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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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GetMedia-1The East Dallas housing market is booming. Builders lay in wait for anything resembling a tear down, and existing homes are being renovated at a dizzying pace. It’s extremely hard to nab an original house that’s been beautifully updated, but we’ve found one for you at 6813 Clayton.

It’s an adorable 2,244-square-foot traditional Gastonwood Tudor that is truly move-in ready. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home listed by Beth Borman of Dave Perry-Miller was built in 1918 and has the coveted signature features of the era, including a graceful arched entry and gorgeous leaded glass windows.

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Dallas Weekend Open Houses

The stunning University Park Tudor at 3325 Rankin St. is a thing of beauty, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

The Internet is a beautiful thing when it comes to house hunting. But there’s no substitute for stepping foot in a home and seeing what it has to offer. That’s why we love open houses, and our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column was created to bring you an insider’s take on properties you don’t want to miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $389,999 to $1.025 million, and the selection is truly outstanding. You’ll find a range of properties, from a super-rare Pennsylvania Dutch farmhouse-style home, to an Alger Park cottage that feels like a treehouse in the woods. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week.

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This lovely Highland Park English Tudor at 4524 Edmondson ticks all the boxes. Timeless style, smart updates, great flow, and most of all, a modern house that successfully capitalizes on the charming look of an older home.

From the curb you could easily mistake this as a 1920s build instead of 2001 construction. This is only one of two spec homes built by Karl Hirschey, who was known for his hands-on approach. It’s a pity he’s retired from the building business, but some lucky buyer can move right into this beauty and know they won’t have to do a thing but entertain. They’ll also have bragging rights.

“The first owners were Brenden and Anne Marie Morrow,” listing agent Sylvia Scott with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, said. “Brenden was a captain with the Dallas Stars from 2006-2013 and is now retired from hockey.” A classic home and a brush with sports fame — what more could you want? (more…)

 

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Editor’s Note: This is Part Four of our five-part series breaking down our free team staging of 307 N. Waverly. Read Part One here, Part Two here, and Part Three here.

While executive editor Joanna England and senior writer Leah Shafer write about homes every day, they had never staged one until the CandysDirt.com team descended upon 307 N. Waverly in North Oak Cliff’s historic L.O. Daniel neighborhood. To say it was a learning experience is quite the understatement.

After the de-staging, Leah and Joanna got together for a brief post-mortem chat to talk about what they learned from the experience, which rooms had the most dramatic before-and-after shots, and what they wish they could have done. Jump to read more and to see the dramatic photography!

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Sometimes people just get it completely right when they put their home on the market. The updates are spot on, the colors are great and the house has just the right amount of furniture, so it’s not detracting from the architecture but enhancing it. I can tell you after having staged thousands of homes and after trolling through hundreds of homes each day on MLS to find something blog-worthy, that this is not the norm. So it’s more than refreshing when a picture-perfect home pops up on my screen, and 5635 Monticello is just that.

In fact, we’re sure that if we had to measure this home up, we’d get something like this:

Practically Perfect in Every Way

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Hollywood Heights is pretty darned hot. It’s always been a sought after neighborhood, but we’ve never seen it quite as on fire as it is now. Maybe it’s the fact there are great original homes, owners that remodel with extreme care, builders that have to follow conservation district guidelines, and great Lakewood schools. Of course for those in the know there’s the Newellian Easter parade, Liz Simmon’s Halloween haunted front yard, and Clydesdale drawn wagons filled with carolers at Christmas. If you want to jump into a neighborhood where a McMansion cannot go in next door and the fun factor is built right in, we have just the house. Britt Lopez has 522 Monte Vista listed for $550,00. Built in 1934, it’s 2,468 square feet of fabulous Tudor charm.

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The home at 5728 Swiss Ave. is one of five featured this week in our roundup of Dallas open houses.

There are some lovely homes just entering the Dallas real estate market, and we’ve found five stand-outs for our weekly round up of open houses. They range from a stately Swiss Avenue home and a remodeled Knox-Henderson condo, to a Caruth Hills traditional cottage in HPISD. They range in price from $335K to $917,500.

We hope you enjoy!

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