9911 Estate Ln If you want to see the power of a smart renovation to increase a home’s market value, look no further than today’s Thursday Three Hundred, a Lake Highlands reno at 9911 Estate Ln.

This ranch-style house sold in August 2010 for $190,000. Today, it’s listed by Travis Finlan at Ebby Halliday for $350,000.

Obviously, the market has changed dramatically in the past five years, and the increase also reflects the popularity of the Lake Highlands area. But the renovation helped change it from a dud to a stud.

This 1962 home is a 3-3 with 1,753 square feet, located in the North Lake Estates neighborhood near Audelia and Walnut Hill Lane. The house is zoned for Richardson ISD, consistently ranked near the top of all Texas school districts.

The updates started with a total interior gut and larger overall footprint that includes hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, customizable Elfa shelving, low-E windows, tons of storage, and a hardwired security camera system with smartphone viewing capabilities. Let’s take a look inside.

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A BOB jogging stroller was stole from the alley behind Dartmouth Avenue last week.

A BOB jogging stroller was stole from the alley behind Dartmouth Avenue last week.

Thieves are apparently cruising the alleys of the Park Cities, ready to strike at a moment’s notice whenever an opportunity arises.

At 1 p.m. on Sept. 26, a babysitter returned to her employer’s house in the 3300 block of Dartmouth Avenue after taking her employer’s child for a walk. The child needed to go to the bathroom, but the babysitter could not get the gate across the rear driveway to open. So the babysitter left a $560 BOB double jogging stroller outside the gate and carried the child into the house. When the babysitter returned to the alley 15 minutes later to retrieve the stroller, it was gone.

At 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, a man opened the door to his detached garage in the 4400 block of Westway Avenue and then walked to his front yard to retrieve his son’s scooter. As he walked back to the garage, the man saw a stranger pedaling away on his son’s newly purchased 24-inch Schwinn Atlas bicycle. The man ran to his car to see if he could chase down the thief on the $173 bike, but he lost sight of him.

Click through for a roundup of other residential crimes reported in the Park Cities last week:

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