Yates Home – 626 Kaufman Street

Few North Texas cities have preserved their historical heritage more than Waxahachie. Though history buffs and architectural junkies flock to the city year-round to get an outward glimpse of its treasured structures, the annual Gingerbread Trail Tour gives visitors a chance to step back in time and step into select homes and buildings for an inside look.

Slated for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, the 51st Annual Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes will spotlight the ornate historic architecture for which Waxahachie is known. Get a peek at Queen Anne Victorian, Gothic Revival, Bungalow, Romanesque, and Greek Revival styles.

Plus, CandysDirt.com will be giving away one pair of tickets to the Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes, so stay tuned next week!

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314 S. Winnetka Front

If you’ve got déjà vu over this Winnetka Heights prairie four-square, you’re not alone. This gorgeous renovated home was on the Dec. 5 Winnetka Heights Holiday Home Tour, notes David Griffin & Co. Realtor Diane Sherman.

The sellers did a lot of research about the home, Sherman said. “They found that it was originally three units, and it was family owned.”

It was one of many properties built by W.P. Adleta, a well-known craftsman in Dallas, but it was where the renowned craftsman lived until his death in 1953. It has come a long way since then, thanks to Paul and Cindy Maute, who also redid 101 N. Montclair. That grand manor was on the 2008 Old Oak Cliff Conservation League home tour.

The history and location are enough to make this home worthy of being called our High Caliber Home of the Week, but the tremendous renovation really highlights the details. When you’re ready to put in a bid on the high caliber home of your dreams call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans first. She’ll guide you through the process, ensuring a smooth closing.

Jump to see the interiors of this magnificent home in Winnetka Heights!

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The Blythe family in their open and bright new build at 6919 Santa Fe.

When the Blythe family moved to the Hollywood Santa Monica neighborhood years ago, they fell in love with the style and charm of the Tudors and traditionals in the area. But with a family, it made things quite difficult to enjoy their 1930s home on Monte Vista with a cramped floorplan. Then they found this beautiful new build (RARE!) on Santa Fe. It’s so uncommon to find a new home, because the only way you could tear down a structure in this historic conservation district is if it’s damaged beyond reasonable repair. So most new homes are on previously vacant lots or are constructed at the site of some catastrophe.

When new builds blend in with the neighborhood, though, everyone wins. I love the subtle architectural details, like the high pitch of the roof and the masonry of the chimney. Even the stone arches in front and faceted leaded glass windows keep the home true to the neighborhood’s character. Inside, though, homeowner Kalee Blythe says it really shines!

If you want to see inside this home and the other gorgeous abodes on this weekend’s Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association Home Tour, you can buy your ticket ahead of the event and save a few bucks. They’re just $15 apiece before the tour! The auction party, another big fundraiser for the neighborhood, is tonight, as is the candlelight home tour and preview party.

Jump to see the Blythe’s beautiful new build at 6919 Santa Fe sponsored by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent Belle Trankle.

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