5234 Monticello IHOTW

This week’s Inwood Bank and Mortgage treasure is a listing at 5234 Monticello Avenue in the heart of the M Streets that will take your heart away. Listed with the darling curl-haired girl Juliette Bouchard at Dallas City Center Realtors, it is flawless and won’t be available for long because it packs 3258 square feet of gorgeous, brand new, 2014-style living into all those inches while retaining the charm and character of the 1930’s. Which is what we are told the new buyers, Gen X and the Millennials, all want.

5234 Monticello entry(I guess they liked their grand parents’ style better than their parents!) (more…)

5705 Northaven Front

Have you been very, very good? I’m sure Santa knows, and perhaps if you wish extra hard, he’ll bring you an absolute move-in-ready, exceptionally well-done remodel like this gorgeous Meadowcrest Park ranch. Perhaps you’ve got hand-scraped hardwoods, an open floor plan, and Carrera marble on your wish list? This listing with David Griffin & Company Realtor Micky Carr will tick all of those items off your Christmas list, and you won’t have to lift a finger.

Superior finish-out and luxurious details are what makes this home a High Caliber home, worthy of being named the High Caliber Home of the Week, sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Are you looking for service that puts your needs first? Need a loan that other banks just can’t seem to make happen? Talk to Lisa today and find out what service really means in the mortgage industry.

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8526SweetwaterK

After not mentioning the Claremont neighborhood for a while, we’re suddenly seeing gem after gem go on the market there. It’s one of my favorite residential areas in East Dallas, with Midcentury personality, mature trees, and memorable style.

The 1962 ranch-style house at 8526 Sweetwood Drive just came on the market Oct. 31 after an extensive renovation, and it’s got loads of charm packed into its 1,773 square feet. Marketed by Ben Fluno of Chris Arnold Premier Realty for $242,500 (it dropped $2,500 today), I’m actually surprised it’s still on the market. Take a look and I think you’ll agree.

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6326 LakehurstAn unknown builder built 6326 Lakehurst several years ago, and I went to see it when it was brand new. At the time I was editing DallasDirt for D Magazine, and I know I wrote about this house. He kind of went over the top and then. just. stopped. building. Well, that was a familiar story back in those days.

Unfortunately, I cannot find the story I wrote, but when I walked into Lakehurst, it was like seeing an old college friend or boyfriend after so many years. The vibes just swelled and I felt comfortable, familiar again. Like I might just move into one of the humongo rooms and never leave.

Let’s face it: this is a big house, big mama, a house that is so perfect for a large family: three teenage boys or girls. Or a family with elderly parents who want to live in with them but still have their privacy. This would also be a great home for blended families. (more…)

(Photos: Shoot2Sell)

(Photos: Shoot2Sell)

I can say that, besides maybe doing a slightly different kitchen island (I’d go for something that blends with the hardwood floors instead of white) this is exactly the transitional style home for me. Not only does it have a fantastic layout thanks to an open living/dining/kitchen area right when you walk into the home, but it is staged so well, with just the right amount of color and style to make the spaces feel clean and open without feeling cluttered.

And boy, does this cutie have some serious curb appeal! Just look at that welcoming orange front door and that lovely stone and rock pathway!

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Jane and Daniel Cheek

Jane and Daniel Cheek with sons Ike (1) and Abe (3). (Photo: Maryam Salassi)

I got to know Jane Cheek and her cute little boy, Abe, when she was teaching a toddler art class in East Dallas a little over a year ago. This talented stay-at-home-mom, a former art teacher, came up with the cutest ideas for crafts for our little buggers. When she and her husband, Daniel, bought a home up in Royal Highlands Village, I adored watching her transform their three-bedroom semi-detached into a gorgeous property. She managed to do it just months after having her second little boy, Ike, too.

Now with two boys and another bun in the oven, Jane and Daniel Cheek are moving back to their hometown of Raleigh, N.C. Our loss was some other homebuyer’s gain, as their adorable home was snapped up in a matter of days, all due to the brilliant marketing of Keller Williams Elite agent Vicki White.

Read on for their real estate story …

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Beautiful landscaping, towering trees and a flagstone path from

This hidden gem of a neighborhood in North Oak Cliff is becoming more and more popular it seems, with deals under $300K becoming as rare as the buffalo tenderloin at Fearings. That doesn’t mean there aren’t several great properties in Kiestwood, a fantastic nabe with tons of character and the kind of close-knit community you crave.

This particular home at 2848 Woodmere is on a huge corner lot and has pretty much everything you could possibly desire. Lush landscaping, tons of entertaining space, a koi pond, a pool, a lanai and a deck, plus a studio/workroom as well as a 2-car garage … The home seems to be just an endless amount of space!

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2352 Wildoak Curb

You already know that we love the Claremont subdivision. This area is populated by mostly 1960s-era ranches, and with its hilly topography, mature trees, and fantastic values, it’s a wonderful neighborhood. In fact, most people don’t even know it’s there!

That’s why you can find an excellent deal in Claremont, like this home from Vivo Realty Group’s Emily Herrig. She has this fabulous listing at 2352 Wildoak, which is a cool renovated ranch with a second-floor addition.

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