mid-century capsule

Fix yourself a cocktail at the smoked glass bar and come take a look at this part-time capsule, part-updated home in the heart of Irving listed by Blaine Soileau of Dallas City Center Realtors for this week’s Thursday 300.

Working on last week’s Suburb Sunday featuring Irving, I came across this stunning mid-century style home at 309 San Mateo Court that is fabulously priced at $398,000. This 3,168 square-foot four-bedroom, two and half-bath home has a striking front entrance with amazing angles that hint at its unique inside. I debated between featuring this and another MCM home, and went with the latter, but someone has jumped at the chance for this 1967-built home in Irving’s University Hills because it’s now listed as pending.

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Richardson Heights

Certain neighborhoods tend to pop up frequently for CandysDirt’s Thursday Three Hundred round-up: northeast Dallas, Lake Highlands, and Richardson. But since I took the reins of this weekly feature a few months ago, I’d forgotten just how special the mid-century homes were in the popular Richardson Heights neighborhood near Arapaho and Floyd Road until a reader alerted us to his home new on the market. The 1961-built home at 629 Stardust Lane is a darling three bedroom, two bath, and one half-bath gem with 2,047 square feet. It’s listed for $375,000 by Ric Shanahan of Keller Williams Urban Dallas.

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For this week’s Thursday Three Hundred, we’re in the Woodbridge neighborhood in northeast Dallas for a beautiful 1980-built four-bedroom, three-bath contemporary home listed by Brian Weast of Keller Williams Rockwall. This 2,831-square-foot home located at 12132 Larchgate Drive is listed for $335,000, a pretty tidy savings since it was first listed at $380,000 and great value for other similarly-sized and located homes in the neighborhood.

Tile floors greet you as you walk into this spacious and open floor plan that features vaulted ceilings, wood floors, and a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace in the family room that’s flanked by two large picture windows. You’ve even got a place for your keys and the mail as you first walk in the door! (more…)

stone Tudor

Open House alert for this 1930s stone Tudor: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2605 Maple Springs Blvd.

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PeavyThose windows. Those beautiful, enormous windows that give you a glimpse inside this mid-century gem and look out to this beautiful Old Lake Highlands neighborhood of 50s- and 60s-built homes. For this week’s Thursday Three Hundred, we check out this move-in ready mid-century home at 936 Peavy Road in the shadow of White Rock Lake at E. Lake Highlands Drive and Loop 12.

Huge new picture windows and stained wood columns make this 1956-built home stand out from the rest. Hardwood floors and fresh new paint are the first updates you see as you walk into this 1,348-square-foot home.

The living room flows seamlessly into casual dining and the kitchen that features stainless steel appliances including refrigerator, built-in microwave, stove/oven, and dishwasher. Granite countertops, ceramic tile backsplash, and new cabinets make this kitchen feel brand new.

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KesslerWhen flipping through listings this week, we had to take a minute after landing on this East Kessler cottage — it was just that adorable.

Built in 1938 on a hillside, the current owners of 1311 Cedar Hill Ave. have kept this home impeccably maintained, and have updated it without sacrificing the character.

It’s also blocks from Bishop Arts, with access to plenty of parks, and is an easy commute to downtown Dallas.
It also sits in the highly-sought out Rosemont Elementary attendance zone, as well as Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy (which met state standards with five distinctions), and Sunset High (which met state standards and earned four distinctions).

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Kidd Springs HeightsIf your New Year’s resolutions included becoming more active, our first Thursday Three Hundred of 2019 is a Kidd Springs Heights charmer perfectly situated to get you there.

And when you account for the fact that it’s also in the coveted zone for Rosemont Elementary, this home at 815 N. Tyler St. just gets better.

Realtor April Allen with Anthony Long Realty said the adorable home is also ideally situated for anyone looking to adopt (or even maintain) a more active lifestyle, too.

“It’s a great starter home for someone looking to get into this neighborhood —  it’s just a 15-minute walk to the Bishop Arts District, the Kessler Theatre, and and the Stevens Park golf course, and across the street from Kidd Springs Park,” she said. (more…)

Elmwood

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

During World War II, the Elmwood house at 1420 Brunner Ave. in Oak Cliff was a refuge for British pilots here for training. The Royal Air Force was getting creamed by the Germans and needed help, which was available here.

The first of the training schools was created in Terrell, about 1.5 hours east, and many flyboys made their way to Dallas on the weekends. A few of them ended up at their home-away-from-home, the Craig house on Brunner Avenue, where a little girl, Paula, lived with her folks.

“The boys were so fond of little Paula that they gifted her with a RAF patch, one Mrs. Craig sewed on the sleeve of Paula’s dance costume — a miniature U.S. Army uniform,” said Gayla Brooks, who wrote about the house in 2009. “Between the ages of 4 and 7, the little dancer wore the costume when she performed at war bond rallies.”

This storied property is our Thursday Three Hundred today, and Paula, all grown up now, is a Montessori teacher who continues to live in the neighborhood. The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,806 square feet on two stories, built in 1940.

The home is of considerable size by Elmwood standards, and it has a genuinely spacious lot of almost one-third of an acre.

“It manages to roll in the new —Bertazzoni gas range, a light color palette, and tons of natural light — with the original — crystal doorknobs, hardwood floors, original built-ins throughout — and has a large finished-out attic that would be perfect for a bedroom,” said Emily Ruth Cannon with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who has listed the house with Jennifer Stolarski.

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