Just when you thought the transformation of Dallas’ older neighborhoods couldn’t get any better, well, it gets downright decked out in East Dallas!

Introducing Skyline Terraces, an exciting new master-planned community of 25 strikingly designed townhomes loaded with architectural drama and influences, each of them offering yet a new dimension in urban living — sweeping rooftop terraces, high-end accouterments, and magnificent views of the downtown Dallas skyline.  

Hence the name, Skyline by Dooley Developments, a young Dallas-based multi-unit end-user development company. This is Colin Dooley’s first Dallas development near completion. Others underway include 20 units at The Alto in Oak Lawn, 10 units at The Pradera at Bryan Place, The Oram at Greenville and Oram, behind HG Sply Co., the Luana in Trinity Groves, the Nove (“Nine”)  in Bishop Arts, and the Edge at White Rock. His Austin developments are The Legacy at St. John and Creekside.

Skyline Terraces are located in the city’s newest hot spot, the rapidly evolving, inner-eastern Ross Avenue precinct, minutes from downtown Dallas, thus only minutes away from the enticing dining, nightlife and cultural offerings of Uptown and Deep Ellum.

And did we tell you that you will park your car in your secure, two-car garage, slip on some shoes (or flip-flops), and just walk, walk, everywhere?

Skyline Terrace townhomes are custom-engineered from the ground up to the fourth-floor rooftop to be both models of efficiency and breathtakingly beautiful. Each unit is capped with a truly tranquil rooftop retreat structurally engineered to support a hot tub (three varieties of which are available for purchase), complete with future private hot tub access and exquisite views of downtown. Modern touches abound with a creative combination of concrete, wood, and steel, all designed to create a unique home in the heart of the city. An open and expansive floor plan creates a wonderful sense of light, which flows to and through the spacious rooms and abundant storage areas. Your new home also comes with that spacious two-car car garage we mentioned, a chef’s dream-style modern kitchen loaded with high-end appliances — steel, baby, stainless steel — and designer touches throughout.

In fact, I want to be a fly on the wall when you see the master bath. (more…)


Everglade Park will be home to one community project to receive funding from the Dallas Neighborhood Vitality Grant Program (photo courtesy City of Dallas).

Which Dallas neighborhoods will receive grant dollars for community projects? What is holding many back from becoming homeowners in Dallas? We’ll look at that, plus see news on Opendoor’s newest round of funding and how it impacts North Texas in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Sixteen Dallas Neighborhood Projects Receive City Funding

Sixteen projects across Dallas will receive Dallas Neighborhood Vitality Grant Program dollars this year to implement community improvements. (more…)

bryan place

Back in my single days, I loved living in East Dallas. Everything about that part of the city appealed to me, from the proximity to White Rock Lake to the beer biscuits at Barbec’s.

The last place I lived before meeting my husband was one of my favorites, a townhome in Old East Dallas’ Bryan Place, near North Munger Boulevard and Live Oak Street. I worked in downtown Dallas and played in East Dallas, and this townhome made it easy to get everywhere I wanted to go. It is totally walkable, just a short jaunt to Trader Joe’s or restaurants on Lower Greenville. I walked my dog around the neighborhood and marveled at one person’s massive fig tree, visited with other dog owners, and felt completely at home and safe.

The owner, Meredith Moore, is getting married herself and has made some beautiful renovations to my former pad at 5505 Live Oak St. Unit 115, which is our Tuesday Two Hundred. It still has the welcoming red front door, which makes the Bryan Village Condos stand out as you drive down Live Oak Street, but the interior is reimagined. While its address says “Live Oak,” the townhome is actually located on the backside of the U-shaped complex, on Hubert Street, and it’s quiet inside.

“This was my first house I ever bought and I love the crap out of it — I’ve owned it for 10 years and watched the whole neighborhood change,” Moore said. “I would sell this to a friend because we did that kind of a job [with renovations].”

This townhome has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, and 962 square feet on two stories, built in 1982. Let me give you a tour of a place I loved dearly.


Bryan Place

Hip urban living has a stylish home in the Caddo Street Townhomes and our Thursday Three Hundred.

The just-listed corner unit at 1429 Caddo St. Apt. G is located in Bryan Place, a part of Old East Dallas and minutes from downtown Dallas — you could walk to work from this townhome, near Live Oak Street and N. Haskell Avenue.

A colorful, industrial exterior in a gated community leads to a loft-style interior with soaring ceilings, great natural light from windows on three sides, and designer touches throughout. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,808 square feet on three stories, built in 2004. There’s an open house this Sunday, March 12, from 2-4 p.m. Let’s get a preview.


The Mission-style home at 5703 Swiss has been owned by the family of Virginia Savage McAlester for generations.

The 1917 Mission revival-style home at 5703 Swiss has been owned by the family of Virginia Savage McAlester for generations.

It’s a time-honored tradition now in its 42nd year, and it’s one of the best way to ogle at some real, historic, graceful house candy! Truly, the Swiss Avenue Historic District’s Mother’s Day Home Tour is the only opportunity you’ll get all year to witness the grandeur of the oldest historic district in Dallas from the other side of the window panes.

This year’s tour, scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend (that’s this weekend, y’all!) has some amazing homes on the schedule, including the 1908 residence of architect Collett Munger, as well as the Harris-Savage house, the home of historian, preservationist, and author Virginia Savage McAlester, this year’s Honorary Chair. Her book A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture, is a hallowed tome here at CandysDirt.com.

The tour includes a total of six historic homes and an English garden at 6005 Swiss, as well as the Von Erich family estate at 4918 Swiss. The Von Erich’s, Dallas’ first family of wrestling, had an interesting and tragic history best recorded by Texas Monthly‘s “Six Brothers” story by John Spong in 2005.

4918 Swiss was once the home of the Von Erich family.

4918 Swiss was once the home of the Von Erich family.

Jump for more photos of the tour homes, and info on how you can win a pair of tickets to the tour!



Bryan Place is a great neighborhood with all the pros of being close to downtown without the heavy traffic. If you’ve wanted an accessible house within shouting distance of your office, this home is a fabulous option.


Completely renovated with gorgeous new floors, vaulted ceiling, fresh designer paint, and the perfect eat-in kitchen, you’d never guess that this beauty of a home was a bargain, too. With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study and 1,262 square feet, this lovely abode is priced for the very fast Dallas real estate market at $235,000. If you want to sign on the dotted line, contact the wonderful Hickman + Weber team at Dave Perry-Miller and Associates!


I think that’s a fantastic deal, don’t you? Consider this: You’re just two blocks from Exall Park, you’re less than a mile away from the Dallas Arts District, and you’re about five blocks from some fantastic restaurants and bars in Bryan Place. If you work at Baylor University Medical Center or any of the surrounding clinics, you’re within walking distance of work, too.


Other things I love about this home: The patio is just fantastic —i t’s just the right size to have a spot to hang out when the weather is great, but it’s not so big to need much maintenance — and the updates to the bathrooms are just so money!


The kitchen is so pretty, too. And I love the mini bar right next to the dining area. The finishes are great, and the color choices are spot on. Because this neighborhood is kind of dense, you’ll appreciate the large windows that don’t peer into a neighboring home.


Seriously, someone snag this lovely, lovely home! It is just too cute! And just think, you won’t have to lift a finger because this house has all the updates you want and a great location, to boot!


What do you love best about this home?