PeninsulaIt is no secret we are in love with The Peninsula, a small finger of East Dallas dirt that stretches around White Rock Lake’s eastern shore just off Buckner Boulevard. We write about almost every home that hits the market there for several reasons: It’s so hot, properties barely last on the market.

In fact, you almost have to snap them up as a hip pocket, they go so fast.

The area is huge with downsizing Baby Boomers who just want to be at the lake without the driving. In fact, we know several residents on The Peninsula who have left the Park Cities and North Dallas to be here.

And the area is huge with young families who want to raise their kiddos in a nature preserve as much as possible.

And this home is one of the best.

First of all, location and VIEW!  Most Peninsula homes build a second story look-out porch to see the lake.

In this home located at 9431 Waterview Road, you see the lake from your back-yard. There is backyard gate access to the jogging-bike trail that zig-zags across the shore. Or you can carry your kayak to the water’s edge and paddle in. Who wouldn’t want to be able to do a little sailing every single day?

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I will never forget the time I first looked at homes in this part of town, Midway Hollow, on Van Ness Lane, to be exact.

A Realtor told me that this was the kind of neighborhood where you come outside and see the elves dancing with little stars all around. This was in 1980 and I was in my early 20s, new to Dallas, and house hunting.

I had to agree with her: Midway Hollow was idyllic then, as it is now.

To put a more modern spin on it, the neighborhood around 3719 Van Ness is almost a replica of Ponyland, or maybe Paradise Estate. Any minute I expect to see Twilight Sparkle, Spike, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Applejack, and Fluttershy frolicking in the green grass.

This wonderful neighborhood has cradled this brick home since 1952, elves, ponies, and people. (more…)

 

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You walk right into 10225 Betty Jane Lane in North Dallas’ Walnut Woods, sit right down, and baby let your hair hang down. (The Rooftop Singers, 1963.)

This house is so very vintage 70s I am having childhood deja vu just from the photos! You know how you always revert to childish ways when you are around your parents, even if you are like, say, a grown professional (man) and they are like 85? Same thing happens when you walk into a home that LOOKS like your childhood home! Where are my culottes? (more…)

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This is one of my most treasured homes in Dallas. It could be so because I am friends with the people who first built it in 1996, and I watched it go up step by very careful, lovingly placed step. It sits on a luscious piece of land that the original owner searched high and low to find, and when she did find it was thrilled. Hence the estate is named, “Dans Bois Crete,” or translated into English, “In Wood Ridge”. The home is located on that elegant stretch of “wooded ridge” on Inwood Road just south of Walnut Hill, not too far from the estates of Kelcy Warren, Roger Staubach, and Windle and Shirley Turley.

Dynamo agent Christy Berry, of Briggs Freeman Sothebys, first told me about this listing, invited me for a look/see, I said oh yes, I know the people who first built 9806 Inwood. It was glorious then, a true record-setter of building perfection. They first called it Idylwood Hill, which is still the name of the subdivision. My friends built the home with every detail imaginable, then settled back and enjoyed it, from the wonderful gourmet chef’s kitchen to the downstairs movie theater with a full-service ticket booth plus candy and popcorn concession stand. At 14,139-square-feet, the very French mansion sits on 5.3-acres tucked inside formidable black iron gates at 9806 Inwood Road.

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Yet it’s so private, from the road, you cannot see much at all. (more…)

6229 Tulip IHOTW

Having just returned from Maine, I was OD’ing on Italianate design, as it was the preference of many a ship’s captain for his grand home. We sure have a lot of Italianate design in Dallas, too, sometimes, I think, too much (eeck!).  The style was one of the most popular Victorian-era housing styles from the mid- to late-1800s. That’s why they are all over the coastal areas of Maine. Homes in this style ranged from a modest two-story town house to those ornate sea captain and magnate mansions. They were inspired by the villas of Italy, or at least what people thought the villas looked like. At that time, few American architects traveled abroad. The style is defined by the use of single or paired decorative brackets under wide cornices.

Add a clay tile roof, and you’ve got Santa Barbara. (more…)