Thursday Three Hundred: Lovely Little Wilshire Heights Home is Cozy and Cute, With a Splendid Backyard
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.
A reader writes:
“The homes are so beautiful on Swiss Avenue but seems like the homes for sale have been on market for a long time. Why do these homes take so long to sell and why does it seem like people are trying to move out?”
An Icemaggedon Timeline: How East Dallas Is Managing To Survive The Ice-Pocalypse With The Help of Facebook and Neighborhood Associations
We’ve been displaced from our home in Casa View Haven for going on four days now. Our little corner of East Dallas lost power around 4 a.m. on Friday, and while we thought we could tough it out that evening, we ended up doing a white-knuckle commute to Forney, where our in-laws live. A trip that usually takes no longer than a half-hour took about an hour and a half on Friday afternoon, considering the snail’s pace we drove to negotiate icy bridges and 18-wheelers stopped on the shoulders. We saw cars and trucks in ditches, some getting rescued by tow trucks and fire engines, and more than a few devil-may-care-type drives being humbled by the icy roads.
Does staging to sell have to be an expensive strategy to help your home stand out? Not so much, says Karen Eubank of Eubank staging. She consulted with Ebby agent Carolyn Albers Black on 5242 Godwin, a Vickery Park home that has tons of character.
Full of family homes and interesting architecture from myriad styles and schools, Lake Highlands is an incredible neighborhood that spans a broad swath of northeast Dallas. A stone’s throw from White Rock Lake, the area not only has views and amenities, but considering that much of the area is inside the Richardson ISD attendance boundaries means it attracts families with school-aged kids.
But not everyone uproots when the kids graduate and move off to college on their own. In fact, there’s a lovely community of women in the Lake Highlands Women’s League that has truly stood the test of time. Each year this group donates money and time to great causes throughout their community, funding their endeavors with their annual Holiday in the Highlands Home Tour.
This year the Sunday, Dec. 6, tour will include some amazing homes, but you’ll love the people inside these great houses, too. Take Suzanne Knudson, for instance, who, along with her husband, Mark, is opening up their Lake Highlands home for this year’s tour. Suzanne took a few moments to answer some questions about her house, her community, and this year’s home tour.
Keep reading to find out how you can win a pair of tickets to this year’s home tour after the jump! Continue reading
I love the quirky and personal, which sometimes gets obliterated when people stage homes for sale. You lose a lot of the fun details that went into a house, features that really made it a home for someone.
Thursday Three Hundred JFK Week: Midcentury Split-Level in University Manor Has a Gorgeous Pool and Backyard
When you think about Midcentury Modern architecture, some defining features often pop up. According to Mark Meckfessel, FAIA, here are some common characteristics found in Midcentury Modern design:
Floor plans tended to be more open, with less separation among living, dining and family areas. Large, continuous expanses of windows broke down traditional notions of “inside” and “outside”. Roofs tended to be flatter and building forms more geometrically crisp. Structure was often openly expressed and applied ornamentation – cornices, brackets, moldings, etc. – was minimized or avoided altogether.
I think you’ll find a lot of these same characteristics in 7272 Walling Lane, a split-level Mid-Mod built in 1958. It is wonderfully preserved, and has a gorgeous backyard with a pool, too. It comes in at more than 2,400 square feet, so it’s a good size for a family, too.
Thursday Three Hundred: Get Cozy in This M Streets Cottage With Spacious Backyard and Updated Kitchen
The M Streets is such a fabulous neighborhood. It has an urban feel and a great elementary school in Stonewall Jackson and feeds into Woodrow Wilson High School. It’s close to great restaurants and entertainment on Greenville Avenue, super close to mass transit at Mockingbird Station, and it’s not far from SMU and the Park Cities.
(Editor’s Note: If you don’t have tickets already to the Lakewood Home Festival this weekend, better snatch them up quick! If you’re feeling lucky, find out how to win a pair of tickets at the end of this post.)
ShannonThe Lakewood Home Festival is one of the oldest home tours in Dallas, and one of the most successful ones, to boot. It manages to get better every year, thanks to the volunteers and homeowners who graciously host tours. This year, the homes are tremendous and very special, but one home stands out from the crowd thanks to its unique finishes and artistic sensibilities. It’s 7130 Brookcove, home of Lakewood artist Shannon Kincaid. The house is a recently renovated Italian villa-inspired home with tons of gorgeous custom finishes and fabulous mosaics throughout. Continue reading
Thanks to a Facebook page started by former State Rep. Allen Vaught, meetings with Dallas ISD trustee Mike Morath, and a growing groundswell of support, talk is picking up about Woodrow Wilson High School and it’s feeder campuses splintering from Dallas ISD to form their own school district.