Merrell

Artist renderings courtesy The Texas Builders

Rachel Norris recently made a big move to the O N E Group and Compass, and she thinks she has the perfect home for a family looking to make a big move of their own — construction on Merrell Road so new you can still pick the finishes out yourself.

That’s pretty darn new.

The home is built by the team at The Texas Builders, who have been a part of the Dallas construction landscape since 2012 and have more than 10 years of experience altogether. You see their homes in the Preston Hollow area, including their latest new build at 4407 Merrell Road (you should check out their Facebook page for fun videos and photos of the house as it was going up).

The Contemporary Modern home sits in a perfect spot. How perfect? First, let’s talk about amenities. You’re close to shopping and dining at Midway and Northwest Highway (including Central Market, Fernandos, Howard Wangs, The Original Pancake House, and more). You’re close to Bachman Lake and its improved jogging/walking/biking trail (and rowing). (more…)

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…)

MidwayWe’ve pretty much found a unicorn — a North Dallas rental off of Midway Road for less than $2,000 that is close to several great schools, great grocery shopping, and great dining.

This two-bedroom, one bath home at 4239 Bonham Street has a lot to recommend it. Not only has it retained all of its Midcentury, 1953 period charm (check out all the built-ins scattered throughout the home), but it’s got a great backyard with even more living space. (more…)

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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midcenturyTrue story: A whole lot of our readers who aren’t from Dallas but got here as soon as they could started off renting here, because it’s hard to find the perfect house in a market as heated as Dallas’ is sometimes. Which is why we paid attention when we found this Midcentury Ranch in North Dallas that is just the right size for a relocating family.

It’s also in a great Dallas ISD feeder pattern with a huge footprint and is also close to several private schools — which means that you have a really big swath of North Dallas to begin your house buying search in while you cool your heels in this 1,944 square foot slice of pretty house.

\Located at 7432 Wellcrest Drive, the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home has two living areas. A front entry hall leads you to a large living room with hardwood floors, which leads to a den with brick flooring and a fireplace.  (more…)

This North Dallas home is ready for summer! With a crystal blue pool, patio, game room, and bright open floor plan, our Friday Four Hundred aims to please. And it’s ideally located too. It sits in a family-friendly North Dallas neighborhood with desirable Plano schools.

“The property at 18616 Gibbons Drive is a pristine home with lots of light and is fresh, clean and very tastefully updated,” says listing agent Christie Cannon of Keller Williams. “At just under $450,000 this home is a great price for all it offers and it’s location! The private backyard has a fabulous pool and covered patio. As well as a well-designed, fully useable, concrete patio/side yard. It’s perfect for storing pool equipment.”

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[Editor’s note: Jon Anderson is a columnist for CandysDirt.com. His opinions are his own.]

While Thursday’s meeting fell short of the usual fireworks PD-15 brings about, the City Plan Commission asked some great questions regarding city staff’s proposed changes to PD-15.

In the lead-up to City Plan Commission’s public hearing on staff’s proposal for updating PD-15, staff briefed plan commissioners Thursday morning at Vital. Groups. Knee. Senior Planner Andrew Ruegg, who’s led the process so far, presented essentially the same slides as were shown to the community two weeks ago.

What the few who went to the meeting were most interested in were the questions and comments from the other commissioners. I give a “Hallelujah!” to CPC chair Gloria Tarpley for commenting that the 3-D images shown of the proposed changes would have been welcome at other cases. How the city can be devising “words on paper” documents reflecting 3-D realities without 3-D models has always been a mystery. It should be ante to the game.

The first questions were from District 11 appointee Janie Schultz. First, she was curious whether the requirement for a street lamp every 50-feet was adequate. While boilerplate, staff said they’d look into it. Schultz’ second question concerned the affordable housing sweeteners and whether anyone would use them. The suspicion is that along the northern side they will be unlikely to be used, while on the Northwest Highway side they may if the developer wants to get near tapping any height. It kind of goes to what I’ve been saying that if the buildable envelope doesn’t grow, it’s just cannibalizing market-rate units for affordable units.

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Avanti: 4122 Avondale

[Editor’s note: Jon Anderson is a columnist for CandysDirt.com. His opinions are his own.]

I recently suggested that builders lay off the endless blocks of cookie-cutter townhouses with their all-too-familiar floor plans. I see them as an inefficient use of space that invariably cost homebuyers more for the same amount of usable space. They’re the real estate equivalent of the adage, “an elephant is a mouse designed by a committee.”  The answer is single-story “flats” condos.

However, for all their efficient use of space, high-rises often come with HOA dues that put them (monetarily and philosophically) out of reach of most — not to mention some folks being height averse. Enter the low-rise flat. In the early 20th century, many cities built a network of duplex flats, some even triplex flats. In Dallas, these buildings can be seen in many older neighborhoods in East Dallas, Oak Lawn, and Oak Cliff. They offered a way for an owner to have a rental property to ease mortgage payments.

Pre-Recession, Dallas was building a few low-rise flats condo buildings with all the joy of single-story living and reasonable HOAs. Some baulk at any HOA dues, but things like uniform exterior maintenance and landscaping matter – and it’s better to have something in the bank when problems arise versus hastily passing the hat.

Anyway, let’s peek at three low-rise flats in Oak Lawn built pre-Recession.

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