In our continuing Dallas City Council election coverage (ha!), let’s take a look at the third of three precincts won by Laura Miller (and its adjacent precinct tie).

Miller ran her campaign on an anti-development platform that resulted in her winning just three precincts where redevelopment cases lit a certain NIMBY fire. The first two were easy to understand for CandysDirt.com readers as they involved the extensively covered Preston Center and the Pink Wall’s PD-15.

The third development case was highlighted by Candy back in April and involved the redevelopment of the former Mi Escualita Preschool on Webb Chapel just north of Walnut Hill by David Weekley Homes (see map above). At the time it was part of Miller’s campaign fodder, but the election’s over and it’s time to look a little deeper and talk about today.

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This Chapel Downs Traditional Is Updated With Picture-Perfect Style | CandysDirt.com

Thoughtful updates and convenient location set the stage for a fantastic Chapel Downs traditional that offers picture perfect style in Northwest Dallas.  

The house at 3120 Chapel Downs Dr. is our Thursday Three Hundred, made for entertaining with three living areas, two dining areas, and 2,417 square feet on one story, as well as a patio and cute backyard. This home has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, built in 1962.

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Just off the phone with Al Coker of Al Coker & Associates, who is marketing an exciting new property in, get this: residential northwest Dallas. 

I have not seen them (thank you, rain) but they seem like the perfect answer to what so many downsizing Baby Boomers want: smaller private homes with some yards, privacy, warm contemporary styling, and lock and leave potential so we can get out of Dodge whenever. Just had this convo with Margie Harris and Stephanie Pinkston from Allie Beth Allman at lunch Wednesday: Margie said so many more homes in Park Cities and Preston Hollow would hit the market if owners had somewhere to go.

Al Coker

Margie Harris & Stephanie Pinkston

This development seems to fit the bill of what she was talking about!

The Court at Chapel Downs is a limited collection of twelve modern-inspired performance homes, and the official ground breaking takes place today, Friday the 23rd, in the am though no builder in his or her right mind will start a project until the ground is a bit drier.

The Court at Chapel Downs will even deliver its first three units mid September, 2018, so about eight months from now. I am loving the sleek bathrooms.

Where did the developer find this dirt?

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Webb Royal

Webb Royal neighbors begin arriving for a Sunday evening gathering. The neighborhood’s mix of newcomers and longtime residents, as well as its affordability, is inspiring a new legion of fans (Photos courtesy Jeff Reburn).

How much does Jeff Reburn love his Webb Royal neighborhood? Enough that when we reached out to tell him his neighborhood was next, he went door-to-door to ask neighbors why they loved it, too.

You might call him a super fan – especially since he’s also the lead for the neighborhood’s NextDoor site, and vice president of the Webb Royal Crime Watch, too. Webb Royal is bordered by Royal Lane, Walnut Hill Lane, Webb Chapel Road and Allegheny Drive.

“It’s directly across from Sparkman Club Estates, which is a sister neighborhood created by the same developer,” Reburn explained. (more…)

3239 Whirlaway

Gabe Rounds was living next door when 3239 Whirlaway went on the market. He did a few remodeling projects in North Oak Cliff and was ready for another chance to put his talents to the test.

And while Northwest Dallas is growing in popularity with flippers and remodelers, not every home turns out right. Not every remodeler has the vision to realize a home’s potential.

But that might be Rounds’ gift, as his work on this stunning Chapel Downs home is a revelation. We’re thrilled to highlight this listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Diane Sherman and her son Vinnie Sherman as our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. With its outstanding curb appeal and stylish interiors, we’re certain this home won’t be on the market long. Before you visit it during the open house this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., be sure to call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans to get pre-approved so you can sail through closing.

Jump to see inside this fresh-faced remodeled ranch!

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Could your neighborhood, on its own, make enough noise to get the city to pay attention?

A few months ago, I attended a break-out session during the Dallas Homeowners League boot camp where Councilman Philip Kingston outlined the best ways to get the city’s attention when it comes to the needs of individual neighborhoods.

One of the biggest, he said that day, was to join forces with surrounding neighborhoods to organize and become a louder, bigger entity. It’s something Donovan Lord says drove him and others to form the Westhollow Society a few years ago.

“I started Westhollow Society out of a need for a cohesive force to better the Northwest Dallas area,” he explained. “I wanted there to be one organization that pulled the clout of all existing neighborhoods within our defined boundaries to work together to improve the area South of LBJ, North of Walnut Hill, West of Midway, and East of Dennis Road (roughly).”

In other words, Westhollow encompasses Park Forest, Royal Hills, Sparkman Club, Timberbrook, Royal Oaks, Royal North, Underwood, Northaven Park, Glen Cove, Highland Meadows, Coral Hills, Webster Grove, Walnut Hills, Royal Haven, Chapel Forest, Chapel Downs, Walnut Meadows, Northway Hills, Midway Hills, and Meadow Park. (more…)

3309 Citation AToday’s Thursday Three Hundred takes us to Northwest Dallas, to a friendly, spacious, 1962 ranch, updated with modern amenities, but retaining lots of original charm.

Located at 3309 Citation Dr., near Walnut Hill and Webb Chapel, this home is 2,254 square feet with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a powder room. This house, like the others in the Chapel Downs neighborhood, is a pleasant space with great curb appeal; comfortable front, back, and side yards with mature trees; and plenty of green grass. It’s perfectly suited for a family.3309 Citation BChapel Downs is a neighborhood of 334 homes established in the early 1960s. The original developer was a horse racing fan and named many of the streets after winning ponies at the Kentucky Derby, like Carry Back (1961 Kentucky Derby and Preakness), Citation (1948 Triple Crown Winner), Venetian Way (1960 Kentucky Derby), and Pensive (1944 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes).

Most homes here are single-story ranch-style homes ranging from 2,000 to 2,500 square feet. The borders of Chapel Downs are loosely Walnut Hill Lane on the south, Webb Chapel Road to the East, Carry Back Circle to the North, and Goodyear Drive to West.

This home was listed Nov. 11 by Chris Columbus with Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors for $369,000.

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Chapel Downs HomeDallas houses built in the 1960s aren’t generally known for their wide, open floorplans. But it’s a top “want” on today’s buyer wishlist, so a renovation that makes it happen is a smart choice.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred shows us a wonderful example of taking a 1966 house and reworking the interior to be spacious and open. The house at 10039 Pensive Dr. in Northwest Dallas is four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and 2,303 square feet. The common spaces—living room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast area—have had almost all interior walls removed to make one huge room. What a difference it makes!Chapel Downs HomeIt’s located in the Chapel Downs neighborhood, a community of 334 homes established in the early 1960s. According to the Chapel Downs Neighborhood Association, the majority of homes in the area are single-story ranch-style homes ranging from 2,000 to 2,500 square feet. The neighborhood is characterized by pleasant homes with comfortable front, back, and side yards with mature trees and plenty of green grass. The borders of Chapel Downs are loosely Walnut Hill Lane on the south, Webb Chapel Road to the East, Carry Back Circle to the North, and Goodyear Drive to West.

Fun fact: The original neighborhood developer was a horse racing fan and named many of the streets after winning horses at the Kentucky Derby, like Carry Back (1961 Kentucky Derby and Preakness), Citation (1948 Triple Crown Winner), Venetian Way (1960 Kentucky Derby), and Pensive (1944 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes).

The overall feel of the house is fresh, modern, and bright. This beauty is newly listed by Philip Hobson with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty Texas for $349,000.

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