001_Building ExteriorThe city of Lewisville is spending millions of dollars to revitalize its historic downtown area, and developers are flocking to the northern suburb. Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to the Belleville Village development near East Main Street and East Mill Street, to a new townhome at 313 S. Kealy Street.

Listed for $209,000, this three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, two-story townhome is 1,827 square feet, one of six like it coming on the market in Uptown Village Lewisville. The brick exterior mirrors the look and feel of downtown Lewisville, and the aesthetic is a historic, urban look.

“This is going to be a walkable area, like Shops at Legacy or in Coppell,” said David Maez, Broker and Co-Owner at VIVO Realty, which represents the developer. “Our company really wanted to showcase the lifestyle that this development and downtown Lewisville will offer.”

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The revitalization of downtown Lewisville is currently underway and will feature new restaurants, shopping, public space, and mass transit. Uptown Village Lewisville is part of the transformation. We’ll take a look later this week at the exciting changes happening in both downtown Lewisville and at Lewisville Lake. Jump to read more about this property! (more…)

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us just north of White Rock Lake in Lakewood to 7325 Rutgers Drive. This fantastic East Dallas neighborhood is full of other handsome midcentury houses like this one, but few are priced as competitively: With a recent price reduction, it is now listed for $299,900, or $185 per square foot. Nearby comps have been averaging almost $200 per square foot.

Built in 1960 and recently updated, this brick house is a 3-2 with 1,617 square feet sitting on 0.178 acres with lovely, mature trees. Located within walking distance of the new playground and splash park at Ridgewood-Belcher Rec Center, this University Terrace property is in the Lakewood Elementary, Long Middle, and Woodrow Wilson High School zones. Nearby private schools include Zion Lutheran, St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary, and Dallas Academy. The neighborhood has a Fourth of July parade and a Halloween party for local kids. Needless to say, the area draws many families.


Happy Friday! It’s almost time for the weekend, and you know what that means: open houses! (I’ve got some amazing homes coming up for you to scout, plus home tours…) I really think $400,000 is the magic number in Dallas real estate to snag a really great house. Case in point: 5542 Vanderbilt. A picture perfect Tudor built in 1926, snuggled in Greenland Hills with great neighbors, great trees. From the exterior, it’s all pretty painted brick, which will last forever. Inside, the soft sherbert hues and vintage craftsmanship will dazzle you: I am particulary in love with that kitchen that is as loaded (granite, stainless appliances, wine refridge and lots of cabinets) as a home twice the price. You get just under 2,000 square feet, an open-flow floorplan and 9′ ceilings. Hardwoods! — the real McCoy, stained, my fave. There are three large bedrooms total with custom closets, two full baths that have been seriously (not half a**) updated, including a 13 by 16 foot master with a large study off of it. One drawback: the attached garage is only one car, which means your cars will battle for who gets shelter. Let the newest car win! The house also has a newer roof, darling 620 square foot entertainment deck which in this neighborhood, you will use, and a beautifully landscaped .16 acre yard. Listed with darling Forrest Gregg of the Ben Jones Group at Allie Beth Allman and Associates and I have saved you enough to sneak in a purchase celebratory dinner at Fearings: $399,500.

I LOVE ME some Austin stone on this Shannon Estates cottage at 6547 Kenwell. Close to Dallas North tollway, Park Cities, shopping & restaurants. Kitchen has updated cabinetry, the g-word (granite counters) & stainless appliances. Large living room has a fire place that actually burns wood and a charming arch way to kitchen. The updated baths have travertine & stylish glass tiles. Master suite has attached bath, overlooks backyard. Here’s what you get: 3 bedrooms, two baths, 1505 square feet. This is all like too good to be true and would make the perfect investment property: hand-scraped hardwoods, new windows & large, leafy backyard with 2 car garage. Get the smelling salts: this one is asking $225,000 with Hickman+Weber of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.

One of those East Kessler treasures built in 1948, updated to the hilt, but so beautifully preserved to retain 100% of it’s charm. Honestly, when I saw the beautiful pine ceiling and beams, I thought I was deja vu in a Carmel cottage! 1512 Sylvan sports freshly re-finished oak hardwood floors, an updated kitchen with granite, 5 burner gas stove, stainless appliances and slate tile flooring. Large stone patio areas front and back. The driveway goes through the property for easy access front or back, two car garage spaces. Two bedrooms, two nicely updated baths, and you coud not be closer to downtown Dallas if you, well, lived at the W. (Not at this price! And you are also close to Bishop Arts — I mean, walk!) This angele is priced at $229,000 listed with Sharon Hargett Keller Williams Urban. My God, it doesn’t get any cuter (or more perfect) than this!

You know Midway Hollow is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Dallas—we almost lived there, and now my daughter is eyeing the area for her next move. I would definitely steer her to this honeypot of a renovated cottage at 4047 Glenridge, nice quiet secluded street. The landscaping is to-die for and has what everyone wants: hardwood floors, updated bath, subtle designer colors and warm updates throughout. Love the cool blues (and the SLATE FLOORS!) of the updated kitchen with requisite granite, stainless appliances and clear maple cabinetry. Added bonus is the enclosed porch for an office, craft room or additional storage. And like all Midway Hollow homes, you get a huge, leafy backyard and with this listing, a large deck.

Now I cheated a little here — this home is $225,000 but it is so darn cute. What’s $25,000 when interest rates are so low and … you are young and in love?

There is a town in Colorado — Trinidad — which is known as the sex-change capital of the world. If there were a town where we could send ordinary ranch homes to have major changes on the order of a sex change, it would be, I guess, Trinidad. I could not believe my eyes when I saw 6015 Northaven Road this weekend. I have been watching this house, because whenever I see a home undergoing a major change and not being torn down, it piques my interest. Judging from this builder, Kettering Ideas’ other projects, I could hardly wait to see what he cooked up on a one-half acre lot just two houses off of Preston.

Let’s put it this way: I am still fanning myself.

The original home was just over 2500 square feet, your typical 1950’s ranch. Kettering came in and created a 5 bedroom home with 5 and a half baths and double two-car garages. Three bedrooms, all with beautiful full baths and huge closets, were put upstairs over the garage and assessible by a single staircase from the game room. The entire east wing of the home was turned into a Master Spa suite similar to ones I’ve seen in $5 million dollar homes. There is also a guest room across from the master.

The entrance takes you to a living room, dining room, and gorgeous open kitchen in the softest hues of aqua with clear-stained white maple cabinets. The kitchen is amazingly organized: Soapstone counters and farm & veggie sink, quartz backsplash, stainless appliances including two dishwashers, one a drawer unit for glasses, gorgeous KitchenAid gas range. A morning room is tucked behind the kitchen, loaded with afternoon sunlight and built-ins. Off the back family room with wet bar and wine storage is a beautiful laundry room and what Kettering calls an “owners’ foyer” — cubbies and counters to drop all the crud you inevitably carry in from the house. Even the garage has a thoughtful air-conditioned storage closet and green-built features everywhere: spray foam insulation, top-grade windows.

Then there is the master suite. Overlooking the back yard, covered porch and outdoor kitchen is a huge master with “illumination” fireplace, indulgent bath including a free-standing soaker tub nestled against a wall of end cut maple tiles. Behind this is an endless, white carrera marble “car-wash” or walk through shower with multiple sprayers. Two huge master closets, and her’s has a Euro stack unit in one corner for laundry.

This home is bursting with details — from the duo pull-out recycling drawers to the floor-to-ceiling Tureen fireplace. Agent Jacqui Bloomquist tells me more than 160 people turned out to see the home last weekend and interest was enormous. It will be open again this Sunday, and I do think a contract is in the very near future. The home is amazing and does not over-power the tidy ranch homes around it. In fact, Kettering is becoming my new obsession as he progresses on these ranch remodels. No doubt remodeling is on the rise, with new home building at it’s lowest since the 60’s. If they all end up as gorgeous as this home, well then mission accomplished! $1,195,000 asking price… what do you think???

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I see Ward and June all over this house, don’t you? In fact, this home just screams “family”. Or maybe, “come and get it!” Located on  nearly a half acre in Casa Linda Estates (off Garland Road, near Peavy)  with great drive-up appeal, large trees and lush landscaping, you get 2822 square feet that have been updated sensitively. Built in 1941, 1231 S. Selva Drive has has preserved hardwoods,  megatons of windows and natural light. The vintage kitchen retained pristine Geneva metal cabinetry, adding stainless appliances, updated fixtures and tile flooring. It opens to the large family room with built-ins, fireplace and a wall of windows overlooking the rich back yard. Master is upstairs, but I figure the family that buys this home won’t be any May-December marriage — they’ll make it up the stairs just fine. Actually, many families prefer the master upstairs when children are young. The master has a private staircase to the rear of the home and a gorgeous spa bath with walk-in shower, separate jetted tub, and double sinks. The two secondary bedrooms have remodeled baths with stone tile, floors and counters. Great yard, large outbuilding with electric, sprinkler system, recent HVAC, and White Rock Lake two minutes away. Listed by Hickman +Weber at $449,000, a 5% reduction (blonde moment) from $474,000 —  excellent pricing, I think, you?