Our Inwood House of the Week at 6827 Lakeshore is a rambler ranch-style house on almost half an acre of land in the heart of Lakewood. Built in 1951, the sellers have done a brilliant job of renovating it while keeping much of the original detail intact.

So many people get these ranch renovations wrong. They go a bit crazy, blow out all the walls, raise the ceilings way too high, and create a cavernous living space that destroys the charm and original architectural intent.

That original rambler ranch design concept was simple. A casual, informal, long profile, rambling home — hence the name rambler — with an open layout, but not so open you can see what every single member of the household is doing at once.

It’s an architectural style unique to America and represents a time when the indoor-outdoor connection became cemented into our expectations of what defines a home. You cannot envision a ranch-style home without evoking images of dad poised over the grill flipping burgers. These homes accounted for nine of every 10 homes built in the 1950s. We’d be surprised if you or a family member has not experienced life in a rambler ranch. If not, here’s your chance!

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Sometimes a home comes to market that offers so much, you really wonder if it might not be a fun gig to take bets on how long it will last on the market. Can we do that here, or is it illegal?

Because I want to place a bet on 7339 La Vista in Lakewood Hills, one of the most sought-after neighborhoods east of Central. The home is a fairly new Tudor, looks like it’s never been lived in, and boasts almost 3,000 square feet on pier and beam (2737) on 0.17 of an acre.

Why am I in such a betting mood?

Because this one won’t last. In fact, it’s open Sunday from two to four p.m.,  says the agent, Allie Beth Allman’s Maribeth Peters. And it’s the best price per square foot in town for an updated four bedroom in Lakewood Elementary!

Why is Lakewood Hills so darn hot?

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Lakewood just keeps getting better.

Not only is it filled with iconic and historic homes, but the new construction we are seeing is simply some of the best in Dallas. Notably, our collective jaws dropped when we spotted 6726 Lake Circle Drive in the very heart of Lakewood. (more…)

GetMedia-1Nothing warms our hearts more than a Ranch-style home, especially a refreshed ranch. This all-American house style was popularized in the 1950’s, notably by architect Cliff May, and quickly became the iconic suburban home. The simple informal design captured the imaginations and suited the lifestyles of the post-war generation.

What goes around, comes around and a new generation of buyers have rediscovered the ranch.

These homes are a great investment for multiple reasons. Not only do they adapt to traditional or modern tastes, they can capture the midcentury modern aesthetic with minimal work. They are also not terribly challenging to renovate or add on to. Our Saturday 700, at 6610 Yosemite Lane, is a prime example of how to refresh the right way.

By the way this is also a rather famous street in Dallas. It is where the late, great Texie Waterman resided, the first (and some would say, only) choreographer of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders! Also of note is that this particular home was once owned by Dallas cosmetics guru Niven Morgan III… good genes in the house and the ‘hood!

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O’Neil Ford’s Texas Modern at 3201 Wendover is on the National Register of Historic Places. Photography courtesy of Jennifer McNeil Baker

 

Frankly, we don’t know how they do it. Heading into their 40th year, the organizers of the Lakewood Home Tour always find proud homeowners willing to share their gorgeous and often architecturally significant houses with the public. In doing so they have raised millions of dollars since 1976, all benefitting local schools. This year, six homes ranging from brand new builds to historic architectural icons are on the annual tour that takes place this weekend. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at one of those icons, 3201 Wendover.

Stay tuned: We’ll be giving away two pairs of tickets to this year’s Lakewood Home Festival Tour later this week!

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I’ve been telling you how hard it is to find homes in the $400,000 to $599,000 price range that are not pending, active, or under contract, and that knock my socks off. Well, not only are my socks off, but I’m running barefoot through the grass right for this charming Lakewood cottage at 6706 Vada, and you should be too because — mark my words — Andrea Pedigo at Dave Perry Miller Real Estate will be writing a contract on it by next week in this crazy-hot market. At $499,000 it just won’t last, so sprint on over and snag it this weekend before someone else does. (more…)