Just like the impulse to nibble on a baby’s cheeks, I feel an uncontrollable urge to take a bite out of this adorable Greenland Hills Tudor. With the adorable roofline, arched stained-glass windows, scalloped awning, and precious pea green front door, how could you not love this brick and stone classic cottage at 5206 Merrimac?

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Adding more single-family housing in downtown Dallas has definitely increased the vibrancy of our urban core, as the once desolate city center now has more full-time families and businesses. The days of downtown turning into a ghost town at 5 p.m. could be over. 

If you want an urban lifestyle but don’t want to live in a high-rise, a townhome is the perfect compromise. Lucky for you, the Farmers Market area on the southeast side of downtown Dallas has a great inventory of relatively new builds, including this stunning unit listed by Sam Sawyer of The Collective Residential.

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The sky’s the limit when it comes to prices for close-in, predominantly single-family neighborhoods in East Dallas. Those with historic overlays — Vickery Place, Munger Place, Junius Heights, and so on — seem to have appreciated at a breakneck pace, as bungalows and prairie-style homes built in the 1920s get a good freshening up. Today’s Friday Five Hundred is one such example. 

This adorable three-bedroom, two-bathroom Craftsman bungalow in Vickery Place has received a top-to-bottom update that makes use of several design trends while still keeping it between the ditches of historic vernacular. And there’s a bonus — the home comes with a detached converted garage that is a studio apartment with income potential.

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As an East Dallas dweller, I’ve always loved Casa Linda Estates. It’s a neighborhood full of great houses — from one-story stone cottages to more ornate Spanish-style homes — the diversity in architecture, huge lots, and friendly people make it a fun place to live. Truly, there’s only one gripe I have about this place, and that’s the complete lack of sidewalks. It makes it somewhat challenging for families who have little ones who enjoy walking to Casa Linda Park, which is a popular place for neighbors to gather.

Other than that, this is a splendid enclave, full of mature trees and well-maintained homes. This particular house at 9711 Redondo Dr. is a perfect example, and if the owners weren’t expecting a third child, they wouldn’t be selling this adorable three-bedroom, two-bath stone cottage. But they’re not going far, as they’re planning to build their dream house on San Saba, right next to Casa Linda Park, making the jaunts to the playground with three little ones easier than ever. 

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Sometimes a home comes to market that offers so much, you really wonder if it might not be a fun gig to take bets on how long it will last on the market. Can we do that here, or is it illegal?

Because I want to place a bet on 7339 La Vista in Lakewood Hills, one of the most sought-after neighborhoods east of Central. The home is a fairly new Tudor, looks like it’s never been lived in, and boasts almost 3,000 square feet on pier and beam (2737) on 0.17 of an acre.

Why am I in such a betting mood?

Because this one won’t last. In fact, it’s open Sunday from two to four p.m.,  says the agent, Allie Beth Allman’s Maribeth Peters. And it’s the best price per square foot in town for an updated four bedroom in Lakewood Elementary!

Why is Lakewood Hills so darn hot?

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The Mansion Park area is one of those neighborhoods chock-full of great properties, and these townhomes are a perfect example of how you can get into a fabulous neighborhood for a less-than-exorbitant price. While these Bud Oglesby-designed, midcentury modern townhomes look pitch perfect from the curb, 2812 Welborn St., another amazing listing from Ebby Halliday top-performer Dennis Hammet, truly does this design justice.

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One of the bathrooms in 123 S. Winnetka when the Calhouns purchased it in 1978. (Courtesy Photo)

If you read our Thursday Three Hundred yesterday, you know that love stories are our thing. Well, here’s another one, but this time it’s a two-story Foursquare in Winnetka Heights. This home was in desperate need of some love when Jim and Kathy Calhoun purchased 123 S. Winnetka in 1978. “This is a labor-of-love, come-a-long-way, urban-pioneer story,” says listing agent and fellow Winnetka Heights resident Diane Sherman, who has listed this fully restored beauty for $539,500. “The wallpaper was wild!”

I can see what she means. Of course, the transformation will astound you!

123 S. Winnetka had been converted to a duplex when Jim and Kathy Calhoun purchased the 1913-built Foursquare in 1978. (Courtesy Photo)

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Homes in historic Dallas neighborhoods are selling like hotcakes, mostly for the reason they were preserved in the first place: character. These areas fit a human scale that has long since been rendered incompatible with modernity, but still, that comfortable nostalgia makes them all the more desirable. 

And while East Dallas is already phenomenally popular, the Vickery Place area is coveted even more so, thanks to its prime location near Greenville Avenue, it’s fantastic proximity to downtown Dallas, and the walkable nature of this neighborhood, originally platted in 1891. What’s really great is all of the investment happening here now, with families buying up homes and taking the time and care to bring them up to today’s standards. An absolutely stellar example of this is the beautiful one-story Craftsman bungalow at 5417 Willis Ave.

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