Josh Hutson liked this little fixer-upper on Encino Drive in Fort Worth so much he bought it. And he fixed ‘er up. Hutson, a Realtor with Keller Williams, lives two streets away in the Western Hills neighborhood. He spent about $32,000 remodeling the home.

Josh Hutson liked this little fixer-upper on Encino Drive in Fort Worth so much he bought it. And he fixed ‘er up.

Hutson, a Realtor with Keller Williams, lives two streets away in the Western Hills neighborhood. He spent about $32,000 remodeling the home.

“It was a smoker’s house for at least 30 or 40 years,” Hutson said. “You could see where the picture frames were hung because of all the tar on the walls. The cool thing is we did about six coats of primer and paint, and it’s a fresh white now.”

Add trendy barn doors, granite counter tops, a new roof, and electrical work, and you’ve got yourself a home.

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It can be challenging to find updated investment properties in Dallas that don’t need a lot of rehab, but this Carioca Drive diamond in the rough is ready to go and priced in the 100s.

It can be challenging to find updated investment properties in Dallas that don’t need a lot of rehab, but this Carioca Drive diamond in the rough is ready to go and priced in the 100s.

Featuring three bedrooms and one and one-half bathrooms, this one-story home has “no known structural or other major issues,” according to broker Calvin Graham with Graham-Rutledge.

“If true investor projects are harder to come by, do not blink before you run the numbers on this one,” Graham added.

The traditional home, built in 1960, needs some cosmetic updates but otherwise is ready for a quick flip. Fingers crossed that you still have those home improvement shows you DVR’d on Labor Day weekend. (more…)

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First things first: It’s not a condo.

That’s a rarity when seeking out a place to live that’s below $200,000. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 517 Magdalen Ave. in Crowley might be a diamond in the rough.

It’s not even a fixer-upper. It’s ready for move-in and boasts a large living room with a brick, wood-burning fireplace.

This Weekend One Hundred selection offers 1,868 square feet of space, including an eat-in kitchen, spacious master suite, and two-car garage. The 6,621-square-foot lot has plenty of room for backyard barbecues.

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The traditional home in Tarrant County, built in 2002, is equipped with a washer and dryer and fenced with a security system. Homeowners pay $40 a month to the Coventry Homeowners Association.

Crowley, which has a population of 14,866, received a B- rating from niche.com for places to live, with an A in diversity, B in housing, and B- in “good for families.”

“Crowley is a genuine community,” said Assistant City Manager Jack Thompson. “It’s a tight-knit group. People like a place to live where you know your neighbors.” (more…)

red oakWe’ve been hearing for a while that Red Oak and neighboring Glenn Heights were becoming extremely popular with families looking to stretch their housing dollar, land in good schools, and still have a decent commute to the downtown and uptown Dallas areas.

But that was really brought home this week when we decided to look there for our Weekend One Hundred, and found that nearly everything listed had a pending offer. So yeah, Red Oak? Red hot. (more…)

KellerPeople love Southlake for the schools and the amenities, but they don’t necessarily always love the price tag involved in living there. But Keller, the neighboring ‘burb, has long been considered a great alternative — close to all the Southlake amenities (plus a few great ones of its own), great schools, and friendlier house prices.

Keller ISD got an A grade from the Texas Education Agency’s A-F accountability scoring, too. 

This week’s Weekend One Hundred is an example of what you can get for less than $200,000 in Keller — and it’s actually quite a bit. Located in Keller’s West Bursey Ranch neighborhood, the three-bedroom, two-bath house sits in a cul-de-sac. (more…)

oak lawnYou may take a look, on paper, at the square footage of this Oak Lawn condo on Cedar Springs Road and think it sounds diminutive. But one look at the smart design and you’ll see that smaller footprint doesn’t have to mean shoebox living.

The one-bedroom, one bath contemporary unit found in the Tribeca Condos at 4414 Cedar Springs Road may say 720 square feet. But with its 19-foot ceilings, windows, smart finish choices, and wood floors, it feels much, much larger.

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GarlandWhen we look for that magical turnkey home in the $100,000 to $199,999 price point for the Weekend One Hundred, sometimes it’s like searching for a unicorn. But today’s property is not only turnkey, it’s close to downtown Garland in the established neighborhood of Park Groves.

Yes, this Midcentury Cottage is a three-bedroom, one bath, but it makes an excellent home for a first-time buyer, and can even see you through getting married, having a kiddo, and even elementary school.

Located at 1500 Hilltop Drive, this listing is also very new — as in, it’s not even been on the market a full 24 hours. It sits on a 9,104 square foot lot, too, which means that with some clever configuring and a great architect and contractor, you could probably even finagle a second bathroom, potentially turning one of the bedrooms into a master suite. (more…)

Wolf creekFor this week’s Weekend One Hundred, we found ourselves back in Wolf Creek, where families are finding a still affordable pocket of Dallas — but possibly not for long.

You see, the post-war cottage we found for this week already has multiple offers. We found it last weekend, bookmarked it, and 10 days later, the sellers were entertaining several offers.

Why? We’ve written about Wolf Creek before — it is a great place to get the square footage you want, but at a price point that you can’t find often in other pockets of Dallas. You can find homes under that increasingly dear $250,000 range, and most if not all in this range are updated and renovated, and some even have additional amenities like pools or workshop space.

And just taking a gander at the area’s NextDoor page, it’s interesting to see how those who call Wolf Creek home describe the best things about their neighborhood — with words like, “peaceful,” “dog-friendly,” “family-friendly,” and “clean.”

Interest is probably further enhanced by the fact that it’s close to Red Bird Mall, which is now the focus of a revitalization project dubbed Red Bird Reimagined, where a decaying mall and adjacent properties are being transformed and well, reimagined. (more…)