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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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“We don’t need to go watch HGTV for drama. This was real drama — it wasn’t ‘staged,'” said Michelle Lynne, catching herself, a real estate stager, in an accidental pun. The drama was, of course, the last-minute flurry of activity before the doors opened at 10229 Linkwood, an L Streets home built in 1955 that got a complete facelift thanks to Stephan Sardone of Sardone Construction.

Yes, look closely at the photos, because this is the same home we featured in July. What an incredible transformation!

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“I am in love with the office. It is definitely the best use of space,” said Lynne, echoing the comments I overheard all evening as Realtors and trade representatives perused the home as Main & Sides chef Shaun Collins dished out amazing hors d’oeuvres and Lakewood Brewing offered sweltering guests cold beer at the outdoor kitchen.

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I was truly floored by what Sardone Construction accomplished without increasing the 1,320-square-foot footprint of the home. By vaulting ceilings, opening the space, and increasing the flow and utility, the home got a second life as a modern marvel.

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All of the closets are completely organized, thanks to Elfa systems courtesy of The Container Store. The office got the Elfa treatment, too, which will help the homeowners immensely, I’m sure! Another amazing feat is the five-piece master bath Sardone managed to shoehorn into a 5.5″  x 12″ space. It incorporates a rather new trend called a “wet area,” and when fully complete, will include a frameless glass door that separates the vanity from the shower and soaking tub.

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Tina Garry, a sales rep from Floor & Decor, was amazed at what Sardone had accomplished with the home. Her company contributed the penny accent tile that covered an entire wall of the kitchen — a high-impact detail that doesn’t overpower the whole room, but begs to be noticed. Floor & Decor also contributed the tile in the master and guest baths.

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(Guests, including Larry Paschall, Michael Veale, and Robert Hernandez, padded through the home in socked feet to protect the refinished hardwood floors from Lumber Liquidators.) 

And the master bedroom featured several LED lights canvassing the ceiling, giving off a subtle glow that fills the room without tons of shadows. LEDs are incredibly efficient, too, and Nauhaus Lighting & Decor sourced some great models for this home.

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In the kitchen, well, it’s a far cry from the dated and bland one that once stood in its space, and features a huge island and chef-grade Jenn-Air appliances from Capital Distributing. Of course, I am sure the homeowners wish Chef Collins could come with the kitchen, too.

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Truly, this home was amazing, which was attested by the crowd that turned out last night. The design, an outstanding work of art from HPD architect Larry Paschall, will be one that will last.

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You know what? We don’t feature enough homes in the L Streets neighborhood. I really adore this area, which has such an incredibly diverse selection of architecture and style. You can find anything in the L Streets, from Midcentury Moderns, to 1970s contemporary, to post-war traditionals. It’s an amazing neighborhood.

stephan_sardoneThat’s part of the reason Stephan Sardone took on one of his latest projects — an L Streets one-owner traditional home that was in desperate need of vision. Built in 1955, this house in the Lake Highlands area has just 1,200 square feet to work with.

Sardone has an eye for using materials and textures in unexpected ways, with a style that skews more minimalist and modern. Still, he’s known for his personal touch as founder of Sardone Construction. He understands nuance and how to make a space livable.

“Concerning our design philosophy on this particular project, I wanted to both be true to the neighborhood and existing architecture, while updating the space dramatically,” Sardone said.

As you can see from the photos, he has a lot of work ahead of him.

“I took what was a house crammed full of doors and short ceilings and opened up the living space with a vaulted ceiling and a few beams about 10 feet up. We also eliminated the gable on that side of the house to achieve the desired look,” he said. “We wanted to show a few things with this Arts and Crafts style house: you can do a lot with only 1,200 square feet; you can do even more with a great design/remodel company.”

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Isn’t that the truth. Most of the remodel is focused on the living/dining areas, which extend to the outdoor kitchen in the backyard by way of a passthrough on the kitchen counter. The master bath will also get a new look. Lest you think the focus is just on eye candy, Sardone also wants to make this house a modern marvel of earth friendliness.

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“With this size house and some of the efficient and creative designs we’ve incorporated (spray foam insulation, new windows, LED lights), we should reduce the energy bill to below $50 a month,” Sardone said.

That’s incredible, and we can’t wait to see how the project turns out. Stay tuned!

 

Along with Lakewood, Oak Cliff, and Lochwood, I am in love with Lake Highlands. It is such a quiet, tight-knit neighborhood with tons of cute homes with great details. And the prices can’t be beat.

This week’s Tuesday $200K comes in $20K under at $179,900, and it’s worth every penny (and then some)!

What’s great about this home, besides being neat and tidy inside and out, is the Lake Highlands address. That means that, with this home you’ll get a Dallas address and Richardson ISD schools.

Homes in this area, the L Streets of Lake Highlands, have an outstanding resale value and are highly sought after. And this cute three-bedroom, two-bath at 9053 Longmire from Micah Weeks of Dallas City Center Realtors is bright and freshly remodeled, with granite and stainless steel in the kitchen and refinished hardwoods thoughout.

The backyard is a blank slate for an ambitious landscaper!

And the adorable front porch will be perfect for waving at your new neighbors.

Update: OK, can you believe that Jo and I BOTH picked this charmer for our Tuesday Two Hundred? I think that is hilarious! Guess we were just overcome with Mother’s Day…