Mornings seem just a little bit brighter in the M Streets. And on the tree-lined block of Morningside Avenue rests two Greenland Hills Tudors that are bold, beautiful, and unabashedly designed. Each offers tons of character and charm but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose, the Remodeled Splurge Or The Stylish Steal? Either way, you’ll be living the good life on one of the most desirable streets in town.

Splurge: Remodeled Greenland Hills Tudor With Dreamy Kitchen And Rare Laundry Room

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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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Imagine if the original inhabitants of this 1926 cottage at 5238 Ridgedale Avenue walked in the doors today, what would they say? Wow, I never knew this home could seem so spacious. Where’d the walls go? Where is the China cabinet? Sure, the interior has changed since the 1920s, but the traditional charm of this M Streets cottage still exists.

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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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Our Splurge: Kimberly Buchler with Pinnacle Realty Advisors has listed5739 Marquita Avenue for $659,000.

Morningside or Marquita? You choose! These M Streets beauties aim to please. The best part? They are only minutes from Lower Greenville attractions. The hip Dallas neighborhood continues to draw all types for its eclectic nightlife, fabulous eateries, and historic charms. And this week we found two of its gems.

Both Lower Greenville picks put you close to all the action but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose, the Updated Craftsman Splurge or the English Cottage Steal? We would love to hear in the comments. 

Splurge: 1920s M Streets Craftsman With Backyard Upgrades For $650K

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5510 Merrimac Avenue Circa 1926

Greenland Hills is one historic Dallas neighborhood that seemingly has it all. Besides the popular M Streets and stunning collection of Tudors, it’s alive with an eclectic – and electric – vibe all its own. That feel is perhaps what defines the neighborhood most.

The Neighborhood Evolution

From the beginning, Greenland Hills danced to its own drummer. According to the Greenland Hills Neighborhood Association , the adjacent Vickery Place and Belmont neighborhoods built in phases, beginning with larger homes and graduating to smaller houses. In contrast, the entire Greenland Hills neighborhood was built simultaneously.

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About three years ago, Compass Real Estate agent Phillip Murrell discovered an attractive off-market duplex in the M Streets. He liked it so much, he and his partner bought it.  Then they had to decide whether to seek out a long-term tenant or try the short-term rental market.

“At that point, Airbnb was big but a lot less tested than it is now,” Murrell recalls. “I didn’t know anyone personally who did an Airbnb.”

He initially rented out the bottom unit to a client who needed a place for six months. Upstairs, he began adding consignment furniture along with some of his own. Before long it was time to list the space and see what happened.

“The response was almost instant,” Murrell recalls. “Upstairs we were getting well over $2,700 per month.”

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