stone Tudor

Open House alert for this 1930s stone Tudor: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2605 Maple Springs Blvd.

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It wasn’t too long ago when our own columnist Jon Anderson lamented the homogeneity of our traditional architecture, which runs profligate in North Texas suburbs. A hodge-podge of styles with features plucked from the comfort food of American residential architecture, Anderson wondered why we couldn’t simply bring back a modern aesthetic to newly built residential architecture. 
 
Well, we can, and we have. That’s evident in our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. This 2013-built modern at 5403 Bradford Drive takes a cue from midcentury modern design, but strikes out on its own with unique materials, bold colors, and a spacious, open floor plan that astounds. It’s a fabulous listing in the Oak Lawn Heights (near the Medical District) neighborhood.
 
“The home so appropriately represents midcentury modern architecture that many people think it is an older home that has been renovated,” said listing agent Don Neilson of David Griffin & Company Realtors.   

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Oak Lawn Heights

A hail of early morning gunfire disrupted and terrified residents on one street in Oak Lawn Heights Sunday (photos courtesy Sharmin Ashtaputre)

Sharmin Ashtaputre’s family has never really felt unsafe in their Oak Lawn Heights neighborhood in the four years they’ve lived there. But early Sunday morning, that sense of safety was shattered as bullets rained down in their daughter’s nursery.

“At 5:30 a.m. today, we were woken up by what sounded like fireworks,” Ashtaputre said. “Well, it was two moving cars shooting at each other, and they picked our street.”

“My husband and I woke up within the first couple of shots and there were over 40.” (more…)

oak lawn heightsNestled on the west side of Dallas’ vibrant Oak Lawn area is a delightful enclave of cottages and Tudor-revival homes in the area’s  Oak Lawn Heights neighborhood. This is the largest single-family neighborhood in Oak Lawn, and it was developed in the 1920s.

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 5114 Bradford Dr. is a 1935 Tudor with 1,674 square feet, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. It has many hallmarks of the Tudor revival style, from its stucco exterior with half-round arches to a steeply pitched, asymmetrical roofline.

It was listed Feb. 8 by Ryan Booth with Ebby Halliday, Realtors, for $349,900. There’s an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, this Sunday, Feb. 14. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to fall in love with this Oak Lawn Heights Tudor.

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The home at 11325 Chicot Dr. is one of five featured in our weekly open house roundup.

The home at 11325 Chicot Dr. is one of five featured in our weekly open house roundup.

This is not traditionally a great season for home sales—people get busy with holiday plans and postpose their real estate search. But we’ve found five Dallas homes with open houses this weekend that will impress you with their features and style.

They range in price from $349,000 to $1.5 million, and include everything from an Old Lake Highlands cottage updated to perfection to a 7,390-square-foot house in Eudora Estates near Hillcrest and Forest. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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One of the best kept secrets of why Dallas is such a home-lover’s paradise is that we can have a totally country-suburban feel right in the heart of town. I should really have made you guess the location of this fabulous home before I spilled the beans: Oak Lawn Heights.

Honestly, I had no idea these creekside one-half acre lots of heavenly glory existed in this little nook in-between Cedar Springs and Maple Avenue. They are all accessible to, oh my God, you name it: Parkland Hospital, UT Southwestern, the Hospital District, West Village, Knox Henderson, Oak Lawn, the Trinity Strand and Katy Trails, even Highland Park Village. You have no idea here that multi-family has even been invented much less found its way to Dallas a few blocks away. No sir, this little enclave is just as treed and peaceful and private as it was back in 1941 when the home was built. (more…)

Comfortable and inviting 2 bedroom, 2 bath Oak Lawn Tudor.

This home may not look super cute from the curb, but when you walk inside it is absolutely irresistible! It’s a cute, two-bedroom, two-bath Tudor in Oak Lawn Heights that is so sweet it will give you a toothache!

Not only is it adorable, but it’s also pretty affordable at $415,000. That’s $237 per square foot for a ridiculously cozy home with 1,700 square feet with an absolutely prime location.

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Want to keep chickens but don't want to build your own coop? Williams Sonoma is selling the Bentley of chicken tractors.

City Chickens have officially gone mainstream. If the idea of building your own coop seems expensive, daunting, and well, impossible, you can now just order one from Williams-Sonoma.

The chicken coops, which are actually chicken tractors because of their mobility, are part of the store’s new agrarian line.  And there are beekeeping supplies there, too, as well as some of the flashiest trowels I have ever laid eyes on.

Now, two of the toniest areas of the good ol’ DF-Dub don’t even allow backyard chickens. But since it’s A-OK in Dallas, how can we keep city chickens classy? Where do we draw the line?

Well, according to an in-the-know Realtor, a recent Oak Lawn Heights sale had the buyers putting a provision in their contract for a super tall and sturdy fence to keep the neighbor’s chicken coop AND GOAT out of sight and out of mind.

“At first I was a little taken back,” said the buyer, “however, I have seen similar stories on the news and Martha Stewart about how the coops can be kept nicely and are safe (from a health standpoint).  As long as there are no roosters, I was not that worried about the noise.”

But what about the goat? A city goat? Well, apparently they are a thing.

What do you think? Should we draw the line at goats, or can urban goat keeping be classy, too?