Home Tour season is upon us. From my vantage point, nobody does it better than Hollywood, and I don’t mean Los Angeles.
I’m a bit biased as I’ve lived in Hollywood Heights since the beginning of the tour’s 26-year history. Having been involved, I can attest to the fact that organizing a home tour is a daunting operation. It takes patience, persistence, and problem solving and you have to love your neighborhood. Fortunately, you can’t find a tighter-knit group of neighbors than those in Hollywood Heights.
This year, five unique historic homes are on tour — from a two-story Tudor, complete with original blueprints to the remarkable renovation we’re sharing today at 1014 Clermont.
Shortly after the home was built in 1936, the Bert family moved in. If you know anything about the State Fair of Texas, you’ll have heard the name. Samuel Bert, or “King Sammie,” as he was known throughout his life, worked at the fair for 65 years. He’s best remembered for inventing the snow cone machine. He and the family ran multiple rides including the Merry-Go-Round and owned the Cotton Bowl Roller Rink and Restaurant. The fourth generation of Bert’s family is still actively involved with the fair.
They were well known, so it is not surprising to find they were a target. A 1948 Dallas Morning News article details an armed robbery at the house.
It’s hard to believe in this quiet leafy neighborhood that “yeggmen” could have ever tied kids up with Venetian blind cords and blown open a safe!
The home sat unoccupied for years. When it finally went up for sale, the entire neighborhood worried it would be split up, and ugly new faux Tudors erected. I raced over and took a few photos of the original home, in preparation for a blog post. We all thought it would take ages to sell, and be an eyesore for years due to the necessity of rezoning it as three separate properties. However, no sooner had I loaded photos of the knotty pine attic, the clown portraits, and the vintage kitchen than I got the good news. ReNewell Design had purchased the lots and the existing 1936 Tudor home. A collective neighborhood sigh of relief was almost audible. We all knew David Kennedy and Ashley Holbrook, the father-daughter team behind ReNewell, have a passion for restoration. They always do the right thing.
This house was quite a challenge as you can see from the before photos, but the results are nothing less than spectacular. ReNewell hit a home run. The house is now 2,867 square feet with three bedrooms. The present owners, Kerri and Colin Watson, added a third bathroom in the fantastic attic space and put in glass panels to let more light flow up the stairs — brilliant touch. It’s gorgeous.
The 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour runs next weekend, April 28-30. This is one of the best collection of homes I’ve seen in years so, to encourage you to get out and see them we’re giving away tickets!
The auction party at the Dallas Arboretum is a highlight on Friday night, along with a candlelight tour of the homes. On both Saturday and Sunday, Hollywood Art in the Park will offer activities for kids and an arts and crafts market for adults.
To win a pair of tickets comment below and let us know what you love most about Hollywood Heights or if you know the definition of “yeggmen”!
Email your full name and daytime phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Hollywood Home Tour Ticket Giveaway.”
The contest closes at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. Good luck!
Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years. She’s been a professional writer for 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying music at The University of Miami. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com and the preview party Friday night!