Lakewood Traditional is Move In-Ready in Every Sense

6426 Westlake Front

What a fantastic home that really typifies “move in-ready” for me! For a home to be move in-ready, it has to:

  • Have immaculate neutral paint and fresh baseboards and trim,
  • Have gorgeous floors that are in tip-top shape,
  • And have a kitchen that is ready to plug-in and go!

This home, a 1937 traditional cottage, has all of these things, as well as some fantastic light fixtures and beautiful living areas. There are three bedrooms, two full baths, an updated kitchen, and more than 1,800 square feet, making this home at 6426 Westlake a perfect, cozy family property. This home, located inside Lakewood’s Country Club Estates, is listed with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Karla Trusler for $515,000.


Tuesday Two Hundred: Lakewood Midcentury Priced for Quick Sale

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us just north of White Rock Lake in Lakewood to 7325 Rutgers Drive. This fantastic East Dallas neighborhood is full of other handsome midcentury houses like this one, but few are priced as competitively: With a recent price reduction, it is now listed for $299,900, or $185 per square foot. Nearby comps have been averaging almost $200 per square foot.

Built in 1960 and recently updated, this brick house is a 3-2 with 1,617 square feet sitting on 0.178 acres with lovely, mature trees. Located within walking distance of the new playground and splash park at Ridgewood-Belcher Rec Center, this University Terrace property is in the Lakewood Elementary, Long Middle, and Woodrow Wilson High School zones. Nearby private schools include Zion Lutheran, St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary, and Dallas Academy. The neighborhood has a Fourth of July parade and a Halloween party for local kids. Needless to say, the area draws many families.


6922 Vivian, Photos: Shoot2Sell

6922 Vivian, Photos: Shoot2Sell

Want to live in a genuine historic home? This beautiful Spanish eclectic in Santa Monica was designed by Charles Dilbeck with his signature style that combined traditional elements, old English accoutrements, and Spanish touches. Completed in 1935 and updated in a way that honors this home’s history, 6922 Vivian is a tremendous property.


6346 Anita Front

Yes, we talk a lot about Lakewood Elementary and how amazing it is, thanks to a very active parent group, the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA. But let’s not forget that there are other great elementary schools in this area, including Stonewall Jackson Elementary.

This is an amazing, trend-setting campus that started its own educational garden before they were de rigeur. And surrounding this great elementary campus are some super cute neighborhoods, including Wilshire Heights. This lovely area is bounded by Mockingbird Lane on the north, Abrams road on the east, and Skillman on the west. It has great walkability and density without losing that close-knit neighborhood feel. On one of the through streets you’ll find 6346 Anita, a superb little traditional with some really fabulous updates. It’s listed by Randi Rummer of TexHomes Realty for $309,900.

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With three bedrooms, one full bath, and more than 1,400 square feet, this home is perfect for a small family or empty nesters looking to downsize and simplify. Built in 1950 and recently updated, this home still features some amazing details original to post-war traditional architecture, including ornate crown moulding and a lovely back porch. You’ll adore the refinished hardwood floors, too, and if you think you’ll be turned off by the single bathroom, wait until you see this stunner.

6346 Anita Kitchen

Of course, this home is super cozy, and with a fireplace, archways, and remodeled kitchen, you’re sure to be comfy at home during the next Icemaggedon. You’ll appreciate the updated light fixtures, too, including the can lights in the kitchen. Travertine, stainless steel, and granite line this updated commissary, which has French doors opening to the backyard.

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Now, the bathroom has a vanity, an oversized Kohler jetted tub, and a full-sized shower with dual heads to get you really, really clean. Tons of neutral stone and granite, with a mix of chrome and oil-rubbed bronze hardware keep it from feeling too modern. Sure, its a lot of features crammed into a bath, but with only one commode in this house, you’ll be glad to have it all.

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The backyard is so lovely, too, with a nice covered deck that leads from the kitchen to the garage. You also have a lovely little backyard, not too much maintenance for those who want to downsize but just enough room to have a labor-of-love garden.

I think this home is a great property at a good price for a wonderful neighborhood. What do you think?

McCommas Front

The M Streets is such a fabulous neighborhood. It has an urban feel and a great elementary school in Stonewall Jackson and feeds into Woodrow Wilson High School. It’s close to great restaurants and entertainment on Greenville Avenue, super close to mass transit at Mockingbird Station, and it’s not far from SMU and the Park Cities.

McCommas Living

And one of the best reasons you’ll love the M Streets is the great assemblage of renovated cottages. This is definitely one of them, at 5311 McCommas. This adorable two-bedroom, one-bath home has 1,288 square feet and is — get this — only $324,900. That’s right! You can buy a home in the M Streets for less than $325K!

McCommas Den

Marketed by Frada Sandler of Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, this cute little house is updated, but has tons of potential, too. Frada says this home could easily add another 122 square feet to become your half bath or laundry room. There’s also a detached two-car garage in the backyard.

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You’ll just adore the kitchen, which has an attached dining room with a bay window and cozy window seat. The kitchen has great cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, too. Yes, there’s only one bathroom, but that’s pretty common for homes built in the 1930s, of which you’ll find tons in this neighborhood.

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What you won’t find is a home with these touches in this price range. This is an absolute deal, folks!

What do you think?

McCommas Backyard

If Lakewood Schools Splinter From DISD, How Will That Affect Property Values?

Woodrow Wilson High School

Thanks to a Facebook page started by former State Rep. Allen Vaught, meetings with Dallas ISD trustee Mike Morath, and a growing groundswell of support, talk is picking up about Woodrow Wilson High School and it’s feeder campuses splintering from Dallas ISD to form their own school district.

It’s an interesting idea, one that would either create a sort of charter school district inside DISD, or secede from the district forever, depending on whom you’re asking. The complaints are as diverse as the proposed solution, but many families inside Lakewood are just fed up with the slow-moving bureaucracy at 3700 Ross Ave, one that Vaught wants to ditch completely.

Should this actually come to fruition, what would happen to the home values inside the Woodrow attendance boundaries and Lakewood as a whole? And what about homes surrounding the area?

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“My personal opinion is that when Lakewood becomes it’s own entity, the children are the ones who will benefit,” said Scott Carlson, a Realtor who specializes in Lakewood real estate and East Dallas. “Absolutely property values in Lakewood will be protected and become stronger.”

Nancy Johnson, also an expert in Lakewood-area real estate and is the listing agent for 10 Nonesuch Road, agrees.

“I think it would have a positive affect,” Johnson said. “Of course many details would need answering but DISD has such a bad rap that I think localizing and separating from all the negativity would hopefully have some of the great affects the Park Cities have enjoyed.”

Lakewood Elementary

Of course, Park Cities home values have always held strong, thanks to the solid schools, and recently values have taken a turn upward. But there have been some side-effects. Increased density and over-crowded schools are growing problems for Highland Park ISD. As more people seek to live inside a higher-performing school district, builders tear down single-family homes to build duplexes and four-plexes, increasing the burden on campuses to make room for more children. It’s a double-edged sword, for sure.

And let’s not forget that with higher property values often comes higher taxes.

“As you are aware, Texas does not have a state income tax. Never the less, we make up for that in our property taxes — mostly the school part of the tax,” Carlson said. “It’s a ton of money and therefore brings a lot of problems.”

But would White Rock ISD, or Lakewood ISD, or whatever we’re calling this proposed school district, become financially independent? Or would Lakewood property tax dollars still end up in DISD coffers? It’s something that has to be thought out carefully. If the school district becomes financially independent, and results in skyrocketing property values and property taxes, then the district will likely become targeted for redistribution according to the state’s “Robin Hood” laws.

Still, Carlson feels that the district already has a great amount of autonomy and support from the community.


(Photo: Jenifer McNeil Baker)

“My thoughts are that Lakewood already operates on it’s own. What the parents and community has done for the Lakewood school district is extraordinary. A lot of families are moving to Lakewood primarily for the Lakewood school district,” Carlson said. As for support, there’s already a groundswell of that, thanks to the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA and their fundraising efforts.

“The upcoming Lakewood Home Festival, which is the weekend of the Nov. 8, shows how strong and financially viable Lakewood is,” Carlson said. “This being the oldest home tour in Dallas has set the standard for many other home tours. The focus and vision of the parents combined with their love for their children and community, grounded in the beauty of White Rock Lake and nature, is what has made Lakewood one of the BEST neighborhoods in America.”

And that is definitely catching on.

2503 Auburn Front


Oh Lakewood. You have so many dreamy little houses. I love your topography, too — hills and sharp turns and hidden cul-de-sacs. You are such a wonderful area, and this little cottage at 2503 Auburn is a wonderful example of your charm.

This little brick two-bedroom, two-bath home was built in 1926, and sits right in the thick of Lakewood just minutes from White Rock Lake. The owners of this home have poured their hearts into it, and you can tell. There’s no greater evidence of that than the original blueprints of this adorable house that hang right above the couch in the living room. So sweet.

Auburn Living

The kitchen has been updated with gorgeous cabinets that play on the color of the hardwood floors. It boasts stainless steel appliances and granite counters, as well as one of the neatest vent hood installs I’ve ever seen.

Auburn Kitchen

Both bedrooms are large, one of which is used as an office in this house, and the hall bathroom was recently redone with a lovely palette of green paint and sparkling white subway tile. Gorgeous, isn’t it? You can see that there are tons of updates and upgrades, on this home, which is marketed by Dave Perry-Miller agent Michelle Hopson for $425,000.

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The backyard is quaint, framed by a picket fence, and theres a little path leading to the guest room, which is just off the detached garage. I also love the wrap-around screen porch just off the front of this home, which is a great place to greet all the friends and neighbors you’ll make in this wonderful community.

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What’s not to love?


Haverford Front

University Terrace is a total deal, folks. Not only do you have a great community with access to mass transit, White Rock Lake, excellent bike trails, and great shopping nearby, but you also are inside the Lakewood attendance area with Lakewood Elementary and Woodrow Wilson High School — both of which are award-winning DISD campuses.

Haverford Living

Imagine all of that for just $229,000 and you have 7209 Haverford, a super-cute remodeled ranch listed by Becky Frey. This home is a three-bedroom, two-bath vision with fresh paint, gorgeous refinished wood floors, and an adorable eat-in kitchen.

Haverford Dining

Seriously, this home is straight out of a catalog and staged to perfection with subtle “greige” shades on the walls and white accents with dark wood furniture. And I would expect nothing less from Becky Frey, who is known for her amazing listings. And she is absolutely right that this home is a bargain — priced to sell! With marble, subway tile, and tons of cute details, I have to agree that this ranch has everything a buyer could want an amazing price.

Haverford Kichen

With 1,352 square feet, this 1956 ranch may seem small on paper, but it definitely feels larger inside. It has a two-car garage and a storage shed, as well as a covered patio area outside the eat-in kitchen. The home has been opened, up, too, allowing for more light to filter through the windows and into the home.

Haverford Breakfast

I think is a gorgeous house at a great price with tons of hidden benefits. What about you?

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