This stunning 1925 Hollywood Heights Tudor at 6932 Santa Monica Drive is so spectacular, it was featured in the 2013 Hollywood Heights Neighborhood home tour. But life wasn’t all glamour for this adorable Tudor angel. It’s very hard to imagine, but once upon a time she stood vacant for two years. A family of raccoons even had to be evicted when the home was purchased by the present owners. Originally a duplex, the owners, both former architects, had a clear vision of the property’s potential. Working together with Perrin Scudder, of Scudder Construction, they created a wonderful single family home with immaculate style and grace, and retained the charm of the era.
Of course, they introduced modern functionality where it was needed. The result is an amazingly modern home with the bones and charm of yesteryear.
The first floor of the 2,698-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-full-bathroom-and-one-half-bath home features a generous living room with a gorgeous beamed ceiling and divided light windows overlooking the front yard. It flows seamlessly into the dining area with a peek into the kitchen. I like the fact the wall between the kitchen and dining area was left intact. So many renovations today are blowing through the entire first level and it’s a nice change of pace to see a proper dining area because let’s face it, who really wants to see the food being prepped if you’re having a formal sit-down dinner, or the dirty dishes after?
It’s always a treat to see remodeled kitchens in Hollywood Heights. The walnut-topped counter dividing the family area from the kitchen serves double-duty as prep space and a breakfast bar. Danby marble countertops, all-white appliances and cabinetry lend a sleek, contemporary feel, while the farmhouse sink and Chambers gas range brings back that 1920’s charm that everyone looks for in Hollywood Heights. It’s all about balance, really, and the sellers have done a terrific job of honoring the original era.
The rest of the first floor features a family room, a half bath and a study that can easily be converted to a fourth bedroom.
The second level has another large family living space with a beautiful vaulted ceiling. It’s been wired for home theater use as well.
The large master suite is on this level with an enviable master bathroom that continues the nod to the ‘20’s with a claw foot tub. There’s the much sought after, huge glass enclosed party shower we all love, his and hers vanities to keep the peace, and gorgeous tile work. A walk in closet, second bedroom, hall bath and laundry finish off the second floor.
Rarely do you see a third floor in this neighborhood. This one houses the third bedroom with tree-top views and a private bath. It’s a perfect perch for any kiddo, with great niches and built in-storage for treasures.
The meticulously landscaped backyard has a custom carport, cleverly designed with a large storage room, a sink and toilet, and it can easily double as entertainment space. The yard is pool-ready as the owners thoughtfully ran all utilities down the perimeter.
The side yard garden off the kitchen is an intimate, tree-shaded, outdoor living and dining space perfect for grilling and entertaining.
This home is in the coveted Lakewood Elementary school zone and a block and a half to Lindsley Park and the Santa Fe Trail. Listed just days ago by Britt Lopez with Dallas City Center for $725,000, it’s a Hollywood hot property we don’t expect to see on the market for much longer.