The Shields family will open their Heath home for Friday’s Heath Holiday Home Tour. (Courtesy Photo)

 
People who open their doors for home tours are the most saintly homeowners among us. It takes a lot of fortitude and a near obsessive compulsion for neatness to really make home tour hosting work, and we’re excited to see the incredible estates on tour for the upcoming Heath Holiday Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

Though sometimes there’s a story behind a home that you have to see to believe, like Sarah Shields’ impressive Heath home that was built on the lot of a home that burned to the ground. In fact, the ruins of the previous house were an eyesore to neighbors and nearby residents. That was, until Shields fell in love with Heath. The rest is history.

“The homeowner put the property up for sale and it sat there for several years as a vacant lot with a portion of the home remaining and the slab until we purchased it,” Shields said. “One day my husband and I were headed to East Texas and there was a wreck so we decided to cut through Heath. It never even crossed our mind to move there — I had barely heard of it.”
 
They drove past the property and Shields almost offhandedly remarked that it was a shame that the lot had gone unpurchased, as it could be a metaphorical phoenix rising from the ashes. “My husband, being supportive of my crazy ideas as he usually is, called the Realtor.”

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This home on Potomac features traditional architecture with midcentury flair. (Photos: Gittings)

From Staff Reports

Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association (ABPA) will host the 19th annual Homes for the Holidays Home Tour on Friday, Dec. 1. The tour will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. The tour will showcase four beautiful homes, allowing residents to have an inside look at some of the most striking homes in the Park Cities during the holiday season.

Look for a newly constructed contemporary French provincial on Versailles, a colorful contemporary traditional on San Carlos, a recently renovated historic home on Beverly, and a traditional Southern with midcentury modern decor on Potomac.

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This year’s Holdiay in the Highlands Home Tour features five great homes in Lake Highlands.

From Staff Reports

The Lake Highlands neighborhood in northeast Dallas is filled with charming, creative, and interesting architecture and home design, which is why the Lake Highlands Women’s League created the ‘Holiday in the Highlands’ Home Tour in 1970. This year, the annual home tour and luncheon is set for Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. The homes will be open for viewing from 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. and the luncheon will be served at the Highland Oaks Church of Christ from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Keep reading for a chance to win tickets to this great home tour!
 
The homes on the tour this year are:

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Ward House (2004) on Farquhar Lane – Patron Tour House sponsored by Becky Frey Real Estate Group (Photos: Charles Davis Smith, AIA)

By Donovan Westover
Special Contributor

We are honored to attribute an entire Preservation Dallas home tour to Frank Welch on October 28.  I was fortunate to meet Frank many many moons ago and develop an alliance with him, as everybody in his life did.  What’s not to like?  He was intriguing, he did not pass up a drink, he had linguistic flair (he cussed, like me) and I enjoyed his colorful observations.  In his later years, I recollect shuttling him around for a project when Frank dropped another classic:

“I have the worst vision, but I can tell you that house is Goddamn ugly.”

Linguistic.

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1545 W. Colorado Blvd. is a stunning Hutsell-designed home with beautiful curves and tons of history.

The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League has always had a mouthful of a name, which was even more cumbersome as an acronym — OOCCL. But that’s all in the past now, as the organization seeks to focus on the area’s heritage — Heritage Oak Cliff, to be exact.

This year’s historic home tour will show off the architectural diversity of Oak Cliff on Oct. 21 and 22, from noon to 6 p.m. both days. Tickets can be purchased through the website (which is still ooccl.org for now) as well as  Kessler Baking Studio, Lucky Dog Books or at participating Tom Thumbs (315 S Hampton, 6333 Mockingbird, 522 Preston Royal Center, and 633 W. Wheatland in Duncanville).

Read on to preview this year’s tour homes, which includes the impeccably restored Hutsell-designed mansion perched on a hill at 1545 W. Colorado Blvd.

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Ready to flex your mental muscle and win a pair of tickets to this weekend’s fabulous home tour? Just answer this trivia question and they’re yours.

Question: Who were the architects for Highland Park Village?

The first two correct answers in the comments section will each receive a pair of tickets, courtesy of the Park Cities Historic Preservation Society. You must use a valid email when leaving a comment. Good luck!

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It’s practically an institution in Dallas, an event that brings together families to enjoy one of the city’s favorite neighborhoods. Of course, I’m talking about the Swiss Avenue Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour, which is a two-day event on Mother’s Day Weekend (May 7-8) with a jazz brunch, an art fair, a free speaker series at the Aldredge House, and plenty of time to stroll down the picturesque streets of this standard-bearing neighborhood. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. Brunch is $25 per person.

This year’s tour features some phenomenal homes that really speak to the diversity of architecture in the neighborhood. Not only can you enjoy the classic Prairie-style and Arts & Crafts architecture for which the neighborhood is known, but this year’s tour includes stops at a fabulous Dutch colonial revival and a stand-out two-story manor.

While we can easily fall in love with just about every home in the area, we have a soft spot for 4937 Swiss Avenue, which is owned by Lee and Bryan Jones. This home has gone through such a thoughtful and tremendous restoration that you just have to see to believe! We caught up with the homeowners to see how they’re getting ready for this annual spectacle, and what tour goers have to look forward to when scoping their lovely abode!

Stay tuned to the blog next week as we will be giving away tickets to this fabulous event!

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Kelly and Tom Hoffmann pic

Everyone I’ve chatted with about this year’s Hollywood Home Tour is tremendously excited about getting a peek inside that cute little blue cottage in Hollywood Heights. If you need reminding, you obviously haven’t been paying attention. Let me help you with that:

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Photos: Kim Leeson

I know, right? Too cute for words. That’s Kelly and Tom Hoffmann’s sweet little abode on Santa Monica, and if you think it’s adorable from the street, just wait until you see inside!

Now, if you want to get a closer look, just go ahead and snag your tickets to the 25th annual Hollywood Home Tour, which is set for April 30-May 1. They’re only $15 and available at Curiosities at Abrams and Gaston or at Lindsley Park on the day of the tour.

Additionally, there’s an auction party 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Dallas Arboretum. Enjoy food, drinks, live music, and the opportunity to bid on a fantastic collection of locally sourced items all while overlooking White Rock Lake and the Dallas skyline. Tickets for the party are $65 until Wednesday, April 20, and $75 from April 21 to 25. Reserved tables for 10 are available for $600. Don’t miss out — buy your tickets here.

Take a break from the home tour on Sunday for the free, family-friendly Hollywood Art in the Park in Lindsley Park from noon to 5 p.m. Art in the Park will feature local and regional artists and artisans offering an assortment of art and handmade goods. The event will also feature food trucks, children’s activities, and performances by local musicians.

Jump to find out more about Kelly and Tom and their super sweet Santa Monica home!

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