Close to many of the best private schools in the city, Northwest Dallas offers some seriously hot real estate. Many older houses are being flipped or torn down and the new variety makes for some real eye candy. 

In this week’s Splurge vs Steal, we’re headed to Northwest Dallas to look at two marvelous properties, each on larger lots. Which one is your favorite? 



We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick three fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $355,000 to $1,889,000. You’ll find a range of beauties, from the Forest Place transitional house pictured above to an awesome Claremont renovation. 



Indulge Your Love of a Great Craftsman with This Week's Dallas Open Houses Roundup |

The contemporary Craftsman at 5457 Vickery Blvd. was actually built in 2015 and is one of three features in our Dallas open houses roundup this week.

We just love a great Craftsman and the Dallas neighborhoods where they reside. For our Open Houses of the Week column, we’ve indulged our whimsy and included three Dallas Craftsman houses for your viewing pleasure. They range in price from $499K to $1.189 million and one was actually built in 2015 as an East Dallas custom. All three are beautiful with Craftsman-like elements like wide and welcoming front porches; broad, low gabled roofs; and wide-open layout that makes the most of square footage.



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The architectural beauty 1324 W. Canterbury Ct. in Kessler Park is one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we scour the market to find five fabulous properties with open houses that weekend. These are events you should not miss, and we love bringing you the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column.

This week, our houses range in price from $419K to $977K. You’ll find a range of properties, from the stately Kessler Park traditional pictured above, to a newer Tudor in the Belmont neighborhood. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!



Richard Graziano will literally sell Dallas to Houston! Full disclosure: I have known Richard for years, as a powerhouse sales account manager at D Magazine, then at Paper City. I have long known that he loved homes and real estate as much as I do, and I think a part of me always knew this would happen as we pariahs huddled together at D talking real estate for hours.  And it did. Last week, Richard joined the Mathews Nichols Group at Allie Beth Allman, that little boutique within a boutique named by the Wall Street Journal as the number 13 sales team in the country, 2010 prodcution. He is going to do so well selling Dallas dirt, I can hardly wait to write about all his juicy sales! Meet Richard:

CD: What do you love most about real estate?

RG: I love homes, I love Dallas, and I love interior design. But, helping someone find that perfect spot to live their life is a pretty special thing.

CD: When did you first become obsessed with homes?

RG: When I was school-aged, I loved going through model homes, looking at floor plans, and studying the price sheets.

CD: How many homes have you owned?

RG: 3 homes, all in East Dallas.

CD: My eyes in East Dallas! What’s the most stressful part of negotiations?

RG: I think deciding exactly what your comfortable number is- whether it’s what you will pay for a property or what you will sell your property for can be a challenge. But once you have that number, you will be confident in all negotiations.

CD: Your worst real estate nightmare?

RG: Hopefully my clients will never have real estate nightmares!

CD: Where do you live in Dallas?

RG: I live in East Dallas near White Rock on a private little cul-de-sac that backs to a creek. It is by far my favorite home to date, and I plan on being there a long time.

CD: What kind of car do you drive?

RG: Mercedes-Benz E-Class

CD: Price no object, what is your fantasy second home?

RG: Growing up, my grandparents lived in Connecticut and I would spend every summer with them. I would love to have a home with weathered grey wood siding, in a small town along the Connecticut shore, with tons of big trees.

CD: What’s your fantasy car?

RG: I am a huge Mercedes fan and plan on always driving one. I think I wouldn’t mind driving clients around in an S65.

CD: What’s the best thing about moving to Dallas, like, what do you tell clients who are unsure of moving here?

RG: Dallas is truly a special city. We have a reasonable cost of living, strong economy, and are centrally located to be able to easily travel to both coasts. There are so many fantastic neighborhoods and home styles offered- plus Dallas is unmatched in shopping and dining. But I think by far the best thing about Dallas is the people. Smart, stylish, friendly, and not scared to have some fun.