Drunk Brick

I’ve walked my dogs by this house at 1006 Clermont Street in Hollywood Heights for well over 20 years and always wondered about the brick mason that was in charge of the project. Was he wildly creative, or perhaps drunk on the job? That led me to do a ton of research trying to figure out this style of brickwork. It turns out the style is called Drunk Brick! (more…)

707 Cordova is a storybook Tudor on this year’s Hollywood Home Tour.

You know that Hollywood Heights is flush with some of the cutest cottages in all of Dallas. Thanks to the neighborhood’s well-thought-out conservation overlay, the homes in this popular East Dallas enclave still retain the charm of bygone eras. And your best bet to get an eyeful of that charm is attending the annual Hollywood Home Tour. This year is no exception, especially with 707 Cordova — pictured above — on the tour.

Of course, we’d love for you to experience this storybook Tudor cottage — as well as the other beautiful homes on this year’s tour — for free! Organizers with this annual fundraiser have generously given us two pairs of tickets to give away to our fans and readers, and we could not be more thrilled to give four lucky people the chance to see the amazing homes showcased on April 21-22. 

Now, if you don’t win, we hope you’ll still attend this year’s tour and the “Art in the Park” market at Lindsley Park on both Saturday and Sunday. Home tour passes $15 in advance (available online or at Curiousities Antiques in Lakewood) and $20 on the day of the tour.  There’s also a themed auction party on Friday, April 20, at the Dallas Arboretum. 

Ready to enter to win one of two pairs of passes to this weekend’s Hollywood Home Tour? Jump!

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The 2018 Hollywood Heights Home Tour

Don’t miss this adorable bungalow on the 2018 Hollywood Heights Home Tour!

“Never judge a book by its cover.” That adage applies to homes as well. This 1938 Hollywood Heights bungalow at 6915 Santa Monica Drive is an excellent example of why that saying is true. Although the façade has been painted, it doesn’t give a hint about what lies beyond the front door. That’s one of the reasons this amazing home is included in the 2018 Hollywood Heights Home Tour, coming up April 20-22.

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Hollywood Heights English TudorSeldom do you find a home that has been beautifully renovated, yet retains so many original details. Our Saturday Six Hundred is a Hollywood Heights English Tudor at 707 Cordova. It’s one of the best examples we have seen in many years of how to properly take a 1933 home into this century and yet honor the homes origins. (more…)

Mount Auburn

Gentrification is washing over Dallas like a wave. Neighborhoods that were once working class and affordable are vanishing faster than you can say “tear down.” One such neighborhood is directly behind me, so it has hit home (literally) in a big way. I have lived on Valencia Street in Hollywood Heights since 1990 and the Mount Auburn neighborhood starts at my back fence, and it’s changing by leaps and bounds.

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Splurge vs. Steal: Two Houses on the Same Street in Hollywood Heights | CandysDirt.com

Our “splurge” at 823 Clermont St. features a backyard oasis with covered patio and swimming pool.

Splurge vs, Steal is a new feature on CandysDirt.com. Every week, we look at two properties that offer something in common, but are miles apart in their asking price.  

As a protected conservation district, Hollywood Heights offers big personality and preserved architectural gems, many from before WWII. This vibrant East Dallas neighborhood is a friendly community of just over 930 homes with close proximity to White Rock Lake and access to the highly rated Lakewood Elementary, appealing to young families.  

Today, we’ve found two homes located just a block and a half apart in Hollywood Heights on Clermont Street. Built six years apart — 1930 and 1936 — they sit on a street lined with mature trees. Both are family homes, with three bedrooms, and a short walk to Samuell Grand Park. 

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Never before have I seen a Hollywood Heights Tudor hit the market that was so ripe for remodel. This home, perfectly situated in the neighborhood, was built in 1926 and has many original features. Already, renovation-minded buyers have their ears perked up. The benefit of having a mostly original home is that there hasn’t been a hodge-podge of dated work done — it’s a clean slate and ready for your vision.  While it certainly has potential for renovations, you can move right in and do them at your own pace. And the price is definitely right.
 

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 Remodeled Tudor

Our Saturday Eight Hundred is a Hollywood Heights remodeled Tudor at 823 Clermont Street that is absolute perfection. People love this neighborhood because it’s filled with charming homes built in the 1920s and 1930s. It has long been considered to have one of the largest collections of stone-embellished Tudor Revival cottages in America, and it’s one of the first Conservation Districts in Dallas. That means this neighborhood of 750 homes will remain intact, and no one can screw it up. It’s also my neighborhood, so I’m just ever-so-slightly biased. I’ve lived here since 1990, and as much as I love writing about all of our spectacular neighborhoods, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. (more…)