lake highlands homeToday’s Tuesday Two Hundred will leave you amazed that so many high-end amenities and thoughtful details are available in a Lake Highlands home for under $300K.

The house at 10006 Chimney Hill Ln. is located in the Country Forest-Jackson Meadows neighborhood, about as far north as you can go in Lake Highlands before bumping into Richardson. This is outside the LBJ loop, and for some, that’s a deal breaker. But I promise, once you see this house, you won’t care. (And really, it’s fewer than ten minutes to White Rock Lake and  NorthPark Center, minutes away from the Richardson Tech Corridor, and only 15 minutes north of downtown Dallas. Perspective, y’all.)

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The master bathroom is a real stunner, with an unusual center vanity with two sinks, granite counters, and lots of storage. There is also ample closet space, decorative and recessed lighting, a private water closet, and spa-like steam shower.

It’s a 3-3 with 2,619 square feet, built in 1979. Inside, you’ll find everything from handscraped hardwood floors and a kitchen with custom cabinetry, to cedar-paneled vaulted ceilings and a stunning master bathroom.

This stunner is newly listed by Angela Garcia with Keller Williams Realty Arlington for $295,000.

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North Dallas Ranch

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Today’s Thursday Three Hundred is a whole lot of house for $399,000.

The 1967 ranch at 7823 Roundrock Dr. has 2,789 square feet, five bedrooms, and three full baths with multiple updates throughout, including new paint and carpet in 2015. The backyard has a pleasant covered patio with high ceilings, a fan, and flagstone floor. The saltwater pool and landscaping add to the appeal.

This drive-up darling is well-maintained on a corner lot, with cream-colored brick and black shudders, an original ironwork pillar on the front porch, an open front lawn with mature trees, and the entire property has an in-ground sprinkler system.

North Dallas Ranch

This house is located near Coit and Belt Line roads in North Dallas, zoned for the well-regarded Spring Creek Elementary School in Richardson ISD. This elementary earned a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10.

It is newly listed by Jackie Asbury at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Texas Realty.

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6822 Oeste A

The Dallas Cowboys may be bidding farewell to Las Colinas, but homebuyers can’t get enough of this master-planned community in Irving. It’s a clean, attractive suburb with more than 190 acres of parks and greenbelts, 17 miles of canal waterways, and 10 miles of riverside hiking and biking trails.

More than 33,000 call Las Colinas home, and the average house price in the community is $566,417, according to Realtor.com. That makes today’s Tuesday Two Hundred a real find: the townhome at 6822 Oeste Dr. is newly listed by Leslie Knutson at RE/MAX Premier Group for $275,000. The price-per-square-foot of $155 is less than the Las Colinas average of $167 per square foot, and this townhome has hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops.

This Mediterranean-style property has stucco exterior walls, red roof tiles, and is part of the La Villita Townhomes. It has two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms on two stories in 1,772 square feet built in 2007 and is walking distance to the Lago de Claire and the Gran Via canal, a meandering waterway near jogging trails.

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3714 Crown Shore A

I’m loving these newly listed houses that have snow in their real estate photos! Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a brand-spanking-new listing at 3714 Crown Shore Dr. near Marsh and Forest lanes, and the snow photos are just the tip of the iceberg. (Sorry, I punned.)

This 4-2 ranch has 1,933 square feet, fantastic vaulted ceilings with wood beams, a fireplace, a large skylight, hardwood floors, and covered patio. It is listed by Don Thomas at Virginia Cook Realtors for $220,000.

3714 Crown Shore B

The house has solid curb appeal, with mature trees and landscaping. It needs to be powerwashed to show off that cream-colored brick, but that’s a quick fix. There’s so much to like about this house!

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4620 Lester

One of the benefits of living in a condo or townhome is little or no yardwork and someone else to take care of common areas.

But that comes at a price, in the form of HOA fees, which can be crazy expensive (last week’s Tuesday Two Hundred’s HOA fees rang in at a hefty $1,053 per month, although they did include all utilities).

For those who don’t care to drop the equivalent of a couple of car payments each month on HOA fees, today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is for you. The townhome at 4620 Lester Dr., listed by Jeffrey A. Updike with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $269,000, has HOA fees of just $55 per month. That’s one of the lowest I’ve seen, and it includes all common area maintenance.

4620 Lester B

Built in 2007, this property is one of the Hawthorne Street Townhomes, a gated community located near the intersection of Wycliffe and Maple avenues, close to the Medical District, Dallas North Tollway, and Oak Lawn entertainment venues.

It’s a 2-2 with 1,978 square feet on three stories with vaulted ceilings in the living room and master bedroom and an open-concept floorplan. My eyes don’t know whether to look up at the high ceilings, or down at those pristine, wide-plank hardwood floors. Wow.

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Curb Appeal

Richardson is one of the inner suburbs of Dallas and offers a lot of opportunities in its 28 square miles. Many of DFW’s telecommunications/networking companies have settled there along the Telecom Corridor, including AT&T, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Texas Instruments, Samsung, and Verizon.

With a population just over 101,000, the city was named the “fifth happiest mid-sized city in America” in 2014 by Movoto, a national real estate blog, based on things like low unemployment, low crime, and high income. That same year, 24/7 Wall St. named Richardson America’s 17th Best City to Live in based on crime, economy, education, housing, environment, leisure, and infrastructure.

I grew up near Richardson and spent lots of time in friends’ ranch houses there, so the listing I chose for today’s Tuesday Two Hundred feels familiar: built in 1964, lots of space inside, and a good-sized yard. The house at 1419 Dumont Dr. is in Northwood Estates and has four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 2,488 square feet on two stories. It is newly listed by Adam Caskey at the Michael Group Real Estate for $298,900.

The house is located near the intersection of S. Coit and W. Belt Line roads, within walking distance to the 25-acre Cottonwood Park. This family-friendly place has picnic and playground equipment, two pavilions, two small lakes with ducks and geese, a swimming pool, baby pool, two lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball court, 1.1 miles of trails, and a multi-use concrete court.

Cottonwood Park-Ducks, Pool, Playground

The park is also home to the locally famous Cottonwood Arts Festival, a free, semi-annual event that features works from the nation’s top visual artists, as well as music, food, and spirits.

In keeping with the “family-friendly” theme, this property is located in Richardson ISD, a district where STAAR passage rates exceeded the Texas average in every subject in 2014. It is zoned for Dover Elementary, Richardson West Arts & Technology Magnet Junior High, and Richardson High School.

Nearby private schools include the lower campus of Parish Episcopal School, Saint Paul The Apostle School, Holy Trinity Academy, Covenant School, and Shelton School. Jump to read more and see photos!

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8676 Langdale AHidden in East Lake Highlands near Northwest Highway and Plano Road is one of the largest collections of modern houses in Dallas, and some are still affordable, like the listing at 8676 Langdale Circle.

Designed by architect Jack R. Yardley and built in 1976, this looker is listed by Brandon Stewart with David Griffin & Company for $360,000.

Located on a corner lot in the secluded enclave of Mediterranean Gardens, this house is a 2-2 with 1,795 square feet, designed by Yardley for his then mother-in-law while he lived next door. (more…)

Look at this adorable mid century steeped, just dang Lipton-tea steeped in the 1960’s. In fact, when I saw the photos of the bathroom at 2922 Gladiolus  — Ed Murchison, my mid century modern genius, always loads up lots of photos, even of the commodes — I had deja vue. It reminded me of all the time I spent “sitting” in my aunt’s bathroom. Swear those are the same cabinets, maybe even the same commode! (Let’s hope it’s not the same toilet paper.)  One-owner custom-built set on a one acre creek side wooded lot in Bretton Woods, near Ledbetter. Also guess what this home is near: the Dallas Executive Airport which is getting busier as a private jet FBO. Oh be still my heart: vaulted ceilings, clerestory windows, exposed beams, & walls of glass over looking the expansive, wooded yard with a path leading to a creek. Total Mad Man split level features spacious upper level master suite with balcony. Vitals: 4 bedrooms, 2 and a half baths, 2538 square feet. All that plus a sewing room, workshop & two car garage. And did we make a mistake on the price? No sir, $199,900. Will. Not. Last.