9427 Arborhill AThe Forest Meadows neighborhood at the north end of Lake Highlands is growing in popularity. Its winding, tree-lined streets are lined with homes from the 1960s and 1970s with big, green lawns. The area feels like a friendly place.

Almost all of the land that today comprises Forest Meadow was purchased by pioneer settlers from Kentucky in 1849. It was farmland for many years and in the late 1960s, development began.

Our Thursday Three Hundred is located at 9427 Arborhill Dr., near Forest Lane and Abrams Road. Built in 1970, this home has 2,595 square feet, four bedrooms, and three full bathrooms.lake highlands cottageAlthough Forest Meadows is part of Dallas, it falls within Richardson ISD. The area is also close to the Forest Lane DART Rail Station, and Harry S. Moss Park, which gives access to the White Rock Creek Trail.

This home was recently renovated with lots of stylish features, like a master bathroom with dual sinks, new fixtures, a walk-in shower, and a walk-in closet.

This house is listed by Larry Jeffery with Keller Williams Central for $349,900, reduced Nov. 5 from $359,000.

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9911 Estate Ln If you want to see the power of a smart renovation to increase a home’s market value, look no further than today’s Thursday Three Hundred, a Lake Highlands reno at 9911 Estate Ln.

This ranch-style house sold in August 2010 for $190,000. Today, it’s listed by Travis Finlan at Ebby Halliday for $350,000.

Obviously, the market has changed dramatically in the past five years, and the increase also reflects the popularity of the Lake Highlands area. But the renovation helped change it from a dud to a stud.

This 1962 home is a 3-3 with 1,753 square feet, located in the North Lake Estates neighborhood near Audelia and Walnut Hill Lane. The house is zoned for Richardson ISD, consistently ranked near the top of all Texas school districts.

The updates started with a total interior gut and larger overall footprint that includes hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, customizable Elfa shelving, low-E windows, tons of storage, and a hardwired security camera system with smartphone viewing capabilities. Let’s take a look inside.

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Considering that yesterday’s Thursday Three Hundred is already under contract, 9544 Crestedge Drive might be my last listing out of Lake Highlands. Seriously, homes are MOVING over there!

I am sure this one won’t be on the market for much longer, considering how immaculate it is. Room after room after room will have you in awe! The kitchen bucks just about every trend out there with limestone countertops and commercial-grade appliances, including a gigantic stainless refrigerator.

The master bath is gorgeous, too, with cerulean mosaic tile in the shower that just pops out at you. It’s a fantastic way to add impact amidst all of the marble and bright sparkling white everywhere else.

The outdoor areas are so amazing, too. You get two meticulously maintained outdoor rooms, including a terrace-like front courtyard with room for lounging and dining, and a back deck that is perfect for early-morning coffee before the rest of the house wakes up.

There is one thing that is kind of perplexing to me, and it’s how much white there is in the home. It’s bright and it’s beautiful, of course, but every time I see a house with tons of white furnishings, I start to think about how many cases of Spot Shot I would need to live there.

Another thing I assume after seeing a home with white couches, carpets, and countertops is that there is no way that the homeowners have kids. But once you see two of the four bedrooms in this house (which has three amazing bathrooms, by the way), you’ll know that yes, kids live there, and they live in style!

So let’s add it all up: 4 bedrooms + 3 bathrooms + 2 outdoor rooms + 1 amazing kitchen x Richardson ISD schools = $589,900 for 9544 Crestedge Dr.

Sounds like a deal to me!

We had a Tuesday Two Hundred last week that was super cute and move-in ready. The Lakeland Hills midcentury-modern home at 8829 Hackney was priced right and perfectly staged by Karen Eubank.

Now, a lot of the mid-mods that hit the market as of late have sold at a crazy-fast pace. But this one was only on the market for TWO WHOLE DAYS before getting snatched up, says listing agent Kerry Paradise Slaughter. And get this, there were multiple offers!

This sale is pretty telling. One, the market for mid-mods is VERY brisk, so prepare for multiple bids. Two, homes in Lake Highlands are going to hold their value well. And most importantly, hiring an experienced stager will get your home sold!

Eubank, who was kind enough to send me a few “before” shots, tells me that when a home is staged with a sale in mind, it will catch a buyer’s eye. In this case, while the home itself was in great shape, there were several little things the buyers needed to do to make sure they got top dollar for it.

First Eubank addressed the bland entryway. By painting a wall and adding some plants, she gave the front of the house “some style and imprinted a memory on the potential buyer.”

The entryway “before”

The entryway “after”

Next, Eubank had to address the visible washer and dryer in the kitchen area.

“This was the big fix,” Eubank said. “I had them build doors to cover the washer/dryer.
No one wants to see or think about laundry.”

Additionally, Eubank said that some of the personal art could have been polarizing for a buyer, so she replaced it with something much more neutral, as well as moving a couch into the living area to replace the piano.

The kitchen and living area “before”

The living and kitchen “after”

Staging doesn’t always mean big changes, but it does help steer buyers’ eyes away from problem areas. Take, for instance, the fact that the patio was a perfect outdoor spot, but there was a terrible view of the neighbor’s fence.

“It’s a beautiful space to entertain with a potential deal killer view of the neighbor’s chain link fence and kitchen window,” Eubank said.

The patio “before”

The patio “after”

Tell us: Do you think staging is worth the investment?