Old East Dallas

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Swiss Avenue Historic District

Swiss Avenue was the grandest street of the original Munger Brothers development, Munger Place. This residence park was known across the Southland for its prestige and pleasing aesthetic.

Old East Dallas Neighborhoods and Homes for Sale

Old East Dallas led the city in restoration activity and neighborhood involvement in the 1970s. Rehabilitation began here because this area contained both the grandest homes and definable neighborhoods in the greatest need of repair. A tremendous asset to redevelopment was the fact that these distinct neighborhoods were fully developed in almost geographical order from the 1880s to the 1930s between the Central Business District and Mockingbird Lane. See More

One of the Five Best Homes on Swiss Sold – Architect Hal Thomson

5323 Swiss Avenue home designed by Hal Thomson shaded by live oak trees in the Swiss Avenue Historic District of Munger Place neighborhood in Dallas.
This architecturally significant home designed by architect Hal Thomson is prominently sited on one of the best blocks in the original Munger Place Addition at 5323 Swiss Avenue.

5323 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas

Hal Thomson Historic Home on Swiss Avenue – Sold by Douglas Newby

Swiss Avenue is the cradle of Dallas architecture and architecturally significant homes. Architect Hal Thomson, who designed this home in 1914 at 5323 Swiss Avenue, is the godfather of Dallas architects. Many don’t realize the impact and influence the homes on Swiss Avenue and architect Hal Thomson have on the architecture and architects in Dallas. Many consider 5323 Swiss to be one of the best five homes in the Swiss Avenue Historic District and one of the most architecturally significant homes in Dallas. You can scroll through Centennial Pictures of all 100 homes on Swiss Avenue and determine what you think are the best five homes on Swiss Avenue.

After a Grand Tour of Europe, Hal Thomson Made His Mark on Swiss Avenue

Henry B. Thomson (Hal Thomson) was a society architect who after his grand tour of Europe made his mark on Swiss Avenue before he began designing architecturally significant homes in Highland Park. The Aldredge house also on Swiss Avenue and 5323 Swiss Avenue that Douglas Newby recently sold quickly come to mind when one thinks of architect Hal Thomson.


Douglas Newby Sold and Closed Lang & Witchell Designed Home on Swiss Avenue

Architecturally Significant Home Designed by Lang & Witchell on Swiss Avenue
Architecturally Significant Home Designed by Lang & Witchell on Swiss Avenue

5112 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas

Architects Lang & Witchell Designed Home on Swiss Avenue Boulevard – Sold by Douglas Newby

This architecturally significant Lang & Witchell designed home is the architectural exclamation mark of this Swiss Avenue block that boasts three Lang & Witchell architect-designed homes. National award-winning Realtor Douglas Newby has now sold every home on this block face of Swiss Avenue boulevard, including all three Lang & Witchell designed architecturally significant homes on the block.


David Williams Designed Home

6292 Mercedes Avenue, Dallas, Texas

David Williams Originated Texas Modern Style – Sold by Douglas Newby

Architect David Williams originated the Texas Modern Style inspired by Texas and Louisiana indigenous homes. The home at 6292 Mercedes Avenue in Wilshire Heights Neighborhood in Dallas that he designed for Ray McDowell in 1927 is where David Williams jumped off from the blatant Spanish Colonial eclecticism prevalent in the 1920s and designed a more “Texas Colonial” style home reflecting the indigenous qualities of East Texas and Louisiana. As architectural historian Jay C. Henry wrote in his fabulous book, Architecture in Texas 1895-1945, David Williams’ work was further inspired by the colonists led by Stephen Fuller Austin in 1821. David Williams said, “Their comfort demanded a little beauty and a great deal of taste. There is not in any one of these houses built in the Southwest before 1850 an instance of imitation of foreign styles, of sham, of striving for effect, of any use of unnatural, unnecessary ornament or of material not structural and fit for its purpose….Their style is modern, for it satisfies all the requirements of modern design and construction.”


Munger Place Home for Sale

5012 Junius Street, Dallas, Texas
Munger Place Real Estate

5012 Junius Street, Dallas, Texas

One of the Finest Homes in Historic District – Sold by Douglas Newby

This Munger Place home received the Restoration House of the Year Award when it was first restored by a founder of Preservation Dallas. Recently, it has been further renovated by its current owners who are in the design industry, including a new kitchen. Beautiful front doors open to the wrap-around porch in a neighborhood known for its front porch atmosphere and neighborhood collegiality.

Munger Place Historic District

Munger Place was the first single-family historic district in the city. This neighborhood is in the center of vibrant Old East Dallas neighborhoods, and it is surrounded by three other historic districts: Jefferson Peak Historic District, Junius Heights Historic District, and Swiss Avenue Historic District.


Early 20th Century Modern Home on Swiss Avenue For Sale

5017 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas
Porte Cochere on One Side of Swiss Home Wrap Around Porch of Other Side of Home

5017 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas

5,300 Square Foot Home on .52 Acres – Sold by Douglas Newby

The early modern home at 5017 Swiss Avenue expresses the architectural influence of Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan. The carved band of Sullivanesque detail, the Sullivanesque relief ornamentation on the dormer, under the deep eaves, and on the panel between the second story windows are outstanding examples of the Progressive Style and Prairie School architecture. This ornamentation emphasizes the streamlined horizontal lines of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs.



Neighborhoods of Old East Dallas

Swiss Avenue / Munger Place Historic Districts Neighborhood

Munger Place, which now comprises the Munger Place Historic District and Swiss Avenue Historic District, was created in 1905 as the finest residence park in the southland. Deed restrictions, uniform setbacks, and the best architects created a neighborhood that is increasingly attractive over 100 years later.

Munger Place Historic District Neighborhood

5323 Swiss Avenue home designed by Hal Thomson shaded by live oak trees in the Swiss Avenue Historic District of Munger Place neighborhood in Dallas.

Swiss Avenue Historic District Neighborhood

Bryan Place Neighborhood

Junius Heights Neighborhood

Restoration in Junius Heights began in 1970 simultaneous with rejuvenation in Swiss Avenue. While the results have not been as dramatic, restoration continues to flourish. Junius Heights is similar to Oak Cliff’s Winnetka Heights in its condition and architectural diversity.

Belmont Conservation District Neighborhood

The Belmont Conservation District neighborhood is architecturally a little bit of Tudor Cottages seen in Greenland Hills, a little bit of Prairie Style homes found in Munger Place, and a whole lot of architecturally significant Craftsman bungalows, sprinkled with Old East Dallas duplexes, fourplexes, and small midcentury apartment complexes when Old East Dallas was blanket-zoned MF2 (multifamily two-story) zoning in the middle part of the 20th century.

Peak’s Suburban Addition Historic District Neighborhood

This historic district is unusual in that it developed over a period of years with three distinct architectural styles. Examples of the Victorian and Prairie eras are very abundant. In addition, examples of streetcar apartments from the 1920’s and 30’s are also present.

Wilshire Heights Neighborhood

Wilshire Heights is the most beautiful and bucolic neighborhood in East Dallas. While the White Rock Lake neighborhood enjoys the lake and Swiss Avenue enjoys the boulevard, Wilshire Heights enjoys deep-set lots of tree-lined streets highlighted at the corner of Mercedes Avenue and Alderson Street.

Henderson Neighborhood

Henderson neighborhood is rapidly transforming to renovated cottages and new modern homes alongside Henderson Avenue which is becoming a fashionable street of restaurants and retail.  Located between the Historic Districts and Conservation Districts of Old East Dallas, Highland Park and downtown Dallas, the Henderson neighborhood will continue to grow in popularity.

Bryan Parkway in Munger Place Heights Neighborhood

Deere Park Neighborhood

Architect Joshua Nimmo has treated the neighborhood as an innovation architecture lab, designing infill modern single-family homes, modern duplexes, modern attached single-family homes and small modern homes clustered on a single-family lot. Theses designs give Deere Park a new energy and make this emerging neighborhood a viable place.

Cochran Heights Neighborhood

Parks Estates Neighborhood


Today’s New Old East Dallas Listings and MLS Status Changes

Acres0.18Sqft.2,985Bed4Bath4Year2004
Acres0.2Sqft.2,932Bed4Bath4Year1920Lot Size50x170
Acres0.16Sqft.3,987Bed4Bath4Year2024
Acres0.17Sqft.3,809Bed4Bath4Year2004Lot Size50 x 145
Acres0.18Sqft.2,692Bed3Bath3Year1930
Acres0.68Sqft.2,696Bed3Bath3Year1927Lot Size120 x 250
Acres0.17Sqft.3,172Bed4Bath4Year1926Lot Size50 x 145
Acres0.16Sqft.2,600Bed3Bath3Year1926
Acres0.2Sqft.3,570Bed3Bath3Year2022
Acres0.1Sqft.2,683Bed3Bath3Year2018

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Are You a Homeowner in Old East Dallas?
You Have Come to the Right Place

If you are considering selling your home in Old East Dallas, we will bring you the best results as we best understand your home and the potential buyers. Call me to see if I should represent you in selling your home in Old East Dallas.


Old East Dallas Homes for Sale Previously in MLS – Sold

Acres0.18Sqft.2,985Bed4Bath4Year2004
Acres0.2Sqft.2,932Bed4Bath4Year1920Lot Size50x170
Acres0.16Sqft.3,987Bed4Bath4Year2024
Acres0.17Sqft.3,809Bed4Bath4Year2004Lot Size50 x 145
Acres0.18Sqft.2,692Bed3Bath3Year1930
Acres0.68Sqft.2,696Bed3Bath3Year1927Lot Size120 x 250
Acres0.17Sqft.3,172Bed4Bath4Year1926Lot Size50 x 145
Acres0.16Sqft.2,600Bed3Bath3Year1926
Acres0.2Sqft.3,570Bed3Bath3Year2022
Acres0.1Sqft.2,683Bed3Bath3Year2018

Can you Believe it?!  Doug, you can sell anything, even in a buyers market with obstinate sellers!  I may be in Dallas later this summer, will let you know if plans cement.  THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL!  Off to chill some champagne!

Crickett Lindgren
Munger Place Homeowner

Old East Dallas Neighborhood – Continued

These older and historic neighborhoods show how national architectural trends were translated in Dallas, including parallel development in the schools of Prairie, Craftsman, Mission, Colonial Revival and other Eclectic styles. Old East Dallas’ trademark remains front porches, tall pecan trees, flowering crepe myrtles and mature magnolias. It has a small town atmosphere where people know and enjoy their neighbors. In this setting of well-organized neighborhoods and quiet streets, it’s easy to forget that Downtown Dallas is only a few blocks away.