There’s nothing spooky about six bedrooms and five and one-half bathrooms in a massive Plano abode in the Frisco school district.

There’s nothing spooky about six bedrooms and five and one-half bathrooms in a massive Plano abode in the Frisco school district.

So what’s this got to do with Halloween?

Well, it’s tricky – and this home offers plenty of treats.

Let’s explore of a few of them, shall we?

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The old soul Victorian at 4317 Worth St. is Kristen

The old soul Victorian at 4317 Worth St. is Kristen Martin’s third “flip” all of her own in Dallas.

When some people look at an old house in disrepair, all they see are its problems. But for one Dallas Realtor, old Dallas homes are all about possibility, instead.

Kristen Martin

Realtor Kristen Martin in front of the Victorian she renovated in Old East Dallas.

Kristen Martin says she’s a kindred soul with old houses, getting to know them, even naming them as she restores, repairs, and renovates them to a state even better than what they were originally.

She’s a Realtor with The Michael Group, and she’s passionate about real estate. But the properties that truly inspire her are the ones she’s buying and flipping.

A few weeks ago, we featured her old soul Victorian flip at 4317 Worth St. in our CandysDirt.com Dallas open house roundup. It is sensational! We had to know more about this woman who can make old houses sing again.

“I go in the houses and just feel them out—[the house on Worth Street] was a mess but I got it flowing well because I talked to the house and it talked back to me,” Martin said. “I have renovated three in the last year and before that, I had done three with other people.”

She wears rose-colored glasses, because all of her flips have been messes when she found them. The Worth Street house, which she purchased in April, was built in 1903 and was a little more than “rough around the edges.” The foundation, plumbing, electric, carpet, and parquet were all bad and needed replacement. The kitchen was a gut. It needed an HVAC. Cosmetically, it wasn’t much to look at, either, with an 80’s vibe going strong.

But Martin saw past all that.

“I had a feeling when I walked into it—the fireplaces and windows and wraparound porch—my jaw dropped,” she said. “I’m ahead of my time in that neighborhood because the area hasn’t made a whole revival. It’s coming back around but throughout the years, everybody has just looked at Swiss Avenue and Junius Heights [nearby].”

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The old soul Victorian at 4317 Worth St. is one of our five featured open houses this week.

The old soul Victorian at 4317 Worth St. is one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we bring you the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week roundup. It’s your insider’s view of the market, and the open houses you just have to make that weekend.

This week, our five houses range in price from $329,900 to $949K. This is an exceptionally splendid group of houses, from the magazine-worthy Victorian pictured above, to the M-Streets Tudor with picturesque good looks. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

 

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