Our Steal:Vicki White with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 8523 Eustis Avenue for $485,000.

Ideally positioned only six miles from downtown, Forest Hills feels like a secluded oasis away from the city. It’s a perfect place put down roots. And we found two of its gems! Which would you choose, the Highland On The Creek Splurge or the Midcentury Modern Steal?

Splurge: Highland On The Creek Stunner With Pool & Home Theatre For $699K

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Have you ever taken a child with you when touring homes? It can get old. Fast. However, there’s no truer test to see if a home is right for your family than to take them to showings with you. Luckily, if you stop at this Forest Hills contemporary, your home search will be over fast and your kids will be just as happy as you.

How can a home make a family happy? Let’s start with the one thing you can’t change about it — the location. 

This particular home is located inside the East Dallas neighborhood of Forest Hills, which has large lots, shaded streets, and tons of families. You’re a short jaunt off of Lakeland, which dead-ends into the Dallas Arboretum — a favorite spot for folks all over Dallas. Just beyond the Arboretum is White Rock Lake, where you can enjoy a day with the whole family and your fuzzy friend either walking or running, cycling, or even paddling on the lake itself.  Want to enjoy a day with just the adults? The Fraternal Order of Eagles is just around the corner. You’re also close to Casa Linda Plaza, Arboretum Village, and if you need a place to have a beer and let the kids run wild, the Lot is just down Garland Road.

Of course, it would be neglectful of me to ignore the excellent Dallas ISD public schools that serve this neighborhood, one of which is practically around the corner — the award winning Alex Sanger Preparatory school. This dual-language campus has earned several distinctions and will soon expand for even more programming at the Pre-K through eighth grade campus.

Yes, there’s all of that around you, and we haven’t even begun talking about how great our Inwood Home of the Week is! This listing from Jeff Jacobs with Keller Williams Frisco Stars will seal the deal for  you and your family.

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One of the great neighborhoods of East Dallas is Forest Hills, a hidden gem bordering the east side of White Rock Lake, walking distance to the arboretum and a ten-minute drive from downtown.

Our Splurge vs. Steal is located here, to houses in this elegant, quiet, tree-shaded community. Which one is your favorite? 

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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…)