Lake Highlands Home Tour Captures Neighborhood’s Architectural Diversity

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The Lake Highlands Home Tour features a 2013-built Tom Greico design. (Photos: Property Snappers)

There are as many reasons to love Lake Highlands as there are people who live in this East Dallas neighborhood, and the annual Lake Highlands Home Tour will show off a wonderful cross-section of these beautiful houses and the families who treasure the neighborhood. The March 30 event, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m., will showcase seven incredible specimens of architectural diversity you can explore, including an incredible modern home designed by the late, much-loved builder Tom Greico.

If you don’t yet have your tickets, we’re here to offer an inside look at the tour that will have you scrambling for your credit card number. And if that’s not enough, make room in your schedule for the auction benefit that evening at Oak Highlands brewery from 7 to 10 p.m., with food and beer from Dog Haus Biergarten and wind from WineShop at Home. You can snag an all-inclusive ticket to both the tour and auction for $45, or you can enjoy just the tour, which is priced at $20 per person with complimentary drinks served at each tour stop. Proceeds from the tour go to the Lake Highlands Area Early Childhood PTA, which supports programming at Lake Highlands-area schools.

You can buy tickets here, or you can try your luck here at as we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to this home tour next week! Stay tuned!

For a sneak peek at the seven incredible homes on this year’s tour, jump!

Photo: Property Snappers


2,100 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths

This gorgeous ranch style home was built in 1974 and fully remodeled by a local Dallas designer in 2015. With an expanse of natural light, the home also features tasteful re-milled pine shiplap detailing, quartz countertops, and porcelain floors in the bathrooms. Additional unique features include a reclaimed mantle above the fireplace and in the backyard a modern gas firebox and separate grill patio. A hidden doggie door and large butler’s pantry with coffee bar makes this home really stand out. 

Sponsored by: Farris McMahon Group with Compass Real Estate

Photo: Property Snappers


3,187 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths

This immaculate home built in 2013 is a classic Tom Greico design with his signature strong horizontal lines formed by the flat roofs present on the exterior façades. An abundance of natural light comes from perfectly placed transom windows and large expanses of glass throughout that blur the lines between interior and exterior spaces.  An open floor plan, high ceilings, and outdoor kitchen are perfect for entertaining guests. Likewise the sleek, custom-designed fireplace with origami tile complements the chic vibe of this designer home.  Reinforced by Tom’s legacy for thoughtful, appropriate, and timeless modern design, this home reminds us of all of the things that we love about his life’s work.

Sponsored by: Brandon & Ali Stewart with David Griffin & Company Realtors. 

Photo: Property Snappers


3,250 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths 

This impeccably updated Midcentury Modern home was built in 1966, fully remodeled in 2014, and is truly timeless. It features a stunning modern fireplace, unique custom panels, and a beautifully updated kitchen. The 2014 addition included a huge play area for the kids and a home office to envy. This homeowner is also a fashion designer and her home office is truly a working, creative space. Her sense of style is evident throughout the home with her unique-yet-tailored touches. Be sure to notice the incredible artwork in the living room by the talented local Lakewood artist Carolyn Joe. 

Sponsored by: LOCAL Resident Realty

Photo: New Leaf Custom Homes. 


3,500 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 3 baths

Built in 2016 by Approved Builder New Leaf Custom Homes, this beautiful home features open and natural-light-filled living spaces and lovely personal touches by designer Sara Platt. The backyard has been updated for entertaining and includes a gorgeous pool, hot tub, and an outdoor kitchen complete with a grill and refrigerator. The outdoor putting green really takes this entertainment space to the next level. This home is open and spacious complete with all the touches a modern family could ask for. 

Sponsored by: Java Mama & Crickles and Co.



Photo: Property Snappers


3,250 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths

Originally a 1,650-square-foot Lake Highlands cottage with a detached garage, this fabulous home was fully updated in 2013 under the direction of local AIA Architect and UTA professor Todd Hamilton. Updates include vast 19-foot ceilings, an added stairwell, and full second floor. It has however maintained a vintage hardwood feel with original first-floor hardwoods and pier-and-beam foundation. The great room features a 10-foot-wide panoramic folding door by The Glass Doctor, that opens to an amazing backyard entertainment area. You will find many unique touches in this home such as a clever dog house under the stairs and built in dog bowls in the island. A creative work from home space has been impeccably placed to keep life centralized with an efficient balance. Designer Tracy Martin Taylor with Eleven11 Design has worked with the family to create a home that is functional yet stylish. She describes the style as “transitional with modern touches and rustic charm.” She worked closely with the family to ensure every visitor feels right at home interweaving art and décor that clearly represents their personality. 

Sponsored by: The Glass Doctor, View 13, and eleven11 Design

Photo: Britt Rhodes


This original mid-century design dream was built in 1959, during a period that scholars recognize as a significant design movement in history. Renovated twice, once in 2014 and again most recently with the addition of the second story in 2017. This home boasts pitched ceilings and interesting lines, natural wood elements throughout the house, with an organic and natural feel. This Thunderbird Lane home is also not short on windows, as you enter the home you immediately are transported into an outdoor/indoor feel that focus’ on the immaculate outdoor living space and modern pool. The owners wanted to bring the element of significant natural light and nature into this home and did so by making sure there were windows lining the walls in each room. Additionally, the owners wanted to keep the integrity of the original mid-century era by enhancing its updates to showcase it’s unique and exquisite composition of true art. Built to be a place of solace for the owners and their family and also a place of inspiration. 

Sponsored by: BBR Group | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s 



Photo: Emily Hewett


3,300 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths

 This stunning designer home owned and designed by Emily Hewett of A Well-Dressed Home was built in the 1940s in Lakewood and transported to Lake Highlands in the 1970s. Emily purchased the home and transformed this quaint house into a stunning must see space.  The designer kitchen will make you feel like you managed to score the best chef’s table reservation in Dallas. The wide-open living room spills into the curated kitchen complete with open shelving and a large island.  This home features a double staircase which divides the study from the main living area of the house giving a unique feel of privacy but still keeping with the open nature of the home.  Wander up the stairs to either find a playful game room even Peter Pan would envy or gorgeous bedrooms full of collected treasures.  Make sure you step outside to experience the modern rectangular pool complete with a covered seating area with a warm stone fireplace.  This lake highlands masterpiece is a true testament to the importance of renovating the gems in our area and bringing out the character and charm of the neighborhood. 

Sponsored by: Century 21 Judge Fite Company

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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