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.


Oak Lawn Townhome

If real estate is all about location, location, location, then the new Oak Lawn townhomes being built at 4607 Steel St. are a shining example of what’s on the market in a prime neighborhood for under $400K.

With contemporary stylings, open-concept floorplans with high ceilings, and views of downtown Dallas from the fourth-floor rooftop decks, it’s no wonder the first ten of the Hawthorne Street Townhouses sold before construction was complete.

To meet demand, developer Urban Innovations is building seven more, and two of those have pre-sold, says construction manager David Espedal.

Oak Lawn Townhome

Located near Maple and Hawthorne avenues, these townhomes are so new, they aren’t even in Google yet. If you want to find them, look up “2515 Hawthorne Ave., Dallas, TX 75219.”

This gated community will have 17 townhomes at build-out, each of them three bedroom/3.5 bathrooms on three stories with 2,119 square feet. A fourth-floor deck, second-story balcony, and first-floor private yard provide additional space for outdoor living.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred townhomes are listed by Stephen Hemphill with Urban Lofts Townhomes for $399,900.


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 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.


This post is a little late today because of all the broker news going on which delayed the House Porn! In honor of the merger of Ellen Terry Realtors  and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, I fell in love with a fabulous listing by Caroline Summers. Caroline was Ellen’s client when Ellen sold a gorgeous, sleek home Caroline built and designed in my ‘hood at 6400 Northaven. Now she works for her! And good taste runs in Caroline’s genes: her mother is designer extraordinaire Emily Summers, who is a member of the AD (as in Architectural Digest) 100.

5362 Wenonah is a cool and sophisticated California soft contemporary, plopped on one of  Greenway’s leafiest 110 by 145 deep lots backing to the greenbelt. I have always coveted living on a Greenway Parks greenbelt. In fact, I wish we could clone Greenway. This home, like most over there, was built in 1948 but all 4296 square feet have been carefully, tastefully updated. Glass entry doors lead you to the dining room, pool and the greenbelt beyond. A light-filled gallery with multiple sets of doors showcases the sparkling pool, a wisteria-covered outdoor living area,  custom designed limestone fireplace. The sleek living room has a stone fireplace, shelving and dark-stained hardwoods. Master is down, with vaulted ceilings and high windows. Then there is the master bath retreat: Oh. My. God! Cabinets, half the Hill Country’s limestone, soaking tub, double walk-in shower and spacious walk-in closets. The kitchen  — who cares? I’ll never leave that bathroom. Well, there IS a kitchen for you to walk into when not in the tub. Stainless steel appliances,  granite countertops, great center island, and breakfast room overlooking the pool. Three oversized bedrooms upstairs, two tastefully updated baths: the house has four bedrooms total and three and a half baths. Pool and patio area have scored concrete, great landcsaped yard, privacy courtesy ofl lush savannah hollies provide privacy.

This house is kind of AC/DC: it can be sleekly modern, or throw in the most traditional furniture (thinking Ann Schooler) you can find and everything works, ‘Course. I’d just negotiate with the sellers for as many of those existing furnishings as you can. Save them a movig van! Throw in a Duxiana, and you’ve got a deal! Asking $1,749,000.

I know, I know, I said $200,000. But this newly listed angel at 4800 West Amherst in Briarwood is so gosh darn CUTE I just have to post her. (She’s making me crazy!) I mean, what’s a  hundred thousand when you are in the love boat? (Asking $319,000.)

Renovated and expanded and even has a circular driveway, this honey’s to-die-for kitchen boasts granite, replaced cabinetry, tile floor, nice stainless gas range, dishwasher & refrigerator, totally gourmet. It opens to a cozy breakfast room. Three bedrooms, two baths, 1884 square feet total. But you ain’t seen nothing ’till you see the luxurious master bath with open walk-in shower, designer jetted tub, vanity with dual sinks. Ginormous walk-in custom closet. Like most hmes of this circa 1940’s era, there are beautiful hardwoods and crown moldings, but recessed lighting has been added to those charming ceilings. You will love the outdoor living, too, with the concrete-stained deck accessed through French doors from the second living area.

I see Ward and June all over this house, don’t you? In fact, this home just screams “family”. Or maybe, “come and get it!” Located on  nearly a half acre in Casa Linda Estates (off Garland Road, near Peavy)  with great drive-up appeal, large trees and lush landscaping, you get 2822 square feet that have been updated sensitively. Built in 1941, 1231 S. Selva Drive has has preserved hardwoods,  megatons of windows and natural light. The vintage kitchen retained pristine Geneva metal cabinetry, adding stainless appliances, updated fixtures and tile flooring. It opens to the large family room with built-ins, fireplace and a wall of windows overlooking the rich back yard. Master is upstairs, but I figure the family that buys this home won’t be any May-December marriage — they’ll make it up the stairs just fine. Actually, many families prefer the master upstairs when children are young. The master has a private staircase to the rear of the home and a gorgeous spa bath with walk-in shower, separate jetted tub, and double sinks. The two secondary bedrooms have remodeled baths with stone tile, floors and counters. Great yard, large outbuilding with electric, sprinkler system, recent HVAC, and White Rock Lake two minutes away. Listed by Hickman +Weber at $449,000, a 5% reduction (blonde moment) from $474,000 —  excellent pricing, I think, you?

I may be a little carried away here, but I almost — screamed — when I saw this master bath at 13915 Carillon Drive listed by cute Jacqui Bloomquist with Coldwell Banker. You. Have. Got. To. See. It. I’ll just say it — orgasmic, OK?  Totally over the top loaded in the best way. This home is in a collection by a builder (Kettering Ideas) I am watching with interest — he is remodelling a home down the street from me, stay tuned for all the deets. Confessions of a house addict: I feel the building bug coming on again — it’s been eleven years! — and this time I want to take on a ranch. Downsize a bit, but make the interiors just knock your socks off when you walk in that front door. 

Basically, this builder goes in and remodels ranches, but guts the place to the studs, adding in high-quality insulation and a long list of green features, including spray foam insulation, high SEER HVAC, new plumbing and mechanical. I am really liking the progress on Northaven, too. 

Carillon is loaded with natural woods and stone, such as cedar framed windows and doors, cedar beams, and sleek white oak flooring throughout the main living areas. Mmmmmm. Focal point of the enormous family, dining and living rooms is the dual-sided stacked stone ‘FIRE AND ICE’ fireplace with crushed glass and gas flame. Spectacular kitchen features custom concrete counter tops, cabinets, stainless steel apron Farm sink (I WANT ONE!), top line appliances, and a walk in pantry.

Let me guess: these appliances came from Capital Distributing, yes?

Now for the Master Suite — I am just moving right in with my Duxiana, I hope the homeowners no longer live here. Large sitting area overlooks the courtyard with double French doors, and you can see that Torchlight fireplace from both Master and Sitting Area. Good. I am not a fan of fireplaces in the bedroom. I know they are romantic but in winter they can really get cold.

Then there’s the bath. Oh my God. Joan Crawford will rise from the grave. Seamless glass walk-in shower with dual sprays, soaker tub (I am SUCH a tub whore, and I think you can still see the fireplace from the tub), solid maple cabinets and everywhere, gorgeous travertine plus custom lighting.

There’s 4412 square feet total, 5 bedrooms, 4 and a half baths, a gameroom, media room, “Owner’s Foyer” (WTF???) a few other bedrooms and baths.

But I really don’t care. For $849,900 I’ll take that master bathroom. I’m in love. It’s gorgeous, but you can have the rest of the house.

OK, so Jacqui, girlfriend tell me: what is an “Owners Foyer”?