When you think about what makes a house a home, what are some details that come to mind? Homes are so much more than four walls and a roof, especially when it comes to the everyday life of a family. Thoughtful touches, grand spaces, and awe-inspiring rooms are the backdrop to our memories, and smart, creative design can make or break them. So when we ran across this inspiring Preston Hollow transitional, we couldn’t contain ourselves.

Not only is this beautiful Preston Hollow transitional — our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week — a brand new build, but its stunning spaces feature the deft hand of award-winning designer Traci Connell, notes Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Lisa Marcus Schlachter. Reason enough to fall in love at first sight, and we know you (and your future guests) will!

We love Traci Connell because she took an unusual path to a successful career in interior design and has made a name for herself in a very competitive industry.

Plus, she has an eye for pattern and color that creates unusual, eye-catching spaces that offer so many “wow” moments!

The foyer in this Preston Hollow transitional has designer touches from the ceiling to the floor thanks to Traci Connell.

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The funky counterpart of larger and grander Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, is one of my favorite neighborhoods in East Dallas. Why? Because besides amazing location, this neighborhood has natural beauty and personality.

First, Little Forest Hills has the absolute CUTEST Fourth of July parade, which attracts bicycles and strollers with streamers and flags, plus the many Radio Flyer wagons with pups astride. Plus, this neighborhood is within bicycling distance of East Dallas’ worst-kept secret: The Dallas Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3108 pool. And finally, both neighborhoods feed into Dallas ISD’s Alex Sanger Preparatory, which earned several distinctions.

So it’s no surprise that these two East Dallas enclaves have experienced growing popularity in the past decade, with more an more people paying top dollar for lots and custom builders. Though, this beautiful Tudor was built just six years ago, there are homes built more than 70 years back still standing. But what if you could have a new build without all of the effort? That’s what our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week offers. 

“This quality craftsman Tudor home was built in 2013 by the current owner,” said listing agent Jenny Capritta of RE/MAX DFW Associates.  “All new quality custom homes start with the foundation. This engineer-designed slab was created for maximum stability by drilling 47 piers to shale — some 20 to 30 feet.”

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Of all the neighborhoods that dot the landscape surrounding White Rock Lake, Eastwood Estates is definitely one of our favorites. It’s also a favorite of Jenny Capritta, a RE/MAX DFW Associates Realtor and White Rock Lake area expert agent.

The reason? “Location, location, location,” she said. And her listing, our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week, is a perfect example of what Eastwood Estates has to offer.

First and foremost, buyers will adore the view from the front porch and picture windows of 10411 Sinclair Ave., which is one of a select number of homes that faces a beautifully lush creekside greenbelt, Capritta said.

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Knox-Henderson Townhome

So, you’re on the fence about downsizing. You’ve gotten used to living with the space around you as it was when the kids were still at home (although it’s a little more organized and a lot less sticky now). But maybe you’re not ready to live in a high-rise, or maybe the idea of a patio home in the suburbs isn’t your thing. 

For those who want to pare down a bit without losing easy access to their favorite Dallas-area amenities, this townhome near Knox-Henderson — our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week — is the perfect solution.

“This property gives an owner the ability to enjoy urban living in the heart of Dallas without sacrificing on square footage or garage space, with two private yards and three patios at an attractive price,” notes Rustin Smith, listing agent for 2627 N. Garrett Ave. “Dallas is at your fingertips, whether you want to walk to the restaurants and shops of Knox-Henderson, take a short drive downtown, or bike the Katy Trail. Being a few blocks from North Central Expressway makes accessing all the city has to offer easy and quick.”

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As far as Dallas suburbs go, Rowlett doesn’t get enough good press. I mean, who doesn’t want to live out by Lake Ray Hubbard, with great schools and a wonderful, neighborly feel? Plus, you can get a lot for your money in Rowlett, as you can see from our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. 

This listing from Compass agent Bobbie Jo Glover is a fantastic one-story in the lakeside community of Mariner Park, which is perfectly situated within minutes of the President George Bush Turnpike, Interstate 30, and plenty of shopping. Plus, the community amenities of Mariner Park are great — there’s a community pool for those hot summer days. This budget-friendly listing definitely shows what tremendous value you can get in Rowlett

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Driving around Inwood Road Estates, the one thing you’ll notice of the homes that line the streets of this neighborhood is how great they all look from the curb. It’s like lot upon lot of pageant winners, with groomed hedges and lawns and beautiful facades that front the meandering streets. It’s also close to the Dallas North Tollway and Forest Lane without feeling like it’s right on top of a major roadway. And while there are so many great homes in this neighborhood, this listing from Ebby Halliday Realtors agent Chris Hickman stands out.

Located on Del Roy Drive, our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is a looker from the curb. But it’s also surprisingly fully featured and versatile inside. 

“This home is great for today’s buyers and has a great open floorplan with the master bedroom downstairs, plus a large additional guest suite down which is great for multi-generational families,” Hickman noted of this French Country custom build at 5614 Del Roy Drive. It’s solid to the core and has so much more inside, too!

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Twenty windows — that’s how much natural light you can soak in if you end up unable to resist this incredible urban townhome. Apparently, some lucky buyer out there felt the same way and just snatched up this listing repped by Compass agent Mohammed Jaber. It’s not difficult to see why, as this week’s Inwood National Bank Home of the Week has near-universal appeal for pretty much half of homebuyers in Dallas.

“The townhouse appeals to today’s buyer because of its open and ‘loft-like’ floor plan,” Jaber notes about this end-unit townhome — an absolute bargain. “It’s especially attractive to the younger professional buyer who wants to be in a large open space.”

 

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The big mistake that a lot of sellers make when updating a property for the market is taking it all too far. Sure, I love a good open floor plan, but can we admit that not all homes should have them?

A fantastic example of updating without sacrificing a home’s character is this adorable updated ranch in Melshire Estates. These homes have such great bones, fantastic lots, and family-friendly floor plans that it’s sad to see them remodeled into oblivion. Our Inwood National Bank home of the week, however, has benefited from updates that put a fresh face on this Melshire Estates ranch without gutting it of all character.

Following the ideal of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” this listing from Mohammed Jaber and Michelle Hopson of Compass Dallas feels dreamy and bright without being sterile. 

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