6307 Bandera Ave. Unit 6307C

When this crossed my desk, I immediately liked this idea. Agents from multiple brokerages representing the (lucky) 13 properties got together and devised a simultaneous open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 18. Think of it as a home tour, but you can actually buy the house you fall in love with.  And the Pink Wall is compact enough that you don’t need fussy tickets or an afternoon of waiting for the next bus to show up.

And yes, one listing begins “Rarely available” with 12 other properties within a two-block radius and three in the same building. Another knows its unit’s catnip blaring “ONE PARKING SPACE & UTILITIES INCLUDED” as its opener (but I digress).

Twelve of the properties are contained in the plethora of two-story buildings that line tree-lined streets. The listings also showcase the neighborhood’s bread and butter of two-bedroom units. Some have two bathrooms, while others pick up the half bath for visitors. They range in price from $259,000 to $695,000 and from 1,130 to 2,659 square feet in size. Most are also under $200 per square foot.

If you’re smart, you’ll strap on your Keds and see them all, but here’s my short list.

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Shelly Seltzer of Ebby Halliday 190 Richardson is hosting an open house from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 30 for this soft contemporary at 1501 Jennifer Street in Richardson that has soaring ceilings, cool paint tones, and beautiful updates to this 1977-built home. (more…)

on the market

It’s spring and selling season is in full swing. Putting your home on the market means a lot of people are going to tour your house and they will see a lot of information about you if you are not careful. It’s easy to determine someone’s schedule and upcoming plans by a glance at a wall calendar or the invitations on your refrigerator. Keeping your home safe is crucial.

In general, people coming to see your home are lovely, honest, potential buyers. However, curiosity can get the best of anyone. And of course, there could be the one person that may be excited to know, according to the calendar on your refrigerator, that your home will be vacant while you vacation. If you’re putting a home on the market, think safety first.

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Be ready to try on a neighborhood and then walk into many styles of living with over 180 homes on tour this Sunday, April 14.

You can see everything from elegant estates to edgy contemporaries. Allie Beth Allman & Associates will have a tour guide brochure at each home so you can map your house hunting adventure.

“We have searched our favorite neighborhoods for the best homes on the market,” said Allie Beth Allman, president and CEO of the Allman firm. “Our Spring Home Tour is a great opportunity for anyone interested in buying a home.”  

Come see the homes and meet the Allman expert associates. Check opening times and download your tour brochure early at abaopenhousetour.com.

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AllenIt’s been said that your home is your castle, but our latest find in the Twin Creeks subdivision in Allen, that might just be literal.

Realtor Cathy Browne of the Browne-Douglas Group with Ebby Halliday told us that agents repeatedly have mentioned that the home at 1836 Walnut Springs Drive “looks like a castle,” so she’s embraced that thought, and is telling people they can “live like a king.”

Browne has the listing with Beth Douglas, and she told us that this home isn’t just lovely to look at — it’s also perfectly placed, right in a master-planned golf community with an amenity center, parks, playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, hiking and biking trails, and multiple pools.

“It’s also right down the street from a top elementary school, so no more carpool!” Browne said.

And it’s not just gorgeous from the curb — this family-friendly, four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home has a versatile floor plan with multiple living areas and plenty of space for entertaining.

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Oak LawnEvery Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. These are the places you don’t want to miss that weekend. And this week, we’re taking a look at the condos and townhomes in the Oak Lawn area.

This week, our homes range in price from $215,000 to $645,000. Which ones will you visit?

COZY NEST ON NEWTON

Open house: Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m.
While this condo at 4106 Newton Ave., comes in at about 771 square feet, its layout and 10-foot ceilings make it seem much larger than it actually is. (more…)

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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We’re suckers for unique architecture here at CandysDirt, and when Rocky Zablan of Dallas City Center Realtors showed off this contemporary modern listing in Bluffview on day on Facebook, I’ll confess — I immediately asked him for more details.

We talk a lot about curb appeal, but this 2,162 square foot home at 9119 Chapel Valley Road is practically a magnet from the road. And you’d probably assume it was a new build, given how distinctly modern this contemporary home looks (although I had a few people guess that it was built in the midcentury range, too).

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