food pantries

Food pantries like the one at Woodrow High School help discreetly feed students and their families when times are tough. (Photo courtesy Nancy Wilson)

If you just walked down the halls of Woodrow Wilson High, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell that some students would need the assistance of a food pantry.

But, like far too many students that attend Dallas ISD schools, the only meals some kids at Woodrow got came from the cafeteria. There simply wasn’t food at home. (more…)

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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Splurge vs. Steal: Two Lakewood Homes in the Lovely Country Club Estates | CandysDirt.com

Our splurge at 6612 Lakeshore Dr. has a gorgeous master bath.

Splurge vs. Steal is a new feature on CandysDirt.com. Every week, we look at two properties that offer something in common, but are miles apart in their asking price.  

One of Lakewood’s most lovely neighborhoods is Country Club Estates, a close-knit community with incredible location, memorable architecture, and zoning for the coveted Lakewood Elementary. Our Splurge vs. Steal today looks at two houses on the same street, about a block apart, but almost $350K apart in price. 

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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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Condos and townhomes are only going to grow in popularity in Lakewood, as more and more aging multifamily structures — including the brick duplexes and fourplexes that line many of the side streets off of Gaston Avenue — are razed. This development, built in 2006 right off of Oram Street, is a great example of a well-maintained condo building with beautiful finish-out and livable, warm spaces. Britt Lopez of Dallas City Center Realtors has listed No. 16 at 6269 Oram Street for $540,000.

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The Drake at White Rock Rendering (1)

A new condominium development has been announced for the White Rock Lake area. The Drake at White Rock Lake is being sold as a “seven-story, modern-inspired condominium residence with 90-100 homes featuring one, two, and three bedrooms.”

The building is envisioned with a terraced elevation, spacious rooms, expansive windows, balconies and entertainment decks, which will provide a variety of inspiring views from White Rock Lake to Downtown Dallas to the lush greenery of Tenison Park.

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Lakewood Cottage 6910-wildgrove-ave-dallas-tx-MLS-1 copyLakewood is a neighborhood that’s hard to leave. It’s also one that’s hard to get into — at a price point south of a million dollars. So, when this charming Lakewood cottage at 6910 Wildgrove Avenue popped up in our email, there was a flurry of excitement here at CandysDirt.com.

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Lakewood Mid Century Home 6926 Kenwood 1

Lakewood is one of those neighborhoods that offers that small-town, know-your-neighbors experience. Finding a house here, however, is not always easy. Finding one under a million, that’s move- ready, is even harder.

But we’ve done it! Our Friday Five Hundred, at 6926 Kenwood Ave., is a sophisticated Lakewood midcentury home that has been beautifully remodeled. Stephanie Pinkston and Margie Harris with Allie Beth Allman have it listed for $599,000. (more…)