Looking in Lakewood? Perhaps our Splurge vs. Steal will help with your home search. This week we put the spotlight on two exceptional offerings – a Tudor cottage splurge and a ranch-style steal. Both with incredible locations and lots of potential, but with price points that are over $100,000 apart. Which would you choose?

Splurge: Tudor Cottage In The Heart Of Lakewood For $659K 

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LakewoodAre you a Whole Foods family, or a Trader Joes, or maybe both? We found a gorgeous Mediterranean-style duplex for rent that is perfect for every one of those choices, since it’s close to both Lower Greenville and Lakewood.

This pretty two-bedroom, two-bath home has 1,425 square feet, and is located at 6025 Lewis Street. With an updated kitchen and a washer and dryer, it feels like single-family home living. (more…)

If you live in Lakewood, or you have kids at Lakewood Elementary, you already know Gretchen Stofer Darby. The PR powerhouse and mom of three kids has worked tirelessly to promote fundraising events through her agency, GDC Public Relations and Promotions. While their tenure in the most sought-after neighborhood in East Dallas has been fruitful Gretchen and her husband, James, made the difficult decision to pull up stakes for more wide-open space in Prosper.

“We decided to move out to the country for more space, a bigger home, safety, small-town feel, slower pace of life, and to custom build our dream home,” Gretchen said. 

That, of course, means that their Lakewood digs are on the market. 

“Our beautiful home in Lakewood has been well-maintained and will be a fabulous home for the next perfect buyer,” she added.

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Last week Joe Kacynski joined Allie Beth Allman & Associates after more than nine years with a boutique brand.

“I really didn’t want to leave where I was but they (Allie Beth Allman) just offer so much that will help me grow my business,” he said. “They also have great name recognition in the area that many of my clients are moving to.”

Kacynski’s specialty has been historic homes in East Dallas, particularly the Hollywood Heights neighborhood he’s called home for the better part of two decades.  A Los Angeles native whose job and family brought him to Texas, he initially didn’t know what to make of Dallas. Then he discovered a Spanish-style house that reminded him of home, in a neighborhood with its own distinct vibe.

“My agent never even mentioned Hollywood Heights or Lakewood. It was a very niche market back then,” he recalls. “I found East Dallas just driving around one day by myself.”

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LakewoodDid you know one of the biggest Internet search terms in the area is “rental homes in Dallas?” True story. And when you drill down to some of the more desired areas — like Lakewood and Lakewood-adjacent neighborhoods — finding a great rental is, well, a real hunt.

So this week’s rental of the week might just satisfy the Lakewood-powered need for some, even if you have a school-aged child to think about. It’s a charming two-bedroom, one bath downstairs unit in Lakewood, located at 2619 Abrams Road.

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As more and more homes in Lakewood get a “glow up,” so are we educated on the builders in East Dallas that not only manage sites responsibly and work with the neighborhood, but also those that produce incredibly well-built homes. At the intersection of those two qualities, we found Mark Dann of Highland Classic Homes. 

Dann is a mainstay in the White Rock Lake area. With 35 years in the business and 14 years at the helm of Highland Classic, it’s easy to see that his experience has generated a well-deserved following and a few awards, too. For those reasons, we’re pleased as punch to give our readers an inside look into what makes the Mark Dann and Highland Classic Homes a brand you can trust in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Get to know Mark as the CandysDirt.com highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

To learn more about Highland Classic Homes, keep reading!

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You don’t normally find such high-end paint finishes inside a home this price range, but 9519 Springwater Drive in highly-touted Casa Linda Forest is a local painter’s treasured home full of labor and love. And potential buyers noticed. Listing agent Kim Anderson of Ebby Halliday Realtors-Coit says inquiries came pouring in as soon as she listed the 2,375-square-foot, four-bedroom home for $350,000 that’s now listed as pending. It’s a 1965-built U-shaped Ranch with a dramatic entrance you just have to see.

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Photos by Jennifer McNeil Baker

Wood and walls of windows make this 1979-built home feel like an homage to Midcentury Modern and Frank Lloyd Wright design, but has been updated with the clean style and amenities of today’s homes. This four-bedroom, three-bath, and one half-bath home at 6933 Delrose Drive in northeast Dallas is 3,835 square feet and listed by Marmie Leech of Compass Real Estate Texas for $1.65 million.

Designed as his own home, Dallas architect David Ludwick incorporated bringing nature into the living environment through glass window walls — a concept that architect Eddie Maestri later expanded when he and builder Jim Scott & Sons began the home’s renovation in 2017. Delrose Drive was featured on the popular 2018 Lakewood Home Tour and AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, the prestigious architect-curated home tour in Dallas.

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