The Peninsula is one of our favorite neighborhoods in the City of Dallas. I have many friends who live there and love it, folks who have shed larger homes in the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, even Plano, to live on these quarter-acre slices of heaven with White Rock Lake a few steps out the front door.

Every time I drive in the Peninsula, I think, “Why don’t we live here?” It’s like coming home to a lake home: I could gaze at the sunlight dappling on the lake forever.

This 2015-built home is at 9333 Biscayne Boulevard, with a clear White Rock Lake view from the second story master. Designed by AIA architect and builder Douglas Hildinger, the contemporary home is loaded with strikingly great clean design. And it just came on the market.

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If the name sounds familiar, it should. We’ve covered the beautiful, award-winning work of JLD Custom Homes and its owner, Jeff Dworkin, on these pages many times. And for good reason: Dworkin invests time and personal attention into every project his skilled team takes on, which has earned his brand a spot among our CandysDirt.com Approved Builders. With quality you can count on for 14 years running, earning accolades, leading the industry, and serving customers day in and day out, we’re excited to share even more about Dworkin and JLD Custom Homes in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Find out more about JLD Custom Homes as the CandysDirt.com staff highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

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For the past eight years, Neil Blanchard’s Northfield Development has been working closely with clients to build incredible contemporary and modern homes in sought-after Dallas neighborhoods. With clean lines, bold shapes, and uncompromising details, Blanchard has earned quite the following. 

That’s why we want our readers to get to know Northfield Development a little better with our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Find out more about Blanchard and Northfield Development as the CandysDirt.com staff highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

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If you think it’s too early to talk about moving before next school year, might I remind you that the school year starts on Aug. 15 in Richardson ISD, which, according to my calculations, is about a month away? We’ve been on the lookout for great, move-in ready homes for families relocating to Dallas before school starts in the fall, and this listing from David Griffin and Co. Realtor Robert Kucharski really stood out. While it’s technically under contract, nothing’s certain until the ink dries at closing.

Plus, who doesn’t want to find out what you can get inside the coveted White Rock Elementary attendance area, for less than $500K, natch? 

You’ll see why this home is easily worthy of our High Caliber Home of the Week title presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Ready to put your own family-friendly dream house under contract before school starts? Contact Lisa today!

As Kucharski points out, this White Rock Villas listing just off of Goforth near Flag Pole Hill is “pristine.” It’s well maintained and offers move-in ready interiors and plenty of charm. Plus, there’s room for the whole family!

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Midcentury homes are hot, but an updated one for $299,000? Wear some protective gear because they’re basically on fire.

This three-bedroom, two-bath located in Forest Oaks off Ferguson Road in East Dallas is definitely of the flame-retardant variety. (And just so we’re clear, this is a metaphor. Nothing’s really on fire.)

Listed by Ray King of R. King Realty, 2222 Forest Oaks is 1,300 square feet of total update complete with wood-lined carport and decorative railing leading up to the perfect aqua front door.

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Of all the neighborhoods that dot the landscape surrounding White Rock Lake, Eastwood Estates is definitely one of our favorites. It’s also a favorite of Jenny Capritta, a RE/MAX DFW Associates Realtor and White Rock Lake area expert agent.

The reason? “Location, location, location,” she said. And her listing, our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week, is a perfect example of what Eastwood Estates has to offer.

First and foremost, buyers will adore the view from the front porch and picture windows of 10411 Sinclair Ave., which is one of a select number of homes that faces a beautifully lush creekside greenbelt, Capritta said.

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A lot of Dallasites, especially the areas hardest hit by the freak storm last Sunday, have been a bit down in the mouth. The loss of so many majestic trees and the damage to so many homes and neighborhoods is a lot to bear. Need some cheering up? This adorable cottage in East Dallas should do the trick.

Located inside one of East Dallas’ most popular neighborhoods, Old Lake Highlands, this cutie packs quite the punch despite its modest size.

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Briar Creek between Lange Circle and Patrick Drive

I have never wanted to live “on the water,” as so many do. Unless, of course, we are talking the Atlantic or Pacific, or a very large lake like Cedar Creek, which I saw over the holiday weekend and is glistening with promise. “Creek-view lot!” in town has never stirred my real estate loins, even though water view lots are more expensive and desirable. Small lakes are so pretty when the sun bounces off the water, but underneath the rainbow, slithery creatures have a direct route to the backyard. 

Which is why I am finding Koi-Gate in Northeast Dallas an amusing story, funny to me, but probably not so funny to District 9 Dallas City Council candidate Paula Blackmon. Leave it to an election to bring out the fishiest of stories.

Candidate Paula Blackmon lives on Briar Creek, and is a member of the Lange Circle Lake Owner’s Association north of Mockingbird, in Briar Creek Estates. Think half acre lots and sprawling 1950’s ranch homes, many renovated,  with a few newer builds. A coveted area, the homes seldom go on the market and when they do, they are gone. Pouf. With three actual lakes/creeks, the area has been called the Venice of Dallas. Briar Creek is also a significant tributary that feeds into White Rock Lake. Twenty-two property owners along it own to the middle of the creek, sharing joint maintenance responsibility for waterway upkeep.

If you have never owned part of a creek, maintenance and dredging can get mighty pricey.

The politics: Tuesday evening, at the Lakewood Neighborhood Association Forum, the two candidates in the District 9 run-off, Paula Blackmon and Erin Moore, were each sounding off. Neighborhood activist Carol Bell-Walton mentioned that children playing in puddles left by the recent rains near White Rock Lake have been finding Koi fish.

Where had they come from, and was White Rock again becoming a giant Koi pond?

Paula Blackmon jumped in to respond: Her neighbors have been adding Koi and Tilapia to Briar Creek to kill the algae, she said.

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