Jun 29, 2008

The Heights' Most Unique Homes

Tucked away in East Dallas lies the historic neighborhood Hollywood Heights and its sister subdivision, Santa Monica. I discovered this area of town because my boyfriend lives in Lakewood which is practically down the street from this quaint neighborhood. There are often days when I yearn to move out of my rented apartment in busy and fast paced Uptown and move somewhere more secluded, green, and quiet. Hopefully one day I will own something that I can call my own and I think Hollywood Heights would be the perfect starter house for me. Each house has so much character and history to it. This adorable neighborhood has large lots and beautiful landscaping making it a very sought after place to live in Dallas.

Most of its houses were built around the 1920's-1930's in the Tudor style and are comprised of Austin stone and brick. The houses in this area have been designated a conservation district by the city of Dallas- which preserves the homes and keeps them looking historic. They range anywhere from $300-600,000 and remind me of little gingerbread houses! Within a few minutes from Hollywood Heights is Dallas' beautiful White Rock Lake, the Aboretum, and Lakewood Theatre. This is really the neighborhood for anyone who loves the outdoors, biking, canoeing, and a friendly, relaxed, family oriented atmosphere.

As I drove by the heights today after brunch in Lakewood, I snapped photos of some of the most unique houses I came across....and these are in fact unique! You don't see houses like this in the newly developed parts of Frisco, Allen, and McKinney. You can't find these cute little historic homes just anywhere!

Interesting exterior...

I love how all of the doors and shutters of these houses are painted really funky colors...some turquoise, some purple, some bright pink!

And here's the purple!

You don't even feel like you are in Dallas anymore with this one...England perhaps?

I love the ivy growing over the house...I want my own little cottage!

This one looks a little bit more Spanish..and I actually found this one randomly on a realtor's site- it's for sale for around $450.

I had to post this one because it looks almost identical to the house I grew up in and the one that my parents still live in today!

Then as you go further into the Lakewood area towards the Lakewood Theatre lie the larger mansions... these houses have lots of character but were almost too big and sat too far away for my camera to get a good glimpse of them! Just a little out of my budget and my camera died..so I decided to stop at this one before I got really sad that I still live in my little 1200 sq ft apartment...once my camera gets up and running again, there will be more to come on Dallas' most historic neighborhoods...stay tuned!


Paloma said...

What a charming neighborhood!I'll have to make my friend take me by there the next time I visit her in Dallas.

sara said...

Oh those are just beautiful! I love all of them. I live in the 'burbs (Flower Mound) and you are right, they don't build them like that here. If I didn't have a child and wasn't concerned about schools, I would move there in a heartbeat. I do love the character of them all.

Anonymous said...

Can I be your neighbor there? :)BK

Cote de Texas said...

so cute!!!!!

I love these. A few of them remind of houses in Southampton between Shephard and Greenbriar in Houston. And the house with the turret - now THAT's a turret!

Carolina Eclectic said...

This neighborhood looks like a real life fairy tale! All these houses are so charming.

Fifi Flowers said...

charming area... love these style of homes!

Audra said...

This makes me miss Dallas so much! My husband and I reluctantly moved a couple of years ago but while there, we always thought this neighborhood had such charm. Thanks for posting the pics!

Maria Beck said...

I agree...you can't buy this kind of character! I am an interior designer in Dallas and I actually designed the interior of house #2 from your Hollywood Heights homes. It was a joy to see it posted :)

Emily said...

Hi Maria,

How funny! What a small world. I bet it's as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside. Would love to see pics of it if you have them. I bet it was so much fun to work on the interior of one of the Heights homes.


annechovie said...

I love these homes, Emily. The cottage look is so appealing!

paperjunk-lc said...

I just found your blog and have to join in your East dallas love!
Hollywood Heights is charming.
I'm an Lake Highlands girl myself!

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I like all of this houses specially the third and fourth photo. It was really stunning. I was amazed with the architectural designs and color combinations. The place was quite close to nature and I like it. Thank you.

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