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Hollywood Home Tour 2017 photos courtesy of Kim Leeson

Home Tour season is upon us. From my vantage point, nobody does it better than Hollywood, and I don’t mean Los Angeles.

I’m a bit biased as I’ve lived in Hollywood Heights since the beginning of the tour’s 26-year history. Having been involved, I can attest to the fact that organizing a home tour is a daunting operation. It takes patience, persistence, and problem solving and you have to love your neighborhood. Fortunately, you can’t find a tighter-knit group of neighbors than those in Hollywood Heights.

This year, five unique historic homes are on tour — from a two-story Tudor, complete with original blueprints to the remarkable renovation we’re sharing today at 1014 Clermont.



9536 Tarleton is one of the homes featured in the 12th annual White Rock Home Tour. (Photo: Shoot2Sell)

It’s one of our favorite annual events, and this year’s White Rock Home Tour is absolutely brimming with stellar examples of modern architecture in East Dallas. With incredible examples of contemporary, modern, and midcentury modern architecture, this home tour will surely find a place in your heart and on your Pinterest boards.

If you haven’t already purchased your tickets for the April 22-23 event, CandysDirt.com is giving away two pairs of passes to this sought-after event. Jump to find out how you can win!



It’s time for another ticket give-away! This time, we’ve got two pair of tickets to this weekend’s Northaven Home Tour. The first two correct answers (in the comments below) to either question win! Hint: look for answers on the tour’s Facebook page.

Question One:

What is the exact street address for Arthur Kramer Elementary? It also happens to be the location for the tour’s check-in at 9:30 a.m.

Question Two:

How many Texas Education Agency distinctions did Kramer Elementary earn in 2016?


313 Collett

Built as a Piggly Wiggly in 1916, 313 N. Collett was converted into two single-family homes in 2004 to great results. Though it still looks like an old general store from the front, this property is a great example of adaptive reuse of historic properties. I’ve always been curious about this property in Munger Place, and I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to get an up-close look at the Munger Place Wine Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.



Tolkein house

Cozy cottage. Estate-size lot. Garden setting. Heavily-treed. Water features. No, it’s not for sale, but you can tour it and support a great cause, too.

Equest, the wonderful organization that brings hope and healing to children and adults with special needs through horse-assisted activities and therapies, is hosting a cottage and garden tour open to the public April 6 – 8 at The Shire of Preston Hollow, an enchanting Tolkien-inspired venue you’ll have to see to believe. The event will include live music, drinks, bites, and fashions and accessories available for purchase. It’s a spring event you won’t want to miss.


The annual Turtle Creek Tour of Homes will feature this stellar Park Towers condo.

The annual Turtle Creek Tour of Homes will feature this stellar Park Towers condo.

High-rise lovers won’t want to miss this year’s Turtle Creek Tour of Homes benefiting the Turtle Creek Association. The April 9 tour, which highlights some of the classic and luxurious buildings that line the neighborhood’s eponymous thoroughfare, is also a great event for design hounds craving inspiration.

To me, no unit on this year’s tour is more inspiring than Mike Wilkins Park Towers unit. The sleek, modern interiors with a distinct midcentury vibe are absolutely stunning. And if you’re lucky, you could win tickets to see Wilkins’ home — and the other units, too — for free.



Ready to flex your mental muscle and win a pair of tickets to this weekend’s fabulous home tour? Just answer this trivia question and they’re yours.

Question: Who were the architects for Highland Park Village?

The first two correct answers in the comments section will each receive a pair of tickets, courtesy of the Park Cities Historic Preservation Society. You must use a valid email when leaving a comment. Good luck!


The Park Cities Historic Preservation Society is busy, busy, busy this spring and we’ve got the skinny on two events you won’t want to miss. They’re coming up quickly, so get out your calendars!

6th Annual Distinguished Speaker Luncheon

On March 29, James Farmer (pictured above), editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine, will speak at a luncheon chaired by Liz Farley. Farmer is a renowned garden and interior designer as well as an all-around lifestyle expert. Registration for the event begins at 11:15 at the Dallas Country Club. Grab your tickets here!

15th Annual Historic Home Tour

We don’t have to tell you how we feel about a good home tour! This next event is definitely on our to-do list.