The old mantra “out with the old, in with the new” may have met its match.  Nestled in East Dallas, the Hollywood Heights neighborhood makes me wish all zip codes were this well preserved.

With most of its houses dating back to the 1930s, it is one of the oldest conservation districts in the whole US-of-A, and homeowners in the area today are not permitted to tear down any part of their house or even renovate their exteriors, which allows for a true and rare glimpse into the history of American architecture!

Now, doesn’t that just make you feel downright patriotic?


Each year, the HSMNA (Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association) puts on a home tour.  This year marks its 21st  and I’ll be there with bells on, supporting my new hood.

There is an entire weekend full of events– starting with the Candelight Tour and Auction Party on Friday night at the Arboretum and ending with the Art in the Park event at Lindsley Park on Sunday (which will feature local art and gift vendors, including art from Christian at Think Twice!)  Five houses will be open to visitors on the tour.  I can’t wait to see which homes are on the tour and how they are decorated on the inside!

This event is extra special to me, as it takes place right around the same time we move into the neighborhood.  (HSMNA, please consider this house below for one of your upcoming home tours- I’ll be ready in five years! wink wink 😉

Purchase Home Tour tickets HERE for $12! See you there!

April 28-April 29

Saturday and Sunday

Noon to 6 pm

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4 Comments to 'Out With the New, In With the Old?'

Tess 24 Apr 12 at 6:39 am


We live in such an area in Woollahra, Sydney where most houses in the suburb are in a conservation precinct. If only they looked like these beautiful abodes, not something out of Eastenders where an outdoor toilet must be approved for knockdown. As much as I agree with respecting the heritage of our country, our councils take it a fraction too far. If only I could acquire a Greencard (I did once apply) our crazy Sydney prices would allow us such a beautiful house in a suburb I adore! G’day Santa Monica and hope to see you again real soon!

Camille 24 Apr 12 at 10:11 am

I love all the tudor style homes and cottagey looks. What a fabulous neighborhood. I may have to talk my husband into going on the tour.

italian centerpieces 25 Apr 12 at 1:36 am

These house are lovely! I think they’re all partly inspired with Italian house designs….I wonder if it’s also in the interior of these houses.

HSMNA 25 Apr 12 at 11:57 am

Link to the actual 2012 tour homes….

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