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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5524 Victor Front

Junius Heights is the neighborhood that stoked my love affair with Dallas real estate. My husband and I moved to Junius Heights shortly before we were married, living in a great little craftsman cottage on Glendale Street. We would walk down Junius street to Garden Cafe, and take our dogs for walks around the neighborhood. We knew all of our neighbors and enjoyed stretching our legs on Swiss Avenue. The commute downtown was a breeze, and I took the No. 19 bus every day as we were a one-car household.

And sometimes, when I see the right house, I really think about moving back.

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5101 Victor Front

This home is just a great combination of old-world charm and new-world conveniences in one of the most coveted and accessible historic districts in Dallas. And considering that 5101 Victor will be open on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., you can drop in and check it out after you’ve had brunch at the Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour.

5101 Victor Living

This house puts the “class” in “classic,” folks. It has tons of original details without skimping on the updates. It does, however, maintain the kind of charm that makes prairie homes popular with conservationists. That includes hardwood floors, tons of gorgeous moulding, beautiful windows, wainscoting, French doors, and columns everywhere.

5101 Victor Dining

With more than 2,700 square feet, this home is spacious and gracious. There are three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a detached garage, and a front porch that you can live on. There’s also a third-floor area that has been converted to a sitting or music room, whichever you prefer. It’s priced at $445,000, which is totally reasonable.

5101 Victor Kitchen

The kitchen is, well, kind of blah. It has been opened to the living area via a pass-through, though, which is great. It is kind of small, especially considering the size of the house, but it gets the job done. I do like the mullioned glass cabinets, and the fact that the fridge is actually in the kitchen near the cooktop is really great. Most homes built around the turn of the century don’t have room for so many large appliances in the kitchen.

5101 Victor Master

The master bedrooms is a good size, but here’s another one of those homes with an exterior door in the master suite. I think it opens to a covered porch, which, if you add a little coffee maker to this bedroom, I’m sold. I love the paint colors, and that huge closet is a definite plus.

5101 Victor Master bath

The adjoining master bath has been redone, but I love that the sellers maintained some of the home’s period character by using hex tile on the floor and inside the huuuuuuuge shower. Man, that’s just a gigantic shower! And it has skylights! What a great touch!

5101 Victor Backyard

The backyard has an expansive deck and several other seating areas for guests. It’s a great little garden for hanging out in when the weather permits! All-in-all, this is a fabulous house and you should definitely see it in person on Sunday!

Burton Knight is Not Giving Up on His Water-Friendly Lawn, Says Unfair Park

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Photo: City of Dallas via Unfair Park

Burton Knight is a smart fellow — he has a horticulture degree from my alma mater, Texas A&M University — but all the wits in the world might not be enough to win a fight against Dallas City Hall.

If you’ll recall, Knight xeriscaped his Junius Heights front yard with Texas native plants and gravel, which earned him admiration from his neighbors and a citation from the city, who says his lack of lawn makes his home historically inappropriate. That’s  a big no-no in Junius Heights, a designated conservation district.

Still, he’s presented two alternative plans that help maintain most of his landscape as is to the city’s Landmark Commission. Read the report from Eric Nicholson on Unfair Park.

This story was the impetus for a question we asked Dallas City Council candidates running in the May 7 election. Early voting ends today, so go out and make your choice. If you haven’t already checked our our collection of questionnaires, you can take a gander on how they view the issues right here.

4936 Victor Front

I’ve lived in a 1921 Craftsman home in Junius Heights, and while I loved all of the cool details, such as the hardwood trim around the windows, the expansive front porch, and the window seat in the master bedroom that overlooked the garden, I hated how drafty it was and the awful water pressure.

4936 Victor Living

Still, living in a historic district is amazing. The homeowners tend to care more about their neighborhood and their community, and they work hard to maintain the standards. I miss that part of living in a historic conservation district, but I do not miss living in a historic home. If only you could have a new home in a historic district that blends in with its surroundings pretty much seamlessly …

4936 Victor Kitchen

If that’s what you want, you’re in luck. Marketed by Borman and Zahn team at Dave Perry-Miller and Associates for $485,000, 4936 Victor is a prairie style two-story built in 2008 that looks like it belongs in a whole ‘nother era. It has four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and 3,184 square feet, and that’s not including the huge front porch where you’ll spend spring evenings waving at neighbors as they walk past.

4936 Victor Den

This neighborhood, Munger Heights, is an absolute gem, featuring a pretty extensive collection of prairie and Craftsman architecture. It’s just across Gaston Avenue from the Swiss Avenue Historic District, and it’s about 10 minutes from downtown. It’s perfect for someone looking to simplify, maybe ditch a car and go on two wheels. And it’s close to Baylor University Medical Center, too.

The kitchen in this home was just updated and it shows. Featuring a Carrera marble backsplash, custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances, you might just eschew the many takeout options around you for cooking at home.

4936 Victor Master

The rest of the home has hand-scraped hardwood floors and an open floorplan that will be great for family gatherings or get togethers. The real treat is upstairs, where the master suite is located. There you’ll find vaulted ceilings, a five-piece bath, and a sitting area with a fireplace. The paint color is a little loud for me. But to each his own, you know?

4936 Victor Master Bath

The backyard is huge, and it has a great little back porch, just the spot where you’ll want to sip coffee. There’s plenty of room for a playset, a pool, or pretty much anything else you can imagine.

4936 Victor Back Porch

Of the neighborhoods I’ve househunted in and lived in, Junius Heights is my favorite. We didn’t end up buying in this area as it was out of our price range, but my husband and I rented our first home together there.

It’s a neighborhood that’s easy to fall hard for — it’s one of the largest historic districts in Dallas and it has a very active neighborhood association. One of my very favorite things about Junius Heights is a small strip of shops in which sits Garden Cafe. It’s a wonderful little restaurant that serves local and seasonal fare with veggies and fruit straight from its garden, just as the name intimates. Just across Junius Street is a little neighborhood park, making this a great spot for neighborhood gathering.

If you’re looking for a great historic home in a wonderful, close-knit neighborhood, you’ll love 5609 Tremont. This two-story, three-bedroom, two-bath prairie-style house is just two blocks from Garden Cafe and is extremely close to downtown. You’re also in the Woodrow Wilson High School attendance zone, and you’re within bicycle range of the Lakewood Whole Foods.

While this home has been completely remodeled, plenty of historic charm remains. There are brick fireplaces in both the living room and master bedroom, and the updated kitchen has been opened to the living and dining areas. Still there are some of the features people crave in historic homes: exposed beams, built-ins, and gorgeous wood floors. The price is pretty reasonable for the neighborhood, too, at $379,000.

With more than 2,400 square feet, this home would be great for a family. there’s a study, too, which is perfect for those who own their own businesses or telecommute.

The bathrooms have been updated, though the second one has only a shower and could use a new countertop. Still, it’s not like buying a big project — there’s just enough to do to put your own stamp on this house.

The backyard is a great size, and has a spacious deck and a gate over the driveway. I love that there’s plenty of room for vegetable gardening, which is a really popular hobby in this neighborhood.

What do you think? In with the old for the new year?

Thursday Three Hundred: Junius Heights Craftsman Has 50 Shades of Gray Inside

Gray is the hottest neutral right now, and I am loving how it’s just popping up everywhere and in every conceivable shade. All 50 of them.

Trashy adult novel puns aside, this gorgeous Junius Heights Munger Place Arts and Crafts home is the perfect example of how neutral doesn’t mean boring. With all of the wonderful cool slate, marble, and pearl grays, all of the details stand out.

Really, this house is begging for a hipster couple to move in. I mean, the furniture is so eclectic and cool-without-trying that it appears that a skinny-jeans-wearing couple has done quite well for themselves.

Just like any of the historic homes in the Junius Heights Munger Place district, 4912 Worth St., built in 1910, is very segmented. There are tons of walls and rooms and nooks, but with the incredible number of windows in this home, you wouldn’t really care. This house was built for finding a quiet spot and getting some “me” time.

There are three bedrooms, two and a half baths, three living rooms and a study. Surely you can find a place to sit down with your eReader or tablet and catch up on CandysDirt.com and Second Shelters, right?

A few years ago this neighborhood was hot with the fixer-upper crowd, and as a result, prices increased and have mostly stabilized. With a total of 2,528 square feet, the asking price of $399,000 seems more than fair. In fact, it was recently reduced from $425,000.

I do love the furniture and finishes in this home. The light fixtures are interesting, especially the hanging lamp over the claw-foot tub in the master bathroom, but overall I like it. In fact, I like the kitchen cabinets and countertops so much that I don’t mind the mismatched appliances and open laptop.

This house is great for kids, especially teenagers as you are within walking and biking distance of the Lakewood library branch, there’s White Rocke Lake nearby, and it’s in the Woodrow Wilson High School attendance zone.

In all, I’d call this two-story beauty a winner!

You’ll recall that our lovely Candy told us last April that you could get 5601 Eastside, the former home of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Junius Heights — for around $1.5 million, which was, as she said “highway robbery.”

Well, if that was still too rich for your blood, the 11-bedroom, nine-and-a-half-bath amazing church conversion is now $950,000!

5601 Eastside is on the market for $950,000 — a steep drop from the original asking price of just more than $3.1 million. Ouch.

Seriously! It’s a sin that this gem hasn’t sold yet! First, it’s green! No waste from teardowns! Second, it’s GORGEOUS! Third, it’s right next to the Santa Fe Trail and right on the edge of Lakewood! Fourth, there’s a 10-year tax abatement on the property!

(Side note: I think I’ve used up my exclamation point quota for the week. From now on, imagine every period is filled with excitement. — JE)

If $950,000 still seems like a lot to toss in the offering plate, consider that this home has tons of income potential. The property is divided into two separate living areas — the upstairs has 8 bedrooms and the downstairs is a three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment. You can live upstairs among the stained glass and the altar kitchen, and rent the condo below.

I’ve always wondered what happened to old churches once a congregation outgrew a sanctuary. Sometimes they sit on the market forever until the right buyer comes along (ie, the White Rock YMCA buying the former home of Trinity Lutheran Church). Sometimes the get bulldozed. In this case, a resourceful person did what I have always dreamed of — taking a gorgeous church built in 1908 from God’s house to anybody’s house.

And to my delight, church conversions are becoming more and more popular.

So tell me, what’s your favorite thing about this church conversion? Do you think the price is finally right, or should it be auctioned a la Champ d’Or?