2018 Munger Home Tour in Dallas Texas. Photographed by Aaron Dougherty www.aarondoughertyphoto.com

Two things you can count on in spring: pollen (ahhhchoo!) and home tours! So many, you would be dizzy attending each and every one.
But the Munger Place Wine Walk and Home Tour caught my eye as one not to miss, because, well, look at these charming, gorgeous homes. I just gave a speech about preservation to The Park Cities Historical and Preservation Society, and it was all about preservation. Then I open my email and here are these ADORABLE 19th Century homes!

Comprised of more than 250 households, Munger Place holds the largest collection of Prairie-style homes in America.

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The next area of the Old East Dallas neighborhood to be featured in our Neighborhood Spotlight is the ever-popular Munger Place. Comprised of over 250 households and the largest collection of Prairie-style homes in America, Munger Place has a lot to be proud of — past and present. (more…)

313 Collett

Built as a Piggly Wiggly in 1916, 313 N. Collett was converted into two single-family homes in 2004 to great results. Though it still looks like an old general store from the front, this property is a great example of adaptive reuse of historic properties. I’ve always been curious about this property in Munger Place, and I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to get an up-close look at the Munger Place Wine Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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Dumas Front

I love a good historic remodel. Older homes can be a tough nut to crack, and add to that the constraints of historic districts, well, it’s a challenge. So when I see a brilliant renovation of a historic property, I take notice.

I kind of stumbled upon this home in my search for today’s Thursday Three Hundred, and I got sucked in by the listing photo. (Let us not fail to note the importance of the first photo in the listing!) This home is truly magnificent, and I really want to give the sellers a robust pat on the back for the work they’ve done to this home. It’s marketed by Grant Hudson of Coldwell Banker DFW for $389,000.

Dumas Front Porch

At 718 Dumas St. in the Munger Place historic district of East Dallas you’ll find this wonderful, brightly painted home with an expanded second floor loft that includes a second bathroom. With more than 2,600 square feet, three bedrooms and two full baths, this home is perfect for a small family who wants urban living and historic charm. The area also feeds into the acclaimed Woodrow Wilson High School.

Dumas Living

Let’s talk about updates: This kitchen is just plain amazing, with a professional stainless steel gas range with two ovens, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, an oversized wine refrigerator (in my house we’d call it “regular sized”), and granite counters and backsplash. This kitchen was truly designed for a foodie!

Dumas Kitchen

There are two bathrooms — a rarity in a home this age — and the first is a cute historic-styled one with gorgeous tile and a claw-foot tub on the first floor. The master suite, well, we talked about it a little bit, but it’s an amazing job of engineering. It’s upstairs in the expanded second floor, and includes a spacious sleeping area, a lounge area, and a full bathroom. The angular ceilings might be something to get used to, but still, hooray for a master suite!

Dumas Master Bed Dumas Master Bath

The backyard is tidy and adorable, and it features a covered walkway between the garage and main home, a very thoughtful addition. So much to love about this adorable home!

Dumas Dining Dumas TV Dumas Downstairs Bath Dumas Loft Dumas Backyard