It’s hard picturing yourself in a home that is completely empty. Sometimes it’s even harder in a new build. That’s why staging is so important, especially for spec homes. 
 
When The Avant Group — a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder — finished this beautiful contemporary two story in Midway Hollow, the home’s incredibly lofty ceilings and cool neutral color palette made it feel cold and cavernous. So Avant’s marketing chief, Heaven Porteous, brought in Suzie Barrett, owner of Dallas Staging Solutions. The results speak for themselves.

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Splurge vs. Steal: Two Houses in Midway Hollow | CandysDirt.com

The newly updated ranch at 4130 Walnut Hill Ln. is our Midway Hollow splurge this week.

Splurge vs. Steal is a new feature on CandysDirt.com. Every week, we look at two properties that offer something in common, but are miles apart in their asking price.  

Midway Hollow is one of the fast-changing and transitioning areas in northwest Dallas. With about 2,600 houses built in the 1950s and 1960s, Midway Hollow is also attracting a lot of new construction. The boundaries Midway Road, Walnut Hill Lane, Marsh Lane, and Northwest Highway. With proximity to Love Field, the Tollway, and LBJ, it’s easy to get where you want to go from Midway Hollow.

Our Splurge vs. Steal today looks at two original neighborhood homes, each zoned for excellent elementary schools. The splurge is a ranch-style home, the steal more of a cottage. They’re both pretty fab. Let’s take a look.

 

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The North Cliff Preservation District that feeds Salazar Elementary is the beneficiary of a district-rated “Excelling” school with promising accountability scores. (Photo courtesy Dallas ISD)

We all know the market is tight in Dallas. But when you’re looking for a home as a family, there’s another thing to factor in besides price and square footage: the schools.

Last year, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate asked me to take a look at the neighborhoods around some schools that might be more unfamiliar to buyers who traditionally look around the Lakewood, Rosemont, Stonewall Jackson, and Withers elementary schools. The neighborhoods I showcased were in attendance zones for some of Dallas ISD’s great schools — albeit schools that sometimes get less attention than their more well-known counterparts.

This week, I’m going to repeat the feat, and show you some examples of homes you and your family can plant roots in — and attend a great school to boot.

All of the schools we’ll look at are rated “Excelling” in the district’s School Performance Framework, and many of them offer the things parents get excited about — two-way dual language Spanish immersion, International Baccalaureate, personalized learning, and the like. (more…)

It speaks volumes about the state of my own home that I’m deeply attracted to property with killer outdoor living spaces. This post-war traditional in the heart of Midway Hollow may not be much to look at from the front, but just wait for it, folks. The backyard is everything.  And I’m going to make you wait until after the jump for it. You won’t even be mad, it’s just that good. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, 3939 Van Ness Lane is listed by Justin Farmer with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty at $615,000.

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3860 Dunhaven Road is a beautiful new build from the Avant Group.

The Avant Group, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, has easily kept pace with our region’s brisk real estate market. Buyers have been in an absolute frenzy trying to secure the next home by this acclaimed small-batch builder. Not surprisingly, the Avant Group sold both their Dunhaven and Valley Ridge projects for above list price. Even though these homes did not start out as custom builds, the Avant Group has been able to tailor the finish-out to meet their buyer’s unique needs. How’s that for custom? 

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This 1960's Remodel by Spruce Designs is a Modern Masterpiece | CandysDirt.com

If anyone knows how to take a home from drab to fab, it’s Spruce Designs. We are continually amazed at their transformations. Our Inwood House of the Week at 4335 Glenaire Dr. is a 1960’s remodel they recently completed and it’s a perfect example of the right way to bring new life to an older home.

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Realtor Lindsay Thomas will have her 9663 Lakemont listing in Midway Hollow open Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. along with several others.

Fans of the Modern Mile Home Tour will recognize this tidy little area of Midway Hollow. This is a wonderful little enclave full to the brim with lovely lots and beautiful homes. Word comes from Realtor Lindsay Thomas that several agents with listings in the area have organized their own tour from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Read on for a map and the full list of homes!

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Midway Hollow home

Midway Hollow is a neighborhood in transition, with a lot of renovations going on among the 2,600 or so houses there. It’s an appealing area in northwest Dallas, with mature trees, affordable homes in several price ranges, nearby shopping, and a healthy, involved crime watch.

Flippers have made their mark among many a Midway Hollow home, and some people are wary of the quality of work offered by them. That may or may not have any basis, but it still causes pause among a few potential homebuyers.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 3703 Cortez Dr. is not a flip — this beautiful work was done by the owner for herself, says listing agent Barbara Arredondo with Clay Stapp + Co. 

“This is such a neat house — it was taken to the studs for a renovation and it sits on a larger corner lot,” Arredondo said. “All of the bedrooms are a big surprise — usually in a home of this era, they are small, but these are not.”

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,044 square feet, built in 1951. There’s an open house this Saturday, May 27, from 2-4 p.m. Here’s your sneak peek. (Be sure to check out the “before” photos below for a look at the hot mess this house was before the owner started renovations!)

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