7309 Bennington Front

University Terrace is so hot right now. This is the affordable Lakewood area, where you can get inside Lakewood Elementary’s attendance area in the $300K range. Most other neighborhoods that feed into Lakewood are going for $400K plus! Here, though, the lots are generous, the homes are somewhat newer (1950s and 60s as opposed to 30s and 40s), and you’re close to the lake and within walking distance of the White Rock Lake DART station.

I had a friend who lived off of Clemson in University Terrace and I loved the neighborhood from the moment I saw it. It’s one of those places that is perfect for families, is close to shopping (Medallion Center is just down Northwest Highway) and yet, it still has a great urban feel. A lot of the homes have been updated, but you can find some in near-original condition. If you want a home that is move-in ready, take heart that you wont need to do anything to this beauty at 7309 Bennington Drive.

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By now I’m sure you’ve read just about all of the postmortems on the infamous shout fest of a town hall last month regarding a proposed restaurant at Boy Scout Hill. But even if you’ve had your fill, I implore you, find room for just one more: Eric Celeste’s “Whose Lake is it Anyway?” in the June issue of D Magazine. 

This is an important column to read because residents of Old Lake Highlands and other White Rock Lake-adjacent neighborhoods need to see what other Dallasites see, from the outside looking in. Whereas Lyle Burgin and Richard Knopf just wanted to build a restaurant atop what they thought was an underused portion of White Rock Lake Park, residents saw it as an abominable incursion on public space that was a slippery slope toward turning the “Crown Jewel of Dallas” into an amusement park.

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As it turns out, I drove by Boy Scout Hill almost every single day and I didn’t even know it. Hailed as “virgin Blackland Prairie” and as a habitat for wildlife surrounding White Rock Lake, this hill is at the southwest corner of Mockingbird and Buckner Boulevard, just before the overpass to Old Lake Highlands and Peavy Road.

But after plans came to light that nearby residents and developers Lyle Burgin and Richard Kopf wanted to build a restaurant and parking lot on Boy Scout Hill, nearby residents objected in the way they usually do — signs were printed and placed in front yards all over neighborhoods surrounding White Rock Lake, protests and pickets were organized, and a website was constructed.

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6606 Williamson Front

If you’ve ever driven past the light at Mockingbird Lane and Williamson Road on your way to White Rock Lake Park, then you know what house we’re featuring for our Friday Four Hundred. I’ve always loved this house, as it sits right on White Rock Creek and is so pretty from the outside. However, I’ve thought that the location is less than enviable.

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Still, that’s not completely turning me off from 6606 Williamson, a remodeled ranch with a modern vibe and tons of huge windows. You can really soak up the view from this home, which has a terraced backyard and a lovely bank of low-e picture windows. This is such a fun renovation job, one that includes art niches, specialized lighting, and an open kitchen that is perfect for those intimate dinner parties where everyone huddles around the chef as if they’ve waltzed into Benihana for a dinner and a show.

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The open floor plan is accented by the gorgeous stained hardwood floors throughout the home. You’ll also adore the way the home flows from the stainless steel front door to the kitchen and living areas. The kitchen, which features top-of-the-line stainless appliances and a chic and trendy concrete countertop, has tons of storage and a cool, industrial vibe.

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The living area is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of the abundant wildlife in East Dallas. Hang a few cool bird feeders (Wild Birds Unlimited is just up the street!) and you’ll attract a copious number of colorful attendants, all which seem an arm’s length away when viewed from these gigantic picture windows. The skylights will help give you light enough to read your bird book, too.

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The home has two bedrooms and two baths, and while I’ve come to a certain level of peace on the fact that some people aren’t in love with bathtubs and leave them out of their master bathrooms entirely, I have a super hard time understanding the absence of a second sink. It almost seems like a feature that should be mandatory. Tell me I’m wrong, people!

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But if you buy this home, which is listed by Ebby Halliday Realtor Dick Clements for $499,850, you’re not really buying it for the beds and the baths (although I’m sure you’ll be glad they’re there during certain times of the day). You’re buying it for this amazing terraced deck and patio, which is practically RIGHT ON TOP of White Rock Creek. And that’s reason enough for me to put in a bid. What about you?