This East Kessler charmer reduced me to giddiness. Avoiding the temptation to over-modernize, its owners have created a lovely balance between the home’s original charm and contemporary conveniences. And it’s a great size for the area at 2,613 square feet.

The walk-up is just lovely. The wide porch makes me hope that it’s just one of many in a neighborhood full of front-porch neighbors who spend temperate evenings out there waving to dog walkers and kids on bikes. Sigh. Leave me to my imagination!

This three-bedroom, three-bathroom ranch situated on a lush hilltop, 1623 Oak Knoll Street is listed by Ged Dipprey of Dave Perry-Miller In Town for $740,000.

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Splurge vs. Steal: Victory Park W South Tower | CandysDirt.com

This is the second installment of a new column here on CandysDirt.com, Splurge vs Steal (read the first one here). We’ll be looking at properties that offer something in common, but have a big difference in their asking price.  

When Victory Park was being built up in the early 2000s, it was hailed as a major development in downtown’s evolution from a place that rolled up its sidewalks at 5 p.m. to a vibrant live-work-play destination.  

Our Splurge vs. Steal today is at 2408 Victory Park Ln. in the W South Tower — Victory Residences, designed by David Cadwallader and opened in 2005. Located on corner of Victory Park and Museum Way, these condos are a short walk to Katy Trail, Dart Rail, House of Blues, American Airlines Center, Klyde Warren Park, and the Perot Museum, with a Cinepolis Luxury Cinema coming soon. 

This is luxury lifestyle living, with 24/7 security, a 16th-floor zero-edge infinity pool, two fitness centers, fantastic views, signature “Whatever/Whenever Service” from the concierge, and housekeeping and room service available from the hotel. Let’s compare.  

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Lakewood Contemporary Soars In Our Weekly Roundup of Dallas Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

The Lakewood contemporary at 3406 Oakhurst St. is one of our three featured open houses this week.

Do you love a modern marvel of a home as much as we do? Then cast your gaze toward the Lakewood contemporary that tops our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week. This renovated beauty is one of three we’re featuring, and you’ll be wondering how to pick your favorite. 

They range in price from$724,000 to $1.05 million and include an Oak Cliff Tudor with a fairy tale backyard and a Mockingbird Park beauty with classic good looks, reimagined hit a buyer’s checklist. 

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Lakewood Tudor

The Lakewood Tudor at 6419 Glenrose Ct. is one of our featured open houses this week.

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick the fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $325K to $675K. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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Brettonwoods

Driving into the Brettonwoods neighborhood of Oak Cliff, it’s hard to believe you’re just ten miles southwest of downtown Dallas.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred sits on a third of an acre at 2515 Gladiolus Ln., near West Ledbetter Drive and South Hampton Road. It’s heavily treed with a quaint picket fence in front, cozy outdoor living space, and small, gently rolling hills nearby. It’s a few blocks from the 263-acre Kiest Park, offering a mix of nature and sports facilities, including tennis and swimming, as well as a rec center and trails.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 2,475 square feet on one story, built in 1957. There’s an open house this Sunday, May 21, from 1-4 p.m. Let’s get a sneak peek! 

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Elmwood cottage

A friend of mine is looking to buy a house in the under-$300K range in Dallas and it is proving to be incredibly difficult and frustrating. In her experience, homes in that range go under contract lightning fast and almost always for over asking price. Sometimes there’s even a cash offer as competition.

I’ve had the same realization writing this Tuesday Two Hundred column for the last few years. I’ll find a property over the weekend and by Monday, it’s got an active open contract. The prettier the place, the bigger the interest.

So I’m predicting huge activity around today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 1603 Homewood Pl. The midcentury design elements and cute curb appeal of this Elmwood cottage will have buyers speed-dialing their Realtor for a showing. From the red brick and turquoise front door to the light-filled and renovated interior, it hits all the “must haves” and a lot of the “would be nice,” too.

This home has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,236 square feet on one story, built in 1954. Let’s take a look!

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bluffview estates

The corner lot Bluffview Estates contemporary at 4401 Wildwood Rd. was taken to the studs for a whole-home re-imagination and it’s stunning.

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $295K to $950K. You’ll find a range of properties, from a fabulous Bluffview Estates contemporary, pictured above, to an Uptown condo with clean lines and a friendly list price.Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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Stevens Park Village

Graceful, stylish living claims its space as our Thursday Three Hundred, a 1941 stone cottage in North Oak Cliff’s Stevens Park Village.

Sitting on an elevated lot, the property at 2311 Lawndale Dr. is one of the original houses in the area. It retains an authentic feel of that era with its architectural details and some vintage features. But the owners’ recent renovations brought it up to date and created the kind of features that make buyers speed-dial their Realtor. Think marble hexagon tile in the guest bathroom, rich cabinetry in the kitchen (and plenty of it), and refinished original hardwoods.

“There’s a very nice layout and for the size of the house, you’re getting a lot of openness,” said listing agent Ged Dipprey with Dave Perry-Miller Intown. “There’s great flow from living to dining room with an original arch that opens into the kitchen.”

The marriage between original and updated is flawless in this two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage. Its 1,544 square feet are indeed well appointed and create the perception of much more space.

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