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When I arrived at the Boy Scout Hill town hall meeting, there was a line forming out the door from a table handing out green lapel ribbons and thumbs up/down signs for attendees. According to a volunteer named Susan at the table, the ribbons showed support for an unsullied Boy Scout Hill, while the signs were for attendees to use to quietly indicate whether they liked or disliked what presenters Lyle Burgin and Richard Kopf had to say. I have covered town hall meetings before, so I know they can get out of hand quite quickly, but this level of preparedness left me hopeful.



As it turns out, I drove by Boy Scout Hill almost every single day and I didn’t even know it. Hailed as “virgin Blackland Prairie” and as a habitat for wildlife surrounding White Rock Lake, this hill is at the southwest corner of Mockingbird and Buckner Boulevard, just before the overpass to Old Lake Highlands and Peavy Road.

But after plans came to light that nearby residents and developers Lyle Burgin and Richard Kopf wanted to build a restaurant and parking lot on Boy Scout Hill, nearby residents objected in the way they usually do — signs were printed and placed in front yards all over neighborhoods surrounding White Rock Lake, protests and pickets were organized, and a website was constructed.


815 Newell Front

Boy do I have a sweet-tooth when it comes to homes (and chocolate, of course!). I like them cozy and cute with tons of great decor! So when I saw this adorable listing from David Bush Realtor Joe Kacynski, I made an appointment with my dentist because this house is so sweet I got a toothache!

Hollywood Heights is hot, hot, hot, as you know, and most homes are on the market no longer than a month before they’re snatched up, usually for more than asking! That’s why we’re so glad we get to feature a home that is super fresh to the market and priced competitively at $299,000. (more…)

6407 Richmond Front

Not only is this home updated and fresh as a daisy, but it has a spacious, fenced-in backyard as well as Lakewood schools (Lakewood Elementary, Long Middle School, Woodrow Wilson High School), as well as some of the best pre-schools in the area, such as East Dallas Developmental Center.

So yes, if you’re considering moving to Lakewood, think about this super cute two-story just off Richmond Avenue in a very walkable part of the neighborhood, Country Club Estates. Yes, Lakewood can be walkable! This home at 6407 Richmond, which has more than 2,000 square feet, three bedrooms, three full baths, and brand-new stainless steel appliances is listed by Dave Perry-Miller Realtor Scott Jackson for $2,950 a month. Pets are allowed, too!

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Sure, Richmond can be a busy street. It’s right between Abrams and Gaston — two significant thoroughfares in Lakewood. But consider that a selling point because there are tons of amenities nearby. You’re within walking distance of Whole Foods — literally just across the — Chipotle, Lakewood Shopping Center, Paciugo, Tietze Park, Lakewood Country Club, and the list goes on and on.

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It’s a fantastic home for someone used to a more dense neighborhood such as Uptown, who wants to upsize without having to deal with driving everywhere for everything. And besides being super close to great shopping, there are tons of fantastic community groups, especially the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA.

So what do you think of this rental? Is it good for someone who wants a place to live while they find their dream home in Lakewood?

6407 Richmond Backyard

2344 Pinebluff Front

There is a treasure trove of Midcentury Modern homes in East Dallas, especially in the area surrounding Ferguson Road and Lakeland. After years of hard work and re-investment, this area is making a solid comeback, and some of the homes are getting the attention they deserve.

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This beautiful 1962 Midcentury Modern in the Hillridge neighborhood is a perfect example. Thanks to the seller’s effort, this home has been lovingly preserved and, wouldn’t you guess, after just a few days on the market, 2344 Pinebluff is already under option contract! Seriously, just about any house worth looking at in this price range is already under contract, sometimes after multiple bids above asking. Our short inventory is driving up prices, which is great for areas like this, which have struggled through reinvestment and gentrification after being largely ignored for decades.

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This beauty, listed at $229,000 (a steal for a Mid-Mod in Dallas!) by The Jackson Team Realtor Scott Jackson, has three bedrooms, two full baths, more than 2,100 square feet and a two-car garage — not a car port! Perfect!

Really, I am not surprised that this home was snatched up so quickly, as I love it so much that it hurts! I love the huge brick fireplace, the gorgeous picture windows, and the tall ceilings with exposed beams. This really is an amazing home, with tons of original details.

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The open floorplan is great for entertaining, and just off the dining area is a sunroom with FLOR tiles and plenty of room for a home office. Thanks to the huge windows, you’ll find plenty of inspiration, too, looking out into the backyard.

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Now, the kitchen has a few upgrades, such as the subway tile and open shelving — perfect for storing your vintage dishware and glass collection — and the stainless steel range top, hood, and oven offer a more custom, built-in feel. But the counters are plain-ol’ Formica. This kitchen would look amazing with a stainless steel and butcher block counter, or even a poured concrete one. Only a minor quibble, really, and I do love the cabinets — sleek and understated!

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The master is gorgeous, though, and is a good size at 14 x 12 and thanks to a sliding glass door that opens to the backyard, it gets tons of natural light. The en-suite bath is dated and tiny, but honestly, many homes this age don’t even have master suites, so count your lucky stars, folks!

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The backyard is where this home really shows off, though. The deck is a great place for hosting barbecues, and there’s a firepit, too, perfect for our chilly nights as of late.

Well, if you haven’t fallen in love with this house already, then you need to check your pulse. What an outstanding listing!

5518 Miller Front

Allie Beth Allman agent Julie Coats Frakes had me raked in when she said this lovely home near the M Streets area had been updated recently, and included an upstairs master suite with its own elevated deck and entry.

I am as much as sold!

“One of my favorite features of the home is the private deck and entrance that the second level bedroom is spoiled with,” Frakes said. “You can’t miss seeing the incredible backyard!”

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Seriously, though, 5518 Miller is a perfect family home with a location that just can’t be beat. Gorgeous house, too, with tons of curb appeal and a neat and tidy front porch where you can easily soak up the vibe and meet your cool new neighbors.

Inside you’ll find a space that is unexpectedly spacious. Seriously, you’ll have one of those moments in my favorite show, Doctor Whowhere a person walks into his tiny and unassuming blue police box only to find it “bigger on the inside.” Apparently, I’m not alone in this thought.

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“This rare M Streets gem was taken from ashes to beauty in 2012,” Frakes said. “The large front porch immediately invites people into the home, where many are surprised to find a second level bedroom adorned with skylights and charm.”

That’s the best way to describe this cute three-bedroom, two-bath cottage with more than 1,500 square feet indoors. It also has an immense two-car garage, as well as a large backyard. Simply charming, no? The kitchen is open to the living room, which benefits from the expanded second floor with a vaulted ceiling, making the room feel practically enormous.

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In the kitchen you’ll find fresh cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and a hidden laundry area. It’s bright and open and has tons of storage. So much to love about this cute home, and I know that considering its location (awesome!) and price, ($314,500!) it will go fast!

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Stubbs House

You remember our post about the estate sale over at 6243 La Vista. The home, a historic treasure that had been lovingly preserved by Willetta Stellmacher, will hit the market soon, listed by none-other than Elizabeth Mast.

Mast, the foremost Realtor for the Swiss Avenue area, plans to take her time freshening the Landmark Stubbs home and staging it to show off its colorful history and beautiful details. She plans to list the five-bedroom, four-full-and-two-half-bath estate this coming April for $1.5 million. Mast will stage the home using some of Stellmacher’s incredible collection of antiques and showbiz memorabilia.

Elizabeth Mast“We’re already starting with an incredible property,” Mast said via phone this morning. The home on La Vista, which sits just at the northeastern end of Swiss Avenue, has stunning original details, including pocket doors, millwork, and etched glass all over the home. It’s amazing how much of the original details have made it through the home’s past life as a piece-meal boarding house, but many bathrooms sport vintage tile, too.

“It has survived everything,” Mast said of the home, which has a solarium, a carriage house, pool, and porte cochere. It has more than 5,500 square feet of interior space, according to Dallas Central Appraisal District, which values the 1927 landmark at $874,300.

Sure, this would be an amazing home for a history buff, but what Mast wants to emphasize is that this house is perfect for any family. Considering its amazing structure and age, this home could be carefully updated to accommodate any modern family’s lifestyle. And it would do so beautifully.

“This home has such a great deal of warmth to it,” Mast said. “And the more you’re in the home, the more you feel it.”

We can’t wait to see it, both before it hits MLS and during the incredibly popular, not-to-be-missed  May 10-11 Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour, of which this incredible property will be the star.

9520 Lake Highlands Front

What a fantastic opportunity to live in one of the most coveted areas of Dallas! The Peninsula is an amazing neighborhood on the eastern shore of White Rock Lake, with splendid views of the lake and a small-town feel. It’s an amazing area with neighbors who care about maintaining the quality of life. There are some phenomenal homes here, too, whether brand new or restored.

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But if you want to try your hand at living in this neighborhood before you commit to buy, this incredible traditional at 9520 W. Lake Highlands Drive is the way to go. It’s a beautiful three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home with unobstructed views of White Rock Lake from its expansive deck. It’s listed for rent from Dave Perry-Miller agent Janice G. Parson for $4,400 a month. That’s pretty reasonable, considering the only home on MLS in this exclusive neighborhood is priced at $1.1 million.

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Inside you’ll find pristine interiors with a very beachy feel, including a dining area that opens to the living room. The 2,100-square-foot home sits on a huge lot, too, at 0.42 acres. There are two fireplaces, two living areas, a lovely little kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and tons of windows everywhere. For privacy, you’ve got window screens and plantation shutters — fantastic for when the late afternoon light feels as if it could singe your eyebrows! But when the sun is about to set, you can throw those windows open for the most incredible views.

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The master suite is huge, clocking in at 25 x 18, and includes a sitting area that is currently used as an office. I love all of the windows that let in tons of light and great views of the sunsets you’ll enjoy from this vantage point of the lake. Very romantic.

And the master bath is updated, with new tile and granite counters. There’s tons of storage, too. Really, this is a unique house and a great place for any family coming to Dallas thanks to one of the many recent corporate relocations we’ve had recently, and wants to live right next to Dallas’ crown jewel.

What do you think?

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