Munger Place

Photos courtesy Shoot2Sell

We’ll admit — we’ve been chomping at the bit for Saturday to arrive this week ever since the owner of our Saturday Seven Hundred for the week shared that her Munger Place home was going on the market.

This impeccable Prairie-style home at 5118 Worth St. is listed by Elizabeth Mast with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International. The 5,030 square foot home has five bedrooms, four full baths, and one powder room, and tons of the character and charm you’d expect from a home built in 1912.

The home is right in the heart of the Munger Place Historic District, and has aged gracefully thanks to thoughtful updates and restorations along the way — and it’s abundantly clear even from the curb, as you take in the large covered front porch with plenty of room for impromptu neighborly chats, or quiet nights taking in the historic neighborhood and welcoming community.

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Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright will fall in love with this exceptional, thoughtfully designed contemporary that captures the most alluring elements of the natural environment and translates them into a structure that harmonizes with its surroundings. That’s what Janelle Alcantara feels about this gorgeous home designed by architect Doug Guiling of GAIA Texas. The stunning estate, set on a beautiful creekside lot, is not only beautiful on the outside, but it’s functional throughout.

It was love at first sight for us with this High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. And truly, this house has everything you could ever want wrapped in bold lines, bountiful natural light, and top-of-the-line finishes. And it lives just as good as it looks, too.

“This house is so different from the formula that other builders use,” Alcantara said. “Other builders design houses with as many large, open spaces as possible.  This typically means there is a “wow” factor when you open the front door. However, with that comes little regard for how people actually live in a house. Often, the ability to furnish a house, with proper seating arrangements, lighting, and viewing angles of the TV are sacrificed along with the lack of privacy that occurs when the whole house is visible from the front yard.”

This contemporary in Hockaday Square offers bright interiors without sacrificing privacy from the curb.

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Exterior is cinder block! Don't make 'em like that anymore!

1309 Belle Place in Fort Worth. Classic Prairie style architecture (photos: Shoot2Sell)

Those of you who have followed my blog for the past few years know that I’m a sucker for Craftsman and Prairie-influenced homes. I don’t know if it’s nostalgia or if it’s that they are not “same old, same old,” but I love previewing those homes and writing about those two styles.

Prairie vs. Craftsman Styles

The Prairie style of architecture was popular from 1900 to 1920 in the United States.  Craftsman style came around that time as well from 1905 to 1930. Those two styles are often confused for one another.  There are many similarities. Both can feature a front-gabled roof, wide front porches, and similar door and window patterns and designs.  Also, both styles were born in the USA, which might be why I like them so much.

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We’ve all seen it happen: A well-meaning buyer purchases an older home inside a historic district and sets to work making a 100-year-old home fit a 21st century lifestyle, but instead of maintaining the character and feel of the home, they iron out the quirkiness and history into basic oblivion.

However, in the case of this lovely listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Courtney Tauriac, you get modern amenities with all of the charm of a historic property. With style for miles, this warm 1914-built prairie home in the Peak’s Addition neighborhood is our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

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Arlington 2906 Serenity Front 2

This might be one of the most unique homes in the Midcities area, if not the most unique. Right from the first glance, this multi-level contemporary in Arlington’s Tiffany Park won me over. I love the prairie-style shape of this home, with five different levels anchored by a rectangular tower. It’s a novel way of taking advantage of the unobstructed views of Lake Arlington.

But would you believe that this home, built in 1984 and with many great updates, is on the market for just $595,000? It seems like such a bargain for a home in a great neighborhood, right next to a lovely lake, with more than 4,500 square feet, and with an incredible deck and pool with an easily accessible Midcities location.

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Houses are flying off the market at a record-breaking pace. Finding a move-in-ready home in the coveted M Streets is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Of course we keep our ears to the ground and always try to bring you the freshest, hottest listings — in time to actually have a shot at being among the first to have a peek.

Our Friday Five Hundred this week is not even in MLS yet, but it’s already being shown by listing agent Ryan Streiff with Dave Perry-Miller. If you’re looking for a charming 1925 prairie style Craftsman cottage we’d advise calling him immediately because at $515,000-this adorable home at 5743 Mercedes Avenue won’t last long. (more…)

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We love it when we see a builder truly find their niche, and that’s just what JLD Custom Homes has done in East Dallas. This CandysDirt.com Approved Builder has constructed several new homes throughout the M Streets and beyond, using classic architecural styles and green-building philosophy to bring new homes that work with a neighborhood’s character.

“This home sits on a corner lot with a electric gated driveway and is just two blocks from Trader Joe’s and all the great restaurants on lower Greenville,” said Jeff Dworkin, president of JLD. “This is the third home that JLD Custom Homes has built on this corner.”

It just hit the market, too, and Gia Marshello of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has this adorable prairie-style home at 5900 Prospect listed for $774,900. For brand new construction in the thick of it all in East Dallas, that’s a pretty decent price!

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2203 W Colorado Front

This home is such an incredible value nestled in one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in North Oak Cliff. Located inside Stevens Park Village, you might expect this home to another quaint Austin stone cottage like the many that line the blocks of this insular neighborhood just off of Fort Worth Avenue.

You’d be flat wrong, though, as this two-story Prairie style home has so much open space and plenty of contemporary features that it will astonish you what the sellers have fit onto a less-than-one-quarter-acre lot.

The amenities alone put this house in a league with our other High Caliber Homes of the Week, and if this home catches your eye, be ready to submit your highest and best offer and get pre-approved with Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. She’s an expert who is ready to make sure you get your dream home, so don’t waste your time! Call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today.

Are you ready to get your socks knocked off? Jump and see the amazing value this Stevens Park Village home holds.

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