1 b/b guesthouse in lush, aesthetic, and quiet neighborhood of Little Forest Hills, a loving community featured in the documentary "Subdivided". You'll have your own yard, kitchen, free laundry, cable, internet, kool and safe walks. Pets are ok.
This free-standing guesthouse is nestled behind a main house with a privacy fence and its own landscaped yard. The interior is a well-designed 550 square feet with real hardwood floors, a full kitchen and bath, and full-sized bed in its own bedroom.
Guests have access to free RV and car parking on a graveled drive parallel to the street in front.
Interaction with Guests
I interact with guests as much as they want. I'm a busy speech therapist with penchant for enjoying life. I want guests to relax and enjoy their stay. If your stay in Dallas is busy and you just need to come to a quiet place and crash, I'd completely understand.
Just a short five minute walk from the entrance of the Dallas Arboretum and the East end of White Rock Lake, this is an ideal location to rest and relax. We have a variety of wildlife that gives the area a unique feel, such as raccoons, owls, geese, and even bobcats. Just around the corner is a store where you can rent a bike and loop the 9 miles of White Rock in an hour and a half. You can also rent a sailboat and take advantage of the lake itself. We have a trickle of cafes and restaurants, like a wine tavern with outdoor seating and an outdoor fireplace. For dinner, there's barbecue, cajun, or a local Italian place I like. And you can't miss the award-winning Hypnotic Donuts, maker of delicious coffee and the bacon and peanut butter donut.
I can't say enough good things about my neighborhood Little Forest Hills. Its motto is "Keep Little Forest Hills Funky", referencing its 10-year campaign to keep out builders who tear down lovely 1920 cottages in favor of starter castles that tax out our residents. I'd say it is "fashionably funky" and is a tourist attraction in and of itself. In fact, it houses more artists per capita than any other neighborhood in the Metroplex. You'll understand this better as you browse the yards with bright colors and shiny sculptures ranging from Picasso-like bronze figures to brightly painted ceramic skulls. The homes are so unique, the architecture department at Southern Methodist University sends its students here to study them for projects.
The community is diverse, however, and don't be intimidated by the hippy element. It isn't an accurate picture of who we are overall. We are young families and grounded professionals, divorced singles getting a fresh start, pastors who walk to work, or friendly down-to-earth Texans like my neighbor Dadine across the street. She was only four years old in the 1940's when her parents purchased the home and has lots of great stories to tell. We have a vibrant neighborhood association where we learn about wildlife, local festivals, plan for a Fourth of July parade, and raise money to beautify our community.
All in all, Little Forest Hills is a friendly place. People walk their dogs at dusk and wave to each other or chat with one another. I guess this is why the documentary "Subdivided" shows footage of our association delivering welcome-to-the-neighborhood cookies. The filmmaker implies that we are one example of the last true communities in America. It's because we know each other and truly care about each other. We also have a sense of pride and connection to this area we live in. I hope while you're here you'll be able to enjoy all this and will leave with a truly unique experience in Dallas.
There are bus stops everywhere in my neighborhood but I have the kind of job where I can drive you to a major rail station or airport and pick you up later on.
Other Things to Note
-free UVerse cable with TiVo
--Keep outdoor noise low after 11 pm on weeknights
--Alert me the moment you have a concern
--Smoke outdoors only
--Keep garbage inside at night to avoid attracting raccoons.
--keep cats and dogs inside at night for their own safety.
--If your pet sleeps on the bed, let me know so I can choose linens appropriately.
Meagan was very communicative and kind. She was accommodating of a late check in. Her guest house is just as described- clean, comfortable and spacious. The location is safe, quiet and pretty. We loved visiting the arboretum/ botanical gardens close by.
Meagan's guesthouse was a nice size. Not too big, not too small. Quiet neighborhood and pretty easy to find. She communicated well and was informative on the things that we needed to know; she even brought us muffins for breakfast!
Meagan was very nice and even gave us freshly bank muffins the morning we departed. She has remodelled the bedroom and bathroom very nicely. Unfortunately the little cottage was not very clean.
As always, I ask my guests to let me know if I can do anything to make them more comfortable. Next time, if the bathtub is not draining, as you mentioned in your private feedback, please communicate this to the host as you would at a hotel. Writing a negative review and withholding communication of maintenance issues is not fair to the host who is also a homeowner. Hosts deserve a chance to do well, so let them know your concerns, thanks!
This was a great place for us to stay on our trip to Dallas. The house is in a very quiet neighborhood and allowed a relaxing environment after a long day in the city. Meagan was very helpful and made sure that we had all that we needed.
Meagan was fantastic about being flexible regarding our arrival time. We just established a time window and the keys were securely waiting for us. We were delighted to find the yards (front AND back!) well fenced in so our two dogs could go out with no worries. The house is very cute and tucked behind the main house in a great neighborhood with lots of variety from house to house; and friends that live in nearby Casa Linda confirmed that it's a very desirable location. Meagan gave us lots of space, but always responded to questions and came out to introduce herself in person when our paths crossed and made sure everything we needed was provided. We were so comfortable that by the third day when we had a little rain, we just stayed in and relaxed.
The house is small, but has enough space for privacy between main rooms and the single bathroom. The shower has great pressure and we didn't ever run out of hot water. The WiFi is well located to avoid dead spots. There is a large closet to keep your personals out of the way like you would have at home. The two wall AC units are very good at their job, we kept one on Econ and the other on at night for white noise. The bed is great and we slept very soundly, it's firm topped but has a lot of give, which we like.
Every morning we hopped across the street for a quick run on the lake before starting our day. If you know your way around Dallas you know that the neighborhood is right in between Downtown and the highways, so a few minutes in any direction gets you where you need to be. We will definitely be staying at Meagan's again when we are back in the area.
Cute and comfy place! Has everything you would need for an extended stay: full kitchen, desk, closet with hangers, fenced in yard, TV, even an air filter. Meagan greeted us when we arrived and gave us a tour of the place. In a nice neighborhood; could see going back to enjoy the greenbelt, arboretum, and bike paths.
Megan was very welcoming. The guesthouse was very convenient to my activities that I had planned. Interesting restaurant was close by. For people who plan to visit the Arboretum, this is the perfect location.
This host has 29 reviews for other properties.View Other Reviews
I am a speech therapist dedicated to helping children with communication disorders get ahead in life. I love my home and my animals Sammy, a tuxedo cat, and Smiley Pants, a very sweet pit-mation puppy I am grateful to have in my life after fostering him and not finding him a home before falling badly in love with him. I love to travel myself and I've been on almost every continent. Activities I love are jogging or going to dog parks with Smiley, art, reading, attending unique events, visiting neighbors, and cooking with friends. I stay pretty busy with my job but I'm warm, friendly, conversational, and just a phone call away for whatever you need to be comfortable. There are some interesting things to do in the area that I can point you to, such as visiting Lakewood's local bakeries and cafes, strolling through the Arboretum, attending the many local on-going home tours, gardening, or even chicken coop festivals. The neighborhood has the highest per capita of artists in Dallas and you'll understand that better after a walk or two down its streets with shiny things in the yards. My airbnb hosting style is to make sure things are clean and to give people their space because I know you may be tired and I want you to relax. I care about you and respect what you need as my guest. Thank you for visiting my page and I look forward to having you.