Why not kick off the season of Thanksgiving with a few fabulous East Dallas open houses? Our top picks offer all the charm and nostalgia of yesteryear with fantastic updates for modern-day. And all are open for you to tour this weekend!

A Mockingbird Elementary Muse

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Prairie Foursquare

Preservation is not just about saving a wonderful old home like this beautiful Prairie Foursquare. It’s also about preserving the stories of those that have called these houses home. That story may be about who built it or who owned it in the 1900s. Each of those stories lends a rich layer to a home’s history.

Digging through The Dallas Morning News archives is like taking a trip down memory lane. You can find anything. When I started searching for information on this Prairie Foursquare, I was delighted to find several stories on the gentleman that lived there most of his life, W.J. Newcom, known as the fiddling cowboy. One that gave me a chuckle referred to him as, “An old cowhand from the Rio Grande.” After his years as a trail driver on the Old Chisolm Trail, he settled down in this Prairie Foursquare with his wife, raised six daughters here, and celebrated his 100th birthday in this Old East Dallas house.

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The fun little house at 961 Peavy Road has an amazing backyard that’s so big it feels like it has it’s own ZIP code. Remember when you were a kid and you got to just run around and play ninjas and all sorts of other made-up games? This backyard reminds us of that. Maybe it’s all the room or the fact that it’s covered in dead leaves because fall was the only time it was bearable to be outside, but either way, it’s awesome.

Hey, let’s get this right out of the way before people go to town, THIS HOUSE ISN’T FOR EVERYONE. It’s painted yellow. It’s bright and sunny and different. It’s perfect for a creative that again, wants to run around and play ninja in the backyard.

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Apartments, recessions, and public safety were among the hot button topics at the 15th annual Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit held this week in Dallas. CC Young Senior Living was the title sponsor and CandysDirt.com was among the media sponsors.

East Dallas is home to three of the newest city councilmembers and the Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, including District 14’s David Blewett, District 7’s Adam Bazaldua, District 9’s Paula Blackmon, and District 10 Councilman/Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough. The four shared their vision for economic development in their East Dallas districts spanning from Fair Park to White Rock Lake.

Dallas is attracting a lot of young professionals to its booming job market, which leads the state in year-over-year employment increases and tops California as the top state for jobs. They’re renting apartments in hip areas like Uptown, Deep Ellum, and the Medical District where the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,130, according to Apartmentlist.com. But an uptick in crime in the city of Dallas could send these professionals for the suburbs. That’s why public safety seemed top of mind for these council members who addressed the attendees, comprised of real estate professionals, small business owners, and professional services providers. (more…)

Happy fall y’all! What better way to kick off autumn than with the perfect East Dallas Friday Five Hundred? This one is all new and waiting for you. Plus, it was made for maximizing indoor-outdoor entertaining so you can soak up all the joys of the season.

And when we say soak up, we mean sipping cider while enjoying the crisp fall air (now that it has arrived!) from your very own fourth-floor living area! It comes complete with a fantastic wet bar and two-tiered deck showcasing unobstructed downtown Dallas views. Swing open those sliding doors and take in the view. This is East Dallas living at its finest! Let’s take a look around shall we?

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The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 15th annual economic summit on Oct. 15, and we’re excited to take the temperature of the increasingly hot area of East Dallas. No better folks to show us how #EastDallasWorks than Realtors, who have boots-on-the-ground experience with neighborhoods and the people who live there. But what’s exciting about the keynote speakers for this year’s crystal anniversary event is that they are none other than Alexa Conomos and Bradley Anderson, two-thirds of the Anderson Conomos Team at Keller Williams Urban Dallas

The pair is serving up some inspiration to East Dallas business owners next Tuesday, which is reason enough to buy your tickets to the event. Sponsorships are available, too! 

Lucky for our readers, we managed to catch the extremely busy East Dallas power couple, Conomos and Anderson, for a little Q&A. Read on for more!

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chamberIf you’ve ever attended a Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit, you are well aware of how much the area’s business community is thriving and booming.

And this year’s summit, which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Campbell Centre at 8250 North Central Expressway in Dallas, will once again give economic updates regarding the east side of Dallas, but also provide opportunities for the business community to network.

The theme for this year’s summit is “East Dallas Works …” which showcases the community’s dedication to education, growth, the workforce, and development. The council members that serve East Dallas will speak, as well as others who will provide updates regarding the economy of East Dallas.

But you shouldn’t wait until next month to become familiar with the chamber — ask any member, and they’ll tell you you should go ahead and join now.

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Alex Prins with Coldwell Banker has listed 5509 Alton Avenue and 5511 Alton Avenue for $529,000 each, respectively.

These brother units in Old East Dallas shine, thanks to pioneering agent-turned-investor Alex Prins. Yes, it’s a two-fer, folks! This week’s Friday Five Hundred features two spectacular units in Old East Dallas. Both were finished, staged, and put up for sale by none other than the energetic and award-winning Alex Prins.

“Hey! Omg! They are finally done!” said the Coldwell Banker agent upon completion of his project at 5509 and 5511 Alton Avenue. “We feel like pioneers in this little pocket between Beacon Street and Munger Blvd. There is only one pre-existing new construction project in the area and one currently breaking ground. So we are excited to work this up-and-coming area near Santa Fe Trail and Woodrow Wilson High School early on.”

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