11219 Saint Judes

A few months ago I attended an estate sale here where I was more enchanted by the house than the treasure inside. This is that house.

Albeit, it’s hard to tell behind the overgrown trees in front, this 3,466-square-foot home on a .37 acre lot is gorgeous. The four-bedroom, four-bath on Saint Judes Drive at Hillcrest and Forest sits high on a corner lot with porte cochere driveway framing the dramatic step-up entrance. Swing the ornate wooden double doors open to the Spanish tile entryway and you can tell this is a special home. A JanMar home.


JanMar Midcentury Modern

I think we all want to see a return to groovy, don’t you? So, when I was looking for the perfect Inwood Home of the Week, this Janmar midcentury modern at 7405 Kenshire Lane popped up and I thought it is just about the grooviest pad we’ve seen in a very long time.


Frank Welch Janmar IHOTW Front

Frank D. Welch is one of our most eminent architects. His Texas Modern at 7126 N. Janmar Drive may well be his final opus according to listing agent Kyle Rovinsky with Virginia Cook Realtors. Rovinsky listed this signature property last week for $3.75 million. The 6,600-square-foot, three-story house bears all of the Welch hallmarks: stick ceilings, a generous use of glass, and balanced light. He has always embraced nature and an informal unpretentious style.

“This house represents everything that has made a Welch design so highly prized,” Rovinsky said.


First of all, love affair: me and JanMar. Note to husband and world: Do not be surprised if I end up there someday.

Janmar was developed in the late 50’s, early 60’s. Named after the developer’s daughters, Janet and Margaret, you basically have Bluffview east of Hillcrest: hills, water, and Buffalo Creek, which flows to White Rock Lake. It doesn’t feel like any other part of the city. Because of the creeks, the area is loaded with animals such as the usual possums, coyotes, but also great horned owls, great blue herons, hawks, and even a bobcat or two, which very well may have crossed over Hillcrest to our Ricks Circle. Truth be told, bobcats are everywhere in this town from Oak Cliff to Richardson and beyond.

Because of the time period in which it was developed, natural mid-century design abounds here, the most notable of course being Dallas’ Not-Really-By-Bruce-Goff Round House. (Long story.) And because those were the style of homes that were being built when I was growing up, I feel so much at home here. Have I ever told you about Bruce Goff’s REAL “Round House” in Aurora, Illinois? My cousins lived down the street and we rode bikes there all the time. Can you believe it only cost $64,000 to build?:Round House Aurora, Ill.



7031 Midbury Front

We have some of the best readers! One of our fave contributors, Rachael Abrams, sent us this lovely home in Janmar, a remodeled ranch that sits on a large, gorgeous lot with the mature trees that make this area so desirable.

You might be more familiar with this area as Eudora Estates, but it is in a fabulous location — east of Hillcrest and smack-dab in the middle between Forest and Royal. This area is fantastic for access to North Dallas, Shopping near Preston Road, and is close to some of the best private schools in North Texas.

Not only that, but this 1958 ranch has been updated with some great energy efficient features and some high-end finishes. Jump for more on this stunner!



You know how ga ga I am over JanMar, a neighbor to my own neighborhood, where I have several friends and where I may even end up living someday! JanMar is like a mini Kessler Park tucked away east and north of Preston Hollow with topography, trees, and some of the most gorgeous mid century homes in town — including some from the psychedelic, shagadelic 60’s. (more…)

11757 Hill Haven extIn fact, it’s right next door to Lee Trevino’s old house, NOT his current manse in Preston Hollow, but the place he lived before he became rich and famous. 11757 Hill Haven is a solid family home that has been filled with kids, friends, overnight adventures and pool parties galore. Think “Leave It To Beaver.” The lot is a killer — 1.02 acres overlooking a creek. The home was built in 1959 by the same builder who developed most of JanMar — not a crack in the wall. To quote one of my favorite agents, this home is built “like a brick you know what.” (more…)

I cannot believe there is a home right smack near Jan-Mar for less than half a million. This one is actually, are you ready, only $350,000! Listen up people: $141 a square foot!

You get three bedrooms, two full baths, three living areas, two dining areas in a circa 1954 that screams mid-century modern from Hillcrest to LBJ!  7714 Midbury is perfectly sized (I think) at 2,294 square feet. OK, I know she looks like she needs a little work, but folks this here is a diamond in the rough. And what a great price! Oh if it’s a lot you seek, this pup is .37 of a lush wooded acre, 100 by 161.

Wait. Oh oh. Turns out this is located in the part of Hill Haven with those blasted restrictive deed covenants that do not allow for two-story construction. I myself am not a fan of these deed restrictions, someday I’ll tell you why. So it will be very interesting to track this house an an indicator of what deed restrctions can do to values.

But I do think this home could be vamped up like all get out — from the clean lines to the flat roof. I don’t have to tell you about the location: inside LBJ, and Hillcrest is the best do-it-all road in town. The problem is, if I were buying it, I might not want to build a second story or get any larger, but the next owner might. And that’s what worries me about these restrictions. It’s not what you want, but what if you had to unload a place fast: is it marketable?

By the way, the agent tells me Mark Albert with Arthouse built a beauty at 7817 Midbury, a 4,000-square-foot mod split-level that sold for $1.1 million in the same restricted area. Splits are apparently “allowed,” just not true two-stories. Of course, the builder was smart enough to hire architect extraordinaire Bruce Birnbaum of Birnbaum-Magadini to consult. So very smart: Bruce is on the Architectural Review Board for Hill Haven Heights!

7817 Midbury