Warren Sibley of Dave Perry Miller has a great Lakewood listing at 6923 Coronado Avenue, a four-bedroom, three and half-bath for $669,000 that’s just in time for a summer move to Lakewood Elementary’s fabulous neighborhood.  (more…)

golf courseThe argument over whether life is better inside the 635 loop or outside has adamant advocates on either side. But this week’s Splurge vs. Steal showcases golf course adjacent homes, and what you can get if you go a smidgen outside the loop.

Both of our Splurge vs. Steal homes this week are near golf courses — one Lakewood Country Club, the other Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch. What can you get near a golf course, yet close to all the amenities city living offers? Look and see. (more…)

My love of historic houses runs deep. It’s barely surpassed by my love of dark chocolate and great wine. Our Inwood National Bank House of the Week is one of my all-time favorites, and it has quite a history.

In 2003 The Parks Estate, a historic Spanish Mission-style home at 6220 Worth Avenue, hit the Preservation Dallas list of endangered properties. My heart skipped a beat. I live nearby, and this house is not just a stately home, it’s an East Dallas icon. The Parks Estate has had many incarnations, including a stint on HGTV’s House Hunters several years ago. It’s finally for sale again. If I could buy it, I would.


Swiss Avenue Historic District

The Swiss Avenue Historic District offers an eclectic mix of the finest residential design styles you can find anywhere in Dallas. Large, gorgeous, meticulously maintained homes grace every tree-lined street. It’s not often you discover a newer build in the area that offers all the modern amenities, but also maintains the historic look and feel of the grand homes built in the last century. It’s even harder to find one for sale, but we have! Our Saturday Six Hundred is in the Swiss Avenue Historic District, on Bryan Parkway, and offers the best of both worlds. (more…)


Tremont IHOTW

Nestled into a grove of mature trees on a double lot in the Parks Estates section of East Dallas lies a stunning Tudor treasure at 6347 Tremont Street. Built in 1927 by Dines & Kraft, it overlooks the Lakewood Country Club and is absolute perfection. David Bush has the two-story, four-bedroom, three-full-and-one-half-bath Tudor listed for $1.65 million.

“One of the great things about this home is that it’s a mid ‘20s Tudor with all the original architecture, and a downstairs master,” Bush said. “That’s almost impossible to find.”

The house underwent two remodels over the years. The transition between the original home and additions are seamless.


6426 Westlake Front

What a fantastic home that really typifies “move in-ready” for me! For a home to be move in-ready, it has to:

  • Have immaculate neutral paint and fresh baseboards and trim,
  • Have gorgeous floors that are in tip-top shape,
  • And have a kitchen that is ready to plug-in and go!

This home, a 1937 traditional cottage, has all of these things, as well as some fantastic light fixtures and beautiful living areas. There are three bedrooms, two full baths, an updated kitchen, and more than 1,800 square feet, making this home at 6426 Westlake a perfect, cozy family property. This home, located inside Lakewood’s Country Club Estates, is listed with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Karla Trusler for $515,000.


Hollywood-Santa Monica is definitely in my top-10 Dallas neighborhoods list! This East Dallas hideaway is littered with adorable homes on picturesque streets with great neighbors. Here’s a great opportunity to own a cute little Tudor with an outstanding backyard for just $262,500.

Marketed by the insanely talented husband-and-wife team of Bryan and Amanda Crawford, 6927 Patricia Ave. is a fabulous little Tudor stuffed to the gills with charm. It’s a two-bedroom, one-bath home on a short, quiet street just a couple of blocks from the Santa Fe Trail and Lakewood Country Club. It’s a great location that is accessible and private with great shopping and great schools (Lakewood Elementary and Woodrow Wilson High School).

There are just a few updates I would suggest, including a little TLC to the kitchen and bathroom. Otherwise this house is just adorable! I love the Murphy bed in the guest bedroom. You never see those anymore! So much classier than the ubiquitous futon.

What really pops my cork is the backyard. I love the fence and the multi-level deck, as well as the organic raised beds. You can enjoy the scenery and grow your own herbs and veggies! There’s a great front porch, too, which will be perfect for sipping a beverage and visiting with your new neighbors in this historic conservation district.

Not only is this house adorable, well-built, well-located, thoughtfully planned, brand spanking new and close to everything, it’s also the cheapest home you will ever find in Dallas, Texas when it comes to utility costs. Even when it’s 106 degrees. Built by JLD Custom Homes, it’s one of only two local homes whose builders have received the 2011 Oncor Excellence in energy performance award for energy-efficient home building that keeps down costs as well as meets EPA guidelines — a real challenge.

Here’s another challenge: the builder of the home, Jeff Dworkin, says he is so confident about the home’s energy-efficient construction he is GUARANTEEING that the buyer’s utility bills will never exceed $250 per month, that’s for both gas and electric, keeping the house at a reasonable temp like 74 to 75 degrees inside. He will do this for a full year. (Right now, the house is empty, utilities are running about $100 a month.) $250 a month for a house this size, 3448 square feet, is worth some buzz.

Especially if it’s on the market for $649,995!

Check out 6911 Gaston Avenue. This home is centrally located and minutes from everything. You want walkable? Even when it’s 104 degrees you’ll have shade here from these things called trees — walkable to the Lakewood Country Club, less than one mile to Lakewood Center and the new Trader Joes, less than a mile to the lake, ten minutes by car to LBJ.

The house is on a rare, unique one-third acre lot set back quite far from Gaston, with a two-car garage entrance from Shook Road, behind the home and your gateway to Lakewood fun. In fact, this unique configuration makes 6911 Gaston far more private and secluded because you truly see no neighbors or anyone from the back — just trees!

Inside, you have 3400 delicious, well-planned square feet featuring a master and potential extra bedroom downstairs. Yes, you heard me right: possibly two bedrooms down, two bedrooms and a game room upstairs. The builder thought out of the box, for once, and created a versatile living room/study/extra bedroom to the right of the foyer with discrete (but spacious) closets and access to the first floor powder room, which also has a shower. Will someone tell me why more builders don’t think out of the proverbial box? I have begged for years to pop a hidden shower somewhere in my downstairs powder rooms. The entire first floor is covered in  hand-scraped hardwoods. There’s a nice dining room, and a laundry/mud room.

Kitchen of your dreams — check. Oh yes pot and pan drawers, KitchenAid Pro Series, granite top of the line, you name it. The builder also added in more handy-dandy cabinet space, a whole wall of it. The laundry/mud rooms feature a granite counter and a writing desk — for those of us who still attend school or keep track of the kiddos, with style.

The master — sumptuous: great views of the backyard which has enough square footage for at least one pool and a small water park. The master bath is huge, has a jetted tub and shower, and so much storage you could not fill it in 30 days. Upstairs are two huge kiddos bedrooms and a large jack n’ jill bathroom accessible through the hallway.

The brick, stone and heavy-gauge metal roof give this home an Austin-y Hill Country flavor. But the best part is that while this house looks OLD, it is brand spanking new and ready to save a family big bucks with hundreds of green, energy-saving tricks. For example, the foam insulation on every square inch — the house is so air-tight they had to add a dehumidifier in the A/C. The home only uses a single, 16 SEER 3-ton unit to cool everything. Even the attic is comfortable in mid July!

This house is also open Sunday, July 29, from one to three p.m and I would strongly advise you to take a look/see. You’ve got to see the solid core bead board doors, great secure windows, and wine cabinet in the kitchen. Even if you are out of town, I’d go home just to check it out. Think I’m kidding? Anyone know how low Lakewood inventory happens to be right now? Lower than my libido, and that’s pretty low –kidding! Seriously, we have no inventory, multiple offers are coming in, if you like this house you might just want to POUNCE!