Our Steal: 1910 Marydale Drive, Dallas, Texas is currently listed by Ged Dipprey of Dave Perry-Miller InTown for $699,000.

Whether you’re looking for a luxurious retreat in the Kessler Reserve, or a charming historic in Stevens Park Estates, we have the home for you! This week’s Splurge vs. Steal takes us to the charming streets of North Oak Cliff – one of Dallas’ most sought-after neighborhoods in part due to its recent revival and close proximity to an eclectic mix of eateries, shops, and entertainment. It’s also a hot spot for Halloween, boasting some of the best trick-or-treating around! One look at these boo-tiful abodes and you’ll be dreaming of a North Oak Cliff home to call your own.

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Canterbury Court

On Canterbury Court in Plano, the Halloween decorations are out of this world, like this Area 51-themed display.

Plano’s Deerfield neighborhood has its famed Christmas light display, but come October 31, a different neighborhood becomes the Halloween epicenter of Plano. Canterbury Court in the River Bend neighborhood, an otherwise quiet cul-de-sac next to Plano Senior High School transforms into an elaborate display of Halloween decoration ingenuity, where the street shuts down to vehicular traffic and the whole block becomes an outdoor party. 

The Halloween tradition began in 1983, a year after Enrique and Ann Valdes moved into the River Bend neighborhood, off Independence Drive and Park Blvd. Many of River Bend’s homes were built by the popular custom home builder J. Stiles Homes in the 1970s and 1980s. Through the years, the Valdes family has built everything from a 35-foot Titanic replica and giant Star Wars stormtroopers to a haunted pirate ship and members of the Justice League. Others on the cul-de-sac including Nick Derington caught the Halloween spirit, decorating his yard with his own often-homemade themed decor including a lifesize T-Rex and Ghostbusters‘ StayPuft marshmallow man.

StayPuft marshmallow man from the year 2000. Photo Credit: JohnGoudreau.com

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514 Blair Boulevard is currently listed by Heather Van Curen of the Will Woods Team at Magnolia Realty for $415,000.

A little franken-tastic fun never hurt anyone. Experience Halloween like never before from this historic Hollywood Heights gem! It’s located minutes from the Santa Fe Trail, Lakewood Country Club, White Rock Lake, and puts you right in the middle of all the Halloween action.

In fact, Hollywood Heights resident Renee Strickland tells us:

“On Sunday afternoon, Hollywood Heights hosts the annual Spooktacular Halloween party in Lindsley Park, with a chili cook-off, cake walk, costume contests for kids and dogs, and fun games, like the severed head toss. On Halloween itself, we get a good number of trick-or-treaters because our houses are smaller and therefore closer together, which makes it easy for little legs. Probably about 350 to 500.” 

Sounds like a howling good time to us! Let’s take a look inside and see why this bewitching beauty is the perfect Friday Four Hundred.

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spooky spots

Here’s a roundup of spooky spots to visit in the nation’s top ranked cities for celebrating Halloween.

There’s a ranking for everything nowadays, and that suits us just fine, as WalletHub named Irving and Plano among the top 20 cities nationwide for celebrating Halloween. The personal finance website compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 20 key metrics, ranging from candy and chocolate stores per capita to average price per Halloween party ticket, to share of potential trick-or-treat stops to compile 2018’s Best Places for Halloween report. Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth also made the list, rounding out the top 50.

To be fair, it seems awfully hard to quantify a city by its “Halloween-ieness” when most cities were just a few points apart, so to help you decide for yourself here’s a look at some local spooky spots, both haunted houses and real-life horrors, in WalletHub’s top five Texas cities for Halloween:

Spooky spot: The now-demolished Texas Stadium?

1. Irving

Ranked #9 in the U.S.

What makes Irving the Metroplex’s most Halloween-tastic city? Well, some longtime Dallas Cowboys fans say Irving is home to the ghost of Superbowl performances past — a curse of the now leveled Texas Stadium, if you will. Sean Mosley writes in Haunted Places in Texas about sightings of an old man and his granddaughter walking the second floor, the young girl dressed in a cheerleader’s outfit and waving a flag. Interpret that as you will.

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Prairie-Style

If you’ve ever wondered why Winnetka Heights is so popular, making a visit to the neighborhood around Halloween will make you a believer. “I remember when I first moved in my Winnetka Heights home, I thought a couple of bags of candy would cut it,” said Compass agent Crystal Gonzalez. “I was so wrong and racing to get more candy by 6 p.m.”

Gonzalez is the listing agent of our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Peters, who is well established in North Oak Cliff, hails Winnetka Heights as the epicenter for the area’s Halloween festivities. Not only that, our High Caliber Home of the Week is in a heck of a location for those who wish to get their trick-or-treat on.

“This is one of the best streets!” Gonzalez said about her listing at 222 N. Edgefield in Winnetka Heights. “Halloween is truly a special tradition in not only Winnetka Heights, but Oak Cliff. Several of the residents decorate their homes and it’s not limited to one neighborhood or street.”

If you’re one to carve jack-o-lanterns, this is a great spot to showcase your talent. 

“Winnetka Heights is known for its front porches, and this one is huge,” Gonzalez added. “Everyone I know that lives in this neighborhood uses their front porch as much as any room in the house, especially in this fall weather! Yes you can even watch a cool storm from your covered porch.”

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Webb RoyalWe’ve written about the Webb Royal neighborhood before — the perfect choice for young families that find themselves priced out of popular Sparkman Club and Midway Hollow. And we found a great example of what makes Webb Royal so great in our Tuesday Two Hundred this week — an adorable traditional built in 1955, but recently updated throughout.

And bonus — it’s in a community that hosts neighborhood parties and chili cookoffs, with a walkability and safeness that makes it a great place for family-friendly holiday activities like trick-or-treating, too.

In fact, when we set out to write about the neighborhood, one resident went door-to-door to talk to his neighbors about why they loved the neighborhood, helping us paint a picture of a community that is a grand mix of longtime homeowners and new families, all enjoying the numerous nearby amenities and the quiet charm of their neighborhood.

“Whenever my friends say they’re looking for a new home, I encourage them to look in our neighborhood because it’s one of the few spots you can still find a great deal in an up and coming neighborhood,” resident Jeff Reburn said at the time. “It’s one of the few neighborhoods in Northwest Dallas you can find a great home for between $200,000 and $400,000, depending on size and how updated it is.”

“There are nice homes on tree-lined streets with friendly neighbors,” Bill Adams said. “We picked the neighborhood before we picked the house so that speaks volumes to the personality of the neighborhood.”

The home on 10732 Channel Drive is listed by Laura Suarez with Century 21 Alicia Trevino, Realtors, and is 1,913 square feet of family-friendly space, including four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. (more…)

Southern Colonial
Ya’ll know how much we love a good transformation here at CandysDirt.com. We thought this Southern Colonial estate at 9346 Sunnybrook Lane was captivating when Candy wrote about it back in 2014. The house was built in 1987, and has long been considered a showpiece, but with the most recent update, it’s become a showstopper. Was there a bit of wizardry involved?

You bet there was!

The talented owner has an impeccable eye for design and had very distinct ideas of how to bring this Southern Colonial up to the sophistication level of 2018. She selected More Design + Build to bring her vision to life and together the spell they’ve put on this home has enchanted us.

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Our Splurge: 5323 Swiss Avenue is listed by Kay Weeks of Ebby Halliday for $3.7 million.

Don’t let Halloween get you spooked! Tour these Swiss Avenue stunners instead. Two properties. One neighborhood. Drastically different price points. If it weren’t for all the Halloween hub-bub, we’d still think they’re a great buy.

Didn’t you hear? They’re located smack dab in a treasured Dallas enclave that’s known for getting its trick-or-treat on! That’s right. Enter the Swiss Avenue Historic District. The neighborhood with the good candy. The houses that spring for the big bars. Whether you’re all chocolaty goodness or pure vanilla smoothie, these two beauties will take a bite out of your Dallas home search and are the creme de la creme in the neighborhood for the price. Don’t believe us? Enter if you dare. Mwahahahahaha…

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