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Neighborhoods can evolve rapidly, and we’re always on the lookout for the hidden gems that are in the process of turning over and becoming the next hot place to buy.

On our radar now? Homes close to the Santa Fe Trail in East Dallas.  It’s a hop, skip, and jump from Lakewood, Hollywood Heights, and White Rock Lake, right on the Santa Fe Trail, and zoned for Lakewood Elementary, which earns a “10” out of 10 from greatschools.org.

We’ve found an incredible listing at 310 S. Glasgow Dr., a new construction just listed for $599,000. With almost 3,000 square feet, designer finishes, and sleek, transitional style, this same house would be priced at $849K if it were just two blocks away, closer to Lakewood shopping center, said listing agent Lee Lamont with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

“This house and several others nearby were just built by BCH Development, who have been in Lakewood and the Park Cities for 20 years,” Lamont said. “This price is unheard of in East Dallas for a new home with a full builder’s warranty sophisticated spaces, high-end finishes throughout, and remarkable efficiency with foam wall insulation and low-E windows.”

Like the home next door that just went under contract, this home has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, an office, two living areas, and 2,938 square feet on two stories. Let’s take a look!

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6938-casa-loma-ave-dallas-tx-1-MLS-1Some things never go out of style, and we count the quaint brick cottages of East Dallas on that list. This one in the Lakewood-area enclave of Gastonwood is a perfect example. Red brick, classic black shutters, and tidy traditional architecture is a dream from the curb.

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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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If you’ve driven down Easton Road toward Lake Highlands Drive, no doubt you’ve likely see this home before. It commands a very visible corner in Lochwood, perched upon a hill. Its square build and curved second-story balcony are distinctive and offer views of the nearby neighborhood from its vantage.

And now it’s about to be back on the market with an agent that knows this area better than almost anyone: David Collier of David Griffin & Company Realtors. And we’re happy to feature it as this week’s High Caliber Home sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

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Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is a long-time sponsor at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Photo courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum.

Something I’ve seen time and again in my years in Dallas real estate is what good community players most Realtors and brokerages are, bringing support to a multitude of nonprofits and other worthy causes.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate always impresses me with their charitable activities and sponsorships around DFW. One of their longest-tenured relationships is with the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in East Dallas. What a difference they make!

“We are so honored to have Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate support the Dallas Arboretum,” said Mary Brinegar, President and CEO of the Dallas Arboretum. “The firm’s continued generosity has allowed us to offer so many seasonal opportunities for those who visit us.”

The relationship is many years strong, said Marketing Director Catherine Chastain, who heads up sponsorship opportunities for Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

“We’ve been working with them a long time — it’s probably one of the nicest family places in Dallas, where people can spend time outdoors enjoying nature,” said Chastain. “I grew up in that area and I can see how much it’s grown and the Arboretum has been a steady presence for many years in East Dallas.”

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Y’all. By now, it’s no secret how we feel about midcentury modern architecture. The open floor pan! The vaulted ceilings! The walls of windows! Sigh. We feel it’s our sacred duty to report when one hits the market and 2615 Millmar Drive is no exception. In fact, it’s rather exceptional.

Talk about owning a piece of history. Practically untouched for over half a century, this Cliff May-designed Casa View estate gem is crying out for an architecture lover with a stout heart and an eye for midcentury detail. With original parquet floors and wrought iron fence work, it oozes vintage charm. The price point makes it even harder to resist. At $199,900, it ought to entice anyone looking to make the most of a modest renovation budget.

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Using most standards from around the world, Dallas homes aren’t very old at all. Sure, you’ll find the occasional 1920’s property, but rarely anything older. Not so with today’s Thursday Three Hundred, a slice of Dallas history as the site of the original Piggly Wiggly store, built in 1916. It is also rumored to have been a speakeasy during the Prohibition era.

Located at 315 N. Collett Ave. this is a rare townhome in Munger Place, both architecturally and historically significant. It offers a distinctly loft-like vibe inside. Think 12-foot ceilings, exposed ductwork and rafters, and exposed brick with custom texture on the walls.

This property is full of stories, and not just its own: the reclaimed maple hardwood floors were recovered from the former gym at the Hockaday School. Pretty cool.

With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,249 square feet on one story, this is a spacious townhome with luxe extras, like three-zone wiring for total house sound, including the front patio and courtyard.

This is such an unusual, storied property, located near N. Munger Boulevard and Columbia Avenue, just minutes from downtown Dallas — let’s take a look.

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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.

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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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