Dallas Porchfest This Weekend | CandysDirt.com

Photo: Dallas Porchfest at Peak’s

This Saturday, celebrate art and music on the open-air porches in Peak’s Addition neighborhood at Dallas Porchfest.

From noon until 8 p.m., neighbors, musicians, and artists will roam from porch to porch in the 4700 block of Swiss Avenue in East Dallas, between Carroll and Fitzhugh avenues. Musicians will play at designated times, while other festivities occur throughout the day.

Dallas Porchfest is all about honoring music and the art in open-air porches, and creating a sense of community among neighbors and locals.

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Winnetka HeightsFor people interested in homes with stories and personality, the Winnetka Heights neighborhood in North Oak Cliff offers hundreds of beautiful examples.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred is a Craftsman bungalow at 214 N. Edgefield Ave., near Davis and Polk streets. Built in 1924, it has doubtless seen generations of people sit on its wide front porch, looking out at the arching shade trees that line the street.

At 2,212 square feet on two stories, this Craftsman is large, with four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one powder room. It sits on a heavily treed lot, and is walking distance from the Kessler Theater and restaurants like Nova; the entire Bishop Arts District is just one mile away.
Winnetka HeightsThe neighborhood has its own stories to tell, too. Winnetka Heights is the largest historic district in Dallas, with 600 houses and 20 commercial structures in its 50 city blocks. In 1911, several prominent Dallas investors developed Winnetkta Heights as a tony area, full of one-story frame bungalows and two-story Prairie-influenced Four Square homes.

Let’s take a look at this Craftsman, both beautifully maintained and renovated in key areas, and newly listed by Erin Young with Allie Beth Allman & Assoc. for $399,900.

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4936 Victor Front

I’ve lived in a 1921 Craftsman home in Junius Heights, and while I loved all of the cool details, such as the hardwood trim around the windows, the expansive front porch, and the window seat in the master bedroom that overlooked the garden, I hated how drafty it was and the awful water pressure.

4936 Victor Living

Still, living in a historic district is amazing. The homeowners tend to care more about their neighborhood and their community, and they work hard to maintain the standards. I miss that part of living in a historic conservation district, but I do not miss living in a historic home. If only you could have a new home in a historic district that blends in with its surroundings pretty much seamlessly …

4936 Victor Kitchen

If that’s what you want, you’re in luck. Marketed by Borman and Zahn team at Dave Perry-Miller and Associates for $485,000, 4936 Victor is a prairie style two-story built in 2008 that looks like it belongs in a whole ‘nother era. It has four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and 3,184 square feet, and that’s not including the huge front porch where you’ll spend spring evenings waving at neighbors as they walk past.

4936 Victor Den

This neighborhood, Munger Heights, is an absolute gem, featuring a pretty extensive collection of prairie and Craftsman architecture. It’s just across Gaston Avenue from the Swiss Avenue Historic District, and it’s about 10 minutes from downtown. It’s perfect for someone looking to simplify, maybe ditch a car and go on two wheels. And it’s close to Baylor University Medical Center, too.

The kitchen in this home was just updated and it shows. Featuring a Carrera marble backsplash, custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances, you might just eschew the many takeout options around you for cooking at home.

4936 Victor Master

The rest of the home has hand-scraped hardwood floors and an open floorplan that will be great for family gatherings or get togethers. The real treat is upstairs, where the master suite is located. There you’ll find vaulted ceilings, a five-piece bath, and a sitting area with a fireplace. The paint color is a little loud for me. But to each his own, you know?

4936 Victor Master Bath

The backyard is huge, and it has a great little back porch, just the spot where you’ll want to sip coffee. There’s plenty of room for a playset, a pool, or pretty much anything else you can imagine.

4936 Victor Back Porch

This prairie-style home at 402 N. Rosemont Ave. is an incredible value at $359K.

When you buy a home in Winnetka Heights, you’re getting so much more than a building on a piece of land. You’re buying into a very active community that looks out for one another, one that takes pride in its landscape.

One of the four living spaces inside 402 N. Rosemont.

Trust me: Oak Cliff was my beat in my reporting days. Winnetka Heights has an active neighborhood association which is an asset when you buy a home in a historic district.

And with one look at 402 N. Rosemont Ave. marketed by the Hewitt & Habgood group, you’ll have your pen and checkbook out. This prairie home is such a beauty (and a value!), with mature trees all over the lot, a gorgeous front porch made for sipping cold drinks during a hot summer and a cool koi pond in the back, three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and a sleeping porch perfect for curling up with a good book!

The sleeping porch at 402 N. Rosemont has an excellent view.

Also, this stunner, built in 1912, has one of my favorite features in its master bathroom: A claw-foot cast-iron tub! It’s just begging for you to take a nice long soak and forget about your hard day!

One of my favorite old-timey features is claw-foot tubs!

Another selling feature is the second-story fireplace inside the master bedroom. So cozy!

And while I am not a fan of the cabinets, the kitchen is very clean, with a subway tile backsplash, granite countertops, and an amazing pantry perfect for showing off colorful jars of homemade preserves.

And you get all of this, folks, for $359,000. It’s an incredible price for such a well-maintained, immaculate home inside the popular 75208 Zip code.

Add to that, you’re crazy close to the Bishop Arts District, which is growing by leaps and bounds with new, chef-driven restaurants, popular bars, and fabulous shopping! And all you’ll need to get around is a bicycle! Can’t beat that!

 

This home at 5317 Emerson is just north of Greenway Parks, east of Inwood, and so adorable I want to stuff it in my pocket and take it home. Built in 1949, super updated from the floors to the energy efficient windows in each room: updated kitchen, updated guest bath. (They wisely kept the original pink tile in the main bath.) Two bedrooms, two baths, two living areas in a perfect 1706 square feet. I feel like I’m over-using the word new, but new slate front porch, new back porch. New siding & brick. New recessed lighting. New garage doors & more! I think it’s as cute as a button for $399,00… that’s right, just under $400,000! Listed with Susan Thomas at Allie Beth Allman. (more…)