Mid-Cities living never looked so good as in the Hurst house we’ve discovered with big style and a budget-friendly price tag. 

Located at 725 Thousand Oaks Dr., this house is better than new, recently updated for a total reimagination. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 1,875 square feet on one story, built in 1965. 

“It’s been redone from the studs, so the floorplan has changed and created an open concept look, so it’s a lot more modern look,” said listing agent Bernice Maez with Vivo Realty. “It’s also in the attendance zone for HEB schools, which is a big draw for families.” 

We’ve got some “before” photos that show just how massive of a transformation this home underwent. Jump to see them all. 

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Midway HollowOne of the great things about Midway Hollow is that there is a price point for nearly everyone — for now.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred is an example of that — a fully renovated post-war traditional with a wide open floor plan, but a reasonable price tag for a two-bedroom, one-bath home.

Although it’s getting more difficult to find homes as finished and beautiful as this for less than $400,000 in Midway Hollow, this home at 3729 Matador Drive has been completely renovated and fully updated — right down to the floor plan and finishes.

“It is a small home but the space is laid out really well,” listing agent Robyn Brandenburg of Vivo Realty said. “Happy Hour Investments moved quite a few walls and didn’t skimp on the upgrades.”

Brandenburg said Happy Hour always uses some of the most expensive products in their renovations — and that shows in the wow factor, especially at this $350,000 price point.

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The holiday season can be a great time to find a bargain on a new home, experts say (Photo courtesy Pixabay).

Why would anyone want to buy or sell a house during the holiday season? Who in their right mind would want to pack and move in the middle of all those Christmas parties, family gatherings, and other assorted holiday commitments?

Turns out, plenty of people like to take advantage of a traditionally slower period to go shopping for a new house. (more…)

Live Downtown Cool with this Newly Listed SoCo Urban Loft Condo | CandysDirt.com

If you want authentic living in the heart of downtown Dallas, then check out this new condo listing with personality, character, and a friendly asking price under $300K. 

The SoCo Urban Loft Condo 1122 Jackson St. Apt 805 is our Tuesday Two Hundred. Built in 1925 as the Santa Fe Railroad terminal building and fully renovated in 2004, this cool building is equipped with great features and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The views are fab from this unit, which has one bedroom, one bathroom, and 928 square feet. Let’s take a look! 

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Adeo VR

Click HERE to be taken to YouTube to watch a 360 Adeo VR video

Virtual reality is a technology that’s gaining traction in the real estate marketplace.

The idea is visionary: allow homebuyers to experience a property in an immersive, realistic way with their mobile devices or virtual reality headsets. This could have big implications for the luxury market, in particular, where Realtors have to work hard to differentiate their properties and make them memorable to potential buyers (and there tends to be more marketing budget for tools like virtual reality).

A new Carrollton-based company called Adeo VR is launching in July with some truly cool technology with tons of applications for the luxury real estate market, but also useful as a marketing tool for any size property. Company co-founder Shawn Willis promises it will be “affordable for most agents, even though the target market for this product will likely be the luxury real estate market, because of the size of the homes.”

“This let’s people experience a space in a new way and it solves some real estate problems because it let’s buyers experience a home before they drive all over DFW,” Willis said. “The neat thing about the video is it gives people a way to view it on their smartphone or tablet without having to use a virtual reality headset.”

Buyers can experience virtual reality with these 360-degree videos, which can be viewed on Facebook or YouTube, by opening the video and moving their devices left, right, up, and down. Videos can also be viewed on a computer with Chrome or Firefox browsers (if you’re using any of these platforms, be sure to check out the video above!). They are also compatible with Google Cardboard and Samsung virtual reality gear.

“I think the Adeo VR technology is an amazing way to view the space of any home,” said David Maez, Broker and Co-Owner at VIVO Realty and consultant for Adeo VR. “You can use your mobile phone to view the home in virtual reality and it’s like you’re inside the home—this is a game changer and will be the standard for selling luxury property.”

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Stylish Broker Open Invite Vivo Realty

UPDATE: David Maez says they’re rescheduling this event to June 23rd at the request of the builder, which gives all you hip cats time to find something to wear!

Folks, why are we not doing more themed open houses? Yes, we do a wonderful event every so often with our themed CandysDirt.com Staff Meetings, but that’s a whole different animal altogether. Why are we not doing more open houses like this 1950s swanky cocktail party-themed shindig from VIVO Luxury?

“The inspiration for this affair is based on the elegant cocktail parties of the 1950s that may have taken place in this home when it was built in 1955,” says VIVO broker and co-founder David Maez. While vintage-inspired cocktail attire is encouraged for the June 23 event at 7037 Royal Lane, you don’t have to dress up if you don’t think it’s the bee’s knees, man.

To better remember an event of this type, Maez says they’ll have a photographer on site, so all the more reason to put on that flared skirt and sharkskin suit.

What other themes would be great for period-inspired open houses?

La Casa del Viento (the Wind House), built in 2013 near Jalisco, Mexico, by Carlos Avila, with architect Ricardo Agraz, and plastic arts by Adrián Guerrero. All photos by Mito Covarrubias, except where noted.

Modern architecture in the North Texas area has lots of fans, but the range of houses offered can be limited. Often, they are custom-build or luxury only.

Cavso Homes is aiming to change that with their unique style of planning and building homes. They plan to offer eco-friendly, modern houses all over DFW, ranging from affordable to luxury.

“We plan keep doing single houses and townhouses, but in about two years, we are planning to build a complete complex,” said one of Cavso’s owners Carlos Avila. “We could talk about tons of statistics explaining why Dallas is the best place for Cavso Homes to start [in the U.S., but really], the Dallas Metroplex chose us!”

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Fabricio Solorio, Alberto Casillas, and Carlos Avila on site at a local Cavso home. Photo courtesy of Carlos Avila

The name Cavso Homes comes from the last names of its three owners, builder Alberto Casillas, project manager Carlos Avila, and business manager Fabricio Solorio. They are based out of Guadalajara, Mexico, and now call DFW home as they offer houses for sale (they have two completed houses in Irving and five future projects planned), custom homes, and their services as builders.

“The owners of Cavso Homes came together to create a different company with an integrated view of a home, and the goal of offering clients better living,” Casillas said. “We listen what clients have to say about their new house, analyze that, and take all of it into consideration for future designs. There is also a person who follows all the steps during the life of a project in order to understand a house like the unique project it is.”

Vivo Realty agent Kimberly Mitchell is working exclusively with Cavso Homes these days, and Vivo is doing all the marketing for the homes.

“Cavso Homes has a wonderful vision for bringing affordable modern homes to Dallas and not sacrificing quality and craftsmanship,” Mitchell said. “We think this is great because modern homes are generally thought of as a high-end product. We think this will be superb for Dallas!”

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love field apartments

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Developers have their eye on the Love Field-Medical District areas, and a new residential community is underway.

Fairfield Residential recently purchased about six acres near Denton Drive and Inwood Road for a 350-unit apartment complex. Fairfield has ten residential developments in the DFW area, including the upscale 21 Forty Medical DistrictCantabria at Turtle Creek, and Rienzi at Turtle Creek.

Two blocks just south of Love Field along Inwood Road and Sadler Circle will be cleared for the as-yet-unnamed project. The land is currently occupied by a handful of commercial buildings. Demolition is slated for completion by the end of 2015.

Development in this area is gaining momentum, driven in part by the expanded air services at Love Field, as well as growth of the Medical District, like the Parkland expansion. The location is a big factor, too.

“That little pocket of real estate is booming right now—I actually showed a property there this morning to a woman who works at Parkland,” said David Maez, Broker, Creative Director, and Co-Founder of Vivo Realty. “It’s a great location for potential tenants, close to Uptown, downtown, and the airport, as well as the Tollway for people that need to commute up north.”

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