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As I drove down the street last week, my jaw dropped, and I grabbed the cell phone to call Dallas City Center Realtor Britt Lopez. I was stunned because this gorgeous, two-story Hollywood Heights Tudor at 522 Monte Vista has only had two owners since I moved here 27 years ago. It was both sad and exciting to see the “Coming Soon” sign — sad to lose great neighbors, but so exciting to see what the present owners have done to this 1934 beauty.

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Hollywood Home Tour 2017 photos courtesy of Kim Leeson

Home Tour season is upon us. From my vantage point, nobody does it better than Hollywood, and I don’t mean Los Angeles.

I’m a bit biased as I’ve lived in Hollywood Heights since the beginning of the tour’s 26-year history. Having been involved, I can attest to the fact that organizing a home tour is a daunting operation. It takes patience, persistence, and problem solving and you have to love your neighborhood. Fortunately, you can’t find a tighter-knit group of neighbors than those in Hollywood Heights.

This year, five unique historic homes are on tour — from a two-story Tudor, complete with original blueprints to the remarkable renovation we’re sharing today at 1014 Clermont.

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Hollywood Heights is known for its quaint Tudors and traditionals. The whole neighborhood is full of head-turning American interpretations of classical architectural styles, but there’s something to be said for an understated traditional.

And as it turns out, there’s one such traditional available in the neighborhood, listed by East Dallas Real Estate‘s own Britt Lopez. Though many homes in the neighborhood were built in the 1920s and 30s, this home was constructed in 1956 with a Post War traditional floor plan.

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Secluded Hollywood Heights Tudor facade.ashxLooking for a Hollywood Heights Tudor is like searching for a needle in a haystack. At this very moment, there are exactly two listing available in this coveted neighborhood.

However, if you’re searching for a Tudor here you’re in luck, because one just hit the market. Although 1115 Sarasota Circle was built in 2001 and not 1920, it has all the earmarks of the era that buyers love.

The builder did a great job of creating a façade that truly blends into the neighborhood. You really do a double-take to notice it’s not a vintage home. It also has a guest house and sits on a double lot — practically unheard of here. (more…)

914 Cordova extIf living in the South of France is not an option for you, we’ve found the next best thing. Our Friday Four Hundred is a truly stunning Hollywood Heights Tudor cottage, at 914 Cordova, that will make you think you’ve slipped into a designers Provencal farmhouse the moment you cross the threshold.

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I pass by this gorgeous, gigantic, classic Tudor at 622 Newell Avenue almost every evening as I walk the dogs. Two years ago I did a staging consultation with the sellers and Cassie Evans wrote about it for the blog, so I was surprised to see it back on the market this week.

You see, people tend to never leave Hollywood Heights. They move, but they move within the neighborhood. For example, both of the neighbors across the street from me have moved to larger homes in the neighborhood. And both of their homes sold within 30 days. A house on Monte Vista listed Saturday and went to contract Monday. This is reflective of what’s happening in general with real estate in our market, but Hollywood Heights, specifically, is hotter than ever. (more…)

The old soul Victorian at 4317 Worth St. is Kristen

The old soul Victorian at 4317 Worth St. is Kristen Martin’s third “flip” all of her own in Dallas.

When some people look at an old house in disrepair, all they see are its problems. But for one Dallas Realtor, old Dallas homes are all about possibility, instead.

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Realtor Kristen Martin in front of the Victorian she renovated in Old East Dallas.

Kristen Martin says she’s a kindred soul with old houses, getting to know them, even naming them as she restores, repairs, and renovates them to a state even better than what they were originally.

She’s a Realtor with The Michael Group, and she’s passionate about real estate. But the properties that truly inspire her are the ones she’s buying and flipping.

A few weeks ago, we featured her old soul Victorian flip at 4317 Worth St. in our CandysDirt.com Dallas open house roundup. It is sensational! We had to know more about this woman who can make old houses sing again.

“I go in the houses and just feel them out—[the house on Worth Street] was a mess but I got it flowing well because I talked to the house and it talked back to me,” Martin said. “I have renovated three in the last year and before that, I had done three with other people.”

She wears rose-colored glasses, because all of her flips have been messes when she found them. The Worth Street house, which she purchased in April, was built in 1903 and was a little more than “rough around the edges.” The foundation, plumbing, electric, carpet, and parquet were all bad and needed replacement. The kitchen was a gut. It needed an HVAC. Cosmetically, it wasn’t much to look at, either, with an 80’s vibe going strong.

But Martin saw past all that.

“I had a feeling when I walked into it—the fireplaces and windows and wraparound porch—my jaw dropped,” she said. “I’m ahead of my time in that neighborhood because the area hasn’t made a whole revival. It’s coming back around but throughout the years, everybody has just looked at Swiss Avenue and Junius Heights [nearby].”

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904 Clermont

Hollywood Heights is one of those picturesque neighborhoods filmmakers love. It’s quaint, charming, and has a unique character. The vast majority of homes were built in the 1920s and ‘30s in a variety of styles, from Spanish eclectic to Craftsman, but the most coveted are the classic Tudor homes. In fact, speculation runs high that it has the largest collection of stone-embellished Tudor cottages in America. Finding one is tricky enough, as once people move in, they stay a good long while. Finding one that’s been fully renovated and for sale is a dream come true. Our Saturday Six Hundred at 904 Clermont is just that. It’s listed by Jim Costello with Costello & Associates.

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