Georgian Bryan Place IHOTW

We’ve found the perfect home for anyone that longs for the era of gracious lawn parties, jazz drifting through the air, and the ever-present champagne glass in hand. Wait, that’s what the staff longs for. Wonder if we pool our resources …

Seriously though, this Georgian mansion on Gaston Avenue was built in 1925, just as F. Scott Fitzgerald was publishing The Great Gatsby. His words reflected the excitement of the “Roaring Twenties” just as this gorgeous home reflects the gracious lifestyle of a bygone era. Lucky for us, the era may be gone, but homes like this still allow us to capture the essence of that lifestyle.5422 Gaston Avenue


5638 Gaston Front

When Vlora Alberga bought the home at 5638 Gaston in 2006, she had been living in Dallas just a year, scouring the city for the right home. When she walked inside this stucco clad 1920s Mediterranean revival, the pigeons that had taken roost descended upon her. To say it was a fixer-upper would be a vast understatement.

The first thing she did was renovate the 640-square-foot guest cottage in the backyard, which is an income-producing property with a full bath, full kitchen, and washer and dryer. She moved in and began the long process of restoring the dilapidated home into the incredible property it is today. Surely you’ve driven by and admired the lovely yellow door and beautiful, rolling front lawn.

Since the laborious restoration, Alberga’s home has become a magnet for magazines and home tours, making the cover of Dallas-Fort Worth House and Home in 2008 and the Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour the same year, the 2012 D Magazine list of “Most Beautiful Houses in Dallas,” and the 2013 Junius Heights Home Tour. Visitors have always been amazed by this colorful home with engaging details and Alberga’s “French Carribbean” style.

Alberga is not only a pilot, but she’s the first-ever Jamaican pilot for an American airline, and through her work travels and her cultural heritage she has infused this jewel box of a historic home with vibrant color and art. Listing agent Elizabeth Mast Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty offered me a private tour of the home, and of course I jumped at the chance. There are so many amazing details that you will notice something different everywhere you look. Jump to see more!


6827 Gaston Front

You’re probably already thinking, “Wait, this home is owned by a Realtor and is in Lakewood? I bet it’s already under contract.” You’re right, folks. This truly beautiful three-bedroom, two-bath 1936 updated traditional in Gaston Place wasn’t on the market for more than a few days before someone submitted a winning bid.

Homes like this show buyers that they have to act fast in this market if they want to score a gorgeous property that is move-in ready. That means getting pre-qualified with a loan professional that won’t let anything slip come time to close. Don’t dally! Call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans so you can snatch your dream home off the market before someone else does!

Now jump to see inside this beauty!


5010 Gaston is the perfect prairie home in an urban, walkable location.

Guys, I have a confession to make.

I am not a fan of Garrison Keillor. No, it’s not because of the dustup after his speaking gig at Highland Park UMC. I just don’t like talk radio, or “A Prairie Home Companion,” for that matter.

I’ll tell you what I do like: I like a good prairie home. And that’s exactly what 5010 Gaston Ave. is. I fine, well-preserved, built in 1912 prairie four-square with gorgeous wood trim and plenty of personality.

What’s not to love? Neat historical features await around every corner, and check this out: THERE’S A BASEMENT! Turn it into a wine cellar, or a tornado shelter, or a place to stash your disaster prepping supplies!

Seriously, though, it’s two stories with two-and-a-half baths, three bedrooms, and 3,144 square feet near the urban core. Gaston is incredibly walkable, and bikeable, but just in case you find yourself wanting to drive, well, there’s a gated driveway for that.

Additionally, the entire wrap-around front porch has been rebuilt with concrete, so it’s practically worry free. And there’s a really cool fireplace.

Really, it’s a diamond-in-the-rough kind of house, one that’s so pretty inside and out that traffic slows as it passes by. And at $349,000, well, it’s a total bargain!

Do you remember when you were young and someone told you not to judge a book by its cover? Now, the saying is just a giant cliche, but sometimes you come across something that really typifies this expression. This week’s Friday Four Hundred marketed by Keller Williams City Center’s Vicki White is a perfect example.

Interestingly enough, I have driven past this Gaston Avenue home almost every day for the past 5 years and I never had a “Wow” moment. Why? Because it’s pretty plain from the outside, and it’s kind of hidden by the landscaping, which is good for a house on Gaston Avenue.

However, get a load of those interiors! This place is packed with “Wow” moments, and you can tell, as the listing says, that this house was owned by architects. There’s a ton of well-preserved mid-century charm, as well as modern touches and interesting design elements, like a cool geometric feature wall.

And at 2,500 square feet, it’s a perfect home for a family with older children. In fact, it’s in the Woodrow Wilson High School attendance area. Wilson, which has experienced a resurgence in community support lately, is housed in a historic building in Lakewood.

I could definitely see a young professional couple making this home their own, too. Heck, I could see someone like me making this home their own. But alas, I have a mortgage!

And get a load of this: It’s only $475,000! Less than a half-mil! In Lakewood!