Why not Woodbridge? Our latest Splurge vs. Steal puts the spotlight on two of the area’s best, tucked away in the relatively quiet and peaceful Lake Highlands neighborhood you never knew you needed. For those who don’t know, Woodbridge sits near the border of Richardson and is roughly defined by Audelia Road to the west, Forest Lane to the south, Shadow Way to the north, and railroad tracks to the east.

Jake’s Hamburgers and Casa Linda Bakery are local favorites. And on any given day you’ll find patrons having a grand ol’ time at The String Bean Restaurant or sipping a cold one over at Spring Creek Barbecue. There’s even an Alamo Drafthouse for date night and Sprouts Farmers Market for fresh produce nearby. But what really makes Woodbridge stand out is the price. Homes here are lovingly maintained and set back on larger lots. Most kids go to Richardson ISD schools, and you’ll find families and couples enjoying long walks with their dogs and strollers amidst lush greenbelts and parks.

With so much to love and so few homes currently on the market in Woodbridge, we couldn’t resist sharing two of its prized offerings. Both homes are ideally located and tastefully updated but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose, the Jackson Creek Splurge or the Oak Highland Steal? We would love to hear in the comments.

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Lake Highlands

Sometimes the wait for a brand new home feels like an eternity. From picking out finishes to the actual finish-out, the finish line almost always feels out of reach. And then when you move in, there’s still the adjustment period where you work out the details.

Not so with our High Caliber Home of the Week, a gorgeous like new David Weekley build inside the highly rated Lake Highlands Elementary attendance area inside Richardson ISD. Truly, 8666 Fanellanwood Place is better than new, thanks to the seller — David Griffin Realtor Micky Carr.

“I was one of the first owners to move into this little gated enclave of about 80 homes, The Villas of Lake Highlands,” he said. “It was one of David Weekley’s first close-in, more urban developments in Dallas.”

And it looks incredible. We know that Micky has an eye for updates and details, as we’ve featured one of his recent projects and personal homes on Gaston Ave.

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NeaveShe’s made a name for being an effective legislator since beginning her career in the Texas legislature after winning against Kenneth Sheets in 2016, but State Rep. Victoria Neave is getting some attention now for something entirely different — her delinquent property taxes.

Neave represents District 107, which includes parts of East Dallas and Mesquite.

We reported earlier this year that Neave owed Dallas County for back taxes on her Abrams Road property, and Richardson ISD later filed documentation that Neave owed that entity almost $24,000, bringing her total delinquent tab to more than $50,000. 

Now it seems the property, located at 8580 Abrams Road, may be sold on the Dallas County courthouse steps in October, according to the notice of trustees sale. (more…)

If you think it’s too early to talk about moving before next school year, might I remind you that the school year starts on Aug. 15 in Richardson ISD, which, according to my calculations, is about a month away? We’ve been on the lookout for great, move-in ready homes for families relocating to Dallas before school starts in the fall, and this listing from David Griffin and Co. Realtor Robert Kucharski really stood out. While it’s technically under contract, nothing’s certain until the ink dries at closing.

Plus, who doesn’t want to find out what you can get inside the coveted White Rock Elementary attendance area, for less than $500K, natch? 

You’ll see why this home is easily worthy of our High Caliber Home of the Week title presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Ready to put your own family-friendly dream house under contract before school starts? Contact Lisa today!

As Kucharski points out, this White Rock Villas listing just off of Goforth near Flag Pole Hill is “pristine.” It’s well maintained and offers move-in ready interiors and plenty of charm. Plus, there’s room for the whole family!

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RichardsonClose to dining, shopping, and an easy commute, this week’s Rental of the Week may be in Dallas, but it’s zoned for Richardson ISD schools.

And did we mention it’s adorable? Because it is adorable. This two bedroom, two bath duplex is actually pretty roomy — so don’t let the word “duplex” throw you off the scent of a great rental.

With 1,600 square feet of space, it’s got two large living areas (and one has a wood-burning fireplace and access to the backyard), which is something you don’t typically find in say, an apartment.  (more…)

Nancy Highers has done it again! The Highers Group Realty agent just listed another Lake Highlands home and it’s a beauty. The 1960s ranch shines with a whole new look. This includes a bright white exterior, wood accents, and inviting curb appeal surrounded by mature trees. But what’s inside has us excited.

Elegant Upgrades Galore

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 There are so many great Northeast Dallas neighborhoods, that maybe the L Streets slipped off of your radar recently. However, this High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is here to refresh your memory on why the L Streets is such a wonderful little enclave. 

Full to the brim of charming ranches and remodeled beauties, this neighborhood offers an accessible location, fantastic amenities, and a community of neighbors that truly loves their ‘hood.

Want to see what we mean? Check out this High Caliber Home of the Week listed by Keller Williams Urban agent Don Neilson.

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NeaveOn the heels of the revelation that Dallas County is suing State Rep. Victoria Neave for more than $26,000 in late property taxes on her Abrams Road home, Richardson ISD has filed documentation that would bring Neave’s total delinquent tax tab to more than $50,000.

The district filed an intervening motion March 1 that added its $23,948.58 to Neave’s previously reported $26,760.73 the county already named in the suit filed on Feb. 28.

The potential for the intervention was mentioned in the original suit, which said, in part, that Richardson would likely also join as a party to the suit, “because it may have a claim for delinquent taxes against all or part of the same property.”

Neave represents District 107, which includes parts of East Dallas and Mesquite. (more…)