This is the part of Lake Highlands that people forget about. It’s my part of Lake Highlands located outside 635 that’s so close to Richardson, these Dallas residents go to RISD schools like I did. So naturally I’m partial to this four-bedroom, three-bath at 9722 Burleson Drive near Abrams Road and LBJ Freeway. It’s listed by Bruce Yamini of Northpoint Real Estate for $364,900. Actually it’s one of several beautifully-updated homes in this part of Lake Highlands near Chimney Hill. Now I’ve personally seen a couple of lime green doors around here, but this is the first teal blue door I’ve seen. It seems bold colors are back!

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North Dallas Ranch

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Today’s Thursday Three Hundred is a whole lot of house for $399,000.

The 1967 ranch at 7823 Roundrock Dr. has 2,789 square feet, five bedrooms, and three full baths with multiple updates throughout, including new paint and carpet in 2015. The backyard has a pleasant covered patio with high ceilings, a fan, and flagstone floor. The saltwater pool and landscaping add to the appeal.

This drive-up darling is well-maintained on a corner lot, with cream-colored brick and black shudders, an original ironwork pillar on the front porch, an open front lawn with mature trees, and the entire property has an in-ground sprinkler system.

North Dallas Ranch

This house is located near Coit and Belt Line roads in North Dallas, zoned for the well-regarded Spring Creek Elementary School in Richardson ISD. This elementary earned a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10.

It is newly listed by Jackie Asbury at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Texas Realty.

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FARRAR V LONGMEADOW

Let’s do some comparison shopping, shall we?

Let’s say you’re looking for a four-bedroom, three-bath home in Northeast Dallas, something in the greater Lake Highlands area. In the $275,000 range you’ve got some options, but the most similar ones would be 10211 Longmeadow in the L-Streets area and 11710 Farrar in Lochwood.

The home on Longmeadow is 2,252 square feet and has two living and two dining areas, as well as landscaped backyard and some key updates. It’s marketed by Nathan Grace Realtor Amy Timmerman of pickaperch.com for $273,500.

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The Farrar house has 2,243 square feet, an updated kitchen and master, fresh paint, hardwoods, and some original vintage features. It has an upstairs addition that includes what could be an office, playroom, fourth bedroom, or media room. It’s marketed by Coldwell Banker Residential agent Nathan Kaul for $274,900.

11710 Farrar Living 11710 Farrar Kitchen 11710 Farrar Family 11710 Farrar Pink Bath 11710 Farrar Master 11710 Farrar Master Bath 11710 Farrar Upstairs

Both homes look great from the curb, but there’s one key difference between them that you absolutely have to consider when buying in Northeast Dallas: The home in Lochwood is inside the Dallas ISD boundaries, while the L-Streets home is inside Richardson ISD.

Now, considering how similar these two homes are, you’d think the one with Lake Highlands schools at 10211 Longmeadow would have a higher value. This home has some beautiful updates in the bathrooms, with fresh tile and hardware. The backyard is a great size and has a storage shed — perfect for families who want to keep some toys out of sight and for storing lawn equipment.

However, consider that the kitchen feels somewhat isolated, there is carpet in the living and dining rooms, rather dated light fixtures throughout, and the existing furniture doesn’t really do anything to stage the property, I can see how, when compared against 11710 Farrar, they would be priced more closely.

Why? Because the Farrar home has updates that buyers are clamoring for, including refinished hardwood floors, neutral cool gray paint, and updated kitchen that is more open, thanks to the lack of upper cabinets near the breakfast area. The living areas feel more open and airy because the seller has opened the draperies, which are light colored. The rugs and furniture compliment the decor and have some vintage pizzaz. While the hall bath isn’t updated, the existing pink tile (a 1950s favorite for retro decor enthusiasts) complements the original wallpaper. It’s super cute and I’m sure a buyer will appreciate that it was preserved. I am rather disappointed, though, that the listing agent didn’t include pictures of the backyard.

Now, tell us, which home would you choose? The L-Streets home on Longmeadow that feels somewhat dated but is inside Richardson ISD boundaries? Or the Lochwood home on Farrar, which has some great updates and some vintage charm, but is inside Dallas ISD boundaries?

FARRAR V LONGMEADOW

Let’s do some comparison shopping, shall we?

Let’s say you’re looking for a four-bedroom, three-bath home in Northeast Dallas, something in the greater Lake Highlands area. In the $275,000 range you’ve got some options, but the most similar ones would be 10211 Longmeadow in the L-Streets area and 11710 Farrar in Lochwood.

The home on Longmeadow is 2,252 square feet and has two living and two dining areas, as well as landscaped backyard and some key updates. It’s marketed by Nathan Grace Realtor Amy Timmerman of pickaperch.com for $273,500.

10211 Longmeadow Living 10211 Longmeadow Dining 10211 Longmeadow Kitchen 10211 Longmeadow Master 10211 Longmeadow Master Bath 10211 Longmeadow Backyard

The Farrar house has 2,243 square feet, an updated kitchen and master, fresh paint, hardwoods, and some original vintage features. It has an upstairs addition that includes what could be an office, playroom, fourth bedroom, or media room. It’s marketed by Coldwell Banker Residential agent Nathan Kaul for $274,900.

11710 Farrar Living 11710 Farrar Kitchen 11710 Farrar Family 11710 Farrar Pink Bath 11710 Farrar Master 11710 Farrar Master Bath 11710 Farrar Upstairs

Both homes look great from the curb, but there’s one key difference between them that you absolutely have to consider when buying in Northeast Dallas: The home in Lochwood is inside the Dallas ISD boundaries, while the L-Streets home is inside Richardson ISD.

Now, considering how similar these two homes are, you’d think the one with Lake Highlands schools at 10211 Longmeadow would have a higher value. This home has some beautiful updates in the bathrooms, with fresh tile and hardware. The backyard is a great size and has a storage shed — perfect for families who want to keep some toys out of sight and for storing lawn equipment.

However, consider that the kitchen feels somewhat isolated, there is carpet in the living and dining rooms, rather dated light fixtures throughout, and the existing furniture doesn’t really do anything to stage the property, I can see how, when compared against 11710 Farrar, they would be priced more closely.

Why? Because the Farrar home has updates that buyers are clamoring for, including refinished hardwood floors, neutral cool gray paint, and updated kitchen that is more open, thanks to the lack of upper cabinets near the breakfast area. The living areas feel more open and airy because the seller has opened the draperies, which are light colored. The rugs and furniture compliment the decor and have some vintage pizzaz. While the hall bath isn’t updated, the existing pink tile (a 1950s favorite for retro decor enthusiasts) complements the original wallpaper. It’s super cute and I’m sure a buyer will appreciate that it was preserved. I am rather disappointed, though, that the listing agent didn’t include pictures of the backyard.

Now, tell us, which home would you choose? The L-Streets home on Longmeadow that feels somewhat dated but is inside Richardson ISD boundaries? Or the Lochwood home on Farrar, which has some great updates and some vintage charm, but is inside Dallas ISD boundaries?

Savoy Front

 

Thinking of making a move but not sure if you’re ready to go steady? Consider renting through LocalDwelling.com, the Dallas-Fort Worth area property management experts who lease some truly beautiful properties, including 1213 Savoy Lane, a brand new home in Richardson.

Savoy Kitchen Savoy Living Dining

This house is a fantastic family home with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, two living areas, a study, a two-car garage and fabulous finish-out. With more than 2,000 square feet, this home can accommodate plenty of parties, too. Have kids? This home is located inside the Richardson Independent School District, feeding into Mohawk Elementary, Richardson Junior High, and Pearce High School.

This zero-lot-line home is low-maintenance, too, with tile and hardwood floors downstairs and hardwoods in the common areas, including the game area in the landing, upstairs. The master suite is downstairs, and features a lovely bathroom with a huge vanity and mosaic glass accent tile. In the kitchen, you’ll be impressed by the huge eat-in island and stainless steel appliances. With tons of cabinets, you’ll never have to worry about storage again.

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This incredible home located inside the Savoy Trace Club subdivision is available for lease right now for $2,800 a month. Look like the home you’ve been waiting for? Contact the agents at LocalDwelling.com today.

 

Neighborhood Watch WFAA

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Lake Highlands has become synonymous with great single-family homes, good schools, and young families, but the community is in a state of paralysis as Dallas Police search for  a rapist.

We’re hearing reports of helicopters circling the neighborhood looking for the man who committed one or both rapes that occurred in the last month within the 10000 block of Ferndale Road, just across the street from Richardson ISD’s Wallace Elementary School. RISD has all campuses on lockdown, according to a report from KTVT (CBS, Channel 11).

According to reports from WFAA (ABC, Channel 8) neighbors are on the lookout for unusual activity, but one man has been arrested in connection with the crimes. Still, the report alleges that the attacks may be perpetrated by two different men.

How do you think this will affect Lake Highlands’ reputation as a family-friendly enclave?