Greenway TerraceAdjacent to Greenway Parks and the Park Cities, this Greenway Terrace charmer is the perfect house for a downsizer or someone looking for a good investment until they’re ready for their forever, larger, home.

And what makes 4819 Wateka Drive that perfect spot? The two-bedroom, one bath, 1,155 square foot post-war cottage was built in 1948, but has been updated in the right places, and restored and carefully curated in the others. A new HVAC system was also installed last year as well.

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This northwest Dallas home at 3130 Saint Croix Drive checks all the right boxes for this week’s Thursday Three Hundred. If you’re looking for an updated family home with great schools nearby and some mid-century style, this one’s for you. Jump with me, won’t you? (more…)

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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Las ColinasAh, Las Colinas —  we rarely make our way over there, and honestly, we’re remiss, because it’s a great enclave of Irving with plenty of entertainment, dining, and shopping, and the dirt is still fairly reasonable, too.

Take, for instance, our Thursday Three Hundred this week. In our quest to find homes with great holiday decorating possibilities, we came across this great one-story condo at 4638 O’Connor Court, just a hop and a half a skip from the Las Colinas Country Club, and an easy drive to everything your heart would desire.

With 2,098 square feet of living space, and two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one powder room, this home gives you the price point of a fully-loaded condo, but the feel of a substantial home.

Nell Anne Hunt with Ebby Halliday-Irving/Las Colinas/Coppell said that this is the most popular floorplan for this condominium development, and benefits from gorgeous lake views. (more…)

Buckner TerraceThis week’s Thursday Three Hundred in Buckner Terrace is a testament to the power of a good Realtor (or two) — it totally escaped our attention when it was with a discount broker a few months ago, and is now on the market with Lauri Ann Hanson and Aimee Schreiner of Dwell Partners with Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, who immediately reached out to us to pitch this great listing.

“We want to get it all the attention it deserves!” Schreiner told us.

The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home sits on a corner lot at 3209 Sharpview Lane, which means, of course, plenty of trees and lots of backyard space.

Inside, an open floor plan makes for a great entertaining layout, with the heart of the plan at the kitchen, where an oversized quartz island overlooks the dining room and two spacious living rooms. (more…)

waverlyIt’s not unusual to move to a new town and buy a new house. But the Pages didn’t just buy a house — they bought their first flip, in a city that they’re making their new home base.

As far as flips go, Jennifer and Tim Page actually picked a home that wasn’t entirely scary when they signed on the dotted line for 1111 South Waverly Dr., a good investment with easy access to Bishop Arts, downtown Dallas, and more.

“This is actually our first flip,” Jennifer said. “We moved here from Chicago just looking for a change of scenery without knowing this is what we would get into, but my husband Tim has always wanted to own his own business and be his own boss, so I told him to go for it!”

The couple had saved money from selling their home in Illinois, and with the market in Dallas doing so well, they thought it was time to jump in with both feet, finding a property in the ever-changing Oak Cliff, tucked between the Wynnewood, Elmwood, and Winnetka Heights neighborhoods.

“The house when we bought it was actually not in the worst condition,” Jennifer said. “It had been just recently flipped but not well at all.”

“You could tell that the previous owners were also trying to flip and may have run out of money and finished the house quickly and without regard for making it aesthetically appealing.”

And since it didn’t require a complete gut job, the couple felt “this would be the perfect starter.”

So that gave them time to take a good look at the house, what was selling, and what changes they could make to make it more functional and prettier. (more…)