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: Lakewood Midcentury Priced for Quick Sale

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Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us just north of White Rock Lake in Lakewood to 7325 Rutgers Drive. This fantastic East Dallas neighborhood is full of other handsome midcentury houses like this one, but few are priced as competitively: With a recent price reduction, it is now listed for $299,900, or $185 per square foot. Nearby comps have been averaging almost $200 per square foot.

Built in 1960 and recently updated, this brick house is a 3-2 with 1,617 square feet sitting on 0.178 acres with lovely, mature trees. Located within walking distance of the new playground and splash park at Ridgewood-Belcher Rec Center, this University Terrace property is in the Lakewood Elementary, Long Middle, and Woodrow Wilson High School zones. Nearby private schools include Zion Lutheran, St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary, and Dallas Academy. The neighborhood has a Fourth of July parade and a Halloween party for local kids. Needless to say, the area draws many families.

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119 N. Hampton Front

You know you want to live in a vibrant, growing area where people of all ages and stripes are moving and shaking and making a name for themselves. They’re building communities and making connections, and they’re doing it in a way that is garnering national attentions. We’re talking about Oak Cliff, of course.

119 N. Hampton Living

On the flip-side of that coin, perhaps you want to live in Oak Cliff, but you’re not quite ready to buy a fixer-upper of your own to renovate into enviable splendor? Then you should check out 119 N. Hampton, an Austin stone two-bedroom, one-bath home on a corner lot in Kessler Plaza.

119 N. Hampton Living 2

This house is simply charming! There’s a lovely wrap-around front porch to greet you, as well as an adorable stained glass window in the round-top front door. Inside you’ll find wonderfully refinished hardwood floors throughout, and fresh paint and trim. The living area features a gas fireplace as well as gorgeous wall sconces and beautiful built-in book cases.

119 N. Hampton Kitchen

You’ll die when you see the kitchen, which has been updated with granite counters and brand new cabinets. All appliances are included, too. It’s $1,300 a month for this 844-square-foot home in a super hot Oak Cliff neighborhood!

Ready to move in? Contact Jason Lucas with LocalDwelling.com to lease this beauty of a home before someone else beats you to the punch!

119 N. Hampton Front

You know you want to live in a vibrant, growing area where people of all ages and stripes are moving and shaking and making a name for themselves. They’re building communities and making connections, and they’re doing it in a way that is garnering national attentions. We’re talking about Oak Cliff, of course.

119 N. Hampton Living

On the flip-side of that coin, perhaps you want to live in Oak Cliff, but you’re not quite ready to buy a fixer-upper of your own to renovate into enviable splendor? Then you should check out 119 N. Hampton, an Austin stone two-bedroom, one-bath home on a corner lot in Kessler Plaza.

119 N. Hampton Living 2

This house is simply charming! There’s a lovely wrap-around front porch to greet you, as well as an adorable stained glass window in the round-top front door. Inside you’ll find wonderfully refinished hardwood floors throughout, and fresh paint and trim. The living area features a gas fireplace as well as gorgeous wall sconces and beautiful built-in book cases.

119 N. Hampton Kitchen

You’ll die when you see the kitchen, which has been updated with granite counters and brand new cabinets. All appliances are included, too. It’s $1,300 a month for this 844-square-foot home in a super hot Oak Cliff neighborhood!

Ready to move in? Contact Jason Lucas with LocalDwelling.com to lease this beauty of a home before someone else beats you to the punch!

4237 Tomberra Front

“Calgon, take me away!” That’s what this gorgeous, low-maintenace, updated townhome in the Pierremont will make you say. Sometimes you just look at how much maintenance a fully detached single-family home needs and you cringe. If you’re done with all that mess, then this luxuriously updated townhome is for you.

Just on the market in the Love Field Area, 4237 Tomberra Way is spacious without being overly large, and has great outdoor spaces that are completely low or no maintenance. There’s a mandatory HOA with a $297 fee, which covers the typical things such as landscaping and exterior repairs. (If you need prompt, trustworthy service for interior repairs, check out clublocal.com!) Considering its central location and its bevy of updates (check out the master suite!) I think this 2,830-square-foot townhome is priced at a very fair $450,000. It has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and plenty of living space for those who need to spread out.

4237 Tomberra Living

The living room is very well appointed and shows off the beautiful new hardwood floors. The stone fireplace is immaculate, and definitely makes a statement in the room as much as the huge windows and natural light that floods in.

4237 Tomberra Kitchen

The kitchen is a great size for both entertaining and daily gourmet meals. You get stainless steel appliances fit for a chef, including a gas cooktop and double ovens. The granite counters aren’t the typical hue you’d come to expect, and they really make the sparkling white cabinets pop! I also love the stainless venthood with the spice rack, an overlooked feature that makes cooking so much more convenient.

There’s an excellent breakfast nook, too, that faces a wall of windows looking out onto the grounds. It’s a perfect spot for informal meals or reading the newspaper. If you thought you’d have to sacrifice views and natural light with a townhome, well, this property should prove you wrong!

4237 Tomberra Master

The master suite is spacious, a real luxury in a townhome! This is what sold me on the property. It’s both huge and cozy at the same time. And the bathroom has a great layout!

4237 Tomberra Master Bath

You don’t have to sacrifice outdoors space with a townhome, either. This property has a great balcony and a patio with a water feature, too. Because it’s an end unit, you get open space to both the side of the unit and the rear, so you only have a neighbor on one side.

4237 Tomberra Balcony

What do you think? Is it priced right? And would you consider buying a townhome over a conventional home?

4237 Tomberra Patio

6115_Averill_D-1 Warning, you are about to fall in love. 6115_Averill_D-2 This is a 1720 square foot, two bedroom, two bath condo with hardwood floors, walk-in closet, full size washer and dryer with a private balcony overlooking a huge tree and swimming pool. Location? Snuggled between University Park and Preston Hollow, The Rachofsky House where Howard and Cindy are moving is a stone’s throw up the street. Ebby Halliday herself is a neighbor. You have prime location and oh by the way, the HOAs cover all the utilities save for cable. And you are so close to everything you will never, ever live anywhere else in Dallas.

We are talking about The Seville on Averill Way off Preston Road. This unit is being marketed by adorable Debbie Ingram for Allie Beth Allman.

Full disclosure: this is my daughter and son-in-law’s condo. Even more disclosure: I own another unit in this building, as my late mother lived here for years. Does that tell you how bullish I am about this place?

6115_Averill_D-3 6115_Averill_D-6 6115_Averill_D-8 My daughter has made it light, bright, and very Lilly: it’s like coming home to Palm Beach at the end of a long day. You are on the second floor — no shared long hallways or elevators. This unit is a two bedroom, two bath: one bath has a huge tub, the other a shower. Both have generous vanities. There is a utility room with storage, two walk-in closets, and a master bedroom that alone measures a whopping 23 by 13. Two covered parking spaces kept their cars safe during last spring’s hail storm.
Clearly, this condo is larger than many houses in Midway Hills or Little Forest Hills. And it has one of the best locations in town. Either you walk to Preston Center, or you drive east to North Park, west to the tollway, south to Highland Park Village. And the condo folks take care of everything, from leaf blowing to putting up holiday lights.

At $199,000 and bursting with cuteness, it won’t last long. Which has me concerned, very concerned: my guest room may soon be occupied… which is fine with me as long as I get custody of that chandelier!6115_Averill_D-9 6115_Averill_D-10 6115_Averill_D-11 6115_Averill_D-13 6115_Averill_D-16 6115_Averill_D-17