So your hearts and bellies are full from Thanksgiving, but you want to get out and about? Why not tour a few Dallas open houses with the family! We found three great open houses this weekend that are perfect for those on a budget. In fact, all three picks are under $555,000! Make the most of your time together and find a home that will make next year’s Thanksgiving that much sweeter. Happy hunting!

A Curated Condo In The Cedars 

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Sleek and simply modern, that’s how you could describe the six new homes that makeup Centre Living at Lakewood, an exclusive new project designed by the award-winning Dallas-based architecture firm FAR+DANG.

Located at Swiss Ave and La Vista, the new Centre Living Homes community is a mix of two single-family homes and four duplex homes. The two- and three-bedroom homes located in the 1900 block of La Croix range from 1,653 to 2,105 square feet with a starting price of $539,900.

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Not everyone can say they started a real estate career after retirement, but that’s what Tim Williams is trying to do. About a month ago, the longtime entrepreneur joined Halo Group Realty. So far things are going as good as he had hoped.

“Halo is a great company,” Williams said. “They are just a great group of people, and it kind of fits my mentality.”

Of course, saying Williams is new to real estate is a little misleading. Over the past three decades he’s built a successful business career with many professional and personal property deals under his belt. It all started when he opened a sporting goods store while still a student at Baylor. After realizing that wasn’t the business for him, he opened a restaurant in the small East Texas town of Brownsboro. Before long he had multiple restaurants.

“Then one day, I love playing golf, and I thought, ‘I wonder if I can buy a golf course?’” he recalled.

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A backyard with a pool and 2,500-square-foot home on Lower Greenville? Yes, it’s possible with this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Phillip Murrell of Compass RE Texas has this 1999-built Tudor-inspired transitional home with four bedrooms, three baths, and 2,532 square feet on a 9,000-square-foot lot that’s walking distance to Blue Goose and Trader Joe’s. It was custom built to fit the beautiful Tudor and Craftsman-style homes along Palo Pinto Avenue.

Inside you’ll find hardwood floors, designer lighting, custom stone fireplace, and subtle color on the walls that make this home feel very soft and comfortable like a pair of your favorite yoga pants (sleek enough to be contemporary and dressed up, but comfortable enough to crawl under the covers with). The large open living area that features built-in bookcases flanking the fireplace flows into casual dining and the kitchen.

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Happy fall y’all! What better way to kick off autumn than with the perfect East Dallas Friday Five Hundred? This one is all new and waiting for you. Plus, it was made for maximizing indoor-outdoor entertaining so you can soak up all the joys of the season.

And when we say soak up, we mean sipping cider while enjoying the crisp fall air (now that it has arrived!) from your very own fourth-floor living area! It comes complete with a fantastic wet bar and two-tiered deck showcasing unobstructed downtown Dallas views. Swing open those sliding doors and take in the view. This is East Dallas living at its finest! Let’s take a look around shall we?

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Paige Jones Schmitt with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 6022 Revere Place for $499,000. Also, our Friday Four Hundred pick!

Make the most of your weekend in these Lower Greenville lookers, all priced from $475,000 to $554,900. The best part? You can start with Marquita on Friday, tour Revere on Sunday, and pop over to Ellsworth all in a weekend’s time. This will give you a sense for the neighborhood, including the M Streets and the area’s proximity to Mockingbird Elementary.

More For Your Money On Marquita Avenue

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Our Splurge: Rogers Healy with Rogers Healy and Associates has listed 5733 Penrose Avenue for $649,000.

So you want to be close to the action of Lower Greenville but in a single-family home that just screams you? Choose between a fantastic modern or stately traditional in our latest Splurge vs. Steal! Each home affords private backyards and prime locations but price points that are miles apart. Which is your favorite, the Penrose Modern or the Monticello Tudor? It might be tough to choose.

Splurge: Perfection On Penrose With Quartz Kitchen And Room To Grow For $649K

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Need a crash pad in Lower Greenville with easy access to DART and a great rental rate?

Look no further than 2508 Delmar Ave., Dallas. Bonus points if you’re a teacher, firefighter or police officer.

“We offer discounts to public servants because they often can’t afford to live in the cities they serve,” said Melissa Kingston, who with her husband, former City Councilman Philip Kingston, is offering the garage apartment for $1,025 per month.

The 375-square-foot home sits on a corner lot in the quiet historic Belmont Addition Conservation District. It’s a block from a Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus stop, a short bike ride to White Rock Lake and walking distance to Lower Greenville, Lakewood, and Tietze Park.

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