All I Want for Christmas is an East Dallas Midcentury with Original Hardwoods

Here's my map to help guide Santa's sleigh. And his real estate agent.

Here’s my map to help guide Santa’s sleigh. And his real estate agent.

I grew up in North Dallas and have lived all over Dallas and the ‘burbs, but when I finally landed in East Dallas in 2007, I knew I had found my happy place.

East Dallas has a culture unlike anywhere else in the city (although North Oak Cliff feels like its cousin). I could spend hours walking or biking through neighborhoods like Little Forest Hills, Buckner Terrace, and the Peninsula. So many beautiful houses! So many trees! And friendly neighbors everywhere!

Circumstances and a new baby moved me to Plano this year, and I have pined over my favorite neighborhoods in East Dallas ever since. I go out of my way to get back to East Dallas as often as possible, and because I’ve been very good this year, I’m asking Santa for a token of his appreciation for Christmas: A midcentury house east of White Rock Lake. With original hardwoods. And mature trees.

That’s not too much, is it?

I’ve got a few ideas for Santa, in case he’s stumped. This Casa Linda cottage has just the kind of curb appeal I love: big trees, tranquil setting, and an expansive yard. Located at 1422 Tranquilla Dr., it’s listed at $348,500 and is a 3-2 with 1,857 feet. That’s not quite large enough for my family of four, so we might have to sell the teenager before we move. But I’m OK with that.

1422 Tranquilla Dr

Looks at those gorgeous original hardwoods! And the built-ins! And a wood-burning fireplace! So much character from when it was built in 1945.  (more…)

Old Lake Highlands Home Made of Shipping Containers Featured in ArchDaily

Photo: Wade Griffith

Photo: Wade Griffith

I think I’ve heard just about everything there is to hear about PV14, the modern home constructed of 14 shipping containers located on Peavy Road in Old Lake Highlands. The home, which has outstanding panoramic views of White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas, including Boy Scout Hill, has been praised and has raised several eyebrows as neighbors watched the home go vertical.

It’s been called both trendy and tremendous, but while there was some negative feedback from some of the homeowners, many of whom felt the structure was too tall for a neighborhood full of single-story 1950s traditionals, after the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes the collective gasp of excitement over the home was well heard.

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Junius Heights Home Tour Features Five Stunning Properties

Junius Heights Home Tour

 

The Junius Heights Historic District home tour is one of my favorites, namely because I used to live in the neighborhood and absolutely love the block-after-block array of gorgeous restored Craftsman architecture. This is an amazing and popular neighborhood in Dallas, which happens to be the city’s largest historic conservation district.

The tour, which will be Sunday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature five gorgeous properties in this lovely, walkable neighborhood. Advance tickets are $15, and can be purchased at the Lakewood Whole Foods. Tickets are $20 on the day of the event. Besides the tour homes, there’ll be a market at Paulus Avenue and Junius Street, which will have vendors, food trucks, and activities.

For us, though, I am excited to tour the two homes on Victor Street, which are an interesting juxtaposition. Jump for more!

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SamsCityplace

Neighbors near Cityplace say this big box behemoth doesn’t belong in the neighborhood.

In the fight against a big-box corporate behemoth in an area several urban planners, along with the city of Dallas’ own “Forward! Dallas” plan, say is better suited for pedestrian oriented development, the little guy won a huge battle this week.
The East Village Association, the neighborhood group that has spearheaded the fight against a Trammell Crow’s Sam’s Club-anchored development planned for the former ACS campus at Cityplace, won a significant ruling against the developer. The judge in the case sided with the East Village Association, recognizing their right to sue the developer on behalf of neighbors.
“As an immigrant who successfully traveled the long legal road to citizenship, I learned the power of perseverance and was sustained by the dream of being part of the greatest democracy on earth; ‘of, for, and by the people,’ ” said Jonas Park, leader of the “No MegaStore Uptown” group. 
Remember to drain standing water to prevent West Nile Virus from spreading! Hopefully Councilmember Vonciel Jones Hill has drained her backyard pool. (Photo: Eric Nicholson)

Remember to drain standing water to prevent West Nile Virus from spreading! Hopefully Councilmember Vonciel Jones Hill has drained her backyard pool. (Photo: Eric Nicholson)

According to the Lake Highlands Advocate, two pools in the vicinity of 11400 block of Park Central and the 11900 block of Woodbridge have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Since then, Dallas officials have sprayed pesticides in Lake Highlands from Monday to Wednesday in hopes to curb the population of Culex mosquitoes, the only species of the blood-sucking vermin to carry the disease.

As the article notes, we’re actually showing a lot of improvement on the West Nile Virus front, because no one has died during this year’s peak mosquito season. Two people died from the virus last year, and 20 people died in 2012.

Of course, we here at CandysDirt seem to attract mosquitoes more than most  — it must be our sweet personalities! — so we diligently follow the five Ds :

  • DRAIN—all areas of standing water including changing water in wading pools, birdbaths, low pavement areas and gutters;
  • DEET—Use bug spray and protect clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET — I have also invented DEET-covered pantyhose!
  • DRESS—Dress in light- colored clothing with long sleeves and wear long pants even though it’s hot
  • DUSK/DAWN—Limit outdoor exposure at dusk and dawn when they bite the most
  • DOORS—Keep door and window screens in good repair. This is no time to let in unscreened “fresh air”

 

 

No Temporary Injunction to Stop the Sam’s Club at Cityplace

SamsCityplaceAccording to Robert Wilonsky, who was at the hearing — and I would have been there, too, had it not been for this Zulia deal — he thought…  

“Judge Phyllis Lister Brown was going to side with the East Village Association and grant their request for a temporary injunction in the case involving the Sam’s Club Trammell Crow Company wants to build in the shadow of Cityplace. She chided the city and Trammell Crow for their “lack of transparency” in zoning documents and notices sent to nearby residents impacted by the Big Box. She made it clear she was unhappy with how the process failed the residents living next to a 150,000-square foot Big Box that will dropped in their proverbial front and back yards. She spoke of having to make a “difficult” decision.”

Yep, been there. That’s how judges operate. You think you have them convinced of the law, and opposing counsel says something, they swing back to the other side. Ultimately Judge Brown said the city had done just enough to force her to deny the residents’ request for a temporary injunction. So Sam’s Club can file for a building permit as early tomorrow. (more…)

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Judge Emily Tobolowsky has granted a temporary restraining order against the proposed Cityplace Sam’s Club development, which will prevent the City of Dallas from issuing permits for construction.

Cityplace residents have formed a neighborhood group called the East Village Association and filed a request for a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction against the City of Dallas and the Dallas City Plan Commission to stop the development earlier this week. Yesterday the Plan Commission voted to approve the development 11 to 4 after the 162nd District Court ruling. Today’s action, though, means that residents have time to organize a case against the development.

“We want to go back to square one,” said Anthony Ricciardelli, one of the resident’s attorneys, on Unfair Park yesterday, “and let the residents who should have had a chance to speak out last year have a chance to speak out before a decision is made.”

See the filing for the injunction request after the jump:

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No to Sams at City hallI got to City hall for the tail end of it, but in enough time to learn that the Dallas plan commission did not agree to re-open debate on the controversial Sam’s Club down near Cityplace, called East Village. Channel 8’s David Schecter was there and has all the details. A few members were sympathetic and even voiced concern that the notification process had been flawed. One member voted against Sam’s: Gabrielle Soto. J.L. Forke was there, along with several concerned Realtors. The neighbors vow to continue and have not ruled out possible legal action. Here’s part of what leader Jonas Parks, the Accidental Activist, posted on his group’s Facebook site:

“(I am saddened by)… our failure to secure the public hearing, but for lack of care the commissioners showed today and for lack of consideration of the citizens they were supposed to serve and to advocate. Having learnt from this, We are going to rise stronger, more organize and go all the way to show them together we are mightier than them.”

One other member sitting at the table had some words, too, and we will have more on that very soon.