Gail Lane Williams with Ebby Halliday has listed 4735 Purdue Avenue for $565,000.

These Inwood-Northwest Dallas homes are so good you’ll forget all about the fireworks and hop on a call with your Realtor stat. From Hockaday to Devonshire to Briarwood, these beauties do not disappoint. All have open houses this Sunday and backyards to keep you cool all summer long.

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This northwest Dallas home at 3130 Saint Croix Drive checks all the right boxes for this week’s Thursday Three Hundred. If you’re looking for an updated family home with great schools nearby and some mid-century style, this one’s for you. Jump with me, won’t you? (more…)

Texas Modern 11201 Leachman Circle

The sleek-lined exterior of this Texas modern is exactly what you look for when you want a contemporary home that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s like a Tiffany gift box — classic and unpretentious. Then you unwrap it — well in this case you walk in the front door — and just like every single thing that comes in a Tiffany box, you realize it’s perfect and exactly what you always wanted.

Set on over two acres of land that back up to a creek in what amounts to a private park, this home graces the end of a cul-de-sac in the Royal Northaven neighborhood. This is the heart of private school paradise. Hockaday and Jesuit are to the north and The Episcopal School of Dallas is to the southwest, all about a five minute drive from this Texas modern masterpiece at 11201 Leachman Circle.

11201 Leachman Circle

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Dundee Ill history-birds-eye

Labor Day musings. Once, on a trip to Chicago, I was driving west on the Kennedy to I-90, and passing by the outskirts of the suburban towns where I grew up. We had lived in Oak Park and moved west successively, so much that the towns created a line of dots on the tollway, like footprints away from the city. My parents’ last home was in East Dundee. They were both gone and the house I had grown up in had traded owners back in the 1980’s, when my mother downsized and moved to Dallas.

I was on Interstate 90, and I realized I was nearing Route 25, I wasn’t far. On a whim, I steered the car towards that old address — you know how you never, ever forget the way home.

I drove by the house, circled a few times to see the neighborhood — yep, the deeded bird sanctuary was still next door. The neighbors’ houses were still there, too, and fairly well-maintained. Homes I once thought of as huge and sprawling looked small and almost ordinary to my Texas-sized house eyes.  I came around back and pulled into the circular driveway of 648 Council Hill, right in front of the two car garage I had opened with a clunky remote thousands of times.

I took a deep breath, walked to the front door, and rang the doorbell.

Council ill Road

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4330 Northview Front

I have seen some fantastic renovations come out of this neighborhood lately. If you’ve been considering an investment property that will net you big bucks and sell fast, consider 4330 Northview. This house is fantastic for an investor, as it’s in great shape!

4330 Northview Sunroom

Consider also that it’s a four-bedroom, four bath house with a mother-in-law suite that is accessible from the outside. You get formals, too, as well as an attached two-car garage. There’s a spacious backyard and a fantastic sunroom, which is a great spot for entertaining.

4330 Northview Family

The kitchen has a granite breakfast bar and tons of cabinet space. It has excellent bones and a great layout, which with refacing the cabinets and perhaps updating the fixtures, you could have a luxury kitchen in no time at all. And because this almost 3,000-square-foot home is listed for $449,000, you’ll have plenty of money left to do it up right.

4330 Northview Kitchen

The master suite is 15×15, which is decent, but if you buy this house, I am sure you’re going to consider making a bigger, more retreat-like master suite. Unfortunately, there are no photos of the bathrooms. Let’s just understand that as a polite way of saying “renovate these rooms first!”

4330 Northview Master

The backyard is a great size for a family, and has a wonderful back porch, too, that is covered by the pergola. I do love how there is plenty of room for guests to sit and mingle with one another.

4330 Northview Backyard

So, what do you think? If this home is renovated right, how much could the buyer eventually sell for?

There are many wonderful homes to rummage through this weekend in Dallas, but you will want to RUN, not walk, to 4445 College Park Drive, Becky Frey’s latest listing that just popped on the market up near Hockaday. I’ll be there Sunday, bring you all the inside scoop Monday. In the meantime, you know you cannot wait: here are a few photos to whet your appetite. This pup is listed at $1,175,000, and I am IN LOVE!