Historic Craftsman 6015 Bryan ParkwayEvery house has a story. Some are sad, some are funny, and then there are the love stories. Our Saturday Seven Hundred at 6015 Bryan Parkway is all about love. This historic Craftsman came close to just being a memory. (more…)

 

Georgian Bryan Place IHOTW

We’ve found the perfect home for anyone that longs for the era of gracious lawn parties, jazz drifting through the air, and the ever-present champagne glass in hand. Wait, that’s what the CandysDirt.com staff longs for. Wonder if we pool our resources …

Seriously though, this Georgian mansion on Gaston Avenue was built in 1925, just as F. Scott Fitzgerald was publishing The Great Gatsby. His words reflected the excitement of the “Roaring Twenties” just as this gorgeous home reflects the gracious lifestyle of a bygone era. Lucky for us, the era may be gone, but homes like this still allow us to capture the essence of that lifestyle.5422 Gaston Avenue

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S. Edgefield HCHOTW

If you’ve been ogling over those cute tiny homes that are popping up everywhere, but you’re not sure if a life on wheels or in the boonies for you, this listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Bart Thrasher shows that you can live itty bitty in the city.

Bart, who lives in Winnetka Heights with his wife, Karen, and son, Henry, knows a thing or two about good construction. Bart is a contractor and Karen is an incredibly talented architect, and with all that know-how between them they founded Thrasherworks, a boutique architecture and design firm based right in North Oak Cliff. And in Bart’s opinion, this property is perfect for those who believe in the gospel of minimalism and the zen of tidying up.

No wonder this unique Craftsman in Winnetka Heights is our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. While this listing is in contingency (the buyers are waiting to sell their current home), it doesn’t hurt to be prepared should it go back on the market. Call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today to get your pre-approval in line so you can put your highest and best offer in on this tiny home should you get a second chance!

342 S. Edgefield Front Porch

The front porch of 342 S. Edgefield has a hidden secret …

Jump to see the brilliant open floor plan and excellent storage inside this adorable Winnetka Heights Craftsman cottage!

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Bryn Mawr Ext

This 1936 Colonial revival on Bryn Mawr was taken to the studs and brought back to its former glory with the hard work and attention to detail from Pritchett – IV. It will be on the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Home Tour this weekend.

The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society puts on a can’t-miss tour every time, featuring some of the best-preserved homes throughout Highland Park and University Park. But sometimes a restoration becomes so much more than just fixing up an old house. Sometimes a restoration is more about celebrating craftsmanship and history.

That’s what Patty and Price Pritchett have done with 3432 Bryn Mawr. They took a home that would have otherwise been considered a teardown and lovingly poured the resources into it to make it the stunning colonial revival it is today. It has such presence on the lot, with its stately columns and bright white facade. Inside, the home is cozy and refined, with gorgeous hardwood floors and custom fixtures.

We wanted to know more, of course, so we picked homeowner Price Pritchett’s brain about what went into this home’s restoration. If you want to see it in person, be sure to buy your tickets to the April 9 home tour today, as online sales end tomorrow, April 6!

Of course, if you’re feeling lucky, we’ll host a ticket giveaway tomorrow, so stay tuned for your chance to win!

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mayrath house

Original Geneva cabinets are just one of the Midcentury Modern wonders in the iconic Mayrath house, located at 10707 Lennox Ln. in Northwest Dallas near the Straight Lane estates.

For all of its progress toward becoming a world-class city, Dallas still has a lot to learn about the value of historic architecture.

We are tear-down happy. The list of demolished Dallas buildings with significant historic and architectural value would go on for pages. But here are a few recent examples:

We might have another situation happening now. The Mayrath house at 10707 Lennox Ln. is a Midcentury Modern gem. It was designed by Dallas architect and homebuilder Truett A. Bishop in 1956, and is largely unchanged since then.

Photo: Michael Amonett

Photo: Michael Amonett

A Dallas Times Herald article from Sept. 23, 1957, titled Not a Splinter of Wood Used In Outstanding Home in Dallas, describes the Mayrath House like this:

Wood, the most frequently used material in homes, is completely shunned in the home of one Dallas family. There isn’t so much as a splinter of wood in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Mayrath, 10707 Lennox Lane…Built on columns of steel, the two story house is constructed with aluminum, glass, concrete and Austin stone. It may look like a country club at first glance, but it is a luxury home—one that probably is not equaled in the vast Southwest.

In terms of architectural value, this Northwest Dallas home near Royal Lane and Inwood Road is priceless. But it was listed Jan. 18 by Sharon Quist with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $2.5 million, which is just the lot value.

That means the iconic Mayrath house and all its Midcentury significance is likely to face the wrecking ball, probably replaced by another generic McMansion or faux château.

When discussing this possible fate for the Mayrath house, a friend commented, “That is so Dallas.” But it doesn’t have to be. This home is worth saving.

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314 S. Winnetka Front

If you’ve got déjà vu over this Winnetka Heights prairie four-square, you’re not alone. This gorgeous renovated home was on the Dec. 5 Winnetka Heights Holiday Home Tour, notes David Griffin & Co. Realtor Diane Sherman.

The sellers did a lot of research about the home, Sherman said. “They found that it was originally three units, and it was family owned.”

It was one of many properties built by W.P. Adleta, a well-known craftsman in Dallas, but it was where the renowned craftsman lived until his death in 1953. It has come a long way since then, thanks to Paul and Cindy Maute, who also redid 101 N. Montclair. That grand manor was on the 2008 Old Oak Cliff Conservation League home tour.

The history and location are enough to make this home worthy of being called our High Caliber Home of the Week, but the tremendous renovation really highlights the details. When you’re ready to put in a bid on the high caliber home of your dreams call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans first. She’ll guide you through the process, ensuring a smooth closing.

Jump to see the interiors of this magnificent home in Winnetka Heights!

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307 N. Winnetka Front

When Winnetka Heights was still full of crumbling rentals and dilapidated structures, Diane Sherman saw the beauty in the North Oak Cliff neighborhood. A resident of Winnetka Heights since 1979, Sherman was one of the vocal proponents of the city measures that would make Winnetka Heights a verified, protected historic district.

Sherman’s not one to brag, so I’ll do the work for her: She’s a member of the city’s Landmark Commission, she was one of the first to receive Preservation Dallas’ Advanced Historic House Specialist designation, she authored the Historic District addendum for MLS listings in protected neighborhoods, and she teaches courses on preservation. It’s really quite impressive!

But Sherman was a preservationist long before she became a Realtor, and over time she found that preserving homes and marketing them go hand-in-hand.

“There were very few Realtors at the time that cared about preservation or wanted to do anything about it,” Sherman said. She decided to get her license in 1995 and has since then encouraged the kind of high-end renovations and restorations for which Winnetka Heights is now known. She has watched people pour into her little slice of historic heaven, fixing up rattle-trap homes and duplexes and restoring them to period-appropriate splendor.

Sometimes, though, a renovation goes above and beyond even Sherman’s high expectations for the district. That’s the case with this beautiful bungalow. All of the details, done by a master woodworker and expert craftsman, easily earns this home the title of High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Caliber Home Loans. In fact, this home is bound to make history when it closes, Sherman says.

While this house is under contract, you don’t want to miss the chance to put in your highest and best offer on the renovation of your dreams the moment it hits MLS. Call Lisa Peters with Caliber Home Loans to make sure you sail through closing without a single hiccup.

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10300 Strait Lane ext

Comes word that the tear down of the Bud Oglesby home at 10300 Strait came sooner rather than later.

In fact, she is gone, her body laid to a fitful rest somewhere in Lewisville …

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