medianMay’s home report is in for Dallas, and the median home price is up two percent year-over-year to $260,000, according to statistics from Texas Realtors.

What can you get for the median home price in Dallas? We took a look.

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I’m becoming more and more convinced that Lake Highlands is the best place to live in Dallas. One of the larger neighborhoods in East Dallas, Lake Highlands offers natural beauty, good schools, great shopping, and short commute times. It’s had its own renaissance in the past decade, with Lake Highlands Town Center getting closer to completion and more businesses investing in this arboreal enclave. 

However, as the tide of Lake Highlands has risen, so have property values for single-family homes in the area. Finding a home in Lake Highlands in the $200,000 range is hard enough, but finding something cheaper than that? Almost impossible.

However, there are still plenty of great condos in Lake Highlands that offer amenities, location, and more. Here’s one, in particular, that shines:

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Knox-Henderson Townhome

So, you’re on the fence about downsizing. You’ve gotten used to living with the space around you as it was when the kids were still at home (although it’s a little more organized and a lot less sticky now). But maybe you’re not ready to live in a high-rise, or maybe the idea of a patio home in the suburbs isn’t your thing. 

For those who want to pare down a bit without losing easy access to their favorite Dallas-area amenities, this townhome near Knox-Henderson — our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week — is the perfect solution.

“This property gives an owner the ability to enjoy urban living in the heart of Dallas without sacrificing on square footage or garage space, with two private yards and three patios at an attractive price,” notes Rustin Smith, listing agent for 2627 N. Garrett Ave. “Dallas is at your fingertips, whether you want to walk to the restaurants and shops of Knox-Henderson, take a short drive downtown, or bike the Katy Trail. Being a few blocks from North Central Expressway makes accessing all the city has to offer easy and quick.”

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A lot of Dallasites, especially the areas hardest hit by the freak storm last Sunday, have been a bit down in the mouth. The loss of so many majestic trees and the damage to so many homes and neighborhoods is a lot to bear. Need some cheering up? This adorable cottage in East Dallas should do the trick.

Located inside one of East Dallas’ most popular neighborhoods, Old Lake Highlands, this cutie packs quite the punch despite its modest size.

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When the weather is mild, the first thought that comes to mind is having a few great friends over for dinner al fresco and beverages on ice. If you gravitate toward outdoor entertaining, then you’ll likely find yourself attracted to this gorgeous Belmont Park modern from David Griffin and Company Realtor Brandon Stewart

Lest you think that the beauty of this Belmont Park modern is only on the outside, just wait until you see the stunning interiors of our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

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Briar Creek between Lange Circle and Patrick Drive

I have never wanted to live “on the water,” as so many do. Unless, of course, we are talking the Atlantic or Pacific, or a very large lake like Cedar Creek, which I saw over the holiday weekend and is glistening with promise. “Creek-view lot!” in town has never stirred my real estate loins, even though water view lots are more expensive and desirable. Small lakes are so pretty when the sun bounces off the water, but underneath the rainbow, slithery creatures have a direct route to the backyard. 

Which is why I am finding Koi-Gate in Northeast Dallas an amusing story, funny to me, but probably not so funny to District 9 Dallas City Council candidate Paula Blackmon. Leave it to an election to bring out the fishiest of stories.

Candidate Paula Blackmon lives on Briar Creek, and is a member of the Lange Circle Lake Owner’s Association north of Mockingbird, in Briar Creek Estates. Think half acre lots and sprawling 1950’s ranch homes, many renovated,  with a few newer builds. A coveted area, the homes seldom go on the market and when they do, they are gone. Pouf. With three actual lakes/creeks, the area has been called the Venice of Dallas. Briar Creek is also a significant tributary that feeds into White Rock Lake. Twenty-two property owners along it own to the middle of the creek, sharing joint maintenance responsibility for waterway upkeep.

If you have never owned part of a creek, maintenance and dredging can get mighty pricey.

The politics: Tuesday evening, at the Lakewood Neighborhood Association Forum, the two candidates in the District 9 run-off, Paula Blackmon and Erin Moore, were each sounding off. Neighborhood activist Carol Bell-Walton mentioned that children playing in puddles left by the recent rains near White Rock Lake have been finding Koi fish.

Where had they come from, and was White Rock again becoming a giant Koi pond?

Paula Blackmon jumped in to respond: Her neighbors have been adding Koi and Tilapia to Briar Creek to kill the algae, she said.

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In the ongoing transformation that is Lowest Greenville’s residential Renaissance, there are lots of builders out there trying to leave a mark on the East Dallas area. However, not everyone is as careful when it comes to construction and value. Thankfully, we know that Jim Womble at Savannah Custom Builders is there to make sure that his homes meet the highest standards, whether single-family or multi-family construction. With 11 years in the business, he’s an established brand with a fantastic reputation with his clients.

All the more reason we’re thrilled to give our readers an introduction to Womble and his company, Savannah Custom Builders, in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Get to know Womble as the CandysDirt.com highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

To learn more about Savannah Custom Builders, keep reading!

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Nancy Highers has done it again! The Highers Group Realty agent just listed another Lake Highlands home and it’s a beauty. The 1960s ranch shines with a whole new look. This includes a bright white exterior, wood accents, and inviting curb appeal surrounded by mature trees. But what’s inside has us excited.

Elegant Upgrades Galore

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