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You never, ever know who is going to see the front of your house, how they will experience it. For the most part, we treat the front of our homes, the famous “drive-up appeal”, with incredible care, especially if the home is being marketed for sale. Some homeowners always take pride in their home’s outside face.

Most homeowners prefer to keep grass and hedges neat and tidy, the home painted and pristine, eschewing art or decorative yard objects. Others enjoy a garden of sculpture, which can be mixed amongst plantings and readily seen by thousands if the home is on a busy street.

The folks who planted the bronze elephant at 5322 West Mockingbird Lane nearly 25 years ago had no idea the statue would inspire a nine-year-old girl from Sherman, Texas, to get better. Ironically they bought it, says listing agent Bonnie Bauer, as a symbol of good luck and good health.

I know you have seen it countless times while stuck in traffic on Mockingbird Lane just east of Inwood Road. The house is one of those Greenway Park charmers –a fully updated three bedroom brick ranch cottage, circa 1979, .18 acres with a darling backyard and pool. The home is 2,320 square feet, smaller than its cousins heading east on Mockingbird towards the heart of the Park Cities. It is listed for $639,000.

But did you know that elephant, the bronze statue right in front of the house and very visible to the street, so inspired one precious little girl that she named the elephant “Hope” and sent the homeowners a letter complete with a portrait?

Erica R., age nine at the time, wrote the homeowners to tell them her favorite animal in the world is an elephant. And the elephant they had placed in front of this home helped get this little girl through some tough treatments at Children’s Medical Center.

Five years ago, in March of 2013,  Erica was sent to Children’s Medical Center with serious medical issues. She was only nine years old at the time. Imagine, a nine year old from Sherman, Texas, home of Dwight D. Eisenhower, already fighting for her life!

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Highland ParkIt can be a gamble, buying an older home. Sometimes they’ve been updated and the price reflects that, and other times they are in desperate need of love. Neither is the case with this week’s Inwood Home of the Week, a 1950s Mediterranean in West Highland Park with curb appeal for days and bright, airy finishes throughout the interior.

Bright pops of color punctuate the walk up to the home thanks to the red planters and door. Since the home is on Mockingbird Lane, a circular drive will come in handy for quick entry onto the usually busy road.

Inside the four-bedroom, four-bath home located at 4669 Mockingbird Lane, care has clearly been taken to consider both aesthetics and function. (more…)

On a day-to-day basis, there are two things that make me happy: a glass of good prosecco and Realtors that are genuinely jazzed about their listings. And I know when I choose a property represented by David Griffin & Company agent Sam Saladino, I will always get the latter. And there’s plenty to be excited about with his new listing at 5304 Livingston in West Highland Park, making it a shoo-in for this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

“From the moment you step onto the sidewalk, the house exterior and landscape welcomes you in a way reminiscent of post-World War II optimism, and the beginnings of the sophisticated suburban lifestyle,” Saladino said. “Classic brick, shutters, huge picture windows, and shake shingles combined for a restrained, cultivated exterior devoid of tension. Everything is ordered, balanced, in its place.”

Of course, once inside, you start to notice that there’s a level of taste and adventure that is irresistible!

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This 1936-built home got a remodel in time for New Year’s Day.

If a home is lingering on the market, one of the first strategies a Realtor will employ is the “price improvement.” It’s not a bad idea, as conventional wisdom says that if a home hasn’t sold, it’s a combination of some other factor and it lacking a price to match its desirability.

But in some cases, sellers throw down the cash to do something pretty smart: remodel. 

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Ask any home buyer these days and they’ll tell you that one of the biggest asks in their property wishlist is low-maintenance living. This is especially true of households that are downsizing from larger family homes and empty nesters. The solution? The patio home, and this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans is a perfect example of high-style, low-maintenance living in an absolutely enviable location.

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Mockingbird Park

Our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is a surprising find on many levels. This Mockingbird Park Ranch at 3915 Fairley Lane looks like a charming little cottage. It’s so much more. It’s certainly not little. It’s also not a cookie-cutter house. This ranch is full of character, light, and sits on one of the largest, unique lots in the neighborhood on a dedicated block. That’s right; there is only one house on Fairley Lane.

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4608 Livingston

Our Saturday Six Hundred at 4608 Livingston is just about the cutest West Highland Park cottage we’ve ever seen. We’ve been bullish on this neighborhood for some time now. It’s close to everything — great dining and shopping, minutes from Love Field, and of course the Dallas North Tollway is down the street. For young professionals that don’t want a high-rise lifestyle and are not ready to spend a million on a home, it’s a perfect location.

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3715 Miles St.

3715 Miles St.

I sold my beloved home in May and have been keeping my eyes peeled for little cottage with a yard where my baby, pets, and I could call home. My eyes are still peeled – as I’m sure you’re aware, it’s a crazy market with limited inventory and high prices. However, I did come across this little gem with the help of a friend with an eye and impeccable taste.

Listed at $400,000, it’s above my limit for a fixer-upper at this point, but my oh my the visions I have for this sweet cottage.

3715 Miles St. is located on the edge of West Highland Park. Well, maybe more like off Lemmon Ave. It’s being sold as a tear down with the value in the land, as new houses and multi-family living are going up around it. But it hurts my heart to think of this precious cottage being torn down. (more…)