East Dallas Design

Old and new design combine for chic synergy on cherished East Dallas home tour


930 Valencia
Photo by Kim Leeson
930 Valencia
Photo by Kim Leeson
615 Newell
Photo by Kim Leeson
615 Newell
Photo by Kim Leeson
1108 Valencia
Photo by Kim Leeson
1108 Valencia
Photo by Kim Leeson
7006 Santa Monica
Photo by Kim Leeson
7006 Santa Monica
Photo by Kim Leeson
815 Valencia
Photo by Kim Leeson
815 Valencia
Photo by Kim Leeson

The Hollywood-Santa Monica Neighborhood Association is showcasing five historic homes on its 28th annual home tour, taking place April 25-28. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Attendees can choose to attend a candlelight tour from 6-7:30 pm on April 26 or the standard tour on April 27 and 28, from 12-5 pm. A portion of this year’s proceeds benefits the community’s schools.  

930 Valencia

The current owner, a former Lakewood Elementary school teacher, grew up riding bikes past this 1931 Tudor home as a child and knew that this charming neighborhood was a place where she's like to settle down.While it seemed meant to be when this home became available, it needed some tweaks to officially become her dream home.

 

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The couple insisted on having a two-car garage; however, with Hollywood Heights situated in a conservation district, the construction of such a project would be tricky. Their contractor was able to finagle an attached garage that featured an enlarged porch that stretched to the screened porch. For the brick? He lucked out and found an exact match from a Lakewood demolition. 

615 Newell

The current owners used to live in Highland Park; however, after a move to California, they returned to Dallas as empty nesters and settled into the Hollywood Heights neighborhood. What won them over? People enjoying wine on their front porches, kids biking, and friends who also already happened to live on Newell. This 1927 "doll house" specifically won over the owners with its beautiful stained-glass windows. 

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After purchasing the home, the owners hired The Burke Company to open up the back of the house and add on a family room and master suite. They also vaulted the ceilings and gave the backyard a complete makeover. These projects not only breathed fresh air into the home but nearly doubled the size of it, too. 

 

1108 Valencia

This 1946 tri-level split home was considered cutting edge during its time of construction. This floorplan was popular due to the privacy, noise control, and efficient circulation (all of which remains true today). This particular home also comes with a pool and casita. 

 

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The current owners added their own touch to this property by replacing the kitchen countertops, renovating the master bed and bath, and completely renovating the casita. They also widened the driveway and landscaped both the front and backyard. All while being the parents of two young children. 

7006 Santa Monica

When the relocation of Toyota brought the current owners to Dallas, they knew this was the perfect time to fulfill a lifelong dream of restoring an old home. The couple lived in the house durings its restorationg process for a total of two-and-a-half years before it was completed. The laundry list of projects completed included lofting the front room's ceilings and adding a second story with two bedrooms and a bathroom. 

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Out of all of the projects and renovations completed on this home, the owners' favorite is the master suite, which they say is a total dream. Word on the street is that anyone who tours the home would be remiss to not check out the amazing master closet. 

815 Valencia

This 1985 brick cottage construction is an example of one of the newer constructions in the neighborhood. It features a painstakingly renovated floorplan that reveals a new kitchen, master suite, and guest bath. 

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But it was the New Orleans-style courtyard that really sold the current owner on this picturesque home. She is said to spend a lot of time outside, behind the gate, when the weather is nice. It's a personal Southern outdoor oasis.