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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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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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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515 Kirkwood a

Renovations can pay off in a big way when it’s time to sell. Our Thursday Three Hundred, a to-the-studs remodel that’s just adorable, saw a contract within four days of hitting the market. That’s impressive.

Located at 515 Kirkwood Dr. in Lake Highlands Estates, this cottage has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,172 square feet, built in 1954. It’s in Old Lake Highlands, near N. Buckner Boulevard and E. Lake Highlands Drive, so minutes from the north shores of White Rock Lake. Fantastic location, fabulous house. No wonder it generated so much interest.

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Dallas Weekend Open Houses

The stunning University Park Tudor at 3325 Rankin St. is a thing of beauty, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

The Internet is a beautiful thing when it comes to house hunting. But there’s no substitute for stepping foot in a home and seeing what it has to offer. That’s why we love open houses, and our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column was created to bring you an insider’s take on properties you don’t want to miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $389,999 to $1.025 million, and the selection is truly outstanding. You’ll find a range of properties, from a super-rare Pennsylvania Dutch farmhouse-style home, to an Alger Park cottage that feels like a treehouse in the woods. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week.

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casa linda dallas homes for sale

It may get hotter than blue blazes during Dallas summers, but we have plenty of positively divine weather, too (stick your head outside today for proof—high of 74°!).

During these gorgeous days, outdoor space is a must. Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, at 9206 Forest Hills Blvd., offers it in spades, with a secluded front courtyard and big backyard. This Casa Linda house sits on 0.33 acres, located near Buckner and Garland in East Dallas.

This is a 2-1 with 1,264 square feet, built in 1946. This is a modest-sized home, but with such a big yard, there’s plenty of room to add onto the house, if new homeowners desire.

It was listed Jan. 29 by Jenny Capritta with RE/MAX DFW Associates for $299,500.

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