Fox & JacobsWe’ve written about Forest Highlands before — the small clutch of Fox & Jacobs homes bordered by Forest Lane, Marsh Lane, and Webb Chapel Road, where some of the more affordable (for the square footage) homes in North Dallas exist.

The neighborhood full of Midcentury Ranches has been home to Dallas families since the late 1950s. Built by brothers Ike and Joe Jacobs and David G. Fox of Fox & Jacobs, the L-shaped Accent and Flair homes of the 1960s are present in several neighborhoods in North Dallas, especially along Marsh Lane.

These homes came in several variations of the same floorplan — some are around 1,500 square feet, some are closer to 1,900. Some had the option of a formal dining room or a fourth bedroom (which means your formal living room has a walk-in closet).  (more…)

East DallasAll over Dallas, you can still find adorable Midcentury cottages in the $200,000 to $400,000 range — but generally, it’s a mixed bag as to how move-in ready they are. Not so much with this East Dallas charmer we found for this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred.

And if the curb appeal and updated interiors weren’t enough, it’s also a great find because of its location — you can walk to Larry G. Smith Elementary, a school that got a B grade from the Texas Education Agency’s A-F rankings, and met standard with two distinctions. You’re also in the Bryan Adams High School feeder pattern.

There’s also something a little unusual about this Midcentury Cottage: It has a true master. So many of the original homes from this timeframe are three-bedroom, one-bath homes, so finding a home from this era with one is indeed a find. (more…)

Capella ParkIf you’ve never heard of Capella Park, finding its white-picket fenced environs might seem like the answer to families (or even downsizers) that are looking for both affordability and a picturesque neighborhood but don’t want to sacrifice a shorter commute to downtown and other Dallas amenities.

Located near the Mountain Creek neighborhood, the master-planned community is just off West Kiest Boulevard between Mountain Creek Parkway and Spur 408, and adjacent to Dallas Baptist University, The Potter’s House, and more. It’s in Duncanville ISD, but has a Dallas address.

It was this listing at 3724 Prague Mews that first caught our eye and directed us to check out Capella Park. (more…)

dellsWhen this 1946 Minimal Traditional in the Dells District hit our desks Monday, we knew we had to share it before it disappeared.

After all, the Dells is one of the hidden gems of an increasingly gentrifying Oak Cliff, with hills and long, winding streets, and even a creek running through it, the neighborhood is a little slice of green, dotted with adorable cottages and homes that have been well-maintained and often still in possession of their post-war sensibilities, yet updated for the needs of 2019.

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Oak CliffIf you’ve been saving with that idea that you want to quit renting and buy,  the Tuesday Two Hundred price point is a great one to kick off any search — and it’s where you’ll find houses like this great Craftsman in North Oak Cliff.

“Yes, it’s cute,” you may be thinking. “But North Oak Cliff is hot right now, and there is no way I can afford a house there.”

But if you’ve been saving with the idea of putting down 20 percent, you might be surprised. Let’s do the math: The average two-bedroom apartment is renting for $1,120 right now in Dallas, according to this recent report.

If you put 20 percent down, though, and have a decent credit score and find the right lender, you can potentially be looking at a monthly house payment of $1,245, give or take that credit score (we factored for a 4.2 percent rate) and other variables like property taxes and insurance. (more…)

AllenThis week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, an Allen Traditional with some pretty gorgeous updates, came to us from a Facebook pitch from the staging company — a name we’re starting to see a lot of in these parts.

Sarah Nowak with Blackwood Homes (which is a construction company and a staging company and, well, they really kind of do it all) urged us to check out the home at 923 Cypress Drive last week.

Allen has become a real haven for families looking for a bit of a bargain, but with better proximity for work commutes. Good schools don’t hurt that mix, either — and this home is zoned for the great Reed Elementary School, Curtis Middle School, and Allen High.

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SoCoIf you’ve been looking for something with some stellar views of Dallas and some pretty sweet amenities, this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred at the SoCo Lofts is probably going to do the trick.

Unfamiliar with the lofts at 1122 Jackson Street? We wrote about them several years ago, but a quick primer: Constructed in 1926 by Lloyd Whitson and F. Cowderie Dale, it was at one time part of a four-building complex of warehouses for the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad. Underground tunnels connected the buildings and also allowed trains to enter. Building 3 was demolished eventually, but 1, 2, and 4 remained.

The SoCo Lofts are Building 2, which in previous lives housed the University Club (in the two-story penthouse until the late 30s), WFAA Radio (from the 30s on), and the Garment Center. The building sat vacant by the 80s, and a demo order was issued in 1987, but by 1988, it and building 1 were named Dallas landmarks. By 1997, it was on the National Register of Historic Places. (more…)

Midway HollowIt wasn’t but maybe four or five years ago that you could get a three-bedroom, one bath house in Midway Hollow for around $150,000ish. And while that’s not the case anymore, there are still homes to be had in the under $300,000 price range that place you in the hot neighborhood.

And for those that are unfamiliar, Midway Hollow has become hot for several reasons — you still have great tree-lined streets in a walkable, friendly neighborhood, with a robust crime watch group and an extended neighborhood patrol, three great Dallas ISD elementary schools serve the neighborhood, and it’s close to so much, including plenty of grocery options, dining, and recreation.

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