When we first saw Sam Claussen’s newest listing, we did a double take. This practically brand new contemporary is located within one of East Dallas’ most sought-after neighborhoods — the Belmont Addition — but it’s absolutely perfect for modern family life. The whole neighborhood, often confused with the M Streets area, is close to the shopping and dining of Lower Greenville, and has access to some amazing parks and schools, but often features older houses that might have their fair share of issues. But inside our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, you’ll find the utmost ease of living without the stress and expense of an older home.


Some of the most sought-after homes in Lakewood and its surrounding enclaves are those that are within a short jaunt to a park, as families with small children will have an easy way to entertain rowdy kids and their friends. For East Dallas families in the Belmont Addition and Lakewood Heights, that park is Tietze Park, which has practice fields, tons of trees that are perfect for climbing, playgrounds, a pavilion for birthday parties, tennis courts, a walking track, and a pool. 

Besides it’s very close proximity to Tietze Park, 6030 Llano Ave. is like catnip to families of young kids for many more reasons, not the least of which is the wonderful two-story layout with an upstairs living area that could double as a play room. While the location is prime, there are so many reasons this new build with Arts & Crafts influences is a fabulous choice as our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

“The location pretty much offers the quintessential East Dallas living experience. It’s located in the Belmont Addition Conservation District, the home is a block from Tietze Park, four blocks from Greenville Ave., and two miles from White Rock Lake,” David Griffin & Company agent Sam Claussen explained. “A lot of buyers in this neighborhood want to be able to walk to all the great restaurants and watering holes on in the neighborhood and this location certainly provides that.” 


Belmont Addition Tudor

During the turn of the century, Tudor-style architecture was the barometer of a family’s wealth and class. If they could afford to build a large Tudor-style home, they had arrived. Many of the original Tudor-style homes in Dallas once played host to some of society’s most famed families, but rarely do you see this style emulated in today’s new builds. Marked by high-pitched roofs, exposed timbers, and stucco, Tudor-style architecture definitely has a certain cachet, and this listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Robert Kucharski is a stunning example of an extremely well done recent build in the style.

“The quality of the home surpasses most others with an abundance of quality wood windows, traditional Tudor exterior with brick, stone, and half timbering, extensive interior wood mouldings, and custom crafted cabinetry,” Kucharski said of this Belmont Addition listing. 

We’re thrilled to shine a light on this property, built in 2005 by English Heritage Homes, as our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Once you see inside this beauty, you’ll understand why it’s such a fantastic opportunity. Where else can you find such great build quality with superb details, a full-featured floor plan, plus a family friendly backyard in such a walkable location? It’s so rare!


There’s finally a name for it: “cute aggression.”

It’s that feeling you get when you see a baby, a kitten or puppy — or in my case, an adorable house — that makes you want to take a little love bite out of it. 

That’s exactly the feeling I got when I first saw 5918 Richmond Ave. It’s a completely adorable cottage in East Dallas’ Belmont Addition that is move-in ready.


We love it when we see a builder truly find their niche, and that’s just what JLD Custom Homes has done in East Dallas. This CandysDirt.com Approved Builder has constructed several new homes throughout the M Streets and beyond, using classic architecural styles and green-building philosophy to bring new homes that work with a neighborhood’s character.

“This home sits on a corner lot with a electric gated driveway and is just two blocks from Trader Joe’s and all the great restaurants on lower Greenville,” said Jeff Dworkin, president of JLD. “This is the third home that JLD Custom Homes has built on this corner.”

It just hit the market, too, and Gia Marshello of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has this adorable prairie-style home at 5900 Prospect listed for $774,900. For brand new construction in the thick of it all in East Dallas, that’s a pretty decent price!


5930 Richmond FrontWhile this house isn’t technically $300,000, it will be worth at least that much when you renovate the kitchen. Located in the Belmont Addition, this cute Craftsman at 5930 Richmond Avenue is listed by Dallas City Center at $290,000.

That’s a fair price considering that, while this home is fresh and pretty on the outside, several rooms inside are still quite dated. And while I am a staunch believer in curb appeal, you can’t fix everything with great landscaping. Still, this house has so much going for it! It’s a two-bedroom, two-bath house in a great neighborhood — within walking distance to Whole Foods — and is in the Woodrow Wilson High School attendance area.

5930 Richmond Living

There are two living spaces separated by a single glass door. If you wanted drama, I guess you would have two French doors, but whatever. One is more formal with a fireplace, with a view out to the street. It has fresh paint, which makes the gorgeous hardwood floors really pop.

5930 Richmond DenThe den is less formal, and is a great place to watch a game. From here, the rest of the house has been opened up, with doorways expanded and views unencumbered straight through to the kitchen. That was a great idea, I just wish they had opened up the formal living area a little more. It feels a bit closed off from the rest of the house.

5930 Richmond Dining

From there you move to the dining area, which is more of a nook because of the layout of the breakfast bar area of the kitchen. Still, the dining table takes advantage of a lovely little windowed area. And those hardwoods again! Gorgeous! I also like the Tiffany-style fixtures, which definitely keep in tune with the home’s age.

5930 Richmond Kitchen

Now, the kitchen, that’s the real stumper. The owners shelled out for a tumbled stone backsplash, new countertops, a breakfast bar to give a home to the range, which is often placed rather haphazardly in homes built in the 1920s due to the large size of older gas ranges (they took up entire sides of the room!), and a new refrigerator and dishwasher. But why do all that and not re-face the kitchen cabinets?

5930 Richmond Master

Most of the rest of the house is repainted and looks as clean as the outside. The master has an attached office/nursery/exercise room that could use a little help. Still, it’s a great looking house, and a pretty decent sized one, too, at 1,848 square feet.


5930 Richmond bathThe backyard has a large concrete patio for entertaining, but if you really want to make it party central, add a covered deck or a hot tub! That would make you a popular stop with the neighbors!

5930 Richmond Backyard