Modern French Farmhouse

Photography by Costa Christ

I set the bar pretty high when it comes to properties I think are worthy of our readers. I try to think a lot like the French, who we know are supremely selective. A home has to have historical or architectural value, or a great story. Or, it has to be so beautiful that even a French woman would love it, like our Inwood Home of the Week, a gorgeous University Park modern French farmhouse at 2708 Daniel Avenue.
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open houses

1204 S. Waverly Dr.

In the market for your first home, or a dream home? This week’s slate of open houses offers a little something for everyone.

This week, our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week range in price from $279,900 and up — and one is not even listed yet. Which ones will you visit? Want to possibly see your open house in next Thursday’s roundup? Join Getting the Dirt!

WAVERLY TRADITIONAL IS PRICED RIGHT

Open house: Saturday, Nov. 17, 12-2 p.m.

If you’re looking for a first home, this adorable 1948 Traditional at 1204 S. Waverly Dr. may be cozy at 1,484 square feet, but the three-bedroom, two-bath home has had some wonderful updates that make it a great option. (more…)

11/15/18 9:30am

WylieWe don’t get out to Wylie enough, so when Erin Burkart with Keller Williams Central reached out to us during our Pitch Me Please round last week on our Facebook group, Getting the Dirt, we were super pumped when she shared the price — because it was perfect for this week’s Thursday Three Hundred.

And, by the way, did we mention today is another Pitch Me Please day, so if you’re a Realtor, you should be checking it out? And if you’re a seller, you should be firing off an email right now that says, “GO PITCH MY HOUSE TO CANDYSDIRT.COM’S FACEBOOK GROUP.”

But we digress.

This house, located at 2745 Vinson Road, packs in quite a bit of bang for the buck. How much bang? Try an updated 3/2 Traditional Ranch that makes for a great modern farmhouse, plus more than three acres of tree-lined land with a three stall horse barn with electricity and a large storage shed — for $375,000. (more…)

11/15/18 9:15am

Maestri Gallery

Eddie Maestri is one of those guys that innately knows what’s cool. I met Eddie years ago, in my former life as a photography stylist and producer. I was scouting cool houses, and of course, he lived in one. Eddie has become one of the finest architects in Dallas. He has developed Maestri Studio, a full-service, turn-key architecture and interior design studio, into one of the most cutting-edge firms in the city. They not only build you a fantastic home, but with the launch of Maestri Gallery at 401 Exposition Avenue, they can also furnish it right down to the artwork and accessories. (more…)

11/14/18 3:38pm

News comes to us that Lincoln Property’s bid for Oak Lawn Committee (OLC) support for their revised plan has failed. You may recall the Lincoln Katy Trail project was essentially told last month by enough Plan Commissioners return to the OLC before returning to the City Plan Commission (CPC). Sources tell me that the OLC vote was five short. This is a backwards slide for the project, which had previously enjoyed the support of the long-standing neighborhood group by a single vote.

What happens next?

So far, Lincoln is due to return to Plan Commission tomorrow to pitch this revised plan. I’m hearing that this is still the plan even without OLC support. It will be very interesting to see how CPC plays this. As I’ve written, it’s been decades since a plan unsupported by the OLC has succeeded in passing CPC – and that plan (for Victory Park) required mayoral intervention – something I don’t see happening here.

Should CPC pass this plan, it severely hurts OLC and disempowers a neighborhood comprising Oak Lawn, Uptown, West Village, and Knox. I can’t believe the city would do this.  It would encourage developers to do less for the neighborhood, banking on CPC overturning any OLC denial of support.

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11/14/18 1:46pm
Oak Lawn Committee

Conceptual Image

Tuesday night’s Oak Lawn Committee meeting was chockablock with five projects. The first peek will be of the proposed Central Market in the perennial unsuccessful supermarket location on McKinney between the Lemmon split. You may recall it as Albertsons or more recently Minyards. At first glance, this is pretty spanky and cool, but the devil is in the details.

It’s proposed to be a whopping big development. There would be a five-level podium covering 95 percent of the parcel that balances two 360’ towers on opposing corners. The larger of the two towers would be a 21-story office building while the other would be an as yet unspecified mix of office, hotel and/or multi-family.

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What’s better than one stunning High Caliber Home in North Dallas? How about five? This week we feature five gorgeous North Dallas homes that are all featured in an agent tour today! The tour, dubbed “North Dallas Reimagined,” shows off just what’s possible with the incredible stock of midcentury ranch and 1970s soft contemporary architecture available. 

Stops include three 1970s contemporaries and two redone ranches. However, while all five homes have received some level of restoration or renovation, none compares to the completely transformed ranch at 5409 Preston Haven represented by Galaxy Modern founder Janelle Alcantara. These stunning metamorphoses make for amazing High Caliber Homes of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Get a look at these amazing changes from 1 to 4 p.m. today, Nov. 14!

Of course, we had to know more about Janelle Alcantara’s listing at 5409 Preston Haven. The home, which started as a typical 1960s ranch, is situated in a hidden neighborhood off of Inwood Road, says the Galaxy Modern founder. “The family that owned it created a lifetime of memories there. The children that grew up in the house are now adults and they knew that the likely fate of their childhood home was a wrecking ball,” Alcantara said.

Then, they heard about Alcantara and her company Galaxy Modern. 

Before: 5409 Preston Haven was a family home that was definitely feeling worn out.

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11/14/18 9:45am
homeless

Dallas ISD, who is partnering with Promise House, CitySquare and Social Venture Partners Dallas under the program After8toEducate to bring a first-of-its-kind service to address the needs of vulnerable students and other unsheltered city youth, celebrated the opening of the drop-in center at the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center Tuesday. But cold temperatures are bringing immediate needs (Photo courtesy After8toEducate).

As Ashley Warren stood shivering outside the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center Tuesday as dignitaries and partners cut the ribbon on the first phase of the drop-in center for Dallas ISD’s homeless youth, she realized something — her office was about to get even busier than usual.

Marshall is the manager of the district’s homeless education program, and when the mercury drops, she begins to worry about the thousands of students who lack shelter.

“I went to ribbon cutting for our new drop-in center today, and it was so cold,” she told me last night. “I realized that we are in for a bad winter and our phone is going to start to ring off the hook for various items.”

The district has about 4,000 students each year that are considered homeless — but most experts feel that number is likely much higher, since some won’t admit they’re homeless. (more…)