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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Providence Village

Much is said about small-town living, and it’s a major reason people move to the suburbs. The upside is you get a lot of house for your money and many are family-friendly communities that make for a nice place to raise kids.

We’ve found a small-town house (that’s anything but small) in Providence Village at 10325 Nantucket Dr. This Colonial-style home has 2,263 square feet on two stories with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a powder room, and it’s under $200K.

Providence Village is a Denton County master-planned community of about 5,750 people and 1,700 homes. It is located along U.S. Highway 380 near FM 2931, about halfway between Frisco and Denton.

The owner of this home, Angela Swenson, says she bought this home because it’s a “real neighborhood—the kind that the rest of America wishes still existed.”

Swenson has an elementary-aged son, and said the community in Providence Village is ideal for him.

“We have blue-ribbon schools, all in walking distance, awesome houses for cheap, and almost every home has kids, so kids are everywhere on their bikes, playing with friends in their yards or at the parks with very little supervision,” Swenson said. “It’s the community for kids and families—we have a waterpark with huge water-slides, seven catch-and-release lakes filled with fish, huge Easter-egg hunts and fireworks displays, and Santa Claus rides down the street in a sleigh giving out inexpensive toys at Christmas.”

This house was built in 2004 and Providence Village is a resort-style community with everything Swenson mentioned, plus four swimming pools, three tennis courts, three dog parks, four baseball fields, four soccer fields, four basketball courts, a clubhouse, community dock and boat ramp for Lake Providence (a 25-acre lake), greenbelt, jogging/bike path, 11 parks, and playgrounds.

Swenson is a Realtor with United Real Estate, and is the listing agent for this house. She put it on the market Feb. 5 for $197,500. HOA fees are $60 per month and cover full use of facilities, maintenance of common areas, and management fees.

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weekend open houses

The newly renovated house at 7123 Mimosa Ln. is one of five properties we’re featuring with open houses this weekend.

Whether you’re looking for a new place to buy, or just enjoy walking through beautiful homes, this weekend’s open houses offer an opportunity to see some gorgeous properties.

We’ve chosen five that range in price from just under $225K to $899K, in a diverse bunch of neighborhoods around Dallas. You’ll see everything from a memorable Lower Greenville New Orleans-style home to a contemporary beauty in Kessler Woods that feels like it’s hidden in the treetops. If you visit any of them, let us know what you think!

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