8702 San Fernando Front

Teardowns are a contentious topic in Little Forest Hills, an East Dallas neighborhood that has tried twice to get a conservation district overlay, failing both times. Still, as many residents in Hollywood Santa Monica know, not every home is worth saving, especially those that are tiny, ramshackle affairs that seem almost propped up on cinder blocks, ready to blow sideways at the next breeze.

Of course, with a neighborhood motto like “Keep Little Forest Hills Funky,” sometimes a new build will follow that creed despite what structure was razed to make room for it. There’s no better example of this than the bright, colorful, quirky modern at 8702 San Fernando Way.

Jump to see inside this sweetheart of a new build that is exceptionally bright and very, very green.

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This kitchen boasts a built in coffee maker (Photo Credit: Tatum Brown Custom Homes)

This kitchen boasts plenty of sleek built-ins. (Photo: Tatum Brown Custom Homes)

Would you ever consider using unique, fun colored cabinets in your kitchen? If you’re a trendsetter and a client of Tatum Brown Custom Homes, you might.

“People are getting away from doing the all-white kitchens,” says Mark Danuser, President of Tatum Brown. “They are actually starting to use a lot more fun colors, like shades of taupe, champagne and grey.”

People are willing to use more non-traditional decor and finishes than in previous years, and Danuser attributes this to social media and the popularity of home improvement shows. He says his clients can now visualize things they might not have otherwise been able to imagine themselves, and because they can see what these ideas actually look like, they are more willing to go for it in their own homes, he said.

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Gross' first Dallas project on Lindhurst Ave. (Photo courtesy of David Gross Fine Homes)

Gross’ first Dallas project on Lindhurst Ave. was featured in AIA Dallas 2012 Tour of Homes. (Photo courtesy of David Gross Fine Homes)

David Gross, President of David Gross Fine Homes, got his humble beginnings in Pennsylvania, going into rundown neighborhoods with his father and grandfather and seeing a need for restoration. This led to him to becoming interested in historic preservation in Philadelphia at a young age.

Upon moving to Colorado years later, he pursued his passion for construction by working for a general contractor, then venturing out on his own as a builder. From there, the sky has been the limit for David Gross and his eponymous brand of luxury custom homes, which has earned a spot as a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder.
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Eliza Solender and Gary Scott

Unity Church of Dallas has sold almost 4 acres of its 11 acre campus on Forest Lane to Charles Hicks. Hicks plans to build 18 custom homes on the site, called 6600 Forest Estates. This is huge news because unless you plan a teardown, this area of North Dallas is almost completely built out. Until now …

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With a standout modern style with clean lines and green sensibilities, Bauhaus Custom Homes is in demand as more clients look to ad cost-effective and energy efficient design to their homes. Kleinmann offers designs that make the most of a site and its natural resources, using passive solar for heat and light, as well as a host of other features that keep a home’s ecological footprint low without sacrificing high style. (more…)

LRO Chadbourne Front Ext

Les Owens of LRO Residential has some great lots available right now to build the custom home of your dreams.

“These are some great build sites — all have very nice street widths and also have good depths,” Owens said. “These lots really cover a lot of buyer needs, from smaller homes for empty nesters, to a larger type estate houses, with these four lots there is something for everyone.”

And LRO Residential can truly build something for everyone. As one of our CandysDirt.com Approved Builders, we’ve vetted this company and found that they are the best of the best at satisfying customers and building great homes that last.

6411 Woodland Lot Pic

Owens said that the lot at 6411 Woodland is completely cleared and ready to start building. The 80 x 140 Preston Hollow lot can accommodate at 5,000-square-foot home for $1,475,000.

6703 Woodland Corner Lot Pic

In seven days the spacious corner lot at 6703 Woodland will be cleared and ready for a 4,500-square-foot home. The estimated price of the house and land is close to $1.4 million.

6416 Park Lane Lot Pic

Or you could snap up 6416 Park Lane, a 76 x 147 Preston Hollow lot that can accommodate a 5,000-square-foot home for just over $1.5 million.

5634 Caruth Lot Pic

And last, but certainly not least, Owens said that a lot at 5634 Caruth — a sizable Devonshire place fit for an estate at 92 x 140 — just became available. He’s not quite sure what the value of this land will be, but I can attest that it will certainly be an amazing place to build!

Find out more about Les Owens and LRO Residential right here.

 

 

6918 Meadow lake front

Good morning! Hope your long holiday weekend has left you refreshed! Let’s ease back into the working world with a gorgeous custom home in Lakewood that was built in 2008!

Marketed by Nancy Johnson of Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, 6918 Meadow Lake Avenue is a gorgeous traditional on the market for $1.163 million. Gorgeous inside and out, this home has four bedrooms, three full and two half baths, more than 4,500 square feet, and a gigantic gourmet kitchen that will have you doing a waltz in 1, 2, 3 — 1, 2, 3 ….

6918 Meadow Lake Dining

OK, enough ballroom dancing puns! Seriously though, this home is just beautiful inside and out, and is in a fantastic community that puts on one of the best Fourth of July parades in the city! Just three blocks from White Rock lake in one of the most prestigious and sought-after neighborhoods in all of Dallas, this gracious home has everything going for it, including great schools such as Woodrow Wilson High School (DISD).

6918 Meadow Lake Kitchen

But it’s the kitchen I love the most. This sucker is huge! Not only do you have an island for plenty of additional prep space, but this kitchen is just perfect for a foodie who likes to have people near the scullery but not under foot. You get pristine stainless steel appliances including a 6 + 1 burner range with two ovens, wine cooler (yay!), pot filler, warming drawer, and a partridge in a pear tree … just kidding! There’s also a quaint and functional wet bar sandwiched between the dining room and kitchen — a bonus if there ever was one!

6918 Meadow Lake Living

The kitchen opens to a great room with a view of the backyard and a living area that cozies around a wood-burning fireplace. This is a great vantage from which you can admire the beautiful hardwood floors that span throughout the first level. It probably looks smaller than it actually is because of the two couches and two easy chairs, but I promise that this room is actually gigantic!

6918 Meadow Lake Media

Amble up the wrought iron staircase (which has a very handy custom stair-top baby gate that any parent of toddlers would admire) to a fabulous media room that will surely be a favorite spot for older kids with a gajillion video game consoles and ample time to waste.

6918 Meadow Lake Master

You’ll also find the master suite, which is a great size at 19 x 14, and has plenty of windows. I am not a huge fan of the vertical stripes, but painters can be hired, and there are more than 50 shades of gray from which you can choose the perfect-for-you relaxing neutral.

6918 Meadow Lake Master Bath

The master bath is a five-piece affair with a fantastic soaking tub and huge glass-tile window. I love the beveled travertine floors and the separate vanities, as well as the huge center light fixture and dual walk-in closets. This bath definitely qualifies as a retreat!

6918 Meadow Lake backyard

The backyard is small, and won’t fit a pool (that’s the tradeoff for the gorgeous 4,500 square foot home on a narrow Lakewood lot), but that gorgeous fireplace on the patio can help you forget about that. There’s a smaller patio over to the side of the house, and the backyard is well-landscaped to feel lush and low-maintenance. It’s really a looker, and perfect for a family with kids!