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…)

229 N Brighton A

For this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we’re venturing out to the L.O. Daniel neighborhood of North Oak Cliff, to a renovated Craftsman at 229 N. Brighton Ave.

Listed at $225,000, this bungalow is a 3-1 with 1,378 square feet and a saltwater pool. The neighborhood is north of W. Jefferson Boulevard and adjacent to Winnetka Heights, near the intersection of W. Eighth Street and N. Rosemont Avenue. It is listed by Jenni Stolarski with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International.

Built in 1921, this house sits on a tree-lined street and has wonderful curb appeal, with a wide, wood-plank front porch, hanging swing, and a ceiling fan. It also has authentic details, like painted dentil molding above the doors and along the roofline, as well a soft green, cream, and brown color palette. Jump to read more!  (more…)

Thursday Three Hundred: Lakewood Midcentury Reno Hits All the High Notes

6715 Patrick DriveThe theme of today’s Thursday Three Hundred is “gorgeous wood,” both because of the numerous large trees on this house’s lot and the inviting handscraped wood floors throughout the interior of this Lakewood midcentury.

Located at 6715 Patrick Drive, near Mockingbird Lane and Abrams Road, this property was reduced this morning to $317,000. Listed by Franceanna Campagna at Campagna & Associates Realtors, it’s a 3-2 in the popular Mockingbird Hill neighborhood in East Dallas. Jump to read more!  (more…)

Tuesday Two Hundred: Have a Merry Merry in Merriman Park for $279K

Not only is this 1900 square foot holiday angel located in one of the best neighborhoods around, it’s been totally renovated from the gleaming, gorgeous hardwoods to everyone’s stainless kitchen delight with custom cabinets, quartz counters and glass tile backsplash. The two bathrooms have been completely updated, none of this “toss in a new commode and Home Depot sink stuff”. All innards updated, too like the electrical panel, light fixtures, roof, HVAC, and really great thermal windows that keep in the warm or cool air. Three bedrooms, two baths (full, darling) and formals. Two car garage. Plus I love the cool mid-century style that is very sixties because that’s when the home was built: 1960, pre JFK. 

I predict a resurgence of ’60’s style soon: mini skirts, straight hair and bangs. Hell, let’s dig out Twiggy and see how well she is preserved! Reminds me of a home I lived in when I was a teen up near Chicago in a place called “Blackhawk Manor” where all the streets had Indian names. God, how original!  $279,000 with Alan Hamilton, Keller Williams City Center. I love this house!


First of all, gotta love Alan Nixon! I knew him way back when he was Breckenridge-Nixon, been in a million of his Preston Hollow homes, and now he’s building a fantabulous mega manse on my old homestead at 5511 Park Lane. But this, this is Stefani, that sweet spot location right south of Walnut Hill betwixt Preston and Hillcrest. For you Mediterranean lovers, this home will make you dizzy with delight. Dramatic entry, and a gourmet kitchen with a “Keeping Room”. The Keeping Room originated in colonial times, before homes were 5,000 square feet. It was a multi-use room attached to the kitchen or open to it, complete with a fireplace for warmth. It’s an old-time concept that adds depth, warmth and activity to modern kitchens.  But the keeping room does not in any way replace the breakfast room or the family room. It’s just that in here you can eat on the sofa!

There are also four interior fireplaces, a wonderful outdoor entertaining & cooking area also with fireplace, gorgeous hardwoods, groin vault ceilings, look at that handsome paneled study WITH ACTUAL BOOKSHELVES (I cannot stand these fake dens that have like two shelves for books — I know we are all using i-pads but dens need to have bookshelves and books!), a gameroom & media room, barrel-tile roof, plus an elevator! The home was built in 2008 on almost half an acre of land — those are large lots over there  — and a whopping 7253 square feet. I think Dartmouth man Stephen Collins has it priced quite nicely at $2, 249,000, or $310. per square foot. Do you?