Last week Joe Kacynski joined Allie Beth Allman & Associates after more than nine years with a boutique brand.

“I really didn’t want to leave where I was but they (Allie Beth Allman) just offer so much that will help me grow my business,” he said. “They also have great name recognition in the area that many of my clients are moving to.”

Kacynski’s specialty has been historic homes in East Dallas, particularly the Hollywood Heights neighborhood he’s called home for the better part of two decades.  A Los Angeles native whose job and family brought him to Texas, he initially didn’t know what to make of Dallas. Then he discovered a Spanish-style house that reminded him of home, in a neighborhood with its own distinct vibe.

“My agent never even mentioned Hollywood Heights or Lakewood. It was a very niche market back then,” he recalls. “I found East Dallas just driving around one day by myself.”

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Hollywood Heights

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It’s not every day you find an adorable yet sexy Hollywood Heights home smack dab in one of what many consider to be the neighborhood’s best blocks. Add the news that it’s in the Lakewood Elementary attendance zone, and suddenly your ears perk up.

So, of course, we immediately fired off an email to Realtor Joe Kacynski of David Bush Realtors to find out about his new hip pocket at 6918 Hammond Ave., right in the infamous “Hammond Cheese Society,” a group of neighbors who are responsible for the bustling social life present on the street, and in the neighborhood.

“This amazing home is over 2,020 square feet, with an additional 400 square feet of quarters over the garage,” Kacynski said, adding that “6918 Hammond is one of the exemplary homes in Hollywood Heights.”

And it’s a home that has been featured twice on the Hollywood Heights/Santa Monica Home Tour and has been written about in several publications (including ours, where the home was a Friday Five Hundred in 2013). (more…)

Drunk Brick

I’ve walked my dogs by this house at 1006 Clermont Street in Hollywood Heights for well over 20 years and always wondered about the brick mason that was in charge of the project. Was he wildly creative, or perhaps drunk on the job? That led me to do a ton of research trying to figure out this style of brickwork. It turns out the style is called Drunk Brick! (more…)

The 2018 Hollywood Heights Home Tour

Don’t miss this adorable bungalow on the 2018 Hollywood Heights Home Tour!

“Never judge a book by its cover.” That adage applies to homes as well. This 1938 Hollywood Heights bungalow at 6915 Santa Monica Drive is an excellent example of why that saying is true. Although the façade has been painted, it doesn’t give a hint about what lies beyond the front door. That’s one of the reasons this amazing home is included in the 2018 Hollywood Heights Home Tour, coming up April 20-22.

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Hollywood Heights English TudorSeldom do you find a home that has been beautifully renovated, yet retains so many original details. Our Saturday Six Hundred is a Hollywood Heights English Tudor at 707 Cordova. It’s one of the best examples we have seen in many years of how to properly take a 1933 home into this century and yet honor the homes origins. (more…)

Our Inwood House of the Week is an enchanting Lakewood storybook Tudor cottage built in 1930 that has been completely restored, renovated, and enlarged. Finding a Tudor that is move-in ready is basically like finding a needle in a haystack, so ya’ll are in luck today! (more…)

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I popped over to see this perfectly renovated prairie at 4834 Worth St.  this past weekend and was lucky enough to meet with the brains behind the transformation.

Stacey Warnix of Restoric Properties has always had a passion for architecture and design. She also has a passion for rescue, whether that rescue is an adorable three-legged Labradoodle or a neglected historic two-story house built in 1913.

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Second floor balcony overlooks Worth Street.

Warnix fell into renovating homes, although it was always in the back of her mind. She has accounting and law degrees and as life was moving her in those directions, she was also regularly helping friends with their homes.

“I should have been an architect,” Warnix said. “I wanted to be one as a kid. I’d hide in the closet and draw floor plans. There was always this creative tendency. I was an insane DIY’er. I would jump out of bed on the weekends and be at Home Depot or Lowes when they opened, ready to tackle a project.”

Warnix relocated from London to Dallas in 2009, never intending this to be a permanent landing place. Then, of course, she met someone and settled into the city.

“My boyfriend was active in real estate and has been flipping for decades,” Warnix said. “I got a front seat view into how he does it. Watching him gave me the courage to try what has always been my passion. I’d saved money and just decided it was time to take some risks and finally do what I loved.”

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open houses in dallas tx

The Phillipe Starck condo in Victory Park is one of our five featured open house roundup this week.

Every week, we give you an insider look at great DFW properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. We pick five “don’t miss” open houses around North Texas you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $439,000 to $1.2 million. You’ll find a a renovated Forest Hills ranch with over 3,200 square feet, a Hollywood Heights/Santa Monica cottage with a master bedroom addition that will make you swoon (check out the ceiling!), and more! Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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