Our Inwood House of the Week at 6827 Lakeshore is a rambler ranch-style house on almost half an acre of land in the heart of Lakewood. Built in 1951, the sellers have done a brilliant job of renovating it while keeping much of the original detail intact.

So many people get these ranch renovations wrong. They go a bit crazy, blow out all the walls, raise the ceilings way too high, and create a cavernous living space that destroys the charm and original architectural intent.

That original rambler ranch design concept was simple. A casual, informal, long profile, rambling home — hence the name rambler — with an open layout, but not so open you can see what every single member of the household is doing at once.

It’s an architectural style unique to America and represents a time when the indoor-outdoor connection became cemented into our expectations of what defines a home. You cannot envision a ranch-style home without evoking images of dad poised over the grill flipping burgers. These homes accounted for nine of every 10 homes built in the 1950s. We’d be surprised if you or a family member has not experienced life in a rambler ranch. If not, here’s your chance!

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Condos and townhomes are only going to grow in popularity in Lakewood, as more and more aging multifamily structures — including the brick duplexes and fourplexes that line many of the side streets off of Gaston Avenue — are razed. This development, built in 2006 right off of Oram Street, is a great example of a well-maintained condo building with beautiful finish-out and livable, warm spaces. Britt Lopez of Dallas City Center Realtors has listed No. 16 at 6269 Oram Street for $540,000.

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Devonshire Estates

The Devonshire Estates contemporary stunner at 5715 Southwestern Blvd. is a thing of beauty, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we bring you the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Make a date with these houses and see some of the best properties on the market in North Texas! Seriously, these are open houses you don’t want to miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $327,500 to $1.649 million. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

 

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Hollywood Heights Tudor 522-monte-vista-dr-dallas-tx-1-MLS-2
As I drove down the street last week, my jaw dropped, and I grabbed the cell phone to call Dallas City Center Realtor Britt Lopez. I was stunned because this gorgeous, two-story Hollywood Heights Tudor at 522 Monte Vista has only had two owners since I moved here 27 years ago. It was both sad and exciting to see the “Coming Soon” sign — sad to lose great neighbors, but so exciting to see what the present owners have done to this 1934 beauty.

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Hip-pocket 5841 Morningside Avenue 1
According to the The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, last month there were 2.1 months of housing inventory in Dallas County. This figure might make a buyer panic and pressure their Realtor to find them hip-pocket listings. Is this smart? Are buyers overlooking great deals for those hip pockets? Let’s take a look at a perfect example of an off-market sale.

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Turtle Creek contemporary

The Turtle Creek contemporary home at 3912 Holland Ave. is one of our five features Dallas open houses this week.

If you love a true contemporary build in a coveted location, then cast your gaze toward the Turtle Creek home at 3912 Holland Ave., which tops our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column.

It’s not the only extraordinary property we’re featuring this week, which range in price from $349K to $1.225 million. There’s a charmed Hollywood Heights traditional with cute curb appeal and vintage appeal, a brand new sleek townhome near Knox-Henderson, a Casa Linda cutie with lots of updates, and more.

Be sure to leave us a comment if you visit any of these homes and tell us what you thought!

 

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Lakewood Hills Tudor

East Dallas is a mecca for those who love vintage homes. Our Friday Five Hundred is a charming Lakewood Hills Tudor at 6910 Casa Loma Ave. Built in 1925, it has  all of the essential ingredients. From the characteristics that define Tudors, to the modern updates that today’s buyers need, this 2,044-square-foot home has it all.

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816 Monte Vista front

Hollywood Heights is known for its quaint Tudors and traditionals. The whole neighborhood is full of head-turning American interpretations of classical architectural styles, but there’s something to be said for an understated traditional.

And as it turns out, there’s one such traditional available in the neighborhood, listed by East Dallas Real Estate‘s own Britt Lopez. Though many homes in the neighborhood were built in the 1920s and 30s, this home was constructed in 1956 with a Post War traditional floor plan.

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