Real Estate Report: What $400,000 Buys You in Dallas

Ellsworth5508 Ellsworth Avenue $399,000
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,786 square feet
M Streets

This lovely cottage in the M Streets neighborhood is not lacking in curb appeal. The charming Southern-style covered front porch comes complete with a wooden swing. Inside, the floor plan flows from a light and bright formal living room to a spacious dining room with built-ins perfect for displaying china or knickknacks. The galley kitchen features an updated look with marble counter tops, white subway tile, and stainless steel appliances. Through the kitchen is a breakfast nook/study that opens to a second living area. We can see the space utilized for comfortable entertaining or as a playroom/study area for kids and teenagers. All three bedrooms have wood floors and neutral paint colors. The biggest weakness of this home is the small bathroom with funky tile patterns and colors. Jonathan Thayer for Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. 214-215-3426.

Princess3805 Princess Lane $400,000
3 bedrooms, 2.1 bathrooms, 2,508 square feet
Royal Oaks Park

If you’re on the hunt for a midcentury style home and you also want to put your personal stamp on it, this property may be for you. Located in the “Disney streets” at Royal and Marsh, the 1971 home needs some TLC, but the square footage is sizable, the floor plan is open, and the kitchen has recently been updated. The family room is one of our favorite rooms in the house: It’s a large, open space with huge windows that look out to the backyard. The original fireplace could easily be modernized with a fresh coat of paint. The backyard is a big selling point for the home. A spacious patio and gazebo overlook the pool. Green space on the side of the yard flanks a mature tree. Lisa Joiner with Ebby Halliday Realtors. 214-808-6921.

ForestHills8651 Diceman Drive $419,000
3 bedrooms, 2.1 bathrooms, 2,545 square feet
Little Forest Hills

This craftsman-style house in East Dallas was built in 2006 and features many of the amenities that come with a new home: wood floors, high ceilings, updated kitchen with granite counter tops and subway tile back splash, open floor plan with many living areas, and large bathrooms. Also a bonus: You’ll find great storage closets. Multiple living areas include a game room at the top of the second floor stairs and a study on the first floor. All bedrooms are on the second floor, including the master and master bath. Bathrooms are simple with white tile and cabinetry. Donald Wright with Gilchrist & Company. 214-520-4440.