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The Palmer Garden 8422 Forest Hills Boulevard

If you love gardens, gardening, or art then the annual White Rock East Garden Tour is the place to be on Sunday, May 15. East Dallas gardeners and artists come together each spring to showcase their beautiful gardens and creations for a single perfect day. Nine gardens in Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, and Casa Linda Estates will be open to the public on Sunday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Each garden will host several artists displaying a wide variety of artwork available for purchase. (more…)

Dallas open houses

The house at 8550 Eustis Ave. in Forest Hills Estates is one of the four featured this week in our open house roundup.

If you’re looking for romance before Valentine’s Day, skip the drama and love these listings! We’ve found four open houses you should definitely make a date to visit this weekend. They range in price from $240K to $935K, in neighborhoods from Forest Hills to Preston Royal. Enjoy!

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Here's my map to help guide Santa's sleigh. And his real estate agent.

Here’s my map to help guide Santa’s sleigh. And his real estate agent.

I grew up in North Dallas and have lived all over Dallas and the ‘burbs, but when I finally landed in East Dallas in 2007, I knew I had found my happy place.

East Dallas has a culture unlike anywhere else in the city (although North Oak Cliff feels like its cousin). I could spend hours walking or biking through neighborhoods like Little Forest Hills, Buckner Terrace, and the Peninsula. So many beautiful houses! So many trees! And friendly neighbors everywhere!

Circumstances and a new baby moved me to Plano this year, and I have pined over my favorite neighborhoods in East Dallas ever since. I go out of my way to get back to East Dallas as often as possible, and because I’ve been very good this year, I’m asking Santa for a token of his appreciation for Christmas: A midcentury house east of White Rock Lake. With original hardwoods. And mature trees.

That’s not too much, is it?

I’ve got a few ideas for Santa, in case he’s stumped. This Casa Linda cottage has just the kind of curb appeal I love: big trees, tranquil setting, and an expansive yard. Located at 1422 Tranquilla Dr., it’s listed at $348,500 and is a 3-2 with 1,857 feet. That’s not quite large enough for my family of four, so we might have to sell the teenager before we move. But I’m OK with that.

1422 Tranquilla Dr

Looks at those gorgeous original hardwoods! And the built-ins! And a wood-burning fireplace! So much character from when it was built in 1945.  (more…)

8538 San Pedro Front Angle

Photos: Shoot2Sell

Drive by this gorgeous modern farmhouse in Forest Hills and try not to fall in love. Chances are, the house is going to win and you’ll fall head over heels for this beauty, which has clean modern lines throughout and stunning custom interiors.

This is, truly, one of those homes where you think “Why on earth would anyone want to sell this beauty?”

The truth of the matter is that the homeowners are selling their dream home kicking and screaming. Their loss could be your gain, and what an amazing gain it could be.

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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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8200 Forest Hills Front

I have been watching this amazing home for a little while. A reader sent me a link to this incredible Forest Hills home a couple of weeks ago when it first hit the market, and I was in love. Really, the “Father of the Bride” exterior — classic white with pillars flanking the front door and dark shutters — made me weak in the knees. The gorgeous bay windows are show off in the twilight photos. It is All-American like apple pies, rootbeer floats, or a hamburger at Keller’s.

And now, it’s $50,000 cheaper.

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9003 Groveland Front

I’m sure you’ve seen the signs in the front yard of homes sandwiched between Old Gate and Lakeland, sporting green lettering admonishing passersby to “Keep Little Forest Hills Funky!” Still, over the years as investors and newcomers have bought up the little cottages that line the hilly streets of this neighborhood, many of the homes have become more bland, more predictable, and decidedly less “funky.”

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8205 Forest Hills Front

Josy Cooner-Collins, co-owner of modern furnishings retailer Scott+Cooner, has her fingerprints on many amazing interiors in Dallas, but her most famous would be the W Hotel in Victory Park. With sleek design and fun details, everything Josy touches turns out amazing. Tons of curves and pops of color make her projects stand out.

8205 Forest Hills WalkwayThis design philosophy carries over to Cooner-Collins’ own home, a beautiful, vast Hill-Country-style abode in Forest Hills. A short walk from White Rock Lake and on a huge lot, this six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath beauty doesn’t disappoint. It has an organic modern vibe, with natural materials and clean lines. For Cooner-Collins, it has been a place her family has loved. However, it’s time to move on, she says.

8205 Forest Hills Living

“Our family is not as big as it once was. We have a total of five children, and only two are still at home,” Cooner-Collins said. “We adore the house but are excited to have a new chance to build another great house by White Rock Lake.”

I, for one, am thrilled to hear that not only will Cooner-Collins stay in the area, but we get another fabulous home designed and decorated with her amazing style. Of course, 8205 Forest Hills Boulevard is a work of art in its own right, with dry-stacked stone on the outside, polished blue limestone inside, and niches and nooks for art and collections of all kinds throughout. This 5,375-square-foot home is listed for $1.7 million by Scott Carlson.

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“I love the layout, as everyone has their own space when in the house,” Cooner-Collins said. “We can have a dinner for 20 and the kids, who range in age from 8 to 33, can have their own space in it.”

It also feels private thanks to the immense front yard, which clocks in at close to an acre, she said. Other features that Cooner-Collins adores include the chef-worthy kitchen, the view of the pool from the master suite, and the way guests can gaze at the Japanese garden from the guest suite.

8205 Forest Hills Kitchen

The location is a gem, too, she said.

“I am an avid runner and love having the lake two blocks away,” Cooner-Collins said. “That has been a wonderful element.”

With a mixture of linear elements and gorgeous natural materials, this family home is, as Cooner-Collins calls it, “warm and modern.” We totally agree.

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