Very few homes stand the test of time. Our Inwood National Bank House of the Week is an incredibly chic modern colonial that looks as if it was renovated last year, not in 1996. It takes skill, knowledge, dedication, and talent to ensure a home does not become dated, and we’ve never seen a better example than 3802 Shenandoah Street in the heart of Highland Park.

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dallas open house

The restoration of 5628 Miller Ave. in Vickery Place is a thing of beauty, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $240K to $945K. You’ll find a range of properties, from an updated ranch in Northwest Dallas’ Les Jardins neighborhood, to a jaw-dropping restoration of a 1921 Prairie-Tudor home in Vickery Park. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

 

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Pecan pie

Peggy Millheiser

Do you know Meals on Wheels?  Each weekday, more than 4,000 hot lunches are cooked and delivered to homebound seniors and disabled persons throughout Dallas County.  Volunteers do the delivering.  It is a great volunteer opportunity for Realtors, especially, since they are chained to a car. Meals on Wheels is a project of the Visiting Nurses Association, and Peggy Millheiser happens to be on the board  of VNA/Meals on Wheels. The VNA started the very first hospice program in Dallas, and continues the work today.  They also offer private care and companionship.

Meals on Wheels is raising funds by selling Thanksgiving Day pies, really yummy ones. If you have not had the pleasure of volunteering to drive Meals on Wheels, I have and it is SO rewarding! One year my son came with me when he was home from college. I recall one time we met a man who was heating his home with the burners on his stove, and we notified the office who sent out help stat.

This year, VNA Meals on Wheels organized Power of Pie. Many high profile local bakers– The Joule Hotel, Four Seasons, Anatole, Spoon, and Empire Baking Company are a just a few—have agreed to donate pumpkin and pecan pies. You can buy one for just $25, which is the cost to feed one senior for a week.

The pies will be available the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day (November 27), and you can pick them up at distribution centers all over the area. Here are the pickup locations. Saint Michaels on Douglas is one location.

Click here to order your pies and choose your Power of Pie pickup location.

What’s Thanksgiving without pumpkin AND pecan pie. And here is a great way to serve a delicious, home made dessert, while feeding others who are home-bound and quite possibly all alone for the holiday.

THE DEADLINE TO ORDER IS THIS SUNDAY, AND YOU CAN DO IT ALL ONLINE.

I’m going to order a couple, and then my husband can take them to Labor and Delivery and feed all the new dads the day after Thanksgiving!

Thanks, Peggy, for doing this and helping so many people in Dallas.

It’s address is the only real negative I can come up with for 926 Peavy Road, and even that isn’t such a bad thing. Peavy, which is what Mockingbird Lane turns into as you head east from White Rock Lake, is a busy thoroughfare, but this house won’t suffer from headlights shining through the front windows or blocked driveways thanks to an expertly placed privacy wall.

The wall, which creates a great little courtyard, makes this home feel a lot safer. Marketed by Peggy Millheiser of Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, this three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,841-square-foot home is priced at a reasonable $229,900.

This house, which feeds into Blue Ribbon Hexter Elementary, is in a neighborhood that is in the midst of revitalization thanks in part to small business owners. Just down Peavy Road are two restaurants — Good 2 Go Tacos and Goodfriend — that have garnered acclaim from all over the city, and this house is within walking distance. Also less than a brief jaunt away is a great park and playing fields, as well as Dallas’ crown jewel — White Rock Lake — itself.

Inside the home you’ll find several updates, such as hardwood floors and double-pane windows. The best thing about this house, hands down, is the brand-spanking new kitchen. I love the stainless fridge and double-drawer dishwasher, as well as granite counters and gleaming maple cabinets.

The master bedroom is a good size — certainly nothing to sneeze at — and comes equipped with a skylight. As much as I love skylights, I don’t like them waking me up before I have to be, so if it doesn’t come with a shade I am sure you can negotiate one.

The master bath is sparkling. I love the glass vanity top — very chic! The large tile in an off-set pattern makes the room feel longer and larger than it really is.

The backyard, which, thanks to a privacy fence and a creek nextdoor, feels exceptionally quiet. There’s tons of room back there, which is great for kids. The deck is great, too — a good spot for summer barbecues.

All in all, I think this home is an exceptional value. What do you think?

“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

Seriously, this house could be a set for 2001: A Space Odyssey! Everything is white, white, white, and there’s a “reading tube” that reminds me of several scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, but this one particularly strikes a chord!

The home, 16919 Brushfield Dr., was built in 1979, and Kubrick’s 2001 hit theaters in 1968, so it’s doubtful that the architect was inspired by the film. Still, this house is so cool! I love the sunken living room, which is super common for the era. But what sells this house is the natural light. Because there are practically no walls and some cool floor-to-ceiling windows, there is tons of it. You’ll hardly need to flick a switch with all of the windows.

There are three bedrooms (four if you don’t want an office downstairs) and three baths in this 3,185-square-foot home marketed by Peggy Millheiser of Dave Perry-Miller. It’s located in a neighborhood we don’t often feature, too: Tioga East. I guess at $289,000 you’re paying for style and schools, which are Richardson ISD.

Yes, the master bath is a little, um, weird, but don’t let that discourage you! There’s plenty more fabulousness throughout the home!

Other things I love about this house: The covered rear patio, the spiral staircase, and the fact that it’s on a cul-de-sac. This might be the perfect house for a family with a couple of starchildren (HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh wait, that wasn’t a very good joke …)