There are so many great Northeast Dallas neighborhoods, that maybe the L Streets slipped off of your radar recently. However, this High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is here to refresh your memory on why the L Streets is such a wonderful little enclave. 

Full to the brim of charming ranches and remodeled beauties, this neighborhood offers an accessible location, fantastic amenities, and a community of neighbors that truly loves their ‘hood.

Want to see what we mean? Check out this High Caliber Home of the Week listed by Keller Williams Urban agent Don Neilson.

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For this week’s Thursday Three Hundred, we’re in the Woodbridge neighborhood in northeast Dallas for a beautiful 1980-built four-bedroom, three-bath contemporary home listed by Brian Weast of Keller Williams Rockwall. This 2,831-square-foot home located at 12132 Larchgate Drive is listed for $335,000, a pretty tidy savings since it was first listed at $380,000 and great value for other similarly-sized and located homes in the neighborhood.

Tile floors greet you as you walk into this spacious and open floor plan that features vaulted ceilings, wood floors, and a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace in the family room that’s flanked by two large picture windows. You’ve even got a place for your keys and the mail as you first walk in the door! (more…)

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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11666 Saxon Front

A couple of weekends ago a friend messaged me on Facebook, curious about this home on Saxon in Northeast Dallas’ Lochwood neighborhood. The home was once a bland 1950s ranch, not unlike a lot of the homogenous homes in the neighborhood, she said. But it appeared to have been gutted by a very savvy person, and has been on the market for a couple of months.

So, of course I had to look inside and see just what this seller has done, and let me tell you, they got some great advice when finishing out this house. Jump to see the interiors!

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In this rendering from Cunningham Architects, you can see the 34,000-square-foot REI campus that will open this spring across from the Half Price Books flagship store on Northwest Highway and Shadybrook.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should go ahead and say that my husband works for Half Price Books. But honestly, I’d be a fan of the company regardless. I’ve always been interested in how Pat Anderson grew a company from a 1,000-square-foot laundromat into a national brand, all without relinquishing the used bookstore feel that makes the brand so familiar and cool. And while the company knows how to run a successful chain of paperback-filled, nostalgia-laden stores, is it ready for the world of real estate?

As you may know, Half Price Books is developing the lot opposite of its flagship store at Shadybrook and Northwest Highway. Outdoor retailer REI has already committed to anchoring the development with a 34,000-square-foot store set to open March 3, and there is an additional 13,000 square feet for other retail. Designed by Cunningham Architects, the center will definitely stand out with a cool modern facade.

It’s all in a very unique part of Dallas, Vickery Meadow, which is mostly dense apartment communities roughly bounded by Greenville Avenue on the west, Northwest Highway on the south, Park Lane to the north, and Skillman on the east. It’s a very ethnically diverse area that is sorely lacking quality retail, and is yet over-populated with bodegas, check-cashing stores, and sketchy corner stores.

“Half Price Books has always had a great relationship with Vickery Meadow residents, and we’re excited to help bring more retail options to the area,” said Half Price Books Executive Vice President Kathy Doyle Thomas. “Every Sunday this fall, we hosted the Vickery Meadow Local Market in the parking lot of our Half Price Books Flagship store. Our neighbors, businesses in the area, and the city of Dallas are very excited about our new development.”

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4239 Walnut Hill Front

Photos: Shoot2Sell

Today’s Friday Five Hundred is definitely a unique one. You don’t often see remodeled ranches that have legitimate green building chops, but this one is LEED Gold certified and looks absolutely amazing. It just hit the market and has some really interesting aesthetic features to go with its eco-friendly side.

“We talk a lot about drive-up appeal, and I normally don’t brag about a driveway, but this circle drive is made out of crushed granite. Slide open the barn door entrance and forget about having to fish for your keys — this home you can unlock with the palm of your hand,” said Rogers Healy & Associates listing agent Kristen Muller, who just put 4239 Walnut Hill on the market for $565,000.

Jump for more on this unique home!

4239 Walnut Hill Courtyard

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Photo: Michael Gilbreath of MG-CD

Photo: Michael Gilbreath of MG-CD

Color! Shine! This beautiful Friday Four Hundred is a total feast for the eyes. Not only that, this high-style home is in a fantastic neighborhood that is close to restaurants, shopping, and amenities, as well as both Northwest Highway and North Central Expressway. Listed with Brittney Warren of Rogers Healy and Associates, 4721 Ridgelawn is a truly spectacular home that is great for entertaining a crowd or a cozy night at home. The interiors were all re-done professionally, says Warren, and the seller has excellent taste and attention to detail. It’s priced at $490,000, and has three bedrooms, two full baths, and a gorgeous fireplace. Jump to find out more!

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Welcome Home to 8031 Abramshire Avenue !

I talked to a friend of mine the other day who lives in Merriman Park, and he was absolutely gushing about the home values in his neighborhood. He told me that I needed to see this house at 8031 Abramshire, which has undergone a bit of a transformation since it was first listed a couple of months ago. It’s now back on the market and the price for this East Dallas home may make your eyes pop a bit: $525,000.

That’s right: Here’s a three-bedroom, three-bath home with more than 3,100 square feet in the Alexanders Village area of Merriman Park listed for $168 per square foot. Just three years ago, this home was listed for $269,000. How’s that for appreciation?

Jump to see it for yourself!

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