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The modern marvel at 47 Vanguard Way in Urban Reserve is one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we pick five hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column.

This week, our houses range in price from $474,700 to $899,999. We’ve picked some impressive properties, from a rare 1920’s Craftsman in East Dallas’ Greenland Hills, to a magazine-worthy Midcentury in Hillside. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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9722 Boedecker Front

With the extra “e” in the name, you know that this home on Boedecker is on the northward stretch of the street, across Northwest Highway from the University Park stretch of the road spelled “Bodecker.” No matter how you spell it, though, it’s a great street, and as it stretches northward toward Meadow, it turns into a treed lane with lovely traditional homes.

Not only that but The Meadows is also one of the safest neighborhoods in Dallas according to the Dallas Morning News, thanks in large part to its tight-knit network of neighbors looking out for one another. Evidence of that is in the sellers’ letter to prospective buyers.

“I wanted to express my love for this community since I know it is something not easily seen or realized,” Renee and Jose Tamayo said in the letter. “It is a voluntary neighborhood organization with very active involvement by over 85% of the households. There are two annual gatherings, a spring social and a fall chili cook off. While the website has struggled to remain current, we have an active newsletter that is sent out regularly and have made big strides to drive the community to use the Nextdoor app, which allows people to quickly inform others of anything going on in the area — from lost dogs to Dallas city communication and everything in between. I have felt that my neighbors have become my friends that I can easily reach to for help and advice on many things.”

It sounds like Mayberry, doesn’t it? But nope, it’s just The Meadows.

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Look at this home, what do you see? I see 1963: President Kennedy was still in the White House, Camelot ruled. The press didn’t let you know about every little presidential transgression — TWITTER? Yeah, twitter your thumbs. Never mind that JFK had his fling with 19 year old Mimi Beardsley Alford who went to the same college Ron Corning and I went to, we didn’t hear about it, so we didn’t know. Life was happy. We loved Jackie, Caroline and — oh my God, I am going to cry — John John! Remember how cute it was when JohnJohn played in the Oval office? Life was so dang good then. We hung the wash out to dry on the clothesline, well my mom did. We kids played outside ’till the lightening bugs glowed. And wonderful homes like 7217 Briarmeadow Drive in The Meadows were just being born.

This home was in the 1963 Home Builders Parade of Homes in Dallas, and it was a show stopper. Now it has that almost Colorado/Utah /Wyoming lodge look, but back then that stone front was more June Cleaver than ranch, indicative of a well-appointed suburban home.

Oh yes, back then the suburbs were a good thing. Didn’t have a bunch of egghead futurists trying to pile us up like sardines in the city.

So what I see when I see this home — a great place to raise a family. The bones in this house could not be better, and it’s fresh, updated. The large family room has windows and that great stone fireplace where you can step out onto a great patio. The hardwoods are newly re-done and better than they were in ’63. The kitchen may be very white, but hey, it has a Sub Zero and you know my Burger King Kitchen theory: get in, have it your way. You get four bedrooms, three good sized baths, a built-in wet bar for martinis, 2,666 square feet and I am not kidding: my local sources tell me this is the best street in The Meadows. And this is the ONLY home for sale on that street. And you know what’s coming down the pike over at Walnut Hill and Central: Trader Joes!

Also of note: we started here at $460K, then $450K, and I wonder why? Finally, $439,000 — a price I can live with. Do you realize you are getting ,29 of an acre with this home? Let’s grab some paint and enhance that wonderful rock on the front: come on, show us your rafters! Then maybe some cascading landscaping in the flower boxes. I see nothing but potential in this home, and many nights with marshmallows and S’Mores on the patio, those fireflies sparkling across the Texas sky.

 

 

 

From the outside, this house at 7136 Aberdeen in the way cool Meadows is kind of blah. And I’d appreciate any suggestions on how to improve that exterior — I am not fond of that paint color on the stucco, and is it me or is that door too dark and heavy and well, Plano, for the mid-century vibe?

But once inside, this home is va va va voom — look at the gorgeous kitchen. Cathedral ceiling. I feel a masculine touch in the decorating — like the master bath — but it is not bothering me one bit. You?

So taken back to studs. I mean, this gal has had some work! Updates include: electrical, windows, doors, stucco exterior, stone entry way, Bosch SS gas range & double ovens, spa shower with frameless glass, jetted tub, double vanities, solid oak flooring, porcelain tile, granite, cabinetry, built-ins, lighting, hardware, fixtures, moldings, arbor, gutters, landscaping, spinkler system and more. Four bedrooms, three baths, 2823 square feet, built in 1964 on almost 1/3rd acre. Asking $538,835.

Like I said, you cannot judge a book by  the cover. Sometimes the inside is way better, sometimes waaaay worse.