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Hollywood Heights is pretty darned hot. It’s always been a sought after neighborhood, but we’ve never seen it quite as on fire as it is now. Maybe it’s the fact there are great original homes, owners that remodel with extreme care, builders that have to follow conservation district guidelines, and great Lakewood schools. Of course for those in the know there’s the Newellian Easter parade, Liz Simmon’s Halloween haunted front yard, and Clydesdale drawn wagons filled with carolers at Christmas. If you want to jump into a neighborhood where a McMansion cannot go in next door and the fun factor is built right in, we have just the house. Britt Lopez has 522 Monte Vista listed for $550,00. Built in 1934, it’s 2,468 square feet of fabulous Tudor charm.

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Hollywood Heights TudorAcross America from around 1890 to 1940, European-trained architects helped create a homebuilding trend influenced by Old World styles. These people brought the eclectic, asymmetrical Tudor revival style to the U.S.

In Dallas, there are several pockets of these beautiful solid masonry homes, with steeply pitched gable roofs, elaborate decorative stone and brickwork, and oversized fireplaces. One of the largest is in the Hollywood Heights/Santa Monica area of East Dallas. (Yes, we visited this neighborhood last week, and this listing is only block over, but this Tudor is too good not to mention today!)410 Valencia AToday’s Thursday Three Hundred at 410 Valencia St. was built in 1939, and is large for its era at 1,964 square feet. That extra space comes from walling in the sunroom and creating the master suite. This is a slightly unorthodox move, but it added a couple of hundred extra square feet and another bathroom, taking this from a 2-1 to a 3-2, a big difference for the residents and potential asking price.

From the street, you can see the leaded glass windows, just to the left of the porch, the arch of which is framed with decorative stonework. Mature shade trees and lovely architectural details, like the three steep gables in the roofline, create a welcoming vibe.

This house is newly listed as of Oct. 9 by David Bush of David Bush Realtors for $399,000.

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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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Stacey Warnix in front of her Hollywood Heights home on Hammond Avenue. (Photo: Jo England)

Stacey Warnix in front of her Hollywood Heights home on Hammond Avenue. You can tour this beautifully remodeled home as well as many other exceptional Tudors in the neighborhood during this weekend’s home tour. (Photo: Jo England)

We’ve been profiling the incredibly dedicated homeowners on this year’s Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association Home Tour each week. You can read our profile of interior designer Emily Larkin who owns the Tudor at 707 Cordova, renovation fanatic Stacey Warnix and her beautiful remodeled Tudor on Hammond, and the lovely Caitlin and Tyler Faubion and their gorgeous cottage on Patricia. Hopefully you’ve been following along and are tremendously excited about the April 25-26 home tour. Maybe you already stopped by Curiosities and bought your tickets to this popular home tour. I mean, they’re only $15 a piece and support vital programming at neighborhood schools. Or perhaps you scored your passes online and registered for the silent auction fundraiser at the Dallas Arboretum on Friday, April 24.

But if you’ve waited until now to purchase your passes, CandysDirt.com has an opportunity for you to win a pair! Jump to find out more!

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Tyler and Caitlin Faubion with their Vizsla John Wayne outside their Patricia Ave. Tudor. The Faubions have opened their homes for the annual Hollywood Santa Monica home tour, which benefits local schools. (Photo: Jo England)

Caitlin and Tyler Faubion fell in love with the potential inside their Hollywood Heights Tudor on Patricia. Right when they walked in the front door they could imagine open spaces, a lovely updated kitchen, and a sunroom that brought in the beauty of the outdoors.

There are so many wonderful touches in this home that make it feel absolutely classic, like those mahogany French doors and windows hewn by a close relative of the Faubions, as well as the subtly elegant details like crystal chandeliers and perfectly refinished hardwood floors. And while this home clocks in at about 1,260 square feet, the openness that allows you to easily navigate the common areas of the house make it feel much larger.

This will definitely be a popular property on this year’s Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association Home Tour, so don’t wait to buy your tickets and show your support of this active historic conservation district in East Dallas! You can purchase your tickets to the April 25-26 home tour online, as well as register for the silent auction on April 24 hosted by the Dallas Arboretum.

Jump for more on the Faubions and their fabulous home!

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Be forewarned: This is one of those homes that you’re going to want to look at with the doors closed, because you may make some interesting noises as you scroll through these pictures. Turn off your phone and close all of your other windows, too, because this beautiful Spanish bungalow in Hollywood Heights deserves your undivided attention.

Another fabulous listing from David Bush Realtor Joe Kacynski, this is a lovely little number on a corner lot with expert landscaping and oodles of curb appeal. It’s not yet on the market, but hey, you can still look, right? Jump to find out more!

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Britt Lopez has done it again. She’s scored an amazing listing in one of East Dallas’ most sought-after neighborhoods. Not only that, this is one of the coolest little storybook Tudors at 710 Monte Vista Dr., with a great front porch and fantastic interiors. It’s also inside the Lakewood Elementary attendance area, a total bonus!

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There were three major home tours this weekend, including the Turtle Creek Home Tour, the Hollywood Heights Home Tour, and the White Rock Home Tour. Each tour had a different flavor that all architecture and design lovers will enjoy. If you loved modern homes, then White Rock was for you. Love luxury highrises? You had to hit up the Turtle Creek Home Tour. Need an injection of storybook Tudors and traditionals? Nowhere better than Hollywood Heights last weekend.

So, which one did you go to? What house really struck your fancy? And did you make any memories? Comment below!