historic Craftsman bungalow

This is the most extraordinary historic Craftsman bungalow you will find in Dallas. It’s such an excellent example that it was one of the nominating houses which helped to secure historic district status for Winnetka Heights in 1981.

This historic Craftsman bungalow was built for J.P. Evans in 1911. Evans is what we refer to in Texas as a “big butter and egg man.” He was an attorney, and according to several sources, a secretary to the mayor and a vice president for the board of the First Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas. So, it’s not surprising Evans could afford what was the most popular style of home at the time. He and his wife Margaret raised seven children in this 2,163-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home. I think it’s a safe bet that it was not this large in 1911 and most likely had only one bathroom. The Evanses added onto the back of the house as their brood grew, and lived here until 1952.

This historic Craftsman bungalow was constructed by a local builder, J.W. Palmer, and is the only home in the Winnetka Heights Historic District to have five different exterior elements. A rarely seen combination of river rock and clinker brick was used to create the front wall. The house is a combination of stucco, shingles, and wood siding.historic Craftsman bungalow

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Contemporary Hill Country

When I first spotted this Hill Country Contemporary design, I thought, “hmm, that’s odd, I don’t remember a new build down the street from Candy Evans!

That’s because it was built in 2008. As you scroll through these photos, you’ll see it’s a prime example of why architects are essential. Architects think long and hard about how their clients want to live in a home before they ever draw up a plan. They eschew trendy materials for classic. Rather than mow down trees, they design around them. In other words, they build timeless homes — homes that last forever.

That’s exactly what we need more of after the North Dallas tornado devastated so many homes. Plus, this one is move-in ready!

This Contemporary Hill Country home was designed by Bernbaum/Magadini Architects and built by Buford-Hawthorne. You could not ask for a better team.
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“What I love most about this condo is its prime location,” said Lauri Ann Hanson, one-half of the Dwell Partners listing team. Oak Lawn is a fabulous location and offers tons of perks. The nearby Dallas North Tollway and North Central Expressway offer easy access to the city and when it’s time to get out of town, Love Field isn’t very far either.

You don’t even need a car or an Uber to get to great restaurants, shops, and salons. Everything, including Eatzi’s, is right down the block.

If you’re into low-maintenance, delightfully updated property with a private side yard, this Oak Lawn listing might be what you’ve been looking for.

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If you’re in town this Labor Day weekend, then treat yourself to a showing at 10811 Royal Park Drive, a midcentury-styled architectural beauty on nearly half an acre in north Dallas. Megan Stern of Dave Perry Miller is hosting an open house from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at this four-bedroom 5,156- square-foot Hillcrest Forest home near Northhaven Trail, listed for an unbelievable $799,999.

Tons of natural light beams through the wall of windows in this 1983-built split-level home that backs to Northaven Trail.  Walk in to find multiple levels of lush hardwood flooring throughout the one-and half-story home with multiple living areas, sunken dining room and kitchen, and upstairs gameroom.

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6307 Bandera Ave. Unit 6307C

When this crossed my desk, I immediately liked this idea. Agents from multiple brokerages representing the (lucky) 13 properties got together and devised a simultaneous open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 18. Think of it as a home tour, but you can actually buy the house you fall in love with.  And the Pink Wall is compact enough that you don’t need fussy tickets or an afternoon of waiting for the next bus to show up.

And yes, one listing begins “Rarely available” with 12 other properties within a two-block radius and three in the same building. Another knows its unit’s catnip blaring “ONE PARKING SPACE & UTILITIES INCLUDED” as its opener (but I digress).

Twelve of the properties are contained in the plethora of two-story buildings that line tree-lined streets. The listings also showcase the neighborhood’s bread and butter of two-bedroom units. Some have two bathrooms, while others pick up the half bath for visitors. They range in price from $259,000 to $695,000 and from 1,130 to 2,659 square feet in size. Most are also under $200 per square foot.

If you’re smart, you’ll strap on your Keds and see them all, but here’s my short list.

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In a suburban market chock full of new build spec homes, Dwell Partners’ newest listing in Old Town Coppell goes to show how a blank slate can be transformed into something truly stylish and unique! 

“Our seller, Sarah Shojaian with Sho Interiors, is a mover and shaker within the DFW interior design community and beyond,” says listing agent Lauri Ann Hanson of Dwell Partners – a duo with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate made up of herself and Aimee Schreiner Ives.“Sarah has an eye for bringing out the less than ordinary features of her clients’ homes, but when she and her husband decided to move closer to the airport for his career, Sarah took on a job that hit closer to home.”

Location, Location, Location!

The couple bought a Darling new build across from the Farmers Market. And as the family put down roots, Sarah got to work! She was able to turn this recognizable floor plan into something truly special. The result? Nothing short of perfection.

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Warren Sibley of Dave Perry Miller has a great Lakewood listing at 6923 Coronado Avenue, a four-bedroom, three and half-bath for $669,000 that’s just in time for a summer move to Lakewood Elementary’s fabulous neighborhood.  (more…)

When the Margritzes moved to their Oak Cliff home, they thought it would be forever.

When Sandy Margritz left Little Rock, Arkansas, to move to Fort Worth to join her soon-to-be husband, Josh, she left a world behind. Not just the Ozarks and canopied treetops and mountains, she left an entire profession, too. She was an environmental scientist that traveled around after natural disasters to test water and soil and make sure it was safe for the locals and relief workers. She said, “I don’t know if this is interesting or not…” Hello? Of course, it is and what came next was just as fascinating.

She and her husband realized they both couldn’t travel like crazy – someone needed to call Texas home – so Sandy raised her hand. “I was a little burned out on travel, but I didn’t really have a clue what I wanted to do.” Then she told her husband, “Well, I really liked getting married, maybe I’ll do something with weddings?” She got a job with Boxwood Hospitality and that was that. Until it wasn’t.

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