In our third and final Independence Day pick, we take you to a home that is a less-than-one-minute walk to the route for the venerated neighborhood gem known as the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade.

The parade has maintained its neighborhood feel and roots since its beginnings in 1964 when the parade, according to local lore, consisted of “the two Neikirk children riding their bikes for about 2 houses on the sidewalk in the 7300 block of Lakewood Blvd.”

Today, the parade is chock-a-block full of local school representation, local politicians, families, neighbors, and the de rigueur floats that give a nod to Lakewood legends and inside jokes.

Needless to say, finding a home along this parade route is hard. But we did manage to find one that is so close you could practically fall over and land in the parade, and it’s a beautiful historic 1931 Tudor to boot. (more…)

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Tuesday night, CandysDirt.com took over the Lakewood home of country music singer Steve Holy and his family for one of our Staff Meeting parties. The address, 6610 Nonesuch Court, left me scratching my head, but GPS got me there lickity-split. Turns out it’s a tiny, private, gated road with just four homes on it.  Talk about safe for the kiddies.  From the air you can see what I mean.

Thanks Google Earth

Thanks, Google Earth

You can also see that each of the homes back up to trees, so most every window faces a rural treehouse view (I was going to say “country” but that would be cliché, wouldn’t it?). But as long as we’re looking down on the house, you can see the main part of the house … the finger winding down from the back is the media room (first bump) and the master suite (everything else).  Talk about the feeling of seclusion. (more…)

 

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Lakewood Early Childhood PTA announced this year’s theme for the 40th annual Lakewood Home Festival at the neighborhood Fourth of July parade, and y’all better get ready for your closeups because it’s “Lights, Camera, Lakewood!”

“Let’s go to the movies! Let’s go be the stars! We want everybody to party like the celebrities do,” said LECPTA Party Co-Chair Courtney Bock Mathews. “Guests should wear either costumes from their favorite movie, dress like a favorite Hollywood celebrity, or come in gala attire for a Hollywood premiere.”

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815 Vivian Avenue will be the site of the first School + House event.

Just a reminder – tonight is our first installment of SCHOOL + HOUSE, a chance for Realtors and prospective parents to mingle with involved parents in Lakewood-area Dallas ISD schools, as well as District 2 trustee Dustin Marshall, plus see an adorable 3/2 Tudor in Lakewood. This first installment is a partnership with the Heather Guild Group and CandysDirt.com. Look for more in coming months in other neighborhoods – and Realtors, if you’re interested in finding out how this works, email me.

Details are below. The event is come and go – so swing by after work! (more…)

Image: Fox 4

Image: Fox 4

Crews were inside Lakewood Elementary over the weekend, monitoring the air quality inside the school after reports of children being nauseated, dizzy, and lethargic during the school day. One child even vomited in between classes.

This is the second time parents have voiced concern over air quality inside the school. Just last year a dead owl stuck in a vent forced carbon monoxide from the school’s boiler into several classrooms, sickening children and staff in the circa 1951 building.

According to the Advocate, a meeting to discuss the building’s classroom and cafeteria expansion is slated for tomorrow (Feb. 23) evening, though a discussion about air quality is to be expected.

Despite the reports of sick kids, classes continued today, though parents said they would be keeping close watch on Dallas ISD to make sure this didn’t happen again.

“Obviously I personally don’t feel like my son is in danger today or tomorrow,” parent Paula Goldberg said to NBC 5. “But something needs to be addressed in the school, because something is not right. It’s an odd coincidence that we’ve had two things like this.”

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Atmos Energy workers show a tank of odorant that is added to the natural gas that is pumped into homes and businesses. (Photo: Atmos Energy)

First off: Did you know that natural gas doesn’t really have a smell? An “odorant” is added to it before it’s pumped through the lines and into your home, giving it that well-known rotten egg smell. If you get a whiff of odorant, you should get out of your home and call 911, according to Atmos Energy, the natural gas provider for most of North Texas.

That’s been the routine for some people in Lakewood who have continued to catch whiffs of natural gas — sometimes strongly — both inside and outside of their homes. In some cases, Atmos would come out and peek around, but said that a leak couldn’t be detected.

When Lakewood resident Cydney Roach smelled gas one morning, she thought her senses were playing tricks on her. The smell quickly dissipated throughout the day, so it couldn’t be natural gas, right?

That’s what she thought, until she read our story on Megan Anderson:

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Megan Anderson's wall exploded because of gas seeping into her home from the soil. (Photo: WFAA)

Megan Anderson’s wall exploded because of gas seeping into her home from the soil. (Photo: WFAA)

When you smell gas in your home and report it to Atmos, what’s the first thing they tell you to do?

Get out of the house.

So when Megan Anderson was busy doing the dishes in the kitchen of her Lakewood home on Jan. 5, she didn’t smell the gas that had been filling a wall between her kitchen and her living room. She didn’t know to get out of the house. She didn’t know not to touch the switch on the garbage disposal that ended up igniting the gas and blowing a hole in her wall.

So why didn’t Megan smell the gas? Why didn’t she know to get out?

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Swan House Entry

In July, Joanna wrote about the sale of the famous Swan House at 3503 Hillbrook.

A fixture in Lakewood for years, the eclectic home is located just off Bob-O-Link on a large, private lot complete with a pond. That’s where the late Alma and Neal Stanley kept the big, beautiful birds they loved so much. Styled like a gingerbread house straight out of an eastern European fairytale, the 1959 brick rambler features oodles of cool details, hundreds of pieces of custom-carved woodwork, and accessory structures that add so much personality to the home.

Or, as the Dallas Morning News put it recently, 

it was that memorable, rambling ranch house with glorious, storybook acreage, complete with a large pond, fountains, handmade bridges and swans.

The "Swan House" at 3503 Hillbrook has been a Lakewood fixture for years, earning a spot in the hearts of neighbors. (Photo: Lisa Marie Sutherlin)

The “Swan House” at 3503 Hillbrook has been a Lakewood fixture for years, earning a spot in the hearts of neighbors. (Photo: Lisa Marie Sutherlin)

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