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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By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

One of the quirks of the title industry is the roller-coaster pace of business. A week day in mid-January can be as boring as watching paint dry. The last Friday of the month in the summer feels like bungee jumping into fire.

While title companies are generally glad to close a transaction, some days are a lot more welcome than others. The last day of the month is usually the busiest time for title companies and lenders. Fridays are the fullest days of the week.

I’ve suspected that mortgage companies were pushing for these days to close out their month or week with more business. But that is probably not correct.

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8312 Ridgelea IHOTW

This home at 8312 Ridgelea is almost a dream that is too good to be true. Give it an A-plus for location! You are talking about one of the hottest neighborhoods in town, Bluffview. This parcel of homes near Lovers Lane are all walkable to West Lovers Lane shops and super close to Love Field, so much that you could probably roll out of bed for a 6 a.m. flight at 4:30 a.m, make it to Love Field, and make that flight with a Starbucks in hand.

You get almost new construction: 8312 Ridgelea was built in 2006, which makes it practically brand new. I mean, it takes three years to get the kinks out of ANY new home, right? You get gleaming newer appliances plus open spaces in 4045 square feet on a juicy quarter acre lot. There is even a garage for three cars parked in tandem — how did they fit that on a .23 acre lot? Deftly. Actually, it’s more like a two car garage with gigantic storage.

I’d say you are getting a pretty dang good looking house for $765,000. (more…)

6426 Meadow IHOTW
I cannot believe this home is on the market. It evokes so many wonderful memories of our younger years in Preston Hollow. Many moons ago, before Preston Hollow was dotted with more McMansions than trees, this home stood out as the lone ranger of a sprawling, enormous, quirky but charming English abode, one of the most talked-about in town. The man who created it was a physician/attorney name Melvin D. Morgan, or rather his very creative wife, Niki Morgan, who remodeled a small 1940’s ranch into an architecturally significant, Dilbeck-esque rambling stone farmhouse with turrent, leaded glass windows, exposed beams, beautiful original hardwoods, knotty pine panels and a sunlit, open stairway that evokes a touch of Colorado mountain living. Located on Meadow, an east-west Preston Hollow thoroughfare that keeps traffic sane with speedbumps. You are in the leafiest heart of Preston Hollow east.6426 Meadow drive up (more…)

This gorgeous home sits on a 62 x 179 lot and boasts 4,509 squar

It’s hard to really define a “Dallas” home without thinking about the “structures” erected in the last 20 years, from the top-heavy wood-shingled maisons that look like skinny women with huge top-heavy boobs, to the McMansions and Mediterranean would-be meccas. Certainly the classic Dallas ranch is a home that defines us as much as a Cape Cod defines, well, Cape Cod.

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But nothing brands itself more as a “Dallas home” than 7023 Lakewood Boulevard. Talk about turrets, here is a turret — an original turret. Architect Clifford Dorris Hutsell may have designed this Lakewood home for himself in 1930 (but we think he actually lived in another home), at a cost of $10,000. At the time, it was one of the most expensive residences in Lakewood. In fact, it cost as much if not more than the Grand Dame mansions on Swiss Avenue. Why is this so truly a Dallas home? Because it was designed and lived in by Hutsell, who built 50 houses in Lakewood between 1926 and 1941, including most of the grand showstoppers along Lakewood Boulevard. He is credited with giving the neighborhood its signature quirky, rambling, old-world look. Hutsell was born in Grapevine, but spent some time in California where he became enamored with Spanish Eclectic design. (Later he pounced on Tudor.) He brought that design back to Texas which was, after all, once under the Spanish flag. Thus Spanish Eclectic is as much a part of our Dallas home brand heritage as it is California’s. (more…)

9729 Van Dyke Front

As an East Dallas resident, I’m fond of walking around White Rock Lake and some of the nearby neighborhoods. Most people, though, expect that a home with a lake view has to be on Lawther or in Lakewood. Not so! There are plenty of beautiful homes in Lake Highlands that have great views. Some of them are on Peavy, and others are on a street called Van Dyke, which sits perpendicular to Peavy Road, starting near Buckner Boulevard. This street has so many fabulous properties on it, but this one always caught my eye.

From the outside, this 1959 modern home looks like a glassed-in pagoda, with wooden crossbeams and smokey panes. But what will you find once you cross that bridge and enter this one-of-a-kind home? More than 5,700 square feet of colorful contemporary design that will awaken your imagination.

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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…)

1210 N. Winnetka Front

We are so excited about all of the cool home tours coming up, with the Preservation Dallas “Grounds For Preservation” Home Tour this weekend and the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes Nov. 1-2. (Don’t forget to enter our drawing for the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, because we’re giving away three pairs of tickets to this amazing home tour. Don’t miss out and enter by our 9 a.m. Oct. 27 deadline.)

And maybe while you’re out in Oak Cliff checking out the Hayes House, you could take a look at 1210 N. Winnetka, a gorgeous redone Tudor that is also in Kessler Park. It’s our Home of the Week from Inwood Mortgage and it is a stunner that is priced under a million!

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