914 Cordova extIf living in the South of France is not an option for you, we’ve found the next best thing. Our Friday Four Hundred is a truly stunning Hollywood Heights Tudor cottage, at 914 Cordova, that will make you think you’ve slipped into a designers Provencal farmhouse the moment you cross the threshold.

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I pass by this gorgeous, gigantic, classic Tudor at 622 Newell Avenue almost every evening as I walk the dogs. Two years ago I did a staging consultation with the sellers and Cassie Evans wrote about it for the blog, so I was surprised to see it back on the market this week.

You see, people tend to never leave Hollywood Heights. They move, but they move within the neighborhood. For example, both of the neighbors across the street from me have moved to larger homes in the neighborhood. And both of their homes sold within 30 days. A house on Monte Vista listed Saturday and went to contract Monday. This is reflective of what’s happening in general with real estate in our market, but Hollywood Heights, specifically, is hotter than ever. (more…)

The old soul Victorian at 4317 Worth St. is Kristen

The old soul Victorian at 4317 Worth St. is Kristen Martin’s third “flip” all of her own in Dallas.

When some people look at an old house in disrepair, all they see are its problems. But for one Dallas Realtor, old Dallas homes are all about possibility, instead.

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Realtor Kristen Martin in front of the Victorian she renovated in Old East Dallas.

Kristen Martin says she’s a kindred soul with old houses, getting to know them, even naming them as she restores, repairs, and renovates them to a state even better than what they were originally.

She’s a Realtor with The Michael Group, and she’s passionate about real estate. But the properties that truly inspire her are the ones she’s buying and flipping.

A few weeks ago, we featured her old soul Victorian flip at 4317 Worth St. in our CandysDirt.com Dallas open house roundup. It is sensational! We had to know more about this woman who can make old houses sing again.

“I go in the houses and just feel them out—[the house on Worth Street] was a mess but I got it flowing well because I talked to the house and it talked back to me,” Martin said. “I have renovated three in the last year and before that, I had done three with other people.”

She wears rose-colored glasses, because all of her flips have been messes when she found them. The Worth Street house, which she purchased in April, was built in 1903 and was a little more than “rough around the edges.” The foundation, plumbing, electric, carpet, and parquet were all bad and needed replacement. The kitchen was a gut. It needed an HVAC. Cosmetically, it wasn’t much to look at, either, with an 80’s vibe going strong.

But Martin saw past all that.

“I had a feeling when I walked into it—the fireplaces and windows and wraparound porch—my jaw dropped,” she said. “I’m ahead of my time in that neighborhood because the area hasn’t made a whole revival. It’s coming back around but throughout the years, everybody has just looked at Swiss Avenue and Junius Heights [nearby].”

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904 Clermont

Hollywood Heights is one of those picturesque neighborhoods filmmakers love. It’s quaint, charming, and has a unique character. The vast majority of homes were built in the 1920s and ‘30s in a variety of styles, from Spanish eclectic to Craftsman, but the most coveted are the classic Tudor homes. In fact, speculation runs high that it has the largest collection of stone-embellished Tudor cottages in America. Finding one is tricky enough, as once people move in, they stay a good long while. Finding one that’s been fully renovated and for sale is a dream come true. Our Saturday Six Hundred at 904 Clermont is just that. It’s listed by Jim Costello with Costello & Associates.

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When you have an idea in your head, sometimes it sounds way more awesome rattling around in your brain than when it actually happens.

I’m happy to report that this was not the case last night. A steady stream of parents with children in Dallas ISD schools, Lakewood residents, Realtors and more came by the darling Tudor in Hollywood Heights to talk Dallas ISD schools with each other, yours truly, and newly-elected District 2 trustee Dustin Marshall.

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This stunning 1925 Hollywood Heights Tudor at 6932 Santa Monica Drive is so spectacular, it was featured in the 2013 Hollywood Heights Neighborhood home tour. But life wasn’t all glamour for this adorable Tudor angel. It’s very hard to imagine, but once upon a time she stood vacant for two years. A family of raccoons even had to be evicted when the home was purchased by the present owners. Originally a duplex, the owners, both former architects, had a clear vision of the property’s potential. Working together with Perrin Scudder, of Scudder Construction, they created a wonderful single family home with immaculate style and grace, and retained the charm of the era.

Of course, they introduced modern functionality where it was needed. The result is an amazingly modern home with the bones and charm of yesteryear.

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Want to see this super cute home on Santa Monica? Enter to win! Photo: Kim Leeson

Guys, we have a surprise for you, our loyal readers. I found out yesterday that for today’s ticket giveaway for the Hollywood Home Tour this weekend we have— get this — FIVE PAIRS OF TICKETS!

I am just beside myself because this is just one of my absolute favorite home tours, and this year the Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association is doing it up big for their 25th anniversary. I mean, they have some really cute homes, including Kelly and Tom Hoffmann’s cerulean cottage on Santa Monica that we featured last week.

Of course, not only are there amazing and adorable homes on the tour, but there’s also an auction party on Friday night at the Dallas Arboretum, a candlelight home tour on Friday, and some really fantastic artists vending at Lindsley Park this weekend for Hollywood Art in The Park. The home tour is slated for Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and features five gorgeous historic properties.

Jump to find out how you can win one of our FIVE PAIRS OF TICKETS to the Hollywood Home Tour this weekend, April 30 to May 1!

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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.