East Dallas neighborhood Forest Hills is one of the most beloved by its residents, and for good reason. This quiet, tree-shaded area gives the feeling of being away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The architecture impresses, the neighbors say hello, and home values have skyrocketed.
For today’s Splurge vs. Steal, feast your eyes on two fabulous Forest Hills homes with style, substance, and, of course, location. They’re under a mile apart from each other, and both are in the attendance zone for Alex Sanger Elementary School, which earns a 9 out of 10 from greatschools.org. Let’s take a look.
Splurge: 7,000 Square Feet on 1.03 Acres with Views of White Rock Lake
You’ve probably seen the property at 8326 Garland Rd. on the southeast shores of White Rock Lake near the spillway. Sitting on a hilltop and 1.03 acres with a panoramic view of the lake, this Forest Hills home is just marvelous. These lakefront properties don’t come on the market often, so our splurge is noteworthy and has six bedrooms, six full bathrooms, one half bath, three living areas, two dining areas, and 7,004 square feet on two stories, built in 1938.
This house is all about the views and outdoor living, with a covered porch and balcony that both run almost the full length of the house. In back, a wonderful pool with pergola and multiple seating areas. Inside, the large eat-in kitchen a stainless steel island and appliances, including a wine refrigerator, double oven, and dual dishwashers. The master opens onto the to balcony and has an ensuite with oversized custom shower, dual sinks, separate dressing area, and large walk-in closets. Other features of the house include a game room, dry bar, full-size utility, hardwood floors, and sound system wiring.
This home was listed Sept. 21 by Nancy Johnson with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $1.699 million.
Steal: Exceptional Home with Oversized Atrium on Heavily Treed Lot
Sitting on 0.39 acres just ten block back from Garland Road and the edge of the lake, 8531 San Benito Way is an exceptional house on a heavily treed and beautifully landscaped lot. This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 2,495 square feet on one story, built in 1952.
An oversized atrium steals the spotlight with lush views of the gorgeous backyard with its redwood deck, swimming pool, flagstone paving, and decorative lighting. The atrium offers solar screens, a wired media center with surround sound, and a flatscreen TV that conveys with the sale. The kitchen features maple cabinets and stainless steel appliances, including a wine refrigerator and double ovens, one of which is convection. An elegant Master Suite & two more spacious bedrooms in a separate wing, large Dining room with built ins, fireplace & skylight.
This home was listed July 25 by Jane Pedigo with All Homes Texas for $750,000.
Splurge vs. Steal is a new feature on CandysDirt.com. Every week, we look at two properties that offer something in common, but are miles apart in their asking price. If you’ve got suggestions, email them to Leah.