Live the Lake Highlands L Streets Life with this Newly Listed Cutie | CandysDirt.com

Lake Highlands’ L Streets is a sought-after area in East Dallas and for good reason: super cute houses, established neighborhood, and close proximity to White Rock Lake and other area amenities. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 10690 Le Mans Dr. brings almost 2,000 square feet of renovated style to market. Owners opened the floorplan in the common areas and added a lot of buyer “wants,” like new hardwoods and new windows. 

This home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,947 square feet on one story, built in 1960 and located near East Northwest Highway and Plano Road. There’s an open house this Sunday from 1-3 p.m. Want a sneak peek? 

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L Streets

The L Streets are a hot area of East Dallas, part of the Lake Highlands community and located 11 miles northeast of downtown. The L Streets are close to White Rock Lake and the area is full of arching shade trees and super cute houses. There’s a reason real estate here flies on and off the market so fast. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred, located at 9221 Leaside Dr., has so much personality going for it and it’s only been listed for three days. There’s nothing cookie cutter about it, with a flawless marriage of vintage charms and modern updates. The abundance of storage is particularly impressive in this house, which has two bedrooms, one full bathroom, one half bath, two living areas, and 1,460 square feet on one story, built in 1956. 

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A few weeks ago, we spotted the adorable L-Streets cottage at 10664 Lakemere Dr. This home impressed us enough to earn a spot in our CandysDirt Open House Roundup. It has been reduced in price since then, making it even more appealing.

This is a 3-2 with 1,628 square feet, plus an additional 632-square-foot bonus space (former garage), built in 1955. It has an updated kitchen and recently updated baths, great outdoor space, and a recently installed barn shed for extra storage.

It’s zoned for Richardson ISD, including the acclaimed Lake Highlands Elementary School, which earns an “8” out of 10 from greatschools.org.

It is listed by Scott Kaserman with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $295,000.

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L Streets HomeThe L Streets are a charming part of Lake Highlands, an area with about 1,050 single-family homes from the mid-1950s and later. It is so named because most street names begin with the letter L, like our Tuesday Two Hundred at 8521 Lockhaven Dr.

The L Streets are roughly bounded by Walnut Hill Lane, Plano Road, Ferndale Road, and Northwest Highway. This home is just a couple of blocks from Frendale and Northwest Highway, close to popular recreation areas like White Rock Lake, the White Rock Creek Trail and Greenbelt, Flagpole Hill, and the Dallas Arboretum. There’s easy access to Interstate 635, Central Expressway, and the DART Rail White Rock Station.
L Streets HomeIt’s a 3-2 with 1,708 square feet, built in 1955. Over the years, owners have made cute updates that make it a turnkey property. But it still has that retro charm that makes these homes so appealing.

It was listed Dec. 4 by Jason Thomas with Nathan Grace Real Estate for $289,000, and went under contract yesterday. Let’s take a look before the final deal is done.

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L-Streets Midcentury

All photos of the renovated house: Shoot2Sell

Jane Austen once wrote, “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”

That’s particularly true when your home is a thing of beauty, like today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 10229 Lynford Dr., near Northwest Highway and Ferndale. This renovated L-Streets midcentury has a crisp, warm palette and welcoming feel.

This certainly wasn’t the case when Kari and Justin LaRusch bought the house in 2010 (see the “before” photo after the jump for proof!). It was dated and dull, with weird paint choices, like road-stripe yellow in the kitchen. But the bones were good, and Kari, and interior designer with Slocum Street design firm Laura Lee Clark, saw potential.

“We came in knowing that we wanted to change everything,” Kari said. “The original hardwood floors looked great, but we painted everything and put in all new landscaping.”

L-Streets Midcentury

The LaRusch Family

The result is a cheerful, well-appointed space that looks bigger than its 1,213 square feet. Kari’s designer expertise is evident everywhere, from carefully planned details in the kitchen to an updated bathroom that maintains its vintage charm.

This 3-1 midcentury is zoned for the highly rated Lake Highlands Elementary in Richardson ISD, another big selling point—it’s one of the reasons the LaRusch family originally bought the house. And since it’s just been reduced by $6,250 to $258,750, this is affordable luxury (Kevin Caskey at Dallas City Center Realtors is the listing agent) .

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Stephan SardoneParting is such sweet sorrow. At least it is for us at CandysDirt when one of our favorite homebuilders puts his sensational reno on the market.

Stephan Sardone, owner of Sardone Construction, took the L-Streets house at 10229 Linkwood Dr. in Lake Highlands to the studs and reimagined the space entirely. What emerged is extraordinary—we’ve written about it twice, here and here.

“We essentially demolished its entire insides and redesigned it into an open concept that maximized every inch of the home,” he said. “We were able to fit three full bedrooms and two full bathrooms—and the master bath is really large—as well as an incredible open living space and nice-sized kitchen.”

Stephan SardoneTo make this house happen, Sardone partnered with Larry Paschall of HPD Architecture in Oak Lawn. Together, they totally overhauled the 1,320-square-foot interior. They moved all interior walls, changed the layout of the space, and created a vaulted ceiling with wood beams by pushing out a gable on the roof.

Sardone’s abode served both as a home for him and his wife, and as a contractor showcase to show potential clients just how to create a smart, efficient design. It was a no-brainer to choose it as today’s Thursday Three Hundred. It was listed Friday by Michael Cassell at Gilchrist & Company Real Estate for $379,900.

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All photos: Sardone Construction

All photos: Sardone Construction

Stephan Sardone did not arrive at his career in home renovation by direct route.

The Flower Mound native headed to graduate school with the intention of earning his masters, then traveling to Papua, New Guinea, to work with indigenous tribes and translate their native languages, as well as aid with microfinance projects and community development.

Now, with two masters degrees in hand, he performs a different kind of community work: helping Dallas homeowners translate their vision for a home remodel into reality.

The transition started with a side business during his undergrad days. Sardone was an eager student with an entrepreneurial spirit and a knack for laying tile. It lasted into his graduate school days, and he drove around in a minivan, filled to the brim with tiles, and took on clients under the name Tile Fast.

“Tile Fast was never supposed to go anywhere, it was just supposed to teach me business and such, but then it turned into kitchen remodeling, then into full-scale remodeling,” he said. “It took about six months after I graduated to realize I was going to stay in the business because I really liked it.”

Stephan Sardone portrait

He changed the name of his company to Sardone Construction in 2010 and has earned accolades as his reputation has grown for creating smart and efficient designs that maximize space in a truly beautiful way.

The most important thing is to do really high quality work, have high standards, and give our clients a good experience,” he said.

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I was on my way to drop my son off at preschool when all the sudden I saw Kevin Caskey’s face at Mockingbird and Abrams. His kiosk ad, a slick, minimalist magazine cover is one of several Dallas City Center’s top agents are rolling out. After seeing the kiosk ad, it reminded me that I needed to check in with him about what listings DCC has in the wings.

As it turns out, I did exactly what Caskey’s ad was supposed to make me do.

“When you’re driving by, it has to capture your attention. What we want to do is use the kiosk ads as a way of, not necessarily building a brand, but to stay top-of-mind,” Caskey said.

When I called Caskey today we had a great chat about advertising, their fabulous new agents, and this L-Streets charmer at 10030 Lanshire that is as rare as a unicorn these days.

“It’s been a hot property because there’s nothing in this price range in Lake Highlands,” Caskey said. “Under $300,000 is so hard to find in this area. It’s unheard of!”

10030 Lanshire Front

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