Friday Four Hundred: Remodeled Ranch Goes Sleek and Modern in Northwood Hills

7715 Maplecrest Front

All of those 1960s ranches with outdated wallpaper and brass fixtures, ugly tile and walls everywhere are probably pretty jealous right about now. I mean, why wouldn’t they when this lovely, attention-getting remodeled 1962 ranch at 7715 Maplecrest looks like it does. I mean, it’s sexy little number in a fantastic neighborhood, with all the upgrades you could want in a home this size.

Truly, this home is an absolute stunner. It’s a well-designed project from Gregory Hagmann Architects that was well-executed by Restructure Corporation of Dallas. It is open, daring, and still warm. It is dang-near perfect.

Perhaps that’s why the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home with more than 2,661 square feet marketed by Clay Stapp + Co. Realtor Richard Baker actually went up in price from its original $472,500 to its now $484,500. That’s a $12,000 jump, for those who don’t want to do the math.

But what do you get for the money?


Friday Five Hundred: Northwood Hills Soft Contemporary is All Drama Inside

7115 Meadowcreek Front

My first impression of this 1970s soft contemporary in Northwood Hills went something like this:



Totally dramatic, right? From the cool leaded glass double front doors, the vaulted ceiling and ridiculously beautiful fireplace, to the cool wallpaper in the dining room, well, it makes an impact, that’s for sure. And that impact is why I love 7115 Meadowcreek, which is open Sunday, March 2, from 1 to 3 p.m.

This home is huge, and has so much room for entertaining that you’ll be hosting soirees year-round with family and friends. And while some of this home has been updated over the years, the galley kitchen is a total time capsule for any fan of 2000: A Space Odyssey. It’s so stark you can tell that it was made in Germany, but you’ll be wondering if it was east or west.

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Seriously, with five bedrooms, four full baths, three living areas, two dining areas, and an awesome pool in the backyard, how could you not love this home? OK, yes, it’s an acquired taste, mostly because the seller hasn’t staged this property to appeal to a larger audience. Still, it’s located inside a fantastic neighborhood, with Richardson ISD schools and tons of trees. It’s listed by Virginia Cook Realtor Mayo Redpath for $550,000. Yes, it may seem a little steep for this property, but consider the more than 4,100 square feet, the huge windows, and the exceptional condition this property comes in, it’s totally worth the $133/per square foot price tag.

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Of course, the spot where you’ll see the most DRAAAMAAAAAAAAAA! is the master suite. It’s a good size, if you couldn’t tell that visually from the enormous four-poster bed in this place. It feels even bigger than its 23×18 footprint thanks to the vaulted ceiling. With a little work, this place will be fabulous.

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Now, don’t freak out, but I think the wallpaper in the master bath could be a bit too busy, don’t you think? I mean, combined with the very busy green marble tile floor and counter, it seems like a little too much. But still, this is a five-piece bath, and once you take down the wallpaper, it’s just about awesome. I’d keep the brass fixtures, too, because that’s just how I roll.

But it’s the backyard that will have you hooked, and that’s mostly because you can see so much of it through the huge windows at the back of the house, and that view can become positively addicting. Trust me, this home is just a very, very cool place that when combined with a buyer who has great vision, will be worthy of a home tour.

What do you think?

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Mossvine Front

When Ray Kira sent us this home, I didn’t have a few spare moments to really get a good look at why he had considered it “a great property worth sharing.” But last night, as I was catching up on the last few emails I missed while I was out of town last week, I saw just exactly what he meant.

Mossvine Family

Northwood Hills is a great location all by itself — a veritable enclave of fabulous family homes inside the Richardson Independent School District. Just off Coit and south of Belt Line, you’ve got great access to plenty of commuter thoroughfares and great schools.

Mossvine Dining

But 6921 Mossvine Drive doesn’t even need the location to sell itself. It’s just gorgeous and completely updated by the sellers, and in great fashion, too. It has three living areas, four bedrooms, three and a half baths, two fireplaces, and a gorgeous courtyard that is great for entertaining once the temperatures cool down a bit. It’s listed for $549,900 — a great price considering the work that’s been put in to all 3,374 square feet.

Mossvine Kitchen

When I say that this house has been updated, I mean that every inch features new finishes and hardware. The kitchen steals the show in this respect, with dark wood cabinets, a spacious island, granite counters, undermount lighting, and stainless appliances.

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You’ll love the master suite, of course, with its generous size at 19×15, and it’s amazing bathroom. Yes, there is another clawfoot tub, and this one inside a 1960s traditional looks a lot less out of place. The shower is also an upsell with body jets, along with a waterfall fixture and really cool stone mosaic flooring.

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And of course, the courtyard, which leads to a lovely little lawn, is such a great feature. Why did we ever do away with the courtyard, folks? It’s such a wonderful oasis! Add a shade sail or an umbrella and it’s positively refreshing. You can access the courtyard from both the living area and the master suite, which is so genius!

Don’t you just love it?


You know how much I love Northwood Hills with those great Richardson schools! My nephews and nieces lived up here for years and all four are wonderfully educated. My nephew James is even making movies now with Tom Hanks. So when I tell you this house at 7507 Spring Valley Road is not just beautiful but a bargain, I kid you not. It sits on a freshly landscaped lot and the home overfloweth with updates. You get a whopping 4588 square feet, five bedrooms, four and a half baths, three living areas, and two stories. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, newly stained cabinetry, a 6 burner gas cooktop, and those requisite granite countertops. Out the French doors the master bedroom overlooks a lush, .43 acre backyard with a pool, which is all about why I love me some Northwood Hills. But my favorite of all here is the newly strutted up master bath with jetted tub, shower, new countertops and gorgeous cabinetry.

Wait. Maybe my favorite is the newly reduced price: $499,999 reduced from $525,000.





Tuesday Under $200,000: Dumbwaiter, Granite, Pool and Pergola

I am going to try and do this for you every Tuesday or so — strut our very affordable Dallas area homes. (Don’t worry, we’ll have tons of House Porn I mean Candy to drool over the rest of the week.) Here’s the deal: the average Dallas home is about $180,000, so it’s nice to see pretty homes at that price. This one at 13506 Purple Sage has been redone so completely and is so loaded I just had to give you an alert. In fact, you may love the inside so much, you may never want to come out. 2430 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, built in 1960.The home is located just east of Northwood Hills in an area I hear is very hot with young buyers. Here’s what you get for $199,900: hand-scraped hardwoods, custom cabinets, granite counters, no joke! Stainless appliances, a media room (I am totally serious!), skylights, two spa baths including a jetted tub in master, diving pool with LED lighting & cool stone deck, pergola, roof top deck with dumbwaiter.  HVAC, windows and new tankless hot water heaters, rear entry garage, sprinkle red and fenced yard, trees, and Richardson schools. And I have just loved the name of this street: one of my kid’s friends from pre-school grew up on Purple Sage — great karma!

Those who live there say Northwood Hills may just be Dallas’ best kept secret. Located just north of LBJ along Hillcrest Road, the neighborhood has a high-end aesthetic with a small town feel. Richardson schools are a huge plus. There are 1125 homes in Northwood,  average leafy lots of one-half an acre, and affordable home prices that average about $625,000. So much shopping, retail, entertainment and medical is nearby residents have a tough time choosing. The area is where many professionals, doctors and lawyers live and raise families.

Lookie here at 7319 Elmridge, a classical mid century modern listed with Ebby’s Barry Hoffer and Alan Levy for $585,000. Look at those gorgeous original terrazzo floors, will you? We had terrazzo floors when we lived on Melissa Lane and I LOVED them — easiest upkeep, and so cool in the summer.

In fact, I think I’ll start a “We Love Terrazzo Floors” club. For more information, contact Jacqui Blomquist with Coldwell Banker, the head honcho who put this Northwood Hills Home Tour — shindig together.