If you love clean lines and a contemporary look, then you’ll fall hard for the three properties we’ve found for our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column. They’ve got a sleek aesthetic and stand out as exceptional for their neighborhood. 

This week, our open houses range in price from $465,000 to $1.269 million. Which one is your favorite?

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Kevin Caskey, that dapper, loved-by-every-real-estate-practitioner-in-town, super-star agent, has left Century 21 Judge Fite’s Fine Homes & Estates luxury division to join Halo Group Realty where he will be leading the company as Executive Vice President.

Kevin started his real estate career with Keller Williams, Dallas City Center, where he quickly became a top producer. He took over the office as Team Leader just prior to overseeing a successful de-franchising of the brokerage with nearly zero casualties. Kevin managed Dallas City Center as leader of an independent brokerage in Dallas for six years before finally succumbing to the recruitment efforts of Nathan Grace. Caskey says he loved being President of NG for that short time before the company was sold to Century 21 Judge Fite.

“Kevin is truly one of the most respected, beloved members of the DFW real estate community,” says Britt Morris, President of Halo Group Realty. “I am beyond thrilled at his addition to the Halo family.  We’ve been looking for the perfect fit to take over agent operations, and his expertise positions us for continued growth in the DFW marketplace.” 

Halo Group Realty is a 100 percent commission model where agents forego the traditional commission split with their broker, retaining more income from the commission. 

“My 20-plus years in the real estate business has taught me some valuable lessons, to which I recently started paying some serious attention,” says Kevin: “Who you are in business with matters!”

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Walk to Lake Ray Hubbard from this Stylish and Updated Rowlett Home | CandysDirt.com

Located on a Lake Ray Hubbard peninsula, walking distance to the water in two directions, one house has cute curb appeal and an updated interior in the low $200s. 

The newly listed Rowlett house at 8417 Meadowview St. is full of tasteful updates and great features, from an open floorplan to hardwood floors. This is our Tuesday Two Hundred and it has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two dining areas, and 1,582 square feet on one story, built in 1990. 

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Calling All Crayons: Back-to-School Supply Drive from Nathan Grace | CandysDirt.com

School is starting soon and for some students, the cost of basic supplies is a burden. 

Enter the Nathan Grace Real Estate office in Lake Highlands. They are collecting school supplies for the students of Forest Lane Academy in North Lake Highlands. 

“We committed to [collecting] 174 boxes of crayons and we did it!” said Kevin Caskey, president at Nathan Grace Real Estate. “Now we are on to collecting glue sticks.” 

All the school supplies will go to the children at the elementary school before classes start. 

“Giving back to the communities where our five offices are is what we do,” he said. “We haven’t done this specific project before but we always give back.”

Bring your glue sticks by the Lake Highlands office of Nathan Grace Real Estate, 9661 Audelia Rd.

 

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East Dallas MLS Broker Bake Off chair Christina Dewbre shows off a confection as emcee Kevin Caskey holds the live auction.

When the committee that puts together the East Dallas MLS’ Broker Bake Off (an annual Texas Association of Realtors PAC fundraiser and sweet event), they batted around a few themes before someone suggested a riff off of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s epic 90s ballad — “I Like Big Bundts And I Cannot Lie: Music Through The Ages.”

Naturally, said event chair Alyssa O’Brien Ramsey, it was an instant favorite.

Brokerages were tasked with creating confections that spoke to pop music’s biggest moments, and they did a bang-up job. In all, the Broker Bake Off managed to rake in some serious dough for the Texas Association of Realtors Political Action Committee to the tune of $15,800.

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2421 Springhill a

It’s the time of year when we look back on our accomplishments and discoveries for 2016. This Thursday Three Hundred, published March 17, was a favorite of both readers and the author! Enjoy this flashback.

Our Thursday Three Hundred is the home of entrepreneur Rachel O’Connor and her young family. O’Connor is the founder and owner of Party Made Pretty, and she creates all kinds of paper decorations, garlands, and banners.

Rachel O’Connor and family

Rachel O’Connor and family hate to leave their Casa Linda cottage, but her home-based business is booming and she needs a big studio

Party Made Pretty booming—she’s now filling more than 400 orders a month and her home-based business is busting at the seams. So she, her husband, 18-month-old daughter, and adorable, chubby dog need to move somewhere with a larger dedicated studio space.

Which brings us to their awesome house at 2421 Springhill Dr. near Ferguson Road and Lakeland Drive in East Dallas’ Casa Linda Forest. It would be hard to leave this place, a 3-2 with 2,220 square feet—large for the neighborhood, up on a hill with mature trees and a cute cottage feel.

O’Connor has worked magic with the interior—this is a 1959 home that has vintage charm, but feels modern and livable. The open floorplan makes the front rooms flow into one enormous, welcoming space.

“We changed almost every room in the house in one way or another— the way it was originally set up, we could see the potential for entertaining, but had a tiny galley kitchen,” O’Connor said. “We gutted the kitchen and opened it up and made it one big entertaining area. [Our renos were] centered around common living spaces.”

The backyard is big with a nice patio off the kitchen with a hot tub, and previous owners converted the garage into a bonus room. (This could be a negative for people who want a garage, but it sure makes for more space!)

It was listed March 7 by Kevin Caskey with Dallas City Center Realtors $348,500.

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Kevin Caskey Nathan Grace

Well, it’s going to be an interesting evening at MetroTex Association of Realtor’s Awards and Installation bash Wednesday night. For maybe the first time ever, two brokers from the same firm are vying for Metrotex Broker of the Year…

That would be Russell Berry and Kevin Caskey, two of three finalists, and both with Nathan Grace.

That’s right, Nathan Grace. On Monday, Kevin left Dallas City Center Realtors, where he had worked for 15 years, running the place for seven, longer than any other manager.

He has moved over to Nathan Grace as the firm’s Area Director. Kevin will manage Park Cities, Lake Highlands and Richardson, basically everything Dallas County. His business partner, Bill Clarkson moved with him.

“Nathan Grace has grown so fast in this market,” says Kevin,”already six offices plus corporate, that kind of growth is pretty impressive.”

While he loved City Center, Kevin says he sees so much more opportunity for growth with Nathan Grace.

“It was time to see what is out there,” says Kevin. “because the business is changing so quickly. We were very busy, but not really growing. Nathan Grace is also very technology forward, which is going to be an even bigger component of our business going forward. The changes are coming, and we need to be prepared.”

Brokers are always reaching out to top agents, says Kevin, and he has been getting offers to move for year, but never considered a one until now.

“Every week, Nathan Grace has a “Live from Sherry Lane” Facebook feed show for all the agents, it’s a fun, upbeat atmosphere, welcoming and comfortable, not stuffy.”

Aside from Bill, Kevin comes to NG alone as he has a non-compete with Dallas City Center.

But that, he says, is not keeping his phone very silent.

 

10930 Listi a

Creekside living on a beautiful lot usually comes at a hefty price. But our Tuesday Two Hundred is a budget-friendly find with a secluded feel.

Located at 10930 Listi Dr. in Lake Highlands, this home offers great outdoor living options, with a wraparound deck and a quiet, peaceful setting. The interior features open living and dining areas, a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace, hardwood floors, and a downstairs master.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,629 square feet on two stories, built in 1980. Bonus: it’s in the attendance zone for Wallace Elementary, a family favorite in East Dallas.

This home was just listed Saturday, so let’s take a look before it gets snatched up!

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