Catch the Community Spirit at this Newly Listed Home in Sparkman Club | CandysDirt.com

In Northwest Dallas, Sparkman Club stands out as one of the most desirable areas. Formed in the 1950s, its brick houses and manicured lawns provide a backdrop for a real sense community among residents. You can find many of them at the Sparkman Community Club swimming and tennis facility on warmer days, chatting among themselves and creating a small town feel in a great big city. 

This is where our Thursday Three Hundred is located at 3524 Norcross Ln., sitting in the heart of the neighborhood, which is bounded by Webb Chapel, Royal Lane, Marsh Lane, and Merrell Lane.  

This updated home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 1,719 square feet on one story, built in 1956. Bonus for families: It is in the attendance zone for Everette Lee Degolyer Elementary School, which earns an 8 out of 10 from greatschools.org

There is an open house this Sunday, Aug. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. How about a sneak peek? 

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3356 Merrell Front

Ed has done it again! I swear, Ed Murchison seems to constantly nab the most fun midcentury modern listings in the city. This cool 1961-built ranch in Northwest Dallas’ Sparkman Club Estates is so absolutely perfect, with tons of original cabinetry and finishes.

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Could your neighborhood, on its own, make enough noise to get the city to pay attention?

A few months ago, I attended a break-out session during the Dallas Homeowners League boot camp where Councilman Philip Kingston outlined the best ways to get the city’s attention when it comes to the needs of individual neighborhoods.

One of the biggest, he said that day, was to join forces with surrounding neighborhoods to organize and become a louder, bigger entity. It’s something Donovan Lord says drove him and others to form the Westhollow Society a few years ago.

“I started Westhollow Society out of a need for a cohesive force to better the Northwest Dallas area,” he explained. “I wanted there to be one organization that pulled the clout of all existing neighborhoods within our defined boundaries to work together to improve the area South of LBJ, North of Walnut Hill, West of Midway, and East of Dennis Road (roughly).”

In other words, Westhollow encompasses Park Forest, Royal Hills, Sparkman Club, Timberbrook, Royal Oaks, Royal North, Underwood, Northaven Park, Glen Cove, Highland Meadows, Coral Hills, Webster Grove, Walnut Hills, Royal Haven, Chapel Forest, Chapel Downs, Walnut Meadows, Northway Hills, Midway Hills, and Meadow Park. (more…)

3242 Princess Front

I love how this home blends texture and style so effortlessly. From the front of this home in Sparkman Club Estates, you would think that it’s just your average 1960s traditional ranch. A rambler with perhaps a few updates, but nothing dramatic, nothing special.

Of course, that’s where you’d be absolutely wrong! Surprises are behind every door — even the back door! — of this 1959 traditional. Jump to see them all!

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Darbyshire FrontThis is one of those homes that will appeal to just about any palate. Listed by Keller Williams Realty agent Todd Smith, 3215 Darbyshire offers the 1960s ranch layout without all of the weird paneling and outdated fixtures, and for an affordable price at $280,000.

Darbyshire Living

The sellers have really put a lot into this Sparkman Club Estates house, and some of the upgrades are to die for. I love the polished concrete floors in the living and dining areas. It really highlights the brick fireplace, which is a two-sided gas fireplace. Love those!

Darbyshire Kitchen Darbyshire Kitchen 2

The kitchen has granite tile counters with tumbled stone backsplashes. There’s a Viking range and a convection oven, too, all of which are stainless steel. The real scene-stealer in the kitchen, though, is the commercial-grade stainless steel apron sink. I can’t even remember the last time I saw one of these outside a restaurant kitchen!

Darbyshire Master

The master bedrooms is sized just like Baby Bear’s porridge — just right at 14 x 17. It opens to the back porch, too. That’s a great feature for folks who like to take in a breath of fresh air first thing in the morning.

Darbyshire Master Bath

The master bath has been updated, too, with distressed black cabinetry, granite, and cabinet-top vessel sinks. I don’t know if I like the cabinetry, but it’s not my house, either. It seems a little dark, but I’m pretty sure that a coat of paint could fix it.

Darbyshire Backyard

The backyard, it’s just splendid! I love the stone path and the deck with pergola. That’s a fantastic feature. Put a spa right there and I may never leave!