Must-See Modern Mediterranean in Lakewood

2202 Cambria Front

I have always loved this home, which is a beautiful stucco and tile roof modern Mediterranean that overlooks the Lakewood Country Club from just off Gaston Avenue. Yes, you saw that right — this home is located just off of Gaston and I still love it. Get a peek inside this home and you’ll see why.

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6339 Velasco Front

What a cute little dollhouse this cottage is! Truly, romantic properties aren’t always huge bathtubs and gigantic kitchens with wine chillers. They can be sweet and warm, just like a good chick flick or not unlike fondue.

That’s what I think of when I see this adorable Lakewood Heights cottage at 6339 Velasco. This house is just so sweet, perfect for newlyweds who want a little love nest in a fantastic area. Lakewood Heights is full of a wonderful mix of old and new, some are lovely brand new custom-built homes and homes like this one, a gorgeous 1,390-square-foot home built in 1928. It’s listed by Keller Williams Elite Park Cities agent Joyce Bauert for $230,000.

6339 Velasco Front Porch

With three bedrooms and two baths, this home is a fantastic size for a small family. It’s close to White Rock Lake, and it’s also inside the Lakewood Elementary School attendance area, which feeds into Woodrow Wilson High School.

While the fireplace is purely ornamental, it is an adorable part of the living and dining area, which features walls of bookcases — a turn-on if there ever was one. The kitchen is dated and modest, but that’s part of the appeal of this home, which could be a fantastic fixer-upper or an investment for a couple that finds nothing sexier than putting in a little sweat equity.

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6336 Velasco Kitchen

The master bedroom and bath could use a designer’s touch, but considering the overall scale of the house, it’s a pretty incredible size, giving the new owners plenty of room to build a super sexy master bath with the jetted tub every woman wants.

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The backyard has a great deck and a patch of lawn that is perfect for losing a few hours to daydreams. It really is a wonderful property for newlyweds looking for a love nest. What do you think?

6339 Velasco Backyard

What’s flying off MLS faster than you can say “Hip Pocket Listing?” Modern everything. Midcentury Modern, Contemporary, and plain ol’ modern homes are so in demand right now. What’s even better, especially for 7117 Lyre Lane, is that if it’s remodeled, it fetches top dollar, too.

I’m pretty sure this 3/3, priced at $450,000, won’t be available very long. This house, at almost 2,000 square feet, was completely gutted in 2008. Everything you can lay eyes on is pretty much new, including all of the gorgeous honey maple cabinets and the jetted tub in the master bathroom. The arched front windows and tall ceilings are a dead giveaway that this home, built in 1971, was once a Spanish Revival. Not anymore, though!

The backyard is fantastic, too, with a raised fire pit surrounded by stone seating. It’s just perfect for entertaining guests of any age.

This house is in a fantastic area for a family. Schools in this area include Lakewood Elementary, J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School. You’ve got Lakewood Park just down the road, and you’re super close to White Rock Lake.

The clock is ticking! I can’t wait to see how fast this one is snatched up!

Happy first day of school, folks! I know you’re excited to send your boys and girls off to class, so I’ll give you something to read while you’re anxiously waiting to get out of the carpool lane.

This week’s Monday Morning Millionaire is a Tudor built in 2008, but I was totally fooled, y’all! I thought this baby, with it’s stone and brick facade, was more than 80 years old, at least!

“WOW! They did a bang-up job restoring this place!” I said to myself when I browsed the photos of 7242 Lakewood. But this home, which is in the Lakewood Elementary, Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School attendance zones, is less than 5 years old. And at $1.895 million, it’s a decent deal, too.

What you’ll love most about this house, I think, at least, is the upstairs balcony. It’s so huge!

Other cool features: Practically brand new gourmet kitchen with marble counters; huge master bathroom with dressing area; five gigantic bedrooms and five and a half baths; coved ceilings; and a super dramatic staircase in the foyer that accentuates some killer herringbone hardwood floors.

This beauty is marketed by the Jackson Team at Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, y’all! Now do your homework!

Friday Four Hundred: Recently Renovated Tudor Turns Heads in Wilshire Heights

I can’t believe it, but my son Cooper will be turning one in August. My husband and I were talking about how much our lives have changed in less than one year.

“Pretty soon we’re going to need more room,” I said to him somewhat offhandedly. Of course, he stopped dead in his tracks. His face turned white as a sheet.

“You’re not … pregnant again, right?” he stammered.

I got such a giggle over that! No, we’re not pregnant again, but it got me thinking — we love our home in Casa View Haven, and we’ve put a lot of work into it, but if we were to move to a bigger house, where would we want to go?

The answer? To Wilshire Heights, just on the other side of White Rock Lake, where 6111 Revere Place sits. This house has pretty much everything a growing family could want or need.

This beautiful Tudor (OK, get it out of your system. TUDOR, TUDOR, TUDOR!) was built in 1948 and remodeled so recently the paint just dried! With this house, you get 2,764 usable square feet for $485,000. There’s no wasted space with this addition, either!

The home is super cozy without feeling cloistered, and while it’s been renovated, tons of architectural details remain, like the cool archways in the living and dining areas downstairs, and the gorgeous fireplace.

The hardwoods, well, they’re so beautiful. I love the blonde floors paired with the espresso cabinetry and dark painted baseboards in this very, very open kitchen. The lower floor has great flow and is perfect for entertaining adults and children alike.

There are four bedrooms and three baths, and a bonus room, too. The master bath is perfect, really, with a jetted tub and multi-head shower. It’s the perfect retreat for parents of small children. And the closets! THEY ARE GIGANTIC! I am swooning over here!

There’s plenty of outdoor space, too, with a cute little rear porch and a great lawn — just the right size for a busy family. In Wilshire Heights you’re close to just about anything, with downtown, the Park Cities, Greenville Avenue, White Rock Lake, and the Arts District seemingly within arms reach.

What’s not to love?

You’ll recall that our lovely Candy told us last April that you could get 5601 Eastside, the former home of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Junius Heights — for around $1.5 million, which was, as she said “highway robbery.”

Well, if that was still too rich for your blood, the 11-bedroom, nine-and-a-half-bath amazing church conversion is now $950,000!

5601 Eastside is on the market for $950,000 — a steep drop from the original asking price of just more than $3.1 million. Ouch.

Seriously! It’s a sin that this gem hasn’t sold yet! First, it’s green! No waste from teardowns! Second, it’s GORGEOUS! Third, it’s right next to the Santa Fe Trail and right on the edge of Lakewood! Fourth, there’s a 10-year tax abatement on the property!

(Side note: I think I’ve used up my exclamation point quota for the week. From now on, imagine every period is filled with excitement. — JE)

If $950,000 still seems like a lot to toss in the offering plate, consider that this home has tons of income potential. The property is divided into two separate living areas — the upstairs has 8 bedrooms and the downstairs is a three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment. You can live upstairs among the stained glass and the altar kitchen, and rent the condo below.

I’ve always wondered what happened to old churches once a congregation outgrew a sanctuary. Sometimes they sit on the market forever until the right buyer comes along (ie, the White Rock YMCA buying the former home of Trinity Lutheran Church). Sometimes the get bulldozed. In this case, a resourceful person did what I have always dreamed of — taking a gorgeous church built in 1908 from God’s house to anybody’s house.

And to my delight, church conversions are becoming more and more popular.

So tell me, what’s your favorite thing about this church conversion? Do you think the price is finally right, or should it be auctioned a la Champ d’Or?

Thursday Three Hundred: Lakewood For Less Than $350K? Yes, Please!

From the street, 6319 Velasco Avenue looks like another great Lakewood home.

Lakewood is hot. But, dearest Dirt-o-phile, you already knew that. Homes are under contract before they hit MLS in some cases, and in others, they’re sold within weeks of listing.

But sometimes you can find a deal where no one else is looking. That’s the case with 6319 Velasco from our fine friends at Rogers Healy and Associates. Maybe, on the other hand, it’s a deal because the bathrooms are problem areas. I wouldn’t be able to tell, though, because the listing for this home doesn’t have a photo of either of the two baths in this quaint, 2,056-square-foot home with three bedrooms. It’s kind of a pet peeve of mine.

The listing does boast “original details,” such as a telephone nook and stained glass. Methinks the cupboards inside the “country kitchen” might need a little sprucing up, though. Unless you’re into wood paneling. The apron sink is a keeper, though!

Otherwise, it’s exactly what you’d expect from a Lakewood traditional: archways, trees, and tons of charm. And the price just went down, too, to the tune of $5,100. Sounds like a steal to me!


Friday Five Hundred: Soft Lakewood Contemporary Reduced, for the Good Guys

I have so been meaning to tell you about this Good Guys house, a creek-view oasis! Looks like my timing was perfect, too, because 3914 Frontier was just reduced from $599,999 to $549,000. First of all, I know the owners and they really ought to be written into the contract for an additional price: you cannot rent a more perfectly handsome Nordic family.

Second, every inch of the 2920 square feet has had total loving care and hundreds of upgrades, including a master bath that will knock your exercise socks off:  vaulted ceiling, designer tub, dual marble vanities, huge closets, gorgeous hardware and fixtures. The three bedroom home has three baths, three living areas, two dining and a kitchen that looks like it belongs on the floor of the Viking Culinary Arts Center. Wonder why? The owner just happens to have connections to the one of the best appliance showrooms, and this kitchen runneth-over with the best of the best: Viking refrigerator, granite counters, etc. Now for the star quality: when the TV series The Good Guys (with Tom Hanks son) was shooting in Dallas about two summers ago, the show snapped this house for filming. For six weeks they sent the J. Crew look-alike family to the Ritz, took over the house, revived the gardens, build an extra storage shed in the back, and added six potted palms to the deck. Where did the cute family go? Why, they were put up at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, of course!

The open floor plan is ideal not only for entertaining, it seems, the indoors and 750 sq.ft. deck viewing the trees is highly sought after by home scouts for movie sets. The fam was paid handsomely while they enjoyed the Ritz, and the crew left the home as tidy as a monk’s drawer. Not only is the house and lot fabulous, you are close to White Rock Lake, Lakewood Elementary, and the whole dang fabulous community.