My love of historic houses runs deep. It’s barely surpassed by my love of dark chocolate and great wine. Our Inwood National Bank House of the Week is one of my all-time favorites, and it has quite a history.

In 2003 The Parks Estate, a historic Spanish Mission-style home at 6220 Worth Avenue, hit the Preservation Dallas list of endangered properties. My heart skipped a beat. I live nearby, and this house is not just a stately home, it’s an East Dallas icon. The Parks Estate has had many incarnations, including a stint on HGTV’s House Hunters several years ago. It’s finally for sale again. If I could buy it, I would.

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Never before have I seen a Hollywood Heights Tudor hit the market that was so ripe for remodel. This home, perfectly situated in the neighborhood, was built in 1926 and has many original features. Already, renovation-minded buyers have their ears perked up. The benefit of having a mostly original home is that there hasn’t been a hodge-podge of dated work done — it’s a clean slate and ready for your vision.  While it certainly has potential for renovations, you can move right in and do them at your own pace. And the price is definitely right.
 

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Last, but definitely not least, on our list of Old East Dallas neighborhoods is Junius Heights. The neighborhood is the closest single-family-zoned neighborhood to downtown Dallas.  The area offers an eclectic mix of gorgeous historic architecture, spacious lot sizes, and lovely front porches.  All of the great entertainment districts of Dallas are easily accessible from the neighborhood, without being right in the middle of it all.  Zip codes included within Junius Heights are 75246, 75214, and 75204.

In addition to Junius Heights and the rest of Old East Dallas, the 75214 zip code alone encompasses Hollywood Heights and much of Lakewood, to the west side of White Rock Lake. An abundance of food and drink favorites in the area include establishments such as Cock and Bull, Craft Beer Cellar, The Heights, Meso Maya, and Garden Cafe.

According to the Junius Heights Neighborhood Association, the neighborhood was created in 1906, on what was then the Eastern edge of Dallas. During that time, the area was known by its large columns on Abrams and by the now-defunct Junius Heights streetcar service.

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During last year’s Casa View Cliff May Home Tour, I couldn’t count how many times I heard someone say something like, “If this home ever comes on the market, I’m putting in an offer.” 

If that was you, it’s time to make good on that promise, because Mindy Niehaus, one of the organizers of the tour that focused on this treasure trove of California-style midcentury modern homes in East Dallas, is about to bring one of the tour homes on the market.

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While I, too, love midcentury modern homes, dealing with the details involved with restoring an older residence doesn’t thrill me. Truly, I’d prefer midcentury lines and feel with the assurance of new construction. That’s just what Virginia Cook Realtor Ed Murchison has listed, all wrapped up in the finishes and feel that modern home buyers in Dallas desire. 

Designed by Josh Nimmo, this home was built as the residence of Dwellings AKC founder Alan Kagan. As Karen Eubank has told us, there’s nothing quite like the personal homes of builders, as these are the houses where you can find detail and value beyond your typical house. 

“Kagan is known for his high-quality, architect-designed modern homes featuring meticulous attention to detail,” Murchison said. Now extrapolate that and add in a dash of excellent location and you get 6035 Prospect Ave., a midcentury modern-inspired residence in walkable East Dallas.

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Lochwood Estates midcentury

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is a Lochwood Estates midcentury that generated multiple offers over asking price after just four days on the market.

This East Dallas neighborhood is affordable and desirable with lush greenbelts, mature trees, lots of wildlife, and close proximity to White Rock Lake. With killer curb appeal and a cute interior, the home at 12030 Sunland St. offers atomic era style. It also has an attached two-car garage, a rarity in the area and big bonus among buyers.

“We thought of pricing it at $249K, but we decided to drop it based on comps to get attention — it helps to get as many eyeballs on it as possible that first weekend,” said listing agent Jason Castro with Keller Williams — Dallas Park Cities. “These sellers need to move quickly. When you have multiple offers it helps you negotiate a lot of terms and helps you get to close quickly without many snags in the process.”

Castro’s strategy worked. He had ten offers as of noon yesterday, and all are above asking price, except one lowball cash offer. He says he expects another five or so. How’s that for a hot property?

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,173 square feet on on story, built in 1961.

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Real Estate Story
Jennifer Kilpatrick

Jennifer Kilpatrick and her son Jack

Single mom and attorney Jennifer Kilpatrick is a Dallas native and Ursuline Academy grad who moved away in 1992. After a divorce in 2016, she and her son moved back to North Texas, renting an apartment in The Village. She wanted time to find a new house in this competitive market, and focused her search to the area in which she grew up.

“I began searching for a house a few months ago, and wanted to buy a house in east Dallas, since I grew up in Lake Highlands and Jack goes to school at St. Thomas Aquinas,” she said. “I confined my home search to Lake Highlands, Little Forest Hills, Lochwood, and Ridgewood Park (and small, ill-defined neighborhoods around those places).”

We’ve followed her home-buying journey, from first searches to closing on a Lochwood cutie this month. It’s a great story!

Full name: Jennifer Kilpatrick

Occupation: Attorney

Location: East Dallas

Price Range: Under $350K

AgentCindy Johnson with Keller Williams

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Peak’s Suburban Addition in Old East Dallas is nestled conveniently between Deep Ellum and Lakewood. With over 500 homes, the neighborhood features architecture from the Queen Anne Victorian era, as well as Prairie, Craftsman, and modern or contemporary architecture styles. The diversity of homes, along with the diversity of the people, is what makes Peak’s Suburban Addition so unique and dynamic. (more…)