Having a car can be expensive — beyond monthly car payments, there are costs associated with insurance, gas, oil changes, repairs, and parking. Even if you own a car, public transit is a great alternative means of commuting. You can avoid sitting in traffic and save on paying for parking in downtown Dallas. We’re featuring great apartments that are just a short walk from the closest DART station. These apartments will make your daily commute a breeze!

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Unassuming entry opens to another world, trust me …

The area south of Lovers Lane and east of Greenville Avenue is on fire.  Of course anyone looking for a reasonably-priced condo already knows that. The area was built-up in the 1960s with acres of apartments, many of which over time converted to condos.  Those remaining apartments are being mowed down for new condo and townhouse developments costing a heck of a lot more than the original condos of the area.

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Village Bend East Apartments

Let’s face it: the only news we care about today is the sickening news coming out of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, a Texas Healthcare Resource Hospital, that a second nurse who treated Ebola patient Thomas Duncan has now tested positive for the disease. I have been glued to Facebook this morning (where I am limited to 5,000 friends, but you can still follow me) because I thought, well, this is a health issue, not real estate.

Then I heard from an agent or two that showings were slowing down. I hate to say it — hate to — but the whole world is now looking at Dallas as the place where we messed up with an Ebola patient. We have become Ebola Central. (more…)

5616 Stonegate Front

Devonshire is one of our favorite areas not only because it features some simply stunning architecture, but because the location can’t be beat. Sandwiched by the Dallas North Tollway and Inwood Road, and just north of Lovers Lane, Devonshire residents have easy access to some of our region’s best shopping and dining without sacrificing privacy. That’s thanks in large part to the large lots and liberal setbacks of these homes, as well as the rolling topography.

It’s no wonder that families and retirees are flocking to this sought-after neighborhood, but their reasons couldn’t be more different. Baby Boomers are moving in and looking to downsize and live inside the loop without feeling like your neighbor is breathing down your neck. Families, on the flipside, are looking for close-in living that has excellent schools nearby as well as culture and amenities. In fact, Dave Perry-Miller agent Courtney Jubinsky just moved to Devonshire and just loves it!

 

This home, however, will suit both tastes. Listed by the impeccable Becky Frey, 5616 Stonegate Road is a beautifully remodeled 1940s traditional with tons of living space. With an ample 4,332 square feet that is excellent for entertaining friends and family, this home is spacious without being overly large, and thanks to the .392 acre lot, it feels very private. It’s on the market for $1.225 million.

The curb appeal of this gorgeous home is undeniable, thanks to the picture windows and metal roof. Stride up the long gravel and concrete walk to this beautiful home and you’ll be taken in by the modern portico-type landing with tons of clean lines, the native and adaptive landscaping full of texture, and the cool metal roof.

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Inside, you’ll notice that the interiors are immaculate and warm, thanks to the beautiful wood and travertine floors. With two living areas and a formal dining room offset by an array of columns, this home feels elegant without being gaudy. You’ll love the flow of this home, which uses huge windows and French doors to bring the outdoors in. You can soak up the view of the beautiful custom pool and backyard through the floor-to-ceiling glass in the living area and kitchen, and admire the beautiful stone fireplace in the livingroom.

The kitchen is a work of art, and the beautiful warm cabinetry is topped off with beautiful granite counters. Commercial-grade built-in appliances give this commissary a clean and sleek look, and with the eat-in counter and breakfast nook that looks out to the backyard, you’ll probably spend most of your day here.

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With four bedrooms and three and a half baths, this home has plenty of room for family and guests, and would be an excellent abode to host holiday celebrations and spring gatherings. And with a fireplace in the master bedroom and an enviable sunroom, this home is cozy, peaceful, and completely luxurious.

In the master suite you’ll find a beautiful five-piece bath set with stunning stone and contemporary cabinetry. I love the contrast of the dark granite counter with the rosy beige travertine tile that clads the floors and walls, as well as the tub surround. Both spa and shower are large enough for two.

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If you aren’t already sold on this incredible home, the backyard will seal the deal. Lush landscaping, an enormous patio, and a refreshing pool make this home the total package. With as hot as our luxury market is, I don’t think this home will be in MLS long!

5616 Stonegate Backyard

I think this might be our first home on CandysDirt.com from Ridgewood Park, an East Dallas neighborhood just south of Lovers Lane and east of Abrams Road. It’s not too far south of Northwest Highway in a little alcove tucked away from too much traffic. In a word: Love.

This house, 6515 Ridgemont Drive marketed by Lindy Mahoney of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, is traditional to a “T.” Now, traditionals aren’t often my bag, and I prefer uncluttered spaces, lots of windows, lots of light, and minimal furniture (all of this, of course, you wouldn’t be able to tell if you looked inside my home right now. I blame the toddler.)

This one, however, is so cute that it makes me squeal! It feels so much like a perfectly curated dollhouse right down to the wing-back chairs and cozy den. And at $279,000 you get what you pay for with updates, location, and charm.

Some parts of this home are perfectly modern, though. Take the kitchen, for instance. While the cabinets are gleaming white and the blue-and-white backsplash tile is a country traditional hallmark, everything feels new and fresh, especially the stainless steel appliances and the custom dishwasher front. I love the marble counters, which add an unexpected elegance to the room.

There are three bedrooms, two baths, and absolutely no brass fixtures in sight. While this  1,568-square-foot was built in 1955, everything feels completely updated and move-in ready. This home would be perfect for newlyweds, and it’s in an area that is very accessible for commuters, too!

The backyard is spacious, and there’s a good-sized patio. The only negative about this home is, in my opinion, the detached garage, which would be a pain in the rear during inclement weather.

What do you think about this house?

After seeing my sister gut her master bath this weekend, I am feeling inspired.

Not inspired enough to take a crowbar to a thick iridescent glazed tile walk-in jacuzzi like my sister, but definitely inspired enough to dream about how I could put a little more pep in the step of this sweet, cozy little house a 6452 Lovers Lane in Ridgewood Park marketed by Ebby agent Paula Streiff.

This little house has loads of potential. All it needs, though, is someone patient. Someone to peel back the wallpaper and strip the outdated paneling and window dressings. Someone to give it a good scrubbing and a fresh coat of paint.

Because, really, it’s a good house! It has 1,700 square feet with four bedrooms and two baths. There’s plenty of living space, too, and an eat-in kitchen.

There are somethings, though, that should be left alone. Like the gorgeous off-center fireplace in the living room and the hearth in the kitchen. I have a certain weakness for well-placed exposed brick.

And it’s across the street from both a church and a school and close to shopping. And it’s priced right and $200K even. Takers?

Moving on up? Well, at least to Lovers Lane. Hot young Dallas agent Sam Sawyer has left Rogers Healy and Associates to join Briggs Freeman. Before he got a chance to sit at his new desk, or actually even FIND it, I had to ask:

CD: How many homes have you sold?

SS: Enough!

CD: What’s the most stressful part of negotiations?

SS:Explaining and negotiating a sub-par inspection report

CD: Your worst real estate nightmare?

SS: None, yet.

CD: Where do you live in Dallas?

SS: Townhouse in University Park.

CD: Price no object, where is your fantasy second home?

SS: Beaver Creek, Colorado

CD: What’s your fantasy car?

SS: Old school 1967 Chevrolet Camaro convertible – http://www.chevrolet-compares.com/2011/05/21/1967-chevy-camaro/

CD: What’s the best thing about moving to Dallas, like, what do you tell clients who are unsure of moving here?

SS: Dallas is a rapidly growing city with a lot of opportunity in our job market. It is also a great place to start a business, and Texas as a state has held up exceptionally well compared to other regions  around the country.