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…)

 

The English garden at 6005 Swiss is the stuff dreams are made of.

The English garden at 6005 Swiss is the stuff dreams are made of, but it’s not the only stunning home you’ll find in the Swiss Avenue Historic District.

It all began when successful real estate developer Robert S. Munger had a unique and forward-thinking vision. He came up with the idea of planning and building an upscale residential community near downtown Dallas. This first deed-restricted neighborhood in Texas included the exclusive and elegant parade of stately, beautifully grand homes along Swiss Avenue.

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1122 Jackson a

Downtown urban living is affordable and flexible at 1122 Jackson St. Apt. 609 in the Soco Urban Loft Condos. You can own a piece of the Dallas skyline here without feeling cramped. Your wallet won’t either: it’s priced under $200K.

This is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit with 954 square feet. The owners have built in a Murphy bed in the living area, making the smart choice to have this light-filled room as the main recreation and sleeping area. When it’s up, the room looks and functions like a stylish living space. When it’s down, the room becomes a large bedroom. In the hallway, there’s a loft bed above the walk-in closet, accessible by ladder. Lots of sleeping options.

Prices in Soco generally range from $175 to $220 per square foot, and this one is priced at $209.

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1115 S. Canterbury Court Saturday 700

Who would have thought you could find Cape Cod style in Kessler Park?

Dallas is certainly filled with a wide variety of unique homes, but finding one with that Eastern Seaboard vibe is like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack. So we’re beyond excited that Kay Wood with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International has just listed this two-story cottage at 1115 S. Canterbury Court for the first time in history.

Yes, you read that right.

This home has never been on the open market. “It’s always been sold by word of mouth,” Wood said. The present owners are only the third family to have occupied the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home, listed for $750,000. The thought of owning a home that’s only been in the hands of three families and invokes a distinct feeling of being on the Cape, makes our hearts skip a beat. (more…)

Contemporary Home, 5343 Wenonah Dr., Dallas, Texas

Photos: Sean Gallagher

Greenway Parks is a distinctive Dallas neighborhood, to say the least. It’s included in The National Register of Historic Places, has received The Neighborhood Achievement Award from Preservation Dallas and was chosen as one of Texas’ 25 Best Places by the Texas Society of Architects. That’s some pedigree. It’s also nestled between Bluffview and the Park Cities, minutes from Love Field and the Southwestern Medical District: location, location, location.

It was designed in 1927 by David R. Williams, in the English tradition of having a “common-green,” a green space for use by the neighborhood community. This was a novel concept for Americans in the 1920’s, so you can say Greenway Parks was setting the pace back then and has continued to do so throughout history. Architects of note, like O’Neill Ford and Howard Meyer, have designed significant homes in the neighborhood, it’s zoned as a Conservation District and the HOA ensures not only is your home protected but you will also have a lot of fun if you can find a home for sale. And we did, on one of the largest lots in Greenway Parks.

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The Davis Building, aka Republic National Bank Building, in downtown has Dallas Historic Landmark Designation. 1926 this structure was the tallest in Dallas. In 1945, this structure was the largest office site in Dallas. Photo: Davis Building.

Downtown Dallas’ Davis Building, aka Republic National Bank Building, has Dallas Historic Landmark Designation. In 1926 this structure was the tallest in Dallas. In 1945, it was the largest office site in Dallas. Photo: Davis Building.

Dallas has a rich historic and architectural legacy, shown through buildings like the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, DeGolyer House and Gardens in East Dallas, and the Eastside Warehouse District and State Thomas neighborhood in Uptown.

But just because a building or neighborhood plays an important part in the story of Dallas doesn’t mean it’s protected from big changes, up to and including demolishment.

Just last September, 1611 Main Street and neighboring buildings were razed as part of the Joule’s expansion plans. It was a beautiful Romanesque Revival built in 1885, one of downtown’s oldest structures. It sat next to the site of another Dallas landmark torn down by the Joule in 2012, the former Praetorian Building.

Lakewood Theater is another example of an unprotected structure—it may be beloved, but nothing stands between it and the wrecking ball besides the assurances of the owner that they won’t demolish as part of renovation plans.

That’s where historic designation comes into play and the efforts of Dallas preservationists to care for the future of the buildings and neighborhoods that have shaped what our city into what it is today.

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3525 Turtle Creek Exterior

I have always loved this building, once touted as the tallest, largest, and most luxurious highrise west of the Mississippi River when it was built in 1957. Designed by the famed modernist Howard R. Meyer, 3525 Turtle Creek is a building with serious history.

Turtle creek Living

The most obvious design characteristic of this trademark midcentury modern highrise is the cubic brise soleil, which shades the interior of the building from heat and harsh sunlight. Imagine how innovated that was 56 years ago! The building, which is called the “Grand Dame” of Turtle Creek, is on the National Register of Historic Places and has entertained famous residents and guests such as Greer Garson, Jimmy Dean, Earle Cabell, Margaret Thatcher, and Minnie Marcus.

Turtle Creek Kitchen

If you want to add your name to this list, here’s your chance. LocalDwelling.com is offering Unit 10C — a fully-furnished one-bedroom, one-bath unit with almost 1,200 square feet — for $2,500 a month, all bills paid. It’s a steal for such a cool unit, and I love the retro kitchen with the double ovens that look to be original. Good design lasts a lifetime, right?

Turtle Creek Balcony

This is a fantastic unit that is perfect for a corporate relocation or someone who is just moving to the area. The views are outstanding and the location is fantastic, as you’re right on the Katy Trail and next to Turtle Creek Park.

Is this the unit for you? Contact the Dallas-Fort Worth property management experts at LocalDwelling.com.

Turtle Creek View

Update, 9:17 p.m. Bruce Tomaso at the Dallas Morning News was kind enough to give us a link, and now we hear from the folks at 3525 that Mrs. Hunt actually owned three units in this building  on the 13th floor, but only two (the B/C units) are listed for foreclosure. Mrs. Hunt, says Lee T. Wilkirson, owned B/C and also D, but D was sold as a separate unit:

 Her estate marketed the triple unit for sale, but was unsuccessful. It was eventually sold as two separate apartments, a B/C-unit combination and a D-unit.

Checking DCAD, I see the D unit is 2,085 square feet. B/C is 3207. When Mrs. Hunt had all three, that was one large condo. 

Yes, THEE Margaret Hunt Hill who gave us the beautiful bridge across the Trinity. The foreclosure, which comes on the market later this month, is a Freddie Mac foreclosure, unit  13 B/C,  once owned by the late Margaret Hunt Hill, who sold it in 2004.  3525 of course is the building originally designed by the famous architect Howard Meyer in 1957. It is listed as an historical site by The National Register of Historic Places and the United States Department of Interior. This building has always, always been known as “The Grand Dame of Turtle Creek”. It was built in 1957, and it appears HOAs are about 76 cents per square foot, including utilities, centralized heat and air, at the building’s mercy when it comes on. Price range: $160,000-$900,000. Other notable tenants included Greer Garson Fogelson, Patsy Lacy Griffith (before she moved into the Mansion Residences), Dottie and Bob Goddard, Pat Patterson, Sarah Norton, Nancy and Captain A.W. Chandler, Colonel James P. Caston, some Meyersons, and Dr. Sam Hamra’s mother. Also known as The Temple, 3525 was the first high-rise built on Turtle Creek. And in the 1950s and 1960s, everyone who was anyone lived here and wanted to live here. Those Howard Meyer designed and significant poured-concrete grids turn off some Realtors, as do the low ceilings. Is this the building that got its start as low-income housing? 13 B/C was listed at $589,000 initially, then lowered to $499,000 as last listed price. It has 3433 square feet, includes  two garage spaces, family room, study, two beds, two baths, utility room as well as spectacular views of Downtown Dallas as you only get from Turtle Creek condos. There is a dramatic marble & mirrored entry, kitchen with marble countertops & cherry cabinets, updated baths with Toile wallpaper, ceiling speakers, walk-in closets, 24-hour manned & secure entrance. Really, a stunning unit that is going to make someone a stunning bargain.