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Y’all. By now, it’s no secret how we feel about midcentury modern architecture. The open floor pan! The vaulted ceilings! The walls of windows! Sigh. We feel it’s our sacred duty to report when one hits the market and 2615 Millmar Drive is no exception. In fact, it’s rather exceptional.

Talk about owning a piece of history. Practically untouched for over half a century, this Cliff May-designed Casa View estate gem is crying out for an architecture lover with a stout heart and an eye for midcentury detail. With original parquet floors and wrought iron fence work, it oozes vintage charm. The price point makes it even harder to resist. At $199,900, it ought to entice anyone looking to make the most of a modest renovation budget.

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no Sams

Word came Tuesday from Jonas Park, the “Accidental Activist”, that a Dallas county judge has ruled to void an ordinance for a planned development district on Central at Carroll Avenue, across from Cityplace, that was all but certain to be a big box Sam’s Wholesale Club.

Talk about David and Goliath: Judge Michael O’Neill ruled that the city of Dallas did not properly notify property owners living near the proposed 100,000 square foot big box site. Property owners were concerned that a Sam’s was not the best use of the choice dirt and they worried about their property values ever since May, 2014, when Trammell Crow Company announced the Sams deal on 17 acres across from Cityplace and demolished the old Xerox building that used to sit on the site

Trammell Crow told the Dallas Morning News it is considering options:

“While we’re disappointed in the judge’s ruling, we’re considering our options moving forward,” said Scott Dyche, general counsel for Trammell Crow Company.

The neighbors claim they were told one thing, but got another. Way back in 2013, property owners were told that Crow wanted to rezone the site to “accommodate a retail development with design standards.” Many were hopeful that the zoning, which would have allowed for mixed use retail (shops, restaurants, hotels, apartments) would create a West-Village type atmosphere.

Instead, they got a big box retailer with a long lease. You may recall that some members of the Dallas Plan Commission even tried to re-open the case, but feared that Trammell Crow might sue the city. Or that the city would lose face, reneging on its word which would then be a bad example to other developers.

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East Dallas Cottage Priced to Sell | CandysDirt.com

Yes, our North Texas market is hotter than a doorknob in hell with prices rising at a fast pace. But there are homes to be found for under $200K, and that’s what the “It’s My Mansion” occasional column is all about.

Today, we’ve discovered a cottage-style house at 3536 Delford Cir., near Shiloh and Ferguson roads in deep East Dallas. This home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,070 square feet on two stories, built in 1960. It’s quite cute both inside and out, and the updates have achieved a contemporary vibe with hardwood floors, a fresh-looking color palette, and on-trend design elements, like white subway tile with dark grout in the kitchen and bathroom.

 

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Dallas Porchfest This Weekend | CandysDirt.com

Photo: Dallas Porchfest at Peak’s

This Saturday, celebrate art and music on the open-air porches in Peak’s Addition neighborhood at Dallas Porchfest.

From noon until 8 p.m., neighbors, musicians, and artists will roam from porch to porch in the 4700 block of Swiss Avenue in East Dallas, between Carroll and Fitzhugh avenues. Musicians will play at designated times, while other festivities occur throughout the day.

Dallas Porchfest is all about honoring music and the art in open-air porches, and creating a sense of community among neighbors and locals.

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Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum

Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum

Architectural Digest has named the Dallas Arboretum one of  world’s 15  breath-taking gardens to visit this season , including it with such horticultural treasures as the Royal Botanic Gardens in London,  the Gardens of the Palace of Versaille,  Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Thailand, and  Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France. The recognition follows earlier accolades this year, when USA Today listed the Dallas Arboretum as one of the 10 Best Botanical Gardens in the country, and its signature event, Blooms, as one of 10 Best Floral Festivals, too.

Will this new coup further impact real estate prices in the East Dallas area, at a time when home value increases are already on a roll?

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Carl and Chris Anderson, Larkspur Capital Property Brothers

When Dallas Millennials are looking for their next move AFTER life in Uptown, usually their first post-college pad, they are increasingly looking toward the thriving corridor of Knox-Henderson east of North Central Expressway.

The Cancun lifestyle is great, but gets old come 25. And there is activewear everywhere now on East Henderson.

This stretch of Fitzhugh between Central and Ross is where Carl and Chris Anderson of Larkspur Capital Partners are seeking city approval to re-zone for a first of it’s kind condo flats project they believe will fit the bill perfectly for young buyers. The project is at 5209 Capitol Avenue, directly behind the Capitol Pub on Henderson. The name: Capitol Flats.

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“People like and want Uptown dynamics right out of the Big 12 schools, then they mature and tire of that scene. They want an older or quieter neighborhood, which is why they are drawn to Knox-Henderson across Central,” says Carl. “There are lots of town homes and apartments, and the area is just a little more mature.” (more…)

It took Tina Westmoreland five years to convince her husband, Matt, to build their "House of Chicks." See it up close on May 1 during the coop tour. (Courtesy Photo)

It took Tina Westmoreland five years to convince her husband, Matt, to build their “House of Chicks.” See it up close on May 1 during the coop tour. (Courtesy Photo)

In the 11 years I have lived in East Dallas, I have had chickens for eight of them. When we first started out as urban chicken keepers, the trend was still relatively new, and the places from which you might score chicken feed were still limited. Today you can run down to Gecko Hardware and grab a 50-pound bag of (non-GMO, soy free!) hen scratch — and maybe a couple of chicks if you can talk your partner into it! – all in one fell swoop.
And just as there were few chicken keepers when we started out on our fowl odyssey, there were few coops. As life with hens has caught on, not only have coops popped up all over East Dallas, but they’ve upped the ante in style, too.

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Chachi

There were two victims of the fire that engulfed the garage at 9924 Carnegie last night, one of which was a puppy who didn’t survive the blaze, and another is Chachi, who sustained burns and smoke inhalation. Both were trapped inside the home where Dallas police officers and firefighters discovered a marijuana grow operation, but only Chachi made it out.

Now neighbors are rallying for the dog, hoping to raise enough money for his mounting medical bills.

“The first night at Hillside was $1,700 and they’re anticipating him being there for several days,” said Marc Chartrand, one of the neighbors. They’ve set a fundraising goal of $5,000 in hopes of paying off what will be a long road to recovery for Chachi. You can donate to the animal’s recovery and receive updates via the GoFundMe page.