Merriman Park

Merriman Park Elementary parents and local business banded together to create a more welcoming and cheerful space for the school’s 60 teachers. Their efforts inspired us to begin matching schools with businesses and groups who would like to do the same. (Photos courtesy Merriman Park Elementary PTA)

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

A few weeks ago, I got an email from Katy Hancock, a PTA officer at Merriman Park Elementary School, the kind that I love to get.

In it, she told me about how three parents (who just happened to be experts in their fields) banded together to spearhead a makeover of the teachers’ lounge — a teachers lounge that was sad, dark, and dysfunctional.

Before

Before

“The PTA had a little money left over at the end of the year,” Hancock said. “We thought maybe we could get a few cabinets and a new countertop.”

But then Kim Armstrong, a parent and owner of Kim Armstrong Interior Design, offered to manage the project.

“Kim stepped in, some amazing MPE families stepped up, and OMG…we have ourselves one very amazing teacher’s lounge,” Hancock said.

Fellow Merriman Park parents Derek Kellogg and Kevin Bryant of Richland Renovations and Bentwood Kitchens, respectively, also got involved, providing labor, materials and more.

“Their contributions and a whopping PTA budget of $2,500 made this possible,” Hancock said in her email.

I took Johnstone up on her offer to see the completed space in person, and met with her, Kellogg, and Armstrong in the now bright, cheery room that is a vast improvement for the 60 teachers that use it. (more…)

lake highlandsLake Highlands is sought after — that’s no revelation. So when we found three homes in three different price points that all have open houses this week, we knew we hit the jackpot for our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week.

This week, our houses range in price from $489,000 to $1.175 million. Which ones will you visit? (more…)

Merriman Park

Merriman Park Elementary parents and local business banded together to create a more welcoming and cheerful space for the school’s 60 teachers. Their efforts inspired us to begin matching schools with businesses and groups who would like to do the same. (Photos courtesy Merriman Park Elementary PTA)

A few weeks ago, I got an email from Katy Hancock, a PTA officer at Merriman Park Elementary School, the kind that I love to get.

In it, she told me about how three parents (who just happened to be experts in their fields) banded together to spearhead a makeover of the teachers’ lounge — a teachers lounge that was sad, dark, and dysfunctional.

Before

Before

“The PTA had a little money left over at the end of the year,” Hancock said. “We thought maybe we could get a few cabinets and a new countertop.”

But then Kim Armstrong, a parent and owner of Kim Armstrong Interior Design, offered to manage the project.

“Kim stepped in, some amazing MPE families stepped up, and OMG…we have ourselves one very amazing teacher’s lounge,” Hancock said.

Fellow Merriman Park parents Derek Kellogg and Kevin Bryant of Richland Renovations and Bentwood Kitchens, respectively, also got involved, providing labor, materials and more.

“Their contributions and a whopping PTA budget of $2,500 made this possible,” Hancock said in her email.

I took Johnstone up on her offer to see the completed space in person, and met with her, Kellogg, and Armstrong in the now bright, cheery room that is a vast improvement for the 60 teachers that use it. (more…)

Welcome Home to 8031 Abramshire Avenue !

I talked to a friend of mine the other day who lives in Merriman Park, and he was absolutely gushing about the home values in his neighborhood. He told me that I needed to see this house at 8031 Abramshire, which has undergone a bit of a transformation since it was first listed a couple of months ago. It’s now back on the market and the price for this East Dallas home may make your eyes pop a bit: $525,000.

That’s right: Here’s a three-bedroom, three-bath home with more than 3,100 square feet in the Alexanders Village area of Merriman Park listed for $168 per square foot. Just three years ago, this home was listed for $269,000. How’s that for appreciation?

Jump to see it for yourself!

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9623 Windy Terrace Front

Storage is so important these days. As families grow, so does the amount of stuff you have. I swear that the only reason I’m unable to park my car in the garage is because I had a baby. All that stuff you have after a child outgrows one thing and moves on to another is unimaginable at first, and ridiculous at best. It’s true!

9623 Windy Terrace Living

So when I see a home that has tons of built-in cabinets and what looks like excessive storage, I get a serious case of the wantees. Built-ins are what makes a home look like a Houzz page, because you can stuff all the odds and ends in a well-tailored cabinet and declare a room clean!

That’s why I love this North Dallas home at 9623 Windy Terrace. With four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and more than 3,300 square feet, there’s tons of room not only for family, but to store all of your family’s junk! Plus, it’s inside the Richardson Independent School District, specifically inside the acclaimed Merriman Park Elementary attendance area. It’s listed by Ebby Halliday Realtor and local legend Mary Poss for $539,000.

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Trust me, with the updates inside this home, it’s so worth it! Consider that you don’t have to do a thing to this house! It has hardwoods! It’s move-in ready! And you get a HUGE wet bar, perfect for entertaining while the kids are at the grandparents this summer. And there’s a fantastic pool in the back with attached spa, which is going to be very popular come this summer. There’s also a built-in grill that the buyers are sure to enjoy come Memorial Day weekend.

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You’ll also adore the architectural details of this home, including the tall, exposed beam ceiling in the kitchen. The trim in the living room is amazing, and the kitchen has been renovated with built-ins and a fantastic eat-in island. It’s just off the dining room, which is so cool — it’s round! I bet you’ll have a blast finding the perfect dining table for this room that will really play up the chandelier.

The master bedroom is perfect at 18 x 16, with plenty of windows and a really amazing stone fireplace. Just look at that! It looks like a set from a Bond movie — you add the bearskin rug! Seriously in love!

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The master bath was recently renovated and is a five-piece number with gorgeous natural stone, a fantastic tub, a stand-alone shower with frameless glass and tons of drawers and cabinets. It is just beautiful and a real selling point in this price range.

So, what do you love most about this incredible property?

9623 Windy Terrace backyard