Designed by Maestri Studio, this stunning contemporary in Forest Hills offers bright and open entertaining. (Photos: Aaron Dougherty Photography)

When it comes to residential architecture, our city is just lousy with incredibly designed homes thanks to our stacked lineup of talented Dallas architects. And like any house porn addict, we here at CandysDirt.com look forward to the annual AIA Dallas Tour of Homes with excitement, as there’s no faster way to induce heavy breathing among us than with high design and risk-taking concepts come to life. 

This year, the sole architect-curated home tour doesn’t disappoint. With seven incredible houses ranging between 2,700 and more than 6,000 square feet, you can get a taste and feel for the modern and contemporary residential architecture of Big D, from Forest Hills to Preston Hollow and beyond. 

One of our hands-down favorites on this year’s tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29, is a beautiful, warm contemporary with a touch of the Texas Hill Country vernacular on a beautiful lot in Forest Hills from Maestri Studio. Unlike many more traditionally styled homes in the neighborhood, Santa Clara offers front yard living with huge glass walls that open the home’s interior to the neighborhood. 

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Splurge vs. Steal: Two Gorgeous Forest Hills Homes Close to White Rock Lake | CandysDirt.com

East Dallas neighborhood Forest Hills is one of the most beloved by its residents, and for good reason. This quiet, tree-shaded area gives the feeling of being away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The architecture impresses, the neighbors say hello, and home values have skyrocketed. 

For today’s Splurge vs. Steal, feast your eyes on two fabulous Forest Hills homes with style, substance, and, of course, location. They’re under a mile apart from each other, and both are in the attendance zone for Alex Sanger Elementary School, which earns a 9 out of 10 from greatschools.org. Let’s take a look. 

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The North Cliff Preservation District that feeds Salazar Elementary is the beneficiary of a district-rated “Excelling” school with promising accountability scores. (Photo courtesy Dallas ISD)

We all know the market is tight in Dallas. But when you’re looking for a home as a family, there’s another thing to factor in besides price and square footage: the schools.

Last year, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate asked me to take a look at the neighborhoods around some schools that might be more unfamiliar to buyers who traditionally look around the Lakewood, Rosemont, Stonewall Jackson, and Withers elementary schools. The neighborhoods I showcased were in attendance zones for some of Dallas ISD’s great schools — albeit schools that sometimes get less attention than their more well-known counterparts.

This week, I’m going to repeat the feat, and show you some examples of homes you and your family can plant roots in — and attend a great school to boot.

All of the schools we’ll look at are rated “Excelling” in the district’s School Performance Framework, and many of them offer the things parents get excited about — two-way dual language Spanish immersion, International Baccalaureate, personalized learning, and the like. (more…)

8566 San Pedro a

Sitting on almost half an acre in the upscale Forest Hills neighborhood, the house at 8566 San Pedro Pkwy. is on the east side of White Rock Lake.

For buyers looking for luxury in East Dallas, I’ve got a tale of two houses on the east and west sides of White Rock Lake.

Both are custom build houses, and both have the attention to detail and higher-end features you’d expect in such a property. Both are situated in established, coveted neighborhoods. And both are listed by Lee Lamont with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

“In both of these comparable properties, no expense was spared and each offers an enviable neighborhood near the lake and area amenities, like the Dallas Arboretum and shopping in Lakewood,” Lamont said.

First, there’s the home at 8566 San Pedro Pkwy., which sits on almost half an acre in Forest Hills near Garland Road and Lakeland Drive. It offers five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, one half bath, three living areas, two dining areas, and 5,400 square feet on two stories.

The other house, located at 6203 Vickery Blvd., near Richmond Avenue and Skillman Street, in one of East Dallas’ most coveted neighborhoods, Lakewood Heights. It’s just one block from the beloved Tietze Park and pool.

The Vickery home offers 4,422 square feet in the main house, with a detached guest quarters in back and another 450 square feet above the oversized garage. Sitting on an oversized corner lot, this home has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, two dining areas, and two stories, built in 2005.

Both are open this Sunday, April 23, from 1-3 p.m. Let’s get a sneak peek!

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The Palmer Garden 8422 Forest Hills Boulevard

If you love gardens, gardening, or art then the annual White Rock East Garden Tour is the place to be on Sunday, May 15. East Dallas gardeners and artists come together each spring to showcase their beautiful gardens and creations for a single perfect day. Nine gardens in Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, and Casa Linda Estates will be open to the public on Sunday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Each garden will host several artists displaying a wide variety of artwork available for purchase. (more…)

Dallas open houses

The house at 8550 Eustis Ave. in Forest Hills Estates is one of the four featured this week in our open house roundup.

If you’re looking for romance before Valentine’s Day, skip the drama and love these listings! We’ve found four open houses you should definitely make a date to visit this weekend. They range in price from $240K to $935K, in neighborhoods from Forest Hills to Preston Royal. Enjoy!

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Here's my map to help guide Santa's sleigh. And his real estate agent.

Here’s my map to help guide Santa’s sleigh. And his real estate agent.

I grew up in North Dallas and have lived all over Dallas and the ‘burbs, but when I finally landed in East Dallas in 2007, I knew I had found my happy place.

East Dallas has a culture unlike anywhere else in the city (although North Oak Cliff feels like its cousin). I could spend hours walking or biking through neighborhoods like Little Forest Hills, Buckner Terrace, and the Peninsula. So many beautiful houses! So many trees! And friendly neighbors everywhere!

Circumstances and a new baby moved me to Plano this year, and I have pined over my favorite neighborhoods in East Dallas ever since. I go out of my way to get back to East Dallas as often as possible, and because I’ve been very good this year, I’m asking Santa for a token of his appreciation for Christmas: A midcentury house east of White Rock Lake. With original hardwoods. And mature trees.

That’s not too much, is it?

I’ve got a few ideas for Santa, in case he’s stumped. This Casa Linda cottage has just the kind of curb appeal I love: big trees, tranquil setting, and an expansive yard. Located at 1422 Tranquilla Dr., it’s listed at $348,500 and is a 3-2 with 1,857 feet. That’s not quite large enough for my family of four, so we might have to sell the teenager before we move. But I’m OK with that.

1422 Tranquilla Dr

Looks at those gorgeous original hardwoods! And the built-ins! And a wood-burning fireplace! So much character from when it was built in 1945.  (more…)

8538 San Pedro Front Angle

Photos: Shoot2Sell

Drive by this gorgeous modern farmhouse in Forest Hills and try not to fall in love. Chances are, the house is going to win and you’ll fall head over heels for this beauty, which has clean modern lines throughout and stunning custom interiors.

This is, truly, one of those homes where you think “Why on earth would anyone want to sell this beauty?”

The truth of the matter is that the homeowners are selling their dream home kicking and screaming. Their loss could be your gain, and what an amazing gain it could be.

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