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…)

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…)

Claremont Reno Drops $2,500 Today, Won’t Be on Market Long


After not mentioning the Claremont neighborhood for a while, we’re suddenly seeing gem after gem go on the market there. It’s one of my favorite residential areas in East Dallas, with Midcentury personality, mature trees, and memorable style.

The 1962 ranch-style house at 8526 Sweetwood Drive just came on the market Oct. 31 after an extensive renovation, and it’s got loads of charm packed into its 1,773 square feet. Marketed by Ben Fluno of Chris Arnold Premier Realty for $242,500 (it dropped $2,500 today), I’m actually surprised it’s still on the market. Take a look and I think you’ll agree.


Northwest Dallas Ranch Has Amazing Interiors

10164 Timber Trail Curb

Talk about unexpected. This home is the very definition of a sleeper. It looks totally unassuming from the front. Very sedate tan brick, plain hedges and oversized front lawn. It’s a very typical curb view for a traditional post war home built in Northwest Dallas. Just outside Midway Hollow, the Timber Trail area is experiencing a ton of growth. Several lots have creek views from the back, and though you’re right next to Walnut Hill and Marsh, the area feels somewhat isolated. The mature trees keep this area feeling formal and established.

And this home, while it may look very typical from the front, it’s a completely different and totally stylish animal inside. See for yourself after the jump!


3848 Potomac Front

Ski season is winding down, which is a huge bummer for the snow bunnies among us. So if you’re not ready to leave the ski lodge, why not come home to one?

That’s how this Potomac Avenue stunner feels to me. With all of the stone and wood and lush carpets, this house feels like it belongs in Park City, not the Park Cities! And yet, this amazing four-bedroom, four-plus-two bath home in Mount Vernon is right in the thick of the Park Cities honeypot. (However, if you’re still into checking out Park City, head over to SecondShelters to see our Top-5 Park City, Utah, ski homes!)

3848 Potomac Entry

The listing info for 3848 Potomac was emailed to us and boy, are we glad our fellow real estate lovers sent it along! This home is gorgeous! Built in 1979, this home crosses the threshold into modern eclectic by using so many different textures throughout its 6,463 square feet. There are lovely arched stone passageways throughout, and an amazing herringbone wood ceiling with exposed beams, and the price — only $4.25 million — can’t be beat!

3848 Potomac Living

Huge windows and recessed lighting throughout the home keep the stone columns and walls from weighing things down and turning this dramatic house into a dungeon. Still, there is an abundance of wood throughout the home that might be overwhelming for some.

3848 Potomac Dining

The kitchen, while large, is dated. The tile countertops and wood-grain disposal belie the home’s 1970s heritage. Personally, I’d keep the cabinetry and just replace the counters, backsplash and appliances. From there you’re good to go. Unlike the kitchen, though, the wet bar is fully updated with stainless steel fridge and icemaker and stone counters. Priorities, right?

3848 Potomac Kitchen

Sure, the master suite features his-and-her baths, but my favorite part about this home is the beautiful loggia. The curved skylight filters evening light down on the brick sitting area, which looks out onto the modest backyard area. This is what I expect heaven looks like on days with good weather.

3848 Potomac Loggia

Want to find out more about this incredible home? Contact Debbie Wheelock with Allie Beth Allman & Associates.


3310 Fairmount 11D Living

Or you could keep it as is, but the wallpaper would need some freshening up. Unit 11D in the Park Towers Condominiums is a time warp. Everything looks to be from the 60s, when this building was constructed.

3310 Fairmount 11D Dining

The owner was obviously a big fan of green, as you can see from the wallpaper in the living room that matches the swag curtains just so. Still, it doesn’t distract from what I consider to be the best selling point for this unit — the huge floor-to-ceiling windows and an amazing view.

3310 Fairmount 11D Kitchen

As the listing tells us, there are no load-bearing walls in this unit, so you can completely upend this two-bedroom, two-bath condo to whatever kind of high-rise vision you have. I think this property, which is sandwiched by the Katy Trail and Turtle Creek, would look amazing as a Mad Men homage with cream shag carpet, a sunken living area that is open to the kitchen and dining areas, and a large master bedroom and spa-like bath.

3310 Fairmount 11D Master

With more than 2,000 square feet of space, you can definitely accomplish your dreams of living like Don Draper. Of course, for $345,000 you will have to have a remodeling budget because there is no way you can live with that cloistered kitchen or that hideous bath!

3310 Fairmount 11D Master bath

Still, I love looking at the photos of this listing. It’s really amazing to see how much home decor has changed in 50 years. Does this unit send you back in time, too?

This neighborhood is so hot guys! If you’re within a few yards of Peavy Road, you know that there are some great houses on the market in this area, which is super close to White Rock Lake and inside the Hexter Elementary attendance zone.

I pass by this house almost daily, and it has been on the market for quite some time. It was in less-than-great shape when it first hit MLS as a FSBO, but since then it has been completely remodeled and is in turnkey condition.

There are three bedrooms, two baths, and 1,452 square feet inside 821 Peavy Road. Like a lot of 1950s-era homes, there is a generous car port. The only other downside to this house is the wall of windows that gives you a front-and-center view of said car port. I think that’s probably why this home won’t break the $210,000 price barrier. In fact, i’m sure you could probably bid at around $200,000 fair and square. Maybe you can get past all that by transforming the car port into a front porch sitting area and keeping your Prius in the garage?

The kitchen has all the right touches, and I love the color of the cabinets. The bathrooms, one of which has an outstanding shower with a half wall for a little privacy, are done with low-maintenance finishes that are great for families.

The backyard just got a new privacy fence and a layer of sod, so it’s a blank slate. I’m sure it would be perfect for a vegetable garden and maybe a chicken coop.

So, what do you think is a fair price for this home?