5839 Marquita FrontThere are plenty of reasons why the M Streets are one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in all of Dallas. A lot of it has to do with one of the primary rules of real estate attraction: location. The M Streets is actually a general name for an area that comprises several smaller East Dallas neighborhoods, including Greenland Hills, the Belmont Addition, and the area in which 5839 Marquita sits, Greenland Crest.

The whole neighborhood was once lousy with Tudors and Craftsman homes, but a spate of teardowns and zero-lot-line McMansions has infringed on the character of these cozy, warm neighborhoods with shade from the limbs of mature trees that arch over the streets.

5839 Marquita Front Door
Now, if you want to buy in this neighborhood, and you want to score one of the 1920s Tudors, you can’t go wrong with this adorable house on Marquita — a brand-spanking-new listing from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agents John Scoggins and Brittany Rich. Jump to see all of the tremendous original details in this classic home!

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6934 Hammond ext

6934 Hammond Ave. $869,000

Is Dallas becoming LA?

We have been harping on this for quite some time, but now the mainstream media seems to have taken a whiff of real estate smelling salts. First-time homebuyers (who don’t get lump sum down payment help from Mom and Dad) are out of luck finding affordable homes and will continue to be out of luck, maybe forever.

10882 Caprock front

Photos: Shoot2Sell

This home just went on the market Thursday, and as of Friday morning I have received five messages and emails about this home. Something tells me that this cute Lochwood mid-century modern won’t be on the market for too long!

Everything in this 1961 split-level has been remodeled or replaced, according to listing agent Meg Skinner with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, making this four-bedroom, two-bath home really shine. Jump to see inside!

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8702 San Fernando Front

Teardowns are a contentious topic in Little Forest Hills, an East Dallas neighborhood that has tried twice to get a conservation district overlay, failing both times. Still, as many residents in Hollywood Santa Monica know, not every home is worth saving, especially those that are tiny, ramshackle affairs that seem almost propped up on cinder blocks, ready to blow sideways at the next breeze.

Of course, with a neighborhood motto like “Keep Little Forest Hills Funky,” sometimes a new build will follow that creed despite what structure was razed to make room for it. There’s no better example of this than the bright, colorful, quirky modern at 8702 San Fernando Way.

Jump to see inside this sweetheart of a new build that is exceptionally bright and very, very green.

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5803-swiss-ave-dallas-tx-MLS-2

Listing Photos: Shoot2Sell

I met up with Elizabeth Mast at 5803 Swiss Avenue, the beautiful brick home where Neiman Marcus founder Carrie Marcus Neiman lived her last days. This home built by Carrie Marcus and her then husband, Abraham Lincoln Neiman, which sits at the corner of Swiss Avenue and Skillman, may not have the columns and beams of some of the other Swiss Avenue estates, but it has its own subtle presence that melds very well with the brand of its original owners.

The home was purchased by its previous owner from the estate of Carrie Marcus, Mast told me, and now it’s being sold by that person’s estate. So if you’re keeping track, that means that this four-bedroom, four-full-and-one-half-bath home with more than 5,100 square feet has only had two owners. Isn’t that incredible?

The home has seen some renovations over its 93 years, most of them during the 1950s. Mast, who specializes in the Swiss Avenue Historic District and has another fabulous listing at 6243 La Vista (the Stubbs Home, if you recall), does a ton of research on all of her listings, and was able to dig up some old photos of this home’s interiors.

Jump to take a look back in time!

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Cliff Welch

Cliff Welch’s E. Lake Highlands Drive home featured in next weekend’s tenth annual White Rock Home Tour. Photos of house: Eric Homes

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the first one here and the second one here).

Cliff Welch

Photo: Cliff Welch

Cliff Welch, AIA, is a Dallas-based architect who champions modern architecture and designs with inspiration drawn from modern architecture of the last century.

His background includes working with the late Dallas modernist Bud Oglesby, later becoming a principal at Design International before starting his own firm, Welch Architecture, in January 2000.

One of his designs, located on East Lake Highlands Drive, is featured on the 10th annual White Rock Home Tour April 25-26. When the tour started in 2005, it showcased midcentury modern homes in the White Rock area; it has now expanded to include new construction, as well.

Welch earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. His work has received multiple Merit and Citation Awards from the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), as well as their coveted Young Architect of the Year award. He has also earned honors from Preservation Dallas, the Texas Society of Architects, D Home magazine, and the AIA.

Welch is the past president of the Dallas Architectural Foundation and taught graduate-level architecture classes at UT Arlington. He is a past executive board member of the Dallas Chapter AIA, also serving two years as their Commissioner of Design, and has chaired multiple chapter events, including various home tours. He also served as a design awards juror for other chapters around the state.

Welch’s White Rock Home Tour house’s elegant simplicity and open spaces incorporate modern design to create an exception environment.

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Garden District Hashtag

Beth Watson lives about a mile from my house in Casa Linda Estates, so she and I shop and frequent a lot of the same neighborhood joints and parks. I see Beth, her husband, and their adorable girls at Casa Linda Park pretty frequently. Her kids go to the same preschool and my little boy. So when I posted about taking a walk with my son and my over-sized shedding machine of a Great Pyrenees mix named Hornsby through #eastdallas, I noticed that Beth had commented on my photo with a different hashtag: #gardendistrict. That was Jan. 24.

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5502 Longview in Greenland Heights was a record-breaking sale for Kenneth Walters.

5502 Longview in Greenland Heights was a record-breaking sale for Kenneth Walters.

Kenneth Walters has broken yet another record. This up-and-coming Ebby Halliday Realtor has had another record-breaking sale, this time in the Greenland Heights/Vickery Place area. If you’ll recall, this go-getting agent out of Ebby’s Little White House had a record-breaking sale in University Park just off of Purdue fetching $447/per square foot. This fantastic home at 5502 Longview fetched at fantastic $203/per square foot just last month! We caught up with this busy agent to find out more about his strategies.

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