I’m not going to bury the lede. This week’s Saturday Six Hundred is brought to you by rooftop patios. Two of them. However, I will make you wait until after the jump to see them, so stick around. There’s also a completely fabulous saltwater swimming pool and yet another patio (this one’s a regular, on-the-ground type) – and that’s just the start to this entertainer’s paradise in Dallas’ Lake Highlands neighborhood.

Perfected for modern living and hosting, 10310 Lakemere Drive is a sleek, stylish contemporary,listed by Deanna Hall with Keller Williams for $679,000. The 3309 square-foot home features 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half bathrooms, and endless updates.

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Folks looking to get into Dallas’ Lake Highlands neighborhood could do a whole lot worse than this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred. Situated on a large corner lot at 11034 Listi Drive, this home features a drive-up that feels like a welcome home hug. It’s adorable. And the interior isn’t too shabby either.

“It has a lot to offer,” said listing agent Nicole Thomas of Local Resident Realty. “To find something for under $300 in Lake Highlands is difficult. It’s a great house in a great neighborhood at a great value, and you can’t beat that.”

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Some familiar faces in Dallas real estate are hanging out a new shingle. As of April 1, Local Resident Realty, a new brokerage serving Dallas with a emphasis on Lake Highlands, opened its doors for business. The new venture pairs C+N+T Real Estate Group with the pickaperch team – a package that partner Amy Timmerman describes as, “Six Realtors for the price of one.”

The six, specifically, are C+N+T’s Glen Christy, Robin Norcross, Jason Thomas, and Nicole Thomas together with pickaperch’s Timmerman and Beth Arnold. After years of working together informally, the six got together and decided to “do something great together.”

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Now here is a home that could teach a few thousand builders some new tricks. A new home with smooth, clean lines, no turrets (clutching heart), no 10,000 foot ceilings, and even no “dust bunny graveyards” fake crowns. Let’s call it the “anti-McMansion”.

Indeed, I hope you are sitting down when you hear this: there is actually a front porch to encourage neighborhood conversation!

Still, 10136 Robin Hill Lane is brand spanking new construction in Lake Highlands, a huge Millennials hang out. Instead of the usual circa 1957 brick ranch, we have a farmhouse feel with a touch of Hollywood glam by one of the area’s hottest home builders, New Leaf Custom Homes.

Boasting more than 4200 square feet of family-friendly living, this home will hold it all: kids, dogs, even a mother-in-law or two! You get five bedrooms (one for each set of parents), four full baths, an office, both a media AND game room, formals and a knock out kitchen that spaciously flows from the living room.

The finish out is phenomenal, too: high (but not too high) ceilings, custom cabinetry, gorgeous contemporary light fixtures, beautiful hardwoods, and hardware.

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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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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!

It’s got to be the color. Nathan Grace, a slick  East Dallas brokerage firm that really likes the color orange, seems to be doing something very, very right: despite the economy, they are growing. Of course, the market in Lakewood and Lake Highlands is hopping. And Nathan Grace itself appears to be the poster child of the New Age brokerage: leaner, uber community oriented, hyper local, customer service job one. Its tough being a broker these days. Now joining Nathan Grace: a top-producing Dallas real estate group from, are you ready,  EBBY HALLIDAY –Christy/Norcross/ Thomas (CNT). The CNT Group is comprised of veteran agents Glen Christy, Robin Moss Norcross and Jason Thomas, who bring extensive experience and sales success in the Lake Highlands and surrounding Dallas neighborhoods to Nathan Grace.

I just love that name, Nathan Grace!

Glen Christy, Robin Moss Norcross and Jason Thomas have spent their careers as real estate agents with Ebby Halliday Realtors Inc., as top achievers. Their unique business model is that of three equal partners, as opposed to one person leading the group, with their many minions agents surrounding them. The group’s move to Nathan Grace is the first time the trio have ever considered making a move to another firm.

Established in 2009, Dallas-based Nathan Grace is a growing real estate firm in Dallas and Houston,  attracting top talent in both markets. The firm emphasizes low overhead (which translates to higher commissions) for agents. In a short period of time, Nathan  Grace has built significant market presence and visibility in Dallas attracting top agents like Peggy Hill of The Hill Group, Amy Timmerman’s PickaPerch Team, Carrie Hill, and Warren Sibley. I’ve heard that more agents are coming on board, so many that Nathan Grace even plans to open an additional Lake Highlands office, more in 2012.

Must be something about orange…