Lakewood Home Tour

Photography courtesy of Jenifer McNeil Baker. The home of architect Clifford Hutsell at 7035 Lakewood Boulevard.

Don’t ask me how they do it. But every year, the team of volunteers behind the Lakewood Home Festival pulls off one of the best events in town. This year is the 43rd, and you will not want to miss it.

The Lakewood Early Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) plays host each year and the tour raises funds for Lakewood Elementary School, J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School.

Lakewood is known for having some of the most outstanding examples of homes designed by legendary architect Clifford Hutsell. If you don’t know his work, you should. If you do, you will be thrilled that this year’s Lakewood Home Festival features three of his designs, including his original residence. A fourth home showcases how you can successfully create a new home inspired by Hutsell.

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Lakewood Hutsell Mansion

When John Angell emailed me photos of this iconic Lakewood Hutsell mansion yesterday morning, I almost spit out my coffee. Yes, I was that excited. You see, these architecturally significant, historically important, and delightfully eclectic homes are not often for sale.

I was sure I had written about this Lakewood Hutsell before because I’ve seen and written about a lot of homes designed by this amazing architect.

I was wrong.

What had me fooled was the rarity of the outdoor curtains that hang on either side of the large arched stained glass window. And the balcony, and the piqué assiette courtyard floor, and the stained glass. Let’s face it. This beauty is almost the sister of the Hutsell at 7035 Lakewood Boulevard, making it a close copy of the home the architect built for himself. I’m not at all surprised that an old Hutsell fan like me was fooled, because repetition is present in all this genius designed.

Lakewood Hutsell Mansion

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Hippity hop! These homes are hot, hot, hot! And they’re exactly what Easter dreams are made of.

Yes, spring has sprung in Dallas, and with it, a new crop of Dallas homes vying for a spot in our Splurge vs. Steal. Today, we showcase two egg-hunt-friendly gems, perfect for an Easter feast! Both have grassy backyards for hosting and punchy green doors worth boasting. Which would you choose, the Clifford Hustell Splurge or the Craftsman-style Steal?

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Spanish Eclectic Hutsell

There are those days when I scroll through listings, swoon, and think … if only. If only I’d seen this iconic Lakewood Spanish Eclectic Hutsell on day one. If only I had the means to make it my own. If only it had not blown off the market due to the incredible skills of Compass Real Estate’s talented listing agent, Nancy Johnson.

I knew the moment I spotted our Inwood Home of the Week, this gem would sell immediately. These iconic Lakewood Spanish Eclectic Hutsell properties don’t come along often. When they do, you hope and pray whoever made the purchase is worthy of the home. And I mean that. You do not, and I repeat DO NOT tear these homes down.

Clifford Hutsell built homes for people that appreciated art, character, style, and quality. To own a Hutsell is to own a piece of Dallas history. It’s the antithesis of the white box. It’s eclectic. It’s cool, and these homes are meant to be owned by people that are equally eclectic and cool. At the unbelievable price of $1.399 million, is it any wonder that at seven days on market, this Spanish Eclectic Hutsell at 7218 Lakewood Boulevard is already pending?

“You cannot get that quality of construction anymore,” Carol Gantt said. (more…)

 Lakewood Spanish Eclectic
We love every single home Clifford D. Hutsell created. In fact, Candysdirt.com may have the most extensive archive of information on Hutsell-designed homes in America because Dallas is blessed with so many of them. Lakewood alone has a collection of 50 Hutsell homes. So, when one comes up for sale, like this stunning 1931 Lakewood Spanish Eclectic at 7203 Lakewood Boulevard, we guarantee we’ll let you know all the details. (more…)

In our third and final Independence Day pick, we take you to a home that is a less-than-one-minute walk to the route for the venerated neighborhood gem known as the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade.

The parade has maintained its neighborhood feel and roots since its beginnings in 1964 when the parade, according to local lore, consisted of “the two Neikirk children riding their bikes for about 2 houses on the sidewalk in the 7300 block of Lakewood Blvd.”

Today, the parade is chock-a-block full of local school representation, local politicians, families, neighbors, and the de rigueur floats that give a nod to Lakewood legends and inside jokes.

Needless to say, finding a home along this parade route is hard. But we did manage to find one that is so close you could practically fall over and land in the parade, and it’s a beautiful historic 1931 Tudor to boot. (more…)

Clifford Hutsell, beloved regional architect, is known for his Lakewood and Highland Park houses. After a visit to Beverly Hills in 1929, he so fell in love with Spanish Colonial revival architecture, he brought it back with him, designing a series of homes with his own exuberant and eccentric take on the style.

One of Hutsell’s Lakewood creations hit the market two days ago and we’re thrilled to feature it in our  CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we bring you an insider’s take on the hot properties you can see that weekend. 

This week, our houses range in price from $299K to $1,199,500. Which one is your favorite? 

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dallas weekend open houses

The sprawling North Highlands Estates home at 4420 Cedarbrush Dr., one of our five Dallas weekend open houses, was taken to the studs for a total renovation.

Every Thursday, we bring you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. We pick five fabulous Dallas weekend open houses (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you have just got to see.

This week, our houses range in price from $369,500 to $1.26 million. You’ll find a variety of properties, from the sprawling North Highlands Estate traditional pictured above, to an M-Streets beauty with separate guest quarters in the back. Enjoy our selection!

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