You could say that JLD Custom Homes were experts at building houses on Tucker Street. They recently completed their sixth home in this little enclave and it just so happens it is the only home available in Lakewood Hills for less than $1 million. The location is superb given that Tucker Street is a cul-de-sac that backs up on to the Santa Fe Trail, so you won’t have any through traffic. Just a peaceful neighborhood in the Lakewood Elementary School attendance area. With four bedrooms, a bonus room, four bathrooms, and a large backyard, this is a perfect addition to the neighborhood. 

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A brand-new, just-completed build from JNT Developers will be open for a happy hour preview from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28.

In Lakewood Hills, new builds are popping up all over, and we’re not mad about it. Enterprising developers with a keen eye for trends and materials are making a name for themselves here, using the neighborhood’s eponymous topography to their advantage.  

But in many cases, you really do have to see it to believe it, so ModTown Realtor Brittney Rhodes is hosting a happy hour preview of JNT Developers‘ latest design at 7318 Coronado Ave. in Lakewood Hills on Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Enjoy sips and bites to live music while you get an up-close view of the craftsmanship from this builder.
 

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Sometimes a home comes to market that offers so much, you really wonder if it might not be a fun gig to take bets on how long it will last on the market. Can we do that here, or is it illegal?

Because I want to place a bet on 7339 La Vista in Lakewood Hills, one of the most sought-after neighborhoods east of Central. The home is a fairly new Tudor, looks like it’s never been lived in, and boasts almost 3,000 square feet on pier and beam (2737) on 0.17 of an acre.

Why am I in such a betting mood?

Because this one won’t last. In fact, it’s open Sunday from two to four p.m.,  says the agent, Allie Beth Allman’s Maribeth Peters. And it’s the best price per square foot in town for an updated four bedroom in Lakewood Elementary!

Why is Lakewood Hills so darn hot?

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Lakewood Hills Tudor

East Dallas is a mecca for those who love vintage homes. Our Friday Five Hundred is a charming Lakewood Hills Tudor at 6910 Casa Loma Ave. Built in 1925, it has  all of the essential ingredients. From the characteristics that define Tudors, to the modern updates that today’s buyers need, this 2,044-square-foot home has it all.

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6350-Belmont-Ave-1

Our Inwood National Bank House of the Week is a picture-perfect new American Colonial in Lakewood Heights at 6350 Belmont Avenue. We had to do a double take to be sure it was new construction and not a flawless renovation.

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Welcome Home! Modern Elevation offers 3530 of fantastic living S

Jeff Dworkin has done it again. The master home builder, and current president of the Dallas Builder’s Association — you cannot spell his name without “w-o-r-k” — builds high quality homes generally east of Central, usually in the 3500 to 4500 square foot range with luxury finish outs. But Jeff is really known for getting you in to a brand spanking new home for under one million. We are a little prejudiced: he’s one of our CandysDirt-approved home builders. In order to be on our site, our home builders have to make it through an obstacle course of criteria and give us a list of references who we actually talk to. These are the folks who we would hire in a heartbeat to build our own homes– can’t say that about every builder in town, no sir.

But this time, he has sleeked it up, sharpened the corners with a totally modern elevation on an oversized treed lot in the Enclave. 1807 Tucker Drive is a Cul du Sac street — love them — loaded with new homes, all by award-winning local builders. It’s a few steps from Santa Fe Trail, White Rock Lake and the new YMCA, which my daughter tells me is going to be awesome and she is going to join.

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Chrome is in... the bathroom!

Chrome is back, especially in the bathroom, along with oversized tile. (Photo credit: Shoot2Sell)

“Chrome is back in,” says Jeff Dworkin, president of JLD Custom Homes, a CandysDirt.com approved builder. In the past, people wanted polished nickel fixtures and accents in their custom homes, but the trend in 2014 is something shiny and easy to clean – chrome. Custom home buyers these days are looking for homes that are energy efficient and “green,” too. Jeff says JLD builds all their homes to very high standards – Energy Star 3.0 and Green Built Texas, to be specific.

Buyers are also looking for well-laid-out homes, meaning a home that makes the best use of all square footage. “We try to design our homes with as little wasted space as possible,” he says. President of the Dallas Builders Association, Dworkin says buyers are currently looking for custom homes that are transitional — something that bridges the gap between traditional Texas-style brick and the more modern home. There’s no better example than JLD’s newest custom home inside The Enclave on Tucker Street, pictured here.

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6202 Monticello Front

I was getting really, really, terribly bored looking for a home to feature today. First I thought “Let’s see if there’s something fun in Frisco,” but everything just looked the same to me today. Then I looked at homes in McKinney, only to have the same thing happen. After looking and looking and looking and almost at the very edge of being put to sleep by home searching, I stumbled upon a home that was so unique, so fun, so vibrant, it woke me up faster than my grande vanilla latte with an extra shot!

Truly, this Lakewood Heights Midcentury Modern may look like a yawnfest from the curb, but boy, you’re in for a treat after the jump!

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