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.

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Of the neighborhoods I’ve househunted in and lived in, Junius Heights is my favorite. We didn’t end up buying in this area as it was out of our price range, but my husband and I rented our first home together there.

It’s a neighborhood that’s easy to fall hard for — it’s one of the largest historic districts in Dallas and it has a very active neighborhood association. One of my very favorite things about Junius Heights is a small strip of shops in which sits Garden Cafe. It’s a wonderful little restaurant that serves local and seasonal fare with veggies and fruit straight from its garden, just as the name intimates. Just across Junius Street is a little neighborhood park, making this a great spot for neighborhood gathering.

If you’re looking for a great historic home in a wonderful, close-knit neighborhood, you’ll love 5609 Tremont. This two-story, three-bedroom, two-bath prairie-style house is just two blocks from Garden Cafe and is extremely close to downtown. You’re also in the Woodrow Wilson High School attendance zone, and you’re within bicycle range of the Lakewood Whole Foods.

While this home has been completely remodeled, plenty of historic charm remains. There are brick fireplaces in both the living room and master bedroom, and the updated kitchen has been opened to the living and dining areas. Still there are some of the features people crave in historic homes: exposed beams, built-ins, and gorgeous wood floors. The price is pretty reasonable for the neighborhood, too, at $379,000.

With more than 2,400 square feet, this home would be great for a family. there’s a study, too, which is perfect for those who own their own businesses or telecommute.

The bathrooms have been updated, though the second one has only a shower and could use a new countertop. Still, it’s not like buying a big project — there’s just enough to do to put your own stamp on this house.

The backyard is a great size, and has a spacious deck and a gate over the driveway. I love that there’s plenty of room for vegetable gardening, which is a really popular hobby in this neighborhood.

What do you think? In with the old for the new year?