What’s better than one stunning High Caliber Home in North Dallas? How about five? This week we feature five gorgeous North Dallas homes that are all featured in an agent tour today! The tour, dubbed “North Dallas Reimagined,” shows off just what’s possible with the incredible stock of midcentury ranch and 1970s soft contemporary architecture available. 

Stops include three 1970s contemporaries and two redone ranches. However, while all five homes have received some level of restoration or renovation, none compares to the completely transformed ranch at 5409 Preston Haven represented by Galaxy Modern founder Janelle Alcantara. These stunning metamorphoses make for amazing High Caliber Homes of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Get a look at these amazing changes from 1 to 4 p.m. today, Nov. 14!

Of course, we had to know more about Janelle Alcantara’s listing at 5409 Preston Haven. The home, which started as a typical 1960s ranch, is situated in a hidden neighborhood off of Inwood Road, says the Galaxy Modern founder. “The family that owned it created a lifetime of memories there. The children that grew up in the house are now adults and they knew that the likely fate of their childhood home was a wrecking ball,” Alcantara said.

Then, they heard about Alcantara and her company Galaxy Modern. 

Before: 5409 Preston Haven was a family home that was definitely feeling worn out.

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By now, everyone in the real estate industry is familiar with the term “flip.” And if you’re looking for an example of a “flip,” look no further than pretty much every single block in Midway Hollow. The area is lousy with them — both the good ones and the less than great ones. So, if you’re a real estate investor looking to make a buck, how do you make your flip stand out from the rest? 

First, you’re asking the wrong question. You should be wondering how you can do better than just a “flip.” The answer is in our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s a listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Janelle Alcantara in Glen Cove that is not just any “flip” — it’s a rebuild.

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As more and more people hunt for affordable new construction in North Texas, and as more and more builders look for the right lots to build, once-overlooked suburbs are starting to shine. Take the Midcities’ own Grand Prairie for instance. That’s where you’ll find this great transitional design with contemporary flair built by CAVSO Homes and marketed by David Maez of Vivo Realty.

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Knox Place Condo

Sure, the single-family detached market is super hot, but nothing says our market is scorching like a townhome going from active to pending in eight days. That’s exactly what happened at 3220 Oliver Ave. — a very rare end-unit two-story condo near Knox Street listed by Dallas City Center Realtor Randy Elms.

Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s an absolutely gorgeous soft contemporary inside!

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Lochwood is lousy with adorable 1960s ranches, midcentury traditionals, soft contemporaries, and midcentury moderns, so it’s a favorable neighborhood for flippers with flair. Pytcher Homes, the same firm that reimagined a stuffy Old Lake Highlands ranch into a luxe and livable home, is building quite the portfolio. This Lochwood traditional, marketed by Kevin Caskey and Bill Clarkson at Dallas City Center Realtors, is just the latest home run for this company.

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Pytcher Homes was able to transform this home into a beautiful nest that, with its tasteful transitional design and open floor plan, will work for most any family looking to take advantage of this increasingly upwardly mobile area. Lochwood has a very tight-knit feel, thanks to its active neighborhood association, proximity to White Rock Lake, and the families who are doubling down on the neighborhood schools.

These are all ingredients for increases in property values, but when looking to flip in an established neighborhood, it’s important to hit the right balance of style, space, and amenities. This home is pretty as a picture from the curb thanks to the adorable color on the front door, but inside, it’s so much more.

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Real Estate Story

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It was the last house that Allie Beth Allman Realtor Karen Luter was going to show to Sabra Girard and her husband, but iced-over roads threatened to cut their showing short. It was sleeting outside, and getting home would soon mean a dicey drive. Add the complication of having two children in tow and you have the makings of a disaster.

But, as it turns out, the showing of 6634 Greenwich was anything but.

“The moment we arrived at Greenwich and stepped inside, I turned around to them and announced ‘We have to buy this house!'” Luter said. “I say ‘we’ because the Girards are like family members, the way all my clients become family members. I tell my client that I pretend they are my children and that I always want to help them make the best buying and selling decisions.”

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And it was a great decision, Sabra said, as the home became a soft spot to land after a hard day, a place where great memories were made both inside the 1960s contemporary confines and outside.

But times change, families grow, and the Girards soon found themselves busting at the seams of this lovely ranch in the Gayle Malone subdivision of North Dallas. The decision to sell was a tough one, Sabra said, but working with Luter has made it much easier.

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9016 Vista Creek Front

Really, how many homes in Dallas have a bridge over a pool, leading you to the front door?

I’m willing to guess not many. In fact, besides today’s Friday Four Hundred, the only other one I know of is this home in Urban Reserve, and it has a bridge over a creek, not a pool.

So yes, that cool little bridge makes quite an impact on visitors and buyers, and it also highlights the beautiful sunken elevation of the home. From the curb, you can only see a smidge of the rooftop of 9016 Vista Creek. But once you come down the stairs, the bridge, the pool, and the floor-to-ceiling living room windows with their warm light all give off an undeniable visual experience.

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11666 Saxon Front

A couple of weekends ago a friend messaged me on Facebook, curious about this home on Saxon in Northeast Dallas’ Lochwood neighborhood. The home was once a bland 1950s ranch, not unlike a lot of the homogenous homes in the neighborhood, she said. But it appeared to have been gutted by a very savvy person, and has been on the market for a couple of months.

So, of course I had to look inside and see just what this seller has done, and let me tell you, they got some great advice when finishing out this house. Jump to see the interiors!

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