1102 Easton Road is a new build by Tom Greico of Greico Modern Homes. It will be one of the many cool stops on the White Rock Home Tour April 25-26.

1102 Easton Road is a new build by Tom Greico of Greico Modern Homes. It will be one of the many cool stops on the White Rock Home Tour April 25-26.

It’s one of my favorite times of year: Home Tour Season!

Yes, spring is just brimming with great Dallas-Fort Worth home tours, and we have pulled together a helpful list of our favorites so you can get your calendar in order. From modern to historic and from  Dallas to the Park Cities to Fort Worth, there’s a home tour coming up no matter your tastes or location.

Plus, there’s a brand new home tour launching this year that will not only showcase one of our favorite architects and celebrate preservation in our region. Jump to find out more, and stay tuned to CandysDirt.com for exclusive interviews and ticket giveaways to each of these events!

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Dumas Front

I love a good historic remodel. Older homes can be a tough nut to crack, and add to that the constraints of historic districts, well, it’s a challenge. So when I see a brilliant renovation of a historic property, I take notice.

I kind of stumbled upon this home in my search for today’s Thursday Three Hundred, and I got sucked in by the listing photo. (Let us not fail to note the importance of the first photo in the listing!) This home is truly magnificent, and I really want to give the sellers a robust pat on the back for the work they’ve done to this home. It’s marketed by Grant Hudson of Coldwell Banker DFW for $389,000.

Dumas Front Porch

At 718 Dumas St. in the Munger Place historic district of East Dallas you’ll find this wonderful, brightly painted home with an expanded second floor loft that includes a second bathroom. With more than 2,600 square feet, three bedrooms and two full baths, this home is perfect for a small family who wants urban living and historic charm. The area also feeds into the acclaimed Woodrow Wilson High School.

Dumas Living

Let’s talk about updates: This kitchen is just plain amazing, with a professional stainless steel gas range with two ovens, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, an oversized wine refrigerator (in my house we’d call it “regular sized”), and granite counters and backsplash. This kitchen was truly designed for a foodie!

Dumas Kitchen

There are two bathrooms — a rarity in a home this age — and the first is a cute historic-styled one with gorgeous tile and a claw-foot tub on the first floor. The master suite, well, we talked about it a little bit, but it’s an amazing job of engineering. It’s upstairs in the expanded second floor, and includes a spacious sleeping area, a lounge area, and a full bathroom. The angular ceilings might be something to get used to, but still, hooray for a master suite!

Dumas Master Bed Dumas Master Bath

The backyard is tidy and adorable, and it features a covered walkway between the garage and main home, a very thoughtful addition. So much to love about this adorable home!

Dumas Dining Dumas TV Dumas Downstairs Bath Dumas Loft Dumas Backyard

Georgia and Matt2

Editor’s Note: Meet Georgia Fisher. She’s a talented writer, and we are just pleased as punch to have her on the CandysDirt.com team. A seasoned journalist and feature writer, Georgia is pulling up stakes and moving from Dallas to Reno, Nevada, with her surgeon fiancée, Matt. Here’s the very first installment of “Renting in Reno.” Enjoy!

By Georgia Fisher

Coming from Dallas, I had little interest in Reno real estate. Not at first, anyway.

It started with a glum sigh on the flight to Nevada from Love Field last December, when my fiancée brought me along for his big job interview. Sometimes the desert looks gorgeous from the air, like a moonscape or a giant, sediment-dragged fossil that’s been splashed here and there with gemlike water. Other times, it just makes you feel thirsty and alone. Or so says a native Texan who’s never lived more than a few hours from her mama.

Take this from the same genius who thought Las Vegas was a couple hours away — try seven and change — and that trees can’t grow in the desert. Actually, the Biggest Little City in the World has an artistic, outdoorsy soul all its own, with mild summers, countless festivals, and quick access to coveted hiking trails and ski slopes in luxurious Lake Tahoe.

Even so, if the property ads I’d found online were any indication, our home would probably be a beige-painted, beige-carpeted dwelling on a treeless lot with convenient beige gravel in place of grass.

I was wrong about that, too.

“There’s no shortage of beautiful homes,” said Reno real estate agent Paul Studebaker. “There’s a shortage of beautiful homes that are for sale.

And rentals — one of which we’d be needing — comprise more than half the houses on Reno’s market, which bottomed out famously a few years ago. In May, the city’s median sale price was up 32 percent from that of a year before, however, to $218,000.

It was through an indirect correspondence on CraigsList that we finally found our dream house — a three-bedroom, two-bath Chicago Bungalow with two studies and around 2,200 square feet that we’d kill to buy someday — in the city’s Old Southwest neighborhood.

Reno Home

Architecturally, Old Southwest is a bit like the love child of Dallas’ Kings Highway Conservation District and the M Streets, perhaps with a Park Cities auntie in the mix, thanks to its insular feel and top-flight public schools.

It’s a walkable area near trendy businesses, the Truckee River, and a natural food co-op — a place where kids zip around on scooters in a bubble of Rockwellian safety, and where at least one street sign is overgrown with ornamental vines that turn all shades of fire in autumn. The houses are often small, built with brick and full of exquisite details from a bygone era.

Ours, as luck would have it, belongs to Nancy Gilbert, a construction attorney who’s made an art of bringing distressed properties back to life. She and her husband, Tim, recently pulled off an impeccable Spanish revival, among others. And right next door to it on Joaquin Miller Drive — one of various Old Southwest streets named for writers — is their picture-perfect English Cotswold cottage.

Decor is my obsession, but something about our new landlady rocks the little perfectionist in me to sleep. She’s combed the country and the world in search of the right vintage light and window fixtures, for one, and can rattle off the home’s historical stats in a long breath.

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Had Nancy not approved us as tenants, we would’ve debated taking a place in Reno’s Mayberry neighborhood with a dated, borderline-heinous 1970s interior that stands in contrast to its stunning mountain views (at a cost of around $2,200 a month, though we saw plenty of prettier, smaller Nevada homes listed for $1,200 or less), or a high-rise, two-bedroom apartment in a so-so, seedy-after-dark part of downtown for around $1,900 a month. That one was chic inside, but it wasn’t right.

Reno, however, is just fine. Or it will be if our Dallas friends come visit.

Y’all had better.

Georgia Fisher is a freelance writer currently vacationing in Europe before taking leave of her senses and settling in Reno, Nevada. Leave a nice note or freelance writing lead for her at georgia.fisher@gmail.com.