Everything about this place is an oxymoron. It’s old-fashioned modern. It’s historic luxury. It’s educational meets residential. Potential renters can now lease a studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom unit in the 1903 repurposed Davy Crockett School in East Dallas.

Everything about this place is an oxymoron.

It’s old-fashioned modern. It’s historic luxury. And it’s educational meets residential.

Potential renters can now lease a unit in the circa 1903, repurposed Davy Crockett School in East Dallas.

Aptly called The Principal, the 52-unit building at 401 North Carroll Ave., in Dallas, is the head of its class. (more…)

East Dallas RanchRemember when you were a kid and you’d go to visit your grandparents’ and it was always 15 degrees warmer inside, but it was so cozy and quaint and life was just better there? Like those people never had to go to school or work and you thought, “How do I get this gig?” Well, Squirt, you can’t get that gig until you retire, so keep working, nose to the grindstone and all that jazz.

In the meantime, if you want to live in a house like that – cozy and comfortable, with or without the furnace on blast – check out 10633 Cayuga Drive. See? Even the address is quaint. Three and five numbered addresses are the best. Four digits are so lame. JK JK, everything’s great and awesome and we all get a gold star.

It’s really the exterior of 10633 Cayuga Drive that gets you, and immediately kicks off the craving for hard candy from an etched glass dish.

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Two-stories, four bedrooms with two possible masters, and over 3,400 square feet to spread out. This could be one of those great multi-generational homes that don’t come along that often, located in the Mockingbird Elementary zone near E. Mockingbird and McMillan Ave. The 1940-built home at 5503 Anita Street in Dallas is listed for $795,000 by Rogers Healy and Associates’ Grecia Garza, who’s showing the Craftsman-style home from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Conomos

The husband-and-wife duo of Bradley Anderson (right), and Alexa Conomos (center) make up two-thirds of the Anderson-Conomos real estate team, along with Brooks Anderson (left). The couple will be the keynote speakers at this year’s East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit in October.

From staff reports

The husband-and-wife duo of Bradley Anderson and Alexa Conomos, who make up two-thirds of the Anderson-Conomos real estate team, will be the keynote speakers for the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s 15th Annual Economic Summit this fall.

The event, 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 not only give economic updates regarding the east side of Dallas, but is also an opportunity for members and others in the business community to network. (more…)

Midcentury homes are hot, but an updated one for $299,000? Wear some protective gear because they’re basically on fire.

This three-bedroom, two-bath located in Forest Oaks off Ferguson Road in East Dallas is definitely of the flame-retardant variety. (And just so we’re clear, this is a metaphor. Nothing’s really on fire.)

Listed by Ray King of R. King Realty, 2222 Forest Oaks is 1,300 square feet of total update complete with wood-lined carport and decorative railing leading up to the perfect aqua front door.

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Our Splurge: Listing Results LLC has listed 6308 Bryan Parkway for $639,000.

Maybe it’s the history or our love of a renovation done right, but one thing is for sure, these Old East Dallas homes have what today’s buyers want. Location, location, location! Plus, quirky cool interiors to boot. If you seek the exceptional, the extraordinary, the unique, these homes are for you. The best part? They’re both under $650,000. You’re welcome.

Splurge: Striking Split Level In Swiss Avenue Historic District For $639K

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The funky counterpart of larger and grander Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, is one of my favorite neighborhoods in East Dallas. Why? Because besides amazing location, this neighborhood has natural beauty and personality.

First, Little Forest Hills has the absolute CUTEST Fourth of July parade, which attracts bicycles and strollers with streamers and flags, plus the many Radio Flyer wagons with pups astride. Plus, this neighborhood is within bicycling distance of East Dallas’ worst-kept secret: The Dallas Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3108 pool. And finally, both neighborhoods feed into Dallas ISD’s Alex Sanger Preparatory, which earned several distinctions.

So it’s no surprise that these two East Dallas enclaves have experienced growing popularity in the past decade, with more an more people paying top dollar for lots and custom builders. Though, this beautiful Tudor was built just six years ago, there are homes built more than 70 years back still standing. But what if you could have a new build without all of the effort? That’s what our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week offers. 

“This quality craftsman Tudor home was built in 2013 by the current owner,” said listing agent Jenny Capritta of RE/MAX DFW Associates.  “All new quality custom homes start with the foundation. This engineer-designed slab was created for maximum stability by drilling 47 piers to shale — some 20 to 30 feet.”

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Hollywood Heights

This home at 903 Valencia is a perfect example of a Hollywood Heights stone-embellished Tudor. (Photo: Kim Leeson)

When I started looking for a home as a newlywed in 1990, my British husband was traveling for work in Europe. He said, “Dahling, just find something as close to a thatched cottage as possible.” Little did he suspect that in bright, shiny new-build Dallas, I’d do just that. I found a charming little bungalow that was just perfect for building my nest, lodging my revolving door of rescue pups, and eventually raising my son.

I also found a lot more in this eclectic East Dallas Conservation District.

I found great neighbors, and the sort of unity I’ve only experienced growing up on military bases around the world. When we lost power recently, my next-door neighbors, who are on a different grid, let us run an extension cord from their home so we could get on the internet. A few years ago, when our internet went out, my other next door neighbor gave me her password so I could continue writing.

When I moved into Hollywood Heights, one neighbor was approaching 90. She was the original homeowner of the first spec home in the neighborhood. Most of my neighbors were well past retirement age. They looked out for us young’uns, and now 29 years later, my generation is doing the same for the incoming batch of newbies.

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