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Heritage Oak Cliff announced the 10 homes that will make up the 2019 home tour on Monday evening. (Photo courtesy Heritage Oak Cliff)

After 44 years, Heritage Oak Cliff knows how to gin up some excitement for a 45th home tour — you have a party to debut the latest 10 homes to join the ranks, and celebrate that there are 10 more homes from diverse neighborhoods to showcase in a city that can be a bit bulldozer-friendly.

And that’s just what HOC did Monday, announcing the 10 homes that will become the 45th home tour, which will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. October 19 and 20. Ticket prices are $15 to $20.

This year’s 10 homes showcase a variety of architectural styles. Check out this year’s homes on our handy interactive map: (more…)

From staff reports

Ask anyone who has been in Dallas for a while and they’ll tell you: If you’re a fan of home tours, the one hosted by Heritage Oak Cliff — the longest-running one in the city — should be on your list.

And the organization just announced the dates for its 45th home tour, which will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. October 19 and 20th.  (more…)

Photo: Rick Davis/Flux Media

Back at the turn of the millennium, the City of Dallas adopted our time-of-day watering restrictions in an effort to curb the incredible amount of water that irrigates Dallas lawns and landscapes. Since 2001, through education and smart watering restrictions, Dallas has conserved 398 billion gallons of water, cutting gallons per capita per day consumption by 30 percent. However, there’s still room for improvement, and the 25th annual City of Dallas Water Utilities Water Wise Landscape Tour is just the kind of inspiration we need to make better choices for our homes and Dallas’ future. 

Conserving water by smart landscaping has come a long day since the era of gravel, yucca, and cactus. Not all water-wise landscapes have to look like a desert! Do you have a landscape that looks incredible without requiring a big gulp of water when the temperatures climb? Have you installed rainwater recapture systems to keep your grass green without draining Lake Lavon? Want to show it off? Find out how to submit your home for the 25th annual Water Wise Landscape Tour now. The deadline to submit is Aug. 9!

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waxahachieWe’ve told you all about the fantastic Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes in Waxahachie. In its 51st year, one could say that the tour of Waxahachie’s historic homes is a must-do for any Texan — newly minted or born here.

Tourgoers can check out Queen Anne Victorian, Gothic Revival, Bungalow, Romanesque, and Greek Revival styles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, as well as public tours of the historic Ellis County Courthouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday only during Gingerbread Trail tour.

Located off Interstate 35, Waxahachie is only 35 minutes south of Dallas and Fort Worth.

And one lucky CandysDirt.com reader will win tickets to this home tour — keep reading for more! (more…)

By Nikki Lott
Special Contributor

This Mother’s Day, buy flowers, do brunch, and then head to the 37th Annual Fairmount Historic Home Tour. Travel back in time and ooh and aah over all the incredible details like exposed beams, overhanging eaves and romantic wrap around porches.

There once was a time when we went outside, meet our neighbors and … talked. CAN YOU IMAGINE? Back then, you needed neighbors to get all the hot goss and a cup of sugar. Well, maybe that detail hasn’t changed as much, but over the years the architecture and craftsmanship certainly have.

Along the tour, you’ll see delicately restored bungalows, a few new old homes (INTRIGUING) and one home that’s in transition. A chance to see the progress in person? Yes, please.

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The 2019 Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour will offer an inside look at the architecture of the grand estates lining Swiss Avenue. (Courtesy Photos)

The Annual Swiss Avenue Historic District Home Tour – commonly called the Annual Mother’s Day Home Tour – is the matriarch of all home tours in Dallas, and rightly so. Swiss Avenue Historic District (SAHD) was Dallas’ first historic district, and Swiss Avenue was the city’s earliest grand neighborhood.

In addition to its designation as an official Dallas Landmark District, Swiss Avenue is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On the regional level, it is the finest example of an early 20th century neighborhood in the Southwest according to the SAHD. The eclectic mix of architectural styles run the gamut from Mediterranean, Spanish, Spanish Revival, Georgian, and Mission to Prairie, Craftsman, Neoclassical, Italian Renaissance, Tudor, and Colonial Revival.


This year’s tour will showcase five of the era’s most popular styles, including a romantic Spanish Revival; an Italianate Mediterranean Villa; a pristine Mission Revival; a Prairie Foursquare with unique Georgian influences; and a Progressive-Style Prairie Foursquare.

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Jack and Kate LaGere found exactly what they wanted when they least expected it. The couple wasn’t intentionally house hunting when they drove by 3524 Saint Johns Drive and spotted the For Sale sign. But after several subsequent walk-throughs and exploring every nook and cranny, the LaGeres knew the 1928 Tudor was a perfect fit with their family and historic vision.

Since Jack and Kate had three small children, they wanted to live within a safe walking distance to an elementary school and playground. Armstrong Elementary is not only across the street from the historic home, the school is Kate’s old alma mater. The house is likewise located on a large corner lot at St. Johns and Byron, which contained plenty of yard space for the active kids to practice sports and play outdoors.

The LaGeres had envisioned finding a classic home they could redesign while preserving its history. The Tudor had endless possibilities.

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This beautiful fieldstone Tudor at 3615 Cornell will be on this year’s Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society home tour. (Courtesy Photo)

April is event month for the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS). Whether you’re a history buff, an architectural aficionado, a real estate junkie, or a classic and antique car enthusiast, you’ll find plenty of reasons to put Park Cities on your April calendar.

The Distinguished Speaker Luncheon kicks off the iconic annual events on Wednesday April 10, at Brook Hollow Golf Club where CandysDirt.com founder and publisher Candy Evans will be the keynote speaker.

Individual tickets start at $150 each and $300 each for Patron seating. Sponsorships and table underwriting range from $1,500 to $10,000. Tickets are available at www.pchps.org.

Proceeds from the 2019 Luncheon will be used to help preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PCHPS archives at the University Park Library, fund the Society’s landmarking initiatives, and award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors who plan to study architecture or history.

Slated for Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Historic Park Cities Home Tour is the perfect opportunity to get an inside view of some of the most beautiful early 20th century homes in the Dallas area. From landmark architecture, exquisite style, and immaculately-landscaped grounds, you’ll have an awe-inspiring adventure and leave with plenty of design ideas.

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