Neighborhood Spotlight: Historically Hip Junius Heights

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Last, but definitely not least, on our list of Old East Dallas neighborhoods is Junius Heights. The neighborhood is the closest single-family-zoned neighborhood to downtown Dallas.  The area offers an eclectic mix of gorgeous historic architecture, spacious lot sizes, and lovely front porches.  All of the great entertainment districts of Dallas are easily accessible from the neighborhood, without being right in the middle of it all.  Zip codes included within Junius Heights are 75246, 75214, and 75204.

In addition to Junius Heights and the rest of Old East Dallas, the 75214 zip code alone encompasses Hollywood Heights and much of Lakewood, to the west side of White Rock Lake. An abundance of food and drink favorites in the area include establishments such as Cock and Bull, Craft Beer Cellar, The Heights, Meso Maya, and Garden Cafe.

According to the Junius Heights Neighborhood Association, the neighborhood was created in 1906, on what was then the Eastern edge of Dallas. During that time, the area was known by its large columns on Abrams and by the now-defunct Junius Heights streetcar service.

Described as the greatest lot sale in the history of Dallas, two hundred lots were reportedly sold between 12:01 and 12:45 a.m. on Sept. 3, 1906. Sale advertisements of the day promised that

Photo by Jeff Poffenbarger of Junius Heights

Junius Heights would become a choice residential section of Dallas. Boy, were they right! Also noted on the Junius Heights Neighborhood Association site:

Junius Heights has an active neighborhood association that obtained historic designation in May 2005, making it Dallas’ newest and largest historic district. It is the largest collection of Arts and Crafts/Craftsman homes in the southwest, and includes Prairie and Tudor styles in a neighborhood of well over 800 homes in Old East Dallas, situated east of Munger Place, south of Swiss Avenue, and southwest of Lakewood.

Junius Heights residents never cease to be stylish, interesting, creative, and kind! Long-time resident Kaz Ferns put it like this: “Junius Heights is what you could call a ‘front porch’ neighborhood. Most of us really get to know each other and become true friends. We know each others’ pets, too. My neighbor Jeff is known for sharing his love and knowledge of native plants that require little water and attract butterflies and bees. He and many neighbors swap plant stories, as well as plant seeds.”  Talk about a neighborhood truly feeling like home!

In 1889, after state senator R.S. Kimbrough sponsored a bill to remove the charter of  East Dallas, it officially became part of Dallas. In addition to its streets, schools, and public buildings, Dallas also took over East Dallas’ debt, including $45,000 for street improvements, which the city council of East Dallas had approved only the day before the acquisition. At this time, the change made Dallas the largest city in Texas. And the rest is history!

Real estate in Junius Heights has proven to be precious and popular — often being snatched up even before officially on the market. Currently, reports that Junius Heights homes sell, on average, within 17 short days!

Here are a couple of beauties that were just on the market:

5414 Worth St.
Presented by David Sacks of David Sacks Real Estate, Inc.

Built in 1921, this beauty is a 2013 Preservation Dallas award-winning Craftsman bungalow in the Junius Heights Historic District. Two bedrooms and two baths (rare for many areas in Old East Dallas!) combine original and vintage charm with beautiful modern updates by the current owner. At 1,399 square feet, and sitting on an over 6,000 square feet lot, 5414 has been recently listed for $329,000.

Located in the Dallas ISD, Lipscomb Elementary, Long Middle School, and Wilson High School are the primary schools for the address.

And just down the block….

5426 Worth St.
Presented by Blake Damron of Clay Stapp + Co.

Built in 2012, this 3/2 Craftsman is almost 2,000 square feet on a lot of almost 7,000 square feet. Listed for $469,000, it includes a spacious master suite with double sinks, a large soaking tub, and generous closets.  A gourmet kitchen with an over-sized island and eat-in dining compliment the cozy home feel. Custom built-ins and a gas fireplace are part of the lovely open and bright living area, and designer window treatments have been added throughout.

Located in the Dallas ISD, Lipscomb Elementary, Long Middle School, and Wilson High School are the primary schools for the address.

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