This is the part of Lake Highlands that people forget about. It’s my part of Lake Highlands located outside 635 that’s so close to Richardson, these Dallas residents go to RISD schools like I did. So naturally I’m partial to this four-bedroom, three-bath at 9722 Burleson Drive near Abrams Road and LBJ Freeway. It’s listed by Bruce Yamini of Northpoint Real Estate for $364,900. Actually it’s one of several beautifully-updated homes in this part of Lake Highlands near Chimney Hill. Now I’ve personally seen a couple of lime green doors around here, but this is the first teal blue door I’ve seen. It seems bold colors are back!

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9937 Larchbrook Front

If there was ever a deal, this is it. When I asked Dallas City Center Director Kevin Caskey about this house, he told me that there was already tons of interest in it. That was three days ago, and this home hasn’t been on MLS for more than a day! Truly, homes in the $300K ranch are a hot ticket in Dallas, and one in Lake Highlands with some really fabulous updates is going to have a full dance card.

I love this home for so many reasons, namely the clean, uncluttered updates that this seller did. Trust me, this home may look a little bland from the curb, but it’s a knockout inside! Jump to see the photos!

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Photo: Dallas ReStore

All photos: Dallas ReStore

If you’re DIY aficionado or planning a home renovation project on a budget, then you’ve got to be jazzed about the Feb. 21 grand opening of the newest Habitat for Humanity ReStore Resale Outlet in DFW. The store will be located in Lake Highlands at the southeast corner of Skillman Street and Abrams Road in the space formerly occupied by Big Lots, which closed last year.

This location is the eleventh in the DFW area, all of which are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers selling new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at steep discounts (like 20 to 70 percent off retail prices). Each store is operated by local Habitat chapters, and proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity homebuilding efforts around the world.

The range of items at a ReStore is always surprising and it varies tremendously by location: I’ve seen everything from front doors to front-loading washing machines. And for the creatively inclined, this place is a mecca. The Dallas area ReStore knows what’s up: they’ve got their own Pinterest page with 25 boards featuring everything from Dallas ReStore sales and fab finds to inspiration for specific rooms around the house and upcycling ideas. I’ve already repinned a thrift store lamp makeover, projects using pallets, and a DIY furniture re-do from their pages. Jump to read more!

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FARRAR V LONGMEADOW

Let’s do some comparison shopping, shall we?

Let’s say you’re looking for a four-bedroom, three-bath home in Northeast Dallas, something in the greater Lake Highlands area. In the $275,000 range you’ve got some options, but the most similar ones would be 10211 Longmeadow in the L-Streets area and 11710 Farrar in Lochwood.

The home on Longmeadow is 2,252 square feet and has two living and two dining areas, as well as landscaped backyard and some key updates. It’s marketed by Nathan Grace Realtor Amy Timmerman of pickaperch.com for $273,500.

10211 Longmeadow Living 10211 Longmeadow Dining 10211 Longmeadow Kitchen 10211 Longmeadow Master 10211 Longmeadow Master Bath 10211 Longmeadow Backyard

The Farrar house has 2,243 square feet, an updated kitchen and master, fresh paint, hardwoods, and some original vintage features. It has an upstairs addition that includes what could be an office, playroom, fourth bedroom, or media room. It’s marketed by Coldwell Banker Residential agent Nathan Kaul for $274,900.

11710 Farrar Living 11710 Farrar Kitchen 11710 Farrar Family 11710 Farrar Pink Bath 11710 Farrar Master 11710 Farrar Master Bath 11710 Farrar Upstairs

Both homes look great from the curb, but there’s one key difference between them that you absolutely have to consider when buying in Northeast Dallas: The home in Lochwood is inside the Dallas ISD boundaries, while the L-Streets home is inside Richardson ISD.

Now, considering how similar these two homes are, you’d think the one with Lake Highlands schools at 10211 Longmeadow would have a higher value. This home has some beautiful updates in the bathrooms, with fresh tile and hardware. The backyard is a great size and has a storage shed — perfect for families who want to keep some toys out of sight and for storing lawn equipment.

However, consider that the kitchen feels somewhat isolated, there is carpet in the living and dining rooms, rather dated light fixtures throughout, and the existing furniture doesn’t really do anything to stage the property, I can see how, when compared against 11710 Farrar, they would be priced more closely.

Why? Because the Farrar home has updates that buyers are clamoring for, including refinished hardwood floors, neutral cool gray paint, and updated kitchen that is more open, thanks to the lack of upper cabinets near the breakfast area. The living areas feel more open and airy because the seller has opened the draperies, which are light colored. The rugs and furniture compliment the decor and have some vintage pizzaz. While the hall bath isn’t updated, the existing pink tile (a 1950s favorite for retro decor enthusiasts) complements the original wallpaper. It’s super cute and I’m sure a buyer will appreciate that it was preserved. I am rather disappointed, though, that the listing agent didn’t include pictures of the backyard.

Now, tell us, which home would you choose? The L-Streets home on Longmeadow that feels somewhat dated but is inside Richardson ISD boundaries? Or the Lochwood home on Farrar, which has some great updates and some vintage charm, but is inside Dallas ISD boundaries?

FARRAR V LONGMEADOW

Let’s do some comparison shopping, shall we?

Let’s say you’re looking for a four-bedroom, three-bath home in Northeast Dallas, something in the greater Lake Highlands area. In the $275,000 range you’ve got some options, but the most similar ones would be 10211 Longmeadow in the L-Streets area and 11710 Farrar in Lochwood.

The home on Longmeadow is 2,252 square feet and has two living and two dining areas, as well as landscaped backyard and some key updates. It’s marketed by Nathan Grace Realtor Amy Timmerman of pickaperch.com for $273,500.

10211 Longmeadow Living 10211 Longmeadow Dining 10211 Longmeadow Kitchen 10211 Longmeadow Master 10211 Longmeadow Master Bath 10211 Longmeadow Backyard

The Farrar house has 2,243 square feet, an updated kitchen and master, fresh paint, hardwoods, and some original vintage features. It has an upstairs addition that includes what could be an office, playroom, fourth bedroom, or media room. It’s marketed by Coldwell Banker Residential agent Nathan Kaul for $274,900.

11710 Farrar Living 11710 Farrar Kitchen 11710 Farrar Family 11710 Farrar Pink Bath 11710 Farrar Master 11710 Farrar Master Bath 11710 Farrar Upstairs

Both homes look great from the curb, but there’s one key difference between them that you absolutely have to consider when buying in Northeast Dallas: The home in Lochwood is inside the Dallas ISD boundaries, while the L-Streets home is inside Richardson ISD.

Now, considering how similar these two homes are, you’d think the one with Lake Highlands schools at 10211 Longmeadow would have a higher value. This home has some beautiful updates in the bathrooms, with fresh tile and hardware. The backyard is a great size and has a storage shed — perfect for families who want to keep some toys out of sight and for storing lawn equipment.

However, consider that the kitchen feels somewhat isolated, there is carpet in the living and dining rooms, rather dated light fixtures throughout, and the existing furniture doesn’t really do anything to stage the property, I can see how, when compared against 11710 Farrar, they would be priced more closely.

Why? Because the Farrar home has updates that buyers are clamoring for, including refinished hardwood floors, neutral cool gray paint, and updated kitchen that is more open, thanks to the lack of upper cabinets near the breakfast area. The living areas feel more open and airy because the seller has opened the draperies, which are light colored. The rugs and furniture compliment the decor and have some vintage pizzaz. While the hall bath isn’t updated, the existing pink tile (a 1950s favorite for retro decor enthusiasts) complements the original wallpaper. It’s super cute and I’m sure a buyer will appreciate that it was preserved. I am rather disappointed, though, that the listing agent didn’t include pictures of the backyard.

Now, tell us, which home would you choose? The L-Streets home on Longmeadow that feels somewhat dated but is inside Richardson ISD boundaries? Or the Lochwood home on Farrar, which has some great updates and some vintage charm, but is inside Dallas ISD boundaries?