There’s no doubt Dallas real estate was still reeling from the pandemic in 2022. While the market began to cool in recent months, housing prices shot up this year. But that didn’t stop buyers—houses sold quickly and with multiple offers.
And the homes had plenty to offer, too. From idyllic ranches to master classes in historic preservations, many of Dallas’ selection of for-sale properties this year were certainly worthy of the “hot property” moniker.
But, to determine the hottest properties of 2022, we rounded up your favorite homes in our Hot Property series over the past year of real estate. Enjoy—and keep your eyes peeled. Several of these homes are still up for grabs.
(As a note: The houses in this article are listed in chronological order of when they published.)
There’s so much to adore about this 92-year-old Winnetka Heights home, from its picturesque exteriors to its airy interiors and its entertainer’s backyard. Just imagine waking up to three walls of windows in the primary. And while updating the property, its then-owners were careful to hold tight to the house’s character. Vintage details, like the millwork and glass doorknobs, combined with classic new features give the house a timeless feel.
Sometimes you love the bones of a house, but the open floor plan just doesn’t work for a post-quarantine lifestyle. (Qe really love doors and walls now.) That’s exactly what happened with the ranch at 6440 Royal Ln. In 2021, the house’s then-owners completely updated its layout. The laundry room became another full bath, they expanded the chef’s kitchen and pantry, and they put up walls to create several new spaces, like a fourth bedroom and second dining area. The result is a sleek and airy home with privacy for everyone.
I don’t write about a ton of fixer uppers for Hot Property, but when I saw this M Streets cottage, I was sold. The High Tudor is straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairytale or an old Disney movie. The steep gabled roof, Sycamore trees, frosted lead glass front windows, and elaborate chimney are all to die for, and its location in Greenland Hills is ideal. Sure, the home needed a lot of elbow grease, and maybe some pixie dust, but it’s well worth the effort.
I said it once, and I’ll say it again: There’s nothing downsized about 2824 N. Hall St. Unlike most townhomes, this brownstone boasts 5,441 square feet, an almost 1,000-square-foot rooftop terrace, a 100-inch outdoor movie screen, 14-foot ceilings, and wine storage for literally hundreds of bottles. And besides that, the French-style home is just plain pretty with gorgeous millwork, wrought-iron detailing, fireplaces, and more—to say nothing about its show-stopping Turtle Creek and downtown views.
Status: Off market
Everyone knows Highland Park has its pick of charming homes, but this 2,140-square-foot ranch on Versailles Avenue is particularly delightful. Its then-owners kept the cozy home’s historic character and details—like the arch motif, phone nook, and milkman window—and elevated its other features to match. Literally. One of the most startling changes included raising and building out double tray ceilings in the living and dining rooms. The home’s side garden, pool, and guest house round out the property perfectly.
Status: Off market
When I talked to homeowner Sam Tornabene about his 113-year-old house, he wasn’t sure what features about the house were original. The floor plan had been heavily updated over the years, but the layout nowadays is primed for modern living and entertaining. Regardless of its changes, the 1909 Munger Place property has maintained enough of its neoclassical roots and majesty to be worth a drive-by look. The house has six demilune porches, Corinthian columns akin to Washington, D.C.’s federalist buildings, and an idyllic charm.
After my profile of 11150 Fernald Ave. published, one of my coworkers messaged me, “I’m gonna think about that house for the rest of my life.” She’s not the only one. Built in 1971 for the late designer Conan West, this once-in-a-lifetime home certainly got a lot of buzz. Maybe it’s its celebration of nature. Maybe it’s the unassuming, yet nearly perfect mid-century architecture. Either way, when the property went under contract, less than a week after its listing, many were heartbroken.
I might have fantasized about hosting Thanksgiving in this fabulous 111-year-old house’s dining room, with its coffered ceiling and original light fixtures. Each of the home’s four—soon to be five—owners have taken special care to be stewards of the property’s history and to preserve the home. Much of this house is original, including its pine hardwood floors, diamond muntins, doors, molding, and more. And if that’s not enough, just spend some time outside on the wraparound porch’s swing or in the insanely deep backyard.
Status: For sale
Even before Kips Bay got its hands on it, 9250 Meadowbrook Ln. was stunning. The sweeping 2.3-acre estate has an enviable creek crossing the property, more than 12,000 square feet of living space, and goliath-like ceilings. But, last summer, the country’s best and brightest interior designers transformed the whole house into a luxury home to beat out all others. We’re still drooling over the Christopher Peacock-designed kitchen, the Parisian style primary bathroom, the Chad Dorsey fireplaces, and so much more.
Status: For sale
When I first showed my coworkers this house, they joked it could be a Bond villain’s lair. But I’d gladly steal diamonds or rig a poker tournament to live in this (motion) picture-perfect mansion. Designed by D Home best architect Cliff Welch 22 years ago, the house’s stacked Tennessee Crab Orchard ledge stone walls, indoor fountain, balconies, terrace, pool, and more give it a sense of sophistication that would leave anyone shaken, if not stirred. Oh, and did I mention it’s walking distance to White Rock Lake?