Feast your eyes on this fantastic Lochwood reno. It’s in an area Brandon Travelstead calls under-the-radar yet highly desirable for its oversized lots, trees, and proximity to all things Dallas. We love the home’s chic modern look. And the price tag isn’t bad either! For $515,000, you get a four-bedroom, two-full-and-one-half-bathroom stunner that’s move-in ready and aims to please. Let’s take a look, shall we?

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Couldn’t you just kiss the sky with this view? Courtney Tauriac of Compass has this week’s listing for the High Caliber Home of the Week, sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, a beautifully-designed home perched atop the rocky bluffs of Highgrove at West Kessler Heights, full of garden homes and urban loft-style villa homes in North Oak Cliff.

This three-bedroom, three and half-bath home on Stevens Bluff Lane has 2,260-square feet spread over three stories. The fourth-story outdoor living space has incredible views of the Dallas skyline.

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I’m not sure which has more pinch-its-cheeks charm: the 1926-built Hollywood Heights Tudor on Monte Vista Drive or the adorable bonus home in the backyard. The 1,897 square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home is listed by Svetlana Grujic of Compass Realty. The completely renovated home was taken down to the studs and extensively renovated with timeless designer touches inside, but the exterior remains as classic as ever.

In front, you’ll find a porte-cochere situated next to the steeply gabled entry porch that frames the home in a welcoming and charming way. Twin chimney pots crown the prominent chimney in front and give the home an almost textbook Tudor appeal.

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historic neighbors can be helpful or harmful to communities

It might look historic, but 1935 Fairmount Avenue was built in 2014. (photos: Shoot2Sell)

If you’ve ever had to deal with a designated historic neighborhood, you’ll know that they can be a very tricky situation.

In my past life of working for new home builders, I’ve gone round and round with historic neighborhoods, and we just agree to disagree.  Crack houses and tinderboxes have very little historic value.  However, the “Generica-America” style of homes do not belong in historic neighborhoods either.

Two Sides of the Coin

On one hand, a historic neighborhood designation is there to preserve classic styles and architecture.  Historic areas don’t want production builders coming into their neighborhood and building homes that belong in the ‘burbs.

On the other hand, there is nothing historic or aesthetically pleasing about crumbling homes that have outlived their usefulness and would cost more to rehabilitate than to tear down and build a new home.

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The renovation to end all renovations: 6465 Aberdeen.

Some stories are best told in pictures and 6465 Aberdeen is definitely one of those stories. But it reads like a fairy tale.

We’ll sprinkle before and after pictures throughout because you just have to see it to believe it. And if you get the chance, go ahead and pick your jaw up off the floor. Seriously, Aberdeen is that good.

First thought you have, because we all had it is, “HOW ON EARTH IS THIS THE SAME HOUSE?” The answer is the current owners. They had a vision and impeccable taste and the patience of saints.

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Svetlana Grujic with Compass has an eye for design. In fact, her head-turning listings are garnering attention and selling quick! Case in point — our Friday Five Hundred from last week is already pending. But do not fret! She has a new property in up for grabs that is equally impressive. So much so, we couldn’t help but share it with you right away.

From Drab To Fab

Enter the four-bedroom, three-full-bathroom beauty on Faircrest Drive. The Lake Highlands looker is a modern ranch that was taken to the studs and completely rebuilt with timeless touches throughout.

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If you haven’t been to the Bishop Arts District lately, it’s probably because you couldn’t find a place to park, but here’s some good news if you’re not afraid to hop on a 10-speed.

You can buy the cutest little house, move in, and ride on over to the Bish, la Arts, the BAD, or whatever other nicknames you want to call arguably one of the hottest spots in all of Dallas.

Listing agent Jenni Stolarski of Compass lives in Oak Cliff herself. She knows the area and always seems to snag the best houses.

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mockingbirdThe M Streets are popular — it’s not unusual to see homes in the area snapped up quicker than they can get listed. And while its proximity to Lower Greenville is part of its selling point, we posit that the other selling point is its neighborhood school — Mockingbird Elementary.

What do parents love about Mockingbird? When we asked, the diversity was mentioned a lot. The school’s commitment to the hearing-impaired community through its partnership with the Dallas Regional School for the Deaf is also often brought up as well. All of that contributes to what many feel to be a terrific campus culture that culminates in the school’s motto, “Friendship.”

And many parents and alumni will also mention the school’s garden, which has morphed from its more humble beginnings in 1996 to a 20,000 square foot outdoor science lab complete with gardens, wildscape, greenhouse, pond, and more.

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