This far North Dallas home projects a little bit of a 1960s Hollywood Hills, Palm Springs contemporary vibe that I find intriguing. It’s so… different. Sometimes you forget that Dallas even does different. Then along comes 4712 Holly Tree Drive. Now, I’ll allow that it also holds its fair share of problems (is that laminate I see?), but in the current real estate climate, I see nearly every house as a project – even ones listed in this price range. I live for potential. And this house has it in spades. Its location puts you in Plano schools and at a very decent commute from Dallas. That’s hard to beat. The house is listed by Susan Withrow of Keller Williams Realty at $725,000.

Starting with the drive up and the limestone entry, this house gives great face. I dig the unique look of the glass block, the curved wall, and the cool, geometric iron door. Like I said, it’s different. In a great way. I also find myself asking, “Would I buy a house for a tree?” Because the curb appeal here is really something.


Far North Dallas Home for Sale |

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is a former model home in Far North Dallas Villas of Bent Trail, and it shows.

Located at 6166 Jereme Trl., near Frankford and Preston roads, this home offers bay windows, plantation shutters overlooking peaceful treed grassy area, lighted glass built-in shelving, hardwoods, vaulted ceiling, and a wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen is modern and fresh, and the overall feel is inviting and comfortable.

It has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bathrooms, and 1,825 square feet on two stories, built in 1989.


6820 Garlinghouse Front

To some buyers, 6820 Garlinghouse looks like too much work. It’s a 1985-built ranch in Far North Dallas that is in original condition, according to Ashli Clements of Minnette Murray Properties, a boutique real estate group under Coldwell banker residential brokerage.

“It has really good bones and the floor plan works well for today’s families,” she said. “It’s totally livable right now. The seller lived in home for four years and didn’t change a thing. The breakfast nook is actually beautiful, with that gorgeous ceiling.”

6820 Garlinghouse Breakfast

But today’s buyers seem to be lacking in vision and inspiration, because at 2,565 square feet, this home is priced just right for the renovation-minded. This four-bedroom, three-bath home inside the Dallas city limits but with Plano ISD schools is being marketed for just $350,000 — a steal! Plus, buyers will receive a $10,000 allowance toward upgrades, making those Pinterest boards you’ve been carefully curating for your dream house even closer to tangible reality.


dallas open houses

The home at 10119 Lanshire Dr. is one of five we’re featuring this week in our open-house roundup.

Every week, we’re featuring five fantastic open houses in Dallas (and suburbs from time to time) here at CandysDirt.

This week, we’ve picked properties that range in price from $375,000 to $875,000. You’ll find everything from a contemporary townhome in Uptown with a rooftop deck and city views, to a Far North Dallas Midcentury sitting on a secluded creek lot. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!


Real Estate Story
Dog Parks

Photo: AllieKF via a Creative Commons license

Your four-legged friend is part of the family, and what pup doesn’t love a great dog park? But how often do you see a nearby dog park listed as a feature in a residential real estate listing?

We think that unfair to Fido, so we’ve rounded up five of the best dog parks in DFW to tell you about their features and the neighborhoods within walking distance. If you want your fur baby to be as happy with your new home as you are, take notes!


Kyle Rovinsky Family
If you don’t know Virginia Cook Realtor Kyle Rovinsky yet, you really have to ask yourself, “Why not!?” This gentleman is full of surprises, and he knows North Dallas better than almost anyone! He has a past in TV, and can sell ice to Eskimos he’s so smooth. Plus, he truly has a brain for the numbers side of real estate, and can calculate more than just 3 percent of a home’s selling price.
In fact, this smart, hardworking Realtor reminds us a lot of Jeff Lindigrin, who goes the extra mile for his clients. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out about the gold standard of service you get from Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans.
Jump to find out more fun facts on Kyle Rovinsky!


16311 Dalmalley Front

Photos: Shoot2Sell

So many people are discovering that, while year-over-year home price increases are great indicators of high demand and a hot market, it’s making many great neighborhoods in Dallas less affordable. Homes in Merriman Park and University Terrace are being priced in the $300K to $400K range, and occasionally in the $500K range. You can’t get a decent-sized family home in Lakewood for less than $600K it seems, and homes in Lake Highlands are so hot that they barely stand a chance on MLS. And if you want to live in the M Streets? Well, good luck with that.

But with increasing prices in the more highly sought-after Dallas neighborhoods, some other hidden gems have become discovered. Take, for instance, this lovely three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath traditional in Highlands North for $359,000. It’s a true North Dallas home, and it has tons of great features that make it attractive to families who are bummed to find out that they can only get a postage stamp with one bathroom in their preferred neighborhood for that price.


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The Dallas Morning News has an update — that far North Dallas shooter will be charged with seven counts of aggravated assault on a public servant and also threatened a babysitter! (more…)