1545 W. Colorado Blvd. is a stunning Hutsell-designed home with beautiful curves and tons of history.

The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League has always had a mouthful of a name, which was even more cumbersome as an acronym — OOCCL. But that’s all in the past now, as the organization seeks to focus on the area’s heritage — Heritage Oak Cliff, to be exact.

This year’s historic home tour will show off the architectural diversity of Oak Cliff on Oct. 21 and 22, from noon to 6 p.m. both days. Tickets can be purchased through the website (which is still ooccl.org for now) as well as  Kessler Baking Studio, Lucky Dog Books or at participating Tom Thumbs (315 S Hampton, 6333 Mockingbird, 522 Preston Royal Center, and 633 W. Wheatland in Duncanville).

Read on to preview this year’s tour homes, which includes the impeccably restored Hutsell-designed mansion perched on a hill at 1545 W. Colorado Blvd.

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2707 State Street, home of Patricia Meadows

History lovers! Don’t miss this unforgettable tour and reception honoring members of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the Dallas Bar Association, Uptown neighbors, and special friends. ‘Old World Charm in Historic State-Thomas,’ hosted by Tom Armstrong, Kyle Crews, Mary Alice Garrison, and Jack Gosnell promises to be an unforgettable evening, featuring some unforgettable homes.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone who’s interested in state Thomas neighborhood to see several incredible homes,” said Allie Beth Allman & Associates’ Kyle Crews. The tour includes turn of the 20th Century gems at 2707 Hibernia Street, 2315 Routh Street, and 2309 Boll Street. It kicks off at 2707 State Street, home of Patricia Meadows. Meadows, who is considered to be a ‘neighborhood pioneer,’ will deliver some brief remarks on the “Birth of Uptown.” You won’t want to miss it! (more…)

4098 Royal Lane (Photos: Aaron Dougherty)

Get ready to lace up your sneakers and embrace your burning love for midcentury modern architecture, friends. The third annual Modern Mile Home Tour is almost upon us! This incredible tour showcases a mix of authentic, 1950s-built marvels and architecturally significant modern homes that’s sure to tickle your modern-loving fancy.

Among the stops on this October tour are a minimalist modernized ranch, a Chinese modern that’s an uber-cool swinging 60s pad, a new build, and a party-ready contemporary. And all these fabulous homes are nestled into one, totally walkable square mile. Bordered by Royal Lane and Midway Road, and Walnut Hill and Marsh Lanes, the neighborhood is an absolute modern treasure trove. There’s even a bonus house this year that you won’t want to miss, just a neighborhood away.

Ready for a sneak peek? Hop on over, because after the jump we’ve got eye candy by architectural photographer Aaron Dougherty. House descriptions are adapted from those provided by the Modern Mile Dallas 2017 Home Tour.

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Last year’s PorchFest was a complete success. (Photos: Zelman Brounoff)

One of Old East Dallas’ most charming aspects is the plethora of huge front porches that offer a shady spot to get to know your neighbors. So what better way to introduce yourself to the wonderful people and festive atmosphere of Peak’s Suburban Addition than its PorchFest celebration.

This year, the second annual Dallas PorchFest on Oct. 7 will coincide with the grand re-opening of Buckner Park. This city park, which straddles Munger Boulevard and runs aside the Santa Fe Trail, received a $3 million city-financed revitalization. You can attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Buckner Park (4550 Worth St.) at noon, and then walk through the neighborhood of Peak’s Addition to enjoy music, art, and food until 8 p.m.

“This is a block party for our Old East Dallas neighborhood,” said one of the event organizers, Leigh Martin. “And the whole city is invited.”

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This year’s Lakewood Home Festival kicks off Nov. 10 at the annual auction party. The theme is “A Royal Soiree.” (Courtesy Photo)

Lakewood Early Childhood PTA members strolled up and down the tree-lined streets of East Dallas at the annual Lakewood Fourth of July parade, and though the celebration was all about our nation’s independence, there was more than one reason to let them eat cake — the announcement of the Lakewood Home Festival’s Auction Party theme, “A Royal Soiree.”

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8230 San Beninto Way is just one stop on the 2017 Modern Home Tour Dallas.

8230 San Beninto Way is just one stop on the 2017 Modern Home Tour Dallas.

Hop on over to the comments section to win a pair of tickets to this Saturday’s Modern Home Tour Dallas. The first three individuals to leave a comment will have a pair of tickets waiting at Will Call at the tour’s first stop – 4401 Deere Avenue, #1.

The tour is produced by Realtor Janelle Alcantara of David Griffin & Company Realtors and produced by Jeff Levine, publisher of moderndallas.net. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Dallas Architecture Forum.

Tour Details

May 13, 2017

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For those who don’t win, tickets cost $20 in advance online or $25 at the event (children under 12 are free). The self-guided tour is open to the public, but please note that photography is restricted to members of the press.

 

Enjoy deep porches and beautiful homes

Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend at 1921 5th Avenue in Fairmount (photos: Stacy Luecker)

Mother’s Day gift ideas: flowers, candy, hugs, a card … all sound pretty standard and boring gifts.

This Mother’s Day weekend, spice it up a bit and take her to the 35th annual Fairmount Tour of Historic Homes in Fort Worth, Texas.

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8230 San Beninto Way is just one stop on the 2017 Modern Home Tour Dallas.

8230 San Beninto Way is just one stop on the 2017 Modern Home Tour Dallas.

Put down the grocery store bouquet.  If Mom has an eye for great design, the 2017 Modern Home Tour Dallas may be just the Mother’s Day gift you didn’t know you were looking for. The tour kicks off next Saturday and is sure to please. We’ll be giving away three pair of tickets next week, so stay tuned!

The tour itself differs from many spring home tours in that it does not focus on a particular neighborhood, rather, it focuses on homes in the modern style spread out among various Dallas neighborhoods. From Urban Reserve to Forest Hills, each home on the tour represents a different price point and a unique take on modern living at its finest.

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