Once a buyer has settled on an area, often there’s a problem that the right sort of home isn’t currently on the market. Not so on Wild Valley Drive in the Merriman Park neighborhood, tucked next to the White Rock greenbelt and a short distance to Keller’s Drive-In.

Both are three-bedroom homes. Number 7124 is a very livable fixer-upper while 7435 is a move-in ready flip. The flip is smaller and $104,000 more expensive and has an added half bathroom. The other offers 320 additional square feet and a pool. Both are on similarly-sized lots.

Merriman Park is full of 1950s ranch homes on generous lots with good setbacks and tree-lined streets. It’s handiness to White Rock Lake is a selling point, along with its proximity to Central Expressway. Younger buyers may like that it’s easy to bike to DART’s White Rock station.

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Tucked away on a quiet tree-lined street in desirable Merriman Park rests this completely updated gem you have to see to believe! Built in 1960, the four-bedroom, three-bath charmer boasts over 2,400 square feet on a huge and lushly landscaped lot and is the perfect fit for our Friday Four Hundred.

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Sigh.

This home is really lovely. My tastes veer much more toward the modern, but I can’t argue with the appeal of 9606 Hilldale Drive. It’s tranquil and well-appointed, high-end without being fussy. Impeccably kept, inside and out, its 3,678 square feet are simultaneously cozy and spacious, sophisticated and accessible. And while unarguably traditional, the use of mixed metals throughout the interior keeps it fresh and contemporary.

This four-bedroom, three-bath, hip-pocket treasure in Merriman Park is going for $779,900 with Kyle Brinkley at Brinkley Residential.

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The beautifully remodeled brick Tudor at 930 N. Clinton Ave. in Oak Cliff Annex one of our five featured open houses this week.

The local real estate market is chock full of marvelous properties this week, and we’re here to tell you about the best North Texas open houses with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our homes range from $409K to $745K. You’ll find a range of properties, from a gorgeous, updated Tudor in Oak Cliff Annex (pictured above) to a marvelous Merriman Park reno. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

 

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6411 Larmanda a

Usually when real estate folks use the phrase “outdoor living spaces,” the property in question has a big price tag to match this big trend.

Not so with our Tuesday Two Hundred today, located at 6411 Larmanda St. in the Merriman Park neighborhood. It has a large front covered patio area with a fireplace, ceiling fan, grilling station, counter space, and multiple seating areas. There’s a tilting screen for privacy, and serene views of a small garden nearby. It’s just about perfect.

The inside of this house is pretty great, too, with two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and 1,532 square feet on two stories, built in 1979.

 

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7609 Arborgate IHOTW

Looking at this home, I feel like I’ve landed in a time capsule back to 1979:  those wood paneled walls, twin bow bay windows, the glass weather door so freshly Windexed it always shines, the oh so formal dining room, the avocado green built-in oven which I bet is a GE, and the Chambers cooktop stove. Walnut, walnut everywhere. Built in 1979, a year before I came to Dallas, this was the archetypical hot home back then. Those walnut panels were to 1979 what high ceilings and outdoor living spaces are to 2015. Back then we couldn’t afford to even think about owning a home: negative bank account biopsy and 18% interest rates. Flipping through this space is like going home to mom’s house, or maybe even grandmother’s, where we would have Thanksgiving dinner in that dining room… and just wish so darn much we could own those walnut paneled walls.

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6231 Berryhill ATwo words seem to be on the lips of almost all prospective homebuyers as they browse from listing to listing, no matter the price range: open floorplan.

Chopped up rooms and awkward spaces get a big thumbs down in today’s market. Those considering a renovation with a future sale in mind are wise to put their dollars into interior spaces that are light, bright, and flow easily from one area to the next.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred offers just that. The 1959 ranchette at 6231 Berryhill St., near Abrams Road and E. Northwest Highway, is 1,596 square feet of open sight lines and airy rooms. Located in East Dallas’ fast-appreciating Merriman Park neighborhood, this 3-2 was recently remodeled to created that coveted open floorplan for buyers.

This house was listed Nov. 2 by Chuck Briant with Real Estate Marketing Association for $335,000, or $210 per square foot. Looking at nine neighborhood comps, this house is tied with the highest price-per-square-foot, which range from $153 to $209 (average: $180; median: $183). The renovations play a big part in that asking price: it’s a turn-key property with a cohesive, elegant look and feel.

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Merriman Park dallasThe increasing property values in East Dallas’ Merriman Park neighborhood are the stuff of happy homeowners.

The house at 6852 Freemont St., our Thursday Three Hundred, is a totally renovated midcentury with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,473 square feet, listed last week by Jennifer Friedman Ackerman with Virginia Cook, Realtors for $399,900, or $162 per square foot.

It was last sold in 2011 for $249,900, or $113 per square foot. That’s big appreciation in four years! 6852 Freemont A BEFOREThis “before” shot of the exterior gives you an idea of the transformation this house has undergone. Hardly looks like the same place. Let’s take a look at the rest of the changes, which include opening up the rooms, a new kitchen, hardwood floors, and contemporary, stylish touches everywhere.

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