Why not Woodbridge? Our latest Splurge vs. Steal puts the spotlight on two of the area’s best, tucked away in the relatively quiet and peaceful Lake Highlands neighborhood you never knew you needed. For those who don’t know, Woodbridge sits near the border of Richardson and is roughly defined by Audelia Road to the west, Forest Lane to the south, Shadow Way to the north, and railroad tracks to the east.

Jake’s Hamburgers and Casa Linda Bakery are local favorites. And on any given day you’ll find patrons having a grand ol’ time at The String Bean Restaurant or sipping a cold one over at Spring Creek Barbecue. There’s even an Alamo Drafthouse for date night and Sprouts Farmers Market for fresh produce nearby. But what really makes Woodbridge stand out is the price. Homes here are lovingly maintained and set back on larger lots. Most kids go to Richardson ISD schools, and you’ll find families and couples enjoying long walks with their dogs and strollers amidst lush greenbelts and parks.

With so much to love and so few homes currently on the market in Woodbridge, we couldn’t resist sharing two of its prized offerings. Both homes are ideally located and tastefully updated but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose, the Jackson Creek Splurge or the Oak Highland Steal? We would love to hear in the comments.

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Lake Highlands updated contemporary

The great-looking house at 9202 Whitehurst Drive is one of those homes that I pass by often and wonder what it’s like inside. From the big bay windows, you can catch a good glimpse inside, but even better, Paige Poupart of Compass has listed this Lake Highlands updated contemporary at $625,000. Let’s peek inside.

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There are two ways you probably know this week’s featured Saturday Seven Hundred home located at 8580 Abrams Road in northeast Dallas. One, you’ve been following the story about State Representative Victoria Neave’s delinquent back taxes for her 7,606-square-foot home. Or two, you live in Lake Highlands and have always wondered what’s the deal with that newish modern house on Abrams near Starbucks that stands alone in style and orientation. (more…)

If you think it’s too early to talk about moving before next school year, might I remind you that the school year starts on Aug. 15 in Richardson ISD, which, according to my calculations, is about a month away? We’ve been on the lookout for great, move-in ready homes for families relocating to Dallas before school starts in the fall, and this listing from David Griffin and Co. Realtor Robert Kucharski really stood out. While it’s technically under contract, nothing’s certain until the ink dries at closing.

Plus, who doesn’t want to find out what you can get inside the coveted White Rock Elementary attendance area, for less than $500K, natch? 

You’ll see why this home is easily worthy of our High Caliber Home of the Week title presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Ready to put your own family-friendly dream house under contract before school starts? Contact Lisa today!

As Kucharski points out, this White Rock Villas listing just off of Goforth near Flag Pole Hill is “pristine.” It’s well maintained and offers move-in ready interiors and plenty of charm. Plus, there’s room for the whole family!

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I’m becoming more and more convinced that Lake Highlands is the best place to live in Dallas. One of the larger neighborhoods in East Dallas, Lake Highlands offers natural beauty, good schools, great shopping, and short commute times. It’s had its own renaissance in the past decade, with Lake Highlands Town Center getting closer to completion and more businesses investing in this arboreal enclave. 

However, as the tide of Lake Highlands has risen, so have property values for single-family homes in the area. Finding a home in Lake Highlands in the $200,000 range is hard enough, but finding something cheaper than that? Almost impossible.

However, there are still plenty of great condos in Lake Highlands that offer amenities, location, and more. Here’s one, in particular, that shines:

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The Roman brick ranch at 815 Peavy Road is adorable. It’s a three-bedroom, two-bath home in Old Lake Highlands, feeds into Hexter Elementary, and is White Rock walkable. It also has a long, gated driveway and 10-foot privacy fence. It’s Pleasantville perfect and now is the perfect time to snatch it up – it is exceptionally priced at just $349,990.

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Jenn Riley Rice is joining the Heather Guild Group at Compass Real Estate.

According to Rice, the technology offered by Compass should streamline her job and allow her to spend more time with her clients.  She also already knew several members of the Heather Guild Group team and was really inspired by their dedication to both their clients and the East Dallas community.

“These women are actively involved in their neighborhood schools and community, as am I, so it feels like a perfect fit,” she said. “I can see and appreciate how supportive they are of one another, which can be a rare thing to observe.”

Rice is a lifelong Texan who moved to North Texas when she was 11. She’s spent the past two decades in East Dallas, which is also where she has the majority (though certainly not all) of her business.

“What I love most about East Dallas is all of the interesting people that create our tight-knit community,” she said.

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Lake Highlands patio home

For this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we found this Lake Highlands patio home at 9646 Baseline Drive that’s a great lock-and-leave option for downsizers and frequent travelers, listed for $265,000 by Mitchell Sanders of Robert Elliott and Associates. (more…)