Today’s dispatch is written from the comfort of a home with electricity and from under one of these. Our power was finally restored at 6 p.m. Monday evening after more than 85 hours of becoming displaced from winter storm Cleon. Our home is thawing, and there are murderous-looking icicles hanging from our eaves. In all, we’re lucky we didn’t end up with a more serious electrical problem, as folks in our neighborhood dealt with service panels ripped from their home’s exterior as the weight of downed limbs sent lines to the ground. A special shout-out goes to the crews with Alabama Power, who worked hard to restore electricity to our neighborhood. Those linemen are going on my Christmas card list, that’s for sure.
Now that Icemaggedon (or Icepocalypse 2013, if you prefer) is waning, my thoughts return to cozy homes now that my own home is cozy. This completely remodeled Craftsman bungalow in North Oak Cliff really caught my eye, and you’ll understand why. Sometimes folks do hodge-podge remodels of these homes and they just turn out ugly. This one at 915 Woodlawn is beautiful and modern, with a cool loft over the living room.
Listed for $299,000 by Chris Arnold’s Premier Realty Group, this home has some really stunning features. It’s inside Kidd Springs, too, and just a couple of blocks from the recently renovated Kidd Springs Recreation Center, the Bishop Arts District, The Kessler X+ area, Tyler/Davis, and Lake Cliff Park. It’s a lovely neighborhood with fantastic homes in a variety of architectural styles just minutes from downtown. With more than 1,500 square feet, three bedrooms and two full baths, this home is fantastic for a family who wants to live in North Oak Cliff but doesn’t want to put in the sweat equity it takes to rip one of these homes down to the studs and start over.
This home fulfills almost everything on my wishlist — stainless steel appliances and new cabinets, hardwood floors and tile in the kitchen, two full baths, two dining areas, and vaulted ceilings in the living room — but one very crucial thing is missing: a fireplace.
Now, that wouldn’t be a big deal to me, but after not having power in a 1950s-era home without a fireplace, this is one feature that I can’t compromise on. Good thing there are some really cool, really reasonably price stand-alone fireplaces you can put in. Maybe you want to do a wood-burning stove, or just a gas fireplace. A lot of these can be purchased and installed for less than $5,000 and are totally worth every penny. Put one in the living room and keep the flue exposed for a wonderful transitional look.
I do love the windows in this home, and the front porch, which is a fabulous feature that, with the right furniture, will help you get to know your neighbors. You’ll appreciate the decent-sized corner lot, too.
What do you think of this home?