The Dallas Morning News

Buying a spec home may be the answer


Your dream home may be one that no other person has ever lived in. But it doesn’t have to be a custom-built home.

Builders in some of the most popular neighborho­ods are willing to take a chance that they can build a home, even a very expensive one, that will appeal to you. Often called a “spec home,” these are homes that were designed and constructe­d by a builder without a specific buyer in mind. The builder found the lot, hired the architect and interior designer and built the house, all in hopes that it will sell at the price the builder and his or her real estate agent set.

“Dallas has many outstandin­g builders who are in a position to design and build high-quality homes for buyers,” said Allie Beth Allman, president and CEO of Allie Beth Allman & Associates. “Buying a spec home may be a perfect answer for your family.”

Unlike a custom-designed home, a spec-built home has at least

three advantages. It is ready now or soon will be. The buyer can see the home and its many features first hand, not on a computer screen. And the home is totally new.

Allie Beth Allman associates are ready to help find your dream home, said Allman. Their experience will be invaluable, at no expense to you.

Here are five homes in neighborho­ods that Allie Beth Allman associates can show you now.

Architect Richard Drummond Davis, builder Robert Raymond Homes and designer Laura Lee Clark teamed up on the constructi­on of the fivebedroo­m home at 3609 Gillon Ave. in Highland Park. Offered by Erin Mathews, this new home is situated on a more than half-acre lot.

The six-bedroom home built by John Young at 3869 Potomac in University Park has a steel-and-glass entry and a staircase. Listed by Mathews, the residence features the finest materials and craftsmans­hip, she said.

The Mediterran­ean-style residence at 4328 Fairfax Ave. in Highland Park was built by Avida Custom Homes. Offered by Doris Jacobs, the fivebedroo­m home includes 11-foot ceilings, wide-plank walnut flooring and limestone, marble and tile finishes.

Douglas Signature Homes has built a fourbedroo­m residence at 4328 Taos Road in Bluffview Estates. Listed by Meg Beaird, this home features a well-equipped kitchen with a large island and Thermador appliances. The master suite and large game room are upstairs.

Ultimate Design Custom Homes has built a four-bedroom home at 4618 W. Amherst Ave. in Briarwood. Offered by Elizabeth Wisdom, the residence includes a downstairs master suite, a study and wine storage.

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 ??  ?? The five-bedroom spec home at 3609 Gillon Ave. in Highland Park is situated on a more than half-acre lot.
The five-bedroom spec home at 3609 Gillon Ave. in Highland Park is situated on a more than half-acre lot.

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