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.


“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? 




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!


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.


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? 


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. 


This year’s Holdiay in the Highlands Home Tour features five great homes in Lake Highlands.

From Staff Reports

The Lake Highlands neighborhood in northeast Dallas is filled with charming, creative, and interesting architecture and home design, which is why the Lake Highlands Women’s League created the ‘Holiday in the Highlands’ Home Tour in 1970. This year, the annual home tour and luncheon is set for Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. The homes will be open for viewing from 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. and the luncheon will be served at the Highland Oaks Church of Christ from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Keep reading for a chance to win tickets to this great home tour!
The homes on the tour this year are:


9215 Royal Pine Drive (Photo Credit: Patten Custom Homes)

Founded by Natalie and Feild Patten, Patten Custom Homes (PCH) is one of the premier custom home builders in Dallas, Texas. One look at a PCH new build, and you’ll see why their quality construction and high attention to detail has put them on par with the most sought-after builders in Dallas. In fact, over the last seven years, PCH has earned a reputation for extraordinary project management, fully transparent communications, and an unwavering client commitment.

“Our main goal with every client custom build, is to design and build as if it were our own home,” says Natalie Patten, owner of Patten Custom Homes.