Family’s memories to help find 11031 Lawnhaven’s next owners


So many of our lifetime memories have to do with “home.”  Of course, there’s the first house we bought. Where we lived as newlyweds. Where we brought our first child home from the hospital, adding a few more over the years. And then there’s the neighborhood. The families we became friends and had block parties with, borrowed lawn tools from and joined on the porch to watch the kids play in the sprinklers over a glass of lemonade. The local shopping center where we went at least three times a week for groceries and what-nots. And finally the schools where we experienced some tearful first days and a few joyful graduations. It’s your own little world for awhile and when the time comes, it’s hard to leave. But when you do, you want others to understand and appreciate all the wonderful ways you and your family benefitted from it all.

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The owners of 11031 Lawnhaven Drive, just on the outskirts of Preston Hollow in North Dallas, are in the position to leave. But rather than just let all the marketing and promotion of their home fall on their listing agent, Angela McCants, they are eager to help out by providing insights prospective buyers don’t often get. In addition to the concrete facts — like that it’s four bedrooms, three baths and 2,665 square feet set on .35 acres along a greenbelt — they are shedding light on what it’s actually like to live there.

11031 Lawnhaven is just blocks away from the hot Preston Royal Shopping Center, which is getting an Eatzi's, Shake Shack, Sur La Table and indie bookstore soon. It also has a Central Market, Tom Thumb, Steel City Pops, Snap Kitchen, a post office and much more.
11031 Lawnhaven is just blocks away from the hot Preston Royal Shopping Center, which is getting an Eatzi’s, Shake Shack, Sur La Table and indie bookstore soon. It also has a Central Market, Tom Thumb, Steel City Pops, Snap Kitchen, a post office and much more.

“We fell in love with this house in 1993. It was an easy drive to our business, six miles away in the Park Cities. We loved being surrounded by and having the option to attend numerous public and private schools for our kids, Pre-K through High School. It is convenient to our favorite restaurants and stores in the Preston Royal and Preston Forest Shopping Centers. And quick access to 75/Central and the Dallas North Tollway makes this neighborhood central to the entire city.”

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“The split bedroom house plan proved to be ideal for us as our kids grew older. We enjoyed the peace and quiet of the master bedroom separated from the rest of the house. The large sitting room that adjoins the master, with the huge picture window, was the perfect place to watch the kids play in the backyard while riding our exercise bike or working at the desk. And, when the kids left for college it was easy to convert one bedroom to a hobby room, and another for house guests without disrupting the ambiance of the master.”

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“With the open floor plan, large family gatherings and meals were easy to accommodate as we could set up to three dining areas within earshot of each other.”

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The kitchen has been updated with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
The kitchen has been updated with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

The back gate of 11031 Lawnhaven opens onto the Northaven Trail.
The back gate of 11031 Lawnhaven opens onto the Northaven Trail.

“French doors leading to the covered patio and large backyard makes this a great house for entertaining.”

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“The green space behind the house, now known as the Northaven Trail, is a favorite place to throw a frisbee, walk the dogs, and bike with the kids. The neighboring elementary school, George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Academy occasionally shows family friendly movies on the Trail just a half a block away [near the Little Free Library]. The Neighborhood Crime Watch is rated one of the best in the city, and the Association hosts seasonal events throughout the year. St. Marks School of Texas is also walking distance.”

McCants says of this property, “I really appreciate their willingness to express how much this home has meant to them, as they prepare to let the next owners take over. It’s priced to sell at $639,900. It has great character and solid bones, so all someone needs to do is renovate/expand and personalize this home for the next generation to start making memories.”

For more information on this home, please contact Angela McCants at (214)207-4218.

Stop by Sunday Afternoon to See This Great Example of Classic Ranch Style


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If you want to see a meticulously maintained example of a classic ranch-style home, then you need to see 10815 Royal Park Drive. Lori Kircher, who is offering the North Dallas property for $700,000, will hold it open to prospective buyers from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Built in 1969, the one-story, four-bedroom home still bears many architectural and design elements specific to the period. Most of the flooring is made of large Saltillo tiles, and the enormous family room features walls paneled in white oak that matches the beams in the vaulted ceiling. Each of the front formals includes a wall finished in fabric, and the formal living room has floor-to-ceiling shelves covering two other walls.

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The fireplace in the family room anchors a rough-hewn stone wall, and there is an interior brick wall in the adjacent sun room. Both of these rooms are open to the kitchen, which features a backsplash of hand-painted tiles, vintage dark-stained cabinets, and a full suite of built-in appliances.

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The heavily treed half-acre lot, which includes a sparkling pool, is on a cul-de-sac that is conveniently located off of Royal Lane. Car collectors will love that the attached two-car garage is complemented by a detached three-car garage. But those who prefer to travel on foot or by bicycle will enjoy the backyard’s direct access to the Northaven Trail.

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If you can’t make it to Sunday’s open house, contact Lori Kircher at 214-789-4060 or lori@daveperrymiller.com to schedule a private showing.

Here’s a Rare Opportunity to Try Your Next Home on For Size at Minimal Cost


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The spacious updated home at 7406 Northaven Road has a lot going for it: four bedrooms, four bathrooms, three living areas, a pool, and easy access to the Northaven Trail. But if you’re not completely sold on buying it, you could live there at minimal cost while mulling the decision. The owners are looking for a home tender who can occupy and maintain the property until it’s sold. If you were to move in and fall in love with the place, there’s nothing that would prevent you from making an offer to make it yours permanently. Click over to Candy’s Dirt for the details, but — as only Candy could put it — “no psychos or ax murders need apply.”

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