Squee! I feel like this custom craftsman-style home at 5848 Prospect Avenue could easily serve as the set for some adorable prime-time TV family. How cute is this house? Cute and smart, apparently! Built in 2011 by JLD Custom Homes, this beauty is Energy Star Certified, with an interior as precious as its drive-up. The location is hard to get over, too. It’s walking-distance to Lower Greenville and just two short miles to White Rock Lake. If you work downtown, that adds up to a pretty painless commute.

Listed by Jan Baldwin with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $679,900, this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath stunner features a modern floor plan wrapped up in the ultra-charming exterior of a bygone era. And every inch of its 2,372 square feet feels warm and inviting.



6248 Ravendale Before Front


Ravendale After Front

Are you ready for a stunning before-and-after? Let’s start off with the vitals on 6248 Ravendale, a cottage built in 1950 in Caruth Terrace. It’s a 1,397-square-foot traditional with two bedrooms, one bathroom and a single garage. It’s marketed by Jan Baldwin of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s for $299,500.

Ravendale Before Living

Ravendale After Living

Now, to you, this cute little house may not sound like much, but wait until you get a peek at the remodel that made this so-so house into a cozy, cute cottage that would be the envy of any neighborhood.

Ravendale Before Dining

Ravendale After Dining


The first thing you’ll notice is the fresh paint and landscaping outside the home, which raises the profile to a whole different level by making the shutters and doors neutral, adding more inviting furniture to the porch, and tidying the front to add crucial curb appeal.

Ravendale Before Kitchen Ravendale After Kitchen

Of course the interiors have been brightened up, too, with neutral paint and white furniture, and lovely accessories. It’s a far cry from the dark, uninviting interiors in the first listing photos.

The kitchen has had a facelift, too, with bright cabinets replacing the dark ones, opening the space and making it much more photogenic. The paint on the walls makes this modest kitchen look much bigger, too, and adding  beadboard for the backsplash instead of the eclectic tile makes the space look much more unified.

Ravendale Before Sitting Ravendale After Sitting

Really, the backyard is the same, but what is different is the cozy furniture that makes the area show much better. Now tell us: Which house would you buy for almost $300,000? The before or the after?

Ravendale Before Master Ravendale After Master

As I told you, Dallas homes are selling like hotcakes. What is it about this market, and when did this start? Had lunch with Carol Blair up in Addison Circle today — stay tuned for the neat stuff she and her office are doing — and we were scratching our heads: just when did this market get so hot? Was it January? Interest rates didn’t change — been low, still low. Inventory is down. Banks still morons about lending. Maybe it’s that old truth: when there is less of anything, it seems more people want it!

Then Jan Baldwin emails me to tell me she read my post, and get this: she listed this home,  11440 St. Michaels Drive, at 8 a.m. Here, I’ll let her tell the story:

I sent out a buzz to my office @ 8 am, showing @ 10, offer by 2, under contract by 6 pm….so maybe just a tad of poetic license, but went under contract 10 days before it was to in MLS for more than list price! Never even had to photograph it!!!!!

Carol said things are also busy busy in Addison. So there you have it — hot market, hip pocket sales, homes selling in 24 hours or less, certainly going under contract that way.

This keeps up, experts tell us we will start to see more appreciation… and appreciation!