Photo: Dallas Police Department

Note to would-be thieves: Pretty much everyone has at least one camera aimed at the entry points for their home nowadays. They’re not that expensive, and are easy to install. Armed with that knowledge, maybe try a new line of work?

That being said, the alleged porch parcel thieves that were targeting holiday packages left by delivery trucks have been caught. At least, one set of them, any way. Meet Priscilla Castaneda and Jessie Dominguez. According to Dallas police, several people called in to say they recognized Castaneda from the videos plastered all over social media, local news stations and the newspaper. From there, police were able to find a pawn shop she had done business with, who in turn reportedly told police that she had been in that day trying to pawn the very smoker (still in the box) that she was allegedly seen carrying off in one video. She was even reportedly wearing the same outfit (btw, Roger Staubach probably doesn’t approve, lady). Today she got a rather unwanted birthday present – her arrest.

Dominguez was caught today as well, allegedly smoking a joint in plain sight, and with a whole lot of property for the police to catalog sitting in the back of the Ford Explorer that also starred in the videos, police said. Dominguez also reportedly confessed to some thefts in Highland Park, as well.

Both suspects are now at Lew Sterrett.

However, they are not the only Christmas grinches out there. The same homeowner who took the video of Castaneda, Missy Clinchy, also found that another theft occurred earlier this month, by a different individual – this time the perp is a bald man driving a light colored sedan.

Dallas police offer the following tips for avoiding the theft of your packages:

  • Request from the seller or shipper that a signature is required for delivery so that your package is not left at your front door unattended.
  • Request that the seller or shipper ship your package to an alternate address such as your office.
  • Request that the shipper hold your package at their distribution center for your pick-up.

Amazon now offers Amazon Locker, which allows you to ship to a specific, secure site for pick up, and it looks like there are plenty throughout the city. Many major retailers also offer ship to store, which allows you to pick up at the customer service counter of the store, as well.

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Thanks to inexpensive security cameras, we now have some video of at least one of the thieves that is hitting homes in Midway Hollow and Preston Hollow, stealing Christmas packages right off the front porch. In this video, Ken and Missy Clinchy recorded a thief stealing Christmas gifts off their front porch in the 3900 block of Lively Lane.

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Photo: Bethany Erickson

Photo: Bethany Erickson

When my husband bought the home we live in now – a 1950s bungalow in Midway Hollow – he was a bachelor. He told me several times during our courtship that he bought the house thinking that he would sell it when he got married, because three bedrooms and ONE bathroom is kind of cozy.

Well, I like cozy. When we married, we decided that staying put made sense, but if we ever had kids, we would give the situation another gander.

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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!

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(Photos: Shoot2Sell)

(Photos: Shoot2Sell)

I can say that, besides maybe doing a slightly different kitchen island (I’d go for something that blends with the hardwood floors instead of white) this is exactly the transitional style home for me. Not only does it have a fantastic layout thanks to an open living/dining/kitchen area right when you walk into the home, but it is staged so well, with just the right amount of color and style to make the spaces feel clean and open without feeling cluttered.

And boy, does this cutie have some serious curb appeal! Just look at that welcoming orange front door and that lovely stone and rock pathway!

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3762 Park Lane front

I love looking at the pet projects of real estate professionals, and this pretty little flip in Midway Hollow from architect Gianna Glaesmann does not disappoint. The before/after shots tell an interesting story. The two-bedroom, two-bath post-war cottage at 3762 Park Lane is was a total gut job for Glaesmann and her husband, Brad. It went from dirty, dark and with an odd-shaped layout to bright and airy with some gorgeous designer fixtures.

“I was in commercial architecture for 24 years, and did some residential work on the side as a hobby,” Glaesmann said. “I have recently ventured out on my own doing mostly residential remodels.  My passion is showing a home some love and bringing it back to life!”

While Glaesmann works with clients to transform homes as a full-time job now, this flip in Midway Hollow is her first-ever solo project. “I have always wanted to get my hands on a cottage to renovate and my husband Brad let me try this one out,” she said.

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3958 Clover Front

Let’s just clarify for clarity’s sake: Dallas home prices are breaking records, y’all, and if you want a great home inside the loop, you’re going to pay for it. There was quite a debate in the comments of our Tuesday Two Hundred, a super-cute Craftsman home in Sunset Hill that is priced at $239,000. Some folks felt that was too steep. Others thought the renovation was too modern and not true to the architecture of the home.

Here’s the honest-to-goodness-backed-by-economists truth: Someone is going to buy that house, and considering the state of the market and the desirability of this area compared to the prices of adjacent Winnetka Heights homes in similar condition, the homeowner will probably get within $7 to $10K of their asking price with the right buyer, one who will appreciate the Oak Cliff vibe and the cool people who live there. That’s just based on the fact that home prices in our area are up 10.4 percent year-over-year and there are more buyers out there than sellers, especially with the influx of new workers thanks to our booming job market.

3958 Clover Living

Same thing goes for this adorable Midway Hollow post war traditional at 3958 Clover. It’s not as big as a home you’d find in the northern suburbs, such as Carrollton, for instance. No, it clocks in at a modest but capable 1,524 square feet with three bedrooms and two full baths. But you’re not buying a big home when you move inside the loop in this price range. You’re buying location. You’re buying proximity to work, culture, restaurants and shopping. This home is priced at $299,000, and it’s already under option.

3958 Clover Kitchen Dining

Homebuyers will appreciate the renovations to this home, which include an open floor plan that flows from the living room to the dining area and open kitchen, all of which have gorgeous pine floors underfoot. This home feels light and bright thanks to the remodel, and it places the emphasis on the kitchen and living areas as public spots. I also love the open cabinets and the green paint inside that adds a colorful punch to a monochromatic kitchen. The addition of the island not only brings in more prep space, but it’s an informal dining area and a great spot to connect with kids after a day at school and work.

3958 Clover Kitchen

The master bedroom, like the rest of the home, is modest in size at 18 x 10, but that’s not shrimpy or anything for a home in this neighborhood. I also love the cool master bath, that, while it doesn’t have double sinks, it instead has a massive tub with a huge window to bring in some ambient light.

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The backyard is a great size for kids to run around in, and thanks to the pine tree in the center of the yard, you won’t have to worry with a ton of leaves coming down every fall, and you get to benefit from its shade. You’ll also appreciate the cool pergola that, with the addition of an outdoor kitchen, would be my hangout from late March until July.

What do you think?

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Elmdale Front

Sometimes I love it when a family lists their home with tons of personal touches. For me, it allows me to see the home as it was intended — a place for a family to grow and make memories.

So when I happened upon this adorable home in Northwest Dallas, well, I was smitten. Located west of Midway Road and north of Walnut Hill is this cute traditional at 9921 Elmada Lane. The neighborhood, Midway Hollow, is growing in popularity with young families as it’s close to upwardly mobile public schools and outstanding private schools.

Elmada Living

This home, with three bedrooms and two baths, is a great size for a family with a couple of kids. It has more than 1,900 square feet and a great sunroom from which you can see pretty much the entire backyard. It’s listed by Mysti Newberry Stewart of Dave Perry-Miller and Associates for $289,900.

Elmada Dining

Some cute touches you’ll appreciate include the very cozy living room, the blackboard paint in the adorable kitchen (so cute!) that opens up to the sizable family room, wainscotting in the dining room, and tailored Roman blinds in pretty much every room.

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These owners really threw caution to the wind, though, and didn’t remove all toys from common areas like many stagers suggest. That’s fine with me, because I can totally picture my 2-year-old playing in this space.

Elmada Sunroom

The backyard is spacious and includes a concrete patio that will be great for grilling and hanging out this fall and winter with perhaps a fire pit or chiminea, whichever you prefer. What do you think?

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