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Old Lake Highlands ranch with HGTV cred can be yours for less than $300,000

Old Lake Highlands ranch with HGTV cred can be yours for under $300K

Exterior of 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
List price on the home at 881 Berkinshire Ln.: $269,000. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's
Entry of 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
The owners found the home on HGTV's House Hunters. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's
Dining room at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
The owners wanted a project, so they made many updates. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's
Living room at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
The home boast hardwoods throughout the living spaces and a neutral color scheme. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's
Kitchen at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
The kitchen got an overhaul, and the entryway was widened for better flow. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's
Bedroom at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
Light floods into the master. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's
Bathroom at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
The full bath got a contemporary makeover. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's
Bedroom at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
A second bedroom is suitable for guests or kids. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's
Office at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
The third bedroom works as a home office. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's
Covered patio at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
A covered patio extends the living space. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's
Backyard at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
The home has plenty of room in the backyard for kids or dogs to play. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's
Exterior of 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
Entry of 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
Dining room at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
Living room at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
Kitchen at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
Bedroom at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
Bathroom at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
Bedroom at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
Office at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
Covered patio at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas
Backyard at 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Dallas

With the real estate market currently sizzling in Dallas, a good starter home is hard to find. But our friends at Candy’s Dirt have uncovered one. Joanna England has the scoop on 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Old Lake Highlands, which owners Ashley and Steven Walton found with the help of HGTV’s House Hunters.

The couple says they were looking for a project when they moved out of their Uptown apartment in 2010, and they found it in this 1954 ranch near Hexter Elementary. At 1,292 square feet, with three bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths, the size is just right for a couple or small family.

They put some TLC into it, transforming the once-red kitchen with outdated everything into a bright, functional space with granite-topped center island. They opened up the entryway to the kitchen from the living area, improving the flow.

The home boasts soft contemporary touches and a neutral color scheme, so anyone can move right in. Cozy bedrooms get lots of light, and hardwoods run throughout the living and sleeping spaces.

Like the kitchen, the full bath got an overhaul. Sleek fixtures and contemporary tilework from floor to shower bring the space up-to-date, making the most of its small footprint.

Out back is a covered patio, with plenty of room for seating. The backyard also has ample green space for dogs and kids to run around.

According to Candy’s Dirt, agent Lauren Valek Farris got several phone calls the morning the property officially hit the market on July 29, so this one’s bound to go fast — especially with the dearth of inventory for first-timers. List price: $269,000.