10/24/14 3:34am

forestwood

I say it’s about time: the northwest corner of Inwood and Forest, known as “Forest Wood”, is going to get a much-needed facelift. Wait, strike that: try a major gutting from the ground up. Yep, those 1974 rental townhomes are about to go far away, replaced by sturdier, prettier, higher quality homes that will create a walkable living environment and a brand new North Dallas community.
Forestwood Townhomes brings back memories, not all of them pleasant. This was where single dads and moms would go to live after a separation or suddenly being single because it was still close to the private schools their children attended, but more reasonable than a single family home. It was known as a safe, secure place to hunker down in North Dallas if you couldn’t swing a mortgage.
For years now, I wondered why the neat, but clearly aging, townhomes would not be replaced with something more upscale, attractive, especially considering the surrounding neighborhood demographic$$$: sprawling ranches on leafy half-acre lots that start at about half a million dollars, while the newer built McMansion are pulling in more than $1.5.

So why are we stuck with boring beige townhomes that had their prime in the seventies, like Cher? (more…)

10/23/14 5:55pm
Near Highland Park High School, a townhome has been decorated with HazMat bins and "Caution" tape, lampooning our recent Ebola scare.

Near Highland Park High School, a townhome has been decorated with HazMat bins and “Caution” tape, lampooning our recent Ebola scare.

Thanks to  Naheed Rajwani at the Dallas Morning News for digging down into the owner of the home that has created the most sensational Halloween display in Texas, and in maybe the whole world: He is James Faulk and from what Naheed writes, Faulk totally had Ebola on the brain when he put up the biohazard decorations in his front yard. (more…)

10/23/14 5:13pm
Perhaps best known as the most sought-after location for Dallas' high-society weddings, Arlington Hall at Lee Park will celebrate its 75th anniversary this weekend.

Perhaps best known as the most sought-after location for Dallas’ high-society weddings, Arlington Hall at Lee Park will celebrate its 75th anniversary this weekend.

Tomorrow, Dallas will celebrate a landmark that has stood the test of time. The jewel of Lee Park, Arlington Hall is one of the most recognizable structures in the Turtle Creek area, and this gorgeous structure will celebrate its 75th anniversary this weekend. To kick things off, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, along with councilmember Philip Kingston and several Dallas officials, will gather on the steps of the storied structure tomorrow at 11 a.m. to celebrate Arlington Hall’s anniversary. A luncheon will follow that will feature a lecture by Director Emeritus of the National Park Service, Gary Scott, who will speak on Arlington House at Arlington National Cemetery, the inspiration for Arlington Hall.

The building, which was designed by notable Dallas architect Mark Lemmon, is a two-thirds scale replica of the Arlington House, which was the home of Robert E. Lee in Arlington, Va. Restored in 2002, this structure was originally dedicated in 1939.

Of course, if you’re not attending the luncheon and celebration tomorrow, you can still go to the open house on Sunday, Oct. 26, where  docents and historians will be on hand to tell the little-known facts of Arlington Hall and its very beginnings in the city of Dallas. The event is from 1:30 – 4:30 and its open to the public.

 

 

10/23/14 3:21pm

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This year we are upping the ante: We have THREE PAIRS of tickets to give away to the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes. This annual showcase of award-winning architecture throughout Dallas will feature some incredible homes designed by Dallas architects. The tour, which is Nov. 1-2, is one of the most popular home tours of the year. These are works of art, people, and you could win FREE TICKETS to see them all!

Find out how to enter after the jump!

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10/23/14 2:50pm

10510 Berry Knoll Front

Y’all know how much I love interesting homes. They are like candy! I just can’t get enough of their amazing layouts and architecture, and homes like this one in Crest Meadow Estates have interesting rooms after every turn, it seems!

Not only that, but this neighborhood has an amazing location — on the end of a cul-de-sac just a short jog from Hillcrest Road — you get the best of both worlds with this home when it comes to both low-traffic and easy access.

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10/23/14 1:10pm
Near Highland Park High School, a townhome has been decorated with HazMat bins and "Caution" tape, lampooning our recent Ebola scare.

Near Highland Park High School, a townhome has been decorated with HazMat bins and “Caution” tape, lampooning our recent Ebola scare.

This homeowner at Emerson and Westchester near Highland Park High School opted for some truly scary Halloween decorations this year, which actually caused some serious questions from neighbors wondering whether the stucco-clad townhome was really under quarantine.

Since then, in order to re-assure neighbors, a “Happy Halloween” sign has been hung from the balcony. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a home with Halloween decorations that are of questionable taste …

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10/23/14 12:36pm
Remember to drain standing water to prevent West Nile Virus from spreading! Hopefully Councilmember Vonciel Jones Hill has drained her backyard pool. (Photo: Eric Nicholson)

Remember to drain standing water to prevent West Nile Virus from spreading! Hopefully Councilmember Vonciel Jones Hill has drained her backyard pool. (Photo: Eric Nicholson)

According to the Lake Highlands Advocate, two pools in the vicinity of 11400 block of Park Central and the 11900 block of Woodbridge have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Since then, Dallas officials have sprayed pesticides in Lake Highlands from Monday to Wednesday in hopes to curb the population of Culex mosquitoes, the only species of the blood-sucking vermin to carry the disease.

As the article notes, we’re actually showing a lot of improvement on the West Nile Virus front, because no one has died during this year’s peak mosquito season. Two people died from the virus last year, and 20 people died in 2012.

Of course, we here at CandysDirt seem to attract mosquitoes more than most  — it must be our sweet personalities! — so we diligently follow the five Ds :

  • DRAIN—all areas of standing water including changing water in wading pools, birdbaths, low pavement areas and gutters;
  • DEET—Use bug spray and protect clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET — I have also invented DEET-covered pantyhose!
  • DRESS—Dress in light- colored clothing with long sleeves and wear long pants even though it’s hot
  • DUSK/DAWN—Limit outdoor exposure at dusk and dawn when they bite the most
  • DOORS—Keep door and window screens in good repair. This is no time to let in unscreened “fresh air”

 

 

10/23/14 11:50am

Penson House

I mean, really? Jack G. Penson, a noted Dallas businessman and philanthropist died on September 25th, and I guess developers and Realtors must comb the obits because the poor family has been deluged with letters and phone calls asking for the hand of this house, an O’Neil Ford built in 1954, 8900 square feet, and just magnificent. Corner of Armstrong Parkway and St. Johns.

Please people, show some respect!