Junius Heights

The historic Junius Heights Church is just one stop on the Junius Heights Historic District’s Home Tour, which will be held Sunday Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 180 acres that make up the Junius Heights Historic District are rife with brick and mortar exemplars of Dallas history — and its annual home tour is always popular because of that. This year’s tour, which will be held next weekend, is no exception.

The tour will boast two homes that are on the National Register of Historic Places, a former hippie commune, a church, and a busy arts and crafts fair for anyone looking to get a jump on their holiday shopping by supporting local artists. The tour will be held Sunday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (more…)

725 Lowell Street Dallas, TX is currently listed by Brent Germany with Keller Williams Realty Plano for $549,000. Open House, Saturday, September 1st from 1-4pm.

Is there anything more charming than a home straight out of time but with all the modern luxuries we love? This gorgeous four-bedroom, three-full-bathroom Craftsman is located in the coveted Junius Heights historic district, with prime placement near the heart of Dallas.

For those of you who need a refresher on Junius Heights, the neighborhood was developed by C. H. Munger and is described as “the greatest lot sale in the history of Dallas” with 200 lots reportedly sold between 12:01 a.m. and 12:45 a.m. on September 3, 1906.

According to the Junius Heights Historic District, “Advertisements of the day promised that Junius Heights would become the choicest residential section of Dallas. The neighborhood was well known by its large columns on Abrams and was served by the Junius Heights streetcar line until streetcar service was discontinued.”

Today it is home to the largest collection of Arts and Crafts/Craftsman homes in the southwest, and our Friday Five Hundred is one of its gems! Maintaining all its glorious 1915 architecture, but with top-to-bottom upgraded interiors, 725 Lowell Street is a rare find and could be yours for just $549,000. Let’s take a closer look shall we?


Real Estate Story

Andrew Sherman, photographer/videographer and owner of drewliophoto.com outside his newly purchased Junius Heights duplex.

Photographer and videographer Andrew Sherman is a regular fixture at Deep Ellum’s hottest music venues. He can often be spotted snapping shots of Dallas’ hottest live acts at Deep Ellum Art Co. on Commerce Street. So when this talented artist was looking to leave the apartment life behind, he had a few requirements that almost threw a wrench in his dream of homeownership.

“I had two main goals,” said Sherman, owner of Drewliophoto.com. “I wanted a room big enough to turn into a home photo studio, and I wanted a duplex. This is my first house and budget was a big concern. I basically just had my eye on the East Dallas neighborhoods.  I didn’t have a preference on old or new house, but I really love the fact that its over 100 years old — I mean its the ultimate in recycling!”

It was pure luck that brought Sherman to Ebby Halliday Realtor Amanda Christensen and then to the duplex of his dreams.


Last, but definitely not least, on our list of Old East Dallas neighborhoods is Junius Heights. The neighborhood is the closest single-family-zoned neighborhood to downtown Dallas.  The area offers an eclectic mix of gorgeous historic architecture, spacious lot sizes, and lovely front porches.  All of the great entertainment districts of Dallas are easily accessible from the neighborhood, without being right in the middle of it all.  Zip codes included within Junius Heights are 75246, 75214, and 75204.

In addition to Junius Heights and the rest of Old East Dallas, the 75214 zip code alone encompasses Hollywood Heights and much of Lakewood, to the west side of White Rock Lake. An abundance of food and drink favorites in the area include establishments such as Cock and Bull, Craft Beer Cellar, The Heights, Meso Maya, and Garden Cafe.

According to the Junius Heights Neighborhood Association, the neighborhood was created in 1906, on what was then the Eastern edge of Dallas. During that time, the area was known by its large columns on Abrams and by the now-defunct Junius Heights streetcar service.


Junius Heights Dallas Real Estate

Find a vintage home in a historic district with the positively enchanting property at 5833 Victor St.

Located in Junius Heights Historic District, this gingerbread darling sits near Abrams Road and North Beacon Street on a quiet residential street with arching shade trees. It’s a hop, skip, and jump over to the 16-acre Randall Park, and close to Lakewood shopping and restaurants. Great East Dallas location!

With darling curb appeal and a big tree out front, it’s an eye-catching house. Inside, you’ll find inviting spaces, polished concrete floors, and an updated kitchen that’s appealing to the modern buyer. This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,235 square feet on two stories, built in 1948.


Grass needing waterWe have some land in the Hill Country where it is drier than a bone. Our creeks and tanks are low, and folks down there conserve water like crazy. The only time the land gets watered is when the Longhorns take a pee. We have a home in San Antonio, another water-parched community, where residents have reduced their water consumption to 130 gallons a day per person. Why? Severe watering restrictions with fines. Here in Dallas, experts say that North Texas in the next 50 years will need an estimated $21 billion of new reservoirs and infrastructure to sustain the region’s water use as the climate gets hotter and the population grows. Oh yes, it is growing. In Dallas we use about 200 gallons a day of water per person, which sounds hoggish, but according to the Dallas Morning News, the Park Cities is the worst offender sucking up 364 gallons a day per person, this figured back in 2011. What frustrates me is that the Park Cities won’t let residents use Conservation Grass in their front yards, only the back.

Of course, when Preston Hollow has a resident building a waterpark in his backyard that the city approved, I guess I have to shut up.

But you would think that when one citizen is trying to do his share and plant a yard of water-stingy plants and cacti, people might give him a hand, especially if he holds a horticultural degree. water wells

Wrong. Burton Knight ripped out the lawn at his home in the Junius Heights Historic District, in East Dallas, an area loaded with those eagerly-sought early 20th-century Craftsman and prairie-style houses. But watch those historical districts. Knight landscaped his home with rocks, cactus and other plants that don’t need major amounts of water. Rocks, in fact, need none.

But the city’s Landmark Commission, which oversees development in designated historic districts, told him this month that cactuses aren’t historically appropriate. What was appropriate: nice, green sod, the city said. That old familiar water-sucking green.

“How can you say that cactus is not historic?” asked Knight, who has a horticulture degree from Texas A&M University. “Guess what crop has the greatest consumption of time, energy, water and chemicals? Turf grass.”

Unless you’ve been asleep the last few years, more of us are trying to watch the water consumption, even me. 2011 was a record drought; everything in our yard died. Even Tom Hicks uses less water and potable water on his 25 acre estate, now on the quiet market for $135 million.

“We fully understand the severity of the drought situation in North Texas and the need to address that situation through water conservation,” he said in the statement. “We completely comply with city’s Stage 1 water restrictions now in effect. Historically, we have always paid a higher rate based on consumption and have implemented steps to conserve water and reduce our use of city water.”

Many people in the Strait Lane/Lennox Lane estate area post signs telling the world they are not water hogs (see above). Many have dug their own wells (which still depletes the water table) and use potable water for irrigation.

Still, a report by the Austin-based advocate group Environment Texas called drought-tolerant landscaping one of the best and cheapest options for saving water. By just eliminating traditional green Bermuda lawns and going instead for native, drought-adapted species, Texas could save 14 billion gallons a year. That’s enough to meet the demands of 240,000 Texans. One way would be to forbid homeowners associations from banning xeriscape or drought-tolerant landscaping, or artificial turf, my newest love affair, no matter how much they love green lawns. Three bills down in Austin right now would bar homeowners associations from imposing blanket bans on xeriscaping or drought-tolerant landscaping. Now what about Conservation grass?

Guess what: the Senate voted on Monday 30-0 in favor of one of the three, Sen. Kirk Watson’s bill. It now goes to the House, where two similar bills are pending. All of the bills posted would regulate home owners associations so they could no longer pester people like Knight, and let him keep his drought-proof yard intact.

To be clear, there is no blanket ban on xeriscaping in Dallas. Knight’s case got attention because it’s in a historic district. So like I said, think twice before you buy…