magnetDallas ISD magnet schools don’t usually have open seats — the rare exception is when they are in their first couple of years, maybe. So when we found out that three magnets still have spots open, we decided to take a look at the kind of inventory you can find.

We’ve written about Roger Q. Mills Elementary before —  the school earned five out of six TEA distinctions last year. A quick perusal of inventory near J.P Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard showed that properties near the school are dear (but we’ll take a look next week nonetheless).

But this week, we’re taking a look at homes near Mark Twain School for the Talented and Gifted, which is accepting applications for students entering grades one through five. (more…)

Wolf CreekJust seven minutes or so from what is becoming a hot area thanks to revitalization efforts, our Tuesday Two Hundred this week takes us back to Wolf Creek.

We’ve talked about Wolf Creek before — it’s a great neighborhood full of ranch-style and 80s era soft contemporary homes that are well-maintained, affordable, and are being renovated and updated beautifully.

Wolf Creek is a great place to get the square footage you want, but at a price point that you can’t find often in other pockets of Dallas. Many homes, such as this week’s home, are priced in an increasingly dear $200,000 to $250,000 range. Most if not all in this range are updated and renovated, and some even have additional amenities like pools or workshop space.

There are only 16 houses currently in inventory, and several of them already have pending or contingent offers.

And just taking a gander at the area’s NextDoor page, it’s interesting to see how those who call Wolf Creek home describe the best things about their neighborhood — with words like, “peaceful,” “dog-friendly,” “family-friendly,” and “clean.”

And in the case of 1007 Golden Trophy Drive, you can also add, “incredibly close to future amenities,” because it’s roughly seven minutes or so away from Red Bird Mall, which is now the focus of a revitalization project dubbed Red Bird Reimagined, where a decaying mall and adjacent properties are being transformed and well, reimagined.

(Red Bird photos courtesy Omniplan)

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Our Splurge: Tessa Mosteller with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 4201 Emerson Avenue for $789,000.

For some, living in the Park Cities is something to aspire to, and we are centering on two of its gems. Enter University Park, a quintessential American neighborhood that makes us feel right home. With lush parks, sports fields, upscale shops, and exemplary Highland Park ISD schools that rank among the best in the country, this is where it’s at in Dallas! However, many buyers find themselves in a state of sticker shock when searching for their University Park home.

Fret no more! This week’s Splurge vs. Steal will put you at ease. Today, we zero in on two exceptional University Park condos, each on Emerson Avenue, and offering gorgeous interiors, but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose?

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Candy recently called Farmers Branch “the best kept secret in North Texas” real estate and she’s totally right. This inner ring suburb offers great housing options for substantially less than an equivalent house would cost, as well as lovely parks and an active community. 

Throw in some of the lowest taxes in the area, and you’ve found a great place to live! It’s where our Tuesday Two Hundred is located at 12227 Brisbane Ave

This house is just outside the 635 loop near Valley View Lane and Webb Chapel Road, but look how much more you get for your money because of it. This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,406 square feet on one story, built in 1959 and listed for $249,900. Wow. 

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Midway Hollow Cottage That Marries Original Character with Lovely Updates | CandysDirt.com

Midway Hollow is a neighborhood in transition. Among the cottages, ranches, and midcentury moderns, you’ll find a lot of updated properties and recently, new construction. Their good-sized yards, cheerful facades, and mature trees create a welcoming vibe. 

You’ll find our Thursday Three Hundred here at 3719 Valley Ridge Rd. here, a charmed cottage with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,276 square feet on one story, built in 1951. It’s the perfect blend of updated style and original features. 

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Corner Lot Casa View Oaks Renovation with Huge Updates Throughout | CandysDirt.com

Casa View Oaks is one of those up-and-coming East Dallas neighborhoods you should watch and we’ve found a real gem there. 

Our Tuesday Two Hundred at 2667 San Paula Ave. looks like a much more expensive house than its under-$300K price tag. From fresh landscaping and fresh paint to a new kitchen and bathrooms, everything feels or looks new.

This corner lot property, located near Gus Thomasson and Ferguson roads, has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,494 square feet on one story, built in 1954. We bet it won’t last long, so let’s take a look! 

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Join us Wednesday, July 19, 3:00 to 5:00 pm at 5350 South Dentwood

There is something about this house that just touches my soul. Maybe it’s that the man who built the home, Grady Vaughn, was the founder of the Dallas Petroleum Club, and he died just about the time I was born. Maybe it’s the parties that were thrown here in the 1950’s and 1960’s, with Hollywood celebs and flocks of live doves, which have left a perennial uplift to the air. Perhaps that is why my post on house reunions,

House Reunions: Yes, You Can Go Back Home… as Long as the House is Still Standing

won a NAREE award (National Association of Real Estate Editors) at last month’s annual conference in Denver. Here is the award winning post, written in the fall of 2016, about how the listing agents for 5350 South Dentwood oh-so-creatively created a family reunion, of sorts, to let the only two families who have ever lived in this magnificent home meet and wander down the terrazzo floors of memory lane.

Those agents would be Alan Press and Mark Woodling of United Real Estate Group. 

5350 South Dentwood, which is right across the street from former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller and Steve Wolen’s Old circa 1952 Preston Hollow estate, was built in 1951, by oilman Grady Vaughn who commissioned architect Robert Goodwin of Goodwin & Cavitt to design his waterfront dream home in  the honeypot of Preston Hollow. Here is much more about this magnificent estate, written by Sam Childers:

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Buckner Terrace House for Sale | CandysDirt.com

Buckner Terrace is an East Dallas neighborhood on the rise, with tons of the homes being renovated into highly livable and stylish spaces. 

Our Tuesday Two Hundred, located at 5838 Elm Lawn St., shines as an example of this trend. The owners opened up the floorplan in the common living areas and added a lot of desirable amenities, especially in the renovated kitchen. 

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 1,885 square feet on one story, built in 1963.

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