home tourWe’ve been giving you all kinds of reasons to buy your tickets for the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association’s “Homes for the Holidays” home tour this Friday, but maybe you still haven’t purchased your tickets (a little birdie told me, by the way, that you can still get advance tickets online through Wednesday).

We’ve shown you the houses and highlighted all the good things the home tour does for public education in Highland Park ISD, and we’ve introduced you to a family whose home is featured on the tour.

This year’s co-chairs are Chelsey Baker, Nina Sachse, and Jane Wallingford. This year’s tour is Friday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Want to purchase tickets? Click here for more information.

But for once, your procrastination may pay off, because we have two tickets to give away for the home tour. Want to know how to win? Jump with me, won’t you? (more…)

Home tour

The Simpton family’s year-old home on University Boulevard is one of the homes featured on the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association’s “Homes for the Holidays” home tour, which is Dec. 7. (Photo courtesy Gittings)

Stephen and Abby Simpton’s home on University Boulevard, which is one of the homes in this year’s Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association’s “Homes for the Holidays” home tour,  is the seventh home the couple has built.

Abby, you see, really loves building homes. When they moved to San Antonio to Dallas, they began looking for the site for their next family home, and found it — with a 1951 cottage in poor condition sitting on it.

“We moved to Dallas about four years ago,” Abby said. They bought the lot while they were living in a townhome at first, and then moved into the home briefly while plans were being drawn for their new house. “Then we moved to a rental home in the Disney Streets while it was being built,” she said. “It took about 10 months to complete, so we were really pleased with the timeframe.”

The Simptons are a family of six — Stephen and Abby have four children: Luke, 17; Emma, 15; Julia, 14; and Anna Grace, 10.

But don’t expect the home you tour next month to be the Simpton’s final foray into the wide world of home building — Abby has plans for more.

“For 13 years, we owned and ran dental practices, and I spent a lot of time downstairs on my computer doing that. but now that we’ve sold them all, I get to do more of what i want to do — which is build houses,” Abby said. “In fact, we’ve started another project down the street with Ellen and Rob Grasso (of Ellen Grasso & Sons, who also built this home) — we’re building another home on University, and we’ve got that lot cleared, and the foundation framed.”

And from the 13” tall baseboards, the screened back porch, the 7” wide-plank white oak floors, and the shiplap and trim work throughout the home, you can immediately detect the theme the Simptons were going for — Southern Coastal.

Photo courtesy Katie Nixon

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home tourBuying a ticket for the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association’s Homes for the Holidays home tour  is not only a chance to tour some of the most beautiful homes in Highland Park ISD, it’s also a chance to support things like kindergarten Spanish program, instructional materials, books, teacher workshops and more with every step you take through the gorgeously decorated homes.

And it stands to reason that since the tour is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the annual event has also become one of the must-dos of Dallas, just like the Trains at NorthPark, lighting the tree, and queuing up for Santa.

But for the initiated, the ABPA is a nonprofit that supports current and future families of Armstrong and Bradfield elementary schools, through social, community outreach, and fundraising programs. That fundraising supports the kindergarten and first-grade classes at the two schools.

More than 400 member families take part in the association, too. And the ABPA Home for the Holidays Home Tour is the main fundraiser — 97 percent of all the money raised goes to the two schools.

Last year’s tour raised $75,000 for kindergarten and first-grade classes at both schools, with half the funds going to support the kindergarten Spanish program at Armstrong, and the other half purchasing instructional materials, books, technology, math manipulatives and teacher workshops for Bradfield.

This year’s co-chairs are Chelsey Baker, Nina Sachse, and Jane Wallingford. This year’s tour is Friday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. 

This year five amazing homes have been chosen for the tour, and we’re going to give you teeny sneak peeks at four of them, and a bigger look at another one (and the family that lives there), next week. Ready?
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Junius Heights

The historic Junius Heights Church is just one stop on the Junius Heights Historic District’s Home Tour, which will be held Sunday Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 180 acres that make up the Junius Heights Historic District are rife with brick and mortar exemplars of Dallas history — and its annual home tour is always popular because of that. This year’s tour, which will be held next weekend, is no exception.

The tour will boast two homes that are on the National Register of Historic Places, a former hippie commune, a church, and a busy arts and crafts fair for anyone looking to get a jump on their holiday shopping by supporting local artists. The tour will be held Sunday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (more…)

Photo: Carolyn Brown

By Donovan Westover
Special Contributor

When I began working with Dilbeck connoisseurs Willis Winters and Jann Patterson Mackey on house selection for Preservation Dallas’ October 27th Fall Architectural Tour – Charles Dilbeck In Dallas, they stressed the need for us to feature a Cochran Heights home.  The neighborhood recently received a Texas Historical Commission marker recognizing it as a significant part of Texas history, based upon the numerous Dilbeck designed houses in the neighborhood.

 

Photo: Carolyn Brown

The entire neighborhood is fun and peculiar to immerse in, and the house we focused on is a super intact library of Dilbeck’s quirk.  So much so that the house still has the 1936 kitchen and bathroom!  While it may be the tour’s most modest Dilbeck house, it delivers a powerful punch.  The current stewards have taken incredible care of this little gem as only the third owners, and I can hear the cameras clicking away to capture all the surprising details.

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Photograph courtesy of Dallas Fire Department

By Donovan Westover
Special Contributor

My heart sank when I learned my favorite Charles Dilbeck-designed house had burned to the ground.  An exterior appliance started the 2016 blaze, which quickly spread throughout the 9,000-square-foot house replete with acres of 55-year-old wood shingles, wood siding, and wood ornamentation.  I was super sad for the loss to the family, as well as saddened for the loss of such a significant home … albeit not to a bulldozer, this time.

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Fall home tour season approaches, and we here at CandysDirt.com can’t wait to show you all of the wonderful events showcasing the diverse and exceptional architectural palette this city offers! First up is the reveal of the 2018 Heritage Oak Cliff Home Tour stops!

On Sept. 10, Heritage Oak Cliff’s members and guests will get a first look at the nine beautiful homes selected for this year’s tour. The reveal party is planned for 6:30 p.m. at the Bishop Arts Theater (215 S. Tyler).

“There will be light refreshments from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and then the ‘reveal’ will be from 7 to 8 p.m.” said tour chair Stan Aten. “This year the tour includes nine homes with a wide variety of architectural styles.  The oldest home on the tour was built in 1909 and the newest home was built in 2015.”

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707 Cordova is a storybook Tudor on this year’s Hollywood Home Tour.

You know that Hollywood Heights is flush with some of the cutest cottages in all of Dallas. Thanks to the neighborhood’s well-thought-out conservation overlay, the homes in this popular East Dallas enclave still retain the charm of bygone eras. And your best bet to get an eyeful of that charm is attending the annual Hollywood Home Tour. This year is no exception, especially with 707 Cordova — pictured above — on the tour.

Of course, we’d love for you to experience this storybook Tudor cottage — as well as the other beautiful homes on this year’s tour — for free! Organizers with this annual fundraiser have generously given us two pairs of tickets to give away to our fans and readers, and we could not be more thrilled to give four lucky people the chance to see the amazing homes showcased on April 21-22. 

Now, if you don’t win, we hope you’ll still attend this year’s tour and the “Art in the Park” market at Lindsley Park on both Saturday and Sunday. Home tour passes $15 in advance (available online or at Curiousities Antiques in Lakewood) and $20 on the day of the tour.  There’s also a themed auction party on Friday, April 20, at the Dallas Arboretum. 

Ready to enter to win one of two pairs of passes to this weekend’s Hollywood Home Tour? Jump!

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