Our Splurge: Dodie Bakke with Allie Beth Allman & Associates has listed 5565 Preston Haven Drive for $649,000.

Preston Royal Northwest has some of the best homes on the market right now! Check out our top picks in the latest Splurge vs. Steal. These homes have the “it” factor and are priced at $649,000 or less. It’s your move, partner.

Splurge: Light and Bright Preston Royal Dream For $649K

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medianMay’s home report is in for Dallas, and the median home price is up two percent year-over-year to $260,000, according to statistics from Texas Realtors.

What can you get for the median home price in Dallas? We took a look.

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Royal Crest
We cannot even begin to tell you how prime this neighborhood is —  I live within walking, and certainly trick or treating, distance of 11031 Lawnhaven in Royal Crest! And you know the first mantra of buying real estate: location location location. The lots are enormous and set back, the trees mature, lush, and perfect for casting spooky nighttime shadows, or hosting hundreds of twinkling holiday lights.
Plus there is something even more wonderful about Royal Crest: access to the wonderful Northaven Trail. In fact, this very home backs to the Northaven Trail and is about a two-minute walk from a main entrance. Whether you walk, jog, bicycle or meander, the Northaven Trail is one of the best neighborhood amenities anywhere! The Northaven Trail, when completed, will connect to the White Rock Creek Trail and future SoPac Trail on the east, and to the future Elmfork Greenbelt Trail on the west. Not only is the trail adding parkland and greenspace to Dallas, it connects residents with the whole city.
11031 Lawnhaven is a completely, dramatically renovated property. If this work looks familiar, it’s because we have seen this builder before, but in Lochwood, not Preston Royal. Nestled on a .34 acre lot in Royal Crest, 11031 Lawnhaven is perfectly located between Preston Road and Hillcrest. The home offers quick, easy access to LBJ, Northwest Highway, Central and The Dallas North Tollway.

Preston Royal Transitional
I had to pinch myself a few times when this Preston Royal transitional two-story at 6306 Royalton Drive popped up on Realtor.com, because it is all I could ask for in a home. Remember I’m a wee bit picky. This house is what I always tell you to look for when you’re in the market — a home built by a builder, for themselves. You see, builders think they are going to stay put when they build their dream home. They never do. There’s always another cool lot, and another clever design they are ready to tackle. So, if you can nab a builder’s own home, you are the one that will never move! (more…)

Over Labor Day weekend, teens all over town (who were in town) were likely sleeping in, texting each other, or playing games on their ipads. Not the enterprising, gold-hearted teens of MY neighborhood in North Dallas (Preston/Royal north of Preston Hollow).

Janey Daniels is an 8th grader at Levine Academy. She wanted so badly to do something to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Her family moved to Dallas four years ago from Houston, so they have lots of friends and family in Houston directly affected by the storm.

In fact, Janey’s old school in Houston flooded.  So she asked her friends and neighbors to help her do something to raise money for the school. Many of these cute girls are also members of Girl Scout Troop 5566. They got up early, baked like crazy — hand-frosted sugar, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies — they baked cakes, cupcakes and brownies. They mixed up both pink and yellow lemonade. Then they constructed a large sales table right near the Northaven Trail, just east of Preston Road, after shouting out the news on the neighborhood ap NextDoor. Two girls even bravely flagged down cars on Northaven. Parents and friends came out to help.

 “We raised almost $600 today all of which we will donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund,” says Janey’s mother, Taryn Daniel.

Enterprising young ladies! When you seek out neighborhoods, seriously, check the pulse of the teen and tween population. Lemonade stands and giving hearts mean this is a neighborhood of kids with big hearts, like our’s, because of great kids like Janey and her friends! (PS: Stay tuned for THREE great listings in our hood!)

Dallas open houses

The house at 8550 Eustis Ave. in Forest Hills Estates is one of the four featured this week in our open house roundup.

If you’re looking for romance before Valentine’s Day, skip the drama and love these listings! We’ve found four open houses you should definitely make a date to visit this weekend. They range in price from $240K to $935K, in neighborhoods from Forest Hills to Preston Royal. Enjoy!

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Photo: Cindy Homsher

As much as I love to talk about Dallas public schools and what I’ve learned through talking with administrators, teachers, parents, students and school board members, nothing can replace the insight from a been-there-done-that family entrenched in the district. So I’ve come up with 10 questions (the same 10 I ask every DISD parent when I want to talk about their school or schools), and each month we’ll highlight a family who answered. Our inaugural edition will begin with the Homsher family, who live in Preston Royal. Mom Cindy Homsher and her kids – Natalie, Matthew, Nicholas and Catherine – answered our questions.

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5705 Northaven Front

Have you been very, very good? I’m sure Santa knows, and perhaps if you wish extra hard, he’ll bring you an absolute move-in-ready, exceptionally well-done remodel like this gorgeous Meadowcrest Park ranch. Perhaps you’ve got hand-scraped hardwoods, an open floor plan, and Carrera marble on your wish list? This listing with David Griffin & Company Realtor Micky Carr will tick all of those items off your Christmas list, and you won’t have to lift a finger.

Superior finish-out and luxurious details are what makes this home a High Caliber home, worthy of being named the High Caliber Home of the Week, sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Are you looking for service that puts your needs first? Need a loan that other banks just can’t seem to make happen? Talk to Lisa today and find out what service really means in the mortgage industry.

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