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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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…)

514 Blair Boulevard is currently listed by Heather Van Curen of the Will Woods Team at Magnolia Realty for $415,000.

A little franken-tastic fun never hurt anyone. Experience Halloween like never before from this historic Hollywood Heights gem! It’s located minutes from the Santa Fe Trail, Lakewood Country Club, White Rock Lake, and puts you right in the middle of all the Halloween action.

In fact, Hollywood Heights resident Renee Strickland tells us:

“On Sunday afternoon, Hollywood Heights hosts the annual Spooktacular Halloween party in Lindsley Park, with a chili cook-off, cake walk, costume contests for kids and dogs, and fun games, like the severed head toss. On Halloween itself, we get a good number of trick-or-treaters because our houses are smaller and therefore closer together, which makes it easy for little legs. Probably about 350 to 500.” 

Sounds like a howling good time to us! Let’s take a look inside and see why this bewitching beauty is the perfect Friday Four Hundred.

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Hollywood Heights

Photos by Shoot2Sell

It’s not every day you find an adorable yet sexy Hollywood Heights home smack dab in one of what many consider to be the neighborhood’s best blocks. Add the news that it’s in the Lakewood Elementary attendance zone, and suddenly your ears perk up.

So, of course, we immediately fired off an email to Realtor Joe Kacynski of David Bush Realtors to find out about his new hip pocket at 6918 Hammond Ave., right in the infamous “Hammond Cheese Society,” a group of neighbors who are responsible for the bustling social life present on the street, and in the neighborhood.

“This amazing home is over 2,020 square feet, with an additional 400 square feet of quarters over the garage,” Kacynski said, adding that “6918 Hammond is one of the exemplary homes in Hollywood Heights.”

And it’s a home that has been featured twice on the Hollywood Heights/Santa Monica Home Tour and has been written about in several publications (including ours, where the home was a Friday Five Hundred in 2013). (more…)

A little south of White Rock Lake, the Hollywood Heights neighborhood is a conservation district full of 1920’s Tudor-style houses. The appeal is enormous to homebuyers, and families love that the area is in the attendance zone for the beloved and award-winning Lakewood Elementary. 

Our Splurge vs Steal this week takes us to Hollywood Heights to look at two Tudors. Which one is your favorite? 

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