Casa ViewFinding a home in the more affordable $200,000 range can be more difficult in Dallas in this market, and while — thankfully — good elementary schools and feeder patterns are much easier to find these days, finding the two in the same house can still be a reach sometimes. But this adorable Casa View Midcentury cottage is that unicorn.

Casa View is one of the view remaining enclaves in Dallas where you can still find move-in ready homes at a reasonable price point. And Realtor Jason Castro of Castro Property Group knows this — because he bought this home at 1821 Tisinger Ave. as a personal remodeling project.

“I think Casa View is kind of one of the last of those neighborhoods,” he said. “It’s just primed for a little reinvestment and a little redevelopment, and still have you know affordable housing in the city.”

“I think that’s the challenge —  I do most my business in East Dallas, and when you start looking at Lakewood and other neighborhoods that are so overpriced, where do you go when you need a starter home?”

“Where do you go if you’re new in the workforce and want to find something around $200,000 to $300,000?” he said. “There’s really not a lot of options.” (more…)

Arterra’s David Hensley presented plans to the Casa View Haven Neighborhood Association on Feb. 26, 2019. Arterra wants to build an 18-unit, single-family development for the vacant lot at Millmar and Lingo, just behind St. Mark’s Presbyterian on Ferguson Road. (Photo: Joanna England)

At last week’s regularly scheduled Casa View Haven Neighborhood Association meeting, about 50 neighbors assembled at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church on Ferguson Road, armed with questions about Arterra Development’s plans for the lot at Millmar and Lingo, just across the street from DISD’s Bryan Adams High School. 

Arterra’s architect and managing director, David Hensley, was on hand at the Feb. 26 meeting with digital renderings and few details on the proposed 18-unit, single-family home development. Hensley, who is also a principal HLR Inc., said that the homes would be sold on a lot-by-lot basis, with construction completed in phases depending on sales.

Prices are projected to land at around $400,000 per “cottage-style” home, all of which would connect to communal greenbelts and additional street-facing landscapes. The homes would have three bedrooms, three baths, and a two-car garage. Hensley said that the finished product would be comparable to a project the firm completed in The Colony, which featured a multi-family component, greenbelts, and single-family homes with shared amenities.

The design presented at the meeting is reminiscent of popular coastal vacation home communities that dot Florida’s coastal highway, 30-A, where several single-family homes abut or adjoin shared outdoor space. The development will have an HOA for managing common space and maintenance. Plans at this time did not show whether the community will have a gate.

Neighbors expressed some concerns with the development, which places two of the two-story units on the alley-facing border of the lot, calling the zero-lot-line homes invasive. Additionally, the proposed development’s phased construction could present a problem if sales stall, leaving a semi-vacant, half-done project that neighbors called a potential eyesore.

Hensley admitted that “financing is a huge hurdle” for this particular project. Of course, neighbors were concerned that prices for the new homes could adversely affect property values in the still up-and-coming bedroom community.

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The vacant lot sandwiched between St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church and Bryan Adams High School has been an empty patch of half-kempt grass since I can remember, and I’ve lived in Casa View for twelve years. And to be sure, this isn’t the first time that someone has floated plans for the area — the Magdalen House once hoped to build a halfway house for women recovering from substance abuse on the St. Mark’s lot, and neighbors thoroughly rebuffed the plan back in 2017.
 
Could things have changed? I suppose Arterra Development will find out at 7 p.m. tonight. The group is hosting a discussion at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church to introduce themselves and present their initial plans to bring 18 semi-detached homes to the neighborhood.
Details regarding the proposal are sparse. Casa View Haven Neighborhood Association member Tami Beck Fowler is asking neighbors to come tonight with an open mind, prepared to ask questions.
“They have done a similar installation in the M-Streets,” Fowler said in a Facebook post. “Their work product is very high end.”

Initial site plans from Arterra Development call for 18 semi-detached homes with common greenbelts.

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The three-bedroom, one-bath gem at 1611 Centerville Road offers a unique combination of midcentury charm and modern amenities. The home was originally built in 1950.  Its previous owner, who also just happened to have grown up there, remodeled it after his parents passed away. The renovations he made added necessary updates while restoring much of the original character.

Dallas City Center Realtor Scott Noblett helped him sell the house a few years ago, and was impressed with the pride he took in renovating it. Now that the current owner is moving on, he’s looking forward to finding another family who will fall in love with this one-of-a-kind property.

“It’s such a charming little house,” Dallas City Center Realtor Scott Noblett said. “It has a lot of the original hardwood floors that have been beautifully refurbished. It’s super inviting and makes you feel really comfortable.”

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Casa ViewOur Tuesday Two Hundred, by definition of its price point, tends to be a showcase of starter homes — and this week’s updated Midcentury Ranch in Casa View is a great example of a starter home that can be quite long term.

So often, we hear the term starter home and assume it means that the buyer will be in it for a handful of years. But when you have a well-done remodel with a sensible garage conversion to increase the square footage of this 1957 home to a rare (for Casa View) 1,782 square feet, it becomes clear that this home has been remodeled with a family in mind. (more…)

Investors have their eye on the Casa View neighborhood in East Dallas and one company is making its mark with sleek, elegant interiors that look marvelous. 

Our Tuesday Two Hundred at 2212 Tealford Dr. is an example of the work of KevCo Investments LLC. They flipped another house 1.5 miles from here earlier this year and it sold in five days. This house has a similar aesthetic and we expect to see it fly off the market, too.  

“This was a complete gut and remodel — we took it all the way down [to the studs], opened up the rooms, and gave it modern colors and clean lines,” said listing agent Kevin Vowell with Infinity Residential Real Estate. “It was in bad shape before and we had to have a city inspection to even start.”

It is now better than new, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,156 square feet on one story, built in 1952.

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Yet another Cliff May that was on the Casa View Cliff May Home Tour is hitting the market.

I really can’t blame Ben Smithson for deciding to sell his lovely Casa View Oaks Cliff May, as appreciation for these adorable midcentury modern ranches has soared — as have prices for these California cool designs. We just reported that one Cliff May on Andrea Lane was listed for a record-setting $345,000, and now Smithson and his wife, Erin Davis, are listing their Cliff May featured in the inaugural Casa View Cliff May Home Tour for $315,000.

Listing agent David Collier of David Griffin & Company’s Collier Rice team is excited to list this lovely example of an East Dallas midcentury modern. 

“You can tell immediately when you enter this home that both of the sellers are in the design business,” Collier said. “Details are what makes the difference in a property and this home is full of them!”

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Do you recognize this home? We’ll excuse any double-takes, as we have to admit that this particular Cliff May is a far cry from its original paint job. Clad in very trendy black paint, this Casa View Cliff May has been on CandysDirt.com a couple of times before

Cathy and Darren Lee rehabbed this property and listed it a year ago for a then-record-setting price of $310,000 — quite a sum for Casa View Oaks. The couple did a complete, floor-to-ceiling remodel of this property, resulting in a spacious midcentury modern that retains some of the trademark Cliff May aesthetics with crisp and clean finish-out and a beautiful backyard.

This time, however, 2620 Andrea Lane has undergone a wonderful transformation thanks to its current owners, who are quite bereaved about selling this home. And the new selling price of $345,000 shows the wheels-off appreciation of these classic California midcentury designs. 

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