Old Lake Highlands MidcenturyHome sales in North Texas broke a record last month, with more than 10,500 sold in June, shattering the previous record by 1,000 houses. East Dallas is faring particularly well, with sales up 10 percent from last year, according to the latest sales figures from the MetroTex Association of Realtors.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to a property East of White Rock Lake that helps us understand why homes in the area are selling in 22 days on average. (I’ll bet this one goes under contract even faster than that.)Old Lake Highlands MidcenturyThe Old Lake Highlands midcentury at 703 Kirkwood Dr. is newly listed and sits on a heavily treed corner lot, walking distance from White Rock Lake. It’s a 3-2 with 1,632 square feet, built in 1955 and listed by Jan Chavoya at Ebby Halliday Realtors Frisco for $299,700. (The owners recently updated the electrical panel and security system, too.)

MetroTex reports that the average price now for an East Dallas house is $399,230 (a 19 percent increase over last year), so this is a find at under $300K. Let’s look at the updates and features that make this midcentury house a gem.


5523 Druid extI’m throwing this together for our poor Jo, who has the flu. That bug is a tough bugger, so don’t freak if you see me touring homes wearing a mask! I found this house for you in Greenway Crest over south of Lovers Lane, 5523 Druid — there’s a sassy street — east of the tollway but not butting right up to it. And yes, it has been reduced a bit to $450,000 down from a high of $459,000, but no HPISD, sorry, DISD.

5523 Druid LA 5523 Druid kit 5523 Druid master 5523 Druid Master bath 5523 Druid yardThe home is just as cute as a button. You get 1886 square feet with three bedrooms, two full baths, everything remodeled. You get a large family room plus formals, both dining and living room. Like every house in Dallas, there is a new roof, also plantation shutters, a fireplace, granite counters and gleaming hardwoods. Here’s what I really like: a detached office or studio with full heat and air that has a tiled floor. Kind of don’t like the one car garage but you know, you cannot have the world for $450K. I don’t have to tell you how wunderbar this neighborhood is, the great mature trees and even a circular drive on a .5 acre lot. This would be a great investment house for a young couple to buy, enjoy, and then tear down in five years or so. The house is great but was built in 1949, after all. But you know what they say: location, location, location!

We think Kenneth Robinson might be looking for a new home after next Monday, so we are dedicating today’s Tuesday Two Hundred to him. In case he wants to stay in Flower Mound, but move just a little south, here’s what we found: 2892 square feet on a landcaped lot with trees, hardwood floors, soft paint colors, plantation shutters, tall ceilings and lots of natural light. Four bedrooms, three and a half baths and formals plus gameroom. The kitchen has an island and walk-in pantry, a see-through gas logged fireplace (which by law, I think all homes should have) to the family room. Pretty master with walk-in closet and patio access plus dream spa bath with jetted tub and separate shower. There’s a game room up on the second story and the attic has floored storage for extra space. What is not to like about this house? Built in 1993 it has a brand spanking new roof. Great yard, prize-winning schools. Mr. Robinson might be upset there is no pool, like he has in “his” house, but then I’ll wager he’s getting mighty sick of taking care of that pool about now. This is what I love about our market: $280,000.

Good morning! You may have heard that the Cowboys trounced the Redskins yesterday!You may also have heard that ranches are coming back in style. Yes, after all those years of mega-storied McMansion utility hogs, guess what more people are craving: a one story ranch! And 5337 Southern is a stunning ranch that was TOTALLY taken down to the studs and updated by mega builder Nickey Oates. Basically, you have a new home with a pool so gorgeous it’s won an award. There’s a kitchen that will compete with (and rule over) any brand new sassy McMansion kitchen. Case in point: an Advantium oven. Where do I begin? Traditional, but not overtly so. Perfect size at 3509 square feet: three bedrooms, four and a half baths, formals, den, library, verandah and that stunner of a pool. Inside there are vaulted ceilings, gorgeous hardwoods — pecan in the master and adjoining library — central vac, plantation shutters, fire sprinkers, limestone and marble baths, recirculating tankless water heaters, and 18 SEER HVAC. Listed with Christopher McGuire over at Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s International for $1,185,000.

I did not know this: the Mayfair at Turtle Creek is the only condo on Turtle Creek that lets owners choose their own front doors to their units. I really like that, removes the hotel-y, institutional feel you get at so many condos, even the priciest. (I always walk down a condo hall and try to visualize it in ten or twenty years. Will this hall be all scuffed up? Will it look like Hotel Febreeze, that Gawd-awful hotel I stayed in for all of one night in NYC one summer ago with the filthiest hallways?) This unit has a custom Solara iron entry door that is stunning and totally removes you from the condo feel. In fact, I think The Mayfair has the LEAST condo feel of any on Turtle Creek. But I digress…

Unit 404 is pretty nice. Only two bedrooms, but they are ginormous, two and a half baths, multiple living areas, extra storage and three covered assigned parking spaces. The one-owner home ha 3300 square feet and has been customized to a an Old World look — custom and faux wall finishes everywhere, Italian tiles, coves, arches and lights.  

Living/dining combo, two loggia terraces overlooking Lee Park & downtown Dallas. The study has custom solid wood built-ins, custom hardwoods, H & H closets, plantation shutters on every window. The master has two walk-in closets outfitted with extra moveable rods and built-in drawers. The luxury bath actually deserves the title, what with porcelanosa tiles and granite. The eat-in kitchen has laundry area off plus pantry, Dacor gas range, built-in oven & microwave, Sub-zero, Asko dishwasher.

When you buy here you get, of course, 24 hour impeccable concierge and valet services. There is a pool, gardens, newly upgraded fitness center, and the famous 24th floor Mayfair Sky Club and Billiard Room. Beside that three car parking slot is climate controlled storage. You know what they say: you can never be too thin, too rich, or have too many closets….

Now here’s a serious seller: 6506 Waggoner has just been reduced to $1,299,000 from $1,685,000. And I am having deja vue of the year 2000 when we looked for homes on this great street — Waggoner is a plumb rue up in the Hollow — because at this price, it might as well be 1999!

This charming English Country cottage was designed by Robbie Fusch, built in 2000 by Epic Homes. Translation: loaded. You will get 6,400 square feet of living space with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 1 half-bath, formals, family room that opens to the gourmet kitchen with a vegetable sink and high-end stainless-steel appliances, including a 6-burner Viking range, additional wall oven and Bosch dishwasher plus butler’s pantry and walk-in wet bar and breakfast room. Other rooms include study, media/game room and a 3-car attached garage.

The master is down, like most homes in the area, and loaded with a fancy-pants bath sporting half a quarry of marble plus giant walk-ins. Four bedrooms upstairs each with private bath and walk-in closet for your prince or princess. There are loads of extras like something I would personally kill for: wide-plank hand-scraped hardwood floors, and  plantation shutters. Outside you get the mature trees that hallmark this area plus gorgeous gardens, two stone-lined ponds with a waterfall, stone walkways and an outdoor living patio with beamed arbor, fireplace and built-in grill. No pool. Sad.

This home is open Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Please go and make sure my eyes are not playing tricks on me. At this price, the home is $203 a square foot and you could not build a doghouse for that little in this town!

The stove is worth $1,000,000!