Welcome Home to 8031 Abramshire Avenue !

I talked to a friend of mine the other day who lives in Merriman Park, and he was absolutely gushing about the home values in his neighborhood. He told me that I needed to see this house at 8031 Abramshire, which has undergone a bit of a transformation since it was first listed a couple of months ago. It’s now back on the market and the price for this East Dallas home may make your eyes pop a bit: $525,000.

That’s right: Here’s a three-bedroom, three-bath home with more than 3,100 square feet in the Alexanders Village area of Merriman Park listed for $168 per square foot. Just three years ago, this home was listed for $269,000. How’s that for appreciation?

Jump to see it for yourself!


Thursday Three Hundred: Midcentury Modern in Merriman Park Has Fabulous Details


Ed Murchison has established himself as the go-to Dallas Realtor for midcentury modern properties. He’s marketed and sold some amazing homes that are not only gorgeous, but some are like walking on a Mad Men set — completely preserved in their shag carpet and glitter Formica splendor.

If you’ve wanted to own a midcentury modern home, but have missed all your chances, then you might be able to snatch up this amazing home in East Dallas’ Merriman Park — a fantastic family neighborhood. This home was just featured on Retro Renovation as one of their “time capsules,” and we can see why. Many original details of this lovely home have been preserved, but it’s not without some modern touches.


6936 Kingsbury Front


We were driving to the SuperTarget at Skillman and Abrams this weekend when I screamed at my dear, sweet husband, Dave, “STOP THE CAR! I NEED TO GET THIS ADDRESS!”

Poor guy. This happens all the time with us. We’ll be on a family outing to the grocery store, or to Target (the place where you go when you only need one thing and leave with a cart full of stuff) and all the sudden I’ll see a “For Sale” sign in the front of an adorable home and I’m full-on shrieking to “STOP THE CAR!” The first few times Dave thought he had just run over a squirrel or that our sweet son, Cooper, was about to puke or something. Now it doesn’t even phase him.

6936 Kingsbury Living

So we were driving down Kingsbury and I had a “STOP THE CAR!” moment in front of this adorable little ranch at 6936 Kingsbury, a listing from Dave Perry-Miller agent Scott Jackson. I was in love with the landscaping, the location, the painted shutters, and the beautiful picture window. I thought to myself: I bet this home is listed for about $350K. And dudes, I was almost right! This super-cute updated ranch in Merriman Park is on the market for $359,900.

The entryway has been updated with travertine, and the windows are all vinyl low-e glass. You get formal living and dining at the front of the home, and a beautiful den that opens to the kitchen. The hardwood floors really stand out thanks to the recessed lighting, and the fireplace in the den is just beautiful thanks to the fresh tile. It could use a mantle, but that’s just my personal opinion.

6936 Kingsbury Den

The kitchen features fresh maple cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, gorgeous granite counters, and a beautiful-yet-understated gray glass tile backsplash. There’s a breakfast bar and separate eating area adjacent to the built-in pantry and storage area. Just off the kitchen is a great lounge or office area with French doors that access the back deck.

6936 Kingsbury Kitchen 6936 Kingsbury Breakfast 6936 Kingsbury Dining and Lounge

The master, one of three bedrooms in this house, is kind of underwhelming, but my small gripe is about the vanities in this home. At this price range, I’m not expecting something opulent or custom, but I am a little turned off by the Ikea vanity in both the master and the second bath. I feel like the seller could have done much better.

6936 Kingsbury Master 6936 Kingsbury Master Bath

The backyard, with the rear-access garage and ample driveway, is where this home truly shines. A small lawn with tons of room for a basketball goal and a huge deck for parties and lounging make this backyard just perfect for a family.

What do you think?

6936 Kingsbury Deck 6936 Kingsbury Backyard

Thursday Three Hundred: Move to Merriman Park And Enjoy The Mature Trees!

6855 Arboreal Front

Merriman Park is a fabulous neighborhood. It’s just off Northwest Highway, south of Skillman and east of Abrams, so you’re a short drive from everything. It’s actually within walkin distance of the White Rock DART Rail station, too.

It’s close kin to it’s neighbor across Northwest Highway — University Manor — except that the topography is a little more hilly and the streets are a little better maintained. I do love how this is a fabulous enclave of 1960s ranch architecture.

6855 Arboreal Dining

One of my longtime friends lives in Merriman Park and wouldn’t live anywhere else. They’ve renovated their ranch to make it more modern and definitely more livable, just as the owners of 6685 Arboreal have. This home has tons of fabulous updates that make it feel absolutely posh, such as that awesome chandelier in the dining room!

6855 Arboreal Living

Here are the stats: four bedrooms, two bathrooms, formal living and dining, and a two-car garage with 2,220 square feet. Every inch is just fantastic, no? There are new hardwoods throughout, gorgeous designer paint, and a new roof, too. It’s marketed by Alan Hamilton of Dallas City Center Realtors for $359,000.

6855 Arboreal Kitchen

The kitchen is gorgeous, with new cabinets, coordinating granite counters and tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. Really, the only thing that bugs me about the kitchen is the electric range. If you’re going to upgrade your appliances, real home chefs want gas! Still, it’s a beautiful galley that feels sleek.

6855 Arboreal Master

The master bedroom is modest at 15×12, but it’s still a looker. But that’s not why I love the master suite. I love because, holy heck, that bathroom is incredible. I love the angled shower with the window, the platform atop which sits a claw-foot tub, and that wainscotting is so stinking cool! AND LOOK! THERE’S A CHANDELIER IN HERE TOO!

6855 Arboreal Master Bath

The backyard is great, too, with lush landscaping and a great deck for entertaining. There’s also a small shop in the backyard for working on projects, because hey, that’s a thing! (We’ll forgive that Texas Tech emblem hanging on their back wall, though!)

Don’t you love this home, too?

6855 Arboreal Backyard

Thursday Three Hundred: Updated Merriman Park Home Backs Up to Private Pond!


Walling FrontThis home is open, beautiful, updated, and did you see that private pond?

Merriman Park is a really fabulous enclave, and this home is the perfect example of what a great value this area is. Not only is 6952 Walling Lane close to shopping and parks, accessible thanks to Northwest Highway, close to the White Rock Trail if you love to cycle, and it’s within walking distance of the White Rock DART Rail station, if you prefer to avoid traffic when heading downtown.

Walling Living

This home has a wonderful open floor plan, three bedrooms, three baths, and lots of great updates! Check out the mosaic tile around the living room fireplace, the gorgeous hardwood floors, and the designer light fixtures. With more than 2,200 square feet, there’s plenty of room for a family of four.

Walling Sunroom

The kitchen is fantastic and features lovely cherry cabinets and a mosaic backsplash. There’s a breakfast area and all stainless steel appliances, too. The kitchen leads to a laundry area, which separates the main part of the house from the sunroom. This area has a slate tile floor and a huge wall of windows that have views of the pond just outside.

Walling bath

The bedrooms all have carpet, and two of the three bathrooms have frameless glass shower enclosures and new tile. Truly, this home, priced at $319,992 is a great value! Love it? Contact Virginia Cook Realtor Jennifer Ackerman!

Walling Pond

1964 was a very good year, I remember it well. That was the year this “darling” home at 6856 Blackstone was born in Merriman Park.  Looking at that furniture reminds me of the house we had when I was a baby, and oh can’t you just tell that this is an original owner home? Designed by architect Harry Hoover, the home features long sleek lines, walls of glass, original cypress — CYPRESS!!! — paneling, and the typical flexible open floor plan: TV dinner in the kitchen or living room?

The home engages the gently sloping site as a split level while creating outdoor living spaces. Technically, there are 3 bedrooms, but two additional potential bedrooms on the 2nd floor share an adjacent closet, unusual, usually it’s the Jack and Jill bathroom they share. 2848 square feet, she’s a good size. Three bedrooms, three and a half baths, a study, clerestory windows, A-line ceiling, but is that corner freestanding fireplace original? And good news: there is a two car garage, a real one, not a carport, rear detached. Asking $392,500, she just squeezes in this category, but oh my, are we not so glad she did? Special thanks to Michael Holmberg of Darling Homes for sending this pup my way!

Tuesday Two Hundred: Have a Merry Merry in Merriman Park for $279K

Not only is this 1900 square foot holiday angel located in one of the best neighborhoods around, it’s been totally renovated from the gleaming, gorgeous hardwoods to everyone’s stainless kitchen delight with custom cabinets, quartz counters and glass tile backsplash. The two bathrooms have been completely updated, none of this “toss in a new commode and Home Depot sink stuff”. All innards updated, too like the electrical panel, light fixtures, roof, HVAC, and really great thermal windows that keep in the warm or cool air. Three bedrooms, two baths (full, darling) and formals. Two car garage. Plus I love the cool mid-century style that is very sixties because that’s when the home was built: 1960, pre JFK. 

I predict a resurgence of ’60’s style soon: mini skirts, straight hair and bangs. Hell, let’s dig out Twiggy and see how well she is preserved! Reminds me of a home I lived in when I was a teen up near Chicago in a place called “Blackhawk Manor” where all the streets had Indian names. God, how original!  $279,000 with Alan Hamilton, Keller Williams City Center. I love this house!

I’ll be honest: I was reading the doom& gloom real estate report in the Wall Street Journal last night, and gearing up to post something for you because, honestly, I always want to tell you the truth about the market. I know financing is 100% of our problem with the double dip — oh and I just heard that FDIC chair Sheila Bair is out effective July 1.

But I just could not write it. And I’m glad.

This morning I talk to Jeff Mitchell and David Griffin, to learn that 960 Kessler Parkway went under contract within one day of listing, and I think, where is this damn depressing data coming from? Further: Jeff tells me that of the last four homes he has sold, they all sold within four to five days of listing. I talk to my banker on Friday. She lives in Merriman Park Estates where prices have actually gone up! She bought her home in 2005 and it’s worth today more than it was then. Highland Park, she tells me, is where values are down.

The real estate market is a huge head-scratcher.

So get this: Jeff and David list Kessler on April 22, 2011. The next day, Pete Ryan from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s brings in a client, who plops down a contract later that afternoon pretty close to asking ($995,000). Today is the last day of the option period and my guess is that by the time you are reading this, Kessler will be sold on paper and Todd will have had 24 hours to recoup from the Schlegel wedding and then start packing. He paid over $799,000 for the property in 2006.

I’m telling you, there’s no rest for the wicked and that includes ME! And BTW, Kessler Park real estate is on fire!