881 Berkinshire Front

Just listed today, this Old Lake Highlands home is practically a celebrity! Its owners, Steven and Ashley Walton, found this beauty during a whirlwind search on HGTV’s House Hunters show in 2011 and again on House Hunters: Where are they now in 2013.

“In 2010, my wife and I decided to move out of our small Uptown apartment and buy 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Old Lake Highlands because we wanted a project,” Steven said. “Fast forward almost 4 years (and many projects) later and we are ready to simplify our lives and move back to the city to be closer to our jobs in downtown/Uptown.”

Ashley and Steven Walton went on 'House Hunters' in 2010 to find 881 Berkinshire. They're now selling the Old Lake Highlands home.

Ashley and Steven Walton went on ‘House Hunters’ in 2010 and find 881 Berkinshire. They’re now selling the Old Lake Highlands home.

This beautiful home, a charming post-war traditional in a fabulous neighborhood that is super close to White Rock Lake, is listed with Lauren Valek Farris with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Team Whiteside for $269,000. Today is its very first day on the market, and considering the competition in the $200K range, it may be it’s last!

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9623 Athlone/Photos: Shoot2Sell

9623 Athlone/Photos: Shoot2Sell

I love the look and feel of this Lake Highlands home inside Lake Park Estates, a very popular area just a short jaunt from White Rock Lake. Owned by Todd Howard, founder of architecture firm th+a, 9623 Athlone is a 1950 ranch transformed into a modern retreat.

Open and airy inside, this home is sublimely modern with the perfect balance of angles and curves, cool and warm, glass and wood. It’s a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath beauty with 2,854 square feet, several living areas, gorgeous wood floors, tons of windows, and the most incredible kitchen (more on that later!). It’s marketed by Realtor extraordinaire David Bush for $650,000.

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7151 Wildgrove

This year’s White Rock Home Tour is going to feature some of the most incredible homes in East Dallas, and you don’t want to miss out. We adore this home tour, which runs Saturday and Sunday (April 26 and 27) and supports programming at Hexter Elementary.

“This is our 9th year and we have some fabulous homes on the tour this year,” said Andrea Glover, this year’s home tour chair. We couldn’t agree more! This tour features phenomenal feats of modern architecture you’re sure to go ga-ga over!

Amy Marcuis, owner of the Wildgrove home, was kind enough to give us a little preview of what she’s been doing to prepare for this year’s tour. Read on for more info, and find out how you can score tickets to this weekend’s tour!

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943 Bridget Front

You guys, it’s getting super hard to find a Tuesday $200K these days. I’m having to search high and low, and I remember the good old days about 13 months ago where I had my pick of listings, just a bunch of cute houses staring at me adoringly as I cruised MLS. Today, well, to find a good home in this price range you have to have your ear to the ground.

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Tuesday Two Hundred: Lovely Traditional on Peavy is Updated And Move-in Ready

851 Peavy Front

This brand new listing (only four days old!) caught my eye this morning as I was driving my son to drop off. I thought to myself, “Values in this area are going up, and I bet this home is a typical traditional 3/2 layout, let’s see …” I then started to play the “How Much Will This Home Be Listed At?” game with myself. Lots of listings in this neighborhood, Lake Terrace, are priced in the $200Ks, and this one has just enough curb appeal to suggest it’s been recently updated.

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Friday Four Hundred: This Cottage is Sitting Pretty in Old Lake Highlands

524 Northlake Front

There are some really, really adorable cottages in Old Lake Highlands, which is actually much closer to White Rock Lake than many of the areas under the “Lake Highlands” moniker. This area is just east of Peavy, and some of the homes actually have lake views (and some of the lots with lake views will soon be home to sky-high modern shipping container homes such as PV14 that will most certainly have lake views).

524 Northlake Formal Living

This home, while it doesn’t have lake views, it is still so adorable from the curb that you can’t help but want to check it out inside. It’s a fantastic little thing, 524 Northlake, with several updates and a really lovely lot. It’s inside the Hexter Elementary attendance area, a sought-after blue-ribbon campus.

524 Northlake Dining

With three bedrooms and three baths, three living areas and a wonderful patio, this traditional home is built to accommodate a busy family that appreciates the finer things. It has more than 2,900 square feet, too, and is listed by David Bush for $475,000.

While the living areas are cozy with plenty of light, you’ll really fall in love with the modern, updated kitchen. Honestly, the big selling point for me, outside of those lovely custom maple cabinets, are the Miele appliances. Miele double ovens, including a steam oven and a warmer, as well as a built-in cappuccino machine (OH MY GOODNESS YES!), huge stainless steel refrigerator and a fantastic built-in gas cooktop, well, I’d spend all day and evening in this kitchen. You couldn’t make me leave!

524 Northlake Kitchen

The master bedroom is a healthy size at 16x 14, which is not huge but you could still fit a king size bed in there. I am a little bummed with how few windows it has, though. Perhaps adding a skylight like the one in the kitchen would help its rather dark feel.

524 Northlake Master

There are three bathrooms, and one is updated with a double-sink vanity, fresh tile in the tub surround, and a modern storage cabinet for all of your linens.

524 Northlake Master Bath

In the backyard you’ll find a sweet, easy-to-mow little lawn and a lovely concrete patio with brick firepit. It’s a great spot to spend some family time this spring — just let the kids run wild, or maybe even have a game of catch. Bring on the sun!

524 Northlake Backyard 524 Northlake Patio

This neighborhood is so hot guys! If you’re within a few yards of Peavy Road, you know that there are some great houses on the market in this area, which is super close to White Rock Lake and inside the Hexter Elementary attendance zone.

I pass by this house almost daily, and it has been on the market for quite some time. It was in less-than-great shape when it first hit MLS as a FSBO, but since then it has been completely remodeled and is in turnkey condition.

There are three bedrooms, two baths, and 1,452 square feet inside 821 Peavy Road. Like a lot of 1950s-era homes, there is a generous car port. The only other downside to this house is the wall of windows that gives you a front-and-center view of said car port. I think that’s probably why this home won’t break the $210,000 price barrier. In fact, i’m sure you could probably bid at around $200,000 fair and square. Maybe you can get past all that by transforming the car port into a front porch sitting area and keeping your Prius in the garage?

The kitchen has all the right touches, and I love the color of the cabinets. The bathrooms, one of which has an outstanding shower with a half wall for a little privacy, are done with low-maintenance finishes that are great for families.

The backyard just got a new privacy fence and a layer of sod, so it’s a blank slate. I’m sure it would be perfect for a vegetable garden and maybe a chicken coop.

So, what do you think is a fair price for this home?

It’s address is the only real negative I can come up with for 926 Peavy Road, and even that isn’t such a bad thing. Peavy, which is what Mockingbird Lane turns into as you head east from White Rock Lake, is a busy thoroughfare, but this house won’t suffer from headlights shining through the front windows or blocked driveways thanks to an expertly placed privacy wall.

The wall, which creates a great little courtyard, makes this home feel a lot safer. Marketed by Peggy Millheiser of Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, this three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,841-square-foot home is priced at a reasonable $229,900.

This house, which feeds into Blue Ribbon Hexter Elementary, is in a neighborhood that is in the midst of revitalization thanks in part to small business owners. Just down Peavy Road are two restaurants — Good 2 Go Tacos and Goodfriend — that have garnered acclaim from all over the city, and this house is within walking distance. Also less than a brief jaunt away is a great park and playing fields, as well as Dallas’ crown jewel — White Rock Lake — itself.

Inside the home you’ll find several updates, such as hardwood floors and double-pane windows. The best thing about this house, hands down, is the brand-spanking new kitchen. I love the stainless fridge and double-drawer dishwasher, as well as granite counters and gleaming maple cabinets.

The master bedroom is a good size — certainly nothing to sneeze at — and comes equipped with a skylight. As much as I love skylights, I don’t like them waking me up before I have to be, so if it doesn’t come with a shade I am sure you can negotiate one.

The master bath is sparkling. I love the glass vanity top — very chic! The large tile in an off-set pattern makes the room feel longer and larger than it really is.

The backyard, which, thanks to a privacy fence and a creek nextdoor, feels exceptionally quiet. There’s tons of room back there, which is great for kids. The deck is great, too — a good spot for summer barbecues.

All in all, I think this home is an exceptional value. What do you think?