M Street Modern Farmhouse 6203 MercedesChip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper started the modern farmhouse trend that has rapidly become the look every young homeowner loves. Our Monday Morning Millionaire at 6203 Mercedes Avenue could easily be an HGTV star. (more…)

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I’m sure you’re already well aware that school is about to start. I mean, if you’ve managed to ignore the commercials, advertisements, and the groans of youths heard all over the state, keep doing what you’re doing. If you’re frantically trying to figure the whole back-to-school rigamarole out, the last thing you want to do is worry about your daily commute to and from your kids campus.

Luckily, the folks at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty have pulled together a great list of homes within shouting distance of great schools. Put a contract on one of these homes and enjoy a few extra minutes of shut-eye as you’ll live within blocks of your child’s school.

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6426 Westlake Front

What a fantastic home that really typifies “move in-ready” for me! For a home to be move in-ready, it has to:

  • Have immaculate neutral paint and fresh baseboards and trim,
  • Have gorgeous floors that are in tip-top shape,
  • And have a kitchen that is ready to plug-in and go!

This home, a 1937 traditional cottage, has all of these things, as well as some fantastic light fixtures and beautiful living areas. There are three bedrooms, two full baths, an updated kitchen, and more than 1,800 square feet, making this home at 6426 Westlake a perfect, cozy family property. This home, located inside Lakewood’s Country Club Estates, is listed with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Karla Trusler for $515,000.

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I was in Lakewood earlier this week looking at a stunning, stunning home I will show you in a bit. Unfortunately, I had to rush home because our fire alarm was going off — false alarm, thank God– so I had to leave the area lickety-split. Otherwise, I’d probably still be there.

White Rock Lake is so gorgeous — I don’t care what anyone says. It’s water, and it moves. Looking at that sunlight glistening off of the ripples just infuses you with a calming peace. While my alarm company was blowing up my phone, I looked at that water and thought, well, who cares, we have insurance. Then I recalled that Bree (the Doodle) was in the house, so I got my adrenaline all pumped up and ran home as fast as I could. (more…)

frontHere’s a little post-Mother’s Day giftie. This Lakewood area home is not yet on the market, but is very much for sale as a Hip Pocket, so this is your chance to snag an off-market listing before it hits MLS.

And it may spur you to know: fame both slept and SHOT here. (more…)

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The secret is getting out, folks! Lakewood is a treasure!

We already love Lakewood. I mean, how could you not? It’s a CandysDirt.com Hot Neighborhood, and for good reason. Besides having a stellar demographic, this area is known for its architecture, proximity to Dallas’ Crown Jewel — White Rock Lake — and has some of the friendliest neighbors in Dallas.

The write up from CNN Money gives you a little peek on why they named Lakewood No. 9 in their Best Big-City Neighborhood list:

The key to Lakewood is in the name. During the day, the action is on the bike/walk trails circling White Rock Lake, and in the sprawling parks and gardens. Later, people head into town for shopping and dining, maybe capped with a movie at the Art Deco–style Lakewood Theater.

One of the city’s older neighborhoods, Lakewood offers a mix of homes, including stately Tudors. While not cheap, real estate prices are reasonable enough to attract young professionals and families.

Another plus: a very low crime rate.

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Of course, they had to mention that some Lakewood schools are less-than-stellar, but they did acknowledge that elementary campuses are improving. And they gave us a little jab about our public transit system, but really, if you’re in Lakewood, you can bike or walk to just about everything — even Whole Foods! Of course, the Lakewood Neighborhood Association also puts on one of the best home tours, where you can peek inside some of the coolest homes!

Here’s a little sticking point for me — when was the last time Lakewood Theater showed a movie? Maybe in the 1970s? I’ve never seen one there.