“Eight minutes from Main Street — paved all the way!” So said the boosters for Oakhurst in the 1920s. Always in search of the ever more elusive starter home, a post on Oakhurst, a neighborhood just east of downtown on the National Register of Historic Places is long overdue. Add into the mix a proud neighborhood association, attractive parks, and close proximity to the Trinity Vision Project, and the future for Oakhurst looks better than bright.

With charming street names like Primrose, Bluebonnet, and Mapleleaf  and quaint cottages from the 1920s through 1940s Oakhurst is reminiscent of Oak Cliff with pricing where Oak Cliff was a decade or so ago. But if you want a piece of the area you had better hurry. Upscale development has already begun along Oakhurst Scenic Drive which will only serve as a catalyst for further development and put additional upward pressure on prices.

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Not for the first time, a traffic detour routed me past a property for sale so appealing that I postponed my planned post in favor of another listing, this time at 2264 Lipscomb, at the edge of Fairmount. Cute it is, with all of the Fairmount charm in spades, but my jaw dropped at the listing price of $499,000. Further investigation, revealed that Lipscomb is a member of a small, but growing club of Fairmount properties priced at or above $500,000. Even a real estate blogger can be caught off guard in the fast moving target of a hot real estate market.

In the 500 club is 2014 Fifth Avenue, under contract and priced at $539,000. David Folsom of the Folsom Team is offering a charming Fairmount bungalow at 1700 Fairmount Avenue for $520,000. Also bumping against the 500 bar is 1626 South Adams Street originally offered for $520,000, now priced at $489,000.  (more…)

There is nothing like being in your own warm, dry, clean home. But for almost one-third of Houston and residents in other southeast Texas coastal cities, that feeling will be several months off. But the Texas real estate community is gearing up in a frenzy that almost rivals the size of the cat 4 storm that has crippled and drowned out Houston and the Texas Gulf coast. As we hear about these missions, big or small, we will pass them along. 

Keller Williams’ has always been one of the first brokerages to respond to tragedy. KW’s charity arm, KW Cares, has three bright-red 18-wheeler trucks parked at a depot outside Austin, Texas, ready to enter Houston:

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Kessler Plaza Stone Cottage | CandysDirt.com

Our Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to the southernmost of the Kessler neighborhood, Kessler Plaza in North Oak Cliff. The Austin stone cottage at 2631 Marvin Ave. sits pretty on this tree-lined street among an eclectic array of architectural styles, from Tudor revival to ranch-style. Its curb appeal coupled with interior’s appeal and the home’s pre-inspection make it particularly desirable. 

Getting into any of the Kesslers for under $300K is harder than ever in our competitive real estate market, so this property stands out for that reason, too. The floorplan makes good use of its modest size — two bedrooms, one bath, and 1,324 square feet — and packs a lot of style into the house, which was built in 1941. 

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If you read Tuesday’s column, you know why this picture is blurry (poor resolution photography)

I know the market is mostly hot, but a 16,029 percent price increase … YOWZA!! That morning alert certainly sent me clicking away to 1001 Liberty Street, Unit 125 (I use an Ebby link here because Keller Williams wants you to login to see listings).  Turns out the property is also for rent and the Realtor, Gary Davis of KW Denton, entered the rental amount instead of the selling price, thus the astronomical increase when corrected. I know, let down city.  You expected something more.

Well, there is a little more … and a happy surprise.

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”.. a spa? Hotel catering? Daaaang! Walter, Are You Listening?”

.. A spa? hotel catering? “Daaaang! Walter, are you getting this?”

Listening to a representative from the Four Seasons Hotel and Club, Candy realized her  house was missing out on all the amenities the hotel has to offer. Aside from golf, there’s the spa, catering, swimming pools, kids camp, clubhouse for parties, and more.

Many attendees had that same, “Dang my house doesn’t have that” look as they heard about the “surround” provided by Four Seasons. It was the icing on top of the three special homes CandysDirt.com visited last night at the Enclave in Las Colinas.

In case you missed, we’re talking about 4774, 4782 and 4786 Byron Cir. These are three homes facing the 17th hole at the Four Seasons TPC course that’s been home to the Byron Nelson tournament for many years.

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It’s not often you can say, “I can see the Four Seasons from my house.” At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, you’ll be able to say it from each of three neighboring properties at The Enclave in Las Colinas.  These homes not only see the Four Seasons, they’re privy to all the amenities of the hotel.

For golf enthusiasts, each home also fronts the Four Seasons TPC golf course, specifically, the Par 3 17th hole.  Because of owners entertainment prowess, it’s locally known as the “party hole” to tournament players and attendees.

Each home is being marketed by Leigh Ann Barrick, top producing broker/associate with Keller Williams.  Let’s review what you’ll be able to experience on Thursday night.

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Please join us for our multi-home Staff Meeting open house event up in Las Colinas on March 9 at The Enclave.  For those just tuning in, this is the first time we’ve had a simultaneous, triple open house tour of over $7 million in real estate. In case you missed homes one and two you can click here and here. In addition to viewing these properties, we’ll also meet and listen to the general manager of the Four Seasons golf club who will discuss what it’s like living on a golf course in Four Seasons-land (wonderful, I’d expect … it’s the Four Seasons).

Our final property is 4782 Byron Circle and it’s the perfect bookend being the next-door neighbor of our first home (Map). All three properties are listed with Leigh Ann Barrick, top producing broker/associate with Keller Williams.  This home, on a third of an acre, is 5,123 square feet and contains four bedrooms with five full and one half bathroom. Built in 2001, it’s listed for $2.395 million.  Like its neighbor at 4786 Byron Circle, this home has 17th (party) hole views of the Four Seasons TPC gold course where the Byron Nelson tournament is held each May.

We’re thrilled to host you and your closest real estate-obsessed friends, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t thank the evening’s co-sponsor, John Kelly, branch manager with Guaranteed RateHe’s a genius with mortgages and we couldn’t be happier to have him aboard!

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