first homeWhen you’re a young family, you look for certain things in your first home — and first and foremost, you’re probably going to be looking for the home that can give you the most bang for your buck.

It’s one of the reason we bring our readers regular features like the Tuesday Two Hundred and the Thursday Three Hundred — and this week’s Thursday offering is a great example of how the $300,000 range can get you a great move-in ready first home with loads of potential for putting your stamp on the abode as well.

This North Dallas Midcentury Ranch at 3179 Jubilee Trail was built in 1961 and has a lot of the hallmarks we expect from the Fox & Jacobs era of Dallas — an open floor plan, a focal point fireplace, and bedroom layouts that provide generous bunking spaces.

It’s a floor plan that holds up to the ever-changing and cyclical vagaries of popular design choices over decades. The wallpaper may change, the tile may go from a country style mosaic to a sleek subway tile, and flooring choices may go from shag to laminate to Berber to wood, but that floorplan? What was family and entertaining-friendly in the sixties is just as family and entertaining-friendly today.

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Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright will fall in love with this exceptional, thoughtfully designed contemporary that captures the most alluring elements of the natural environment and translates them into a structure that harmonizes with its surroundings. That’s what Janelle Alcantara feels about this gorgeous home designed by architect Doug Guiling of GAIA Texas. The stunning estate, set on a beautiful creekside lot, is not only beautiful on the outside, but it’s functional throughout.

It was love at first sight for us with this High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. And truly, this house has everything you could ever want wrapped in bold lines, bountiful natural light, and top-of-the-line finishes. And it lives just as good as it looks, too.

“This house is so different from the formula that other builders use,” Alcantara said. “Other builders design houses with as many large, open spaces as possible.  This typically means there is a “wow” factor when you open the front door. However, with that comes little regard for how people actually live in a house. Often, the ability to furnish a house, with proper seating arrangements, lighting, and viewing angles of the TV are sacrificed along with the lack of privacy that occurs when the whole house is visible from the front yard.”

This contemporary in Hockaday Square offers bright interiors without sacrificing privacy from the curb.

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Mother/daughter duo Arlene Balady and Michele Balady Beach have joined the Dave Perry-Miller Park Cities office.  They had previously worked under the Keller Williams umbrella.

“I think we just both felt that the level of agents at Dave Perry-Miller and the leadership team proved to be what our business needed,” Beach said. “We have been one of the top producers for several years and needed a bigger house.”

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You know we’re suckers for open houses! They’re great ways to get a feel for how a home lives, and they can be eye opening when it comes to discovering new neighborhoods and enclaves. Though we keep hearing about a slow-down in the market, we’re still getting invites in all directions to tour some of the best homes in Dallas and beyond. We couldn’t help but share a very special open house tour featuring none other than North Dallas’ Preston Trails/Bent Tree neighborhoods. 

“This is a great area with a tremendous convenient location, often overlooked,” says Jacqui Bloomquist, who is representing the gorgeous four-bedroom, four-bathroom home at 5818 Preston Fairways Drive during the Sept. 1 open house tour. “Most of these are zero-lot-line homes in terrific neighborhoods — Bent Tree Royal, Preston Trails Fairways, and Cambridge Place at Preston Trails!”

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The invisible borders within the area we call “North Dallas” are many. You can live in North Dallas with Plano ISD or Richardson ISD schools, and then there are the subdivisions within the area, too, which each have their own unique character.

A great example of the diversity in location and architecture for the North Dallas area can be found in our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. This listing from David Griffin & Co. agent Robert Kucharski, a 1970s soft contemporary in the Peyton-Alpha Estates subdivision, is completely loaded and at a great price, too! 

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By now, everyone in the real estate industry is familiar with the term “flip.” And if you’re looking for an example of a “flip,” look no further than pretty much every single block in Midway Hollow. The area is lousy with them — both the good ones and the less than great ones. So, if you’re a real estate investor looking to make a buck, how do you make your flip stand out from the rest? 

First, you’re asking the wrong question. You should be wondering how you can do better than just a “flip.” The answer is in our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s a listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Janelle Alcantara in Glen Cove that is not just any “flip” — it’s a rebuild.

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Make a Splash for Summer at These Three Ebby Halliday-Repped Homes | CandysDirt.com

With summer temperatures soaring in North Texas, spending time in the pool sounds better than ever. But not any old pool will do. 

I’ve found four spectacular properties represented by Ebby Halliday Realtors that exemplify some of the best outdoor living you can buy in DFW. These are sure to make a splash, whether it’s for a pool party or low-key lounging! 

 

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On average, flipping a home takes between eight to 12 weeks in most markets. This, of course, includes extremely modest projects as well as those that are higher end. It doesn’t sound like a lot of time to really get the feel for a property, to really transform it, to realize its full potential. 
 
That’s what’s so refreshing about Spruce Designs, helmed by David Griffin & Co. agents Micky Carr and Brent Conner. Their latest project at 11705 Parwen in Forest Place is a 1983 ranch that has been carefully reimagined into a beautiful luxury home with so many engaging finishes. The tile alone in this artful single-story home is worth a small fortune, though the attention to detail with the finish-out and floor plan easily make this a worthy High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans
 

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