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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All photos of house now: Shoot2Sell

All photos of house now: Shoot2Sell. “Before” photos: Karen Eubank

If you’ve ever doubted the power of home staging to get a property ready for sale, this post will change your mind.

The home at 7128 Helsem Bend is 3,768 square feet in the Hillcrest Forest neighborhood and was absolutely brimming with art, collections, furniture, and accessories. When the owner decided to sell, his Realtor called Karen Eubank to stage the space.

“The challenge was, this house was filled with gorgeous items and when I walked through it, I was paying attention to those things,” Eubank said. “When a buyer is looking at an object and not the house, that’s a problem—we needed to edit the things that were a distraction so buyers would be looking at the view, the woodwork, the things they are going to buy.”

A home stager is an expert on creating an environment that highlights a house’s best features, shows off the function and flow of rooms, and maximizes its sale potential.

“To me, staging is a marketing tool for a Realtor and a seller because if you can go on the market with your best face forward, you’re going to get more offers and a wider variety of offers,” Eubank said. “If you go on a blind date, are you go on with no makeup, jeans and a t-shirt because you’ve got a great personality? That’s not presenting yourself in a way that someone will pay attention to you and it’s the same with a house. Staging is about making your house as beautiful as it was when you fell in love with it and bought it.”

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Snavely Front

What do go-go boots, big hair, and color-coordinated appliances have in common? They were all popular in the 1960s. You’ll only see one of these things in our Midcentury Masterpiece of a Friday Five Hundred, though. We already talked about this amazing home during the legendary estate sale in January, when Janelle Stone Estate Services helped liquidate the incredible collection of designer bits, bobbles, and furnishings that Alice Snavely, personal secretary to Neiman Marcus founder Stanley Marcus, had amassed.

Snavely Front Entrance Snavely Living Dining Snavely Kitchen Snavely Kitchen Keeping

Now Snavely’s incredible time warp of a home at 6540 Cliffbrook Drive is on the market, listed by Coldwell Banker Park Cities Realtor Sandra Melmed for $575,000, a steal considering how many amazing architectural details this home has. As you can imagine, Snavely had an eye for quality, and that is absolutely reflected in this 1962 ranch. It has four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and more than 3,500 square feet.

Some wonderful details you’ll be enamored with include Asian-style carved wood screens, stained glass panels featuring bamboo motifs. But the kitchen is where you’ll be truly amazed, with incredible Midcentury Modern cabinetry, unique hardware, bright orange Formica, and the coolest color-coordinated wallpaper made to look like a woven reed chair bottom. It’s just fantastic!

Snavely Master Bath

Snavely Garden Snavely Pool

This incredible home was also featured on Retro Renovation with all of the photographs from Shoot2Sell.

Yowza, another stunning time capsule house: This  1962 Dallas, Texas mid century modern home, listed for sale by Realtor Sandra Melmed, features stunning Asian-influenced decor throughout, most all of it in untouched original condition. The house has an interesting provenance. The original owner was longtime executive assistant to Neiman Marcus chairman and family heir Stanley Marcus, and it’s clear she had fabulous taste.

We actually recall sharing the link to the estate sale for this house on our Facebook page — it was quite something to see all the designer decor, not to mention the fantastic clothes and shoes.

With amazing light fixtures, dramatic fireplaces, a true Japanese-style garden with an incredible water feature, and an oasis of a pool, this home should be preserved, and I hope the new owners will keep as much of it intact as possible.