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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Sometimes a home comes to market that offers so much, you really wonder if it might not be a fun gig to take bets on how long it will last on the market. Can we do that here, or is it illegal?

Because I want to place a bet on 7339 La Vista in Lakewood Hills, one of the most sought-after neighborhoods east of Central. The home is a fairly new Tudor, looks like it’s never been lived in, and boasts almost 3,000 square feet on pier and beam (2737) on 0.17 of an acre.

Why am I in such a betting mood?

Because this one won’t last. In fact, it’s open Sunday from two to four p.m.,  says the agent, Allie Beth Allman’s Maribeth Peters. And it’s the best price per square foot in town for an updated four bedroom in Lakewood Elementary!

Why is Lakewood Hills so darn hot?

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All photos: Shoot2Sell

Neighborhoods can evolve rapidly, and we’re always on the lookout for the hidden gems that are in the process of turning over and becoming the next hot place to buy.

On our radar now? Homes close to the Santa Fe Trail in East Dallas.  It’s a hop, skip, and jump from Lakewood, Hollywood Heights, and White Rock Lake, right on the Santa Fe Trail, and zoned for Lakewood Elementary, which earns a “10” out of 10 from greatschools.org.

We’ve found an incredible listing at 310 S. Glasgow Dr., a new construction just listed for $599,000. With almost 3,000 square feet, designer finishes, and sleek, transitional style, this same house would be priced at $849K if it were just two blocks away, closer to Lakewood shopping center, said listing agent Lee Lamont with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

“This house and several others nearby were just built by BCH Development, who have been in Lakewood and the Park Cities for 20 years,” Lamont said. “This price is unheard of in East Dallas for a new home with a full builder’s warranty sophisticated spaces, high-end finishes throughout, and remarkable efficiency with foam wall insulation and low-E windows.”

Like the home next door that just went under contract, this home has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, an office, two living areas, and 2,938 square feet on two stories. Let’s take a look!

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6819 Santa Fe Front

I drove by this home this past weekend as I was headed to our son’s last YMCA under-4 soccer game at Randall Park Fields near Woodrow Wilson High School. I noticed the “Coming Soon” sign in the front yard and hoped quietly to myself that when it did go on the market, there’d be plenty of time for me to check it out and feature it right here.

Well, we’re in luck, folks, because 6819 Santa Fe went on the market TODAY. That’s right! Brand-spanking new listing in Hollywood Heights, y’all! And it backs up the the Santa Fe Trail! And would you look at that cute yellow door?

From the outside, this looks like a lot of the traditional brick-clad homes in the neighborhood, which is a Conservation District. But inside, you guys, this three-bedroom, two-bath home is going to just blow your socks off. It is so cool, so bohemian and fun, and with 1,879 square feet, it’s a great home for a family. It’s listed with Dallas City Center Realtor DeCarla Anderson for $349,500.

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501 Cordova Front

My mother-in-law is trying to embarrass me again. She’s already started Christmas shopping. The pre-lit trees are already in an aisle at Home Depot, too. In an effort to not be blind-sided by the holidays this year, I am starting my gift-giving plan a little early. Naturally, due to the pervasive nature of Christmas, this thinking has already started to seep into my consciousness.

501 Cordova Living

So of course, when I saw this terribly cute home at 501 Cordova St. in Hollywood Heights, my brain said, “This home would be so amazing done up with some fresh pine garland, some poinsettias, and just the perfect-sized tree. Preferably a fir. Right in Front of those three windows.”

YOU SEE, PEOPLE? IT’S A SICKNESS.

501 Cordova Dining

But you agree, don’t you? Wouldn’t that be just perfect? It’s sweet and cozy with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living spaces, and an open living and dining room. Imagine a young couple’s first Christmas in their new home, their friends and family over for a bites and cocktails. I hope I get an invitation!

501 Cordova Kitchen

Built in 1926 and recently remodeled, this traditional has more than 1,400 square feet and makes the most of every inch. It’s marketed by Keller Williams Urban agent Britt Lopez for $285,000. It’s close to Lindsley Park, and is just a block away from the Santa Fe Trail that can take you to Deep Ellum or White Rock Lake, take your pick.

The kitchen has a peninsula and room for a pub table and chairs for breakfast. Sure, I’d replace the counters and appliances, but that’s a small fix. The cabinets are in great shape, and the layout is fantastic.

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The wood floors are just gorgeous, too, and another detail y’all will appreciate is the California Closets systems in every little nook. No wasted space in these closets, that’s for sure. Besides having a new roof, this home also has a new front patio and a spacious sunroom in the back of the house that is great for an office, an extra living space, or even a guest room.

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What do you think?

Last week’s Tuesday Two Hundred was a super-modern and sleek one-bedroom, one-bath townhome/bachelor pad on Cole Avenue. This week’s Tuesday $200K is also perfect for a bachelor, especially one who would prefer to have an office and a couple of closets.

For the bachelor who tends to hoard a bit, I present 7416 Coronado #2. This three-story townhome has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a gigantic walk-in closet, and a small backyard for grill time with Fido. It has a great location and plenty of room, and a great price at $229,000.

At 2,172 square feet, this home is perfect for newlyweds or a young professional. And the location is perfect for outdoors enthusiasts, considering that you’re less than a mile from White Rock Lake and right on the Santa Fe Trail. The development, which sits alongside East Grand Avenue where it meets with La Vista, is just around the block is Tenison Park Golf Course, too.

Everything is practically new inside, including the kitchen, which has granite, stainless, and glossy cabinets. You also get two garage parking spots, which is kind of rare. This place would be perfect for a young guy (or girl) looking to gain equity!