A recent Realtor.com report found that the 75205 zip code (which is Park Cities, including parts of University Park and Highland Park) is the most expensive zip code in the entire state of Texas. With a median list price of $1,623,790, some of the most expensive homes on the market right now are in this zip code. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get into this zip code for under a million. It’s true! These three picks for CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week prove there’s still room in the market for the million and under homeowner.

Townhouse Living That Feels Like Town & Country

Open house: Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a warm and rich-feeling two bedroom, two-and-half bath townhome at 3418 McFarlin Blvd., Apt C. (P.S., Apt D is also on the market) is located just a block from SMU and walking distance from Snider Plaza. It’s listed for $539,900 by Kelli Macatee with Allie Beth Allman and Associates. This 2003-built condo has spacious rooms, hardwood floors, great storage space, and a private fenced patio large enough for pets. Plus, a two-car attached garage with additional storage, which makes this an attractive property for downsizers.

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Rogers Healy has another great luxury listing for us at 3837 Villanova in University Park that’s walking distance to Preston Center and in the center of all that’s Park Cities. This updated transitional-style home is a roomy 4,214 square-feet with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and one half-bath. It sits on an oversized 75 x 150-foot lot, which is nearly a lot and a half with 494-square-foot living quarters above the detached garage — all for $1.9 million.

For a home with a traditional floor plan, the open formal living room and dining room that flow into the family room and kitchen feel modern with an abundance of natural light. French doors in the formal living room lead to a cozy little enclosed porch on the side of the house, perfect for a quiet moment in the morning or an evening cocktail from the dry bar just adjacent.

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jobsWhat two Texas cities are hot for jobs? What is the most expensive neighborhood in Texas? Who was honored locally for their work in providing summer meals to reduce childhood hunger? We have all this and more in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

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Park Cities Historic Preservation Society will award the owners of 3910 Gillon a plaque recognizing the home’s historic provenance on Feb. 23, 2019.

Staff Report

Highland Park and University Park are still veritable treasure troves of historic architecture, and The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society will hold landmarking ceremonies from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 to recognize four excellent examples. The homes — all striking examples of living history — offer insight to this significant area. One, however, stands apart: 3910 Gillon, the home of Elizabeth and Sydney Hurley.

This gorgeous Hal Thompson design offers so much character, all wrapped in a wonderful story. To read about it and see the full schedule of homes, jump:

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University Park French EclecticSanta can scramble down the chimney, right into a party at this modern University Park French Eclectic at 4328 Purdue Avenue. The open-plan family area in this Robert Elliott Custom Home is perfect for holiday entertaining.

This University Park French Eclectic is the dream home, in the dream location. If you are making a list and checking it twice, you can tick off spacious, warm, family home, a neighborhood with great schools, easy access to the tollway, and Love Field, and terrific shopping in all directions!
University Park French Eclectic

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University Park Luxury Transitional

Photography by Full Package Media

There is a great deal of new construction going on in Dallas, especially in the luxury home market. Guess who is doing it exactly right? CandysDirt.com Approved Builder Robert Elliott Custom Homes. Their University Park luxury transitional at 4328 McFarlin Boulevard hit the market last week, and it is everything luxury home buyers are looking for today.

Elliott worked with Brent Slocum of B.K. Design Studio to create a home that is not just beautiful, but also makes sense for a growing family. With 7,545 square feet, five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two powder baths, and zoned for Highland Park ISD‘s Bradfield Elementary, it doesn’t get better than this. It’s also on a large corner lot off of Armstrong Parkway, so plenty of room to add playscapes, toss a football, or put in a pool.

What caught my eye about this house, however, is the detail. Elliott and Slocum added in character and that sets this University Park luxury transitional apart.

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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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University Park Contemporary

Have you ever wondered just what it takes to have an HGTV-worthy home? Our Monday Morning Millionaire is a University Park contemporary at 3528 Marquette Street that captivated not only HGTV but also D Magazine. And now it can be yours!

I can say from my 20-plus years as a photography stylist and location scout many moons ago, HGTV  (and indeed any commercial photography client looking for a luxury home) has requirements that are set in stone. The perfect home for a photo shoot must be stylish, of course. It also needs to have light (photographers love natural light), and it has to be easy to move around in to capture different angles as well as to sustain a production crew, make-up artists, and stylists for the duration of the shoot.

This University Park contemporary has all that and more. With 6,833 square feet, six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two powder baths there is plenty of room to create the perfect shot whether it’s for HGTV or Neiman Marcus.

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