McKinneyMcKinney’s downtown historic district is bustling — and you could find yourself with a home within biking and walking distance from some of the fun shopping, entertainment, and dining available, thanks to this adorable 1950 cottage we found for this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred.

Downtown McKinney has won some awards for its incredible main street feel, and is home to more than 120 small businesses. So whether you want to walk out your front door and head over to Tennessee Street, or stay put at home and enjoy the great large private backyard that is party-ready, you can appreciate all the options provided.

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cedar crestSometimes you flip through listings and a house just … stands out — like this funky Cedar Crest home with a fun facade and a well-updated interior with a price point that will make some family very, very happy.

Unfamiliar with Cedar Crest? We’ve written about listings in the charming neighborhood before, but for the uninitiated, Cedar Crest is a well-established neighborhood in Dallas that is, we think, a hidden gem. Close to downtown (in fact, you can see the skyline from many points in the neighborhood), the community also boasts a very busy neighborhood association, and is home to the Cedar Crest Golf Course, which hosted the first PGA Tour in 1927.

You can even see a great tour of the golf course here.

“For decades the Cedar Crest neighbors have demonstrated pride in home ownership, which is discernible by many of the uniquely designed custom built homes,” the association’s website said. “The community is well noted for community and political involvement and has produced many business owners, educators and dignitaries.” (more…)

first-time buyerIf it feels like it’s tough to find a great house for a budget-friendly, first-time buyer price under $250,000, it’s not your imagination — it’s getting harder and harder to find a move-in ready, single family home for less than $250,000 in the Dallas area.

We’ve even written about the phenomenon a few times. And while some price points are beginning to see an increase in inventory, that $200,000 range are still sitting at much less than two months.

So when we saw Katie Apperson with Real Estate Reformation post this adorable blue home in Crest Ridge Estates in Garland for $206,000 on Facebook last week, we had to pump her for some details.

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Casa ViewOur Tuesday Two Hundred, by definition of its price point, tends to be a showcase of starter homes — and this week’s updated Midcentury Ranch in Casa View is a great example of a starter home that can be quite long term.

So often, we hear the term starter home and assume it means that the buyer will be in it for a handful of years. But when you have a well-done remodel with a sensible garage conversion to increase the square footage of this 1957 home to a rare (for Casa View) 1,782 square feet, it becomes clear that this home has been remodeled with a family in mind. (more…)

DuncanvilleOne of the best things about the Tuesday Two Hundred price point is the fact that you can often find a well-maintained, move-in ready home that just needs a few taste-specific updates to make it your own — like this Duncanville home on a gorgeous lot backing up to a creek.

Listed by Judie Burnham with Century 21 Judge Fite Company, this five-bedroom, two-and-half bath home at 502 Willow Circle in Duncanville sits on an incredible, heavily-treed lot with a creek running behind it. And with 3,430 square feet of space, it’s a perfect family home.

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InstagramIt’s no real secret — Realtors love Instagram. We do, too — it’s a great way to pique interest in a home, tell a story, and more.

In fact, are you following us there? Because you probably should.

This week’s Tuesday Two Hundred comes from Monument Realty, who tagged us last week to let us know about this five-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, Traditional home in the Forest Ridge neighborhood of Garland.

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ElmwoodWhen Debbie Williams with Dave Perry-Miller-Preston Center told us about this adorable Midcentury Cottage in Elmwood with a fantastic price point, we knew we had to take a look.

For one, in a city where move-in ready inventory in the $200,000 to $350,000 price point can be a bit dear, Elmwood is still a place where you can reliably find a Dallas starter home. And unlike other locations at this price point, Elmwood is near plenty of fantastic amenities, and a fantastic commute for anyone working in the downtown area.

With it’s proximity to Bishop Arts and Trinity Groves, plus a soon-to-be revitalized Wynnewood Village (including a movie theater), Elmwood is a great option for a new homebuyer.

“This charming two-bed, one-bath home is in the heart of desirable Elmwood Addition, an area in the process of a great rebound,” Williams told us. “It’s a great time to get in at the beginning of the curve.” (more…)

Oak Cliff[Editor’s note: Happy New Year! 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!]

When you’re looking in that $300,000-and-under price point, sometimes you feel like you have to sacrifice something to get it — location, space, or even amenities or finishes. But with this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred in Oak Cliff, you really do get a lot for the price point.

The first thing that caught our eye was the sunny yellow exterior paint of this Cottage-Style Ranch at 2538 Emmett St. Clocking in at 1,712 square feet, this three-bedroom, two-bath home may have been built in 1925, but it’s had a recent update — enough of one that listing agent Lucy Massey with REMAX Select Homes calls it, “almost like new.”

The seller addressed aesthetics, but also addressed quite a bit more structurally, installing new plumbing, a new electrical system, new roof, new decking, a new HVAC system, new siding, and windows.

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