[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Amy: There is something so fun about comparing Dallas properties in our weekly Splurge vs. Steal. For some it’s an easy choice, for others it’s a bit more challenging. But any way you slice it, our Splurge vs. Steal is just a cool way to see how far your money will go in Dallas’ hottest hoods. Today, we feature a couple of our favorites as we look back on 2018. Here’s wishing you and yours a joyful and prosperous New Year. Cheers!

Splurge vs. Steal: Two Brookshire Park Beauties on Large Lots

Our writer Leah Shafer nailed it when comparing these two Brookshire Park beauties. Back in May she wrote: 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? (more…)

9797 Broken Bow Road, Dallas, Texas, is listed by Robert Villanueva with City Connections for $464,000.

Nestled at the corner of Broken Bow Road,
we can’t take our eyes off this midcentury abode.
It’s been taken down to the studs and has a whole new look.
New roof, new paint, new windows, new nook.
And yes, it’s private, it’s made for entertaining.
A fireplace, tall ceilings, there’ll be no complaining.

Of course, it has a kitchen, for whipping up a spread.
And yes, those interiors have us dreaming in our beds.
One look inside, and we think you’ll see,
at Broken Bow Road is where your holiday should be!

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Tucked away on a quiet tree-lined street in desirable Merriman Park rests this completely updated gem you have to see to believe! Built in 1960, the four-bedroom, three-bath charmer boasts over 2,400 square feet on a huge and lushly landscaped lot and is the perfect fit for our Friday Four Hundred.

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600 Hollywood Front

The temptation is, when it comes to building a new home inside close-in neighborhoods, is to make the most of the lot. Builders sometimes plunk down homes that look better suited to a new suburban development up north in Collin County than the historic, imperfectly platted neighborhoods in Dallas.

That’s where this new build in North Oak Cliff‘s Sunset Hill stands out. It’s a tidy, modest single-story home that has all the bells and whistles homebuyers want and doesn’t overtake the lot. And wouldn’t you know, buyers just love homes like this one. In fact, this listing from David Griffin & Co. Realtor Crystal Gonzalez went under option in just 12 days on the market. Now that’s proof of a High Caliber Home!

If you’re smitten with this home, then you’ll want to go ahead and call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans when you find the High Caliber Home of your Dreams. Don’t waste a second and get pre-approved with an expert mortgage professional. Call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today.

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Two things you need to know about Rogers Healy and Associates agent Kristen Muller: 1. She has a killer sense of humor. 2. We can’t wait for her forthcoming self-help book about how to become a top agent. (You’ll have to read more about that below!)

This Park Cities native is definitely the Realtor you want when you want someone to help you through all of the ups and downs that come with buying or selling a house in our incredibly competitive market. In fact, Kristen reminds us a lot of Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans, who not only has a fantastic sense of humor (listen to his weekly Real Estate Happy Hour radio show on KLIF (Saturdays at 4 p.m.!) to hear what we mean) but he goes the extra mile for his clients. What has your lender done for you lately? See what you’re missing and call Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans today.

Jump to learn more about the funny and fabulous Kristen Muller!

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Welcome_to_Texas Sign

This will surprise absolutely no one in Texas. We’ve been saying it until we’re blue in the face, really. But it’s nice to hear someone else tell us that Texas is a hot commodity, and that’s what we gleaned from Allied Van Lines‘ 2014 Magnet State Report, which puts Texas in the No. 1 spot for the 10th year running. The report, which uses internal data from the nationwide moving company, showed a net relocation gain of 1,973 families in 2014.

“Texas has also demonstrated strong population growth (adding 1.3 million new residents since April 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau) and has increased non-government jobs by 12 percent since 2007, according to the American Enterprise Institute,” the company’s report said.

We know that demand is far outstripping supply in the Permian Basin area, and in Houston, home values are at record-breaking levels. Here in Dallas, our existing home supply is seeing demand that is higher than pre-recession levels, and homebuilders are working to construct new homes at a break-neck pace. Add to that, distressed sales are extremely low. It’s good to be a Texan right now, that’s for sure!

Jump for the full infographic to see the runners up and how other states performed:

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6153 Ellsworth Front

I think that the $400Ks are the new $300Ks in Dallas, with a greater diversity of homes in established neighborhoods coming with features you used to see in houses priced around $300,000. Today we take a look at three different homes from three different brokerages in three different neighborhoods to see what you can get in the $400K range.

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2352 Wildoak Curb

You already know that we love the Claremont subdivision. This area is populated by mostly 1960s-era ranches, and with its hilly topography, mature trees, and fantastic values, it’s a wonderful neighborhood. In fact, most people don’t even know it’s there!

That’s why you can find an excellent deal in Claremont, like this home from Vivo Realty Group’s Emily Herrig. She has this fabulous listing at 2352 Wildoak, which is a cool renovated ranch with a second-floor addition.

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