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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If you’ve already fallen in love with Peaks Suburban Addition after learning more about this historic, close-in neighborhood from writer Cherry Kelln, then you’re about to get a case of the vapors. Find your fainting couch, because this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is a stunning 1905 Victorian in this sought-after neighborhood. 
 
“It’s one of the only, if not the only brick Victorian home in Dallas,” says listing agent Teresa Costa. As you’d expect, this home has stunning curb appeal, looking as if it was pulled from the turn of the century thanks to this neighborhood’s historic designation. And while there are a few Victorians in Peak’s Addition, this one truly stands out, easily earning it the title of High Caliber Home of the Week. 
 
Of course, while 4503 Junius St. looks like the setting from a period drama from the curb, it has benefitted from some truly marvelous updates inside.
 

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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…)

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 Porchfest This Weekend | CandysDirt.com

Photo: Dallas Porchfest at Peak’s

This Saturday, celebrate art and music on the open-air porches in Peak’s Addition neighborhood at Dallas Porchfest.

From noon until 8 p.m., neighbors, musicians, and artists will roam from porch to porch in the 4700 block of Swiss Avenue in East Dallas, between Carroll and Fitzhugh avenues. Musicians will play at designated times, while other festivities occur throughout the day.

Dallas Porchfest is all about honoring music and the art in open-air porches, and creating a sense of community among neighbors and locals.

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