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Heritage Oak Cliff announced the 10 homes that will make up the 2019 home tour on Monday evening. (Photo courtesy Heritage Oak Cliff)

After 44 years, Heritage Oak Cliff knows how to gin up some excitement for a 45th home tour — you have a party to debut the latest 10 homes to join the ranks, and celebrate that there are 10 more homes from diverse neighborhoods to showcase in a city that can be a bit bulldozer-friendly.

And that’s just what HOC did Monday, announcing the 10 homes that will become the 45th home tour, which will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. October 19 and 20. Ticket prices are $15 to $20.

This year’s 10 homes showcase a variety of architectural styles. Check out this year’s homes on our handy interactive map: (more…)

From staff reports

Ask anyone who has been in Dallas for a while and they’ll tell you: If you’re a fan of home tours, the one hosted by Heritage Oak Cliff — the longest-running one in the city — should be on your list.

And the organization just announced the dates for its 45th home tour, which will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. October 19 and 20th.  (more…)

Photo: Rick Davis/Flux Media

Back at the turn of the millennium, the City of Dallas adopted our time-of-day watering restrictions in an effort to curb the incredible amount of water that irrigates Dallas lawns and landscapes. Since 2001, through education and smart watering restrictions, Dallas has conserved 398 billion gallons of water, cutting gallons per capita per day consumption by 30 percent. However, there’s still room for improvement, and the 25th annual City of Dallas Water Utilities Water Wise Landscape Tour is just the kind of inspiration we need to make better choices for our homes and Dallas’ future. 

Conserving water by smart landscaping has come a long day since the era of gravel, yucca, and cactus. Not all water-wise landscapes have to look like a desert! Do you have a landscape that looks incredible without requiring a big gulp of water when the temperatures climb? Have you installed rainwater recapture systems to keep your grass green without draining Lake Lavon? Want to show it off? Find out how to submit your home for the 25th annual Water Wise Landscape Tour now. The deadline to submit is Aug. 9!

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By Lisa Ferguson
Special Contributor

The 2019 Celina Garden Tour, an exclusive showcase of eight private home gardens and area wineries, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

This popular biennial event, hosted by the Celina Garden Club, drew hundreds of attendees from throughout North Texas in 2017. The self-guided tour will be presented rain or shine.

“Our tour homes are full of gardening glory,” Celina Garden Club President Lynn Balint said. “This year, we have a couple of repeat venues because they were so much fun and their gardens were spectacular.  We have also recruited some outstanding new venues.”

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waxahachieWe’ve told you all about the fantastic Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes in Waxahachie. In its 51st year, one could say that the tour of Waxahachie’s historic homes is a must-do for any Texan — newly minted or born here.

Tourgoers can check out Queen Anne Victorian, Gothic Revival, Bungalow, Romanesque, and Greek Revival styles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, as well as public tours of the historic Ellis County Courthouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday only during Gingerbread Trail tour.

Located off Interstate 35, Waxahachie is only 35 minutes south of Dallas and Fort Worth.

And one lucky CandysDirt.com reader will win tickets to this home tour — keep reading for more! (more…)

Sam and Laura Beth Anderson aren’t just one of five homeowners in the 51st Annual Gingerbread Trail Historic Home Tour in Waxahachie. They’re also historic renovation pros and preservation junkies who saved their home from becoming toothpicks and restored it to its original splendor.

Though the circa 1920 Bungalow has lived many lives in nearly a century, its most recent life was housing the offices of St. Joseph Catholic Church. But after the parish built a new sanctuary and no longer needed the house, church leaders just wanted it out of the way.

“They gave us the house in exchange for moving it off of their property,” Laura Beth said. “There was a vacant lot on the street behind the church where an old Victorian home had burned. We were able to purchase that lot [at 610 Kaufman Street] and move the house there.”

History Repeats Itself

The roles that Laura Beth and Sam play in the restoration processes are embedded in each one’s DNA. While Laura Beth is the creative half of the team, Sam is the analytical number cruncher.

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Yates Home – 626 Kaufman Street

Few North Texas cities have preserved their historical heritage more than Waxahachie. Though history buffs and architectural junkies flock to the city year-round to get an outward glimpse of its treasured structures, the annual Gingerbread Trail Tour gives visitors a chance to step back in time and step into select homes and buildings for an inside look.

Slated for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, the 51st Annual Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes will spotlight the ornate historic architecture for which Waxahachie is known. Get a peek at Queen Anne Victorian, Gothic Revival, Bungalow, Romanesque, and Greek Revival styles.

Plus, CandysDirt.com will be giving away one pair of tickets to the Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes, so stay tuned next week!

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During this year’s Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour, the Aldredge House – the Grand Dame of the Swiss Avenue Historic District – will open its doors at 5500 Swiss Avenue and host a free and open to the public speaker series sponsored by Friends of Aldredge House.

Slated for Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, scheduled talks will cover a wide range of topics, including antique cars, family heirlooms, historic homes, and preservation, as well as native greenery. 

The speaker series is just one of the activities on offer during the weekend-long Swiss Avenue Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour. 

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