The Park Cities home at 12101 Madeleine Cir. is one of five we're featuring in our open-house roundup this week.

The Park Cities home at 12101 Madeleine Cir. is one of five we’re featuring in our open-house roundup this week.

The Dallas housing market this week offers some particularly beautiful homes, many of which have open houses this weekend.

We’ve rounded up five that would make for a great visit. They range in price from $217,000 to $949,000, and include everything from a stately traditional Prairie in Munger Place to a Lakewood Contemporary by Durham Builders. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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Munger Place Heights

There’s a little neighborhood nestled between Gaston and Abrams called Munger Place Heights, and the moment you wander in you’ll find a slice of heaven. Trees arch over the streets to intertwine, lawns are perfectly manicured, everyone hangs out on the front porch, and the neighbors not only know your name but they know your dog’s name, too. If you’re lucky enough to nab a house here you won’t ever leave, unless you love ‘em and leave ‘em like Karl Braddick does.

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junius heights tudor

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Today’s Thursday Three Hundred is a rare treat. This Junius Heights Tudor, located just south of the heart of Lakewood at 731 Lipscomb Ave., charms with its vintage curb appeal and original details throughout the interior. Updates, like the quartz kitchen countertops, commercial-grade stainless steel range, and master bathroom addition, address common concerns in a house from this era (1924), and make it appealing for modern buyers.

With the addition, the house is now a 3-2, with 1,948 square feet, spacious for a Tudor and for the neighborhood. You can’t beat the location, walking distance to Lakewood Shopping Center and a short distance from the south end of White Rock Lake.

This house was listed Tuesday by Brittney Warren of Rogers Healy and Associates for $389,000, so this is a first look at this property.

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Junius Heights Prairie

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to Junius Heights in Old East Dallas to look at a lovely Prairie Style house that just hit the market June 1.

The Prairie Style of residential architecture made its debut in Dallas in 1907 with a house on Abrams Road, based on the plans Frank Lloyd Wright published in Ladies Home Journal six years earlier. This style was popular in the Midwest and Texas, a distinctly American design idea featuring a low-pitched roof, large overhanging eaves, central chimney, discipline in the use of ornamentation, and low, horizontal lines.

Just three years later, the house at 5614 Worth St. made its appearance near Beacon and Gaston. It’s not a perfect example of the Prairie Style, but comes close, with its warm earth-tone palette, horizontal wood siding, interior glass doors, and other “style appropriate” interior architectural details.

With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,416 square feet, this Junius Heights Prairie house is modest in size, but offers a lot of function and beauty in that space. There are minor cosmetic fixes needed in parts of the house, like the second bathroom, but overall, it’s great. Plus, the location is prime, just minutes away from Lakewood, Lower Greenville, White Rock Lake, and other hot spots for shopping and dining.

This house is listed by Ebby Halliday agent Kay Caughron for $249,000. (As happens so often lately in our red hot North Texas real estate market, it went under contract in three days—it’s a charmer!)

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Junius HeightsThe Junius Heights Historic District in Old East Dallas is home to the largest collection of Arts and Crafts/Craftsman-style houses in the southwestern United States. As Dallas’ largest historic neighborhood, Junius Heights is a treasure trove of handsome architectural designs, like the rare “airplane bungalow” at 722 N. Beacon St., our Thursday Three Hundred today.

“Airplane bungalows” became popular in the 1920s, an Arts and Crafts style named because the “pop-up” second story was thought to resemble a cockpit over its wings.

This house was built in 1913, so it’s an early example, and a rarity in Dallas—these types of “airplane bungalows” are mainly found on the West coasts of the U.S. and Canada. The exterior is a faithful representation of the style, with its low-pitched, gabled roof; oversized eaves with exposed rafters; wide, welcoming front porch; and open soffits. The color palette is perfectly Arts and Crafts, in sage, cream, and a deep red accent color.

The interior has been renovated in the last year to expand the master suite and update the kitchen and second bathroom. But you’ll still find historic features throughout its 2,020 square feet, like decorative leaded windows, hardwood floors, and an original fireplace.

This three bedroom, 2.5 bath beauty is listed by Peggye Johnson at Group One Realtors for $339,000.

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Junius Heights Home Tour

 

The Junius Heights Historic District home tour is one of my favorites, namely because I used to live in the neighborhood and absolutely love the block-after-block array of gorgeous restored Craftsman architecture. This is an amazing and popular neighborhood in Dallas, which happens to be the city’s largest historic conservation district.

The tour, which will be Sunday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature five gorgeous properties in this lovely, walkable neighborhood. Advance tickets are $15, and can be purchased at the Lakewood Whole Foods. Tickets are $20 on the day of the event. Besides the tour homes, there’ll be a market at Paulus Avenue and Junius Street, which will have vendors, food trucks, and activities.

For us, though, I am excited to tour the two homes on Victor Street, which are an interesting juxtaposition. Jump for more!

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5524 Victor Front

Junius Heights is the neighborhood that stoked my love affair with Dallas real estate. My husband and I moved to Junius Heights shortly before we were married, living in a great little craftsman cottage on Glendale Street. We would walk down Junius street to Garden Cafe, and take our dogs for walks around the neighborhood. We knew all of our neighbors and enjoyed stretching our legs on Swiss Avenue. The commute downtown was a breeze, and I took the No. 19 bus every day as we were a one-car household.

And sometimes, when I see the right house, I really think about moving back.

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5101 Victor Front

This home is just a great combination of old-world charm and new-world conveniences in one of the most coveted and accessible historic districts in Dallas. And considering that 5101 Victor will be open on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., you can drop in and check it out after you’ve had brunch at the Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour.

5101 Victor Living

This house puts the “class” in “classic,” folks. It has tons of original details without skimping on the updates. It does, however, maintain the kind of charm that makes prairie homes popular with conservationists. That includes hardwood floors, tons of gorgeous moulding, beautiful windows, wainscoting, French doors, and columns everywhere.

5101 Victor Dining

With more than 2,700 square feet, this home is spacious and gracious. There are three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a detached garage, and a front porch that you can live on. There’s also a third-floor area that has been converted to a sitting or music room, whichever you prefer. It’s priced at $445,000, which is totally reasonable.

5101 Victor Kitchen

The kitchen is, well, kind of blah. It has been opened to the living area via a pass-through, though, which is great. It is kind of small, especially considering the size of the house, but it gets the job done. I do like the mullioned glass cabinets, and the fact that the fridge is actually in the kitchen near the cooktop is really great. Most homes built around the turn of the century don’t have room for so many large appliances in the kitchen.

5101 Victor Master

The master bedrooms is a good size, but here’s another one of those homes with an exterior door in the master suite. I think it opens to a covered porch, which, if you add a little coffee maker to this bedroom, I’m sold. I love the paint colors, and that huge closet is a definite plus.

5101 Victor Master bath

The adjoining master bath has been redone, but I love that the sellers maintained some of the home’s period character by using hex tile on the floor and inside the huuuuuuuge shower. Man, that’s just a gigantic shower! And it has skylights! What a great touch!

5101 Victor Backyard

The backyard has an expansive deck and several other seating areas for guests. It’s a great little garden for hanging out in when the weather permits! All-in-all, this is a fabulous house and you should definitely see it in person on Sunday!