‘Wow, compared to California, you can buy a mansion in Texas?!‘ This is what I heard so many times when I found out we were moving to Dallas. House hunting in Texas is actually fun compared to in-my-dreams while living in San Francisco and Switzerland, but can you really buy a mansion in Texas for $300K? Not quite…although it depends on the location.
The first month in Texas I was logged into Zillow like it was my first year on Facebook. I was glued to updates, price-drops, new homes on the market, and researching like crazy! I wanted to see these huge homes. I drove around to all the neighborhoods within 15 minutes of downtown Dallas and fell in love with Highland Park (considered the Beverly Hills of Dallas). The homes are beautiful, with HUGE manicured yards, guest houses, and luxury cars parked in the driveways. After a couple months of house hunting all over Dallas, here’s what I learned in case you’re thinking of moving to the Lone Star State…
The Scene – Dallas, Texas (Highland Park)
This is a single family home?! – In Dallas, yes! There’s no denying homes in Texas can be HUGE! Now lets pretend this house above was in SF (if it was even possible). The owner would probably be renting each bedroom to 2 people (paying $1200 each) with 10 people in the basement in bunk-beds ($900 each), and probably two illegal in-law units in the backyard, and who knows? And that black SUV in the driveway would be an UberBLACK of course. Life in Dallas is much different than SF.
House Hunting in Dallas! – If you want to live close to downtown Dallas, most options include townhouses which are typically straight up 3-4 levels (if you love to climb stairs), apartments, and high-rise condos. As you drive closer to the suburbs you can get BIG homes with backyards in the $300-$500K range.
How Much Do Houses Like this Cost? – In University Park & Highland Park neighborhoods in Dallas – where these homes are – most have 5-6 bedrooms and 6-8 bathrooms (can you imagine?) with perfect yards and many have guest homes and gorgeous backyards with pools. Most are in the 1.5 mil range – $2 mil. I’m guessing in California, these would be much closer to $10-$15 mil and you’d probably be neighbors with a Kardashian.
Dream Home Alert – There are some of the biggest, most beautiful homes like this on Armstrong Street in Dallas! I highly recommend driving down this street if you want to see some beautiful homes which still fall into the in-my-dreams category.
<DETAILS by Dale> capris (old) H&M / Zara top (last seen here on my hunnymoon) / Zara heels & handbag / Chloé shades / Hermés belt
Hope you had a great weekend and there’s all new posts coming this week! PS – Have you ever seen the show Fixer Upper that is based in Waco, Texas?