Dallasites usually think of spring as the perfect time to list their homes for sale. But it's also the perfect time for homeowners to put their houses on display for the world (or at least the city) to see. After all, who can resist a chance to step through the door of a home with a beautifully landscaped lawn of tulips and azaleas leading up to a pretty porch and even prettier interior?
Get out your calendars and write down these dates, as these Dallas home tours are sure to be the talk of town this spring.
Turtle Creek Tour of Homes
When: April 8
The 17th annual tour features four sky-high homes and one single family home that give a rare glimpse at the lives of those who live along this chic creek. The tour concludes with a party from 6:30-8:30 pm at the home of Paula Lambert, founder of the Mozzarella Company. This tour, which uses buses to escort guests from home to home, is the primary fundraiser for The Turtle Creek Association that is dedicated to preserving the Turtle Creek.
Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Historic Home Tour
When: April 14
The Park Cities' preservation society brings to light the loving restorations of some of the most charming homes in all of Dallas. This year's tour features five homes showcasing Georgian, Colonial Revival, English (and more) architectural styles that all work together to create a neighborhood aesthetic that is second to none.
Northhaven Home Tour
When: April 14
This home tour is one to attend if you feel particularly passionate about Dallas public schools, as it proudly benefits the Kramer Elementary PTA. The tour features five homes in the neighborhoods surrounding the school that are primarily built in the 1950s and '60s. This is a self-guided tour, so it's ideal for those who like to attack home tours at their own speed.
Hollywood Home Tour
When: April 20-22
This historic home tour is all about options and is a favorite among those who cannot resist a traditional Tudor designed by East Dallas residents. There is a candlelight tour of the five homes from 6-7 pm on Friday, with a traditional tour schedule following on Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds benefit Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association.
White Rock Home Tour
When: April 21-22
This home tour also supports a Dallas public elementary, Blue Ribbon Hexter. Seven White Rock residents get a chance to show off their funky and fabulous homes near the beloved Dallas lake. Did we mention all the homes are modern? Yup. And while all the homes are exceptional, this year's “bonus home” is a real treat. Think a 13,000-square-foot estate built in 1967 by Robert M. Brittingham, founder of Daltile.
Swiss Avenue Mother's Day Home Tour
When: May 12-13
A Mother’s Day tradition marking its 45th year, this home tour showcases some of the most historic homes in Dallas. Step back in time while touring the eight homes that have been tastefully maintained with today's necessities while managing to keep the nostalgia of yesteryear. Selections range from marvelous mansions to beautiful bungalows and everything in between. Coaches and horse-drawn carriages shuttle participants among homes, and historians are on hand to answer burning questions about the district. All proceeds benefit the Swiss Avenue Historic District.