It’s hard for me to believe how increasingly popular Far East Dallas has become. When my husband and I bought our home in Casa View back in 2007, the area was mostly rentals and a few families scattered here and there, with a lot of homes falling behind on repairs due to elderly neighbors. In many cases, the homes we were shown by our agent fit into one of two categories: they were either complete single-owner time capsules with faded wallpaper and pock-marked Formica countertops or they were overly worn rentals with a random amalgamation of hodge-podge “updates.”

In today’s market, Far East Dallas is shining bright, with some great houses that have received love and attention over the past decade, and with many more areas farther east looking more and more attractive. That’s my impression of our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. This Spanish Revival-style Ranch is in move-in ready shape, complete with a garage conversion and two shaded patios in the backyard. 

“The home is in immaculate condition and has a great layout,” said listing agent and broker Delia Sifuentes. And it’s priced perfectly for a family, too!

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If you picture a 6,000-square-foot home on a sprawling ranch with a barn and chicken coop to boot, you probably aren’t thinking Plano. However, the recently updated home at 3745 Morton Vale Road is exactly that — an immense, rustic retreat in the middle of one of North Texas’s fastest growing areas.

The gated 12-acre farm is just off Parker Road, a mere six minutes from Central Expressway. It is neighbored by Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, home of the annual Plano Balloon Festival. The popular park features over 800 acres of open space, hiking and riding trails, and a small amphitheater. There’s even a zip-line park hidden under the treetop canopy.

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This Forest Oaks midcentury has a lot going for it — especially for families.

Situated between Ferguson Road and Creekwood Drive and bounded on the southwest by St. Francis, Forest Oaks is an less-than-memorable enclave of midcentury ranches and two-story homes set into a modest hillside. It could be easily forgettable to most people, as it’s not as big as nearby Claremont and not as flashy as Forest Hills, but the homes still prove to be an outstanding value as East Dallas becomes more and more popular to young families.

And there’s a lot to love at 2104 Forest Oaks Drive, especially if you have kids.

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When some people hear the words “family home” when describing a house, they automatically expect a beige yawn-fest with builder-grade carpet and a bonus room that will eventually be lousy with toys and a minefield of mismatched Legos. And truth be told, not every family wants to live in a house that feels boring, tired, and just another place for kids to scatter shoes and backpacks.
 
Lucky for you, Sam Saladino with David Griffin & Company has a listing in Kessler Park that combines family living and plenty of style. It’s a house for parents who like to host parties and for kids who beg off the occasional sleepover. It’s a split level with a split personality, and this Oak Cliff cutie is a shoo-in as High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. If you are in the market for a family home that doesn’t look like a “family home,” look no further!

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Wynnewood North, an Oak Cliff neighborhood originally developed by Angus Wynne Jr., was once a magnet for doctors. That’s how it became known as “Pill Hill” in the 1950s and 1960s. In fact, many of the doctors that called Wynnewood home actually worked with Wynne — the developer who would build Wynnewood Village and Six Flags Over Texas — to design their homes. And you can still see the personal touches of Dr. Jack Harper, a longtime friend of Wynne who served in the Pacific during World War II, in 534 Monssen Drive, this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

While the history of this home and neighborhood is rich and interesting, we love how much attention it’s getting from people who know good homes when they see them. “I find it interesting that a number of Realtors live in Wynnewood North,” says Diane Sherman of David Griffin & Co. “Makes good sense since Realtors understand good value.”

Diane is co-listing this particularly lovely ranch on a corner lot with her son, Vinnie Sherman. “It’s definitely a family affair,” she joked.

And Wynnewood, with its streets named for World War II destroyers, has been home to families for years, and those bonds remain strong. This home on Monssen has a fully updated kitchen, but still retains the original charm in both of its bathrooms and throughout the bright and airy living spaces. There are plenty of windows — some of them are the original steel casement — from which you can see the beautiful mature trees that Dr. Harper himself planted.

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“If they could pick this house up and move it to a bigger lot, they would,” says 1618 Eastus Drive listing agent Courtney Tauriac. It was a passion project for them, and everything within this midcentury ranch was hand picked.

So it’s with a tinge of sadness and a whole lot of admiration that we name this 1952-built stunner in East Kessler our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Thanks to their hard work, we’re pretty sure these sellers will get an offer on this beautiful North Oak Cliff home in a jiffy, so if it’s speaking to you, better call Lisa Peters today to get pre-approved and ready to bid!

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GetMedia-1When we came across this 1955 ranch reborn as a Hill Country modern, we were intrigued. It takes a savvy, experienced contractor to remodel a home to this level of sophistication. Guess who whipped 7242 Midbury Drive, into shape?

The Realtor.

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8334 Banquo Front

Yes, I totally ripped the headline of this post from the “Transformers” slogan, but honestly, I couldn’t think of a better way to describe this interesting home in the East Dallas subdivision of Claremont. I actually ran into a couple who just bought their first home in this area on April 1, and I thought, “We haven’t posted about this area in a while. I need to remedy that.”

So when I was browsing MLS, looking for just the right home to feature, they were all either too small, too outdated, or with too few good photos. And then I saw 8334 Banquo Dr. and I had to fumble around to find my jaw because it had dropped to the floor.

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