This bright and sophisticated modern farmhouse at 9161 Vintage Oaks was built by New Leaf Homes and is just one of five beautiful custom builds on the May 12 home tour. (Courtesy Photos)

Since 2006, Scott and Melissa Powell have been bringing their own brand of high-quality, long-lasting homes to the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. What’s amazing is that in a short 12 years, New Leaf Custom Homes has developed a loyal following and large customer base. The company now boasts a team of 14 knowledgeable and experienced professionals with expertise in all design styles, ready to help clients make their vision of a perfect home into reality.

This CandysDirt.com Approved Builder has gorgeous designs clustered throughout the most coveted neighborhoods in Dallas, with several in Lake Highlands and Bluffview. Naturally, this presented an opportunity to give residents a peek behind the literal curtains of their designs, so they practically had to put on a home tour.

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The right renovations have the power to transform a house from dated to darling. We’ve found just such an example in Lake Highlands, where an open floorplan and sleek updates have transformed a 1974 home into real eye candy. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 11029 McCree Rd. hits all the high notes with clean lines, lots of natural light, and long lines of sight that make it seem even bigger than its 1,950 square feet. 

Sitting near near Walnut Hill Lane and Plano Road, this property is zoned for Richardson ISD and has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two living areas. 

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525 Parkhurst Drive in Dallas, TX is currently listed for $415K by Becky Frey and Natalie Hatchett of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

Super cute Lake Highlands charmer near Hexter Elementary! This darling Lake Highlands cottage just hit the market for $415K and we are willing to bet it won’t last long! Located on a great block with easy access to White Rock Lake and acres of parks and biking trails, you’ll fall head over heels for the lifestyle and thoughtful design of 525 Parkhurst Drive.

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“The more house, the better” is a common motto some homebuyers have adopted and the popular East Dallas area of Lake Highlands has options in several neighborhoods. 

In this week’s Splurge vs. Steal, we’ve found two expansive Lake Highlands homes, one with over 3,100 square feet and the other with over 4,900, built one year apart and under two miles apart. They’ve both got multiple living areas, larger kitchens, swimming pools, and outdoor living options. They also both zoned for Richardson ISD. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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Shawn Watkins and his wife, Jalie, purchased a fully intact midcentury modern and breathed new life into it. (Courtesy Photo)

If the White Rock Home Tour ever makes a coffee table book of the homes it has featured over its 13 years, then I can say, rather unequivocally, that this year’s tour stops will have two-page spreads and thorough write-ups. That’s just how amazing this year’s tour is, complete with an epic time capsule, fantastic new builds, and a stunningly renovated midcentury modern.

Speaking of stunningly renovated midcentury moderns, we have to give you a sneak peek at this beauty renovated by Shawn Watkins of Watkins Remodeling and Repair. You might recognize it, as we featured it here on CandysDirt.com when it was still completely intact. We noted then that the home could stand a freshening up.

And you can tell that Watkins, with his keen eye for color and shape, did exactly that. The home is truly amazing, and I can’t wait to see it on April 21-22 for the White Rock Home Tour. Tickets are already on sale, and we’re sure you’re going to want to snag them once you get a glance at the bang-up job Watkins did on this beauty. Jump to find out more about this beautiful Lake Highlands midcentury modern that is ready for any party this summer can throw at it!

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When a master bathroom renovation shows off its best side, buyers take note. This precious commodity can seriously speed up the sale of a house. 

We’re betting that buyers will love the master bath of our Thursday Three Hundred, where all of the elements work together harmoniously to create something unexpectedly special. Carrara Marble? Check. Frameless glass shower? Check. Sliding rustic wood barn doors? Check. It offers on-trend and timeless elements at the same time. 

Pulling back the camera, what’s not to love about the entire Old Lake Highlands modern cottage at 563 Hambrick Rd.? It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,408 square feet on one story, built in 1951. A few more updates: new low-E double pane windows, open concept floorplan, Nest thermostat, tankless water heater, recessed LED lighting, and refinished hardwood floors throughout. 

There’s an open house this Sunday, Feb. 25, from 1-3 p.m. Join me for a look around beforehand.

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Splurge vs. Steal: Two Sweet Spots in Lake Highlands' Laurel Valley | CandysDirt.com

If you’re looking for a Lake Highlands address with over 2,000 square feet, the Laurel Valley neighborhood is a good bet. Located near Walnut Hill Lane and Audelia Road, it’s close to the north shores of White Rock Lake and offers easy access to Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway. 

We’ve found two lovely Laurel Valley houses for today’s Splurge vs. Steal. Both were built in the early 1960s, beautifully updated, and move-in ready. Which one do you like best? 

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Well-defined Spaces with Lots of Natural Light Enhance this Kingsley Meadows Home | CandysDirt.com

Spacious and open rooms with great natural light define a house we’ve discovered in the Kingsley Meadows neighborhood of Lake Highlands and its price tag is well under $400K. It’s a great find! 

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 10812 Hayfield Dr. is near Walnut Hill Lane and Plano Road, sitting on a quiet cul-de-sac. The house is updated with newer HVAC and windows and the interior is easy on the eyes. This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, two dining areas, and 1,895 square feet on one story, built in 1974. 

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