Little Forest Hills artist Janet Reynolds lets her flock of Barred Rocks and Rhode Island Reds frolic in her backyard under supervision.

Little Forest Hills artist Janet Reynolds lets her flock of Barred Rocks and Red Stars frolic in her backyard under supervision. (Photo: Jo England)

I can say, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that this home tour is the smallest and most unique in Dallas. It’s one of those events that has people saying “Only in East Dallas!” That’s what I love about it, too. If you haven’t already heard, A Peep at The Coops is an annual chicken coop tour that will lead you through nine lovely coops and gardens throughout East Dallas’ most fun and funky neighborhoods.

The Sunday, May 3, coop tour is a fundraiser for Stonewall Jackson Elementary’s garden program. It’s the perfect event for the chicken-curious folks considering their own birds but aren’t quite sold on it yet. And it’s a budget-friendly family outing, too, as you can purchase a map to the coops on tour for just $10. There’s a companion bike-led tour from the kind folks at Transit Bikes where you can pedal to the close-by coops on an easy-to-ride route, plus a raffle for a gorgeous modern coop designed by Mark Domiteaux, AIA.

This modern, mobile chicken coop will be raffled off to benefit Stonewall Gardens.

This modern, mobile chicken coop will be raffled off to benefit Stonewall Gardens.

We got a sneak peep at two coops yesterday. Jump for more!

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1531 San Saba Front

Dan Koller, the absolutely incredible publications manager over at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, sent this listing my way on Monday. “Something tells me this house will tickle your fancy,” Koller said. Holy cannoli, was he right! Not only that, but I drive by this home all the time, but I had no idea what kind of wonder was set across the cute red bridge from the street.

That’s what’s perfect about this home: It’s so secluded and private that the only thing you can see from the street is the little bridge. But what sits across that lovely little bridge is what makes this house at 1531 San Saba worthy of our “High Caliber Home of the Week” title. Truly, this house is a sight to be seen, and won’t be around for long. Why worry about hitting snags with financing when you could have a lender that takes pains to make sure your pre-approval and mortgage paperwork goes as smoothly as possible. That’s what Lisa Peters does at Caliber Home Loans. Find out more about her high-caliber service by calling her today.

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Photos: Shoot2Sell

Photos: Shoot2Sell

You may think that homes on busy Buckner Boulevard in East Dallas can be nothing more than just a place to land. Because the six-lane thoroughfare that links Loop 12 to Northwest Highway is heavily used, you may think that it’s impossible for a home on this road to be a relaxing retreat.

And you’d be wrong.

Today’s Lease of the Week is an incredible home at 1545 N. Buckner Blvd. inside Casa Linda Estates. And boy, is this property an estate! Situated on more than an acre and enclosed in an automated gate, this home is perfect for a corporate relocation, temporary housing, or someone who wants to live in Dallas in a quality home, close to White Rock Lake, but isn’t interested in the long-term commitment of home ownership.

1545 Buckner Front Door

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9906 El Patio Front

The first thing Kristin Keating Sanders will say about her home at 9906 El Patio is that she really would rather not be listing it at all. Truly, Sanders loves her home, her neighbors, and Dallas, but her husband snagging his dream job has necessitated a move.

While Dallas will collectively mourn Sanders, who appreciates the finer things our burg offers, such as a beautiful urban lake, Mambo Taxis at Mi Cocina, and the dry heat of summer, she’ll be moving to Houston. That’s right, she’s heading to the Bayou City, and her loss is our gain, because her gorgeous brick and stone-clad home in Casa Linda Estates is on the market for just $424,900.

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Monte Vista Front

I know that sometimes, preserving historic neighborhoods and architecture can be a big ol’ pain in the butt. Just ask the folks over at Casa Linda Estates who have tried at least twice to pass an NSO (Neighborhood Stabilization Overlay) and failed. Some people say that whittling down property rights in a residential neighborhood makes it harder to sell a home. Others think that any regulation of private property puts a costly burden on homeowners.

Monte Vista Living

But what if historic preservation elevated a neighborhood, made it more consistent, gave it its own personality, and ensured standards that would endure beyond this decade to the next? That’s the story behind Hollywood/Santa Monica — an East Dallas neighborhood that used to be dumpy and ignored — the red-headed stepchild of Lakewood. That was until some very determined neighbors decided to come up with some standards for their community that they could enforce, some rules and regulations to hold others accountable. And what do you see now in Hollywood Heights and Santa Monica? Homes like this amazing 1928 Tudor at 618 Monte Vista.

Monte Vista Hall

Marketed by Joe Kacynski for an astonishing $445,000, this gorgeous home is all traditional on the outside — totally in step with the rest of the neighborhood — but inside it is a modern work of art. There are so many great features to this 1,720-square-foot home that you will be bowled over. The gorgeous modern custom millwork and cabinetry, the nooks and doors that make this home so extremely versatile, and the backyard that is begging for a fall soiree — all designed by Coy Talley, an absolute genius who is known for his work at the Perot.

MonteVista Kitchen MonteVista Breakfast

Can you imagine the possibilities? I mean, check out the huge ash pivot door that opens to the dining area, or the gallery hallway with built-in cabinets and drawers. The kitchen, which has some of the most unique counters and cabinets I have ever seen. And the master bathroom, which might inspire the buyers to become Zen practitioners. Of course, not everything is uber modern, as the original stained glass windows are still installed.

Monte Vista Master Monte Vista Master Bath

With three bedrooms and two baths, this home is worth every bit of its asking price just for the great design that went into it. And you’ll also love the garage, which Talley designed to be a sort of icehouse with sliding doors that open to the terraced backyard.

If you want to see this home up close (and come on, you know you do) it’s open from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Run, don’t walk, to check this amazing home out!

Monte Vista Backyard

1406 Bella Vista Front

Casa Linda Estates is a fabulous neighborhood. Huge lots, tons of mature trees, totally walkable, close to White Rock Lake, and a really close and connected neighborhood association make this an ideal place to put down roots. And although Casa Linda Estates straddles Buckner Boulevard, some lots still feel amazingly private. That’s what I like best about this really amazing artist compound for sale.

Located at 1406 Bella Vista Dr., this home was remodeled and updated by its owner, a carpenter and furniture designer named Stefan Crane. As you can expect, the cabinetry and woodworking in this home is just amazing — truly works of art in their own right. This house also features a huge studio in the backyard that is room enough for an artist or entrepreneur who might currently be renting space for their tools.

1606 Bella Vista Studio

The home has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and more than 2,000 square feet, while the studio in the backyard is a 3,000-square-foot open floor plan with one full bath as well as plumbing roughed in for a kitchen and additional bath. The seller suggests that this could actually become a separate living space, too, perhaps for visitors or even live-in grandparents.

1406 Bella Vista Kitchen

The house was taken to the studs and built back up in 2008, so everything is completely remodeled. It is just gorgeous, and can suit many different furniture styles. I can’t help but imagine this home being bought by another artist or art lover! And if you think it costs an arm and a leg to have this much space as well as a 1.17-acre lot, think again! The owner is looking to move, and quickly, so it’s priced at just $530,000. What a steal!

1406 Bella Vista Living

Seriously, I can’t imagine this home being on the market for too much longer. If you’re looking to purchase a unique and incredible home, well, this is it. However, if you’ve just fallen in love with some of the furniture in these photos, well, it’s for sale, too.

Think this is the artist compound of your dreams? Email 1406bellavista@att.net.

1223 Selva Front

If you were to buy 1223 Selva Drive, you’d get a house, sure, but I can’t guarantee you’d want to live in it.

What I can guarantee is that if you bought 1223 Selva, which is on the market for $199,950, you will get a gorgeous lot in one of the best neighborhoods in Dallas.

Casa Linda Estates is one of those Dallas neighborhoods that is most definitely the best of both worlds. You get large lots and close shopping, you’re within walking distance of White Rock Lake, you get great parks and recreation, tons of hiking and bike trails all within 20 minutes of downtown Dallas — 15 if you take the Interstate.

1223 Selva Side

This lot, which is just under a half acre, would be perfect for a custom home. Imagine something that’s in tune with the trees and the landscape, something that fits easily with the existing homes in the neighborhood, but has modern touches and upscale finishes. Of course, any one of our Candy’s Dirt-approved builders could construct a masterpiece here!

1223 Selva Back

And with this much space, you could put in an amazing garden! Can you imagine? I think this lot is perfect to experiment with native plants, and maybe a pool, too!

I wonder, though, how much it would cost to tear this 1,477-square-foot home down. Any ideas? Ballpark figures?

I see Ward and June all over this house, don’t you? In fact, this home just screams “family”. Or maybe, “come and get it!” Located on  nearly a half acre in Casa Linda Estates (off Garland Road, near Peavy)  with great drive-up appeal, large trees and lush landscaping, you get 2822 square feet that have been updated sensitively. Built in 1941, 1231 S. Selva Drive has has preserved hardwoods,  megatons of windows and natural light. The vintage kitchen retained pristine Geneva metal cabinetry, adding stainless appliances, updated fixtures and tile flooring. It opens to the large family room with built-ins, fireplace and a wall of windows overlooking the rich back yard. Master is upstairs, but I figure the family that buys this home won’t be any May-December marriage — they’ll make it up the stairs just fine. Actually, many families prefer the master upstairs when children are young. The master has a private staircase to the rear of the home and a gorgeous spa bath with walk-in shower, separate jetted tub, and double sinks. The two secondary bedrooms have remodeled baths with stone tile, floors and counters. Great yard, large outbuilding with electric, sprinkler system, recent HVAC, and White Rock Lake two minutes away. Listed by Hickman +Weber at $449,000, a 5% reduction (blonde moment) from $474,000 —  excellent pricing, I think, you?