7609 Arborgate IHOTW

Looking at this home, I feel like I’ve landed in a time capsule back to 1979:  those wood paneled walls, twin bow bay windows, the glass weather door so freshly Windexed it always shines, the oh so formal dining room, the avocado green built-in oven which I bet is a GE, and the Chambers cooktop stove. Walnut, walnut everywhere. Built in 1979, a year before I came to Dallas, this was the archetypical hot home back then. Those walnut panels were to 1979 what high ceilings and outdoor living spaces are to 2015. Back then we couldn’t afford to even think about owning a home: negative bank account biopsy and 18% interest rates. Flipping through this space is like going home to mom’s house, or maybe even grandmother’s, where we would have Thanksgiving dinner in that dining room… and just wish so darn much we could own those walnut paneled walls.

I see so much potential in this home I am literally drooling. Let’s get started.Arborgate 2 (more…)

7115 Meadowcreek Front

My first impression of this 1970s soft contemporary in Northwood Hills went something like this:



Totally dramatic, right? From the cool leaded glass double front doors, the vaulted ceiling and ridiculously beautiful fireplace, to the cool wallpaper in the dining room, well, it makes an impact, that’s for sure. And that impact is why I love 7115 Meadowcreek, which is open Sunday, March 2, from 1 to 3 p.m.

This home is huge, and has so much room for entertaining that you’ll be hosting soirees year-round with family and friends. And while some of this home has been updated over the years, the galley kitchen is a total time capsule for any fan of 2000: A Space Odyssey. It’s so stark you can tell that it was made in Germany, but you’ll be wondering if it was east or west.

7115 Meadowcreek Living 7115 Meadowcreek Dining 7115 Meadowcreek Kitchen

Seriously, with five bedrooms, four full baths, three living areas, two dining areas, and an awesome pool in the backyard, how could you not love this home? OK, yes, it’s an acquired taste, mostly because the seller hasn’t staged this property to appeal to a larger audience. Still, it’s located inside a fantastic neighborhood, with Richardson ISD schools and tons of trees. It’s listed by Virginia Cook Realtor Mayo Redpath for $550,000. Yes, it may seem a little steep for this property, but consider the more than 4,100 square feet, the huge windows, and the exceptional condition this property comes in, it’s totally worth the $133/per square foot price tag.

7115 Meadowcreek Breakfast Staircase 7115 Meadowcreek Sunroom 7115 Meadowcreek Bar

Of course, the spot where you’ll see the most DRAAAMAAAAAAAAAA! is the master suite. It’s a good size, if you couldn’t tell that visually from the enormous four-poster bed in this place. It feels even bigger than its 23×18 footprint thanks to the vaulted ceiling. With a little work, this place will be fabulous.

7115 Meadowcreek Master 7115 Meadowcreek Master Bath

Now, don’t freak out, but I think the wallpaper in the master bath could be a bit too busy, don’t you think? I mean, combined with the very busy green marble tile floor and counter, it seems like a little too much. But still, this is a five-piece bath, and once you take down the wallpaper, it’s just about awesome. I’d keep the brass fixtures, too, because that’s just how I roll.

But it’s the backyard that will have you hooked, and that’s mostly because you can see so much of it through the huge windows at the back of the house, and that view can become positively addicting. Trust me, this home is just a very, very cool place that when combined with a buyer who has great vision, will be worthy of a home tour.

What do you think?

7115 Meadowcreek Game Room 7115 Meadowcreek Pool Backyard

6936 Kingsbury Front


We were driving to the SuperTarget at Skillman and Abrams this weekend when I screamed at my dear, sweet husband, Dave, “STOP THE CAR! I NEED TO GET THIS ADDRESS!”

Poor guy. This happens all the time with us. We’ll be on a family outing to the grocery store, or to Target (the place where you go when you only need one thing and leave with a cart full of stuff) and all the sudden I’ll see a “For Sale” sign in the front of an adorable home and I’m full-on shrieking to “STOP THE CAR!” The first few times Dave thought he had just run over a squirrel or that our sweet son, Cooper, was about to puke or something. Now it doesn’t even phase him.

6936 Kingsbury Living

So we were driving down Kingsbury and I had a “STOP THE CAR!” moment in front of this adorable little ranch at 6936 Kingsbury, a listing from Dave Perry-Miller agent Scott Jackson. I was in love with the landscaping, the location, the painted shutters, and the beautiful picture window. I thought to myself: I bet this home is listed for about $350K. And dudes, I was almost right! This super-cute updated ranch in Merriman Park is on the market for $359,900.

The entryway has been updated with travertine, and the windows are all vinyl low-e glass. You get formal living and dining at the front of the home, and a beautiful den that opens to the kitchen. The hardwood floors really stand out thanks to the recessed lighting, and the fireplace in the den is just beautiful thanks to the fresh tile. It could use a mantle, but that’s just my personal opinion.

6936 Kingsbury Den

The kitchen features fresh maple cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, gorgeous granite counters, and a beautiful-yet-understated gray glass tile backsplash. There’s a breakfast bar and separate eating area adjacent to the built-in pantry and storage area. Just off the kitchen is a great lounge or office area with French doors that access the back deck.

6936 Kingsbury Kitchen 6936 Kingsbury Breakfast 6936 Kingsbury Dining and Lounge

The master, one of three bedrooms in this house, is kind of underwhelming, but my small gripe is about the vanities in this home. At this price range, I’m not expecting something opulent or custom, but I am a little turned off by the Ikea vanity in both the master and the second bath. I feel like the seller could have done much better.

6936 Kingsbury Master 6936 Kingsbury Master Bath

The backyard, with the rear-access garage and ample driveway, is where this home truly shines. A small lawn with tons of room for a basketball goal and a huge deck for parties and lounging make this backyard just perfect for a family.

What do you think?

6936 Kingsbury Deck 6936 Kingsbury Backyard

Mossvine Front

When Ray Kira sent us this home, I didn’t have a few spare moments to really get a good look at why he had considered it “a great property worth sharing.” But last night, as I was catching up on the last few emails I missed while I was out of town last week, I saw just exactly what he meant.

Mossvine Family

Northwood Hills is a great location all by itself — a veritable enclave of fabulous family homes inside the Richardson Independent School District. Just off Coit and south of Belt Line, you’ve got great access to plenty of commuter thoroughfares and great schools.

Mossvine Dining

But 6921 Mossvine Drive doesn’t even need the location to sell itself. It’s just gorgeous and completely updated by the sellers, and in great fashion, too. It has three living areas, four bedrooms, three and a half baths, two fireplaces, and a gorgeous courtyard that is great for entertaining once the temperatures cool down a bit. It’s listed for $549,900 — a great price considering the work that’s been put in to all 3,374 square feet.

Mossvine Kitchen

When I say that this house has been updated, I mean that every inch features new finishes and hardware. The kitchen steals the show in this respect, with dark wood cabinets, a spacious island, granite counters, undermount lighting, and stainless appliances.

Mossvine Master Mossvine Master Bath

You’ll love the master suite, of course, with its generous size at 19×15, and it’s amazing bathroom. Yes, there is another clawfoot tub, and this one inside a 1960s traditional looks a lot less out of place. The shower is also an upsell with body jets, along with a waterfall fixture and really cool stone mosaic flooring.

Mossvine Courtyard Mossvine Backyard

And of course, the courtyard, which leads to a lovely little lawn, is such a great feature. Why did we ever do away with the courtyard, folks? It’s such a wonderful oasis! Add a shade sail or an umbrella and it’s positively refreshing. You can access the courtyard from both the living area and the master suite, which is so genius!

Don’t you just love it?

10001 Woodlake Front

Another great Lake Highlands reno! I am a sucker for a renovated 70s contemporary, mostly because I love all of the cool windows and lofty exposed-beam ceilings. I can just imagine its past life — avocado shag carpet, funky wallpaper, polyester-clad owners, and low-slung furniture.

In this life, though, this 3,458-square-foot home at 10001 Woodlake is all traditional inside, with hand-scraped hardwood floors, ceramic tile, and brand new lighting. The kitchen is brand new — so new that the ovens and microwave still have plastic protectors on the handles — and a brand new bar area has been added to the family room. There are four bedrooms and three baths, which is a great size for a family!

10001 Woodlake Living 10001 Woodlake Dining 10001 Woodlake Kitchen 10001 Woodlake Family Room

The location is great, too, which is probably why you’re seeing the $320,000 price tag — that and the great pool just outside the family room. The house is just north of Forest and east of Audelia Road in the Woodbridge neighborhood. It has access to shopping and feeds into Richardson ISD schools.

10001 Woodlake Master 10001 Woodlake Master Bath

Besides the pool, I think my favorite part of this house is the master suite, which has a super cool arched window. There’s a tray ceiling and plenty of room for a groovy waterbed, if you’re feeling a little nostalgic. The master bathroom has a claw-foot tub, which I love, but given the architecture of the home, it feels a little out of place.

And the backyard has a great little pool for entertaining scads of kids on hot summer days, which considering the neighborhood, I’m sure you’ll have a lot of!

10001 Woodlake Backyard


You know how much I love Northwood Hills with those great Richardson schools! My nephews and nieces lived up here for years and all four are wonderfully educated. My nephew James is even making movies now with Tom Hanks. So when I tell you this house at 7507 Spring Valley Road is not just beautiful but a bargain, I kid you not. It sits on a freshly landscaped lot and the home overfloweth with updates. You get a whopping 4588 square feet, five bedrooms, four and a half baths, three living areas, and two stories. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, newly stained cabinetry, a 6 burner gas cooktop, and those requisite granite countertops. Out the French doors the master bedroom overlooks a lush, .43 acre backyard with a pool, which is all about why I love me some Northwood Hills. But my favorite of all here is the newly strutted up master bath with jetted tub, shower, new countertops and gorgeous cabinetry.

Wait. Maybe my favorite is the newly reduced price: $499,999 reduced from $525,000.





I love Dallas real estate because only $215,000 buys you this gorgeous, super clean ranch style brick home in Richardson ISD in Country Forest. 10250 Chimney Hill is pristine and spotlessly clean for the OCD in you and young engineers will appreciate all the replacements, from roof to gutters and even attic vents, air conditioning new last July when we all were sweltering. The 1978 interiors have new paint, carpet, even mini-blinds as well as pretty light fixtures. You get a whopping 2626 square feet with three bedrooms, THREE BATHS (I kid you not) and a sprinkler system to keep the grass green, mature trees lush. The home features many built-ins so a young family doens’t have to charge their life away at IKEA. And I’m pretty bullish on Richardson schools: my nieces and nephews attended Richardson schools and one went to Harvard, another Wellesly Wellesly, and the one who went to Duke is producing a movie now with Tim Tom Hanks in L.A. Not too shabby! (PS: Obviously I am NOT a product of RISD… maybe I would have learned to type. And spell!)

I am going to try and do this for you every Tuesday or so — strut our very affordable Dallas area homes. (Don’t worry, we’ll have tons of House Porn I mean Candy to drool over the rest of the week.) Here’s the deal: the average Dallas home is about $180,000, so it’s nice to see pretty homes at that price. This one at 13506 Purple Sage has been redone so completely and is so loaded I just had to give you an alert. In fact, you may love the inside so much, you may never want to come out. 2430 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, built in 1960.The home is located just east of Northwood Hills in an area I hear is very hot with young buyers. Here’s what you get for $199,900: hand-scraped hardwoods, custom cabinets, granite counters, no joke! Stainless appliances, a media room (I am totally serious!), skylights, two spa baths including a jetted tub in master, diving pool with LED lighting & cool stone deck, pergola, roof top deck with dumbwaiter.  HVAC, windows and new tankless hot water heaters, rear entry garage, sprinkle red and fenced yard, trees, and Richardson schools. And I have just loved the name of this street: one of my kid’s friends from pre-school grew up on Purple Sage — great karma!