It’s one of my favorite times of year: Home Tour Season!
Yes, spring is just brimming with great Dallas-Fort Worth home tours, and we have pulled together a helpful list of our favorites so you can get your calendar in order. From modern to historic and from Dallas to the Park Cities to Fort Worth, there’s a home tour coming up no matter your tastes or location.
Plus, there’s a brand new home tour launching this year that will not only showcase one of our favorite architects and celebrate preservation in our region. Jump to find out more, and stay tuned to CandysDirt.com for exclusive interviews and ticket giveaways to each of these events!
Cochran Heights Home Tour
April 3, 2 to 4 p.m.
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, available at cochran-heights.com
Not only is Cochran Heights hosting its first-ever home tour, but it is also celebrating a hard-earned historic designation. The neighborhood is a treasure trove of homes designed by the famed Charles Dilbeck, of whom we are huges fans. He designed and build many of his characteristic brick and rough-hewn wood homes throughout Dallas, but Cochran Heights has the largest collection, clocking in at a staggering 60 Dilbecks!
The neighborhood, bounded by Fitzhugh on the south, Henderson on the north, North Central Expressway on the west, and Mission on the east, has just 250 homes. Its insular feel makes it a wonderfully walkable area, with easy access to restaurants and shopping. But the pièce de résistance is the new Texas Historical Commission plaque that will be dedicated on April 3 with a special ceremony at 1 p.m featuring David Preziosi of Preservation Dallas. The home tour, which will include five Dilbecks, will follow from 2 to 4 p.m.
Park Cities Preservation and Historic Society Home Tour
April 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, available at select Tom Thumb locations pcphs.org
This is a banner event for any preservationist, as it is always wonderful to tour some of the incredible historic properties in the Park Cities. This home tour has a new component this year — a classic car show! You can ogle some of the well-maintained hot rods and muscle cars from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2 at Burleson Park. It’s $25 to $35 to enter your car and free to attend.
But if it’s millwork and decor that makes your heart sing, this year’s PCPHS home tour is more your speed. Four homes are included in this year’s event, including the former home of Dallas mayor Robert Lee (R.L.) Thornton at 3429 Cornell. This Arts & Crafts beauty is joined by a stunning colonial revival built by former University Park mayor Eugene Yarborough on Bryn Mawr, a traditional Georgian on Maplewood, and a pristine Arthur A. Brown Tudor on Potomac.
Fort Worth AIA Homes Tour
April 9-10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets: $20 in advance, available here.
We are in love with the collection of creative and daring architecture in this Fort Worth home tour that leans modern. This year’s tour includes a property we’ve been smitten with for quite some time: 456 Remuda Drive. It was sold by David Griffin Realtor Brandon Stewart and has some truly outstanding Earth-friendly features, including rainwater collection!
The home was renovated by progressive Dutch architect named Matthijs Melchiors. Melchiors took a 1,500-square-foot earth home, partially built into a hillside, and added square footage and all his green sensibilities to maximize energy efficiency. The result is a stunning contemporary home with some of the lowest utility bills in North Texas.
Of course the other properties on this tour don’t disappoint, with unique renovations and construction that will have you seeing Fort Worth in a new light.
Turtle Creek Tour of Homes
April 10, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets: $60 for non-Turtle Creek Association members and $50 for members, available here.
This home tour always impresses, as it features some of the most well-decorated rooms and most fabulous views only available along the Turtle Creek corridor. This year’s event not only features a single family home at 14 Turtle Creek Bend that is absolutely lousy with gorgeous art, but it also includes some of the most posh condos.
“This year we are focused on featuring the art along the creek; all homes on the tour have spectacular art collections including regionally and internationally known artists such as Pablo Picasso, Dale Chihuly, and Annie Leibovitz,” said Jennifer Shultz, president and CEO of Turtle Creek Association. “We deeply appreciate the homeowners who have so graciously opened their homes to our fundraising tour.”
An after-party reception at the landmark 1922-built home of Trammell S. Crow is slated for 6 to 8 p.m. the same day, and tickets for this soiree are first-come-first-served at $125 apiece.
White Rock Home Tour
April 23-24, noon to 5 p.m.
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, available at several East Dallas locations listed here.
Perhaps one of our favorite spring home tours, the White Rock Home Tour showcases the stunning modern and classic remodels in East Dallas. The tour, which benefits Victor H. Hexter Elementary in Old Lake Highlands, is now in its 11th year and is hitting its stride.
While the tour tries to feature at least one of the Ju-Nel homes for which the neighborhood is known, this year includes a new build by CandysDirt.com-Approved Builder Greico Modern Homes. The tour will also include a stunning midcentury remodel on Coolair, which uses the original footprint of the home to dramatic results. New this year is a cafe at Hexter Elementary featuring barbecue from One90 Smoked Meats, confections from Pleasant Grove Pies and Haute Sweets Patisserie, as well as comestibles from Greenville Avenue Pizza Company. You can also attend a special speaker reception at Design Within Reach on Friday, April 22.
Hollywood Home Tour
April 30 to May 1, noon to 5 p.m.
Tickets: $15 in advance or at the door, available at Curiosities at 2025 Abrams Rd. starting April 1 and at Tour Homes on both days of the Home Tour.
One of the most popular home tours in East Dallas, The Hollywood Home Tour enjoys an almost cult-like following of Tudor and traditional enthusiasts. Of course, the area is known for its adorable, well-cared-for homes and its protected historic district. Enjoy the unique history behind 606 Clermont, the perfect curb appeal of 411 Newell, and the eye-catching cottage at 7141 Santa Monica, and a tremendous traditional on Tenison.
This year, the tour’s 25th Anniversary, the homes are no less cute and you can enjoy both a pre-tour auction party on April 29 as well as vendors and artists at Art in the Park.
Swiss Avenue Historic District Mother’s Day Brunch and Home Tour
May 7 and 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Mother’s Day Brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, available here.
The most famous — practically iconic — and well-attended home tour in all the land, the Swiss Avenue Historic District Mother’s Day brunch and home tour is one of those weekends that is almost mandatory if you live in Dallas. Everyone does it at least once. It’s a memory-making event, that’s for sure, and it’s a great way to treat mom to a champagne brunch, a jazz band, and a little history, too.
This year’s tour includes three homes on Swiss Avenue that speak to a broad range of architectural styles, as well as prairie-style, Craftsman, and an adorable Dutch colonial in nearby Bryan Place.
Fairmount National Historic District Annual Tour of Homes
Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7 and 8, noon to 6 p.m.
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, available here.
There’s no more heartwarming story than a neighborhood revival at the hands of some truly dedicated preservationists, and that’s exactly the tale of the Fairmount National Historic District. This Fort Worth neighborhood, named by Southern Living as one of “The South’s Best Comeback Neighborhoods,” puts on a heck of a party on Mother’s Day weekend, all funding preservation and maintenance of this fantastic corner of Cowtown.
Enjoy Arts and Crafts architecture and witness the designation of the Grammer-Pierce house at 2232 College Street — an amazing house with an equally amazing story, playing host to some of the most influential families of the city.