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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Who doesn’t love a good front porch? They’re gaining in popularity — builders such as JLD Custom Homes make beautiful ones — which is great because big front porches are excellent neighborhood gathering spaces.

And trust me, you’ll want to meet your neighbors in this excellent Dallas ‘hood. Vickery place is such a great spot with tons of super-active residents. And the houses are great, too!

This home, at 5502 Goodwin, is no exception. It may look like a typical 1921 Craftsman bungalow from the front, but there’s an entire second story addition, and the interiors are completely updated without losing the Arts & Crafts charm that make these homes so popular.

Marketed by the very capable Rick Brooks of Dallas City Center Realtors, this adorable house has four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and one of the cutest kitchens ever all priced at $525,000.

Sure, it’s modern, it has granite counters, it has stainless steel appliances, but it has the most adorable apron sink and the best white cabinets. I love the mosaic backsplash, too. And the island! So cute!

The master bedroom is large and bright, like much of the home it has tasteful paint and great furniture. Beautiful and tasteful!

Now, my favorite thing about this home is the master bath. They did an excellent job of doing a Arts & Crafts bathroom with modern touches. The mosaic shower, the claw-foot tub, and the twin pedestal sinks are so adorable. And I love the color palette!

The backyard is outstanding, too. I love the pool and the deck. This backyard will be party central come spring. It’s perfectly landscaped, too. Seriously, this home has everything going for it!

One of the reasons I am in love with Winnetka Heights is the abundance of huge front porches that are begging for a glass of something cold and a few friends and neighbors. But as soon as I saw this cute prairie home at 335 S. Edgefield Ave. from Keller Williams’ Lisa Richardson, all of the sudden a big front porch wasn’t a deal-killer anymore. Besides, both next-door neighbors have ample porch accomodations, so you are never a long walk from a place to people-watch.

I actually drove by this home this past weekend when I was heading over to Bastille on Bishop in the bustling Bishop Arts District. There were tons of people on the street, either biking or walking, all headed to the district to enjoy some wine, petanque, and mussels. And this three-bedroom, three-bath cutie is not far from all the action. In fact, it’s pretty stinkin’ close!

Now, there are a couple of things you won’t find in this house, and one of them is high-end finishes. There’s no granite or stainless in the kitchen, and the bathrooms are basic but clean. That’s because you’re getting a 1,672-square-foot home in one of the hottest neighborhoods in Oak Cliff for just $217,360! There will be plenty left over in your budget for upgrades!

You also won’t find boring neutral shades like taupe and sand on the walls, and you won’t miss them, either! I love the way the kitchen and dining area are painted with high-contrast, stylish shades of lemon yellow and graphite. It’s a gorgeous palette of sexy grays throughout the rest of the home. I would expect nothing less from a cornflower blue house!

The backyard is spacious, too, and perfect for small gatherings of friends and neighbors. It’s a great yard for a vegetable garden, and I’ll bet that the next owner of this home puts in a chicken coop, too! Of course, those gals are going to want a front porch!

Remember when I told you about Austin Waters up in Carrollton? I’m hearing the development is selling like hotcakes and in fact, has sold out of their models, these gorgeous little numbers you can see in this cool video.

They call it “The Texas Hill Country” up in Carrollton – Darling Home’s Villas at Austin Waters. A friend who is downsizing tells me she is looking at a 2,600 square foot home there in the mid-$200,00o range that has blown her away: low maintenance, great  finish-out, and beautiful architectural styles like Colonials, Classic Revival, Tudor and Arts & Crafts. These are like row houses with a sliver of grass between the homes (she has pets) and darling front porches that make them homier than a condo. The homes are brand new, superior Darling quality, come with energy efficient packages, smart wiring, tons of storage and great design. Best of all, she can lock and leave when she wants to get away, which is also a piece of cake because D/FW is about 20 minutes even  in traffic.

The Villas are snuggled inside a master-planned community designed by internationally-known land planner Peter Calthorpe, who also designed Austin Ranch in The Colony. Calthorpe has been named by Newsweek Magazine as one of the country’s 25 “innovators on the cutting edge” of architectural design. Austin Waters is located on 78 acres of softly rolling hills in the Carrollton city limits and close to the Plano Parkway corridor — Willow Bend, where more folks tell me they shop these days than NorthPark, and the West Plano corridor are all close by. The Villas has mature trees, wide-open green spaces, gardens and waterscapes. I plan to get up there and check it out, but if you’ve already been, drop in a comment and let me know what you think!