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The Natural Grocers at Casa Linda Plaza was once home to a three-screen theater, one of the first to be integrated into a shopping center back in 1945. It closed in 1999, much to the chagrin of the neighborhood. 

East Dallas keeps on truckin’ up the list of the most popular parts of the city, and its neighborhood Casa Linda is no different. If you haven’t been around this little area of the land for awhile, you may be surprised at the growth and increasing coolness.

Fairly recently, the Casa Linda area has acquired new bars, restaurants, and shops. Goodfriend Package (an extension of the big guys across the street), 20 Feet Seafood Joint, Steel City Pops, and Savor Patisserie (for macaroons) are among the newbies.   (more…)

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It’s the time of year when we look back on our accomplishments and discoveries for 2016. This Thursday Three Hundred, published March 17, was a favorite of both readers and the author! Enjoy this flashback.

Our Thursday Three Hundred is the home of entrepreneur Rachel O’Connor and her young family. O’Connor is the founder and owner of Party Made Pretty, and she creates all kinds of paper decorations, garlands, and banners.

Rachel O’Connor and family

Rachel O’Connor and family hate to leave their Casa Linda cottage, but her home-based business is booming and she needs a big studio

Party Made Pretty booming—she’s now filling more than 400 orders a month and her home-based business is busting at the seams. So she, her husband, 18-month-old daughter, and adorable, chubby dog need to move somewhere with a larger dedicated studio space.

Which brings us to their awesome house at 2421 Springhill Dr. near Ferguson Road and Lakeland Drive in East Dallas’ Casa Linda Forest. It would be hard to leave this place, a 3-2 with 2,220 square feet—large for the neighborhood, up on a hill with mature trees and a cute cottage feel.

O’Connor has worked magic with the interior—this is a 1959 home that has vintage charm, but feels modern and livable. The open floorplan makes the front rooms flow into one enormous, welcoming space.

“We changed almost every room in the house in one way or another— the way it was originally set up, we could see the potential for entertaining, but had a tiny galley kitchen,” O’Connor said. “We gutted the kitchen and opened it up and made it one big entertaining area. [Our renos were] centered around common living spaces.”

The backyard is big with a nice patio off the kitchen with a hot tub, and previous owners converted the garage into a bonus room. (This could be a negative for people who want a garage, but it sure makes for more space!)

It was listed March 7 by Kevin Caskey with Dallas City Center Realtors $348,500.

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2421 Springhill a

Our Thursday Three Hundred is the home of entrepreneur Rachel O’Connor and her young family. O’Connor is the founder and owner of Party Made Pretty, and she creates all kinds of paper decorations, garlands, and banners.

Rachel O’Connor and family

Rachel O’Connor and family hate to leave their Casa Linda cottage, but her home-based business is booming and she needs a big studio

Party Made Pretty booming—she’s now filling more than 400 orders a month and her home-based business is busting at the seams. So she, her husband, 18-month-old daughter, and adorable, chubby dog need to move somewhere with a larger dedicated studio space.

Which brings us to their awesome house at 2421 Springhill Dr. near Ferguson Road and Lakeland Drive in East Dallas’ Casa Linda Forest. It would be hard to leave this place, a 3-2 with 2,220 square feet—large for the neighborhood, up on a hill with mature trees and a cute cottage feel.

O’Connor has worked magic with the interior—this is a 1959 home that has vintage charm, but feels modern and livable. The open floorplan makes the front rooms flow into one enormous, welcoming space.

“We changed almost every room in the house in one way or another— the way it was originally set up, we could see the potential for entertaining, but had a tiny galley kitchen,” O’Connor said. “We gutted the kitchen and opened it up and made it one big entertaining area. [Our renos were] centered around common living spaces.”

The backyard is big with a nice patio off the kitchen with a hot tub, and previous owners converted the garage into a bonus room. (This could be a negative for people who want a garage, but it sure makes for more space!)

It was listed March 7 by Kevin Caskey with Dallas City Center Realtors $348,500.

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Jeff and I go way back and I cost him $1000. I first met him virtually when I was blogging over at D Magazine. Someday I will tell you that story, maybe in the tell-all I hope to publish someday Meantime, let that little tease whet your appetite for this gorgeous mid-century modern!

This is Jeff’s house and it’s a plum of a mid-century mod, built in 1956. It is located in a neighborhood called Casa Linda Forest – just across the train tracks (literally) from Little Forest Hills,  very hidden, very  quiet and very social. You can’t work in your front yard because you will spend all your time talking to people out exercising, walking their dogs, etc. You are literally minutes from White Rock Lake and the resurgent Casa Linda Shopping Center, plus the Dallas Arboretum is just down the road. Here’s what you get: 1568 square feet, three bedrooms, two baths, living/dining and a pool in the very pretty backyard.

 Clerestory windows allow for natural light in the dining and living areas. Large glass sliding door opens to a covered patio area, while glass French doors lead to a backyard with that swimming pool. That kitchen almost looks like one in a Fairview model home: Viking Wine Cellar and Dacor 6-burner gas range, custom modern cabinets allow for plenty of storage space. We are talking about 8715 Stanwood Drive.

When you look at the absolutely delicious interiors of this home you will do three things: squeal, Pinterist it, and whip out your checkbook. Seriously, this home is priced at $249,500. Yep, that’s it! Is this not the greatest real estate market in the world? And get this: when Jeff bought the house, there was a bidding war at prices way over asking – this right in the middle of what was supposed to be a dead real estate market. He’s hoping for a bit of deja vu.