Why not Woodbridge? Our latest Splurge vs. Steal puts the spotlight on two of the area’s best, tucked away in the relatively quiet and peaceful Lake Highlands neighborhood you never knew you needed. For those who don’t know, Woodbridge sits near the border of Richardson and is roughly defined by Audelia Road to the west, Forest Lane to the south, Shadow Way to the north, and railroad tracks to the east.

Jake’s Hamburgers and Casa Linda Bakery are local favorites. And on any given day you’ll find patrons having a grand ol’ time at The String Bean Restaurant or sipping a cold one over at Spring Creek Barbecue. There’s even an Alamo Drafthouse for date night and Sprouts Farmers Market for fresh produce nearby. But what really makes Woodbridge stand out is the price. Homes here are lovingly maintained and set back on larger lots. Most kids go to Richardson ISD schools, and you’ll find families and couples enjoying long walks with their dogs and strollers amidst lush greenbelts and parks.

With so much to love and so few homes currently on the market in Woodbridge, we couldn’t resist sharing two of its prized offerings. Both homes are ideally located and tastefully updated but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose, the Jackson Creek Splurge or the Oak Highland Steal? We would love to hear in the comments.

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Searching for that proverbial needle in a haystack? We found it! Tucked away in idyllic Farmers Branch sits this impeccably maintained, four-bedroom, two-full-and-one-half-bathroom home with a pool. Yes, that’s right, a pool! Plus, there is a forested patio for enjoying a wood-burning fire by night. And it’s less than a quarter-mile north of LBJ off Webb Chapel. Need we say more?

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Our Splurge: Listing Results LLC has listed 6308 Bryan Parkway for $639,000.

Maybe it’s the history or our love of a renovation done right, but one thing is for sure, these Old East Dallas homes have what today’s buyers want. Location, location, location! Plus, quirky cool interiors to boot. If you seek the exceptional, the extraordinary, the unique, these homes are for you. The best part? They’re both under $650,000. You’re welcome.

Splurge: Striking Split Level In Swiss Avenue Historic District For $639K

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This North Dallas home is ready for summer! With a crystal blue pool, patio, game room, and bright open floor plan, our Friday Four Hundred aims to please. And it’s ideally located too. It sits in a family-friendly North Dallas neighborhood with desirable Plano schools.

“The property at 18616 Gibbons Drive is a pristine home with lots of light and is fresh, clean and very tastefully updated,” says listing agent Christie Cannon of Keller Williams. “At just under $450,000 this home is a great price for all it offers and it’s location! The private backyard has a fabulous pool and covered patio. As well as a well-designed, fully useable, concrete patio/side yard. It’s perfect for storing pool equipment.”

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Kerry Walton with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate has listed 3314 Hawthorne Avenue for $435,000. Open House, Sunday, April 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Feast your eyes on the former private residence of presidential portrait painter, Alexander B. Clayton. This refined Park Place townhome is now on the market and listed by Kerry Walton with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $435,000. And there is more than one reason to fall head over heels for this Perry Heights gem.

Presidential Panache

“For anyone who appreciates presidential trivia,” Walton says, “Clayton once used the full-floor master suite as his artist studio. The giveaway is the wall of windows he added that now offer treetop views. His portrait of Richard M. Nixon was installed rather unceremoniously in the White House in 1981, according to an article written by the iconic White House news reporter Helen Thomas.”

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It’s our Friday Four Hundred, folks, and we’ve found a beauty! Few homes in East Dallas offer all this for the price. This week, we are dishing the dirt on 4307 Cabell Drive. The two-bedroom, two-full-bathroom condo was built in 2001, but has all the amenities of new construction, plus a gracious open floor plan to boot.

East Village Address

According to listing agent, Christina Alty with Dallas City Center Realtors, “It is located in the up-and-coming East Village neighborhood and has a number of updates that give it the modern feel without the cost of a newly built home. This is unique because it has truly been remodeled and updated in every way, from the paint to the floors, to kitchen, to the bathrooms, and beyond. Every surface has been touched and in a good way. The owner made smart design choices that she not only loves but also the general population loves,” says Alty. (more…)

Our Steal: Jack Harrell with Keller Williams Realty Dallas Preston Road has listed 10355 Cary Back Circle for $440,000.

House hunters, take note! Have you considered Northwest Dallas in your home search?

With close proximity to Love Field and the bustling Medical District, it’s a great spot for families and executives alike. Here we showcase two fantastic Northwest Dallas offerings that bring the wow-factor in our latest Splurge vs. Steal. The best part? They just hit the market, so you can get a jump on making your move before the masses strike.

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Tamra Torres of the Shelly Seltzer Group at Ebby Halliday has listed 10421 Solta Drive for $425,000.

Attention Old Lake Highlands house hunters! Let your search for the perfect retro remodel be no more. We’ve locked onto a stylish 1950s gem that’s turning heads, and you’ll want to take a look! The three-bedroom, two-full-bathroom home is light, and bright, and sized just right with 1,602 square feet of newly refurbished interior space. And it’s one of the area’s longstanding husband-and-wife duos – Patrick and Jeanna McIntyre of New Creation Group – that brought this Old Lake Highlands gem back to life!

“My husband and I are the owners and sellers, and the ones who rehabbed this house. We have been restoring and selling homes in East Dallas for 17 years … long before ‘flipping’ became vogue,” says Jeanna. “Since, we have lived all over East Dallas, our passion is to buy and remodel classic 1950 – 60s homes to preserve the character and maintain property values through renovation and revitalization. We do top-quality renovations to attract good, responsible homeowners to the neighborhood. We are experienced contractors that do top-quality work, we go over and above on design and finish-out, we are respectful to neighbors and the people we hire, and we are committed to continue helping East Dallas to thrive!”

Tamra Torres of the Shelly Seltzer Group at Ebby Halliday is listing the property for $425,000, making it the perfect Friday Four Hundred! In fact, Torres has successfully sold over 20 properties for the McIntyres and soon will add this Old Lake Highlands beauty to her list!

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