Spring Branch Drive in White Rock Valley is one of those streets that buyers often ask their agents about, so when one of those homes goes on the market, it’s an opportunity, says White Rock Lake area expert agent Jenny Capritta, a RE/MAX DFW Associates Realtor. Her listing, our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week, is a perfect example of what White Rock Valley has to offer and is an opportunity to purchase a home with great bones that you can make your own.

First off, the location is outstanding. This 1962-built home is nestled in a coveted neighborhood with mature trees, great Richardson ISD schools, and access to the White Rock Creek Trail and White Rock Lake. White Rock Valley is also home to White Rock Stables, a 14-acre full care horse stable near Flag Pole Hill.


It’s the stuff HGTV series are made of, and considering the runaway success of Flip or Flop Fort Worth, we have to wonder if Daniel and Stesha Gearner are the next wedded pair to take on the mantle of the popular real estate reality series. 

With an unapologetically hipster aesthetic, the Gearners infused trendy style in this White Rock Forest home. Once a tired ranch, the couple breathed new life into this midcentury ranch, to great aplomb. Truly, 8715 Fawn Drive is perfect for a family of little deer, and therefore an easy choice for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s another fantastic East Dallas listing from David Collier and Jennifer Rice of David Griffin & Company.



It’s rare that we see a clean, modern take on a Southwestern aesthetic, but this modern home in the White Rock Valley area of Lake Highlands accomplishes it exceptionally well. Designed and constructed by award-winning W2 Studio in 2005, this home is kitted with only the best materials, notes listing agent Kevin Sayre of David Bush Realtors.

Though unassuming from the front, this ecologically sensitive home in a sought-after enclave of East Dallas easily earns the title of High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. With a huge screened porch, beautiful gardens, and inside one of the very best elementary attendance areas in Richardson ISD, 8605 White Rock Trail is sure to impress.


Lake Highlands school

Just a few things, after a day and a night of comments have rolled in, and after a few Lake Highlands friends and I talked.

Firstly, I’d like to congratulate most of you (save one, but we talked it out) for remaining civil. From what I understand, this issue is contentious and has even resulted in the ending of friendships.

by Karen Eubank

Which neighborhood in Dallas has defied current market trends? What area of town has steady new construction and extensive remodeling on almost every street? What neighborhood is so solid that young professionals return to buy homes around the corner from their parents?

Lake Highlands of course! It’s one of the few places you can find homes in a broad price range, enjoy exemplary Richardson schools and still get downtown in fifteen minutes. And within Lake Highlands is a wonderful area known as White Rock Valley that has vast lawns, large homes and big beautiful trees. I’m a bit of a house snob, so when I heard about a new build high up at 9506 Parkford Drive I was not really expecting to be impressed.  I figured it would be your typical builder home: big, bold and boring. I was wrong. In fact I’d move into it tomorrow if I could.

“This is an amazing new construction home, a mile from White Rock Lake, with high-end finish out rivaling anything in the Park Cities, Preston Hollow or Lakewood,” says Realtor Donald Wright with Gilchrist & Company.

The present homeowners purchased the property from the estate of the original owner. After living in the home a few years, the couple decided to expand. It made more sense to tear down the existing home than renovate. The new home was built in 2009. The result is a two story, five bedroom beauty with four full baths, two half baths and a 20 x 17 covered patio with the requisite outdoor fireplace and grill. Total square footage is 5699. 

This house is the most well thought out, beautifully designed new build I’ve seen in years. Grand without being grandiose, nothing is overdone. We’re so used to seeing over the top construction that will never feel like “home”,  it’s striking when you find a house which retains a distinct family feel while remaining tasteful and stylish.

Got ya drooling yet? Here are some deal sealer details: the kitchen opens to the den with a view of the back yard. The playroom is directly above the kitchen so when the kids are in the upstairs game room, replete with indoor swings, you can easily determine if a trip upstairs is warranted! (“Any broken bones?”) The master bedroom has a cylindrical vaulted ceiling and what I think should be a standard feature these days, a chandelier in the 13 x 12 walk-in closet. The piece-de resistance is what I like to call the “Candy Spelling special”: an impressive gift-wrap room! Asking price for a Lake Highland home with a wrapping room: $1,299,000. And it’s already under contract!