Some of the most sought-after homes in Lakewood and its surrounding enclaves are those that are within a short jaunt to a park, as families with small children will have an easy way to entertain rowdy kids and their friends. For East Dallas families in the Belmont Addition and Lakewood Heights, that park is Tietze Park, which has practice fields, tons of trees that are perfect for climbing, playgrounds, a pavilion for birthday parties, tennis courts, a walking track, and a pool. 

Besides it’s very close proximity to Tietze Park, 6030 Llano Ave. is like catnip to families of young kids for many more reasons, not the least of which is the wonderful two-story layout with an upstairs living area that could double as a play room. While the location is prime, there are so many reasons this new build with Arts & Crafts influences is a fabulous choice as our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

“The location pretty much offers the quintessential East Dallas living experience. It’s located in the Belmont Addition Conservation District, the home is a block from Tietze Park, four blocks from Greenville Ave., and two miles from White Rock Lake,” David Griffin & Company agent Sam Claussen explained. “A lot of buyers in this neighborhood want to be able to walk to all the great restaurants and watering holes on in the neighborhood and this location certainly provides that.” 

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707 Cordova is a storybook Tudor on this year’s Hollywood Home Tour.

You know that Hollywood Heights is flush with some of the cutest cottages in all of Dallas. Thanks to the neighborhood’s well-thought-out conservation overlay, the homes in this popular East Dallas enclave still retain the charm of bygone eras. And your best bet to get an eyeful of that charm is attending the annual Hollywood Home Tour. This year is no exception, especially with 707 Cordova — pictured above — on the tour.

Of course, we’d love for you to experience this storybook Tudor cottage — as well as the other beautiful homes on this year’s tour — for free! Organizers with this annual fundraiser have generously given us two pairs of tickets to give away to our fans and readers, and we could not be more thrilled to give four lucky people the chance to see the amazing homes showcased on April 21-22. 

Now, if you don’t win, we hope you’ll still attend this year’s tour and the “Art in the Park” market at Lindsley Park on both Saturday and Sunday. Home tour passes $15 in advance (available online or at Curiousities Antiques in Lakewood) and $20 on the day of the tour.  There’s also a themed auction party on Friday, April 20, at the Dallas Arboretum. 

Ready to enter to win one of two pairs of passes to this weekend’s Hollywood Home Tour? Jump!

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The 13th annual White Rock Home Tour is a not-to-be-missed event this year. The tour offers a look inside some incredible midcentury modern and modern homes, including one worth the trip out to Garland to see! (Photos: Angela Flournoy)

There’s a reason why the White Rock Home Tour is one of the most well-attended tours in all of Dallas — the focus on the East Dallas location and showing off the area’s stout inventory of modern properties is a magic formula. There’s no other tour like it, and its success hinges on the well-organized volunteers who make sure that every tour-goer has a great experience. 

We know that we say that we don’t play favorites with home tours, but this is definitely one of our very favorite ones! And this year, well, the Hexter Elementary PTA has outdone itself. Not only do you get an inside peek at some of the coolest houses in some of the most sought-after neighborhoods surrounding White Rock Lake, but you also get a chance to wander through one of the most amazing midcentury modern homes in all of North Texas. Grab your Tom Collins set, because this time capsule in Garland is worth the price of admission. Don’t have tickets yet? You can still purchase tickets to this year’s White Rock Home Tour, slated for April 21-22 from noon to 5 p.m., for $15 each. Tickets are $20 on the day of the tour.

Or, you could be one of the lucky winners of our ticket giveaway and see these incredible homes FOR FREE! White Rock Home Tour organizers have given us four pairs of tickets to give away to this year’s event, so your chances of winning just got a lot better.

Want to win? Find out how to enter after the jump!

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When it comes to life on this side of the lake, there are few neighborhoods in East Dallas that still retain much of their character like Lochwood. Located on the north east side of White Rock Lake, hugging the borders to Old Lake Highlands and the L Streets, this neighborhood is delightfully hilly, with long stretches of greenbelts that curve around creeks, huge parks, and great neighbors. And it’s no wonder that, with the still bordering on affordable real estate in this neighborhood, Millennials have been searching for the right place to claim their first home.

We’ve seen our share of flips in Lochwood, one of the few remaining somewhat affordable neighborhoods inside the loop, and though we’ve easily fallen in love with them, there’s something to be said about knowing when to stop “updating.” Need an example? Check out this cute Lochwood ranch listed by Lauri Ann Hanson and Aimee Schreiner with Dwell Partners Realty at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

“Located in one of East Dallas’ best ‘under the radar’ neighborhoods, Lochwood, this three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath, recently remodeled home is a perfect starter home,” Schreiner said. “It’s within walking distance to Lochwood Park and close proximity to White Rock Lake, so you can enjoy all that East Dallas has to offer right at your fingertips.” 

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(Photos: Lance Selgo/Unique Exposure Photography Staging: Karen Otto/Homestar Staging)

Any real estate agent will tell you that the top three most important things in a house are “location, location, location” in that order. And sure, this Caruth Meadows ranch on East University has a location that many buyers dream about. But it is so much more than that. 

What stands out about 6335 E. University has a lot to do with the renovation. It’s just plain flawless.

“Not all renovations are created equal, and as a home staging company, we’re sometimes called in to ‘fix’ a challenge that could have been avoided prior to listing had the reno been thought out carefully prior to opening walls willy nilly,” said Karen Otto of Homestar Staging. “With a Kettering Ideas project, that’s never the case!”

Otto is the person responsible for the magazine-worthy interior decor of this incredible listing from Jacqui Bloomquist of Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors.  Otto already had a great base to work with, as Bloomquist notes that this home is practically brand new.

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It’s true, love is certainly in the air this February! Call us corny, but our hearts truly did skip a beat the moment we first laid eyes on 5242 Monticello Avenue, a charming M Streets Tudor in coveted Greenland Hills.
 
Just in time to fall in love this Valentine’s Day, this three-bed, two-and-a-half-bath home hit the market just a few days ago and it is nothing short of swoon worthy. 

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Remember this name: Cobalt Homes. A Dallas-based urban builder disrupting the urban town home concept with not just aesthetics and quality construction, but an unheard of thoughtfulness — like a sixth sense — to provide buyers comfort and true home livability.

We all love stories about guys who started famous companies at home. In 1939, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard founded HP in Packard’s Palo Alto garage, now the birthplace of Silicon Valley. In 1976 when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple Computers, they hand built 50 computers in 30 days from a garage in Cupertino, California. 

Larry Page and Sergey Brin were graduate students and started what’s now known as Google from Susan Wojcicki’s garage in September 1998. Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com in 1994 as an online bookstore, completely run out of his garage in Bellevue, Washington.

In North Texas, Canadian-born Larry Lacerte started Lacerte Software Corp. in his home in 1978, the first desktop application for general ledger and tax preparation. He sold the business to Intuit Inc. in 1998 for $400 million in cash, with a $200 million takeaway. 

And there’s the CoastOak Group: Gregory McGowan, Joshua Nichols, and Don Carroll. An unusual union of developers, the trio came from private equity backgrounds, Wall Street ones at that: Josh and Don worked for Goldman Sachs. Greg worked for Rockpoint Group and Westbrook Partners.

And like the entrepreneurs mentioned above, when they started their company in 2008, they worked on tables and computers out of an empty home next door to Greg’s residence for three months. They didn’t even have heat for three days.

But these are private equity guys who know how to rough it. They had all worked together at Trammell Crow in the mid 1990s — all except for Joshua, who was still doing championship wrestling in high school, and on his way to Princeton. Even their current office — it has heat — is nestled among the top-tier real estate guys and gals nesting at Harlan Crow’s Old Parkland.

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This midcentury modern is so fabulous that White Rock Home Tour organizers want you to drive to Garland to see it. (Photos: Angela Flournoy)

This year, organizers of the White Rock Home Tour — East Dallas’ premiere modern home tour — are asking tour-goers to go the extra mile (actually six miles if you’re counting). The reason? An amazing time capsule of a home located in Garland that has received only the pickiest of updates.

But Garland?

White Rock Home Tour chair Alyson Black assures me that this home is so spectacular that it’s worth the trip. “This home was built in 1965 by commercial architects Craycroft Lacy & Assoc. for a prominent TV news man in a scenic area of old Garland, and was lovingly restored a few years ago,” Black said. And after getting a sneak peek at the photos of this particular home, I have to agree: IT IS FABULOUS! In fact, it’s so fabulous that we’re sure that once people get a gander at this stellar midcentury modern and the other five epic tour homes, they’re going to want to score tickets lickety split! And here’s the best news, tickets just went on sale for the April 21-22 home tour!

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