The single-most striking fact about the new townhomes going up at Swiss Ave Crossing is that they’re single-family detached homes. Yes, a detached townhome with no shared walls!

Centre Living Homes, the custom home builder behind Richardson’s CityLine, Bishop Arts, and the Cedars south of downtown, is halfway complete with the single-family home community called Swiss Ave Crossing. Located at 4100 Swiss Avenue in Old East Dallas near the Baylor Medical District and Deep Ellum, Swiss Ave Crossing by Centre Living Homes will feature 21 fully detached luxury townhomes starting at $459,000.

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Alex Prins with Coldwell Banker has listed 5509 Alton Avenue and 5511 Alton Avenue for $529,000 each, respectively.

These brother units in Old East Dallas shine, thanks to pioneering agent-turned-investor Alex Prins. Yes, it’s a two-fer, folks! This week’s Friday Five Hundred features two spectacular units in Old East Dallas. Both were finished, staged, and put up for sale by none other than the energetic and award-winning Alex Prins.

“Hey! Omg! They are finally done!” said the Coldwell Banker agent upon completion of his project at 5509 and 5511 Alton Avenue. “We feel like pioneers in this little pocket between Beacon Street and Munger Blvd. There is only one pre-existing new construction project in the area and one currently breaking ground. So we are excited to work this up-and-coming area near Santa Fe Trail and Woodrow Wilson High School early on.”

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Our Splurge: Listing Results LLC has listed 6308 Bryan Parkway for $639,000.

Maybe it’s the history or our love of a renovation done right, but one thing is for sure, these Old East Dallas homes have what today’s buyers want. Location, location, location! Plus, quirky cool interiors to boot. If you seek the exceptional, the extraordinary, the unique, these homes are for you. The best part? They’re both under $650,000. You’re welcome.

Splurge: Striking Split Level In Swiss Avenue Historic District For $639K

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Light, bright, and everything right! Take a minute to check out this Ikon-built modern in Old East Dallas. With a price tag just under $600,000, it’s the ultimate Friday Five Hundred! The three-bedroom, three-full-bathroom beauty offers 2,373 square feet of living and entertaining. But it’s not your average new build.

Ikon Modern Shines With Upgrades

If you aren’t familiar with Ikon Residential, they are a boutique development and construction company with an interesting backstory. 

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Every stylish lady needs a refreshing makeover from time to time. Grand historic homes are no exception. When the Swiss Avenue Historic District kicks off its weekend-long 46th Annual Mother’s Day Home Tour, 5007 Swiss Avenue will be unveiling an elegant new look.

Since sharing the vision for historic home preservation is part of the Swiss Avenue Historic District’s mission, it featured the home in last year’s tour to showcase planning and craftsmanship in-progress. This year, tour-goers will get an up-close-and-personal look at the exquisite results.

The sprawling Italianate-style home was built at the top of Swiss Avenue in 1921 for Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Porter Mason. Mr. Mason owned Mason Engineering Company, and his wife was a Dallas arts benefactress who sponsored tours for famous musicians like Ignacio Paderewski, Jascha Heifetz, Van Clyburn, and Sergei Rachmananoff. Legend has it that Rachmananoff once performed in the home’s music room.

In 1983, another set of owners had the house physical moved from the original site at the corner of Swiss Avenue and Oram to its present address. Since 2011, homeowners Brian Shultz and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Odstrcil, have been making their own history in the home.

The couple initially married while on vacation in Istanbul – one of their favorite places in the world. They later hosted an alfresco Turkish-themed wedding at the house for a few hundred family members, friends, and new Swiss Avenue neighbors.

“Since our families did not join us in Turkey, we surprised them by getting legally married here with a dear friend of mine [who’s a] minister officiating,” Shultz said. “Our families were thrilled, [and] It was an awesome event.”

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Our Splurge: Karmel Garcia with Meyer Group Real Estate has listed 6005 Bryan Parkway for $699,000.

Looking for the next big thing in East Dallas? We found it. From our Swiss Avenue Historic District Splurge to an Old East Dallas Multi-Unit Steal, these beauties are worth a look. Both offer a rare chance to live, work, and play in sought-after East Dallas, but with price points and lifestyles that are miles apart. Which would you choose? We would love to hear in the comments.

Splurge: Jaw-Dropping 1920s Swiss Historic District Home In Heart Of East Dallas For $699K


Jaw-dropping is an understatement when it comes to this home’s impeccable remodel. And we have to admit, it was the richly appointed kitchen that caught our eye. Open shelving, sleek quartz counters, brass hardware, and dark cabinetry are on-trend. We love the abundance of natural light streaming through French doors to the patio.

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pitchesAs we’ve mentioned before, every week we solicit pitches for our various featured listing posts, including our weekly roundup of open houses.

You can tag us on Instagram, or even better, you can join our Facebook group, Getting the Dirt.  It’s a great place to virtually mingle with fellow professionals, ask questions, lend a hand, and, yes, pitch stories to CandysDirt.com writers. Not a Realtor? It’s a great place to get a first glimpse at some of the most recent listings all over North Texas, too.

Take, for instance, this week’s properties featured in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. We have four incredible properties this week — consider it our usual three and a bonus house, if you will.

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Real Estate Story

Andrew Sherman, photographer/videographer and owner of drewliophoto.com outside his newly purchased Junius Heights duplex.

Photographer and videographer Andrew Sherman is a regular fixture at Deep Ellum’s hottest music venues. He can often be spotted snapping shots of Dallas’ hottest live acts at Deep Ellum Art Co. on Commerce Street. So when this talented artist was looking to leave the apartment life behind, he had a few requirements that almost threw a wrench in his dream of homeownership.

“I had two main goals,” said Sherman, owner of Drewliophoto.com. “I wanted a room big enough to turn into a home photo studio, and I wanted a duplex. This is my first house and budget was a big concern. I basically just had my eye on the East Dallas neighborhoods.  I didn’t have a preference on old or new house, but I really love the fact that its over 100 years old — I mean its the ultimate in recycling!”

It was pure luck that brought Sherman to Ebby Halliday Realtor Amanda Christensen and then to the duplex of his dreams.

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