Bad traffic signal downtown

Leah has committed to tracking more of what’s happening in downtown Dallas Real Estate this year, and that’s great because there is a lot to track!

I love downtown Dallas, I just don’t like getting there. And I’m no stranger to urban living. I have lived in three different urban environments: Chicago, New York and Boston. While I may be partial to Chicago (pizza and food), living in New York was a time I will never forget and, in fact, often want more of. It was the most intellectually stimulating period of my life, I met the most intelligent and unique personalities ever, and I loved the dynamic 24/7 energy — even the day I watched our groceries rolling down  Amsterdam Avenue because it had started to rain and we were carrying them in paper bags.

That’s why I’m not a huge fan of the new plastic bag ban.

I was in the best shape ever because I didn’t have a car. We walked everywhere. Of course, New York City has busses and the subway — I lived on public transportation. (Note: an earlier draft said “pubic” transportation — typo. Ha! There was lots of that, too!)   On the negative, NYC is cold, then hotter than Dallas in summer.  I got sloshed by a lot of busses and taxis, and cleaned my windowsills daily to keep out the city grime.

Two years ago I spent 10 consecutive days in the city when my son lived there, and I came home to Dallas and kissed my car. (more…)

Here's my map to help guide Santa's sleigh. And his real estate agent.

Here’s my map to help guide Santa’s sleigh. And his real estate agent.

I grew up in North Dallas and have lived all over Dallas and the ‘burbs, but when I finally landed in East Dallas in 2007, I knew I had found my happy place.

East Dallas has a culture unlike anywhere else in the city (although North Oak Cliff feels like its cousin). I could spend hours walking or biking through neighborhoods like Little Forest Hills, Buckner Terrace, and the Peninsula. So many beautiful houses! So many trees! And friendly neighbors everywhere!

Circumstances and a new baby moved me to Plano this year, and I have pined over my favorite neighborhoods in East Dallas ever since. I go out of my way to get back to East Dallas as often as possible, and because I’ve been very good this year, I’m asking Santa for a token of his appreciation for Christmas: A midcentury house east of White Rock Lake. With original hardwoods. And mature trees.

That’s not too much, is it?

I’ve got a few ideas for Santa, in case he’s stumped. This Casa Linda cottage has just the kind of curb appeal I love: big trees, tranquil setting, and an expansive yard. Located at 1422 Tranquilla Dr., it’s listed at $348,500 and is a 3-2 with 1,857 feet. That’s not quite large enough for my family of four, so we might have to sell the teenager before we move. But I’m OK with that.

1422 Tranquilla Dr

Looks at those gorgeous original hardwoods! And the built-ins! And a wood-burning fireplace! So much character from when it was built in 1945.  (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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7031 Midbury Front

We have some of the best readers! One of our fave contributors, Rachael Abrams, sent us this lovely home in Janmar, a remodeled ranch that sits on a large, gorgeous lot with the mature trees that make this area so desirable.

You might be more familiar with this area as Eudora Estates, but it is in a fabulous location — east of Hillcrest and smack-dab in the middle between Forest and Royal. This area is fantastic for access to North Dallas, Shopping near Preston Road, and is close to some of the best private schools in North Texas.

Not only that, but this 1958 ranch has been updated with some great energy efficient features and some high-end finishes. Jump for more on this stunner!

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Simply stunning. Tastefully remodeled, this home is located on aWell, this home sure made my Sunday, and I hope it makes your week! I do not know when I have seen such a wonderfully beautiful, thorough, tasteful remodel of a circa 1960’s ranch in Russwood Acres. This neighborhood of sprawling ranches and hefty yards up at Inwood and Royal is still enjoying a lot of renovations on the neighborhood stock — very few tear downs here, mostly because the homes are all built like — to quote my favorite Realtor Hunter Dehn — “brick *%&$houses”. Seriously, these homes are like the foundation at the World Trade Center, and they clean up beautifully.

We lived in a 60’s home once in our Dallas real estate life, a story I intend to blog someday! Melissa Lane: terrazzo, great storage, walk-in closets, built-ins, solid as a rock. The 60’s is when builders and architects began to “get it” and luxe up the home design.

The owners of 5122 Springmeadow Drive went all out. The 4327 square foot ranch is so brimming with newness you would think it was a complete new home the moment you walk in. The owner also used the very types of soft, sleek contemporary materials the marketplace is going ga ga over au current: pale greens and Ann Sacks tiles, wide-planked hand-scraped hardwood floors, loads of natural light, big, white insulated windows, flat screen TVs. (more…)

Imperial House Front

I’m sure you’ve all at least driven past the Imperial House Condos on Averill Way. Built in the early 1960s, it was a new paradigm in luxury living. Today, not much has changed at Imperial House. It’s still quite luxurious and the location behind the pink wall is fantastic. Of course, you won’t have to deal with any construction noise or traffic, now that Transwestern’s plan for an upscale apartment community at Preston and Northwest Highway has been shot down, so you can enjoy a little time at the courtyard pool in peace if you purchase this lovely first-floor unit.

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(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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7715 Maplecrest Front

All of those 1960s ranches with outdated wallpaper and brass fixtures, ugly tile and walls everywhere are probably pretty jealous right about now. I mean, why wouldn’t they when this lovely, attention-getting remodeled 1962 ranch at 7715 Maplecrest looks like it does. I mean, it’s sexy little number in a fantastic neighborhood, with all the upgrades you could want in a home this size.

Truly, this home is an absolute stunner. It’s a well-designed project from Gregory Hagmann Architects that was well-executed by Restructure Corporation of Dallas. It is open, daring, and still warm. It is dang-near perfect.

Perhaps that’s why the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home with more than 2,661 square feet marketed by Clay Stapp + Co. Realtor Richard Baker actually went up in price from its original $472,500 to its now $484,500. That’s a $12,000 jump, for those who don’t want to do the math.

But what do you get for the money?

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