Nestled among towering pecan trees, one Lakewood home feels like a treehouse, offering midcentury style, gracious living, and celebrity owners who personally helped design it. 

This week’s Inwood Home of the Week, sponsored by Inwood National Bank, is at 7128 Wildgrove Ave., a stone’s throw from the southwestern shores of White Rock Lake. Owners Tim DeLaughter and Julie Doyle are musicians and co-founders of Polyphonic Spree, as well as owners of hip East Dallas joint Lounge Here and local faves Good Records and Good Pagoda. 

When they built this house in 2006, it was the first of its kind in the neighborhood. DeLaughter and Doyle were sensitive to that and worked with many of the materials of the existing midcentury house, from re-using the original foundation and bricks, to featuring its Roman brick fireplace and colorful porcelain sinks inside. The couple worked hand-in-hand with architects and designers at W2 Studio in downtown Dallas. 

“This was our ideal home — we were into contemporary design and if we maintained [aspects of the] design of the original home, we thought we could fit in the neighborhood,” said DeLaughter. “We were fans of [W2’s] work prior to this and we contacted them because we were going to need a home with more square footage.” 

The pink brick and tropical pine cladding contrast pleasingly with towering pecan trees and lush landscaping — the aesthetic is both sleek and organic.

The main house has 2,712 square feet on two stories and a studio offers an additional 432 square feet, totaling 3,144 square feet of living space. A central courtyard features a steel catwalk connecting the two spaces and moving between stories, DeLaughter’s idea. 

“There’s a massive pecan tree in the center of what is now the courtyard, which cemented the idea of it — we worked around it with landscaping and design,” he said. “We added about four-and-a-half feet [to the original foundation] on the south side of house then went up two floors.”  

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What Can You Buy In Lakewood for Under $1 Million? (Hint: It's a Lot!)

Lakewood rarely fails to delight when we’re talking about location. With White Rock Lake, the fun of East Dallas, fabulous neighborhoods, and proximity to downtown, what’s not to love?

But with that love comes a price tag. So today, I’ve found two great houses in Lakewood for well under a million dollars each. They’re move-in ready, but with flexible floorplans that could be expanded or reconfigured, too.

Both of these properties are walking distance to the coveted Lakewood Elementary, beloved in the community by parents and students alike. The blue-ribbon school is in the process of completing a long-planned 52,500-square-foot addition with lots of natural light and state-of-the-art technologies. This will serve roughly 1,000 students, almost double the previous amount. It’s just another reason people flock to Lakewood when they’re buying.

So let’s see these two houses, shall we?

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Interior Designer Ashley Bell's Lakewood Austin Stone Home is what renovation dreams are made of.

Interior Designer Ashley Bell’s Lakewood Austin Stone Home is what renovation dreams are made of.

Get ready to say the words, “Is it available fully furnished?”

You know what they say about the devil being in the details? Well, every detail of interior designer Ashley Bell’s Lakewood home feels like a guilty pleasure. Though the house itself features meticulous updates, we guarantee you’ll be just as taken with all of the trappings as you are with the home’s beautiful bones.

One of the stars of last year’s Lakewood Home Festival Tour, 6934 Meadow Lake Avenue is 2,770 square feet of serendipity.

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This gorgeous home sits on a 62 x 179 lot and boasts 4,509 squar

It’s hard to really define a “Dallas” home without thinking about the “structures” erected in the last 20 years, from the top-heavy wood-shingled maisons that look like skinny women with huge top-heavy boobs, to the McMansions and Mediterranean would-be meccas. Certainly the classic Dallas ranch is a home that defines us as much as a Cape Cod defines, well, Cape Cod.

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But nothing brands itself more as a “Dallas home” than 7023 Lakewood Boulevard. Talk about turrets, here is a turret — an original turret. Architect Clifford Dorris Hutsell may have designed this Lakewood home for himself in 1930 (but we think he actually lived in another home), at a cost of $10,000. At the time, it was one of the most expensive residences in Lakewood. In fact, it cost as much if not more than the Grand Dame mansions on Swiss Avenue. Why is this so truly a Dallas home? Because it was designed and lived in by Hutsell, who built 50 houses in Lakewood between 1926 and 1941, including most of the grand showstoppers along Lakewood Boulevard. He is credited with giving the neighborhood its signature quirky, rambling, old-world look. Hutsell was born in Grapevine, but spent some time in California where he became enamored with Spanish Eclectic design. (Later he pounced on Tudor.) He brought that design back to Texas which was, after all, once under the Spanish flag. Thus Spanish Eclectic is as much a part of our Dallas home brand heritage as it is California’s. (more…)

2726 Lawtherwood FrontThis home is perfect for a family with an active lifestyle that wants security, location, and access to Dallas’ crown jewel, White Rock Lake. Not only is it spacious with four bedrooms, two full and one half baths, and large living areas, but it is inside the Lawtherwood subdivision, where you’ll have access to a private park with an affordable HOA.

Jump to find out more about this fabulous Lakewood listing from Dave Perry-Miller Realtor Henda Salmeron.

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7022 Pasadena A

When Linda and Stephan Martiniere relocated to Dallas from Chicago in 2009, they were looking for something magical in a Texas home. Deep in the heart of Lakewood on a street with rolling hills and mature trees, these two artists found what they were looking for at 7022 Pasadena Ave.

The 4-4 had gorgeous architectural detail throughout its 4,074 square feet, but the couple wanted to add their own touch to the space. Stephan immigrated to the U.S. from France some 30 years ago and the Martinieres have spent much time in that country, where they admired the feel of the old houses.

“When we saw this house, which was spectacular, we knew it was the home we were searching for—it’s not like any other part of Dallas,” Linda said. “We adored the incredible detail and workmanship of the house, the creative use of space, and we knew it would feed us creatively, and yet provide us with a great deal of peace and privacy.”

7022 Pasadena BLinda is the daughter of an interior designer and has renovated four other homes, so it was clear to her what the house could become with a redesign in a French farmhouse style. Part of that meant editing design choices made by a previous owner. For example, some rooms in the house were quite unfinished, while others had every detail imaginable, down to hand-carved door handles.

“The challenge was to make a more functional space, and yet also to create a harmonious statement with the home,” she said. “My vision was to let this home unfold itself and lead you seamlessly from room to room, with surprises at every turn, but is never jarring. I wanted to take the home to a place of slightly understated, old-world elegance, an homage to the stunning architectural detail of the existing home.”

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2202 Cambria Front

I have always loved this home, which is a beautiful stucco and tile roof modern Mediterranean that overlooks the Lakewood Country Club from just off Gaston Avenue. Yes, you saw that right — this home is located just off of Gaston and I still love it. Get a peek inside this home and you’ll see why.

This High Caliber Home is just the kind of place that, when you fall in love with it, you want to make sure that closing goes as smooth as butter. Avoid financing hiccups by contacting Lisa Peters with Caliber Home Loans from the beginning. Find out more about Lisa Peters and the amazing level of service you can expect from Caliber Home Loans by calling her today.

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6339 Velasco Front

What a cute little dollhouse this cottage is! Truly, romantic properties aren’t always huge bathtubs and gigantic kitchens with wine chillers. They can be sweet and warm, just like a good chick flick or not unlike fondue.

That’s what I think of when I see this adorable Lakewood Heights cottage at 6339 Velasco. This house is just so sweet, perfect for newlyweds who want a little love nest in a fantastic area. Lakewood Heights is full of a wonderful mix of old and new, some are lovely brand new custom-built homes and homes like this one, a gorgeous 1,390-square-foot home built in 1928. It’s listed by Keller Williams Elite Park Cities agent Joyce Bauert for $230,000.

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With three bedrooms and two baths, this home is a fantastic size for a small family. It’s close to White Rock Lake, and it’s also inside the Lakewood Elementary School attendance area, which feeds into Woodrow Wilson High School.

While the fireplace is purely ornamental, it is an adorable part of the living and dining area, which features walls of bookcases — a turn-on if there ever was one. The kitchen is dated and modest, but that’s part of the appeal of this home, which could be a fantastic fixer-upper or an investment for a couple that finds nothing sexier than putting in a little sweat equity.

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6336 Velasco Kitchen

The master bedroom and bath could use a designer’s touch, but considering the overall scale of the house, it’s a pretty incredible size, giving the new owners plenty of room to build a super sexy master bath with the jetted tub every woman wants.

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The backyard has a great deck and a patch of lawn that is perfect for losing a few hours to daydreams. It really is a wonderful property for newlyweds looking for a love nest. What do you think?

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