3544 Ainsworth AOur smokin’ real estate market has inspired many people to buy dumpy houses, make them beautiful, and sell them for a tidy profit to buyers eager for move-in properties with all the bells and whistles.

Many of these renovations are beautifully executed—take our Thursday Three Hundred, a cottage in Northwest Dallas’ Sparkman Club Estates. As you’ll see from the “before” photos later in this post, this place was the pits.

3544 Ainsworth bNow, the home at 3544 Ainsworth Dr. feel spacious and modern with an open floorplan, refinished hardwoods, refaced stone fireplace, luxe kitchen, and a big master bedroom with a spa-like ensuite bathroom. It’s a 4-3 with 2,061 square feet, built in 1956, located near Royal and Marsh lanes in a desired neighborhood.

So why has this house been sitting on the market for 127 days? Is this flip flopping? Let’s take a look!

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Editor’s note: This piece originally ran March 24, 2015, and highlights the gorgeous work of Barton-Graham Home & Design Firm. We subsequently wrote a profile of them here and featured another renovation of theirs here.

If you want to see what an incredible renovtion can do for a house, look no further than the 1960s ranch at 5823 Canterview Dr.

Located near N. Jim Miller Road and Interstate 30 in the Buckner Terrace neighborhood, this 3-3 underwent massive changes during the past six months. When Raymond E. Graham and Casey Barton bought it, the property had been vacant for five years and was a total wreck—they called it “the zombie house.” The duo have been renovating and selling houses together for eight years and own the company, Barton-Graham Home&Design Firm.

Graham and Barton are both general contractors and interior decorators and they didn’t miss an inch in this reno. Their efforts paid off: This house went on the market March 13 and was under contract three days later, for the highest price-per-square-foot in the area. It is listed by Graham at William Davis Realty for $290,000.

The duo showed me some “before” pictures of this house and they are scary! It makes me appreciate their work all the more.

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This stunning $1.6-million home is one of five houses featured this week in our weekly open house roundup.

The stunning $1.6-million home at 3826 Medallion Ln. is one of five featured in our weekly open house roundup.

True love doesn’t always show up on a first date, but at these five Dallas-area open houses this weekend, you might feel cupid’s (real estate) bow.

We’re visiting neighborhoods from Lakewood Estates to West Dallas’ Walnut Hill Highlands, to East Kessler and North Dallas. The prices range from $364,900 to $1.64 million. We hope you make time to visit some of these open houses or others you discover—by our count, there are around 180 in Dallas alone! Leave us a comment with your weekend open house discoveries.

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Webster Grove HomeToday’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a home in Northwest Dallas that went from cluttered and cramped to contemporary and classy in a substantial recent renovation.

The Webster Grove house at 3233 Dothan Ln., near Royal and Webb Chapel lanes, was an outdated ranch, built in 1961 and looking worn. It’s a 3-2 with 1,625 square feet, but felt smaller.

New owners bought the house in May and gave it an overhaul, from a new roof and hardscape work, to opening up the floorplan inside and adding stylish amenities that make it stand out. It has many similarities to a new-build, but with the benefits of being in an established neighborhood.3233 Dothan exterior beforeOn the outside, only nice thing about the curb appeal used to be those irises (I do hope they dug them up and replanted them elsewhere). Now, a new sidewalk, painted brick facade, new columns on the front porch, and new windows give the place a clean, fresh look. When the landscaping fills in, it will be even better.

It was listed Friday by Danny Scott with Watermark Real Estate Group for $294,900.

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Merriman Park dallasThe increasing property values in East Dallas’ Merriman Park neighborhood are the stuff of happy homeowners.

The house at 6852 Freemont St., our Thursday Three Hundred, is a totally renovated midcentury with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,473 square feet, listed last week by Jennifer Friedman Ackerman with Virginia Cook, Realtors for $399,900, or $162 per square foot.

It was last sold in 2011 for $249,900, or $113 per square foot. That’s big appreciation in four years! 6852 Freemont A BEFOREThis “before” shot of the exterior gives you an idea of the transformation this house has undergone. Hardly looks like the same place. Let’s take a look at the rest of the changes, which include opening up the rooms, a new kitchen, hardwood floors, and contemporary, stylish touches everywhere.

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Buckner TerraceWhen people think “East Dallas,” the neighborhoods that usually spring to mind are big names, like Lakewood, Forest Hills, Swiss Avenue, and Junius Heights.

But a little further east and south of White Rock lake is the hidden jewel of Buckner Terrace, where prices are more affordable than many other East Dallas neighborhoods. The homes there are mostly one-and two-story ranches, with lots of interior space, large lots, and mature oak, magnolia, and pecan trees. From many of the streets in Buckner Terrace, you can catch a peek of the downtown Dallas skyline—it’s only five miles away.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred hasn’t hit the market yet—it lists Thursday—so we’re getting an exclusive first look at the renovated beauty at 5727 Marview Ln., in the Everglade Park area of Buckner Terrace, near Jim Miller Road and Samuell Boulevard.

This traditional 1970’s ranch has taken on a new modern look with a comfortable and fluid floorplan, warm and welcoming color palette, and meticulous attention to what many of today’s buyers want: natural materials, clean lines, and timeless finishes. It is steeped in natural light, and the soft whites and grays can be seen throughout the 2,258 square feet of living space.

The owner is an architect and artist and has implemented his vision into the redesign of the house to bring it into living with a modern, funky style (and if you love something you see, take note. All the furnishings in this home are all for sale, including the art).

It will be listed Thursday for $249,900 by Mark Manley of Virginia Cook, Realtors, a longtime resident of the neighborhood himself. Get your offers ready!

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Richardson Reno Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to a North Richardson reno with over 2,000 square feet and interior updates that look stellar.

The house at 3307 N. Spring Dr. near Renner and Jupiter roads is a total reimagining of the space: it was built in 1984, but looks modern and enticing. This 3-2 has 2,154 square feet covered in rich-looking hardwoods and new carpeting, with fantastic kitchen and bathroom updates.

It’s located in Plano ISD, a highly ranked district which takes students from Plano, northern portions of Dallas and Richardson, and portions of Allen, Carrollton, Garland, Lucas, Murphy, Parker, and Wylie.Richardson Reno Inside this unassuming brick house, you’ll find a kitchen that looks like this! Who would guess?

There’s also a bonus second living area with wet bar with granite counters, and throughout the house, the angled ceilings and fresh paint in a palette of grays give this place an unusual, memorable look.

This house is newly listed for $276,000 by Brian Shuey with Ebby Halliday Realtors. Let’s take a look at what makes this house shine.

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junius heights tudor

All photos: Shoot2Sell

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred is a rare treat. This Junius Heights Tudor, located just south of the heart of Lakewood at 731 Lipscomb Ave., charms with its vintage curb appeal and original details throughout the interior. Updates, like the quartz kitchen countertops, commercial-grade stainless steel range, and master bathroom addition, address common concerns in a house from this era (1924), and make it appealing for modern buyers.

With the addition, the house is now a 3-2, with 1,948 square feet, spacious for a Tudor and for the neighborhood. You can’t beat the location, walking distance to Lakewood Shopping Center and a short distance from the south end of White Rock Lake.

This house was listed Tuesday by Brittney Warren of Rogers Healy and Associates for $389,000, so this is a first look at this property.

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