Lakewood Hills Beauty is (Un)locked, Loaded, and Better Than New One-Half Block from Santa Fe Trail

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Sometimes a home comes to market that offers so much, you really wonder if it might not be a fun gig to take bets on how long it will last on the market. Can we do that here, or is it illegal?

Because I want to place a bet on 7339 La Vista in Lakewood Hills, one of the most sought-after neighborhoods east of Central. The home is a fairly new Tudor, looks like it’s never been lived in, and boasts almost 3,000 square feet on pier and beam (2737) on 0.17 of an acre.

Why am I in such a betting mood?

Because this one won’t last. In fact, it’s open Sunday from two to four p.m.,  says the agent, Allie Beth Allman’s Maribeth Peters. And it’s the best price per square foot in town for an updated four bedroom in Lakewood Elementary!

Why is Lakewood Hills so darn hot?

The area, formerly known as Gastonwood/Coronado Hills, has won so many neighborhood beauty contests this ‘hood could put itself through college. Lakewood Hills has been consistently named one of the best and healthiest neighborhoods in East Dallas, by the Dallas Morning News, by D Magazine, by many knowledgeable sources, for years. The area is a treasure trove of bicycle trails and active, involved neighbors, walkability, and proximity to White Rock Lake.
And like we said, this home is steps from the entrance to the Santa Fe Trail.

Lakewood Hills sits immediately to the south of Lakewood, sharing the lake as an eastern boundary. The Santa Fe Trail’s eastern terminus sits at the south end of the lake, giving Lakewood Hills residents easy access points to run, walk or cycle.

If you live in Lakewood Hills, you will probably be running. If you have kids, they will be biking. Oh, and speaking of kids, hello: Lakewood Elementary, one of the most sought-after schools in Dallas.

The atmosphere: an East Dallas culture — outdoorsy, on the go, very much a northern California vibe. 

But the pricing for this baby is all Dallas$599,500.

This home is fairly new, built in 2001 but significantly updated quite recently. Of course, 2001 is a still a relatively new home, though we know that by year 15 or 16 some home systems begin to age. But the physical structure remains new. This home has had the benefit of major systems updates in all the right places AND a few cosmetic injections that would make a designer squeal with approval. There are gleaming wood floors, Emtek door hardware, Kolbe windows, a custom mahogany entry door and a totally new roof installed in 2012.

For example, the kitchen: all white and stainless with white cabinets and granite. I love how the microwave is tucked in at an easy oven-to-counter height. The kitchen opens to the spacious family room with nine-foot ceilings, charmed brick fireplace, French doors, and lush views of the back yard and porch. There are three living areas: the downstairs living room, a cozy first floor study plus a family room. Three, yes, but I’m counting more like four: this home has awesome outdoor living room potential!

The master in this house is actually upstairs, and that is just fine. I happen to believe that families should all sleep on one floor where you can hear the kiddos. The bathrooms are a total knock-out in neutral stones such as white Calcutta.

Talk about a knock-out, just wait until you see the second floor master suite. Totally Texas-sized, it has a huge walk-in closet and killer master bath with gleaming plumbing fixtures and a walk-in shower lined with white subway tile. All baths, in fact, have been fixture-updated with Kohler & Groehe. There are four bedrooms total upstairs (plus a large laundry room), two full baths and a powder room that’s down. 

The interiors are fantastic, but trust me, you will live outside in this home. See that pergola? That’s where you will be, drink in hand, chatting away and congratulating yourself on buying in one of the best, most friendly, most appreciated neighborhoods in Dallas.

Then the neighbors will be over with more drinks!



Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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