Casa Linda Plaza, the oldest shopping center in Dallas, is treasured by its neighboring residential enclaves. When the center’s owner announced a plan to remove five mature cedar elms as part of the center’s remodel, neighbors balked. (Photo Courtesy of Edens)

Built in 1946, Casa Linda Plaza ranks as the oldest shopping center in Dallas. It encompasses three of the four corners of Garland Road and Buckner Blvd., and serves the surrounding neighborhoods, which include Casa Linda, Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, Emerald Isle, and so on. And if there’s one thing that’s sure to set off this committed coterie of conservationists who favor these ‘hoods, it’s trees. Specifically, the removal of trees. And when Edens, the corporation that owns Casa Linda Plaza unveiled a plan to remove five mature cedar elms from the walkway opposite Natural Grocers, let’s just say that it was not a popular decision. 

However, thanks to the measured response from District 9 Dallas City Council member Mark Clayton, not only are residents getting a more robust and shady canopy, they’re also in discussions to bring back a neighborhood tradition — the Casa Linda Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

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East Dallas Midcentury Modern

Midcentury Modern fans, we’ve got a great house for you.

Located at 2210 Saint Francis Ave., this 1956 Midcentury marvel has lots of hallmarks of that era, from a low-pitched roof and heavily treed lot to interior features that look positively atomic era.

This is a 3-2 with 1,690 square feet, near Ferguson Road and Lakeland Drive in the Forrest Oaks neighborhood. It retains tons of vintage charms with some essential updates, like new kitchen, roof, and re-done hardwoods in 2011, and a new HVAC and water heater in March 2016.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred was listed April 27 by Linda Criswell with Dallas City Center Realtors for $279,000.

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10145 Eastwood a

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is a lovely Midcentury cottage in the Lake and Gardens District, near Garland and Peavy roads.

Located at 10145 Eastwood Dr., this home is beautifully presented—you can see the effort, from the newly laid sod in front and freshly planted flowers, to a well-staged interior with no clutter. It’s a 2-2 with 1,496 square feet, built in 1953, a real find.

The home was totally gutted in fall of 2015, and updated include a new HVAC system, water heater, plumbing, both bathrooms, refinished floors, and recessed lights.

It is newly listed by McKenzie Schimming with Nathan Grace Real Estate for $254,900.

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lochwood homes for sale

The Lake and Garden District has a lovely secret at 12030 Loch Ness Dr. This 1971 ranch looks unassuming from the outside—pretty and modest—but inside, buyers will find a list of amenities, upgrades, and improvements a mile long.

Our Thursday Three Hundred is a 4-2 with an additional powder room and 2,149 square feet. From vaulted ceilings to eco-friendly features, it’s got tons to offer.

It was listed March 25 by Meg Skinner with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $390,000.

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east dallas midcentury

Ready for some atomic-era allure? Check out our Tuesday Two Hundred at 936 Peavy Rd.

This East Dallas Midcentury is in the Lake Gardens neighborhood, near East Lake Highlands Drive. It’s a three bedroom with one full bath and one half, and 1,110 square feet, built in 1956.

The exterior is all about Midcentury charm—look at that roofline and covered carport! The interior is tastefully renovated and reflects buyer interests, like hardwood floors, recessed lighting, a contemporary kitchen, and modern bathrooms.

It is listed by Jay Robbins with Robbins Real Estate Group for $250,000.

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8813 Diceman Front

Mark Martinek is the designer behind MOD Construction, a firm that designs and builds modern, eco-friendly homes. I’ve always been in love with these properties, how they evoke the same kind of shapes popularized during the 50s, but had facades and materials that were grounded and unique.

If you’ve also been lusting over Martinek’s designs, then you won’t want to miss this property from Virginia Cook agent Ed Murchison. Located on a fun, rolling street in the funky East Dallas enclave of Little Forest Hills, this home is such a delight. Of course, you’ll have to act fast because it hasn’t hit MLS yet. A high-caliber home like this one means you won’t want to waste time with your pre-approval before submitting your best, highest bid. Call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans so that you won’t have any hiccups.

8813 Diceman Front Porch

Jump to see inside this incredible home!

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Ballard 8

Paths and nooks in Deborah Ballard’s garden give it a feel that is very similar to the Arboretum. Several sculptures by Ballard are interspersed throughout. (Photo: Jo England)

 

When Deborah Ballard moved into her Casa Linda Estates home 30 years ago, the backyard was a blank canvas with a few bushes here and there and some large, mature trees that dotted the lawn. It was perfect for Ballard, a nationally known sculptor and instructor at SMU, who has since transformed her private oasis into a lush garden that is home to some of her favorite works.

“Every time I’d have a little bit of extra money I’d buy one of those $2.99 plants and shrubs,” Ballard said. Those little investments have made for a big payoff, as the artist has created a memorable garden she enjoys year-round. Her outdoor space is just one of nine you can tour this Sunday, May 17, during the 14th annual White Rock East Garden Tour & Artisan fair. The tour also includes a stop at the Promise of Peace community garden and an art fair and plant sale at Casa Linda Park.

Realtor Vicki White has sponsored this garden tour from the beginning, she says, because she’s passionate about the lake and the gardens that make up the Lake and Garden District.

“I was born and raised right here in this East Dallas neighborhood,” White said. “The people are so genuine and friendly; no Zip code snobs here. We all truly enjoy going on the area home tours and garden tours because, let’s face it, this area is just different. So many trees and mature landscape, and sometimes it’s a little quirky.”

Quirky is good, of course, and Ballard says, most people will notice the sculptures first at her home on Selva Street in Casa Linda Estates, as the abstracted human forms dot the landscape. Some are hidden and made to look like rocks, while some are more obvious. There are several in the front yard, which have prompted people to stop and actually knock on her door to ask if they can tour her garden.

“We do get a lot of people who stop, and that’s why we put the bushes up,” Ballard says of the hedges that line the curb of her home. “It gives people a sign that this is private property.”

So if you’ve driven by Ballard’s home several times and have always wanted to see the gardens but you weren’t so brazen to knock, here’s your chance. Jump for more photos of this lovely sculpture garden, as well as more information on how to purchase your tickets the May 17 garden tour.

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Little Forest Hills artist Janet Reynolds lets her flock of Barred Rocks and Rhode Island Reds frolic in her backyard under supervision.

Little Forest Hills artist Janet Reynolds lets her flock of Barred Rocks and Red Stars frolic in her backyard under supervision. (Photo: Jo England)

I can say, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that this home tour is the smallest and most unique in Dallas. It’s one of those events that has people saying “Only in East Dallas!” That’s what I love about it, too. If you haven’t already heard, A Peep at The Coops is an annual chicken coop tour that will lead you through nine lovely coops and gardens throughout East Dallas’ most fun and funky neighborhoods.

The Sunday, May 3, coop tour is a fundraiser for Stonewall Jackson Elementary’s garden program. It’s the perfect event for the chicken-curious folks considering their own birds but aren’t quite sold on it yet. And it’s a budget-friendly family outing, too, as you can purchase a map to the coops on tour for just $10. There’s a companion bike-led tour from the kind folks at Transit Bikes where you can pedal to the close-by coops on an easy-to-ride route, plus a raffle for a gorgeous modern coop designed by Mark Domiteaux, AIA.

This modern, mobile chicken coop will be raffled off to benefit Stonewall Gardens.

This modern, mobile chicken coop will be raffled off to benefit Stonewall Gardens.

We got a sneak peep at two coops yesterday. Jump for more!

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