Check out these two fabulous listings in Hollywood Heights on the best blocks in the neighborhood! Each home offers stylish interiors, historic details, and outdoor areas to entertain all summer long. But which is more you, the Tudor Splurge or the Cottage Steal? Let us know in the comments.

Splurge: Hollywood Heights Tudor On Desirable Block For $599K

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Last week Joe Kacynski joined Allie Beth Allman & Associates after more than nine years with a boutique brand.

“I really didn’t want to leave where I was but they (Allie Beth Allman) just offer so much that will help me grow my business,” he said. “They also have great name recognition in the area that many of my clients are moving to.”

Kacynski’s specialty has been historic homes in East Dallas, particularly the Hollywood Heights neighborhood he’s called home for the better part of two decades.  A Los Angeles native whose job and family brought him to Texas, he initially didn’t know what to make of Dallas. Then he discovered a Spanish-style house that reminded him of home, in a neighborhood with its own distinct vibe.

“My agent never even mentioned Hollywood Heights or Lakewood. It was a very niche market back then,” he recalls. “I found East Dallas just driving around one day by myself.”

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930 Valencia

How does a four-day weekend of partying sound? Get ready because the legendary Hollywood Heights Home Tour is changing a few things up, and pulling out all the stops this year.

Hollywood Heights is an eclectic East Dallas conservation district neighborhood. It is well known for having one of the largest collections of stone-embellished Tudor Revival homes in America. You’ll also find plenty of Spanish and French Eclectic, Minimal Traditional, Craftsman, and Monterrey style homes. There are even and two Flat-Roofed Pueblo Revival style houses.

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Our Splurge: Marlene Jaffe of Dave Perry-Miller Preston Centerhas listed 707 Clermont Street for $659,000.

Hollywood Heights is always a good idea. Especially when it comes to real estate. With historic neighborhood charms, close proximity to White Rock Lake, and access to desirable Lakewood Elementary, Hollywood Heights is the epitome of exceptional Dallas living – and it’s a great value to boot!

In this week’s Splurge vs. Steal, we zero in on two fantastic Tudors, each with prime locations and impressive architecture but price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose?

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Blake Damron with Clay Stapp + Co has listed 430 Valencia Street for $540,000.

Billed as a “classic Tudor with a cool factor” we can’t help but fall hard for this Hollywood Heights gem! For those who adore a stylish mix of old and new, this two-bedroom, two-full-bathroom charmer does not disappoint. In fact, it’s everything you’ve dreamed and more! Prepare to gush over sleek modern updates and quintessential Tudor character, all wrapped up with a bow in historic Hollywood Heights.

Eye-Catching Curb Appeal

From the outside this Tudor stands tall with gorgeous curb appeal. We can’t get enough of that bricked facade draped in a delicate blanket of ivy. And the front porch marked by elegant archways is die for!

“The owner of this home (Adam Jones) is an architect who has specialized in historic preservation and it’s evident that he poured his heart, soul, and professional talent into bringing this charming Tudor back to life,” says listing agent Blake Damron with Clay Stapp + Co. “Historic elements, modern updates, and eclectic furnishings give the home a unique personality.”

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When you imagine hanging your stockings with care, what does that fireplace look like? Is it a couple of cute little socks next to yours and your partner’s? If so, we have the perfect mantle attached to the perfect Hollywood Heights Tudor for you and your tiny-stockinged charges. It’s our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. 

As listing agent Phillip Murrell tells us, 919 Valencia is an absolute stand out in Hollywood Heights, which is one of our very favorite neighborhoods in East Dallas. The whole area is just swimming in adorable brick-and-stone Tudor architecture, and is a historic conservation district, which means that the adorable feel you fell in love with when you first moved in will be there long after you move out.

Our High Caliber Home of the Week is an adorable Hollywood Heights Tudor on a corner lot on one of the most adorable streets in the neighborhood.

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mistletoeOur Saturday Six Hundred for this week was an obvious choice — and not just because it happens to sit on Mistletoe Drive in historic Hollywood Heights-Santa Monica neighborhood.

It’s also because it’s a charming Tudor that has only been on the market two times in its history — which is remarkable because it was built in 1935. It’s also a home that could be a really great property if someone with the right vision came in.

First, the positives of this home — beautiful hardwoods throughout, original features like beams, wooden ceilings, light fixtures, and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace make this home at 6919 Mistletoe Dr. a home filled with character. Many of the windows, in fact, still possess their original hand-blown glass.

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10-minute

The Farmers Branch Historical Park is home to numerous events year-round, including a vintage baseball tournament in the Spring (photo courtesy city of Farmers Branch).

Is your home a 10-minute (or less) walk from a park? One-third of Americans have a much longer trek than that to get to their nearest park, according to research by the National Recreation and Park Association, Urban Land Institute and, The Trust for Public Land.

Recently, Rachel Banner, a senior program manager at the NRPA, wrote a piece for the National Association of Realtors’ Spaces to Places blog about a year-long initiative to make more public spaces and parks available — within a 10-minute walk from every person.

Banner also talks about the Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, which revealed that while residential and commercial developers may create amenities within their buildings or spaces, that’s not necessarily what creates a lifelong resident of a city.

“The report talks a lot about the growing demand for amenities in both office and residential development.  In the discussion about the report Owen Thomas, CEO of Boston Properties also remarked that while each year a new set of cities may be pegged for growth, we must look at how long those cities will remain “hot spots” and the places people stay long-term,” Ballard said. “While including amenities within a building may initially attract owners or tenants, it is the amenities outside of the building open to all that will get them to stay.” (more…)