Sam Sawyer with Compass has listed 3957 Gaspar Drive for $479,000.

If you’re a young family or first-time home buyer Midway Hollow is the place to be! And today, we put the spotlight on an updated traditional in the neighborhood that’s an absolute must-see. Perfectly nestled on Gaspar Drive, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom charmer affords all the character you’re looking for, but with plenty of contemporary touches for modern day. With an asking price of $479,000, this is a Friday Four Hundred you’ll want to see.

“Midway Hollow continues to be one of the hottest neighborhoods for younger families and first time home buyers, and this property is move-in ready for a new owner,” says listing agent Sam Sawyer of Compass. “The attached two-car garage is a big plus to me as well. The location of the entire neighborhood is so close to so many great Dallas attractions and the purchase price point is super attractive for younger buyers!”

Charm And Curb Appeal

From the outside, the ranch-style home has curb appeal for days. A candy-apple-red front door and classic shutters offset neutral brick, met by pops of vibrant green hedges. The result? A cheery, welcoming façade that just feels like home. And Sam is right — the location, price point, and two-car garage are enough to make our ears perk up! But it’s the light and bright interior of this Midway Hollow gem that really gets us excited.

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WoodrowEvery Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. These are the places you don’t want to miss that weekend. And this week, our homes all have one Dallas ISD feeder pattern in common — the Woodrow Wilson High School feeder pattern.

If you’ve never checked out Woodrow Wilson High, you owe it to yourself to investigate, because from academics (it’s an International Baccalaureate school, and routinely gets multiple distinctions from the Texas Education Agency) to fine arts (its band has been featured on the Today show) to athletics, there’s a reason it’s one of the most sought-after of public high schools.

And if you think that’s hyperbole, just wait until a few parents and alumni find this story and take to the comments or Facebook. They’re fiercely proud of this school, and with good reason.

So let’s take a look at the three homes (two zoned for Mockingbird Elementary, another zoned for Geneva Heights) we’ve chosen this week. (more…)

Adding more single-family housing in downtown Dallas has definitely increased the vibrancy of our urban core, as the once desolate city center now has more full-time families and businesses. The days of downtown turning into a ghost town at 5 p.m. could be over. 

If you want an urban lifestyle but don’t want to live in a high-rise, a townhome is the perfect compromise. Lucky for you, the Farmers Market area on the southeast side of downtown Dallas has a great inventory of relatively new builds, including this stunning unit listed by Sam Sawyer of The Collective Residential.

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Secluded Hollywood Heights Tudor facade.ashxLooking for a Hollywood Heights Tudor is like searching for a needle in a haystack. At this very moment, there are exactly two listing available in this coveted neighborhood.

However, if you’re searching for a Tudor here you’re in luck, because one just hit the market. Although 1115 Sarasota Circle was built in 2001 and not 1920, it has all the earmarks of the era that buyers love.

The builder did a great job of creating a façade that truly blends into the neighborhood. You really do a double-take to notice it’s not a vintage home. It also has a guest house and sits on a double lot — practically unheard of here. (more…)

dallas weekend open houses

The sprawling North Highlands Estates home at 4420 Cedarbrush Dr., one of our five Dallas weekend open houses, was taken to the studs for a total renovation.

Every Thursday, we bring you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. We pick five fabulous Dallas weekend open houses (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you have just got to see.

This week, our houses range in price from $369,500 to $1.26 million. You’ll find a variety of properties, from the sprawling North Highlands Estate traditional pictured above, to an M-Streets beauty with separate guest quarters in the back. Enjoy our selection!

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Moving on up? Well, at least to Lovers Lane. Hot young Dallas agent Sam Sawyer has left Rogers Healy and Associates to join Briggs Freeman. Before he got a chance to sit at his new desk, or actually even FIND it, I had to ask:

CD: How many homes have you sold?

SS: Enough!

CD: What’s the most stressful part of negotiations?

SS:Explaining and negotiating a sub-par inspection report

CD: Your worst real estate nightmare?

SS: None, yet.

CD: Where do you live in Dallas?

SS: Townhouse in University Park.

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

SS: Beaver Creek, Colorado

CD: What’s your fantasy car?

SS: Old school 1967 Chevrolet Camaro convertible – http://www.chevrolet-compares.com/2011/05/21/1967-chevy-camaro/

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

SS: Dallas is a rapidly growing city with a lot of opportunity in our job market. It is also a great place to start a business, and Texas as a state has held up exceptionally well compared to other regions  around the country.