6102 Penrose Front

Looking for an adorable home that’s close to a fantastic area, has access to mass transit, is updated inside, feels large but not too big, and feeds into award-winning schools? Then you’ll love this Austin stone cottage in Wilshire Heights.

This is one of my favorite East Dallas nabes sheerly for the location: bordered by Mockingbird Lane to the north, Skillman Street to the west, Abrams road to the east, and McCommas to the south, this neighborhood has access to great amenities with fantastic architecture and is close to tons of retail, including the Lakewood Whole Foods. It feeds into Stonewall Jackson Elementary, J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School — all sought after, high-achieving, Dallas ISD campuses.

And 6102 Penrose, marketed by Dallas City Center Realtor Erika Warfield, is nothing to sniff at!


6118 Ellsworth Front

There is an incredible misconception of just exactly where Lakewood is. Most people assume that, if it’s west of White Rock Lake and south of Northwest Highway, then you’re in Lakewood. No, not really, guys. Those areas, I sometimes refer to as Lakewood Lite. They are close to the lake, but are too far west or north to be inside Lakewood proper.

The more you know, and all that.

Of course, you’re wondering what the point of all this talk of Lakewood is going, and let me tell you that there is this incredible house at 6118 Ellsworth Avenue in the Hal Moseley neighborhood. While it’s not in Lakewood, but instead closer to Wilshire Heights, don’t let that make you think this is some piddly little house. This is a truly amazing property. Like, epic-level cool, guys. And it’s so interesting and it’s close to Wilshire Heights, so it feeds into Stonewall Jackson Elementary, and did I mention that it’s cool? It’s so cool.


6346 Anita Front

Yes, we talk a lot about Lakewood Elementary and how amazing it is, thanks to a very active parent group, the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA. But let’s not forget that there are other great elementary schools in this area, including Stonewall Jackson Elementary.

This is an amazing, trend-setting campus that started its own educational garden before they were de rigeur. And surrounding this great elementary campus are some super cute neighborhoods, including Wilshire Heights. This lovely area is bounded by Mockingbird Lane on the north, Abrams road on the east, and Skillman on the west. It has great walkability and density without losing that close-knit neighborhood feel. On one of the through streets you’ll find 6346 Anita, a superb little traditional with some really fabulous updates. It’s listed by Randi Rummer of TexHomes Realty for $309,900.

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With three bedrooms, one full bath, and more than 1,400 square feet, this home is perfect for a small family or empty nesters looking to downsize and simplify. Built in 1950 and recently updated, this home still features some amazing details original to post-war traditional architecture, including ornate crown moulding and a lovely back porch. You’ll adore the refinished hardwood floors, too, and if you think you’ll be turned off by the single bathroom, wait until you see this stunner.

6346 Anita Kitchen

Of course, this home is super cozy, and with a fireplace, archways, and remodeled kitchen, you’re sure to be comfy at home during the next Icemaggedon. You’ll appreciate the updated light fixtures, too, including the can lights in the kitchen. Travertine, stainless steel, and granite line this updated commissary, which has French doors opening to the backyard.

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Now, the bathroom has a vanity, an oversized Kohler jetted tub, and a full-sized shower with dual heads to get you really, really clean. Tons of neutral stone and granite, with a mix of chrome and oil-rubbed bronze hardware keep it from feeling too modern. Sure, its a lot of features crammed into a bath, but with only one commode in this house, you’ll be glad to have it all.

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The backyard is so lovely, too, with a nice covered deck that leads from the kitchen to the garage. You also have a lovely little backyard, not too much maintenance for those who want to downsize but just enough room to have a labor-of-love garden.

I think this home is a great property at a good price for a wonderful neighborhood. What do you think?

Duane Dankesreiter and his wife loved their Wilshire Heights home so much that they got hitched in the backyard!

What happens when you find your dream home, remodel it into your perfect home, and then something happens and you have to move?

It’s a huge struggle, says Duane Dankesreiter, Vice President, Business Information and Research for the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce.

He and his wife own that gorgeous updated Tudor in Wilshire Heights we featured for our Friday Four Hundred last week. They still love the house (who wouldn’t!?) and are heartbroken about putting it on the market. But, family calls from the suburbs, and they are trying to sell the house they thought they’d stay in forever.

Read on for more …

Give us the rundown on this beautiful home!

Wilshire Heights subdivision (in between M-Streets and Lakewood), Stonewall Jackson Elementary attendance zone, 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 living areas, built in 1947, 900 sq feet added in 2010 and kitchen renovated in 2011, total of 2,764 square feet. Upstairs are three bedrooms, including a large master suite with juliet balcony, jetted tub, oversized shower, and huge walk-in closet. There are a number of little touches that make all the difference like plugs for hairdryers and toothbrushes in the vanity drawers and medicine cabinets, eco-friendly toilet, shower with three shower heads and a SaniJet tub.

There are two additional bedrooms upstairs one with an great balcony. Also upstairs is an extra bathroom and a laundry room.

Downstairs are two living areas. One living area is open to the kitchen and dining room the other is down a hallway and is a great media/play room. It features a large window looking to the backyard. Also downstairs is another bathroom and guest room/study.

The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and a huge walk in pantry. You won’t find many homes in this area with as much closet / storage space as this one. There is also an enormous covered patio just off the dining room and kitchen looking over a generous backyard.
Price range:  $470,000

Agent: Jane Pedigo – Group One, REALTORS

What made you decide to sell?

We absolutely love living in Dallas and in this area but have decided to move closer to family in the suburbs. It is a tough decision and every day we talk about staying. The proximity to my office in downtown, being able to walk to Greenville Ave or bike to White Rock Lake, our family friendly neighborhood  and just being close all the great things that Dallas has to offer will be missed.  

How long has your home been on the market? Any interest or serious offers?

We have been on the market for quite some time and have had some interest but not  any serious offers. We have had numerous open houses and everyone that comes in just loves it, but we just haven’t found that right person or family. I think it is a perfect house for someone with kids going to Stonewall Jackson or St. Thomas Aquinas (within walking distance), has a growing family and needs more room, or for someone just wanting to be in one of the best neighborhoods in Dallas. In fact, our block reminds me of the one I grew up in. All of our neighbors are our friends. On many days you might see us all on the front lawn, maybe having a drink together, watching the kids run around and enjoying each other’s company.

Planning on moving anywhere in particular?

We are hoping to move to the Cedar Hill/Mansfield area. If we have to move to the suburbs, we are going to find a home on a acre or so and take advantage of being close to Joe Pool lake and Cedar Hill State Park.

Describe your dream home. Likewise, what’s a dealbreaker for you?

When we bought our current house, my wife and I walked in and knew right then that this was the house we wanted. We love its character and architectural style and that it was something a little bit different from every other home being built today. We loved the look and feel of our home so much that we got married in the backyard! That is what we are looking for in our new home.

What shocked you about the home-selling process? 

I don’t know if anything really shocked me other than the time it has taken to sell the house. We can’t understand why people don’t love the house as much as we do. It has also been really frustrating when people make appointments to see the house, then never show up or cancel at the last minute. We are always accommodating and have never turned away a showing. But to rush to get the house ready and to change your day’s plans based on a potential showing, and then have no one actually come see the house just drives us crazy!

What pleased you?

We have a great realtor in Jane Pedigo. She has been patient with us as we prepared the house for selling, is always willing to go above and beyond and has supported us throughout the process.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

We had every intention of living here our whole lives, that is why we added on to the house. It is almost a perfect house now for us, in terms of layout and function. Had I known that we were going to be moving, I might not have added on and moved us into a higher price point, but hindsight is 20/20, right? We have been so happy living here and will miss it, but are looking forward to getting settled into a new home.


Friday Four Hundred: Recently Renovated Tudor Turns Heads in Wilshire Heights

I can’t believe it, but my son Cooper will be turning one in August. My husband and I were talking about how much our lives have changed in less than one year.

“Pretty soon we’re going to need more room,” I said to him somewhat offhandedly. Of course, he stopped dead in his tracks. His face turned white as a sheet.

“You’re not … pregnant again, right?” he stammered.

I got such a giggle over that! No, we’re not pregnant again, but it got me thinking — we love our home in Casa View Haven, and we’ve put a lot of work into it, but if we were to move to a bigger house, where would we want to go?

The answer? To Wilshire Heights, just on the other side of White Rock Lake, where 6111 Revere Place sits. This house has pretty much everything a growing family could want or need.

This beautiful Tudor (OK, get it out of your system. TUDOR, TUDOR, TUDOR!) was built in 1948 and remodeled so recently the paint just dried! With this house, you get 2,764 usable square feet for $485,000. There’s no wasted space with this addition, either!

The home is super cozy without feeling cloistered, and while it’s been renovated, tons of architectural details remain, like the cool archways in the living and dining areas downstairs, and the gorgeous fireplace.

The hardwoods, well, they’re so beautiful. I love the blonde floors paired with the espresso cabinetry and dark painted baseboards in this very, very open kitchen. The lower floor has great flow and is perfect for entertaining adults and children alike.

There are four bedrooms and three baths, and a bonus room, too. The master bath is perfect, really, with a jetted tub and multi-head shower. It’s the perfect retreat for parents of small children. And the closets! THEY ARE GIGANTIC! I am swooning over here!

There’s plenty of outdoor space, too, with a cute little rear porch and a great lawn — just the right size for a busy family. In Wilshire Heights you’re close to just about anything, with downtown, the Park Cities, Greenville Avenue, White Rock Lake, and the Arts District seemingly within arms reach.

What’s not to love?