Photos courtesy of The Dallas Arboretum

The turkey dinner is a memory. Black Friday is behind us. It’s time to plan activities to get the holiday spirit flowing, entertain visitors, and make magical memories for little ones! Especially with the glorious weather we’ve been having this year, a trip to the Dallas Arboretum is a must.


A brand-new, just-completed build from JNT Developers will be open for a happy hour preview from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28.

In Lakewood Hills, new builds are popping up all over, and we’re not mad about it. Enterprising developers with a keen eye for trends and materials are making a name for themselves here, using the neighborhood’s eponymous topography to their advantage.  

But in many cases, you really do have to see it to believe it, so ModTown Realtor Brittney Rhodes is hosting a happy hour preview of JNT Developers‘ latest design at 7318 Coronado Ave. in Lakewood Hills on Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Enjoy sips and bites to live music while you get an up-close view of the craftsmanship from this builder.


The Drake at White Rock Rendering (1)

A new condominium development has been announced for the White Rock Lake area. The Drake at White Rock Lake is being sold as a “seven-story, modern-inspired condominium residence with 90-100 homes featuring one, two, and three bedrooms.”

The building is envisioned with a terraced elevation, spacious rooms, expansive windows, balconies and entertainment decks, which will provide a variety of inspiring views from White Rock Lake to Downtown Dallas to the lush greenery of Tenison Park.



Y’all. By now, it’s no secret how we feel about midcentury modern architecture. The open floor pan! The vaulted ceilings! The walls of windows! Sigh. We feel it’s our sacred duty to report when one hits the market and 2615 Millmar Drive is no exception. In fact, it’s rather exceptional.

Talk about owning a piece of history. Practically untouched for over half a century, this Cliff May-designed Casa View estate gem is crying out for an architecture lover with a stout heart and an eye for midcentury detail. With original parquet floors and wrought iron fence work, it oozes vintage charm. The price point makes it even harder to resist. At $199,900, it ought to entice anyone looking to make the most of a modest renovation budget.


no Sams

Word came Tuesday from Jonas Park, the “Accidental Activist”, that a Dallas county judge has ruled to void an ordinance for a planned development district on Central at Carroll Avenue, across from Cityplace, that was all but certain to be a big box Sam’s Wholesale Club.

Talk about David and Goliath: Judge Michael O’Neill ruled that the city of Dallas did not properly notify property owners living near the proposed 100,000 square foot big box site. Property owners were concerned that a Sam’s was not the best use of the choice dirt and they worried about their property values ever since May, 2014, when Trammell Crow Company announced the Sams deal on 17 acres across from Cityplace and demolished the old Xerox building that used to sit on the site

Trammell Crow told the Dallas Morning News it is considering options:

“While we’re disappointed in the judge’s ruling, we’re considering our options moving forward,” said Scott Dyche, general counsel for Trammell Crow Company.

The neighbors claim they were told one thing, but got another. Way back in 2013, property owners were told that Crow wanted to rezone the site to “accommodate a retail development with design standards.” Many were hopeful that the zoning, which would have allowed for mixed use retail (shops, restaurants, hotels, apartments) would create a West-Village type atmosphere.

Instead, they got a big box retailer with a long lease. You may recall that some members of the Dallas Plan Commission even tried to re-open the case, but feared that Trammell Crow might sue the city. Or that the city would lose face, reneging on its word which would then be a bad example to other developers.

The property was closed on in August of 2013. (more…)

East Dallas Cottage Priced to Sell |

Yes, our North Texas market is hotter than a doorknob in hell with prices rising at a fast pace. But there are homes to be found for under $200K, and that’s what the “It’s My Mansion” occasional column is all about.

Today, we’ve discovered a cottage-style house at 3536 Delford Cir., near Shiloh and Ferguson roads in deep East Dallas. This home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,070 square feet on two stories, built in 1960. It’s quite cute both inside and out, and the updates have achieved a contemporary vibe with hardwood floors, a fresh-looking color palette, and on-trend design elements, like white subway tile with dark grout in the kitchen and bathroom.



Dallas Porchfest This Weekend |

Photo: Dallas Porchfest at Peak’s

This Saturday, celebrate art and music on the open-air porches in Peak’s Addition neighborhood at Dallas Porchfest.

From noon until 8 p.m., neighbors, musicians, and artists will roam from porch to porch in the 4700 block of Swiss Avenue in East Dallas, between Carroll and Fitzhugh avenues. Musicians will play at designated times, while other festivities occur throughout the day.

Dallas Porchfest is all about honoring music and the art in open-air porches, and creating a sense of community among neighbors and locals.


Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum

Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum

Architectural Digest has named the Dallas Arboretum one of  world’s 15  breath-taking gardens to visit this season , including it with such horticultural treasures as the Royal Botanic Gardens in London,  the Gardens of the Palace of Versaille,  Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Thailand, and  Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France. The recognition follows earlier accolades this year, when USA Today listed the Dallas Arboretum as one of the 10 Best Botanical Gardens in the country, and its signature event, Blooms, as one of 10 Best Floral Festivals, too.

Will this new coup further impact real estate prices in the East Dallas area, at a time when home value increases are already on a roll?