If you’re looking for something in the $200’s in one of the most popular neighborhoods in all of Dallas, here it is, served up to you on a CandysDirt.com platter.

The cottage at 8647 San Fernando Way in Little Forest Hills is the house equivalent of what makes this neighborhood so great. It’s quirky, it’s cool and there’s a chicken coop out back. There’s also a barn-like garage, a hand-built Plexi-roofed greenhouse, and antique farmhouse sink, and wash station. Basically, the backyard is the business. It’s everything you and your green thumbs ever dreamed of.

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The funky counterpart of larger and grander Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, is one of my favorite neighborhoods in East Dallas. Why? Because besides amazing location, this neighborhood has natural beauty and personality.

First, Little Forest Hills has the absolute CUTEST Fourth of July parade, which attracts bicycles and strollers with streamers and flags, plus the many Radio Flyer wagons with pups astride. Plus, this neighborhood is within bicycling distance of East Dallas’ worst-kept secret: The Dallas Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3108 pool. And finally, both neighborhoods feed into Dallas ISD’s Alex Sanger Preparatory, which earned several distinctions.

So it’s no surprise that these two East Dallas enclaves have experienced growing popularity in the past decade, with more an more people paying top dollar for lots and custom builders. Though, this beautiful Tudor was built just six years ago, there are homes built more than 70 years back still standing. But what if you could have a new build without all of the effort? That’s what our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week offers. 

“This quality craftsman Tudor home was built in 2013 by the current owner,” said listing agent Jenny Capritta of RE/MAX DFW Associates.  “All new quality custom homes start with the foundation. This engineer-designed slab was created for maximum stability by drilling 47 piers to shale — some 20 to 30 feet.”

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Little Forest Hills

Love Little Forest Hills? Then you’ll love this listing from Travelstead Property Group of Dallas City Center Realtors. They’ve got a great listing for this week’s Saturday Seven Hundred at 8934 San Leandro near Casa Linda, a three bedroom, two and half-bath for $799,000. (more…)

This week we take you to the Casa Linda Estates and Little Forest Hills area, where a modern new build and traditional cottage are the highlights of our Splurge vs. Steal. There are lots of details to love in both, but their price points and styles are miles apart. Which one catches your eye, the Little Forest Hills Splurge or the Casa Linda Estates Steal?

Splurge: Little Forest Hills New Build On Large Corner Lot For $619K 

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Before you settle in to watch the “big game” tomorrow, saunter over to an open house for this Craftsman-inspired new construction at 8815 Forest Hills Blvd. from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. This four-bedroom, three-bath 3,221-square-foot home listed for $799,950 is tucked away on a quiet street in Little Forest Hills within walking distance to White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum, and more.

Soaring ceilings, two-story stone fireplace, and an exposed ceiling beam when you look up. Custom windows, abundant natural light, and hardwood floors when you look down. There’s a lot to love in this two-story traditional modern. (more…)

Are you getting excited about the upcoming White Rock Home Tour? If you’re not yet, we’re pretty sure that after eyeing this cool midcentury modern-inspired new build from Tavis Westbrook, you’ll be snatching up some tickets. This year’s White Rock Home Tour will feature seven amazing homes on April 21-22 from noon to 5 p.m. Two of those stops are on Diceman Street in sought-after Little Forest Hills, including Westbrook’s enviable one-story build. 

Most of the time, we ask homeowners a few questions to give tour-goers a little sneak peek at the homes on a particular home tour, but this new build was so fascinating that we had to pick Westbrook’s brain on it. 

Want to see it in person? Don’t forget to buy your tickets to the April 21-22 White Rock Home Tour — the only exclusively modern home tour showing off the gorgeous designs surrounding the crown jewel of East Dallas, White Rock Lake. It’s an absolute bargain at $15 per ticket in advance and $20 on the day of the tour, and all the proceeds benefit Old Lake Highlands’ own Hexter Elementary. 

Find out more about this stunner — sure to be a hit on this year’s tour — after the jump!

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Funky and Colorful Artist's Cottage Is Perfectly Placed in Little Forest Hills | CandysDirt.com

The grass is always greener in Little Forest Hills, where we’ve found a perfectly delightful artist’s cottage with bright green curb appeal and funky appeal. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 8635 San Benito Way is the perfect retreat in a popular East Dallas neighborhood, just a stone’s throw from White Rock Lake. This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, home office, artist’s studio in back, and 1,422 square feet on one story, built in 1938. There’s an open house this Sunday, Dec. 3, from 1-3 p.m. Want a sneak peek? 

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The old soul Victorian at 4317 Worth St. is Kristen

The old soul Victorian at 4317 Worth St. is Kristen Martin’s third “flip” all of her own in Dallas.

When some people look at an old house in disrepair, all they see are its problems. But for one Dallas Realtor, old Dallas homes are all about possibility, instead.

Kristen Martin

Realtor Kristen Martin in front of the Victorian she renovated in Old East Dallas.

Kristen Martin says she’s a kindred soul with old houses, getting to know them, even naming them as she restores, repairs, and renovates them to a state even better than what they were originally.

She’s a Realtor with The Michael Group, and she’s passionate about real estate. But the properties that truly inspire her are the ones she’s buying and flipping.

A few weeks ago, we featured her old soul Victorian flip at 4317 Worth St. in our CandysDirt.com Dallas open house roundup. It is sensational! We had to know more about this woman who can make old houses sing again.

“I go in the houses and just feel them out—[the house on Worth Street] was a mess but I got it flowing well because I talked to the house and it talked back to me,” Martin said. “I have renovated three in the last year and before that, I had done three with other people.”

She wears rose-colored glasses, because all of her flips have been messes when she found them. The Worth Street house, which she purchased in April, was built in 1903 and was a little more than “rough around the edges.” The foundation, plumbing, electric, carpet, and parquet were all bad and needed replacement. The kitchen was a gut. It needed an HVAC. Cosmetically, it wasn’t much to look at, either, with an 80’s vibe going strong.

But Martin saw past all that.

“I had a feeling when I walked into it—the fireplaces and windows and wraparound porch—my jaw dropped,” she said. “I’m ahead of my time in that neighborhood because the area hasn’t made a whole revival. It’s coming back around but throughout the years, everybody has just looked at Swiss Avenue and Junius Heights [nearby].”

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