PeninsulaIt is no secret we are in love with The Peninsula, a small finger of East Dallas dirt that stretches around White Rock Lake’s eastern shore just off Buckner Boulevard. We write about almost every home that hits the market there for several reasons: It’s so hot, properties barely last on the market.

In fact, you almost have to snap them up as a hip pocket, they go so fast.

The area is huge with downsizing Baby Boomers who just want to be at the lake without the driving. In fact, we know several residents on The Peninsula who have left the Park Cities and North Dallas to be here.

And the area is huge with young families who want to raise their kiddos in a nature preserve as much as possible.

And this home is one of the best.

First of all, location and VIEW!  Most Peninsula homes build a second story look-out porch to see the lake.

In this home located at 9431 Waterview Road, you see the lake from your back-yard. There is backyard gate access to the jogging-bike trail that zig-zags across the shore. Or you can carry your kayak to the water’s edge and paddle in. Who wouldn’t want to be able to do a little sailing every single day?

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PeninsulaEven if you’re relatively new to Dallas, you’re probably aware of White Rock Lake and the amenities that edge the popular body of water. But you may not have heard of the historic enclave called the Peninsula — and why living there can feel like you’re vacationing in place.

Local lore says that the community was established in 1927 as a place for people who lived in worked in Dallas to vacation and spend the weekend in charming lake cottages. It’s still a popular spot — as you can tell by the stories we’ve written about the 280-home neighborhood over the years.

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Potential design for an architecturally significant modern home at 9220 Peninsula Drive.

It’s been called Dallas’ best-kept secret. On the east side of White Rock Lake, the Peninsula is a vibrant neighborhood that boasts breathtaking lake views and an enviable 10-minute drive to downtown. Over the years, the Peninsula has become an enclave of sorts, as architecturally significant modern homes have replaced the original 1920’s lake cottages.

Finding available land in this “it” neighborhood is rare. Renowned Dallas Architect Doug Hildinger knows that better than most. Hildinger has lived in the Peninsula for over a dozen years and has designed some of the homes in this remarkable niche area. But now he’s ready to move on, and offering one lucky modern architecture lover the opportunity of a lifetime.

A Shortcut to the Modern Lifestyle

Not only is Hildinger selling his property at 9220 Peninsula Drive, he’s hoping to personally design a modern gem to replace his ‘tear-down’ cottage. In fact, he has several designs completed and can provide a list of vetted custom builders. Essentially, he’s selling a shortcut to living the sought-after modern lifestyle.

The lot features beautiful, mature oak trees.

Hildinger’s 12,291-square-foot corner lot is one of the largest in the neighborhood. Listed for $685,000, it features mature oak trees and modest but unforgettable views of White Rock Lake. Newly built modern homes create a treasure trove of beautiful modernist architecture with this spectacular lot sitting right in the middle.

Interested? Contact Doug Hildinger via email doug@hildingerarchitects.com or at 214.789.7321.

Here's my map to help guide Santa's sleigh. And his real estate agent.

Here’s my map to help guide Santa’s sleigh. And his real estate agent.

I grew up in North Dallas and have lived all over Dallas and the ‘burbs, but when I finally landed in East Dallas in 2007, I knew I had found my happy place.

East Dallas has a culture unlike anywhere else in the city (although North Oak Cliff feels like its cousin). I could spend hours walking or biking through neighborhoods like Little Forest Hills, Buckner Terrace, and the Peninsula. So many beautiful houses! So many trees! And friendly neighbors everywhere!

Circumstances and a new baby moved me to Plano this year, and I have pined over my favorite neighborhoods in East Dallas ever since. I go out of my way to get back to East Dallas as often as possible, and because I’ve been very good this year, I’m asking Santa for a token of his appreciation for Christmas: A midcentury house east of White Rock Lake. With original hardwoods. And mature trees.

That’s not too much, is it?

I’ve got a few ideas for Santa, in case he’s stumped. This Casa Linda cottage has just the kind of curb appeal I love: big trees, tranquil setting, and an expansive yard. Located at 1422 Tranquilla Dr., it’s listed at $348,500 and is a 3-2 with 1,857 feet. That’s not quite large enough for my family of four, so we might have to sell the teenager before we move. But I’m OK with that.

1422 Tranquilla Dr

Looks at those gorgeous original hardwoods! And the built-ins! And a wood-burning fireplace! So much character from when it was built in 1945.  (more…)

9262 Peninsula Front

We love the Peninsula — a neighborhood just off the shores of White Rock Lake that features amazing architecture and fantastic views — and this home is a perfect example about why we love this place.

9262 Peninsula Living

 

At 9262 Peninsula you’ll find a Craftsman-style home built in 2006 that has a gorgeous cedar shake exterior and beautiful landscaping that feels so lush and private. This home, priced at $729,900, has three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and some of the most beautiful oak trim that I have ever seen. It’s full of details that make the Craftsman architecture just pop.

9262 Peninsula Kitchen

The lower floor is open and spacious — a fabulous layout for entertaining — and the kitchen features beautiful cabinets and a spacious island. The countertops are granite and the appliances are stainless, which is what you’d expect. It’s the two-tone cabinetry that has my heart all a-flutter.

9262 Peninsula Den

The master bedroom has an adjacent den that is perfect for relaxing or having an out-of-the-way place for kids to stash their toys and do their homework. The suite itself isn’t overly large, but it’s a good size and has several windows to let in a breeze and filtered light from the canopy of trees surrounding the home.

9262 Peninsula Master

The master bath is just adorable. It’s a five-piece bath and has a cute checkerboard tile floor with his-and-hers vanities separated by the doorway — a novel layout if nothing else. I love the cabinetry and the soft colors, too.

9262 Peninsula Master Bath

Another fabulous selling point to this home is the screen porch. Of course, our summers can sometimes chip away at your will to live outside the comfort of air conditioning, but there are those precious weeks in spring and fall where you cannot imagine being anywhere else but outside, preferably with an icy beverage in hand. This screen porch is the perfect place to do that while keeping the mosquitoes (hey, you’re right next to White Rock Lake) at bay.

9262 Peninsula Screen Porch

This is just one of those homes that inspires, doesn’t it? If you’ve fallen in love with some of the details inside 9262 Peninsula, feel free to pin these photos to one of your Pinterest boards! I know I will! Want to see it all in person? This amazing home is open from 1 to 3 p.m tomorrow!

9262 Peninsula backyard

This could really get me in water that is hotter than my swimming pool right about now, but a friend in California is selling their home and these are the photos the agent shot. Naturally, I have some strong opinions, which I am going to withold. It’s a lovely contemporary northern Cali home circa 1983 but remodeled, located in Saratoga, on the Peninsula, ’bout an hour from San Francisco. Totally orgasmic yard.

Four bedrooms (one is a study), play area, four full baths and the master bath is decked-out to-die for: heated floors, towel warmer, sexy infinity overflow soaking tub with jets, steam shower,  private zen master garden where you can sunbathe or raise marijuana or medidate bare-ass naked if you want to like any normal California nut and the neighbors will never see. Maybe.

The pool is kind of wrapped around the house, and the home is set very far back, shares a driveway with the neighbor. Backs to a running stream and the huge redwood trees are glorious, glorious. Plus you can see them from every window. In fact, I think they ought to include a case of Windex with the sale because this house has so many windows and glass, all drawing the eye out to the fabulous gardens. In case you’d like to buy it, please note temp is about 70 there now as I write this.

The home has not been professionally staged, should it be? What do you think of those plants? Do they need some art? Do the photos do the home justice? Please do not hold back — critique away, as hard as you want. After all, this house is not located in hell like we are — KIDDING!

Asking $3,895,000. What’s funny about selling a home in California: buyers want to know even if PETS have died in a home, and they are very Feng Sui conscious, I’m told: colors have to be right, and they don’t like it when water runs away from the house, or something.