2421 Springhill a

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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Cliff May Home for Sale | CandysDirt.com

It’s the time of year when we look back on our accomplishments and discoveries for 2016. This Tuesday Two Hundred, published Sept. 13, was a favorite of both readers and the author! Enjoy this flashback.   

Cliff May was an midcentury architect known as the father of the California ranch home. These houses were created for the sunny and warm days and nights, with large expanses of glass to minimize the lines between indoors and outdoors. Most rooms in a May-designed home have a wonderful connection between these spaces.

We are lucky in Dallas to have quite a few May homes in East Dallas’ Casa View neighborhood. The Greater Casa View Alliance is spearheading a home tour to show off May homes and bring attention to the significant architecture of the area.

In the neighborhood, we’ve found the newly listed midcentury modern at 2508 Andrea Ln. This is a classic MCM design, with original clerestory windows, a low-slung roofline, open floorplan, and incredible views to the landscaped backyard with custom wrought iron fencing.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,337 square feet, built in 1955. Its list price is a pleasant surprise at just over $200K.

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Buckner Terrace Ranch | CandysDirt.com

If you are looking to buy in East Dallas and your budget is under $300K, the pickings are slim in most areas.

That’s one reason Buckner Terrace is an up-and-coming neighborhood, and a hidden gem. Minutes from White Rock Lake and close to downtown Dallas, this area is chock full of cute houses in the $200K range, many of them remodeled and ready for move-in.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is a great example of what I’m talking about. The house at 8448 Bellingham Dr. is a top-to-bottom renovation, built in 1956 and reimagined to be fresh and stylish. It now offers an open floorplan, laminate floors, new carpet, custom cabinetry, a fireplace, new low-E windows, new doors, and a beautiful, modern kitchen.

This home has three bedrooms, two living areas, two bathrooms, and 1,758 square feet on one story.

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North Stonewall Terrace

We’ve found a completely adorable, carefully renovated East Dallas Tudor for our Thursday Three Hundred and you’re going to be inspired.

Located at 5814 Palm Ln. in North Stonewall Terrace near East Mockingbird Lane and Greenville Avenue, this cottage has all the personality and character of a Tudor built in 1945. But it also has myriad updates making it more functional, safe, and energy efficient. Think all new electrical, new attic furnace, new water heater, new low-E windows, and new plumbing in the kitchen and bathroom.

“The seller is a designer and when she bought the home, it was not in tip top shape but she had a vision,” said listing agent Brittney Warren with Roger Healy and Associates. “She’s put her hands on everything in the home, done it with care, and you can tell.”

This home has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,470 square feet on one story. Bonus: it’s in the Stonewall Jackson Elementary attendance zone, which earns a “10” out of 10 from greatschools.org.

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10930 Listi a

Creekside living on a beautiful lot usually comes at a hefty price. But our Tuesday Two Hundred is a budget-friendly find with a secluded feel.

Located at 10930 Listi Dr. in Lake Highlands, this home offers great outdoor living options, with a wraparound deck and a quiet, peaceful setting. The interior features open living and dining areas, a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace, hardwood floors, and a downstairs master.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,629 square feet on two stories, built in 1980. Bonus: it’s in the attendance zone for Wallace Elementary, a family favorite in East Dallas.

This home was just listed Saturday, so let’s take a look before it gets snatched up!

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5332 Miller Front

For the most part, I’m not a “big house” person. Small, compact, well-planned homes are more my jam. Still, part of me loves the idea of versatile, wide-open floor plans with plenty of room to spread out. Often times, though, homes that start to cross into the realm of 4,000 square feet feel sterile in all of their open space. However, in the case of this listing from Dallas City Center Realtors David and Sharon Cox at 5332 Miller Ave. in Vickery Place, the spaces are expansive, yet still warm and inviting. And with four bedrooms, four full and one half baths, and 4,189 square feet replete with oodles of storage, you’ll find tons of opportunities to stow clutter and fill these rooms with laughter, not junk. The Cox team has this home on the market for $827,000.

Jump to see inside this lovely country traditional in one of the hottest neighborhoods in Dallas.

5332 Miller Front Porch

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art at the parc

As a way to bring social connectivity and a sense of community to residents, rental apartments in Dallas are tapping into the city’s burgeoning art scene by hosting local artists to showcase their talents beyond the walls of museums and galleries. It’s an unconventional idea brought on by the city’s soaring reputation as an arts destination.

Case in point: an upcoming exhibit at Parc at White Rock, featuring works by Edward Vazquez, Merritt Maya, Erin Buck and Dilrani Kaur, among others, called Art at the Parc. The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 10, from 5-8 p.m. at the Parc’s clubhouse, 7545 E. Northwest Hwy.

“The arts and culture scene has been exploding in Dallas, so we created Art at the Parc to bring some of that vibe and influence into the nearby suburbs, where Parc at White Rock is located,” said Kristen Gucwa, vice president of national lease-up operations and marketing for Richman Signature Properties. “We feel strongly about offering residents a mix of cultural, arts, and lifestyle-oriented events with a focus on social connectivity—we thought there was no better way to do this than by also supporting the Dallas arts scene and providing a place where local artists can showcase their work and gain exposure within the community.”

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University Terrace Home for Sale | CandysDirt.com

Located just a few minutes from the northern shores of White Rock Lake, our Thursday Three Hundred offers a fabulous East Dallas location, coupled with recent updates that make the property shine.

The 1956 ranch at 7220 Haverford Rd. features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,840 square feet on one story. Outdoor living features large in the list of pros of this property. They’ve created a backyard oasis with covered deck, eight-foot privacy fence, and mature landscaping, including big shade trees.

This property was just listed Tuesday, so let’s take a look before someone snatches it up!

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