By Nikki Lott
Special Contributor

This Mother’s Day, buy flowers, do brunch, and then head to the 37th Annual Fairmount Historic Home Tour. Travel back in time and ooh and aah over all the incredible details like exposed beams, overhanging eaves and romantic wrap around porches.

There once was a time when we went outside, meet our neighbors and … talked. CAN YOU IMAGINE? Back then, you needed neighbors to get all the hot goss and a cup of sugar. Well, maybe that detail hasn’t changed as much, but over the years the architecture and craftsmanship certainly have.

Along the tour, you’ll see delicately restored bungalows, a few new old homes (INTRIGUING) and one home that’s in transition. A chance to see the progress in person? Yes, please.


This cute Craftsman at 1968 Alston will be on this year's Fairmount Historic District Mother's Day Home Tour. (Photos: Fairmount Historic District/Hutson Creative)

This cute Craftsman at 1968 Alston will be on this year’s Fairmount Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour. (Photos: Fairmount Historic District/Hutson Creative)

You know we love celebrating Mother’s Day with a home tour, and this year you’ll have two chances to win tickets to fantastic tours. The first giveaway here on is for a pair of tickets to the 33rd annual Fairmount National Historic District Mother’s Day Tour of Homes this weekend. Named one of “The South’s best Comeback Neighborhoods” by Southern Living, this home tour features the charming Arts & Crafts architecture for which this area is known. Bungalows, Prairie Four-Squares, and even a cool converted warehouse have all been beautifully restored and are ready for you to tromp through!

2234 Hurley

2234 Hurley is a fantastic Prairie-style home on the tour.



We already told you that Elizabeth Mast and her partner, Robby Sturgeon, will be listing the incredible Stubbs House at 6543 La Vista for $1.5 million. Well, I got to tour this home last night at their open house before the Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour, and I was just blown away. Just floored!

If you were one of the lucky few who attended the estate sale at this amazing home, you’ll remember how cramped and packed and practically claustrophobic this house felt. It was drowning in antiques and memorabilia, with a variety of Asian art spread across the tables and floors. There was a thin layer of dust and grime on most surfaces, and the chandeliers were dull and sad.

And then Mast and Sturgeon, with the help of their incredible team, completely transformed the home into a show-stopper. Now we understand why this stately Tudor called “The Crown Jewel of Swiss Avenue!”


Stubbs House

You remember our post about the estate sale over at 6243 La Vista. The home, a historic treasure that had been lovingly preserved by Willetta Stellmacher, will hit the market soon, listed by none-other than Elizabeth Mast.

Mast, the foremost Realtor for the Swiss Avenue area, plans to take her time freshening the Landmark Stubbs home and staging it to show off its colorful history and beautiful details. She plans to list the five-bedroom, four-full-and-two-half-bath estate this coming April for $1.5 million. Mast will stage the home using some of Stellmacher’s incredible collection of antiques and showbiz memorabilia.

Elizabeth Mast“We’re already starting with an incredible property,” Mast said via phone this morning. The home on La Vista, which sits just at the northeastern end of Swiss Avenue, has stunning original details, including pocket doors, millwork, and etched glass all over the home. It’s amazing how much of the original details have made it through the home’s past life as a piece-meal boarding house, but many bathrooms sport vintage tile, too.

“It has survived everything,” Mast said of the home, which has a solarium, a carriage house, pool, and porte cochere. It has more than 5,500 square feet of interior space, according to Dallas Central Appraisal District, which values the 1927 landmark at $874,300.

Sure, this would be an amazing home for a history buff, but what Mast wants to emphasize is that this house is perfect for any family. Considering its amazing structure and age, this home could be carefully updated to accommodate any modern family’s lifestyle. And it would do so beautifully.

“This home has such a great deal of warmth to it,” Mast said. “And the more you’re in the home, the more you feel it.”

We can’t wait to see it, both before it hits MLS and during the incredibly popular, not-to-be-missed  May 10-11 Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour, of which this incredible property will be the star.

We are so thrilled to give away two tickets each to the Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour and the Spring Modern Home Tour benefiting Dallas Architecture Forum this week. These two home tours always attract a lot of attention, and we are so thrilled to have the opportunity to promote them!

Without further ado, the winner of our Spring Modern Home Tour Giveaway is …

James Davenport


James Davenport! We hope you and your mother enjoy the home tour, James!

The winner of our Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour Giveaway is …

Frank Stokes


Frank Stokes! I know you and your wife will enjoy this trip down memory lane, which happens to be Swiss Avenue!

Thank you to everyone who commented and tweeted about this week’s ticket giveaways. Stay tuned, because we have even more tickets to give away next week!