GreenIt’s a theme week here at CandysDirt — and this week, we’re looking at “green” homes in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day.

You might see a home that has environmentally-friendly features, or you might see, you know, an actual green house. But today, we’re going to show you this gorgeous new construction in the Merion at Midtown Park, a gated community off of Walnut Hill and North Central Expressway that is close to just about anything you could want.

And, in keeping with our theme, it’s LEED certified, and it’s also close to the DART rail station, which means you can give Mother Nature a break occasionally and cool it with the fossil fuels by hopping the train to work or play with minimal fuss. (more…)

Open houses are like real estate on parade. Houses, condos, and townhomes don their finest to wave to the crowds and make an impression. 

Today, the parade is led by the three properties in our Dallas Open Houses of the Week column. We’ve scoured the DFW listings and picked the ones to recommend for your weekend open house viewing. They all have that je ne sais quoi that makes them stand out. 

This week, our houses range in price from $359,900 to $1.575 million. Will you take part in the real estate parade? 



Real Estate Story

Glenna and Justin Lafitte with their miniature pinscher, Pee Wee. The pair found the perfect home for their pet-loving household completely by chance. (Photo: Joanna England)

If Greenville Avenue hadn’t been closed on the way back from the White Rock dog park, Glenna and Justin Lafitte may never have bought their new home inside Merion at Midtown Park.

It was a day like any other — the couple took their miniature pinscher to the ever-popular dog park near the Mockingbird Lane bridge that traverses the narrow side of White Rock Lake’s northeast shores. They were cutting across east Dallas to their unit at the Paradiso in North Dallas, just off North Central Expressway when they had to reroute — Greenville Avenue was closed heading north. So they made their way up to Walnut Hill.

It was just luck that the two had been looking for a single-family home in the area. It had been a less-than-stellar search thus far — everything that they wanted in the neighborhood was older than they preferred or on the pricey side. “We looked at a community by PSW and it was in the $750s,” he said, “way outside our price range.”

So it really was just a happy accident that they found Hines’ brand new development.