richardson real estateFor families looking to live in a northern suburb, today’s Tuesday Two Hundred offers a chance to get a lot of house for under $300K with the opportunity to totally personalize the space.

The Richardson house at 5403 Kingston Dr. is 2,158 square feet with four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and an open floorplan in the shared rooms. Located near Renner and Murphy roads, east of Central Expressway, this Collin County house is zoned for Plano ISD, and its elementary, Miller, earns a 10 out of 10 rating from GreatSchools.org.

There’s a nice-sized backyard, and the house is just one block from the 417-acre Breckinridge Park, with trails, pavilions, picnic and playground areas, a gazebo, 12 soccer fields, two softball fields, three ponds, and tons of undeveloped green space. It’s also about a 10-minute drive from the CityLine mixed-use development.

HOA dues are a very reasonable $90 per quarter, and the house itself was listed Sunday by Kurt Buehler with Keller Williams Realty Dallas Metro North for $250,000 ($116 per square foot).

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lakeland hills

All photos of renovated house: Shoot2Sell

Casey Barton and Raymond E. Graham are real estate renaissance men, working their magic in East Dallas homes.

Raymond E. Graham and Casey Barton in another Buckner Terrace renovation

Raymond E. Graham and Casey Barton in another Buckner Terrace renovation in April. Photo: Graham and Barton

The pair have been renovating and selling houses together for eight years and own the company Barton-Graham Home & Design Firm. They’re both general contractors and interior decorators, and Graham is a Realtor who in the process of earning his broker’s license. They’re all set up to offer comprehensive services to clients.

We’ve featured their phenomenal work here and here, and today’s Thursday Three Hundred is their newest renovation at 6229 N. Jim Miller Rd.

This house is in Buckner Terrace, specifically in the Lakeland Hills neighborhood, near John West and Buckner Boulevard. It is 1,860 square feet with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms (they added a sleek powder room).

If you need to be convinced of their talent, take a look at the before-and-after photos throughout this post. It went from “mawmaw” to mod in a whirlwind 11-week renovation. It’s even more impressive when you consider that the pair got married last week and completed this reno in the midst of planning a wedding! (Huge congratulations from us at CandysDirt!)

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6229 N. Jim Miller Rd. EXTERIOR BEFORE BNow, about the neighborhood. If you’re not familiar with Buckner Terrace, you should be: the real estate there is hot: Realtor Vince Leibowitz with LTZ & Co. Real Estate identified it as one of the city’s top emerging areas last year. In part, it was for access to White Rock Lake, the Arboretum, and other East Dallas awesomeness.

The neighborhood is full of pleasant one-story pier-and-beam houses built in the 1960s and 1970s. The lots tend to be bigger and price tags smaller than what you’d find in many other parts of East Dallas.

“It’s crazy to me that you can live within a mile or two from the lake and the Dallas Arboretum and buy a house in this price range,” said Barton. “In other parts of the city, this would be a $500,000-plus property.”

Graham listed the house yesterday for $325,000.

“We’re having an open house on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and I hope we will be reviewing offers that evening,” said Graham.

I think there’s a good chance they might see an offer before that, if past successes are an indication of their popularity with buyers. One of their Buckner Terrace renos went under contract in three days earlier this year!

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junius heights tudor

All photos: Shoot2Sell

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred is a rare treat. This Junius Heights Tudor, located just south of the heart of Lakewood at 731 Lipscomb Ave., charms with its vintage curb appeal and original details throughout the interior. Updates, like the quartz kitchen countertops, commercial-grade stainless steel range, and master bathroom addition, address common concerns in a house from this era (1924), and make it appealing for modern buyers.

With the addition, the house is now a 3-2, with 1,948 square feet, spacious for a Tudor and for the neighborhood. You can’t beat the location, walking distance to Lakewood Shopping Center and a short distance from the south end of White Rock Lake.

This house was listed Tuesday by Brittney Warren of Rogers Healy and Associates for $389,000, so this is a first look at this property.

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Junius Heights Prairie

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to Junius Heights in Old East Dallas to look at a lovely Prairie Style house that just hit the market June 1.

The Prairie Style of residential architecture made its debut in Dallas in 1907 with a house on Abrams Road, based on the plans Frank Lloyd Wright published in Ladies Home Journal six years earlier. This style was popular in the Midwest and Texas, a distinctly American design idea featuring a low-pitched roof, large overhanging eaves, central chimney, discipline in the use of ornamentation, and low, horizontal lines.

Just three years later, the house at 5614 Worth St. made its appearance near Beacon and Gaston. It’s not a perfect example of the Prairie Style, but comes close, with its warm earth-tone palette, horizontal wood siding, interior glass doors, and other “style appropriate” interior architectural details.

With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,416 square feet, this Junius Heights Prairie house is modest in size, but offers a lot of function and beauty in that space. There are minor cosmetic fixes needed in parts of the house, like the second bathroom, but overall, it’s great. Plus, the location is prime, just minutes away from Lakewood, Lower Greenville, White Rock Lake, and other hot spots for shopping and dining.

This house is listed by Ebby Halliday agent Kay Caughron for $249,000. (As happens so often lately in our red hot North Texas real estate market, it went under contract in three days—it’s a charmer!)

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Central Dallas Home

Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, the old saying goes. If that’s the case, then the post-war beauty at 5824 Palm Ln. won’t be on the market long, so take a look while it’s still available.

This 2-2 is renovated from the top to bottom of its 1,479 square feet. The reno includes newly refinished and stained hardwoods, crown molding, surround sound capability, Wink home automation, a luxury master bathroom, and a kitchen that wows with its look and amenities.

The North Stonewall Terrace neighborhood in central Dallas is a prime location, near Mockingbird and Matilda, just three blocks from Central Expressway, three miles from White Rock Lake, and 3.5 miles from NorthPark Center.

It’s also zoned for Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, rated “10” by GreatSchools.org.

Our Thursday Three Hundred was listed June 5 by Damon Williamson at Keller Williams Park Cities for $399,900, and we bet this Central Dallas home will find a buyer soon.

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white rock cottage

There are a fair number of small houses in East Dallas near White Rock Lake. Many of them were built in the 1950s and 1960s, when closets were tiny, floorplans were divided up with lots of walls, and families were perfectly happy with just one bathroom.

As homeowners renovate some of these houses, they’re rethinking the use of space. Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred exemplifies smart reno choices that make the most of the small footprint of a midcentury house.

The White Rock cottage at 6464 Fisher Rd. near Northwest Highway and Abrams Road measures a modest 1,124 square feet. But nothing feels cramped or confined in the house. Owner and listing agent April McGowan at Keller Williams’ Park Cities office took the house to the studs in 2013 and reimagined a bright, modern interior. The living room and kitchen share one open space that’s multifunctional and well conceived. She tore apart the outdated bathroom and added a second, and they’re both luxe: think Carrera marble floors and a frameless shower with freestanding soaker tub.

Because of its small size, this house will naturally have lower energy bills than larger builds. But McGowan took that a step further, installing low-E windows, new insulation, new electrical wiring, and a tankless water heater to make monthly bills feel like pocket change.

Oh, and did I mention it is zoned for the coveted Lakewood Elementary? I predict this house, newly listed for $269,000, will go fast.

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Oak Cliff TudorNorth Oak Cliff is one of the most sought-after areas in the DFW housing market, which makes it hotter than a fur coat in July. Houses regularly go under contract in a matter of days, and prices have increased substantially over the past five years in many of its neighborhoods.

The list of reasons to love North Oak Cliff could be its own blog post, but here are a select few:

  • The huge array of houses, in a variety of architectural styles
  • Unusual topography—actual hills!—and mature trees
  • The kind of neighborhoods where people know the names of the kids two doors down, like Ravinia Heights, West Kessler, and Winnekta Heights
  • Walkable neighborhoods, like Bishop Arts and Trinity Groves
  • An abundance of older homes with character, stories, and distinct looks
  • Proximity to downtown Dallas, Uptown, and other central areas of the city
  • The sense of it being an “up-and-coming” area of Dallas, with charisma and energy

Because so many people have realized the charms of the area, finding a property for under $200K can be a challenge. But there are still neighborhoods in North Oak Cliff where’s that’s possible. Sunset Hill is one of them, where the 2-1 at 2752 Catherine St. is located, near Hampton and 12th Street.

This North Oak Cliff Tudor is 1,263 square feet, updated with a new kitchen, but still retaining wonderful vintage charm, like arched doorways and original light fixtures flanking the fireplace. It is newly listed by Matt Watson with Dallasy.com, LLC for $175,000.

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400 AcklingtonEverything is bigger in Texas, and that certainly holds true in the residential real estate of Dallas’ northern suburbs.

But spacious houses can be hard to come by under $300K, so today’s Tuesday Two Hundred listing at 400 Acklington Dr. in Anna caught my eye with 3,701 square feet, four big bedrooms, and 2.5 baths. It is newly listed by Steve Warren at Re/Max Dallas Suburbs for $289,900.

That’s just over $78 a square foot—right on par with comparable sales in the area, which have ranged from $63 to $100 a square foot (and this house is the biggest in size of the recent sales I’ve found).

400 Acklington

Anna is located about 11 miles northeast of McKinney and 40 miles north of Dallas on U.S. Highway 75, State Highway 5, and State Highway 121. Those highways make getting around DFW a cinch. It’s also one of the fastest growing cities in Collin County with about 11,000 residents and offers great amenities, like Natural Springs Park, which is walking distance from the house. This heavily wooded park has a spring that feeds into a pond, as well as a large open space. Future plans for the park include walking trails with three bridges, picnic tables, benches, a gazebo, and a fishing pier.

The house is also only 1.9 miles away from Slayter Creek Park with its splash pad, playground, walking trail, skateboard park, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard court, disc golf course, athletic fields, and large pavilion. Jump to read more and see lots of pics of the house!

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