05/23/19 8:45am

Florida

Lake Park Estates is such a cool neighborhood, which is why I’m not really shocked to see how much asking prices have skyrocketed in the past few years. This increasingly desirable White Rock Lake enclave offers pretty much everything people move to East Dallas for, notes David Griffin & Company Realtor Lori Ericsson

That’s why we think that this remodeled midcentury ranch in Lake Park Estates is worthy of our High Caliber Home of the Week title, presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Not only does it have some impeccably planned additions that make the most of the arboreal environment that puts the “park” in Lake Park Estates, but it’s also another kind of green.

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05/22/19 9:45am

man caveIf you watch enough House Hunters on HGTV you can create a drinking game of it — take a shot every time someone says man cave. Chug a beer when someone says they hate the paint color. One kegstand when the couple announces they each want a style of house that is not at all compatible with the other, like a Victorian Brutalist with an open concept kitchen that is hidden from the great room and has vintage post-war appliances. Civil War.

Sorry, I got sidetracked there.

Anyway, the man cave is mentioned at least every other episode. In fact, there was one episode where the guy mentioned the man cave every two minutes. The fact that the Realtor didn’t shove him in an actual cave speaks volumes for the patience and professionalism of the craft of real estate sales.

I bring this up because a reader sent me a listing for this week that has a man cave. I mean it, we can’t call it a bonus room, or flex space, or a home theater, or any other euphemism. It is what it is, and what it is is a man cave. (more…)

05/22/19 9:30am

Historic Apartment Building
832 Blaylock Drive
Circa 1917

Lake Cliff may have the most colorful history of any neighborhood in Oak Cliff. It was once part of the original township of Oak Cliff that Dallas annexed in 1901, and it has been the gateway to Oak Cliff since the 19th century.

Named after the small freshwater lake created by the exclusive Llewellyn Country Club in 1890, Lake Cliff was part of businessman T.L. Marsalis’ vision to transform Old Oak Cliff into the most affluent suburb of Dallas. In 1889, he built his private grand mansion at Colorado Boulevard and Marsalis Avenue, and a string of affluent buyers began building the following year.

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05/22/19 9:00am

texasFrom staff reports

It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t the worst, either — and in parts, Texas is not so bad, an analysis of the state’s Best States ranking from U.S. News and World Report recently revealed.

The Lone Star State earned the 38th spot overall this year, with bright spots in fiscal stability and economy, ranking in the top 20 for both at 12 and 15, respectively.

But the state was dinged for opportunity and healthcare, as well as natural environment.

Infographic by CandysDirt.com/Data from US News and World Report

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05/22/19 8:45am

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05/21/19 9:55am

dellsWhen this 1946 Minimal Traditional in the Dells District hit our desks Monday, we knew we had to share it before it disappeared.

After all, the Dells is one of the hidden gems of an increasingly gentrifying Oak Cliff, with hills and long, winding streets, and even a creek running through it, the neighborhood is a little slice of green, dotted with adorable cottages and homes that have been well-maintained and often still in possession of their post-war sensibilities, yet updated for the needs of 2019.

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05/21/19 9:45am

My Little Sweetheart, 2018 Parade of Playhouses

NorthPark Centre is prestigious and just a little picky. To even be invited in is a tremendous honor, but to be invited in and welcomed back for the past 24 years? You’re basically a legend. And if you’ve seen Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses, you know they are legendary.

Every year some of the biggest builders in Dallas toss their construction hats in the ring to build THE BEST playhouses for THE BEST cause – Dallas CASA, an advocacy group for Dallas foster children. We’re talking the top commercial and residential builders, architects and architect firms, and even some spectators that have a tool belt and a dream. Names such as …

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