idea to remove anything deceased before engaging in professional photography? That includes anything nefarious you’ve got going on in the attic or crawl space, too. It just makes for good business.

Fortunately, this Lake Highlands Estates renovation comes taxidermy-free, and delights as a fantastic renovation that boasts a great kitchen and a retreat-like master suite, among other attractive features. With three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms in 3,174 square feet, 10315 Van Dyke Drive is listed by Barbara Arredondo with Clay Stapp and Co. for $705,000.

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Midway Hollow home

Midway Hollow is a neighborhood in transition, with a lot of renovations going on among the 2,600 or so houses there. It’s an appealing area in northwest Dallas, with mature trees, affordable homes in several price ranges, nearby shopping, and a healthy, involved crime watch.

Flippers have made their mark among many a Midway Hollow home, and some people are wary of the quality of work offered by them. That may or may not have any basis, but it still causes pause among a few potential homebuyers.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 3703 Cortez Dr. is not a flip — this beautiful work was done by the owner for herself, says listing agent Barbara Arredondo with Clay Stapp + Co. 

“This is such a neat house — it was taken to the studs for a renovation and it sits on a larger corner lot,” Arredondo said. “All of the bedrooms are a big surprise — usually in a home of this era, they are small, but these are not.”

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,044 square feet, built in 1951. There’s an open house this Saturday, May 27, from 2-4 p.m. Here’s your sneak peek. (Be sure to check out the “before” photos below for a look at the hot mess this house was before the owner started renovations!)

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kessler woods

The modern marvel at 808 Kessler Woods Trl. tops our open house roundup this week.

Every Thursday, we bring you an insider’s look at the best North Texas properties with our CandysDirt.com 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 $399,900 to $1.189 million. Topping our roundup is a dramatic modern masterpiece in Kessler Woods — it’s truly stunning. We’ve also found an M-Streets English Tudor, newly constructed East Dallas townhome with rooftop deck, and more.

 

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