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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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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6015 Bryan Parkway

This beautiful historic home at 6015 Bryan Pkwy. just hit the market. It’s located inside the Swiss Avenue Historic District, one of the many beautiful Old East Dallas neighborhoods.

Even being a long-time Dallas resident, you might not be familiar with the official lines of Old East Dallas, unless perhaps looking at homes in the area. Looking at the neighborhood’s past is like a fascinating history lesson! Four adjacent, amazing historic neighborhoods are all part of Old East DallasSwiss Avenue Historic District, Peak’s Suburban Addition, Munger Place, and Junius Heights.

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dallas open houses sunday

The home at 5343 Wenonah Dr. is one of five featured this week in our open-house roundup.

Our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column rounds up five fantastic open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time).

This week, we’ve picked five properties that range in price from $379K to $1.725 million. You’ll find everything from a stately Munger Place Craftsman with both historic details and modern updates, to a sleek Preston Square Townhome with a contemporary look. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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