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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Everyone in Dallas and Fort Worth is lamenting the end of affordable homes laden with amenities. But have we all forgotten about the Mid-Cities? There are still great deals to be had in Grand Prairie and especially in Arlington, which is where we found this hot, fully updated traditional listed by Coldwell Banker’s Josh Inman

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Condos and townhomes are only going to grow in popularity in Lakewood, as more and more aging multifamily structures — including the brick duplexes and fourplexes that line many of the side streets off of Gaston Avenue — are razed. This development, built in 2006 right off of Oram Street, is a great example of a well-maintained condo building with beautiful finish-out and livable, warm spaces. Britt Lopez of Dallas City Center Realtors has listed No. 16 at 6269 Oram Street for $540,000.

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There’s something to be said about keeping to scale with the neighborhood, especially when it’s Vickery Place. This conservation district features lovely Tudors, charming Craftsmans, and classic traditionals that give the neighborhood so much character. And while a lot of homes in this neighborhood have been remodeled, some of them no longer really feel at home in the area. Not 5110 Goodwin, a brand-new listing from Ebby Halliday agent Carolyn Albers Black. While the standing-seam metal roof gives this brick Craftsman home a contemporary edge, everything else about it is an instant classic.

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