8623 San Leandro Front

This is one of those new builds in Little Forest Hills that really does uphold the neighborhood motto: “Keep Little Forest Hills Funky.” This enclave of 1930s and ’40s cottages east of Garland Road and west of Ferguson has been a target for teardowns, with many homes being scraped and replaced as fast as builders can manage it. So it’s refreshing to see a new build that looks just as fun and friendly as the neighbors.

Considering this hot market for homebuyers inside 635, we’re pretty sure this listing from David Griffin Realtor Janelle Alcantara will get snapped up fast! If you want to put in your highest and best offer and get first dibs on this cute contemporary home, call Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans today. From pre-approval to closing, no one is more prepared to deal with anything that might come up in the home-buying process. Don’t waste your time, call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today.

For fun finish-out and wide-open spaces, jump to see this Little Forest Hills home’s interiors.


6426 Westlake Front

What a fantastic home that really typifies “move in-ready” for me! For a home to be move in-ready, it has to:

  • Have immaculate neutral paint and fresh baseboards and trim,
  • Have gorgeous floors that are in tip-top shape,
  • And have a kitchen that is ready to plug-in and go!

This home, a 1937 traditional cottage, has all of these things, as well as some fantastic light fixtures and beautiful living areas. There are three bedrooms, two full baths, an updated kitchen, and more than 1,800 square feet, making this home at 6426 Westlake a perfect, cozy family property. This home, located inside Lakewood’s Country Club Estates, is listed with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Karla Trusler for $515,000.


pistol muzzle close up

We’re starting off with something really scary this week. At 12:19 p.m. on Sept. 30, a resident of the 2800 block of Amherst Street took her recycling to the alley and was startled to find a stranger there. The man said nothing to her, but he pointed a pistol in her direction. The woman fled, and she heard one shot being fired as she ran away. Police checked the area, but they could not find anyone matching the victim’s vague description of the shooter: a black male.

That’s something you certainly don’t expect to hear about – much less experience – in the Park Cities. This next bit of detective work from the same day sounds absolutely harmless by comparison.

At 9:09 p.m. on Sept. 30, police stopped a 48-year-old pedestrian named Daniel Alvarez in the 3500 block of Beverly Drive. But they had no evidence that he had committed a crime, so they let him go.

However, when officers spotted him again just before midnight in the 4700 block of Preston Road, Alvarez had allegedly acquired several items, including a set of jumper cables, two black cases holding CDs and DVDs, a red Boston Red Sox cap, and a blue Dallas Mavericks cap. Finding this accumulation of possessions odd, officers decided to arrest him on the charge of “pedestrian in the roadway.”

Let’s fast forward to 5:25 the next morning, when an officer noticed that the driver’s door on a white 2011 Chevy Tahoe was standing open in the 3200 block of St. Johns Drive. An inventory by the vehicle’s owner revealed that the following items were missing: 10 souvenir key chains, a plastic bag containing $6 worth of change, a lugnut lock key, a set of jumper cables, and a black case holding several CDs and DVDs.

Five hours later, a resident of the 4700 block of Abbott Avenue discovered that a burglar had entered her red 2008 Toyota Yaris and stolen a plastic bag containing $100 worth of makeup, a black case holding CDs and DVDs, a red Red Sox cap, and a blue Mavericks cap.

Alvarez is a suspect in both burglaries, as well as a third in the 3400 block of St. Johns Drive, where a white 2013 Ford Expedition was rifled through, but the victim could not say for sure what was stolen. He is not listed as a suspect in this next crime, but he probably should be.

At 11 p.m. on Sept. 30, a resident of the 3600 block of Beverly Drive heard a strange noise when he used his electronic key to try to lock his black 2010 Mercedes S550. He later realized the noise was due to another electronic key being inside the car, which prevented the doors from locking. By the time the resident entered his car at 7 the next morning, a thief had helped himself to a $500 Samsung phone, the aforementioned $300 electronic key, a $120 pair of Bose headphones, $15 in cash, and a VIP parking pass for AT&T Stadium.

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Car Thief

At 2:45 a.m. on May 31, a Highland Park police officer noticed that a white Ford truck was parked in the 4200 block of Edmondson Avenue with its emergency lights flashing. The officer approached the truck and found a 24-year-old Carrollton man standing next to it on the curb.

The man said he’d run over a nail and was checking his tire pressure. But the tire in question appeared to be fine, and the officer could find no nail. The man explained that he’d need to move the truck forward, as the nail was between the tire and the truck at the moment.

While the man was maneuvering his truck, the officer ran a background check. The man was not the subject of any active warrants, and his license was valid, so the officer let him go.

About a minute later, the officer found three bags in some bushes next to a nearby house. They contained a $675 pair of Jimmy Choo shoes, a $295 pair of Neiman Marcus pants, $175 worth of Gap Kids clothing, and $10 in coins.

Via receipts in the bags, the officer determined that the clothing belonged to the house’s owners, who later confirmed that the garments and coins had been removed from three vehicles – a Lexus, a Jaguar, and a Yukon – they had left unlocked in their driveway. However, a black men’s glove that the officer found next to the bags was not theirs.

It might belong to the young man from Carrollton. A further exploration of his record showed a criminal history that includes burglary, fraud, DWI, and possession of marijuana.

For more notable crimes in Dallas’ most desirable neighborhoods, read on.


Those who live there say Northwood Hills may just be Dallas’ best kept secret. Located just north of LBJ along Hillcrest Road, the neighborhood has a high-end aesthetic with a small town feel. Richardson schools are a huge plus. There are 1125 homes in Northwood,  average leafy lots of one-half an acre, and affordable home prices that average about $625,000. So much shopping, retail, entertainment and medical is nearby residents have a tough time choosing. The area is where many professionals, doctors and lawyers live and raise families.

Lookie here at 7319 Elmridge, a classical mid century modern listed with Ebby’s Barry Hoffer and Alan Levy for $585,000. Look at those gorgeous original terrazzo floors, will you? We had terrazzo floors when we lived on Melissa Lane and I LOVED them — easiest upkeep, and so cool in the summer.

In fact, I think I’ll start a “We Love Terrazzo Floors” club. For more information, contact Jacqui Blomquist with Coldwell Banker, the head honcho who put this Northwood Hills Home Tour — shindig together.