Have you ever tried explaining the geography of North Dallas to people from out of town? It’s kind of confounding to some, who expect the city’s bedroom communities to slow down as they approach Interstate 635. But then, dear out-of-towners, you get into “Far North Dallas” territory, where you may live inside the Dallas city limits, but you may be served by Richardson ISD, or Plano ISD in some cases. 

Call me snooty, but for reasons of convenience and logic, I prefer addresses within the loop. Lucky for me, there are plenty of great houses on the market south of 635 and inside the Dallas city limits, served by outstanding Dallas ISD schools and with wonderful retail and cultural amenities within a stone’s throw. And the architecture? It’s so homey and real, especially in Eudora Estates where this beautifully remodeled ranch is located. This listing from Keller Williams agent Sam Saladino is our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, and it offers superb family living with an outstanding inside-the-loop location.

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Splurge vs Steal: Two Updated, Lovely Lochwood Homes | CandyDirt.com

Lochwood is one of the great East Dallas neighborhoods, close to White Rock Lake, Dallas Arboretum, and other area charms. It is heavily treed, convenient, and offers an established neighborhood personality. 

Our Splurge vs Steal this week looks at two lovely Lochwood homes with so much to offer. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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Preston Trails Soft Contemporary Will Make Your Jaw Drop Among Dallas Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

Every week, we scour the listings and pound the pavement looking for the most impressive, unusual, and wonderful Dallas open houses to recommend for you that weekend. It’s our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column, where we pick three fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $375,000 to $1.6 million. Will you be going to see them?

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“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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