09/22/17 1:30pm

The sky’s the limit when it comes to prices for close-in, predominantly single-family neighborhoods in East Dallas. Those with historic overlays — Vickery Place, Munger Place, Junius Heights, and so on — seem to have appreciated at a breakneck pace, as bungalows and prairie-style homes built in the 1920s get a good freshening up. Today’s Friday Five Hundred is one such example. 

This adorable three-bedroom, two-bathroom Craftsman bungalow in Vickery Place has received a top-to-bottom update that makes use of several design trends while still keeping it between the ditches of historic vernacular. And there’s a bonus — the home comes with a detached converted garage that is a studio apartment with income potential.

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09/22/17 2:12am

It’s funny how my life in Dallas has always had a connection to Northern Hills. Years ago, when we were in our thirties, friends owned a brick bungalow on Cragmont. Then my son became friends with the son of a friend who I had known in college, and she and her husband lived on Cragmont. Little did I know that the times we spent at those homes, I was passing by and probably parking in front of, the future home of one of the greatest architects of our time, Frank D. Welch.

Frank died in June, at the age of 90.

Often called the Dean of Texas Architecture, Welch, much like his mentor O’Neil Ford, explored and expanded a tradition of modernism in Texas’ landscapes, materials, style, and culture.  His many Dallas residences (including that of two dear friends in Preston Hollow) blend warmth with sophistication. They are contemporary buildings that engage with their environments without screaming they are doing it, yet they are clean, crisp, stylish and, like the product of an architectural geniuse, display meticulous attention to detail, obsessive choice of materials (only the best), and an atmosphere of peaceful humanity through spacial design.

You just felt a beautiful peace in a Frank Welch home.

And so it is with his own home, hitting the MLS on September 25.

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Custom Renovated Ranch in Lakewood Elementary Zone Tops Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

The Lakeshore Hills renovated ranch at 7115 Shook Ave. is a delight and it’s one of three featured Dallas open houses this week.

It’s a marvelous week for Dallas real estate. There are a bevy of beauties on the market now and we’ve found three top contenders for our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week post. They range in price from $419,950 to $1.089 million and offer three distinctly different vibes and neighborhoods. You don’t want to miss these.

 

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09/21/17 1:01pm

Don’t forget the exciting educational experience on tap for you this evening down in State Thomas, one of the most desired neighborhoods in Dallas because it is truly historic. You will also hear — and we will report on — how Uptown got its start from the mouths of the very founders. Next week we will look inside the exquisite home of Patricia Meadows, one of the very first ST settlers who relocated out of the Park Cities and had the vision to build a beautiful home in State-Thomas. And Patricia will be speaking tonight.

Do stop by. It’s truly seldom that these homes are open. 

(But if you cannot, never fear: CandysDirt has you covered!)

Event Details

Thursday September 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

2707 State Street

Wine and hors d’oeuvres

6:15 pm—Welcome Remarks, Patricia Meadows

“The Birth of Uptown”

2707 Hibernia Street, 2309 Boll Street, and 2315 Routh Street will also be held open for tours, with door prize drawings. Please RSVP by September 19 to 972-407-2591 or via email to Mary Alice Garrison at Maryalice.garrison@alliebeth.com.

09/21/17 12:46pm

Or he, whatever the case may be.

Let’s face it: When you meet Mister or Miss Interesting, they are interested in only three things — the depth of your eyes, the brand of your jeans, and your digs.

That’s why this three-story luxury Uptown townhome will be snapped up in three-two-one. In fact, 4140 Newton Ave., No. 3 is the perfect location for a bachelor or bachelorette to nest while hunting.

First of all, A-plus prime location. Keep the Porsche in one of the two generous garage spaces. Walk to just about any place in south Highland Park Village, go get a workout (and massage, ask for Daniel Birkholz) at Equinox, or stick with Oak Lawn Avenue.

It’s the perfect central location for a bachelor or bachelorette to meet a Bumble date at Parigi’s 24/7 or just grab coffee at Royal Blue, especially if you think you might be swiping left with this one.  (more…)

09/21/17 12:26pm


The impact of Hurricane Harvey on Houston, whose real estate market has been more than hard hit, is almost startling by this chart. The impact of Irma is yet to be seen since she made landfall in the Florida Keys on September 10 before continuing up the west coast of Florida and heading inland. But widespread preparation and evacuations in Florida reduced mortgage applications by more than 25 percent before the hurricane arrived as business ground to a halt. When you are running for your life, you tend to forget about things like house closings.

Harvey was unprecedented in its rainfall for the coast of Texas and caused flooding that affected up to 30 percent of the state’s population.  As one Houstonian whose property was unscathed told me, “everyone in Houston knows someone who was affected.” The effect on our real estate market, too, will be unprecedented, though possibly less in Houston than Florida. 

09/21/17 9:59am

As we continue our Blue Line buyers’ train into Southern Dallas, we hit Ledbetter, Camp Wisdom and UNT Dallas DART stations.  We also hit a lot more homes on the market. On the other side of I-35E is the Golf Club of Dallas that’s been in the news lately (here).  Net-net, by simply crossing east of I-35E, prices will fall by 25 to 35 percent and the homes will be slightly more modest. But the same forest of trees.

In case you’re all confused, this is the fourth installment of my Southern Dallas Buyer’s Guide where I’m riding the DART rails to see what’s available in some of Dallas’ last bastions of affordable housing. To catch up, click here, here, here.

The neighborhoods in this area are Glenview, Spring HillsHidden Valley, Runyon Springs, Cigarette Hill (I kid you not), Wisdom Terrace, and Wheatland Meadows.

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There’s nothing we appreciate more at CandysDirt.com than folks who understand the importance of history and preservation, and this is a historic home in Highland Park that is a total love story. There are far too many homes that fall under an unnecessary wrecking ball in our area.

We are especially heartened when we find a builder like Josh Zielke who marches to the preservation drum beat, and we couldn’t be more happy with the results in our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week.

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