Interior Designer Ashley Bell's Lakewood Austin Stone Home is what renovation dreams are made of.

Interior Designer Ashley Bell’s Lakewood Austin Stone Home is what renovation dreams are made of.

Get ready to say the words, “Is it available fully furnished?”

You know what they say about the devil being in the details? Well, every detail of interior designer Ashley Bell’s Lakewood home feels like a guilty pleasure. Though the house itself features meticulous updates, we guarantee you’ll be just as taken with all of the trappings as you are with the home’s beautiful bones.

One of the stars of last year’s Lakewood Home Festival Tour, 6934 Meadow Lake Avenue is 2,770 square feet of serendipity.

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Iconic Lakewood Estate by Charles Dilbeck night facade. xWe’re lucky to live in a city that offers great residential architecture, from brand-new construction by hip young architects, to treasured historic properties like this iconic Lakewood estate designed by Charles Dilbeck.

These historic homes are not often available. When they do hit the market it’s a rare opportunity to own a real piece of history. Our Monday Morning Millionaire at 6726 Lakewood Boulevard is not only a one-of-a-kind estate, it’s also been completely restored, renovated, and updated.
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Ebby Halliday Realtor Dennis Hammett. Photo: Bret Redman

In DFW, the real estate community is a tight-knit group, and I’ve got the scoop on a big move from one of the movers and shakers.

Ebby Halliday Realtor Dennis Hammett is moving from the Lakewood/Lake Highlands office to Ebby’s Little White House this week! He’s making this strategic move to  establish a stronger presence on the west side of 75, starting Jan. 16.

“In order to be more competitive in the luxury markets west of Central Expressway, I have made the decision to make this move,” Hammett said. “This decision was not easy for me and has been filled with a range of emotions because the Lakewood/Lake Highlands family and staff has been the pillar of my success and there are no words to express my appreciation.”

Said Keith Newman, sales manager of Ebby’s Little White House: “We welcome Dennis to the Little White House. He has a proven track record of success that will serve him well as he continues to provide exceptional sales experiences to his valued clients.”

If you remember, Hammett was the 2014 “Rookie of the Year” at Ebby, a well-deserved accolade for a rising star. He’s made his mark in the East Dallas market: Dennis has been named the 2015 Lakewood/Lake Highlands No. 1 Top Producer, a 2016 Lakewood Top Producer, and both 2015 and 2016 D Magazine Best Realtor and Top Producer. All this in his first four years in the real estate business! Can you say natural talent?

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Lakewood just keeps getting better.

Not only is it filled with iconic and historic homes, but the new construction we are seeing is simply some of the best in Dallas. Notably, our collective jaws dropped when we spotted 6726 Lake Circle Drive in the very heart of Lakewood. (more…)

GetMedia-1Nothing warms our hearts more than a Ranch-style home, especially a refreshed ranch. This all-American house style was popularized in the 1950’s, notably by architect Cliff May, and quickly became the iconic suburban home. The simple informal design captured the imaginations and suited the lifestyles of the post-war generation.

What goes around, comes around and a new generation of buyers have rediscovered the ranch.

These homes are a great investment for multiple reasons. Not only do they adapt to traditional or modern tastes, they can capture the midcentury modern aesthetic with minimal work. They are also not terribly challenging to renovate or add on to. Our Saturday 700, at 6610 Yosemite Lane, is a prime example of how to refresh the right way.

By the way this is also a rather famous street in Dallas. It is where the late, great Texie Waterman resided, the first (and some would say, only) choreographer of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders! Also of note is that this particular home was once owned by Dallas cosmetics guru Niven Morgan III… good genes in the house and the ‘hood!

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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…)

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O’Neil Ford’s Texas Modern at 3201 Wendover is on the National Register of Historic Places. Photography courtesy of Jennifer McNeil Baker

 

Frankly, we don’t know how they do it. Heading into their 40th year, the organizers of the Lakewood Home Tour always find proud homeowners willing to share their gorgeous and often architecturally significant houses with the public. In doing so they have raised millions of dollars since 1976, all benefitting local schools. This year, six homes ranging from brand new builds to historic architectural icons are on the annual tour that takes place this weekend. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at one of those icons, 3201 Wendover.

Stay tuned: We’ll be giving away two pairs of tickets to this year’s Lakewood Home Festival Tour later this week!

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6861 Lakewood Boulevard

Although this is the preferred entrance for family use, it’s actually the service entrance of the home.

The Dines and Kraft Tudor at 6861 Lakewood Boulevard is, without a doubt, one of the most beloved homes in Lakewood — and it’s finally for sale again. It was just listed by Annamari Lannon of Allie Beth Allman for $1.249 million, and that is a great price for a home of this caliber.

Built in 1928, the three-story, 4,160-square-foot home is often referred to by neighbors as “The Ohio House.” Take a look at the first photo, closely. Look to the left, peeking through the leaves of the tree. Let us know in our comments section if you figure out why it’s been given that name! (more…)