WoodrowEvery 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, our homes all have one Dallas ISD feeder pattern in common — the Woodrow Wilson High School feeder pattern.

If you’ve never checked out Woodrow Wilson High, you owe it to yourself to investigate, because from academics (it’s an International Baccalaureate school, and routinely gets multiple distinctions from the Texas Education Agency) to fine arts (its band has been featured on the Today show) to athletics, there’s a reason it’s one of the most sought-after of public high schools.

And if you think that’s hyperbole, just wait until a few parents and alumni find this story and take to the comments or Facebook. They’re fiercely proud of this school, and with good reason.

So let’s take a look at the three homes (two zoned for Mockingbird Elementary, another zoned for Geneva Heights) we’ve chosen this week. (more…)

When a master bathroom renovation shows off its best side, buyers take note. This precious commodity can seriously speed up the sale of a house. 

We’re betting that buyers will love the master bath of our Thursday Three Hundred, where all of the elements work together harmoniously to create something unexpectedly special. Carrara Marble? Check. Frameless glass shower? Check. Sliding rustic wood barn doors? Check. It offers on-trend and timeless elements at the same time. 

Pulling back the camera, what’s not to love about the entire Old Lake Highlands modern cottage at 563 Hambrick Rd.? It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,408 square feet on one story, built in 1951. A few more updates: new low-E double pane windows, open concept floorplan, Nest thermostat, tankless water heater, recessed LED lighting, and refinished hardwood floors throughout. 

There’s an open house this Sunday, Feb. 25, from 1-3 p.m. Join me for a look around beforehand.

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Amy Vanderoef

Amy Vanderoef and her son

Amy Vanderoef is a well-known personality to DFW. She is best known from her role as the Emmy-nominated host on WFAA’s Good Morning Texas and on-air talent on the Rodney Anderson Show on Talk Radio 1190 AM. Her television career has taken her everywhere from the set of Dancing with the Stars, to ABC’s The View and countless red carpet events.

Amy Vanderoef

Amy Vanderoef

This single mom recently started her homebuying journey with Ebby Halliday Realtor Peter Loudis, one of the top producers in Ebby’s Lakewood-Lake Highlands office.

She’s documenting her adventure on social media as @Amyvanderoef, including her blog at  AmyVanderoef.com.

“Amy has decided to take the plunge into homeownership and she searched for a local real estate expert and came across my name,” Loudis said. “She is looking for a new home in East Dallas and wanted to track her journey and give a real account of the homebuying process.”

Choosing a brokerage was an essential part of Vanderoef’s homebuying process.

“Having my Ebby Halliday team by my side has made all of the difference – their knowledge and confidence in this housing market allows me to enjoy the process while they lead the way,” she said. “Peter Loudis came highly recommended as an award-winning industry leader, and he’s a family man, which is important, too. He has been amazing to work with!”

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ope house

The contemporary marvel at 2619 Leta Mae Ln. in Farmers Branch is one of five open houses we’re featuring this week.

Now that the holidays are done and spring is around the corner, house hunting is likely to pick up. We’ve picked five open houses this weekend for you, ranging in price from $265K to $995K. Neighborhoods include Bluffview, the M Streets, Hillridge, University Meadows, and a surprise in Farmers Branch. Lots of diversity in the styles and prices—we hope you like it!

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