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…)

11229 Lanewood a

When it comes to renovations, some people say, “Go big, or go home.”

That’s the case with our Thursday Three Hundred at 11229 Lanewood Cir. in East Dallas’ Lochwood neighborhood. This house recently got taken to the studs for a total re-imagination, and out of that emerged something stylish and on-trend.

This is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom Traditional with 1,680 square feet, built in 1957. It sits on a heavily treed lot near Northwest Highway and Jupiter Road, just a block from Lochwood Park.

It was listed June 10 by Karen Cuskey with Coldwell Banker Residential for $386,400.


This mid-century modern is nestled on a treed lot in Lochwood.

I am in love. Again.

I fell hard for the little Mid-Century Modern on St. Francis that was snapped up just four days after you saw it here on Candy’s Dirt. It was such a deal, and obviously I wasn’t the only person who felt that way.

So, knowing that someone is going to find this little ditty in Lochwood marketed by Ebby’s Brandon Stewart with three bedrooms, two baths, and 1,686 square feet of awesome, I’m not going to get my hopes up. The romance between me and the clerestory windows, treed lot, and views of a placid creek is doomed from the start.

That doesn’t mean I won’t send it this sweet love letter, though. I mean, how could I compare its lovely original finishes, cool modern fire place, brick floors, and adorable kidney-shaped pool to a summer’s day?

And, it’s just down the street from Lochwood Park, which has a brand new playground and tennis courts. It’s close to shopping, and it’s not far from Northwest Highway and 635 should you need to commute. And there are no bad views from all of the gigantic floor-to-ceiling windows.

But let’s be real: At $239,000, someone is surely stalking this gal, built in 1961, and will snap it up before I can get a showing. Just like last time …