oak lawn heightsNestled on the west side of Dallas’ vibrant Oak Lawn area is a delightful enclave of cottages and Tudor-revival homes in the area’s  Oak Lawn Heights neighborhood. This is the largest single-family neighborhood in Oak Lawn, and it was developed in the 1920s.

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 5114 Bradford Dr. is a 1935 Tudor with 1,674 square feet, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. It has many hallmarks of the Tudor revival style, from its stucco exterior with half-round arches to a steeply pitched, asymmetrical roofline.

It was listed Feb. 8 by Ryan Booth with Ebby Halliday, Realtors, for $349,900. There’s an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, this Sunday, Feb. 14. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to fall in love with this Oak Lawn Heights Tudor.

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Chapel Downs HomeDallas houses built in the 1960s aren’t generally known for their wide, open floorplans. But it’s a top “want” on today’s buyer wishlist, so a renovation that makes it happen is a smart choice.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred shows us a wonderful example of taking a 1966 house and reworking the interior to be spacious and open. The house at 10039 Pensive Dr. in Northwest Dallas is four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and 2,303 square feet. The common spaces—living room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast area—have had almost all interior walls removed to make one huge room. What a difference it makes!Chapel Downs HomeIt’s located in the Chapel Downs neighborhood, a community of 334 homes established in the early 1960s. According to the Chapel Downs Neighborhood Association, the majority of homes in the area are single-story ranch-style homes ranging from 2,000 to 2,500 square feet. The neighborhood is characterized by pleasant homes with comfortable front, back, and side yards with mature trees and plenty of green grass. The borders of Chapel Downs are loosely Walnut Hill Lane on the south, Webb Chapel Road to the East, Carry Back Circle to the North, and Goodyear Drive to West.

Fun fact: The original neighborhood developer was a horse racing fan and named many of the streets after winning horses at the Kentucky Derby, like Carry Back (1961 Kentucky Derby and Preakness), Citation (1948 Triple Crown Winner), Venetian Way (1960 Kentucky Derby), and Pensive (1944 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes).

The overall feel of the house is fresh, modern, and bright. This beauty is newly listed by Philip Hobson with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty Texas for $349,000.

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400 AcklingtonEverything is bigger in Texas, and that certainly holds true in the residential real estate of Dallas’ northern suburbs.

But spacious houses can be hard to come by under $300K, so today’s Tuesday Two Hundred listing at 400 Acklington Dr. in Anna caught my eye with 3,701 square feet, four big bedrooms, and 2.5 baths. It is newly listed by Steve Warren at Re/Max Dallas Suburbs for $289,900.

That’s just over $78 a square foot—right on par with comparable sales in the area, which have ranged from $63 to $100 a square foot (and this house is the biggest in size of the recent sales I’ve found).

400 Acklington

Anna is located about 11 miles northeast of McKinney and 40 miles north of Dallas on U.S. Highway 75, State Highway 5, and State Highway 121. Those highways make getting around DFW a cinch. It’s also one of the fastest growing cities in Collin County with about 11,000 residents and offers great amenities, like Natural Springs Park, which is walking distance from the house. This heavily wooded park has a spring that feeds into a pond, as well as a large open space. Future plans for the park include walking trails with three bridges, picnic tables, benches, a gazebo, and a fishing pier.

The house is also only 1.9 miles away from Slayter Creek Park with its splash pad, playground, walking trail, skateboard park, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard court, disc golf course, athletic fields, and large pavilion. Jump to read more and see lots of pics of the house!

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This post is for our friend ML, who wrote asking why in the bezonkers you cannot find a decent, clean-lined home in Dallas around $500,000 that doesn’t send you to the vomitorium with a stomach full of turrets, medallions and hand-troweled Old Worldliness. Yeah, remember they also had syphilis is the Old World!

I present a home by Classic Urban Homes at 8427 Lakemont: clean lines, efficient design, multi-functional spaces, the latest in high performance. Four bedrooms, three full baths, 1 living area (who the hell needs more?) two car garage, 3187 square feet. Low water usage fixtures, extra insulation, 16 SEER HVAC units, radiant barrier decking, triple low E windows, registered with Green Built Texas and Energy Rated. It was listed for $565,000 and unfortunately, it sold but more are coming on the horizon including a profile of the amazing builders once I finish up with family obligations. Stay tuned, stay very tuned.