4207 Camden Front

“We call it the TARDIS because it looks so small from the outside and everyone that steps in the front door says ‘WOW!’ ” seller Jodie Adams claims. She’s put her adorable Montebello Park home on the market with Realtor Bill Nelson. This home has so many cute features, including an upstairs addition that has dramatically increased the square-footage of this 1939 cottage inside the Stonewall Jackson Elementary attendance area.

And we have to agree about how much bigger it looks on the inside, especially with the open living room and spacious kitchen. Jump to see the photos!

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Little Forest Hills artist Janet Reynolds lets her flock of Barred Rocks and Rhode Island Reds frolic in her backyard under supervision.

Little Forest Hills artist Janet Reynolds lets her flock of Barred Rocks and Red Stars frolic in her backyard under supervision. (Photo: Jo England)

I can say, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that this home tour is the smallest and most unique in Dallas. It’s one of those events that has people saying “Only in East Dallas!” That’s what I love about it, too. If you haven’t already heard, A Peep at The Coops is an annual chicken coop tour that will lead you through nine lovely coops and gardens throughout East Dallas’ most fun and funky neighborhoods.

The Sunday, May 3, coop tour is a fundraiser for Stonewall Jackson Elementary’s garden program. It’s the perfect event for the chicken-curious folks considering their own birds but aren’t quite sold on it yet. And it’s a budget-friendly family outing, too, as you can purchase a map to the coops on tour for just $10. There’s a companion bike-led tour from the kind folks at Transit Bikes where you can pedal to the close-by coops on an easy-to-ride route, plus a raffle for a gorgeous modern coop designed by Mark Domiteaux, AIA.

This modern, mobile chicken coop will be raffled off to benefit Stonewall Gardens.

This modern, mobile chicken coop will be raffled off to benefit Stonewall Gardens.

We got a sneak peep at two coops yesterday. Jump for more!

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One of the big draws when we bought in the Hollywood Heights neighborhood in Dallas was the school district. You see, just south of Lakewood, Hollywood Heights is zoned for the coveted Lakewood Elementary. We knew this was a great resource if we had kids and would help the property hold or increase in value (my fingers are crossed for increasing). Since we now have a child but she is only 3 months old, I didn’t know much about Lakewood Elementary or even DISD.

At a Hollywood Heights Santa Monica Neighborhood Association Meeting, I heard a few speakers from the Lakewood Elementary PTA discussing their capital campaign to update and expand Lakewood Elementary as it was growing beyond capacity; it was built in 1951 to accommodate 350 students. (more…)

6159 Kenwood Front

We know that Lakewood Elementary is extremely sought after, with homes that would have sold for the mid $200ks a year and some change ago, selling for upwards of $325K in most cases. Of course, then there’s the M Streets area that feeds into Stonewall Jackson Elementary. It’s sought after for two reasons — not only is this area cozy and intimate feeling, but it’s extremely walkable and close to shopping and entertainment.

This home has a lot going for it besides the great curb appeal and fantastic location: It’s owned by Republic Property Group’s Tony Ruggeri! His company is behind those fantastic North Texas communities such as Light Farms, Phillips Creek Ranch, and Lantana!

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6118 Ellsworth Front

There is an incredible misconception of just exactly where Lakewood is. Most people assume that, if it’s west of White Rock Lake and south of Northwest Highway, then you’re in Lakewood. No, not really, guys. Those areas, I sometimes refer to as Lakewood Lite. They are close to the lake, but are too far west or north to be inside Lakewood proper.

The more you know, and all that.

Of course, you’re wondering what the point of all this talk of Lakewood is going, and let me tell you that there is this incredible house at 6118 Ellsworth Avenue in the Hal Moseley neighborhood. While it’s not in Lakewood, but instead closer to Wilshire Heights, don’t let that make you think this is some piddly little house. This is a truly amazing property. Like, epic-level cool, guys. And it’s so interesting and it’s close to Wilshire Heights, so it feeds into Stonewall Jackson Elementary, and did I mention that it’s cool? It’s so cool.

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5915 Anita Front

Stonewall Terrace is a fantastic neighborhood. The homes are adorable, there are restaurants and shops everywhere, there are tons of pedestrians and cyclists, nearby mass transit, and there’s easy access to North Central Expressway. But what really makes Stonewall Terrace a fantastic family neighborhood is its namesake elementary campus, Stonewall Jackson Elementary.

5915 Anita LivingThis neighborhood has pulled the school up by its bootstraps thanks to a super supportive early childhood PTA that has kept the trains running on time. That’s one of the reasons that this neighborhood, which is near the exceptionally popular M Streets, has skyrocketed as of late. But if you think you can’t find a deal in Stonewall Terrace, think again.

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This adorable cottage at 5915 Anita St. is listed by Dallas City Center Realtor Patricia McCrite for $379,500. With almost 2,000 square feet, you’d be surprised at the size of this home from the curb. It is so adorable, isn’t it? But it’s truly spacious and still private feeling, thanks to the updates this home has received.

5915 Anita Kitchen

With beautiful built-ins and a lovely formal living and dining area, you could hold intimate get-togethers in this home. The kitchen is a bit modest, but there’s still room for a breakfast nook, so it’s not too terribly small. If you’re ambitious, you could expand the kitchen into the formal dining room and open the entire area up.

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There’s a den, and the master suite features a living area, too. With three bedrooms and two baths, there’s plenty of room for a family. And with the hardwood floors, tons of great built-ins, this home will have room to grow.

5915 Anita Den

The backyard features a huge deck and separate fenced-in area, perfect for a family with a couple of pooches. What do you think of this home?

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6346 Anita Front

Yes, we talk a lot about Lakewood Elementary and how amazing it is, thanks to a very active parent group, the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA. But let’s not forget that there are other great elementary schools in this area, including Stonewall Jackson Elementary.

This is an amazing, trend-setting campus that started its own educational garden before they were de rigeur. And surrounding this great elementary campus are some super cute neighborhoods, including Wilshire Heights. This lovely area is bounded by Mockingbird Lane on the north, Abrams road on the east, and Skillman on the west. It has great walkability and density without losing that close-knit neighborhood feel. On one of the through streets you’ll find 6346 Anita, a superb little traditional with some really fabulous updates. It’s listed by Randi Rummer of TexHomes Realty for $309,900.

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With three bedrooms, one full bath, and more than 1,400 square feet, this home is perfect for a small family or empty nesters looking to downsize and simplify. Built in 1950 and recently updated, this home still features some amazing details original to post-war traditional architecture, including ornate crown moulding and a lovely back porch. You’ll adore the refinished hardwood floors, too, and if you think you’ll be turned off by the single bathroom, wait until you see this stunner.

6346 Anita Kitchen

Of course, this home is super cozy, and with a fireplace, archways, and remodeled kitchen, you’re sure to be comfy at home during the next Icemaggedon. You’ll appreciate the updated light fixtures, too, including the can lights in the kitchen. Travertine, stainless steel, and granite line this updated commissary, which has French doors opening to the backyard.

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Now, the bathroom has a vanity, an oversized Kohler jetted tub, and a full-sized shower with dual heads to get you really, really clean. Tons of neutral stone and granite, with a mix of chrome and oil-rubbed bronze hardware keep it from feeling too modern. Sure, its a lot of features crammed into a bath, but with only one commode in this house, you’ll be glad to have it all.

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The backyard is so lovely, too, with a nice covered deck that leads from the kitchen to the garage. You also have a lovely little backyard, not too much maintenance for those who want to downsize but just enough room to have a labor-of-love garden.

I think this home is a great property at a good price for a wonderful neighborhood. What do you think?

McCommas Front

The M Streets is such a fabulous neighborhood. It has an urban feel and a great elementary school in Stonewall Jackson and feeds into Woodrow Wilson High School. It’s close to great restaurants and entertainment on Greenville Avenue, super close to mass transit at Mockingbird Station, and it’s not far from SMU and the Park Cities.

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And one of the best reasons you’ll love the M Streets is the great assemblage of renovated cottages. This is definitely one of them, at 5311 McCommas. This adorable two-bedroom, one-bath home has 1,288 square feet and is — get this — only $324,900. That’s right! You can buy a home in the M Streets for less than $325K!

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Marketed by Frada Sandler of Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, this cute little house is updated, but has tons of potential, too. Frada says this home could easily add another 122 square feet to become your half bath or laundry room. There’s also a detached two-car garage in the backyard.

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You’ll just adore the kitchen, which has an attached dining room with a bay window and cozy window seat. The kitchen has great cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, too. Yes, there’s only one bathroom, but that’s pretty common for homes built in the 1930s, of which you’ll find tons in this neighborhood.

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What you won’t find is a home with these touches in this price range. This is an absolute deal, folks!

What do you think?

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