munger place

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2018! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

From Leah Shafer: I love a great story. So when I saw this Munger Place townhome, which I chose for my Thursday Three Hundred, its rich history appealed to me. In our era of tear-downs and “bigger-newer-now” mentality, it pleases me immensely to see a 1916 building made appealing for today’s homebuyer. I hope you enjoy and appreciate this fun flashback to January 26, 2017.  


Using most standards from around the world, Dallas homes aren’t very old at all. Sure, you’ll find the occasional 1920’s property, but rarely anything older. Not so with today’s Thursday Three Hundred, a slice of Dallas history as the site of the original Piggly Wiggly store, built in 1916. It is also rumored to have been a speakeasy during the Prohibition era.

Located at 315 N. Collett Ave. this is a rare townhome in Munger Place, both architecturally and historically significant. It offers a distinctly loft-like vibe inside. Think 12-foot ceilings, exposed ductwork and rafters, and exposed brick with custom texture on the walls.

This property is full of stories, and not just its own: the reclaimed maple hardwood floors were recovered from the former gym at the Hockaday School. Pretty cool.

With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,249 square feet on one story, this is a spacious townhome with luxe extras, like three-zone wiring for total house sound, including the front patio and courtyard.

This is such an unusual, storied property, located near N. Munger Boulevard and Columbia Avenue, just minutes from downtown Dallas — let’s take a look.

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Now, I may or may not have selected this house solely for its front door and crossed my fingers that the inside measured up. Spoiler alert: it does. In general, the drive-up at 10465 Sinclair Avenue delivers all the charm you’d expect to find in this East Dallas neighborhood, with a fresh face. And seriously, that front door is aces! Two enthusiastic thumbs up.

I love a studs-up renovation that brings a home into the present while preserving its original exterior appeal, and this Eastwood Estates ranch certainly fits the bill. Top to bottom, it’s a gorgeous remodel. But it’s all those unglamorous updates that put it over the top as an exceptional buy. With new roof, rain gutters, electrical wiring, a tankless hot water, updated sewer line, two HVAC units, and low-E windows, the only relic of the 1960s here is the charm. Listed at $649,900 by Coldwell Banker’s Tobin Hartman, it offers four bedrooms and two and one half bathrooms in a whopping 3,056 square feet – all with a clean, sharp design. Hop on over to see what makes this gem an entertainer’s dream.

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Photos courtesy of The Dallas Arboretum

The turkey dinner is a memory. Black Friday is behind us. It’s time to plan activities to get the holiday spirit flowing, entertain visitors, and make magical memories for little ones! Especially with the glorious weather we’ve been having this year, a trip to the Dallas Arboretum is a must.

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1604 Zoe Place is currently listed by Jonathan Rosen. Photo Credit: The Collective Residential

Locating a corner unit in a hot Dallas neighborhood with all the turn-key upgrades and a rooftop deck that comes in under $500,000 is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack, but this gorgeous townhouse has all that and then some.

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When I walk my dogs through my quaint East Dallas neighborhood, I often make mental notes of homes that are purchased by investors or are headed for the market. It just so happened that, when the sign was still being put in the yard at 10216 Pinecrest, I was out walking my dogs and Jeanna McIntyre, co-owner of New Creation Group, was there staging. Once the dogs were safely home, I came back to get a sneak peek of this adorable cottage in Casa View Haven that really speaks to the great value you can find in this neighborhood.

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Kristin Smith, Conner Cromeens, Candace Evans, John Jones,Rick Davis, and Chyenne Overturf celebrated the launch of the Source Group at Yucatan Taco Stand, an East Dallas hangout.

As we visited (and drank!) with them at their recent launch party, it was hard to not be impressed with what John Jones and Conner Cromeens want to accomplish. And what they HAVE accomplished! The two East Dallas Realtors launched the Source Group at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s with the objective of using their skills,  talents and vast network of connections to fulfill a niche in East Dallas neighborhoods. Truly, their mission statement offers a lot of insight to their business:

“We believe our product is a lifestyle. In everything we do, we believe that honor, integrity and kindness are not benefits, but the standard. We believe that community turns houses into homes. We believe that luxury is an experience. We do these things by offering tireless service, unmatched experience, knowledge, and a kind warm approach. We just happen to sell real estate.”

What it doesn’t say is that Jones and Cromeens have the backgrounds to really cater and guide the homebuying or selling experience into something that isn’t fraught or stressful. 

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Neighborhoods all along the North Central Expressway corridor are seeing resurgence and reinvestment in a very big way. Long neglected areas, once full of ramshackle and run down houses, are becoming a land of opportunity in the realm of urban infill for developers and architects. It is fascinating to watch the changing landscape, and though it’s sad to lose the cultural value of older homes, it’s heartening to see builders invest in interesting, engaging design. It allows a generation to put a stamp on the area, and sometimes to great results. 

Today’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is an example of what’s great about modern design. With clean lines and a contemporary facade, 2215 Madera adds something different to the neighborhood landscape of Knox-Henderson. It’s a fabulous listing from Virginia Cook Realtor Ed Murchison

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Just like the impulse to nibble on a baby’s cheeks, I feel an uncontrollable urge to take a bite out of this adorable Greenland Hills Tudor. With the adorable roofline, arched stained-glass windows, scalloped awning, and precious pea green front door, how could you not love this brick and stone classic cottage at 5206 Merrimac?

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