8240 Stony Creek extWhen I saw this house last weekend, Dallas was freshly moistened from that Saturday-afternoon rainfall that kept our temperatures more Maine-like than Texas-in-August. So maybe that’s why I thought I was in another place, like a secret garden. 8240 Stony Creek was not yet in MLS, and had the most incredible back yard I have seen in ages. Listed with the cuteness that is Shannon Saunders at Clay Stapp & Company. The home is located East of Central in that hot hot Claremont ‘hood. I had never heard of Stony Creek. So over I went and what I saw blew my mind:8240 Stony Creek yard1 (more…)

8630 Angora Front

By now you know the motto of East Dallas’ weirdest neighborhood: “Keep Little Forest Hills Funky.” In this neighborhood that reminds most people of Austin, you’ll find tiny cottages and bungalows with low ceilings and wood siding. Some of them have been added on, some have been remodeled, and some have been renovated inside and out. But the neighborhood remains a bastion of diversity in taste and architecture.

That’s what’s so remarkable about 8630 Angora: It’s so very different from what you’d expect to find in Little Forest Hills. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom 1980s soft contemporary has high ceilings, big windows, and open spaces — all a far cry from the typical cottage lining the hilly streets of the neighborhood.

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10811 Clearbrook Front

Lochwood is one of my favorite areas in Dallas because it has so many gorgeous, mature trees, hilly topography, and a stunning mix of architectural styles. I love the soft contemporaries, midcentury moderns, traditionals, and even the random colonial!

And it’s popular with families, too, thanks to the close proximity to White Rock Lake and nearby Lochwood Park. If this has been the neighborhood of your dreams for a while, well, it might be a little while longer before you find your dreamhome. In fact, Carrie Hill of Nathan Grace’s Olson & Hill team told me she was going to have a cute little home come on the market soon that was in my neck of the woods. That was two weeks ago. When 10811 Clearbrook hit the market this week, I was so excited to feature it.

Well, it was only on the market THREE WHOLE DAYS and now it’s officially pending. Crazy, huh?

 

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8911 Rolling Rock Curb

This house is pretty much the sexiest. From the first time I saw this beautifully redone midcentury modern in Lakeland Hills, I was in love. Just positively smitten. It’s totally remodeled with everything you want including a brand new kitchen and it’s inside Richardson ISD.

And did I mention that it’s sexy? Because it totally is!

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222 N. Montclair Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75208

222 N. Montclair Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75208

As many of you now know, I’ve become obsessed with East Dallas since moving to Hollywood Heights. However, I occasionally venture out of my ‘hood and most recently went to the West Side.

Winnetka Heights, right west of Bishop Arts in North Oak Cliff, is a darling neighborhood that reminds me of ours. Originally included in the Midway Addition to the city of Oak Cliff in 1890, it was replatted as Winnetka Heights in 1908. Four prominent businessmen – L.A. Stemmons, TS. Miller, Jr., J.P. Blake, and R.S. Waldron developed the 50 square-block area as a prestigious suburb. Sales were brisk, with several millionaires building opulent Prairie-style homes in the first wave of construction. All four of the developers built their homes here, but only the J.P. Blake home at 401 North Rosemont (home of the Oak Cliff Society for the Fine Arts), and the TS. Miller home at 101 North Montclair remain today. 

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6102 Penrose Front

Looking for an adorable home that’s close to a fantastic area, has access to mass transit, is updated inside, feels large but not too big, and feeds into award-winning schools? Then you’ll love this Austin stone cottage in Wilshire Heights.

This is one of my favorite East Dallas nabes sheerly for the location: bordered by Mockingbird Lane to the north, Skillman Street to the west, Abrams road to the east, and McCommas to the south, this neighborhood has access to great amenities with fantastic architecture and is close to tons of retail, including the Lakewood Whole Foods. It feeds into Stonewall Jackson Elementary, J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School — all sought after, high-achieving, Dallas ISD campuses.

And 6102 Penrose, marketed by Dallas City Center Realtor Erika Warfield, is nothing to sniff at!

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6922 Vivian, Photos: Shoot2Sell

6922 Vivian, Photos: Shoot2Sell

Want to live in a genuine historic home? This beautiful Spanish eclectic in Santa Monica was designed by Charles Dilbeck with his signature style that combined traditional elements, old English accoutrements, and Spanish touches. Completed in 1935 and updated in a way that honors this home’s history, 6922 Vivian is a tremendous property.

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3110 Thomas 119 Living

Walkable. Urban. Accessible. Mass Transit.

Did I miss any buzzwords that might have tipped you off that today’s Thursday Three Hundred is right in the middle of a very shoe-leather-friendly area?

When I think “walkable” and “Dallas,” I automatically think of the State Thomas area. It’s a fantastic neighborhood just south of Uptown that is super close to the Arts District and on the cusp of everything you want in an inner city setting. Wide sidewalks, patios, mass transit, shopping and dining — State Thomas is perfect.

Of course, this neighborhood has a reputation for being stuffed to the gills with historic buildings, but let me tell you, there are some fantastic modern properties to be seen, and this loft is one of them.

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