Calmont Avenue

An enclave of Fort Worth known for its safety and friendliness, Ridgelea Hills has become more and more attractive to buyers looking for mature trees and stellar family homes. This sweet midcentury ranch is the perfect intersection of these two desires, as the home not only retains much of its traditional ranch charm, but has updates that put a fresh spin on its style. 

Ridglea Hills also benefits from a stellar west side location — just south of Interstate 30 and north of Camp Bowie Blvd. — so this neighborhood has excellent accessibility for commuters. Plus, there’s great shopping on Camp Bowie, tons of great nearby restaurants, and the historic Ridglea Theater for those who enjoy live music.

So if you’re looking for a great midcentury ranch in Ridglea Hills, but have a bit of a tight budget, this gem on Calmont Ave. could be just the thing.

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Fox & JacobsWe’ve written about Forest Highlands before — the small clutch of Fox & Jacobs homes bordered by Forest Lane, Marsh Lane, and Webb Chapel Road, where some of the more affordable (for the square footage) homes in North Dallas exist.

The neighborhood full of Midcentury Ranches has been home to Dallas families since the late 1950s. Built by brothers Ike and Joe Jacobs and David G. Fox of Fox & Jacobs, the L-shaped Accent and Flair homes of the 1960s are present in several neighborhoods in North Dallas, especially along Marsh Lane.

These homes came in several variations of the same floorplan — some are around 1,500 square feet, some are closer to 1,900. Some had the option of a formal dining room or a fourth bedroom (which means your formal living room has a walk-in closet).  (more…)

magnetDallas ISD magnet schools don’t usually have open seats — the rare exception is when they are in their first couple of years, maybe. So when we found out that three magnets still have spots open, we decided to take a look at the kind of inventory you can find.

We’ve written about Roger Q. Mills Elementary before —  the school earned five out of six TEA distinctions last year. A quick perusal of inventory near J.P Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard showed that properties near the school are dear (but we’ll take a look next week nonetheless).

But this week, we’re taking a look at homes near Mark Twain School for the Talented and Gifted, which is accepting applications for students entering grades one through five. (more…)

Lake Park Estates is such a cool neighborhood, which is why I’m not really shocked to see how much asking prices have skyrocketed in the past few years. This increasingly desirable White Rock Lake enclave offers pretty much everything people move to East Dallas for, notes David Griffin & Company Realtor Lori Ericsson

That’s why we think that this remodeled midcentury ranch in Lake Park Estates is worthy of our High Caliber Home of the Week title, presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Not only does it have some impeccably planned additions that make the most of the arboreal environment that puts the “park” in Lake Park Estates, but it’s also another kind of green.

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The big mistake that a lot of sellers make when updating a property for the market is taking it all too far. Sure, I love a good open floor plan, but can we admit that not all homes should have them?

A fantastic example of updating without sacrificing a home’s character is this adorable updated ranch in Melshire Estates. These homes have such great bones, fantastic lots, and family-friendly floor plans that it’s sad to see them remodeled into oblivion. Our Inwood National Bank home of the week, however, has benefited from updates that put a fresh face on this Melshire Estates ranch without gutting it of all character.

Following the ideal of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” this listing from Mohammed Jaber and Michelle Hopson of Compass Dallas feels dreamy and bright without being sterile. 

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Midcentury RanchIt’s not far from White Rock, an easy hop to I-635, is zoned for a great elementary school, and this Midcentury Ranch has been completely updated.

We’d also be remiss if we didn’t point out that the price point for this home at 2314 Winthrop Drive is terrific for a starter home in Dallas.

It’s a three-bedroom, one bath home, with 1,180 square feet of space. As we’ve mentioned before, 3/1’s are actually great to start out in. A single person can buy, meet that significant other, and even have a kiddo and live quite comfortably in the home for a fair amount of time before you have an air traffic control situation with that one bathroom.

And with 7,492 square feet, you could have enough room to add a second bathroom at some point, too.

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HexterHexter Elementary is one of those schools that is consistently asked about when people consider moving to East Dallas. With its robust parental involvement, and the fact that it is a Blue Ribbon school, there’s a lot of reasons to seek it out.

And given that the homes in the area can be some of the more affordable choices in Dallas, falling in that $200,000 range at the low point, it’s easy to see why young families flock there. (more…)

Midcentury RanchTucked back behind Forest Lane, Marsh Lane, and Webb Chapel Road is an enclave of Midcentury Ranch homes, homes to families from the late 1950s to today — and they’re still some of the most affordable homes in North Dallas.

Built by Fox & Jacobs, the L-shaped Accent and Flair homes of the 1960s are present in several neighborhoods in North Dallas, especially along Marsh Lane (full disclosure, this writer lives in one, and her family is only the second family to live in the home since it was built in 1961).

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