East Dallas is a mecca for those who love vintage homes. Our Friday Five Hundred is a charming Lakewood Hills Tudor at 6910 Casa Loma Ave. Built in 1925, it has all of the essential ingredients. From the characteristics that define Tudors, to the modern updates that today’s buyers need, this 2,044-square-foot home has it all.
“My favorite thing about this house is the presentation of the front two rooms and being able to see right out to the backyard,” said listing agent Britt Lopez with Dallas City Center Realtors. “You sort of catch your breath when you walk in because it has that complete Tudor feel the moment you open the front door. That’s precisely the type of home people want — an original, with the updates.”
And that’s what you get with this three-bedroom, two-bathroom charmer. The living room has those gorgeous leaded glass windows over a built-in bookcase, and the fireplace has an original ceramic gas heater.
Updates over the years were made with extreme care. Previous owners commissioned a custom-designed stained glass window for the dining room that fits right into the original period.
With the kitchen expansion and master bathroom addition, you can see the flow of the home was taken into consideration. The master suite could not be more private, and the kitchen must have been designed by a woman, with that sun-filled gallery area at the end, a perfect spot to sit and sip your coffee (or wine) while watching the kids play outside.
Another nice aspect of this house is the side sun porch. It’s a perfect spot for a playroom or home office. With doors opening into the master, the nursery and the secondary living area, the options for this space are endless.
The real deal sealer for me would be the guest cottage. Some smart owner realized a garage was not nearly as exciting as privacy for visitors. Not only is there a guest suite with a bathroom, but there is also a full workshop and a sizable storage room. That’s a big win in our book.
You may not be familiar with the name Lakewood Hills. East Dallas folks are notorious for nicknaming their neighborhoods or continuing to call them by their old names. The area used to be called Gastonwood and locals often refer to it as the C Streets. When the impressive metal markers were erected a few years ago, people started getting on board with the name Lakewood Hills. It’s one of the few areas in East Dallas that you can renovate without a lot of interference from the city.
“It’s a good neighborhood for those that want to renovate and add on to existing original homes,” Lopez said. “The beauty of this block is you can stand on the front porch, and all the homes you see on either side of the block are original. The block has renovations, of course, but they are true to the original, and it keeps the block charming.”
Finding an affordable, original, renovated Tudor anywhere in East Dallas is not easy.
“With all the new construction going on, these homes are actually at the lower end of the price range to get into the neighborhood now,” Lopez said. “They provide excellent value for anyone trying to get into the Lakewood school district who appreciates the original character of these homes.”
Let’s talk about that value. We were floored to find this Lakewood Hills Tudor listed at only $550,000. Get in line fast because this one will blow off the market.
There is an open house this Sunday, March 19, from 2-4 p.m.
Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years. She’s been a professional writer for 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying music at The University of Miami. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com