[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Karen: One of my favorite posts from 2018 is this Kessler Woods contemporary. Not much more lights my fire than when I score a combo platter of historic inspiration, a cool neighborhood and excellent architecture. This Inwood Home of the Week was inspired by the Case Study House Program in Los Angeles, and there is nothing like it anywhere in Dallas. 

Kessler Woods is one of those neighborhoods that makes your heart beat just a little faster. A gated community of modern homes set into a hillside, right next to a nature preserve is not what you expect to find in Dallas. And we seldom expect to find homes like this one at 715 Kessler Woods Trail for sale, so you are in luck! Our Inwood Home of the Week is a Kessler Woods contemporary that is an architectural dream. (more…)

Nestled among towering pecan trees, one Lakewood home feels like a treehouse, offering midcentury style, gracious living, and celebrity owners who personally helped design it. 

This week’s Inwood Home of the Week, sponsored by Inwood National Bank, is at 7128 Wildgrove Ave., a stone’s throw from the southwestern shores of White Rock Lake. Owners Tim DeLaughter and Julie Doyle are musicians and co-founders of Polyphonic Spree, as well as owners of hip East Dallas joint Lounge Here and local faves Good Records and Good Pagoda. 

When they built this house in 2006, it was the first of its kind in the neighborhood. DeLaughter and Doyle were sensitive to that and worked with many of the materials of the existing midcentury house, from re-using the original foundation and bricks, to featuring its Roman brick fireplace and colorful porcelain sinks inside. The couple worked hand-in-hand with architects and designers at W2 Studio in downtown Dallas. 

“This was our ideal home — we were into contemporary design and if we maintained [aspects of the] design of the original home, we thought we could fit in the neighborhood,” said DeLaughter. “We were fans of [W2’s] work prior to this and we contacted them because we were going to need a home with more square footage.” 

The pink brick and tropical pine cladding contrast pleasingly with towering pecan trees and lush landscaping — the aesthetic is both sleek and organic.

The main house has 2,712 square feet on two stories and a studio offers an additional 432 square feet, totaling 3,144 square feet of living space. A central courtyard features a steel catwalk connecting the two spaces and moving between stories, DeLaughter’s idea. 

“There’s a massive pecan tree in the center of what is now the courtyard, which cemented the idea of it — we worked around it with landscaping and design,” he said. “We added about four-and-a-half feet [to the original foundation] on the south side of house then went up two floors.”  

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Highland ParkIt can be a gamble, buying an older home. Sometimes they’ve been updated and the price reflects that, and other times they are in desperate need of love. Neither is the case with this week’s Inwood Home of the Week, a 1950s Mediterranean in West Highland Park with curb appeal for days and bright, airy finishes throughout the interior.

Bright pops of color punctuate the walk up to the home thanks to the red planters and door. Since the home is on Mockingbird Lane, a circular drive will come in handy for quick entry onto the usually busy road.

Inside the four-bedroom, four-bath home located at 4669 Mockingbird Lane, care has clearly been taken to consider both aesthetics and function. (more…)

Contemporary architecture takes on beautiful proportions in a sleek Shore Crest Terrace home built in 2016. This nearly new house feels spacious and expansive with soaring ceilings and spaces filled with natural light.

Our Inwood Home of the Week at 8618 Glencrest Ln. has a strong connection between indoors and outdoors through walls of glass, as well as a flexible floorplan in the truest sense of the word. This naturally lends to the entertaining possibilities with multiple seating areas inside and fabulous options in back. 

Located near Lemmon Avenue and West Lovers Lane, this home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, three living areas, and 4,002 square feet on two stories, built in 2016. 

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[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2018! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

From Karen Eubank: The Parks Estate is one of our all-time favorite homes. It went from the Preservation Dallas’ “Most Endangered” properties list in 2003 to being featured on The Preservation Dallas Architectural Tour in 2016. This is certainly a story that deserves being told again.


My love of historic houses runs deep. It’s barely surpassed by my love of dark chocolate and great wine. Our Inwood National Bank House of the Week is one of my all-time favorites, and it has quite a history.

In 2003 The Parks Estate, a historic Spanish Mission-style home at 6220 Worth Avenue, hit the Preservation Dallas list of endangered properties. My heart skipped a beat. I live nearby, and this house is not just a stately home, it’s an East Dallas icon. The Parks Estate has had many incarnations, including a stint on HGTV’s House Hunters several years ago. It’s finally for sale again. If I could buy it, I would.

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7035 Lakewood Front IHOTW

There are several truly iconic homes in Dallas. The “Round House” at 7507 Baxtershire Drive, the “Underground House” at 2001 North Buckner, and the one architect Clifford D. Hustell built for himself in 1930 at 7035 Lakewood Boulevard. It’s magnificent and it’s one of the most carefully preserved iconic Hutsell homes in the city. The 4,777-square-foot home with three bedrooms, three full and two half bathrooms was just listed with David Bush Real Estate and it can be yours for only $1.64 million.

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4911 Heatherbrook IHOTW

This French country transitional at 4911 Heatherbrook Drive is the perfect combination of style and comfort. It’s in Hyde Park Estates, only five minutes from the Galleria and walking distance to Jesuit, yet once inside you’ll have to pinch yourself to believe you aren’t in the south of France.

Listed for $1.785 million by Vicki Foster with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International the house is 6,228 square feet and has five bedrooms, five bathrooms and three half-bathrooms.

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When this gorgeous French Eclectic Tudor at 6640 Avalon hit my inbox, I was sure it was a new build. The lines are much cleaner than you see on homes from the 1920’s, and it’s absolutely pristine. Then I looked closer. Those windows are original and you don’t see façade embellishments like these on new builds. My curiosity was piqued and I began to dig in and research.

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Before: Hard to believe this is the same house.

This is actually an original 1926 house built by George E. Dolph as his personal home. Dolph also constructed Munger Place Baptist Church.  A little over a year ago, the house was purchased by two very smart investors, Steven Riskey and Bart Fassino. They brought in a dream team — builders, Parc Chateau Homes, designer Leslie Pemberton, one of our favorite architects, Eddie Maestri — and got to work.

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