Few homes excite us more than a new build that knocks it out of the park. This one by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Patten Custom Homes does just that. Not only is it outfitted with a bevy of custom touches, but according to the listing, it “goes above and beyond your average new build, starting with the floorplan.” And we couldn’t agree more.

Situated on a generous corner lot in sought-after Lakewood, the four-bedroom, three-full-and-one-half-bathroom home combines Modern Farmhouse styling with the sophistication of a trained eye. Something that is quite obvious the minute you step inside. 

We think it’s beyond what you typically see in a new build for sale,” says Natalie Patten, designer-builder and integral part of the Patten Custom Homes magic. “It’s very much a house of little details and a lot of thought, starting with the floorplan.”

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Our Splurge: Anne Oliver with Allie Beth Allman & Associates has listed 4362 Santa Barbara Drive for $1,099,000.

We never tire of Lakewood homes near White Rock Lake, do you? This week’s Splurge vs. Steal takes us to one of the best areas in Lakewood for a closer look at two fantastic offerings. The best part? Both are on located picturesque Santa Barbara Drive. Which would you choose, the striking contemporary splurge or the modern farmhouse inspired steal?

Splurge: Striking Contemporary Backing To Scenic Trail For $1.099M 

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Warren Sibley of Dave Perry Miller has a great Lakewood listing at 6923 Coronado Avenue, a four-bedroom, three and half-bath for $669,000 that’s just in time for a summer move to Lakewood Elementary’s fabulous neighborhood.  (more…)

Woodrow

All three of our homes in this week’s roundup of open houses are in the Woodrow Wilson feeder pattern, including 5939 Velasco Ave., listed by Briana Hill with Rogers Healy and Associates.

It’s not uncommon to hear that house hunters in Dallas are looking for homes in the Woodrow Wilson High School feeder pattern — it’s known for its academics, it’s fine arts programs, and its athletics, as well as its strong alumni and parent presence.

Suffice to say, if you’ve never checked out Woodrow Wilson High, you owe it to yourself to investigate, because there are tons of reasons it’s one of the most sought-after public high schools.

Every Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. These are the places you don’t want to miss that weekend. And this week, our homes all have one Dallas ISD feeder pattern in common — the Woodrow Wilson High School feeder pattern. 

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House Flip

The front of the house was bumped out to capture about 70-square-feet on the interior.

This absolutely adorable house flip at 7045 Gaston Parkway in Lakewood is a perfect template for all the right things to do when you remodel a home for sale. (more…)

new principal

Did your principal leave at the end of the year? Try not to worry as Bethany Erickson breaks down the selection process.

Have you ever wondered how a new principal is chosen in Dallas? Chances are, it’s a thing you never really thought about — until you had to.

Last week, Lakewood Elementary parents found out that their principal was not returning for the coming school year, and Lipscomb Elementary found out that Woodrow’s gain in Roxanne Cheek meant they, too, would be searching for a principal.

And just this week, Kramer Elementary found it, too, would be looking for a new principal after it was announced that Katie Eska had been tapped to be principal at North Dallas High School.

And earlier this summer both Cigarroa Elementary and Foster Elementary also had principal spots to fill as well.

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Parents at Lakewood Elementary found out last week that their school now needs a new principal

And if you’re like me, you had no clue how the district fills those principal spots until you got a letter announcing that your child’s principal was leaving. And if you’re like me, that fear of the unknown caused no amount of angst.

So for all you Kramer, Lakewood, Lipscomb and other parents out there wondering what this means for your school, let me give you this quick and dirty primer on principal selection in Dallas ISD — and what questions you should ask. (more…)

Splurge vs. Steal: Two Houses on the Same Street in Hollywood Heights | CandysDirt.com

Our “splurge” at 823 Clermont St. features a backyard oasis with covered patio and swimming pool.

Splurge vs, Steal is a new feature on CandysDirt.com. Every week, we look at two properties that offer something in common, but are miles apart in their asking price.  

As a protected conservation district, Hollywood Heights offers big personality and preserved architectural gems, many from before WWII. This vibrant East Dallas neighborhood is a friendly community of just over 930 homes with close proximity to White Rock Lake and access to the highly rated Lakewood Elementary, appealing to young families.  

Today, we’ve found two homes located just a block and a half apart in Hollywood Heights on Clermont Street. Built six years apart — 1930 and 1936 — they sit on a street lined with mature trees. Both are family homes, with three bedrooms, and a short walk to Samuell Grand Park. 

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For the Most Discerning Buyer, this Lakewood Home Hits All the High Notes | CandysDirt.com

I’ve found a marvelous Lakewood home that’s perfect for the discerning buyer, with luxury amenities, a flexible floorplan, and fabulous location. Here’s a big bonus: It’s just been reduced $101K!

Located at 6910 Coronado Ave., it’s in the heart of Lakewood Hills on the southwest shores of White Rock Lake. I love this part of Lakewood.  

“This home offers attention to detail at every turn and a high-end finish-out,” said listing agent Heather Guild with the Heather Guild Group of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. “I think it’s truly an exceptional property in one of the most desirable neighborhoods of Dallas.” 

She’s right. With 12-foot ceilings, Austin stone exterior, and thoughtful spaces, this Lakewood home will please even the most discriminating person. It has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two living areas, and 4,334 square feet on two stories, built in 2013. It’s also zoned for Lakewood Elementary, which earns a “10” out of 10 from greatschools.org, making it perfect for a family. 

Can I take you on a tour? 

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