Northaven Home Tour

Want to gape at some truly fantastic houses while making a difference for some truly fantastic kids? The first Northaven Home Tour is for you! The tour runs on April 8, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and benefits the Arthur Kramer Elementary School in Dallas.

“Kramer is such a wonderful school,” said Pete Peabody, school parent and co-chair of the event. “We’re so proud of the community here and the bond we all formed. The school serves a very diverse population and offers amazing International Baccalaureate and dual language programs. Proceeds from the tour will directly benefit some much-needed campus improvements, technology, and crucial programs. Plus, we get to show off some really incredible homes.”

From a classic ranch style to a midcentury modern, the homes on the tour offer a wealth of stunning architectural experiences and an array of artwork that befits a museum exhibit. Whether fit for a family or juuuuust right for a pair of empty-nesters, these homes boast details that offer a little something for everyone.

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This week’s School + House could not be an easier choice — not only is the home zoned for Dallas ISD’s incredible Kramer Elementary and the phenomenal Hillcrest High feeder pattern, but it’s also right across the street from school.

Seriously, you can open the door, stand there with your cup of coffee, and watch your kids cross the street to school. That’s right, we are showing you carpool lane-free life until middle school.

This home at 7124 Midbury Drive is zoned for Kramer Elementary, which was the first elementary International Baccalaureate school in Dallas ISD, and has won numerous awards for its academic successes as well as its efforts to engage students and parents. It also has a wonderful learning garden. It’s also zoned for Ben Franklin Middle School and Hillcrest High, which are both International Baccalaureate schools.

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midcenturyTrue story: A whole lot of our readers who aren’t from Dallas but got here as soon as they could started off renting here, because it’s hard to find the perfect house in a market as heated as Dallas’ is sometimes. Which is why we paid attention when we found this Midcentury Ranch in North Dallas that is just the right size for a relocating family.

It’s also in a great Dallas ISD feeder pattern with a huge footprint and is also close to several private schools — which means that you have a really big swath of North Dallas to begin your house buying search in while you cool your heels in this 1,944 square foot slice of pretty house.

\Located at 7432 Wellcrest Drive, the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home has two living areas. A front entry hall leads you to a large living room with hardwood floors, which leads to a den with brick flooring and a fireplace.  (more…)

The contemporary home at 11322 E. Ricks Circle will be on this year’s Northaven Home Tour.

The Northaven Home Tour returns for another year, this time featuring a treasure trove of thoughtfully remodeled ranches and a contemporary design you’ll find rather familiar. Slated from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, the third annual Northaven Home Tour features six gorgeous properties, including the home of Dallas City Council District 11 representative Lee Kleinman, as well as a Frank Welch-designed stunner on Churchill Way.

The tour, sponsored by Bernbaum/Magadini Architects, Advocate Magazine, Renees Saulnier, The Miller Group, and the Hillcrest Forest Neighborhood Association (HFNA), benefits Kramer Elementary School’s PTA. Tickets are available to purchase online in advance for $20, or at Kramer Elementary (7131 Midbury) on the day of the tour.

“The Hillcrest Forest home tour was originally a small neighborhood event open only to residents in the Janmar area,” said home tour organizer Pete Peabody. “Three years ago, the Kramer PTA took over the tour and opened it up to the public, renaming it the Northaven Home Tour. It quickly has become our largest fundraiser. That very first year, we raised enough to allow us to fund the removal of a badly deteriorated blacktop and install a brand new sports court outside the gymnasium.”

Find out about three special homes on the tour after the jump!

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                Realtor-only open house March 29, 10am-12pm: Mimosas and Muffins

True story: I thought I was going nuts.

We moved into our home on Ricks Circle in 2000, after tearing down moving a 1950’s ranch off the lot, building our dream home and pool, for our children to enjoy as one was leaving for college, the other was entering high school.

I felt kind of guilty that our oldest did not have more of her teen years in this house, but as fate would have it, she would later re-bound here and enjoy it even longer than our son, who filled the house with his friends from nearby St. Marks, and later, Trinity University.

But back to the going nuts.

I’m out in the yard getting mail, which we all pick up at the box, at the street. In this ‘hood, smack in the middle of Dallas, we love that country feel of moseying down the road for the mail. 

I hear horse hooves.

I am just experiencing menopause. Lord, I think, this really IS a crazy time. I am hearing horses in the middle of Dallas. Time for hormones!

Then I SEE horses, two of them, sweating and running at full speed around the curve on our street, West Ricks Circle, and headed to my house. And me out at the mailbox. And the dogs!

I had to make a split second decision: run to save the dogs and risk getting trampled by the horses, or scream at them to run inside while I hide behind the mailbox and pray: the horses were now two houses away.

I chose the latter. The dogs were terrified and headed into our garage. The horses ran across my front lawn, kicking up clods of dirt. I was still thinking maybe this is all a psycho hormonal trip until a neighbor drove up and said, Candy, those horses are running towards Northaven!

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North Dallas

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Bethany: It’s always so much fun when you get to profile a family with the home – and this great home that belongs to one of Dallas’s best restaurant families was a great opportunity to do just that. 

Now that Amy and Jim “Sevy” Severson’s children have left the nest, the two have set their sights on a Gulf Coast vacation home and a smaller abode in Dallas. That decision is going to mean great things for a new family, since they’ve listed the North Dallas home they built in 2001.

If the Severson name sounds familiar, it’s because the two have owned Sevy’s Grill, the restaurant named after Jim, since 1997.

That four-bedroom, three-bath home at 6550 Dykes Way is built for a family — literally. The Seversons bought the property and lived in the existing home from 1991.

“We bought our property in 1991 when the street was all original and you could walk into the Downs of Hillcrest from our end of the street,” Amy said. “It was all working class ranch houses, 1400-1600 square feet tucked into a ‘hidden’ north Dallas neighborhood bookended by newer, walled neighborhoods on Hillcrest and Preston.”

But the original home became a squeeze for the family of four, eventually.

“We loved our little city sanctuary, almost half acre at the end of a street, but we outgrew the original home by 2000,” Amy said. “We hired architects Bernbaum & Magadini — Bruce and Cindy Bernbaum were friends via Kramer Elementary. Our builder was Howard Gorman of Gorman Homes.”

That home, built with growing kids in mind, sits on a nearly half-acre lot on a quiet cul-de-sac. The layout is family friendly, with its open kitchen and den that provide views of not only playing children during dinner prep, but gorgeous views of the big backyard and pool. (more…)

pagewoodThis week’s Saturday Seven Hundred near Pagewood Park may feel like a Midcentury Ranch straight from the Sixties, but in reality, it’s a well-done and impeccably updated 1986 Contemporary with plenty of space for entertaining.

The one-story ranch is located at 10819 Pagewood Place, on a corner cul de sac lot. With 3,204 square feet of well-designed living space, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and plenty of windows with natural light make the open floor plan feel spacious and gracious. (more…)

North DallasNow that Amy and Jim “Sevy” Severson’s children have left the nest, the two have set their sights on a Gulf Coast vacation home and a smaller abode in Dallas. That decision is going to mean great things for a new family, since they’ve listed the North Dallas home they built in 2001.

If the Severson name sounds familiar, it’s because the two have owned Sevy’s Grill, the restaurant named after Jim, since 1997.

That four-bedroom, three-bath home at 6550 Dykes Way is built for a family — literally. The Seversons bought the property and lived in the existing home from 1991.

“We bought our property in 1991 when the street was all original and you could walk into the Downs of Hillcrest from our end of the street,” Amy said. “It was all working class ranch houses, 1400-1600 square feet tucked into a ‘hidden’ north Dallas neighborhood bookended by newer, walled neighborhoods on Hillcrest and Preston.”

But the original home became a squeeze for the family of four, eventually.

“We loved our little city sanctuary, almost half acre at the end of a street, but we outgrew the original home by 2000,” Amy said. “We hired architects Bernbaum & Magadini — Bruce and Cindy Bernbaum were friends via Kramer Elementary. Our builder was Howard Gorman of Gorman Homes.”

That home, built with growing kids in mind, sits on a nearly half-acre lot on a quiet cul-de-sac. The layout is family friendly, with its open kitchen and den that provide views of not only playing children during dinner prep, but gorgeous views of the big backyard and pool. (more…)