Casa Linda Plaza, the oldest shopping center in Dallas, is treasured by its neighboring residential enclaves. When the center’s owner announced a plan to remove five mature cedar elms as part of the center’s remodel, neighbors balked. (Photo Courtesy of Edens)

Built in 1946, Casa Linda Plaza ranks as the oldest shopping center in Dallas. It encompasses three of the four corners of Garland Road and Buckner Blvd., and serves the surrounding neighborhoods, which include Casa Linda, Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, Emerald Isle, and so on. And if there’s one thing that’s sure to set off this committed coterie of conservationists who favor these ‘hoods, it’s trees. Specifically, the removal of trees. And when Edens, the corporation that owns Casa Linda Plaza unveiled a plan to remove five mature cedar elms from the walkway opposite Natural Grocers, let’s just say that it was not a popular decision. 

However, thanks to the measured response from District 9 Dallas City Council member Mark Clayton, not only are residents getting a more robust and shady canopy, they’re also in discussions to bring back a neighborhood tradition — the Casa Linda Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

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Special philanthropic event at this stunning property Friday evening!

When buyers walk into a home, they are focused, naturally, on everything the eye can see. That’s why design and photography is so important when marketing a home. 

But increasingly, as this bout with Atmos Energy in some Dallas neighborhoods has taught us, the focus needs to be on the things we cannot see with the naked eye: upgraded components such as electrical wiring, new switches, roof shingles, insulation, HVAC, sub flooring and of course, pipes inside, pipes outside.

9606 Losa in Casa Linda Estates Lake and Garden District fits the bill of perfection more than most “pretty picture” homes you see. The builder has years of experience remodeling homes, knows what works, knows that in the end, quality work is not just where you see it, but where you don’t, that makes a house rock solid.

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10309 Lake Gardens ADuring World War II, America ramped up its steel production to make weapons, build ships, and fuel the effort overseas. Once the war was over, we had tremendous capacity, and it had to go somewhere. Enter the big cars of the 1950s, huge appliances, and home construction (coming out of the war, there were around six million people who needed housing).

Metal kitchen cabinets were en vogue during the 50s for this very reason. But very few homes built in that era still have the original pieces—most have been torn out in renovations over the years.

But in today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 10309 Lake Gardens Dr., original Geneva metal cabinets stand pristine in the kitchen. They match the vintage charm and other Midcentury features of this 1952 bungalow in East Dallas.

This house is a 3-1 with 1,140 square feet, and several additional living spaces with both front and back sunrooms, perfect for outdoor dining. East Dallas MidcenturyThe neighborhood is absolutely wonderful, with a canopy of mature trees over the street, just two miles from White Rock Lake, and one mile to Casa Linda Plaza.

It was listed Nov. 2 by Trisha Moore with Keller Williams Lake Cities for $285,000. There’s a broker open house tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon. Let’s take a look inside.

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Casa Linda homeCasa Linda is one of East Dallas’ treasured neighborhoods. The houses in this area are generally on half-acre and larger lots, almost all built in the 1940s and 1950s, just east and south of White Rock Lake. You’ll find a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, lots of mature shade trees, winding roads, and close proximity to the Dallas Arboretum and the historic Casa Linda Plaza.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is located at 1735 Crowberry Dr., near Peavy and Oates. It’s a 3-2 with 1,576 square feet and charm to spare. Casa Linda homeThis cutie was built in 1958 and is pretty inside and out, with lovely curb appeal, a well-appointed interior, and nice backyard. It’s less than two miles from White Rock Lake and offers easy access to downtown, too.

This home was listed last week by Kerry Slaughter with Paradise Slaughter Real Estate for $235,000. It went under contract in two days, so let’s take a look before this one is off the market.

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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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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?