Inwood Park Transitional

Photography by Michael Hunter Photography

Our Inwood Home of the Week is a gorgeous new Inwood Park transitional at 5049 Wateka Drive built by Alexander Hunt Distinctive Homes and listed by Bryan Crawford with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s.

We know what you’re thinking: “Where the heck is Inwood Park?” For you determined historians, it’s listed by DCAD as Greenway Village. Yeah, not such a great name. That’s why this hot area between Lovers and Mockingbird Lanes and Inwood and Lemmon Avenues, is getting rebranded. It’s a team effort by area builders and Realtors. (more…)

2700 Fairmount church

It never ceases to amaze me what a difference a few miles make in real estate values. Here is a church in Uptown for sale that NO ONE wants to tear down!

Last week, we told you about the George Dahl-designed church at the corner of Kiest and Polk at 1010 West Kiest Blvd., diagonally across from the Barbara Jordan Elementary School, and across from the Kiest Polk Shopping Village, and how a new owner wants to scrape it to make way for a shopping center. Or something. We’ll have more on that soon.

That Oak Cliff Church building is architecturally, historically and culturally significant. It was designed by renowned Dallas architect George Dahl in 1953 as Church of the Master, Evangelical and Reformed Church serving a congregation of German/Swiss Immigrants of Oak Cliff who came to Texas by way of Galveston. While it’s not in the best of shape currently, I don’t agree with those who claim it’s not worth keeping.

Churches can have second, third or fourth lives. Here is a church at 27oo Fairmount in the heart of Uptown that has a significantly higher price tag — $8.4 million — yes, you read that correctly — and has been used as a creative office space. It could once again be an office space, company headquarters, home, multi-family living, my creative juices were overflowing last week as I toured it. It, too, is an architecturally significant historical church designed by Herbert Miller Greene (architect of the very first Dallas News building in 1897, the downtown Neiman Marcus and other local landmarks) and his partner James P. Hubbell. It was completed in 1910 when commissioned as Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Beaux Arts structure has been carefully preserved and creatively renovated into tasteful and eclectic office space suitable for a variety of uses.

Well, except when they were going a little cray cray with blue paint back in 2014. Remember? But look at her now!

Fairmount-and-Mahan

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Many of you know I am obsessed with Hollywood Heights and the street that we live on. I love our neighbors, I love the trees, I love how our street is off the beaten path and many don’t know about it, and I love that it’s little and intimate. In fact, I have previously described it as a little slice of heaven.

But with only 16 houses on it and a housing market that is on speed, the chance to live on our street doesn’t happen often. Until today. Kate Looney Walters with Allie Beth Allman has a LEASE listing for a charming tudor at 6926 Patricia Avenue in the middle of this great street.

With 1,687 sq. feet and 3 beds/2 baths, it’s not a bad size for a 1931 home either. (more…)

This completely renovated townhome with an awesome deck at 4419 Holland Avenue would be the perfect home for a Generation Y buyer.

“Listing online leaves lasting impressions,” recited Bryan Crawford. He’s a young but knowledgeable agent with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s. He and his wife, Amanda, know how to get the attention of Dallas’ newest generation of homebuyers.

Generation Y, which stretches from the late ’70s through the ’80s, are often serial renters who are more likely to look online for their first home than anywhere else. So, how do you make homeownership more attractive than renting?

First, says Crawford, sellers should stage their homes, because, with Generation Y, you can’t sacrifice the first impression. He advises clients to spruce their homes up, even if they have a limited budget.

“We tell sellers the best way to spend their money,” Crawford adds, “because staging makes homes look better and sell faster.”

Hiring a photographer helps, too. The Crawfords hire only the best for their listings, such as photographers that find their work in Architectural Digest!

Beyond that, it’s mostly personal taste. Millennials want fewer formals and better functioning living and kitchen areas. They want things to feel new, and they don’t want to do any repairs. They’re drawn to certain areas, too, Briggs Freeman’s Sam Sawyer said. Uptown is popular, as well as the M Streets, Devonshire, Oak Cliff, and the White Rock Lake area.

“They’re looking for things they didn’t have when they were living in an apartment,” Crawford said. That includes lawns and outdoor spaces, as well as covered parking.

According to Sawyer, Generation Y is looking for amenities and community. “It seems like people are getting away from buying a bigger house and commuting,” he said.

Still, renting remains attractive to much of Generation Y thanks to an uncertain job market. Sawyer said some of his friends prefer to rent because they don’t know if they’ll move to New York, or Washington, D.C., or even back to the nest with their parents.

What they may not realize is that homeownership doesn’t have to cost a whole lot. For instance, some Gen Y-ers may spend between $1,000 and $1,500 a month to live in a prime location like downtown, West Village, Uptown, and Knox-Henderson.

In Lake Highlands and Lakewood, a 2,000-square-foot house can cost the same as their monthly rent payment, plus or minus $200.

“And there are no neighbors banging on the walls, no loud parties, and you have a parking spot, too,” Crawford said.

Sounds perfect to me!