Thanksgiving

Over the river and through the woods … to grandmothers’s house we go!

So we used to sing on the way to Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents. The river was a branch of the Trinity near the zoo and the woods were the tall trees of Tanglewood, the first residential development carved out of Edwards Ranch. My grandfather built in the newly opened addition in 1960, doubling the depth of the foundation and halving the centers of the rebar, which has kept the house solid and crack free to this day.

Tanglewood has remained popular for many reasons. Tree-lined streets meander within the neighborhood with no traffic tempting through streets, keeping the area quiet and tranquil. Houses are set back from the street on deep lots. Those deep lots have induced some to tear down and rebuild.

In a way, and I hope I don’t get myself in trouble here, Tanglewood is one of the more Dallas-like neighborhoods in Fort Worth, resembling North Dallas from Royal Lane to Forest. Original, mostly single-story, ranch-style and true Midcentury Modern houses share the neighborhood with jazzier, larger new builds. Many houses have been extended or completely reworked. Then, of course, there is the draw of Tanglewood Elementary, fairly bursting at the seems. (more…)

Lakewood Southern Transitional

Our Inwood Home of the Week is a Lakewood Southern transitional home at 7151 Shook Avenue. It was built by Allegiant Custom Homes and designed by one of our favorite architects, Eddie Maestri.  If you enjoy cooking up a big Thanksgiving dinner, this house is going to create some new traditions that will ensure you won’t mind hosting every year!

We are always intrigued by Maestri’s designs because he brings so much to the party. Maestri travels a lot, and all those visual memories come to life in his work. This Lakewood Southern transitional is a pleasing blend of some of the design elements in locations near and dear to Maestri’s heart, including New Orleans and Rosemary Beach.

We seldom think of what challenges architects must face. The general assumption is they just draw something pretty, and poof, it’s done. Not so.

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Midcentury ModestJamie Burkett with Davidson Lane Real Estate Group likes to call her latest, most adorable listing “Midcentury Modest” — a charming descriptor that is perfect for an updated Midcentury cottage in the Thursday Three Hundred price range.

Located at 6209 North Jim Miller Road, this three-bedroom charmer has two full baths and one powder room.

Burkett said it’s a “Mid-Century Modest offering the perfect blend of Pottery Barn charm and modern amenities minutes from Downtown Dallas.”

The upgrades start from the floor up — with 12 mm Hickory Creek laminate throughout the home, and then up to the walls — which were taken down to the studs in 2016.

And that kitchen? Next year, you could be cooking up Thanksgiving dinner in an oversized galley kitchen loaded with stainless steel appliances and designer features. It also opens to the dining room.

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Far North DallasEvery Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. These are the places you don’t want to miss that weekend. And this week, our homes all have one zip code in common — 75248, in Far North Dallas. And all of them, in keeping with our Thanksgiving theme, have great kitchens and entertaining spaces.

This week, our homes range in price from $474,000 to $899,999. Which ones will you visit?

PRESTONWOOD TRADITIONAL WITH TESLA SOLAR PANELS

Far North DallasOpen House: Friday, Nov. 23, noon – 2 p.m.

If you’re looking for a family home that can entertain plenty of well, family, during the holidays, then our first Far North Dallas house on 6323 Hickory Hill Dr. is pretty much the perfect set up.

From a floor plan that splits the four bedrooms, to the three bathrooms that mean fewer wait times when everyone is home for Thanksgiving, this home has 2,516 square feet of space.

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Farmers BranchIt’s been a busy week, but when an adorable 1958 Contemporary bungalow hits your inbox, priced at a perfect price point for a young family — and zoned for a great feeder pattern for schools, we make the effort to give it a shout out. And that’s the case with this darling Farmers Branch home.

Kitty Gordon with Angel Realtors pointed out 3146 Myra Lane to us over the weekend. The home is close to convenient commuting, and has been remodeled with modern tastes in mind.

Gordon assured us that all the updates were fully permitted, too. At three bedrooms and two bathrooms, it’s 1,340 square feet of cozy space, with a nice big backyard that’s just screaming for a deck and pergola, and maybe even a swing set.

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Thanksgiving Friends episode

Happy Friends-giving from CandysDirt.com!

For this installment of my sometimes weekly motivation column, I offer these 13 things you never knew about Thanksgiving. May your D/FW Thanksgiving be full of grace, and may you avoid the meat sweats.

1. Friends produced a Thanksgiving-themed episode nearly every year of its 10-year run, except for one: 1995, Season two’s “The One With The List.” Writers slipped in a “Mocklate” storyline at the last minute for NBC execs, but it’s the only Friends season not to have a dedicated Thanksgiving episode.

2. A kind Boston man offers a Thanksgiving meal to anyone who RSVPs, and he’s done so for 33 years. The tradition began when the divorced loner took out an ad in the newspaper, inviting others who’d spend the holiday alone to come eat together. Through the years, thousands have come to Scott Macaulay‘s table and given thanks together.

3. The only two teams that host a Thanksgiving Day game every year are the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys.

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As more people move across the nation for jobs and opportunities, so do more people become what’s termed “holiday orphans.” These folks are often left to their own devices for Thanksgiving, with family either too far away to travel to on short notice, their children at their ex-spouse’s home, or their jobs far too demanding to take a full Thanksgiving vacation. While not ideal, these situations have snowballed into the trend of “Friendsgiving,” which is when a group of holiday orphans gather to celebrate Thanksgiving in lieu of a family gathering. 

If you’re like me and you love to host gatherings but you’re not exactly eager to rehash the same discussions with your crusty, distant relatives, then you’ll find the idea of Friendsgiving rather appealing. And this new listing from Compass Dallas agent Phillip Murrell is the perfect modern townhome to host an elegant gathering of fellow holiday orphans (without the chainsaw-like snoring in the background of your least-favorite uncle). Plus, it’s so close to the Katy Trail, which will come in handy when it’s time to walk off all of that pie.

This stellar modern townhome at 4206 Buena Vista is yet another High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. And if you can’t get this beauty under contract by Thursday, there’s always Christmas feasting in the future, so call Lisa Peters now to make sure you can move in and host the next big holiday gathering in that gorgeous, light-filled dining room.

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thanksgivingLast week, we asked Realtors to pitch us listings that addressed a common Thanksgiving conundrum — space to serve many, and space to cook it in.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is a great example of a home where that was taken into consideration — a beautiful three-bedroom, two-bath Traditional in Lavon that was built three years ago, with tons of attention to detail, including that kitchen.

And if listing agent Natalie Swanson with Coldwell Banker Apex-Frisco is excited about this home at 291 Orbit Dr., she has a good reason — it’s her brother’s home.

“He built it three years ago and has put so much work and upgrades into the home,” she told us. “It is spotless, and the only elevation of it’s kind in the whole neighborhood.”

“The new builds in the area start at $292,000, and they don’t have wood floors or the huge lot he has!” she added.

And about that kitchen: Swanson said that she knows that much of modern Thanksgiving traditions are unchanged — like going to “grandma’s house with the whole family, football games, and sometimes escaping outdoors to catch a breath of cool, fresh air.”

“The problem is that the chefs were isolated from all the festivities in the kitchen — but not in this house!” she said.

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