There’s finally a name for it: “cute aggression.”

It’s that feeling you get when you see a baby, a kitten or puppy — or in my case, an adorable house — that makes you want to take a little love bite out of it. 

That’s exactly the feeling I got when I first saw 5918 Richmond Ave. It’s a completely adorable cottage in East Dallas’ Belmont Addition that is move-in ready.

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3715 Miles St.

3715 Miles St.

I sold my beloved home in May and have been keeping my eyes peeled for little cottage with a yard where my baby, pets, and I could call home. My eyes are still peeled – as I’m sure you’re aware, it’s a crazy market with limited inventory and high prices. However, I did come across this little gem with the help of a friend with an eye and impeccable taste.

Listed at $400,000, it’s above my limit for a fixer-upper at this point, but my oh my the visions I have for this sweet cottage.

3715 Miles St. is located on the edge of West Highland Park. Well, maybe more like off Lemmon Ave. It’s being sold as a tear down with the value in the land, as new houses and multi-family living are going up around it. But it hurts my heart to think of this precious cottage being torn down. (more…)

Lakewood cottage

All photos: Shoot2Sell

The M-Streets in Lakewood is a highly coveted neighborhood, with charming architecture, tree-lined streets, and a fantastic close-to-everything location.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred at 6335 Malcolm Dr. is everything you’d hope for in an M-Streets house, with darling curb appeal, a cozy interior with hardwoods, and a right-sized backyard with a deck. This 1940s traditional is located in the Wilshire Heights neighborhood near Abrams Road and E. Mockingbird Lane and is listed by Robin Norcross with Nathan Grace Real Estate for $389,000 (lowered $10,000 this week).

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It is not a large house, at 1,246 square feet, but the interior layout makes good use of the space and, as Norcross pointed out to me, several of the neighboring houses have second-story additions built on, which is a possibility for this house, as well. I personally think the smaller footprint is an appealing aspect of this Lakewood cottage, especially when you consider the guest quarters in back (a full bedroom and bathroom).

Another big draw for this house is its elementary school: it is zoned for Stonewall Jackson in Dallas ISD, which has a GreatSchools Rating of 10, the highest-possible score.

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6918 Patricia Avenue

6918 Patricia Ave. (Photos: Shoot2Sell)

My first house, which became my home, is on the market today. It’s a hip pocket the amazing Britt Lopez of Dallas City Center Realtors is handling for me.

I can’t go into detail about how kind Britt Lopez is – I will save that for my book – but know that she is not only a smart, clever Realtor with a sharp mind, but she is a gracious person whose true colors shine ever so brightly.

Britt Lopez

Britt Lopez

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Originally built in 1938, this Hollywood Heights jewel underwent renovations from 2007 – 2012 which included all new electrical, recessed lighting, hidden speakers in every room, fabulous insulation, a 2012 roof and gutters, a 3-ton Amana furnace and air conditioner (2010), a Rinnai gas tankless water heater (2007), and a Rain Bird programmable sprinkler system (2011). This was no DIY or Home Depot reno.

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It’s a hot market in Dallas, that’s for sure. CoreLogic’s most recent report, detailing the Dallas-Plano-Irving MSA’s housing price index, showed tremendous growth in prices. The housing price index increased 9.1 percent year-over-year in January including distressed sales, which is a new high for our area. Dallas-Plano-Irving is only second for growth to Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland at 10.9 percent. That has everything to do with limited inventory, CoreLogic President and CEO Anand Nallathambi says.

“A dearth of supply in many parts of the country is a big factor in driving up prices,” Nallathambi said. “Many homeowners have taken advantage of low rates to refinance their homes, and until we see sustained increases in income levels and employment they could be hunkered down, so supplies may remain tight.”

Still, does that mean you can list any home in any condition and have it sell? Not so much. Staging has been shown to help homes sell quicker and at a higher price. And staging doesn’t have to break the bank, either. Jump to hear some secrets from staging expert and real estate columnist Karen Eubank.

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2308 W. Colorado Boulevard

From the outside, it looks like many of the Austin stone-clad 1930s bungalows you’ll find throughout North Oak Cliff’s Stevens Park Village. These homes, perched along the city’s award-winning, redesigned public golf course, all have a very Lakewood-esque character, thanks to the rolling hills and well-maintained homes. Developed by Annie Stevens between 1939 and 1941, you’ll find a great mix of single-story bungalows like this one with Prairie-style abodes and even some Dilbeck-designed residences.

This particular specimen, built in 1941, has a vintage feeling exterior and completely updated interiors. The care and attention to detail, both inside and out, make this home a High Caliber Home. If you’re already falling in love with this lovely home, contact Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today. She’ll help you sail through pre-approval, while making sure you find the right loan for your home purchase.

Jump to see inside this beautiful home!

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5118 Stanford Ave. in 2013

5118 Stanford Ave. in 2013

In January 2013, my Hubby and I were frantically looking for a house as our Preston Hollow condo was under contract in 3 days to a cash buyer (HOORAY!!!). I fell in love the minute I saw this Briarwood cottage and the For Sale sign out in front of 5118 Stanford Avenue.

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I am dying over these pics. The San Francisco Globe published these amazing photos of an untouched 1956 PINK kitchen filled with vintage GE appliances that have never been used! The home’s owner, furniture designer Nathan Chandler, bought the home in 2010 and posted the photos on FLICKR to sell the vintage kitchen. It’s unclear why the prior owners had the home essentially sealed. Though it has allegedly sold, I was so tempted to buy a cottage in Briarwood that I’ve had my eyes on and install this kitchen!

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