Bart Thrasher is nothing if not honest with his clients. And when Matt Simons wanted to renovate 5235 Vickery Blvd., Thrasher was reluctant to hitch onto the project. The home was in such a sad state that, as Thrasher admitted, it was a better candidate for a teardown. But Simons wouldn’t be dissuaded, and Thrasher, who is not one to back down from a challenge, fully signed on for the stem-to-stern renovation of this charming Vickery Place Craftsman bungalow. 

The results speak for themselves, and we couldn’t be happier to call this incredible project our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s a huge success story for Thrasherworks, the design/build firm helmed by Karen and Bart Thrasher that focuses on historic renovation and commercial spaces that inspire. We can’t wait to see what they do next, but first, let’s ogle the results of this completely redone 1923 Craftsman bungalow.  

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Homes in historic Dallas neighborhoods are selling like hotcakes, mostly for the reason they were preserved in the first place: character. These areas fit a human scale that has long since been rendered incompatible with modernity, but still, that comfortable nostalgia makes them all the more desirable. 

And while East Dallas is already phenomenally popular, the Vickery Place area is coveted even more so, thanks to its prime location near Greenville Avenue, it’s fantastic proximity to downtown Dallas, and the walkable nature of this neighborhood, originally platted in 1891. What’s really great is all of the investment happening here now, with families buying up homes and taking the time and care to bring them up to today’s standards. An absolutely stellar example of this is the beautiful one-story Craftsman bungalow at 5417 Willis Ave.

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Vickery Place modern townhouse facade.ashxYou know a home has star power when it’s a TV series location twin. Last season, Bravo Network’s reality show, The Real Housewives of Dallas, was looking for a knocked-out modern home. One that would sway Tiffany Hendra’s musician husband Aaron away from thoughts of Nashville and convince him Big D could indeed be home. Tiffany, in case you are Bravo deprived, is one of the leading ladies on RHOD. They loved the look of these Vickery Place modern townhouses, but they were too darned late. The 5411 Melrose Avenue townhouse was snapped up before they could get an offer in place.

Our Saturday Eight Hundred — right next door at 5409 Melrose Avenue and an exact twin of 5411 — was not yet available. Dang, we could have rubbed elbows with Tiff and Aaron at Trader Joe’s or downed cocktails next to them at Capital Grill on a regular basis. (more…)

5332 Miller Front

For the most part, I’m not a “big house” person. Small, compact, well-planned homes are more my jam. Still, part of me loves the idea of versatile, wide-open floor plans with plenty of room to spread out. Often times, though, homes that start to cross into the realm of 4,000 square feet feel sterile in all of their open space. However, in the case of this listing from Dallas City Center Realtors David and Sharon Cox at 5332 Miller Ave. in Vickery Place, the spaces are expansive, yet still warm and inviting. And with four bedrooms, four full and one half baths, and 4,189 square feet replete with oodles of storage, you’ll find tons of opportunities to stow clutter and fill these rooms with laughter, not junk. The Cox team has this home on the market for $827,000.

Jump to see inside this lovely country traditional in one of the hottest neighborhoods in Dallas.

5332 Miller Front Porch

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The Casa View Cliff May Home Tour will feature seven beautifully remodeled midcentury modern homes in East Dallas. (Photo: ScottReeseVisials.com)

You may be thrilled about pumpkin-flavored everything to hit the shelves, but us here at CandysDirt.com are over the moon about the return of fall home tour season. Yes, we’ll still hit up a Starbucks for our annual pumpkin spice latte, but nothing quite says “autumn is here!” to us like traipsing through other people’s homes with those weird little hospital booties on.

To help you plan, we’ve compiled a list of can’t miss home tours for this fall. It skews heavily toward midcentury modern and covers quite a bit of territory:

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Saturday Seven Hundred

Nothing makes us happier than to see a historic home beautifully updated for the benefit of another generation.

This Vickery Place Craftsman at 5639 Richard Avenue, built in 1916, was fully restored and renovated by Brian Gream. Gream has been designing, building, and renovating homes for 15 years, and the Craftsman style is his specialty. He’s particularly adept at preserving original architectural details while updating not only what you can see, but what you can’t see — often the most important aspects of a home. Gream restored, reinvigorated, and reinvented this $724,900 beauty, just listed by Kyle Williams of Williams Real Estate & Construction.

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GetMedia-20.ashxThis Vickery Place Craftsman cottage is a showstopper. It just hit the market and our advice is move fast, because this adorable home at 5422 Richard is going to sell fast. Talk about curb appeal! We have it on good authority that the sellers have won the coveted neighborhood award for Yard of the Month. The sun-kissed door alone is enough to make you shout, “Honey, pull the car over!” Painting a door an eye-catching color is Home Selling 101, and now you can see why.

With all this eye candy outside, the vision only gets better once you enter that door.

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Who doesn’t love a good front porch? They’re gaining in popularity — builders such as JLD Custom Homes make beautiful ones — which is great because big front porches are excellent neighborhood gathering spaces.

And trust me, you’ll want to meet your neighbors in this excellent Dallas ‘hood. Vickery place is such a great spot with tons of super-active residents. And the houses are great, too!

This home, at 5502 Goodwin, is no exception. It may look like a typical 1921 Craftsman bungalow from the front, but there’s an entire second story addition, and the interiors are completely updated without losing the Arts & Crafts charm that make these homes so popular.

Marketed by the very capable Rick Brooks of Dallas City Center Realtors, this adorable house has four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and one of the cutest kitchens ever all priced at $525,000.

Sure, it’s modern, it has granite counters, it has stainless steel appliances, but it has the most adorable apron sink and the best white cabinets. I love the mosaic backsplash, too. And the island! So cute!

The master bedroom is large and bright, like much of the home it has tasteful paint and great furniture. Beautiful and tasteful!

Now, my favorite thing about this home is the master bath. They did an excellent job of doing a Arts & Crafts bathroom with modern touches. The mosaic shower, the claw-foot tub, and the twin pedestal sinks are so adorable. And I love the color palette!

The backyard is outstanding, too. I love the pool and the deck. This backyard will be party central come spring. It’s perfectly landscaped, too. Seriously, this home has everything going for it!