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.

Enjoy Access to the Northaven Trail by Buying One of These Luxury Properties


The Northaven Trail is a 2.5-mile hike-and-bike trail that runs between Northaven Road and Royal Lane. City planners will eventually connect it to the White Rock Creek Trail, according to this Dallas County site. The trail is a popular place to visit and is host to many organized runs, movie nights, and special events. Nearby homes benefit from the proximity, as the trail is popular for runners, cyclists, and active families. Dave Perry-Miller & Associates present four beautiful estates near the Northaven Trail.

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It’s easy to forget that the 6,100-square-foot Mediterranean estate at 6009 Royal Crest Drive is on a plot of land bordered by Preston Road. The lush landscaping framed by mature trees turns this home’s pool area – which includes a cabana with an outdoor kitchen and a fire pit – into an urban oasis. Every room features views of the beautiful yard, including the downstairs master bedroom with his-and-hers baths, the study, and the game room with a coffee bar.

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Enthusiasts of mid-century modern homes will love 7606 Currin Drive, which was renovated in 2008. The home features a sleek, minimal, contemporary design and sits on a landscaped lot in a coveted cul-de-sac. Amenities include custom baths and closets, a study, and Pella windows.

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7406 Northaven Road is a traditional home situated on an oversized landscaped lot. The four-bedroom home features a remodeled kitchen, an open floor plan, and an oversized backyard with a diving pool. There’s quick access to the Northaven Trail from the backyard.

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10817 Saint Michaels Drive is a traditional four-bedroom home located on a half-acre lot. Amenities include handscraped hardwood floors, crown molding, and granite countertops throughout the home. The gourmet kitchen features a large center island, two gas ranges, and two dishwashers. The master suite opens to the backyard, which has a covered patio with a fireplace and plenty of mature trees. The open floor plan allows for abundant natural light.

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Located just south of the trail is 7007 Lavendale Avenue, which features oversized AMI windows, a gourmet kitchen, abundant natural light, and a three-car garage. Exterior renovations include professional landscaping, a new iron and wood gate, a limestone walkway, and a flagstone patio with an outdoor kitchen.

A version of this story also appears at Culture Map Dallas.