It’s not something you expect to find on a buyer’s list of “must haves,” but this backyard is the perfect site for an epic Easter egg hunt.

Our privilege, as adults, is to turn the tables on Easter. You see, when I was growing up as the youngest of five kids in a Houston suburb, Easter was the morning of a humidity-soaked blood sport, when all five of us kids would careen through my parents’ sizable and heavily treed backyard in an effort to snatch the most Easter eggs from the most bizarre places. Bird feeders, tree limbs, fence posts — all were fair game. Afterward, we’d get dressed in our Easter togs and head to church. When we’d return home, my father would take the hard-boiled-and-pastel-dyed eggs and make a rainbow-colored potato salad to go with our Easter ham. The boasting of who snatched the most Easter eggs continued through the day. 

So maybe your shift as the Easter bunny won’t be as competitive as it was when I was growing up, but our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is perfect for hunting Easter eggs as it has a fantastic side yard and backyard on more than a third of an acre, complete with a pool! In fact, Jenny Capritta, listing agent for 9512 Milltrail Drive, says that this property is an Easter egg all in itself as it is rare to find a Lake Highlands Home with such a sizable lot and a pool.

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As time goes by, one of my favorite things about summer in East Dallas has gone from Saturday afternoon at the Fraternal Order of Eagles pool to hanging out at the house, listening to a ball game on the radio with my son and husband, and doing some light gardening. Truly, outdoor entertaining is great, too, but as the summer goes on, there’s one scourge that is sure to keep me indoors: mosquitoes. 

That’s why this fantastic ranch in Lochwood Meadows appeals to me. Not only does it have a great floor plan with cozy spaces and an extremely great location, but it has a screened porch in the back that is perfect for summer dinners and baseball on the radio. Inside 11017 Carissa Dr. in Lochwood Meadows, you’ll find out just why this listing from White Rock Lake expert Jenny Capritta is our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week.

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Have you ever taken a child with you when touring homes? It can get old. Fast. However, there’s no truer test to see if a home is right for your family than to take them to showings with you. Luckily, if you stop at this Forest Hills contemporary, your home search will be over fast and your kids will be just as happy as you.

How can a home make a family happy? Let’s start with the one thing you can’t change about it — the location. 

This particular home is located inside the East Dallas neighborhood of Forest Hills, which has large lots, shaded streets, and tons of families. You’re a short jaunt off of Lakeland, which dead-ends into the Dallas Arboretum — a favorite spot for folks all over Dallas. Just beyond the Arboretum is White Rock Lake, where you can enjoy a day with the whole family and your fuzzy friend either walking or running, cycling, or even paddling on the lake itself.  Want to enjoy a day with just the adults? The Fraternal Order of Eagles is just around the corner. You’re also close to Casa Linda Plaza, Arboretum Village, and if you need a place to have a beer and let the kids run wild, the Lot is just down Garland Road.

Of course, it would be neglectful of me to ignore the excellent Dallas ISD public schools that serve this neighborhood, one of which is practically around the corner — the award winning Alex Sanger Preparatory school. This dual-language campus has earned several distinctions and will soon expand for even more programming at the Pre-K through eighth grade campus.

Yes, there’s all of that around you, and we haven’t even begun talking about how great our Inwood Home of the Week is! This listing from Jeff Jacobs with Keller Williams Frisco Stars will seal the deal for  you and your family.

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We see a lot of homes here at CandysDirt.com — in fact, I sometimes think we have seen every home in North Texas and then some!

We love historic homes especially, too, but we are prissy about wanting everything brand spanking new inside. And to be honest, the two do not often mix. We see these gorgeous relics — Tudors, Colonials, Prairie-style — and then we get all excited, walk in, and the innards are just not up to the innards of a brand-new build.

But then I saw 6629 Gaston.

At first, I thought this was a new home. But no, no, no — the home was built in 1929. In 2008, the owners embarked on one of those “take it to the studs” type remodels, completely changing the interiors, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, expanding a bit, and bringing in crucial updates. Additional improvements were made in 2018, including a restored slate roof. But every charming, aesthetic and architectural element worth saving from the original home was saved and cherished. So the home has wonderful formals, as homes back then did, but also a modern, open floor plan (great for entertaining) in the more casual living areas. And yes, original glass doorknobs… (more…)

I cannot tell you when I started my love affair with Tudor-style homes. I think it began in my childhood, being raised in the outer fringes of Chicago. I think anyone raised in the Chicago area, like our columnist Jon Anderson and myself, have an extra appreciation for beautiful architecture because there is just so much of it in that strong-shouldered city. For me, it was driving the North Shore suburbs flocking out from Evanston that made me think English Tudor homes were the warmest, prettiest, most inviting structures of all to call home.

Then I became an English major, and the relationship was sealed.

Our Inwood Home of the Week is a seriously updated English Tudor home at 5210 Denton Drive in the hot, hot neighborhood of Oak Lawn Heights, south of Cedar Springs, north of Maple. Some also call the area Maple Springs.

Very convenient to the Medical District, the area is popular with interns, physicians and anyone who works in the mammoth (and still growing) U.T. Southwestern Medical Center complex clustered around Harry Hines Boulevard and Inwood Road. Trust me: you can bike to work.

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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 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…)