little forest hills real estateLittle Forest Hills real estate is a study in whimsy and character, with some of the most eclectic architecture in Dallas among its 1,000 or so houses.

Case-in-point: Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 8907 San Leandro Dr., near Garland Road and Lakeland Drive. This Little Forest Hills cottage is fanciful and fun, from the bright exterior colors and rustic post-and-rail front fencing, to the cheerful and cozy interior and tranquil backyard with extensive organic landscaping and outdoor shower.

The backyard of this Little Forest Hills cottage is filled with century plants and antique roses, pictured here.

The blooms from one of the heirloom rose bushes in the backyard of this Little Forest Hills cottage.

Located on the East side of White Rock Lake, the neighborhood is well-known for arching shade trees, a strong sense of community, and local artists who make their homes in funky houses. Many are modestly sized, like this one, which measures 874 square feet with two bedrooms and one bathroom.

The cottage is newly listed for $230,000 by Scott Kaserman at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, who said there’s been strong interest and a contract might be coming soon. So let’s take a look at this one-of-a-kind listing before it flies off the market.

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Stephan SardoneParting is such sweet sorrow. At least it is for us at CandysDirt when one of our favorite homebuilders puts his sensational reno on the market.

Stephan Sardone, owner of Sardone Construction, took the L-Streets house at 10229 Linkwood Dr. in Lake Highlands to the studs and reimagined the space entirely. What emerged is extraordinary—we’ve written about it twice, here and here.

“We essentially demolished its entire insides and redesigned it into an open concept that maximized every inch of the home,” he said. “We were able to fit three full bedrooms and two full bathrooms—and the master bath is really large—as well as an incredible open living space and nice-sized kitchen.”

Stephan SardoneTo make this house happen, Sardone partnered with Larry Paschall of HPD Architecture in Oak Lawn. Together, they totally overhauled the 1,320-square-foot interior. They moved all interior walls, changed the layout of the space, and created a vaulted ceiling with wood beams by pushing out a gable on the roof.

Sardone’s abode served both as a home for him and his wife, and as a contractor showcase to show potential clients just how to create a smart, efficient design. It was a no-brainer to choose it as today’s Thursday Three Hundred. It was listed Friday by Michael Cassell at Gilchrist & Company Real Estate for $379,900.

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Lakewood cottage

All photos: Shoot2Sell

The M-Streets in Lakewood is a highly coveted neighborhood, with charming architecture, tree-lined streets, and a fantastic close-to-everything location.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred at 6335 Malcolm Dr. is everything you’d hope for in an M-Streets house, with darling curb appeal, a cozy interior with hardwoods, and a right-sized backyard with a deck. This 1940s traditional is located in the Wilshire Heights neighborhood near Abrams Road and E. Mockingbird Lane and is listed by Robin Norcross with Nathan Grace Real Estate for $389,000 (lowered $10,000 this week).

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It is not a large house, at 1,246 square feet, but the interior layout makes good use of the space and, as Norcross pointed out to me, several of the neighboring houses have second-story additions built on, which is a possibility for this house, as well. I personally think the smaller footprint is an appealing aspect of this Lakewood cottage, especially when you consider the guest quarters in back (a full bedroom and bathroom).

Another big draw for this house is its elementary school: it is zoned for Stonewall Jackson in Dallas ISD, which has a GreatSchools Rating of 10, the highest-possible score.

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6715 Patrick DriveThe theme of today’s Thursday Three Hundred is “gorgeous wood,” both because of the numerous large trees on this house’s lot and the inviting handscraped wood floors throughout the interior of this Lakewood midcentury.

Located at 6715 Patrick Drive, near Mockingbird Lane and Abrams Road, this property was reduced this morning to $317,000. Listed by Franceanna Campagna at Campagna & Associates Realtors, it’s a 3-2 in the popular Mockingbird Hill neighborhood in East Dallas. Jump to read more!  (more…)

This post is for our friend ML, who wrote asking why in the bezonkers you cannot find a decent, clean-lined home in Dallas around $500,000 that doesn’t send you to the vomitorium with a stomach full of turrets, medallions and hand-troweled Old Worldliness. Yeah, remember they also had syphilis is the Old World!

I present a home by Classic Urban Homes at 8427 Lakemont: clean lines, efficient design, multi-functional spaces, the latest in high performance. Four bedrooms, three full baths, 1 living area (who the hell needs more?) two car garage, 3187 square feet. Low water usage fixtures, extra insulation, 16 SEER HVAC units, radiant barrier decking, triple low E windows, registered with Green Built Texas and Energy Rated. It was listed for $565,000 and unfortunately, it sold but more are coming on the horizon including a profile of the amazing builders once I finish up with family obligations. Stay tuned, stay very tuned.