Apartments, recessions, and public safety were among the hot button topics at the 15th annual Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit held this week in Dallas. CC Young Senior Living was the title sponsor and CandysDirt.com was among the media sponsors.

East Dallas is home to three of the newest city councilmembers and the Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, including District 14’s David Blewett, District 7’s Adam Bazaldua, District 9’s Paula Blackmon, and District 10 Councilman/Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough. The four shared their vision for economic development in their East Dallas districts spanning from Fair Park to White Rock Lake.

Dallas is attracting a lot of young professionals to its booming job market, which leads the state in year-over-year employment increases and tops California as the top state for jobs. They’re renting apartments in hip areas like Uptown, Deep Ellum, and the Medical District where the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,130, according to Apartmentlist.com. But an uptick in crime in the city of Dallas could send these professionals for the suburbs. That’s why public safety seemed top of mind for these council members who addressed the attendees, comprised of real estate professionals, small business owners, and professional services providers. (more…)

Lake Highlands creek lot

We chose this midcentury styled home in Lake Highlands if for no other selfish reason than to admire and study the sellers’ keen eye for layering decor. Good for you, the house is pretty fantastic too as this weekend’s Saturday $800k.

Located in Lake Highlands near Royal Lane and Abrams Road, this 1981-built two-story home has four bedrooms, three and half-baths, and 3,622 square feet of contemporary comfort. Beautiful tall mature trees shade the crisp white facade of the Viewside Drive home, built on one-third acre nestled among lush landscaping and canopy trees lining the cul de sac street.

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Built in 1962, this Midcentury-style house was a later arrival to the era, but you know what? We’ll take it.

The angles, the ceiling, the updates. Come on. This is a white-and-gray house that feels so modern and open — it’s just waiting for your pops of colors.

Out back there’s a concrete deck shaped like a hexagon. Something different, something fun and that’s kind of the theme of the house.

Out front, you’ll find a fully wooded wall and a matching flower box. Your biggest challenge in this house will be keeping the landscape alive to look as cool and contemporary as it does today.

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Svetlana Grujic with Compass has an eye for design. In fact, her head-turning listings are garnering attention and selling quick! Case in point — our Friday Five Hundred from last week is already pending. But do not fret! She has a new property in up for grabs that is equally impressive. So much so, we couldn’t help but share it with you right away.

From Drab To Fab

Enter the four-bedroom, three-full-bathroom beauty on Faircrest Drive. The Lake Highlands looker is a modern ranch that was taken to the studs and completely rebuilt with timeless touches throughout.

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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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