open houses in dallas tx

The Phillipe Starck condo in Victory Park is one of our five featured open house roundup this week.

Every week, we give you an insider look at great DFW properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. We pick five “don’t miss” open houses around North Texas you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $439,000 to $1.2 million. You’ll find a a renovated Forest Hills ranch with over 3,200 square feet, a Hollywood Heights/Santa Monica cottage with a master bedroom addition that will make you swoon (check out the ceiling!), and more! Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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university terrace

Our Thursday Three Hundred is a lovely University Terrace cottage, built in 1955 and meticulously maintained and updated.

Located at 7320 Lehigh Dr., this home is a 3-2 with 1,464 square feet, situated in the Lakewood Elementary attendance zone, rated a “10” out of 10 by GreatSchools.org.

university terrace

University Terrace is a fabulous East Dallas neighborhood with about 3,550 residents, established in 1954, next to White Rock Lake and about an eight-minute drive from downtown Dallas. According to the University Terrace Neighborhood Association, the area is surrounded by a collection of old-fashioned neighborhoods, generally developed from the early 20th century to the 1950s.

This cottage was listed Feb. 19 by Janis Wells with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International for $374,000.

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Allen townhomeIf you want to live in the heart of Allen in a place zoned for highly rated schools and close to all sorts of fun, today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is the right property for you.

The Allen townhome at 1927 Monterrey St. is a 2-2.5 with 1,779 square feet on two stories in the Villas Of Cottonwood Creek. Built in 2006, this townhome has access to a community swimming pool and bike-jogging path, included in the reasonable HOA fees, which ring in at $583 per quarter (about $194 per month).

1927 Monterrey Z

This is the visitor center at Allen Park. To the right is the skate park. Photo: Leah Shafer

The visitor center at Allen Station Park. To the right is the concrete skate park in the Edge @ Allen Station. Photo: Leah Shafer

The townhome located near Stacy Road and North Central Expressway, less than a mile from Allen Premium Outlets and The Villages at Allen, where you can shop your heart out everyplace from Banana Republic and Babies R Us to Whole Foods and HomeGoods.

It’s a five-minute drive from the huge Allen Station Park, with baseball and softball fields, playground, trails, and washer courts. At the south end of the park is the Edge @ Allen Station Park, featuring a 37,915-square-foot concrete skate park, two roller hockey rinks, BMX track, and visitor center. There’s also a state-of-the-art wakeboard park nearby.

This property is zoned for the highly rated Allen ISD. Boon Elementary School earns a 10 out of 10 score at GreatSchools.org; Ereckson Middle School earns a “10;” and Lowery Freshman Center earns an “8” (Allen High School is not rated by the GreatSchools website, but U.S. News & World Report gives it a silver medal ranking).

This townhome won’t break the bank, listed by David Maez with Vivo Realty Group for $229,900.

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Old Lake Highlands MidcenturyHome sales in North Texas broke a record last month, with more than 10,500 sold in June, shattering the previous record by 1,000 houses. East Dallas is faring particularly well, with sales up 10 percent from last year, according to the latest sales figures from the MetroTex Association of Realtors.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to a property East of White Rock Lake that helps us understand why homes in the area are selling in 22 days on average. (I’ll bet this one goes under contract even faster than that.)Old Lake Highlands MidcenturyThe Old Lake Highlands midcentury at 703 Kirkwood Dr. is newly listed and sits on a heavily treed corner lot, walking distance from White Rock Lake. It’s a 3-2 with 1,632 square feet, built in 1955 and listed by Jan Chavoya at Ebby Halliday Realtors Frisco for $299,700. (The owners recently updated the electrical panel and security system, too.)

MetroTex reports that the average price now for an East Dallas house is $399,230 (a 19 percent increase over last year), so this is a find at under $300K. Let’s look at the updates and features that make this midcentury house a gem.

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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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North Dallas Ranch

All photos: Shoot2Sell

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred is a whole lot of house for $399,000.

The 1967 ranch at 7823 Roundrock Dr. has 2,789 square feet, five bedrooms, and three full baths with multiple updates throughout, including new paint and carpet in 2015. The backyard has a pleasant covered patio with high ceilings, a fan, and flagstone floor. The saltwater pool and landscaping add to the appeal.

This drive-up darling is well-maintained on a corner lot, with cream-colored brick and black shudders, an original ironwork pillar on the front porch, an open front lawn with mature trees, and the entire property has an in-ground sprinkler system.

North Dallas Ranch

This house is located near Coit and Belt Line roads in North Dallas, zoned for the well-regarded Spring Creek Elementary School in Richardson ISD. This elementary earned a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10.

It is newly listed by Jackie Asbury at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Texas Realty.

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823 Lake Terrace A

Photo: Shoot2Sell

That old saying about good things coming in small packages can be hard to reconcile with the “bigger-is-better” mentality that often rules Texas real estate.

But it’s an easy fit in today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, a cozy midcentury ranchette in East Dallas at 823 Lake Terrace Dr. With 1,490 square feet and a great layout, this 2-2 packs a powerful punch in its modest footprint. It is newly listed by Kerry Slaughter at Paradise Slaughter Real Estate for $279,900.

823 Lake Terrace B

Built in 1954, this midcentury house has a remodeled kitchen and baths, refinished original hardwoods, new windows, and totally charming curb appeal. It is located near Peavy Road and E. Lake Highlands Drive, walking distance to White Rock Lake. There’s so much to like, from the open-concept floorplan to overall flow of the house.

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