Hollywood Heights Wednesday Wonder: Square Footage That’s Unheard of!

622 Newell Ave. Dallas, 75223

622 Newell Ave. Dallas, 75223

Last week my fabulous friend Karen Eubank, who I met through the Dirt Queen herself years ago and is a staging mastermind (read: if you are selling or have an event, you NEED her – she was my secret & saving grace in preparing for our home tour), invited me over to a house a block away from me to take a sneak peek before it hit the CRAZY market. I was blown away. And jealous. Seriously jealous. 622 Newell Ave. is in Hollywood Heights, is tastefully done, and has 2,883 square feet of space. In our historical ‘hood, it’s basically a mansion! (more…)

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I swear, Karen Eubank, the maven behind Eubank Staging and sometimes contributor here on our little blog, has been telling me about this project for weeks.  It’s an incredible Tudor at 5747 Morningside in the M Streets. It’s priced at $649,000 and has three bedrooms and two baths. And it just got one of the most incredible makeovers. Here’s the short of it:

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5433 Falls Front

Homes of every size and price can benefit from a little staging help, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. That’s the motto of expert stager Karen Eubank, who has helped homeowners maximize profits through strategic design. While the bulk of her clients are selling homes between $200K and $600K, Karen is the go-to gal for Realtors looking to give their clients an edge in a competitive market.

Take this lovely estate for example. Karen consulted on this beautiful property, and while the architecture and finish-out is lovely and high-end, it had several stumbling-blocks that was keeping it from selling. And according to Karen, after a walk-through consultation and a detailed staging report (something she suggests for anyone putting a house on the market), the homeowner was able to do all the suggested changes herself! Brilliant and cost-effective!

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“Staging a home prior to selling is always a good idea,” said Mark Cain of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, the listing agent behind the gorgeous estate at 5433 Falls Road. “Editing or removing collections of things, minimizing furnishings to make rooms look larger, maximizing natural light to lighten and brighten rooms, and giving the house and open and fresh feeling is the ultimate goal of staging. I believe that every dollar spent for staging definitely pays dividends, and I rely on professional stagers for their keen insight.”

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And that’s exactly what Karen suggested for this home, which is priced at close to $3.3 million and has five bedrooms, six full and one half baths, 7,151 square feet on more than an acre in Old Preston Hollow. The home, designed by Elby Martin and built by Tom Loposer, has four living areas and park-like grounds, perfect for entertaining. The home benefits from huge windows and mature trees, giving it a feeling of privacy. The finish-out in this home is incredible, with wide hardwood mouldings, gorgeous wood and Italian tile underfoot, a pool and spa that works perfectly with the expansive grounds, and windows in all the right places where you can soak in the view.

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But some of the furniture was distracting from the home’s selling points, said Karen. “The room with the black headboard bed had a huge change,” she said. “It originally had the twin bed and some mix of teen and childhood items. It had extra bookcases which distracted from the beautiful built-in bookcases. The twin bed was dwarfed by the room, so I suggested it be turned into a guest room.”

It makes a stunning impact, don’t you think? Other rooms benefited from some simple furniture arrangement, such as the second-floor study. With the removal of the desk and a few comfy chairs, it makes a much better reading room. And thanks to a change in perspective with the photography, this shot now showcases the beautiful iron railings in this home, as well as the stunning light fixtures, Karen said.

 

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“The large home office on the first floor looked awkward in the original photos. Lots of bookcases that were not built in so not relevant to the sale and the desk was not positioned for maximum appeal,” Karen added. “Other rooms, such as the living, dining, family rooms simply had excess furniture removed.

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A large secretary was moved from the grand two-story entry so it did not compete with the chandelier, a gorgeous architectural feature that gives the home such drama. Moved to the family room, it now helps showcase what is intended to be a versatile communal space instead of making the foyer play double duty.

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And there’s plenty of space in this home that will serve its purpose, such as the bar area with at 75-bottle SubZero wine chiller and wine storage vault. The kitchen features granite and butcher block counters with custom Christopher Peacock cabinetry, a walk-in pantry, and commercial grade appliances such as a Dacor six-burner range with double ovens, a built-in SubZero refrigerator as well as two each additional refrigerator and freezer drawers, a farm-style sink, all of which is open to the newly restyled keeping room.

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This is a fantastic family home, with a gorgeous 23 x 23 master suite for those who need a place to recharge their batteries after a long day. The upstairs master is sizable and features a gorgeous bank of windows, a dramatic tray ceiling, and the most perfect chandelier that just breathes romance. There’s a second master downstairs, perfect for guests.

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In the upstairs master bath you’ll find beautiful custom tile, a luxurious jacuzzi, his-and-hers vanities, and a private water closet with bidet (a must these days! No joke!). It is so serene and relaxing that you’ll never want to leave, and thanks to the huge closets and ample features, you’ll never have to!

Not only is this home amazing, but the transformation helps it show off its many features that will attract the perfect buyer, and soon!

 

6934 San Mateo Front

I can understand the limited appeal of chickens for some people. Most think they belong on farms, or on their dinner plates. Not many people think of chickens as backyard pets. Well, except for me. I have three of them and I honestly can’t imagine not having a coop in my backyard. Which is why I was so excited to get this listing from stager Karen Eubank.

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“I love walking into homes like this, such character and a seller with great taste,” Karen tells us of 6934 San Mateo, on MLS for $325,000. “It just needed a few pieces of large furniture removed, some rearranging,  a few pieces of art moved and two mirrors repositioned and I knew it would be a very hot property.”

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It’s represented by Britt Lopez, who has had some fabulous Hollywood Heights listings that we’ve easily fallen for. This one is so gorgeous, too, but when Karen sent me the listing she told me there was a really cute chicken coop on the property. Color me puzzled when I didn’t see it in the listing photos from Shoot2Sell. Honestly, I want to know if there’s a cute coop on the property, that way I can be prepared to negotiate that sucker into the contract, because, c’mon! CHICKEN COOPS ARE AWESOME!

Karen reminded me that not everyone feels that way. OK, true, not everyone loves having a few yardbirds in the backyard, or having fresh eggs in their omelets. Pity for them. Me? I wanted to see this coop! Britt, brilliant woman that she is, obliged and sent me a few photos of this lovely poultry palace.

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“The backyard is a super party yard and of course everyone today wants their own fresh eggs so you can have a readymade and CUTE chicken coop,” Karen said. “I knew this place was going to blow off the market once the photos hit MLS.”

My birds and I would love this coop. And apparently, a chicken coop isn’t such a huge turnoff, because Karen sent me this listing less than a week ago and this adorable 1931 Tudor with more than 1,600 square feet is already under contract. Seriously, it’s a win for chicken people everywhere. And Karen says that the proof is in the pudding that staging works — just a few days on market and this home received several offers above asking.

6934 San Mateo Kitchen

There are some details that won’t wash for everyone, including the tile and sink in the second bathroom, as well as the funky backsplash and island in the kitchen. This two-bedroom, two-bath home has a hidden bonus that everyone will love, though — a Murphy bed in the sunroom! Karen says that the seller installed that, and it was a huge hit with buyers who toured this cool place.

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“It’s a perfect example of that Hollywood Heights eclectic, cool vibe. People move into this neighborhood for exactly what this home offers,” Karen said. “It’s not cookie cutter, it has the great built ins and arches, cool tile work and of course the Murphy bed and the chicken coop!”

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Ice tree on car E DallasThe latest estimates put it at 20,000 plus in Dallas and Collin Counties. That would include our Executive Editor, Joanna England, and frequent contributor Karen Eubank, both of whom live in East Dallas. Jo has been texting me since her house went cold Friday. She says “this photo is two streets over from me. We are finally seeing more Oncor and Alabama Power trucks in our area.” I’m sure Jo will be figuring out just what the hell took Oncor so long to get some parts of town power, soon as her fingers thaw.

Alabama Power? Does this mean Oncor had to call in for support? Parts of our ‘hood just got power — or “went hot” as the Oncor dudes put it —  last night. When I asked them why the selective service, they pointed to a bunch of trees weighing down some lines.

Kind of like this tree weighed in on this truck.

Also, I was at an open-house yesterday at a home with a metal roof. Looks to me like the ice was melting down in sheaths! I have so many questions for our CandysDirt Approved Builders I will keep them busy all month long… a sampling:

1. How much ice can a typical Dallas roof hold? That stuff is heavy.

2. I know this happens once a year, but maybe we do need heated front sidewalks, especially for elderly residents? My front walkway still looks like a slip and slide.

3. Can gutters withstand the weight of the ice?

4. What’s a better roof for ice, metal seamed or composition?

5.  What’s the best insulation for days like this?

 

Godwin Front

Does staging to sell have to be an expensive strategy to help your home stand out? Not so much, says Karen Eubank of Eubank staging. She consulted with Ebby agent Carolyn Albers Black on 5242 Godwin, a Vickery Park home that has tons of character.

Photographed by real estate photo pros Shoot2Sell, this property shows like a dream.

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“This is another great example of a staging consultation DIY where I consult, send a detailed report and the seller does the work,” said Eubank. “I did go back for an hour to hang pictures and rework a few pieces but the sellers did a fabulous job of following the report.”

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The staging definitely helps some of the home’s fantastic details stand out, such as the spacious front porch, beautiful fireplace, huge windows, and lovely kitchen. This 1926 Craftsman-style home in Vickery Park has more than 1,900 square feet, three bedrooms, two baths, and a huge walk-in master closet that the owners added on. It’s listed for $439,000.

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Other incredible details include the beautiful kitchen floor, which is made of cork, and the lovely apron sink with gorgeous green backsplash that really sets off the kitchen cabinets and granite counters with an eat-in peninsula for a quick breakfast.

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“For an M Streets-area home, they’ve done everything that buyers look for,” Eubank added. “I was very impressed by the size and the updates and I’m a hard sell, as you know!”

The master suite will really impress, as it includes a huge five-piece bath with a gigantic double vanity. And of course, in an area with homes that have little to no closet space, you’ll have to pick your jaw up off the floor when you see the gigantic walk-in closet.

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The backyard is spacious, too, and has an elevated deck with room for a hot tub. There’s a carport, but no garage here, which isn’t a bad deal when you consider it.

There’s no question about the value that staging a home like this will add! What do you think of the final result?

Godwin Backyard

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We already talked about the Dallas Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors and the great work they do promoting leadership in the real estate community. Rebecca Lightfoot, a Realtor and designer, is the president and is just amazing. Their annual event, the high tea and fashion show, is a super fun way to network and get to know the best women in the business while raising money in the fight against ovarian cancer.

Well, lucky for you, we have a ticket to give away to the SOLD OUT event! Courtesy of Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging, you can attend the Women’s Council of Realtors High Tea and Fashion Show  at 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at Brookhaven Country Club.

All you have to do is tell us in a comment below who your favorite woman Realtor is! How simple is that?! We’ll draw the winner at 5 p.m. today, so that gives you about 8 hours to decide who is your favorite woman Realtor!

 

Hammond Front

Last week we published a four-part series by professional stager Karen Eubank with interviews from some of the top real estate photographers in North Texas. They offered some great stories and stellar advice for agents and brokers who are looking to make the most of their listings with professional photography.

If you missed this fantastic series last week and want to read the full posts, you can see our first, second, third, and fourth installments from names such as Shoot2Sell, Unique Exposure, Chateau Shooters, and First Showing.

After the jump, check out some of our favorite quotes and advice from these photographers!

Most innovative idea:

“I believe we have made huge strides in what is considered acceptable marketing for architecture in DFW as a result of our standards.  It only helps the agent, their reputation, their sellers’ experience, the buyers’ experience, and makes our jobs easier. Everyone wins when we all pay attention.  We were also the first to come up with a “photoshoot checklist” that gets sent to the Seller to get them prepared.  At the time we started that, it was almost seen as revolutionary in Dallas as no one had put that kind of effort out there before.

— Richard Sharum, Shoot2Sell

Best perspective on editing photos: 

“Alteration is a tough subject because the majority of people understand the term ‘Photoshop.’ Quite a bit of alteration can be done to a photo, and some of it is quite easy! Speaking on behalf of my business only, and how I operate, I only alter the sky … I think because the majority of agents utilize the front exterior photo as their first shot in the MLS, that shot should look great. In North Texas we expect blue skies and sunshine. The odds are high that even if it is cloudy out today, tomorrow it will most likely be sunny, so I have no issues with adjusting the sky. During the photoshoot it can be sunny with a blue sky out, but the front photo still results in a white sky because the sun is behind the property. I think buyers deserve to see the home how they expect it, with a blue sky instead of white, so I make that adjustment. I don’t green the grass because I know when the buyer goes to the property, they aren’t going to see green grass. Ethically it’s up to the agent and real estate photographer to decide what is an acceptable adjustment to a photo.

— Lance Selgo, Unique Exposure Photography

Best advice to Realtors: 

“A good rule of thumb is to prep your home as though you plan on entertaining. Make it look presentable, declutter the countertops in the kitchens and bathrooms and put everything in its place … The circumstances may be dire, but an hour or so of tidying up can go a long way, even if the Realtor does decide to tackle it on their own.”

— Evan Godwin, Chateau Shooters

Best funny story:  

“I once had a semi-senile grandfather walking into nearly every photo. They brought him outside and he immediately manifested directly in the window of the room I was shooting.”

— Jason, First Showing Photography