As more and more homes in Lakewood get a “glow up,” so are we educated on the builders in East Dallas that not only manage sites responsibly and work with the neighborhood, but also those that produce incredibly well-built homes. At the intersection of those two qualities, we found Mark Dann of Highland Classic Homes. 

Dann is a mainstay in the White Rock Lake area. With 35 years in the business and 14 years at the helm of Highland Classic, it’s easy to see that his experience has generated a well-deserved following and a few awards, too. For those reasons, we’re pleased as punch to give our readers an inside look into what makes the Mark Dann and Highland Classic Homes a brand you can trust in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Get to know Mark as the CandysDirt.com 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.

To learn more about Highland Classic Homes, keep reading!

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As time goes by, one of my favorite things about summer in East Dallas has gone from Saturday afternoon at the Fraternal Order of Eagles pool to hanging out at the house, listening to a ball game on the radio with my son and husband, and doing some light gardening. Truly, outdoor entertaining is great, too, but as the summer goes on, there’s one scourge that is sure to keep me indoors: mosquitoes. 

That’s why this fantastic ranch in Lochwood Meadows appeals to me. Not only does it have a great floor plan with cozy spaces and an extremely great location, but it has a screened porch in the back that is perfect for summer dinners and baseball on the radio. Inside 11017 Carissa Dr. in Lochwood Meadows, you’ll find out just why this listing from White Rock Lake expert Jenny Capritta is our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week.

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Realtors across Dallas are taking note as poorly conceived remodels and flips proliferate in the market. It’s not hard to find fault with some of them, as obviously uneven tile, shoddily installed appliances, and hastily painted walls are more common than we’d like to admit.

“Whatever happened to craftsmanship?” you might find yourself asking. The truth? Craftsmanship comes with patience and experience, and you’ll find in homes where a contractor works directly with an architect.

And that’s what you’ll find at this High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s a listing from David Griffin and Company Realtor Bart Thrasher, who is really a triple threat. Not only does his market homes, but he’s an experienced contractor and works side-by-side with his incredible wife, Karen, in their boutique design brand Thrasher Works.

“There was a great collaboration between builder and architect, and it shows,” Thrasher said of this beautifully remodeled ranch in the Lake Park Estates neighborhood of East Dallas. “Matthew Simons of Urban Dwellings LLC and Thrasher Works worked hard to create a home that stands out from the neighborhood.”

Bart says that he and Karen had a strong desire to create architectural significance in a home and to create something that will stand the test of time.

Mission accomplished.

 

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Alger Park

It’s not always easy to find a move-in ready home near White Rock Lake for a sensible price point, but this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a charming Midcentury Cottage in Alger Park that has been thoroughly updated, and comes with bonus square footage.

The two-bedroom, one bath home has 1,020 square feet of living space, and has been meticulously cared for, according to listing agent Leslie Donovan of Giordano, Wegman, Walsh and Associates.

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Have you ever taken a child with you when touring homes? It can get old. Fast. However, there’s no truer test to see if a home is right for your family than to take them to showings with you. Luckily, if you stop at this Forest Hills contemporary, your home search will be over fast and your kids will be just as happy as you.

How can a home make a family happy? Let’s start with the one thing you can’t change about it — the location. 

This particular home is located inside the East Dallas neighborhood of Forest Hills, which has large lots, shaded streets, and tons of families. You’re a short jaunt off of Lakeland, which dead-ends into the Dallas Arboretum — a favorite spot for folks all over Dallas. Just beyond the Arboretum is White Rock Lake, where you can enjoy a day with the whole family and your fuzzy friend either walking or running, cycling, or even paddling on the lake itself.  Want to enjoy a day with just the adults? The Fraternal Order of Eagles is just around the corner. You’re also close to Casa Linda Plaza, Arboretum Village, and if you need a place to have a beer and let the kids run wild, the Lot is just down Garland Road.

Of course, it would be neglectful of me to ignore the excellent Dallas ISD public schools that serve this neighborhood, one of which is practically around the corner — the award winning Alex Sanger Preparatory school. This dual-language campus has earned several distinctions and will soon expand for even more programming at the Pre-K through eighth grade campus.

Yes, there’s all of that around you, and we haven’t even begun talking about how great our Inwood Home of the Week is! This listing from Jeff Jacobs with Keller Williams Frisco Stars will seal the deal for  you and your family.

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Perched on a sprawling 1.57-acre lot above the shores of White Rock Lake sits this off-market offering you have to see to believe. The spirit of Tuscany is alive and well inside this stunning Mediterranean, where you can’t escape waterfront views even if you try, and why would you? Take in the natural beauty of the area from every vantage point, whether you’re basking by the pool or nestled next to the immaculate, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace.

As we all know, a house is only as good as its smallest details, and builder Charles Travis made sure each one was absolutely pristine. With superb attention to light, water, and natural materials, there’s a lot to love about this lakefront stunner. Its expertly scaled interiors are warm, inviting and picture-perfect for both everyday life and the most formal of parties.

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I don’t have to tell you where this property is, the name “Peninsula” says it all.

This is one of the hottest, if not THE  hottest, locations in Dallas for downsizing boomers, first-time home buyers, even families — just about everyone.

We have written so much about it: so many are ditching their ‘hoods for The Peninsula. Why? You can find decently priced homes with character, great views, plus a scenic, pastoral, water-fronted property that is like living in a second home year ’round! Living in The Peninsula is like a year-round vacation spot. People who buy here brag all the time that it’s like having a vacation house at the lake —but it’s only 10 minutes from downtown Dallas.

The Peninsula also has quite a history. The White Rock Lake dam was completed over a century ago.  Over her 100 year lifeline, White Rock Lake has gone through many changes, from being a city water source, to a popular sporting destination, to a perennial party scene for teenagers and even weddings. The park department and advocacy groups  — with help from people like Jeannie Terelli — have all pitched in to clean up the lake and park, all of which has only helped maintain and raise the values of the properties.

Because who wouldn’t want to live within walking distance of this gorgeous body of water?

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The three-bedroom, one-bath gem at 1611 Centerville Road offers a unique combination of midcentury charm and modern amenities. The home was originally built in 1950.  Its previous owner, who also just happened to have grown up there, remodeled it after his parents passed away. The renovations he made added necessary updates while restoring much of the original character.

Dallas City Center Realtor Scott Noblett helped him sell the house a few years ago, and was impressed with the pride he took in renovating it. Now that the current owner is moving on, he’s looking forward to finding another family who will fall in love with this one-of-a-kind property.

“It’s such a charming little house,” Dallas City Center Realtor Scott Noblett said. “It has a lot of the original hardwood floors that have been beautifully refurbished. It’s super inviting and makes you feel really comfortable.”

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