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The Farmers Branch Historical Park is home to numerous events year-round, including a vintage baseball tournament in the Spring (photo courtesy city of Farmers Branch).

Is your home a 10-minute (or less) walk from a park? One-third of Americans have a much longer trek than that to get to their nearest park, according to research by the National Recreation and Park Association, Urban Land Institute and, The Trust for Public Land.

Recently, Rachel Banner, a senior program manager at the NRPA, wrote a piece for the National Association of Realtors’ Spaces to Places blog about a year-long initiative to make more public spaces and parks available — within a 10-minute walk from every person.

Banner also talks about the Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, which revealed that while residential and commercial developers may create amenities within their buildings or spaces, that’s not necessarily what creates a lifelong resident of a city.

“The report talks a lot about the growing demand for amenities in both office and residential development.  In the discussion about the report Owen Thomas, CEO of Boston Properties also remarked that while each year a new set of cities may be pegged for growth, we must look at how long those cities will remain “hot spots” and the places people stay long-term,” Ballard said. “While including amenities within a building may initially attract owners or tenants, it is the amenities outside of the building open to all that will get them to stay.” (more…)

510 Cordova AOver in the East Dallas neighborhood of Hollywood Heights, a Tudor just went on the market three days ago and it’s a beaut.

With 1,536 square feet, three bedrooms, and two full baths, our Thursday Three Hundred at 510 Cordova St. is surprisingly large for its era. It was built in 1927, but offers a lot of space, as well as a two-car garage, and backyard.

This house is beautifully maintained: the exterior alone tells you many people have loved this home through the years and taken good care of it, from the handsome brickwork and hardwood floors, to an original fireplace and some stained glass features. 510 Cordova St.The neighborhood is situated to the northwest of East Grand Avenue and Tennison Park Golf Course, part of the Hollywood/Santa Monica Conservation District, one of the first in Dallas. The district protects the area’s historic homes. As such, owners are required to fill out a Conservation District Work Review Form from the City of Dallas before doing any exterior remodeling, repair, or improvements to their homes. This is crucial to keep in mind if you buy in a conservation district. The fines are no joke.

Walking through Hollywood Heights makes for a wonderful afternoon, with many other Tudors like this built before World War II. The house is equidistant from Lindsley Park, with its baseball field, basketball court, pavilion, picnic tables, and playground, and Randall Park, with a baseball and softball fields, basketball court, soccer field, tennis court, picnic tables, and trails.

Being in East Dallas, it is also close to White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum, Lakewood, and all the other charms of the area.

It is listed by Ken Lampton of RE/MAX DFW Associates for $390,000. There’s an open house on Sunday from 1-3 p.m., so be sure to check it out and tell us what you think!

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622 Newell Ave. Dallas, 75223

622 Newell Ave. Dallas, 75223

Last week my fabulous friend Karen Eubank, who I met through the Dirt Queen herself years ago and is a staging mastermind (read: if you are selling or have an event, you NEED her – she was my secret & saving grace in preparing for our home tour), invited me over to a house a block away from me to take a sneak peek before it hit the CRAZY market. I was blown away. And jealous. Seriously jealous. 622 Newell Ave. is in Hollywood Heights, is tastefully done, and has 2,883 square feet of space. In our historical ‘hood, it’s basically a mansion! (more…)

HomeTour2014

Today we’re going to test your knowledge of the Hollywood Heights/Santa Monica Neighborhood for a chance to win a pair of tickets to this year’s Hollywood Heights Home tour.

This year’s tour is a great route, touching on several major streets and showcasing some amazing Tudor and traditional homes, for which this conservation district is known. Hollywood/Santa Monica is an amazing neighborhood, and has a lot of cherished history.

To win these tickets, you’ll have to answer all three of these questions correctly. Email your entries to jo@candysdirt.com by the end of the day Friday. We’ll announce our winner on Monday, so stay tuned! For the questions, jump!

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