pitchesAs we’ve mentioned before, every week we solicit pitches for our various featured listing posts, including our weekly roundup of open houses.

You can tag us on Instagram, or even better, you can join our Facebook group, Getting the Dirt.  It’s a great place to virtually mingle with fellow professionals, ask questions, lend a hand, and, yes, pitch stories to CandysDirt.com writers. Not a Realtor? It’s a great place to get a first glimpse at some of the most recent listings all over North Texas, too.

Take, for instance, this week’s properties featured in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. We have four incredible properties this week — consider it our usual three and a bonus house, if you will.

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Real Estate Story

Andrew Sherman, photographer/videographer and owner of drewliophoto.com outside his newly purchased Junius Heights duplex.

Photographer and videographer Andrew Sherman is a regular fixture at Deep Ellum’s hottest music venues. He can often be spotted snapping shots of Dallas’ hottest live acts at Deep Ellum Art Co. on Commerce Street. So when this talented artist was looking to leave the apartment life behind, he had a few requirements that almost threw a wrench in his dream of homeownership.

“I had two main goals,” said Sherman, owner of Drewliophoto.com. “I wanted a room big enough to turn into a home photo studio, and I wanted a duplex. This is my first house and budget was a big concern. I basically just had my eye on the East Dallas neighborhoods.  I didn’t have a preference on old or new house, but I really love the fact that its over 100 years old — I mean its the ultimate in recycling!”

It was pure luck that brought Sherman to Ebby Halliday Realtor Amanda Christensen and then to the duplex of his dreams.

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4419 Munger Ave. is listed by Brandon Travelstead of Dallas City Center Realtors for $534,000

Clean lines, cable rails, and a waterfall island, oh my! One look at this modern gem on Munger and we are hooked. Built by the folks at Conrad Homes, this exceptional two-bedroom, two-full-and-one-half-bathroom residence comes decked out to the nines with a bright and airy floor plan, stunning gourmet kitchen, generous master suite, and private fenced backyard. 

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Last year’s PorchFest was a complete success. (Photos: Zelman Brounoff)

One of Old East Dallas’ most charming aspects is the plethora of huge front porches that offer a shady spot to get to know your neighbors. So what better way to introduce yourself to the wonderful people and festive atmosphere of Peak’s Suburban Addition than its PorchFest celebration.

This year, the second annual Dallas PorchFest on Oct. 7 will coincide with the grand re-opening of Buckner Park. This city park, which straddles Munger Boulevard and runs aside the Santa Fe Trail, received a $3 million city-financed revitalization. You can attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Buckner Park (4550 Worth St.) at noon, and then walk through the neighborhood of Peak’s Addition to enjoy music, art, and food until 8 p.m.

“This is a block party for our Old East Dallas neighborhood,” said one of the event organizers, Leigh Martin. “And the whole city is invited.”

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Last, but definitely not least, on our list of Old East Dallas neighborhoods is Junius Heights. The neighborhood is the closest single-family-zoned neighborhood to downtown Dallas.  The area offers an eclectic mix of gorgeous historic architecture, spacious lot sizes, and lovely front porches.  All of the great entertainment districts of Dallas are easily accessible from the neighborhood, without being right in the middle of it all.  Zip codes included within Junius Heights are 75246, 75214, and 75204.

In addition to Junius Heights and the rest of Old East Dallas, the 75214 zip code alone encompasses Hollywood Heights and much of Lakewood, to the west side of White Rock Lake. An abundance of food and drink favorites in the area include establishments such as Cock and Bull, Craft Beer Cellar, The Heights, Meso Maya, and Garden Cafe.

According to the Junius Heights Neighborhood Association, the neighborhood was created in 1906, on what was then the Eastern edge of Dallas. During that time, the area was known by its large columns on Abrams and by the now-defunct Junius Heights streetcar service.

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Junius Heights Dallas Real Estate

Find a vintage home in a historic district with the positively enchanting property at 5833 Victor St.

Located in Junius Heights Historic District, this gingerbread darling sits near Abrams Road and North Beacon Street on a quiet residential street with arching shade trees. It’s a hop, skip, and jump over to the 16-acre Randall Park, and close to Lakewood shopping and restaurants. Great East Dallas location!

With darling curb appeal and a big tree out front, it’s an eye-catching house. Inside, you’ll find inviting spaces, polished concrete floors, and an updated kitchen that’s appealing to the modern buyer. This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,235 square feet on two stories, built in 1948.

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Peak’s Suburban Addition in Old East Dallas is nestled conveniently between Deep Ellum and Lakewood. With over 500 homes, the neighborhood features architecture from the Queen Anne Victorian era, as well as Prairie, Craftsman, and modern or contemporary architecture styles. The diversity of homes, along with the diversity of the people, is what makes Peak’s Suburban Addition so unique and dynamic. (more…)

bryan place

Back in my single days, I loved living in East Dallas. Everything about that part of the city appealed to me, from the proximity to White Rock Lake to the beer biscuits at Barbec’s.

The last place I lived before meeting my husband was one of my favorites, a townhome in Old East Dallas’ Bryan Place, near North Munger Boulevard and Live Oak Street. I worked in downtown Dallas and played in East Dallas, and this townhome made it easy to get everywhere I wanted to go. It is totally walkable, just a short jaunt to Trader Joe’s or restaurants on Lower Greenville. I walked my dog around the neighborhood and marveled at one person’s massive fig tree, visited with other dog owners, and felt completely at home and safe.

The owner, Meredith Moore, is getting married herself and has made some beautiful renovations to my former pad at 5505 Live Oak St. Unit 115, which is our Tuesday Two Hundred. It still has the welcoming red front door, which makes the Bryan Village Condos stand out as you drive down Live Oak Street, but the interior is reimagined. While its address says “Live Oak,” the townhome is actually located on the backside of the U-shaped complex, on Hubert Street, and it’s quiet inside.

“This was my first house I ever bought and I love the crap out of it — I’ve owned it for 10 years and watched the whole neighborhood change,” Moore said. “I would sell this to a friend because we did that kind of a job [with renovations].”

This townhome has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, and 962 square feet on two stories, built in 1982. Let me give you a tour of a place I loved dearly.

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