Lakewood Hutsell Mansion

When John Angell emailed me photos of this iconic Lakewood Hutsell mansion yesterday morning, I almost spit out my coffee. Yes, I was that excited. You see, these architecturally significant, historically important, and delightfully eclectic homes are not often for sale.

I was sure I had written about this Lakewood Hutsell before because I’ve seen and written about a lot of homes designed by this amazing architect.

I was wrong.

What had me fooled was the rarity of the outdoor curtains that hang on either side of the large arched stained glass window. And the balcony, and the piqué assiette courtyard floor, and the stained glass. Let’s face it. This beauty is almost the sister of the Hutsell at 7035 Lakewood Boulevard, making it a close copy of the home the architect built for himself. I’m not at all surprised that an old Hutsell fan like me was fooled, because repetition is present in all this genius designed.

Lakewood Hutsell Mansion

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In the not-too-distant future, I will write a book on how homes heal and nests nurture. I have many friends who, stung from later-life divorces, have found salvation in new home renovation — contracted out or even built with their own hands. There is nothing as fulfilling as ripping apart an old bathroom or kitchen, with several great whacks of the sledgehammer. The rooms — worn down, out-of-style, dysfunctional — turn out to be a lot like their former marriages. Re-creating a beautiful new space in the old structure gives them purpose, passion and a new lease, not to mention the self-satisfaction that comes when the project is complete. You move in and finally relax with a glass of wine and (hopefully) a new romantic interest.

But a house doesn’t have to be divorce therapy to nurture. It can also house a new beginning that comes through, say, a dual adoption and marriage.

For Dr. Jennifer Denning, 6918 Pasadena was the home she bought to raise her adopted daughter, to give her a storybook life.

She is the sixth owner of the Tudor-style home, whose primary owners lived in the tidy house for almost 30 years. Built in 1923, the home was first owned by Bernard and Jane B. Shields, Bernard being employed by WM Simpson & Sons. The home went to market from 1948 to 1950; it was sold and remodeled. Originally a three-bedroom one-story structure, subsequent owners knocked out walls and added a second story with dormers and tall ceilings, bathrooms, and more rooms in 2005.

But oh my, this story is about so much more than a home.

“If Norman Rockwell were a single working mom, this is the house he’d buy,” says Jennifer.

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Good rentals are hard to find, but this gem in the Hollywood Heights will suit your needs and leave a little room in your pocketbook to decorate for the holidays.

Good rentals are hard to find, but this gem in the Hollywood Heights will suit your needs and leave a little room in your pocketbook to decorate for the holidays.

The two-bedroom, one-bathroom abode at 6914 San Mateo Blvd. sits on “a beautiful tree-lined street, close to the park, with a large backyard,” according to Marie Euseppi. She’s leasing the home for $1,800 a month. (more…)

Compass Dallas has signed a lease for three floors at 6220 Gaston Ave., the former Faulkner Tower building. The tower is across the street from Lakewood Shopping Center in the heart of Lakewood with a pretty neat view of the Lakewood Country Club golf course.

According to the landlord, Carl Anderson, the three floors of office space will be more than enough room for 120 agents. And the Compass name will be on the Lakewood landmark.

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Charming Cabin Near Deep Ellum & Fair Park

Hey, have you heard? It’s hot outside, which leaves most of us dreaming of cooler climates like the mountains or the beach or anything near water or possibly a glacier.

Unfortunately, that’s not always on the itinerary because of work, commitments, and lack of bags of cash. The good news is, you can still get away and enjoy the cool comforts of someone else’s A/C.

Check out this handful of Airbnbs we handpicked for their unique look, location and again, the opportunity to enjoy cooler temps inside not-your-house.

Charming Cabin Near Deep Ellum and Fair Park

Escape the city in a real live cabin (pictured above). Conveniently located less than a gas tank away in Urbandale in Southeast Dallas.

Why It Made The List: It’s out there, but like near here and Superhost Grady said the cabin is “Crafted from pine felled and hand-planed in Boone, N.C.” New rule: If you use the word “felled,” you’re going to make the list.

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LakewoodKendra Benningfield was admittedly very new to homebuying when she saw her Lakewood townhouse for the first time — but she knew that it had good bones if the right person got ahold of it.

And she knew she was that right person.

“I originally found my place while living in Uptown and realizing I wanted to be in an actual neighborhood/community,” Benningfield recalled. “I was very green when it came to home buying so I just started looking on Trulia.”

“After a few hours of scrolling the map around to see what would pop up, I happened across this amazingly well built Charlestonian townhouse smack dab in the middle of Lakewood.”

But it wasn’t completely love at first sight. However, Benningfield knew she could put her stamp on the interior of the home.

“It was very closed-in when I purchased, but I knew the bones were there,” she said. (more…)

Updated Caruth Terrace

Caruth Terrace has long been a favorite neighborhood for first- and second-time homebuyers who love being near the dining and shopping of Lakewood. Now, you’ll just need to decide if you’re more of a Big Shucks or a Burger House family when you move into this lovely remodeled ranch-style home at 6308 Woodcrest Lane, listed for $600,000 by Michael Brink of Keller Williams Urban Dallas. (But really, you can’t go wrong either way.) (more…)

“This is definitely the gem of Sondra Drive that is nestled in the heart of Lakewood!” gushed Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Matthew Edwards when I asked him about his brand new listing. The home is not only a newer build in one of Dallas’ most sought-after neighborhoods, but it the location is beyond enviable, making it a shoo-in for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

Of course, Lakewood is teeming with stellar homes of all ages and sizes, but homes on Sondra Drive are particularly sought after because of the private feel of the narrow, tree-lined streets. Plus, you’re so close to everything.

“This property lives wonderfully and has so many great amenities,” Edwards added. “It’s within walking distance to Lakewood Elementary and White Rock Lake!”

It’s true. Sondra Drive has twice the appeal of other Lakewood locations thanks to its proximity to Lakewood Elementary and its distance from the main thoroughfares that traverse the neighborhood. But if you’re a homebody like me, what you’ll really love the backyard, which has a great pool, spa, outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and a tidy lawn that will mean you’ll have plenty of room outside to keep both kids and parents happy no matter the season. No need for KayCee Pool memberships here!

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