ChristmasIn our weeklong quest to show you some of the best properties in North Texas for Christmas decorating, you didn’t think we’d leave open houses out of the mix, did you?

Every Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. We have them in several price points, so which one will you choose?

FARMERS BRANCH BEAUTY ZONED FOR GREAT SCHOOLS

Open house: Saturday, Dec. 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This three-bedroom, two-bath Farmers Branch home has 2,132 square feet of living space, and has been beautifully updated with wood floors, custom lighting, in-ceiling speakers, and more. (more…)

lake highlandsLake Highlands is sought after — that’s no revelation. So when we found three homes in three different price points that all have open houses this week, we knew we hit the jackpot for our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week.

This week, our houses range in price from $489,000 to $1.175 million. Which ones will you visit? (more…)

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6436 Kenwick Avenue in Ridglea North area of Fort Worth (photos: Home Snappers)

As easy as it looks on HGTV to buy-and-fix-up an older home, it’s not.  You know those shows are scripted right?  As someone who gets paid (sometimes) to look at homes on a regular basis, I have to say that the influx of “flipper and fixer” shows has not always helped the real estate market.  Many in the flip market think that a can of gray paint, a few subway tiles, and polishing the floors equates to a job well done.  Wrong!

That is why it brings me great joy to tell you about a home in a fabulous neighborhood of Fort Worth that has been fixed up the right way.  It’s not just about the uber-popular color palette of whites and grays — it’s about taking an older home and making it useful to today’s home buyer. It’s also about not cutting corners to make a few extra bucks.

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Charming front porch to enjoy Ridglea North neighborhood

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lake highlands homeToday’s Tuesday Two Hundred will leave you amazed that so many high-end amenities and thoughtful details are available in a Lake Highlands home for under $300K.

The house at 10006 Chimney Hill Ln. is located in the Country Forest-Jackson Meadows neighborhood, about as far north as you can go in Lake Highlands before bumping into Richardson. This is outside the LBJ loop, and for some, that’s a deal breaker. But I promise, once you see this house, you won’t care. (And really, it’s fewer than ten minutes to White Rock Lake and  NorthPark Center, minutes away from the Richardson Tech Corridor, and only 15 minutes north of downtown Dallas. Perspective, y’all.)

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The master bathroom is a real stunner, with an unusual center vanity with two sinks, granite counters, and lots of storage. There is also ample closet space, decorative and recessed lighting, a private water closet, and spa-like steam shower.

It’s a 3-3 with 2,619 square feet, built in 1979. Inside, you’ll find everything from handscraped hardwood floors and a kitchen with custom cabinetry, to cedar-paneled vaulted ceilings and a stunning master bathroom.

This stunner is newly listed by Angela Garcia with Keller Williams Realty Arlington for $295,000.

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