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East Kessler Park is one of Dallas’ storied neighborhoods, established in 1937 by developer Roy Eastus and the Stemmons Family. It has one of the most eclectic blends of architecture in the city, from late 1930′s Austin stone homes and ranchettes, to midcentury modern homes and ultra modern masterpieces.

The neighborhood is just lovely, with rolling hills, arching shade trees, and meandering creeks, and it’s just a few miles from downtown Dallas.

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Our Thursday Three Hundred, at 1407 Eastus Dr. near Sylvan and Colorado, is a 1952 cottage with midcentury charm and a welcoming feel.

It’s a 2-2 with 1,598 square feet, listed Jan. 16 by Jim Walsh with Allie Beth Allman & Assoc. for $390,000, or $243 per square foot. This is right on par with neighborhood comps, nine of which range from $211 to $266 per square foot. Let’s take a look inside!

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Santa Monica Home

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Some of the best pre-sale renovations owners can do on older homes is to make sure they have things today’s buyers value: more than one bathroom; an updated kitchen with new fixtures and appliances; an open floorplan; and a fresh, updated look everywhere.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred at 7014 Vivian Ave. is located in East Dallas’ Santa Monica neighborhood. Built in 1940, this home was taken by its owner from a 3-1 to a 2-2 with an ensuite master bathroom. He refinished the oak hardwood floors in his 1,260-square-foot home and painted both the interior and exterior. The kitchen is now open with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, white custom cabinets, and a subway tile backsplash. The result of all these renos is an adorable cottage feel with vintage charm, and amenities that make it a standout property in the housing market.

This house was listed Oct. 23 by Britt Lopez with Dallas City Center Realtors for $375,000. (There’s a broker open house next Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon, so let us know what you think if you go!)

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Tabak HomeWith the large number of people moving to downtown Dallas and the boom in available housing, nearby neighborhood are influenced, as well. Today’s Thursday Three Hundred is just such an example.

The condo at 4401 Roseland Ave. Unit B, near Carroll and Ross avenues, is in the newly christened “East Village” area. It’s one of three units built together, and is three levels and open-concept, with an open terrace on the middle level. It offers two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a half bathroom, and 2,000 square feet.

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Downtown Dallas views from this home

The curb appeal is stylish, with a cedar veneered two-car garage door and cedar extending up the façade, onto the 250-square-foot private terrace on the second level. The modern look extends inside, too, with polished concrete floors, European lacquered cabinets in the kitchen, and a chic master bathroom with a frameless glass shower.

This home was listed Monday by Steven Rigely with Rogers Healy and Associates for $399,000, and mandatory HOA fees are $250 per month. There’s an open house this Sunday, Oct. 25, from 1-3 p.m. If you stop by, let us know what you think!

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Casa Linda homeCasa Linda is one of East Dallas’ treasured neighborhoods. The houses in this area are generally on half-acre and larger lots, almost all built in the 1940s and 1950s, just east and south of White Rock Lake. You’ll find a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, lots of mature shade trees, winding roads, and close proximity to the Dallas Arboretum and the historic Casa Linda Plaza.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is located at 1735 Crowberry Dr., near Peavy and Oates. It’s a 3-2 with 1,576 square feet and charm to spare. Casa Linda homeThis cutie was built in 1958 and is pretty inside and out, with lovely curb appeal, a well-appointed interior, and nice backyard. It’s less than two miles from White Rock Lake and offers easy access to downtown, too.

This home was listed last week by Kerry Slaughter with Paradise Slaughter Real Estate for $235,000. It went under contract in two days, so let’s take a look before this one is off the market.

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Lake Highlands north homeEditor’s note: An earlier version of this story quoted the LBJ Express website, which said there were sound walls installed in this area to reduce highway noise. That is incorrect. We regret the error.

We know that living “inside the loop” (635, of course) is imperative for some folks. Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a Lake Highlands North home that just makes the cut at 10239 Vistadale Dr.

This mid-1960s cutie is recently updated, with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and 1,872 square feet. It’s located just inside the loop; the backyard faces toward the highway. While the noise level might be a concern, this house has a lot of space and amenities to offer inside. Lake Highlands north homeRecent renovations opened up the kitchen and created a great sense of flow through the kitchen, breakfast area, and back living/family room. Bathrooms are also updated, and the mature trees and new landscaping give it wonderful curb appeal.

This house is in the Wallace Elementary attendance zone, rated “7” out of 10 by GreatSchools.org (it’s zoned for Richardson ISD schools).

It was listed Friday by Ross Spencer with Gilchrist & Company Real Estate for $289,000.

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North Oak Cliff bungalowIt’s not often in our Tuesday Two Hundred we get to wonder if a house was designed by noted Dallas architect Charles Dilbeck, but today we can.

The California-style bungalow at 914 Westmount Ave. near Fort Worth Avenue and Westmoreland Road has irregular brickwork and woodwork that has led some to believe this may have been designed by Dilbeck himself. North Oak Cliff bungalowWhether it’s a Dilbeck, or Dilbeck-inspired, this North Oak Cliff home is simply stunning. It’s a 2-2 with 1,445 square feet built in 1946, and it has undergone an impressive transformation with recent renovations. Think polished concrete floors, original refinished hardwoods, an open floorplan, spa-like bathrooms, sexy light fixtures, and a backyard with a lovely pergola surrounded by fruit trees and flowers.

It gets even better when you see the list price: $199,500, almost too low for the Tuesday Two Hundred! It’s newly listed by Brian Davis at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and I’ll bet it goes under contract quicker than you can say, “Great location, great price, gorgeous amenities!”

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Chapel Downs HomeDallas houses built in the 1960s aren’t generally known for their wide, open floorplans. But it’s a top “want” on today’s buyer wishlist, so a renovation that makes it happen is a smart choice.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred shows us a wonderful example of taking a 1966 house and reworking the interior to be spacious and open. The house at 10039 Pensive Dr. in Northwest Dallas is four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and 2,303 square feet. The common spaces—living room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast area—have had almost all interior walls removed to make one huge room. What a difference it makes!Chapel Downs HomeIt’s located in the Chapel Downs neighborhood, a community of 334 homes established in the early 1960s. According to the Chapel Downs Neighborhood Association, the majority of homes in the area are single-story ranch-style homes ranging from 2,000 to 2,500 square feet. The neighborhood is characterized by pleasant homes with comfortable front, back, and side yards with mature trees and plenty of green grass. The borders of Chapel Downs are loosely Walnut Hill Lane on the south, Webb Chapel Road to the East, Carry Back Circle to the North, and Goodyear Drive to West.

Fun fact: The original neighborhood developer was a horse racing fan and named many of the streets after winning horses at the Kentucky Derby, like Carry Back (1961 Kentucky Derby and Preakness), Citation (1948 Triple Crown Winner), Venetian Way (1960 Kentucky Derby), and Pensive (1944 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes).

The overall feel of the house is fresh, modern, and bright. This beauty is newly listed by Philip Hobson with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty Texas for $349,000.

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updated lake highlands

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“Home is the nicest word there is,” proclaimed pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder, and we agree with the sentiment. It’s particularly true when it’s a house as lovely as the updated Lake Highlands home at 10836 Ferndale Rd.

From the street, it looks friendly, with a big front yard, large trees, and a freshly painted exterior. But the interior is what really wows, with a vaulted ceiling in the living room anchored by a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace, a totally updated kitchen, and a crisp, clean look throughout. Built in 1967, this traditional has been extensively renovated to reflect a more contemporary look and feel.

This 4-4 has 2,526 square feet on two stories, with a well-planned layout: the master and one bedroom are downstairs; the open staircase leads to a landing overlooking the den with its vaulted ceiling; the kitchen has new appliances, granite countertops, a breakfast area, and a huge pantry.

This house went under contract days after being listed by Kevin Caskey at Dallas City Center Realtors for $365,000, so let’s take a look at what made it such a hot item. (more…)