By Quin Mathews
Special Contributor

Ever hear of Wandsworth Drive? How did Northaven get that canopy of Live Oaks? Read on…

This story is about tornadoes, but also about trees.  It was near ground zero that I first heard of a “cyclone,” as it was called in the Wizard of Oz, a picture book version that Mrs. Biggerstaff read our class in 1956.  We were the “Gremlins” class at the Mary Boswell School, a preschool and kindergarten in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, just across from the fire station obliterated by the recent tornado and next to Preston Royal Shopping Center.  We know what happened there.

When Mrs. Biggerstaff finished reading us the book, she announced to our delight that the Wizard would be on television that Saturday night.  It was to be its first broadcast ever.  Cyclone, tornado, whatever — it was all very exciting, and on April 2, 1957 my mother called me to our front porch.  There I saw a real one, a long, stringy thing to the south, enormous. No one told me to go inside and take cover.  We watched it and I saw hailstones for the first time. Somewhere in that storm, at least nine people died.

Today parts of North Dallas have been un-landscaped back to the past.  (more…)

The contemporary home at 11322 E. Ricks Circle will be on this year’s Northaven Home Tour.

The Northaven Home Tour returns for another year, this time featuring a treasure trove of thoughtfully remodeled ranches and a contemporary design you’ll find rather familiar. Slated from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, the third annual Northaven Home Tour features six gorgeous properties, including the home of Dallas City Council District 11 representative Lee Kleinman, as well as a Frank Welch-designed stunner on Churchill Way.

The tour, sponsored by Bernbaum/Magadini Architects, Advocate Magazine, Renees Saulnier, The Miller Group, and the Hillcrest Forest Neighborhood Association (HFNA), benefits Kramer Elementary School’s PTA. Tickets are available to purchase online in advance for $20, or at Kramer Elementary (7131 Midbury) on the day of the tour.

“The Hillcrest Forest home tour was originally a small neighborhood event open only to residents in the Janmar area,” said home tour organizer Pete Peabody. “Three years ago, the Kramer PTA took over the tour and opened it up to the public, renaming it the Northaven Home Tour. It quickly has become our largest fundraiser. That very first year, we raised enough to allow us to fund the removal of a badly deteriorated blacktop and install a brand new sports court outside the gymnasium.”

Find out about three special homes on the tour after the jump!



This is such an incredible deal on a professionally remodeled home in Kenilworth Estates!

Completely redone by T2 Construction, this home is perfect for a family who wants to move into a practically brand-new home! This three-bedroom, two-bath home at 3256 Northaven Road has 1,993 square feet and is marketed off MLS by Realtor Matthew Rice of The Trophy Group for $269,000.


6171 Northaven Rd extSee this house? Becky Frey sold 6171 Northaven Road in about three minutes. OK, she listed it 1/15/2013 and it’s pending. So yeah, homes are selling and the atmosphere is a bit frenzied for a January. Mostly January is a thaw in the real estate calendar. But then Kyle Rovinsky wrote me on Facebook with this great input and food for thought:

  • Kyle Rovinsky Just ran a specific study. Extremely updated 3 bedroom houses in 75230. In 2006, avg of top 5 sales came to $232 per sqft. In 2012, the avg came to $211 per sqft. While up 19% from 2011, it is still down 9% from high water mark.
  • Candace Evans What do you mean by extremely updated?
  • Kyle Rovinsky Some major renovations – moving walls, making more space. Also complete kitchen and all baths. As to not confuse with values of teardown/remodel opportunity.

You know, the Katy Trail is no longer the only hot trail in town. Here’s a pretty home on Northaven and backing up to the Oncor Power lines, but keep in mind that statement has a new meaning! The City of Dallas Parks and Recreation just completed the Northaven Trail right behind this house, and already it is a huge hit.  The trail will link White Rock Creek Greenbelt, Royal Park and the Elm Fork Greenbelt. It will connect with the existing White Rock Creek Greenbelt Trail and the proposed Elm Fork Trail. The trail will also connect several public and private schools, churches, and a YMCA at a total length of 9.4 miles.

So the trail is behind this updated ranch at 6114 Northaven Road. Do not worry about a busy street situation: Northaven has speed bumps in this block. You are several homes off Preston. The home has been beautifully updated in every corner. Yes, Virginia, there are high ceilings! Also granite, travertine, and sleek tiles so you would never know she was born in 1953. The kitchen is Mr. Wolf and Mr. Viking, with granite counters and new cabinets, hand scraped wood floors plus travertine, great master bath suite,  three bedrooms, two and a half baths, formals, two car garage, carport and gate on a .5 acre wooded lot with huge trees,. Asking $549,000 and, in my opine, well priced!

Question: what do you think of the stucco slurry over brick? I am seeing a lot of it in ’50s and ’60s ranch remodels…