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…)

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Tom Greico’s project on Easton Road is a modern home that takes full advantage of the long lot and canopy of trees.

He’s passionate about building custom homes that evoke the clean lines and accessible floorplans for which he’s known. Forward-thinking, open, and bright, Tom Greico’s brand of modern has developed a loyal following.

“They go on the internet and they see me on Facebook and they follow me. People will come up to me and say, ‘We saw your house on Such-and-such Road,'” Greico says with a laugh. And after that, they often ask when Greico Modern Homes be available to build the home of their dreams. With eight projects right now, he says it’ll be about a year or so before he can start something new, but it’s great to be in-demand, Greico said.

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9623 Athlone/Photos: Shoot2Sell

9623 Athlone/Photos: Shoot2Sell

I love the look and feel of this Lake Highlands home inside Lake Park Estates, a very popular area just a short jaunt from White Rock Lake. Owned by Todd Howard, founder of architecture firm th+a, 9623 Athlone is a 1950 ranch transformed into a modern retreat.

Open and airy inside, this home is sublimely modern with the perfect balance of angles and curves, cool and warm, glass and wood. It’s a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath beauty with 2,854 square feet, several living areas, gorgeous wood floors, tons of windows, and the most incredible kitchen (more on that later!). It’s marketed by Realtor extraordinaire David Bush for $650,000.

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By now I’m sure you’ve read just about all of the postmortems on the infamous shout fest of a town hall last month regarding a proposed restaurant at Boy Scout Hill. But even if you’ve had your fill, I implore you, find room for just one more: Eric Celeste’s “Whose Lake is it Anyway?” in the June issue of D Magazine. 

This is an important column to read because residents of Old Lake Highlands and other White Rock Lake-adjacent neighborhoods need to see what other Dallasites see, from the outside looking in. Whereas Lyle Burgin and Richard Knopf just wanted to build a restaurant atop what they thought was an underused portion of White Rock Lake Park, residents saw it as an abominable incursion on public space that was a slippery slope toward turning the “Crown Jewel of Dallas” into an amusement park.

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9902 Galway Front

I’m going to get real with y’all.

*Turns chair around and sits in it backward*

I love East Dallas, and I live close to Lake Park Estates. It’s a fantastic neighborhood full of great homes and good people. And this house, well, I just want to let you know that it’s awesome, and if you’re as awesome as this house, then yeah, this neighborhood could be for you.

This house was built in 1950 and then completely redesigned by architect Tommy Nelson, whose name sounds like a professional golfer, but hey, we don’t judge. What does this mean for you, incredibly awesome potential buyer? Well, it means that 9902 Galway has an open floor plan that rivals a house half — nay, a quarter of its age.

9902 Galway Living

This house has 2,643 square feet of awesome, if we’re being precise, and while the color palette isn’t my thing, that’s nothing a little bit of primer and a trip to Sherwin Williams won’t fix, am I right? There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, all new HVAC and insulation, and new everything else, right down to the commodes. It’s priced at a recently reduced $424,999, a $25,000 drop. The price is definitely right!

9902 Galway Kitchen

The kitchen has some fairly stellar custom cabinetry, a nice long bar with a island that was built for prepping holiday dinners or maybe even cocktails if that’s your thing. (And who are we kidding here? You know it’s your thing.) There are stainless steel appliances, double ovens, a mosiac backsplash, and granite counters.

9902 Galway Master

The master is gigantic at 20 x 15, and the master bath is a decent size, too. It’s a five-piece bath, but the layout is … interesting. Honestly, I have never seen a full-size shower that leads to a jacuzzi tub, but there’s a first for everything. How do you take a bath while your partner is taking a shower? Do you resign to be sprayed a little, or do you regulate? It’s a conundrum…

9902 Galway master Bath 2

Because the home is on a little less than a half-acre and the house is kicking 2,600 square feet, you wouldn’t expect there to be a 600-square-foot back deck but, there it is. It’s a great place to grill with friends and family, or just hang out while you’re drinking coffee (or a cocktail, you lush) and tossing a tennis ball to Fido.

9902 Galway Backyard

Love this house as much as we do? Get in touch with Linda Fontana at RE/MAX Premier.

9902 Galway Front

I’m going to get real with y’all.

*Turns chair around and sits in it backward*

I love East Dallas, and I live close to Lake Park Estates. It’s a fantastic neighborhood full of great homes and good people. And this house, well, I just want to let you know that it’s awesome, and if you’re as awesome as this house, then yeah, this neighborhood could be for you.

This house was built in 1950 and then completely redesigned by architect Tommy Nelson, whose name sounds like a professional golfer, but hey, we don’t judge. What does this mean for you, incredibly awesome potential buyer? Well, it means that 9902 Galway has an open floor plan that rivals a house half — nay, a quarter of its age.

9902 Galway Living

This house has 2,643 square feet of awesome, if we’re being precise, and while the color palette isn’t my thing, that’s nothing a little bit of primer and a trip to Sherwin Williams won’t fix, am I right? There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, all new HVAC and insulation, and new everything else, right down to the commodes. It’s priced at a recently reduced $424,999, a $25,000 drop. The price is definitely right!

9902 Galway Kitchen

The kitchen has some fairly stellar custom cabinetry, a nice long bar with a island that was built for prepping holiday dinners or maybe even cocktails if that’s your thing. (And who are we kidding here? You know it’s your thing.) There are stainless steel appliances, double ovens, a mosiac backsplash, and granite counters.

9902 Galway Master

The master is gigantic at 20 x 15, and the master bath is a decent size, too. It’s a five-piece bath, but the layout is … interesting. Honestly, I have never seen a full-size shower that leads to a jacuzzi tub, but there’s a first for everything. How do you take a bath while your partner is taking a shower? Do you resign to be sprayed a little, or do you regulate? It’s a conundrum…

9902 Galway master Bath 2

Because the home is on a little less than a half-acre and the house is kicking 2,600 square feet, you wouldn’t expect there to be a 600-square-foot back deck but, there it is. It’s a great place to grill with friends and family, or just hang out while you’re drinking coffee (or a cocktail, you lush) and tossing a tennis ball to Fido.

9902 Galway Backyard

Love this house as much as we do? Get in touch with Linda Fontana at RE/MAX Premier.

You remember that adorable three-bedroom at 926 Peavy that Candy loved so much? Well, it sold in a matter of days, just like we said it would. If you feel like you missed out on a great home in a HOT neighborhood, well, homes in the Lake Park Estates area and nearby Ash Creek/Alger Park neighborhood are coming on the market every day.

“Definitely a good forecast for those homes in our area to continue a steady climb upward as we now head into the new year,” said Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Edwina Dye. ” Who would have thought a year ago we would be listing  pre-owned homes facing Peavy Road east of Alger Park for over $347,000?  I have a listing on Peavy that is contract pending, been appraised and due to close in January 2013.”

Dye, who is an expert in all things East Dallas and specializes in the White Rock Lake area, is very optimistic about the enclaves that surround the lake. For good reason, too.

“I recently sold a renovated home in Alger Park that we listed for $254,900. Received multiple offers in two days of listing, sold and appraised for over list price!” Dye said.

Still, some homeowners could be missing the boat on the comparables. According to Dye, several sellers and agents are listing homes much too low. ” This can prove harmful for our appraisals in the 2013 spring market,” she added.

There are lots of great homes on the market in this area, especially this week’s Tuesday $200,000 at 821 Peavy, which is  brand new inside and out. With these outstanding homes on the market in a great, affordable and upwardly mobile neighborhood that feeds into an award-winning elementary school, it’s a sellers market in this enclave of East Dallas!

“I feel as listing agents we have to really believe in our market areas and understand we are once again seeing a sellers market emerging where we may have multiple offers and that our listings can possibly appraise for over list price,” Dye said. “But we can’t be shy about these indicators we are seeing. If we as listing agents can’t be bold enough to believe in a strong sellers market how can we expect anyone else to?”