I have always been a fan of Glen Abbey, that gated, pristine collection of luxury estates developed on what was once the secluded ranch home of Clint Murchison Sr., a famed Texas oil magnate and philanthropist. Cowboys connection: Clint Murchison was the father of Dallas Cowboys co-founder Clint Murchison Jr. Glen Abbey was created on the land sold to former Dallas Mayor Robert Folsom by Lupe Murchison, widow of John Murchison, Clint Jr.’s brother and co-founder of the Dallas Cowboys. Originally 100 luxury lots, Hawkins-Welwood Homes built 60 of the 100 amazing homes there. 

 

That land, once part of the famed Murchison ranch, is now Glen Abbey. And Glen Abbey has a sister property right next door,  that retains all the luxury of those magnificent mansion spreads, but offer far more manageable home ownership options.

It’s called The Lawn at Glen Abbey. The Lawn at Glen Abbey began construction of homes in 2016. It may very well be my next forever home.

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Greenway Parks has earned acclaim from architects and loyalty from its residents. Allie Beth Allman Realtor Maribeth Peters explains why.

Greenway Parks is one of those neighborhoods you never want to leave, and frankly that’s why it can be challenging to find a home here. With approximately 300 houses, which are often passed down from one generation to the next, it’s often hard for a newcomer to get a foot in the proverbial door.

The neighborhood is full of architecturally significant homes in every imaginable style, from Charles Dilbeck’s Spanish Eclectic to Max Levy’s cutting-edge modernist.

Greenway Parks is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Dallas, and it is going through a major transformation right now,” Maribeth Peters of Allie Beth Allman & Associates said. “This renaissance consists of new construction and major remodeling of existing historic homes. Since Greenway Parks was designated a Conservation District in 2003, all architectural plans must be reviewed by the city, but that has not slowed the neighborhood evolution.”

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Lakewood

One of the best traditions in Lakewood is the Fourth of July parade — an ode to the community, schools, and inside jokes on Facebook (Photos courtesy John and Heather Guild).

By John and Heather Guild
Special Contributors

We moved to Dallas as newly married young professionals and bought our first home together in Oak Lawn; a darling townhome that served us well for many non-parental years.  When we had our son, we wanted more space in a neighborhood where he could grow and thrive with other children.

Dallas is full of these neighborhoods, but for us, Lakewood felt like home. (more…)

Webb Royal

Webb Royal neighbors begin arriving for a Sunday evening gathering. The neighborhood’s mix of newcomers and longtime residents, as well as its affordability, is inspiring a new legion of fans (Photos courtesy Jeff Reburn).

How much does Jeff Reburn love his Webb Royal neighborhood? Enough that when we reached out to tell him his neighborhood was next, he went door-to-door to ask neighbors why they loved it, too.

You might call him a super fan – especially since he’s also the lead for the neighborhood’s NextDoor site, and vice president of the Webb Royal Crime Watch, too. Webb Royal is bordered by Royal Lane, Walnut Hill Lane, Webb Chapel Road and Allegheny Drive.

“It’s directly across from Sparkman Club Estates, which is a sister neighborhood created by the same developer,” Reburn explained. (more…)

Sparkman

Sparkman Club Estates boasts a mix of newcomers and longtime residents – but the heart of the tight-knit community is its community club (Photos courtesy Cindy Beatty)

It’s a story we heard frequently when we began asking people what they loved about Sparkman Club Estates — a story of children and grandchildren coming back in adulthood to raise their own children in the close-knit neighborhood.

The neighborhood is bordered by Webb Chapel, Royal Lane, Marsh Lane and Merrell Lane, and includes Camelot Drive and Baroness Drive. But the heart of the neighborhood is its 58-year-old community club, which boasts a swimming and tennis facility and a clubhouse that is home to many celebrations, both public and private. (more…)

Midway Hollow

Tree-lined streets, friendly neighbors, and great schools are just some of the things that make Midway Hollow home for many. (Photo: Bethany Erickson)

If a town hitting its peak is a boomtown, would a neighborhood like Midway Hollow, with its bustling mix of newcomers and longtime residents, be considered a boom-hood?

There are 2,600 homes in the neighborhood, which is bordered by Midway Road, Walnut Hill Lane, Marsh Lane, and Northwest Highway.

Midway Hollow’s ties to Dallas history go back to the time when Texas was its own country — and you can still see them today when you drive down Lively Lane, Marsh Lane, or Coppedge Lane, all of which were named after the early settlers who farmed the land. (more…)