Stubbs House

You remember our post about the estate sale over at 6243 La Vista. The home, a historic treasure that had been lovingly preserved by Willetta Stellmacher, will hit the market soon, listed by none-other than Elizabeth Mast.

Mast, the foremost Realtor for the Swiss Avenue area, plans to take her time freshening the Landmark Stubbs home and staging it to show off its colorful history and beautiful details. She plans to list the five-bedroom, four-full-and-two-half-bath estate this coming April for $1.5 million. Mast will stage the home using some of Stellmacher’s incredible collection of antiques and showbiz memorabilia.

Elizabeth Mast“We’re already starting with an incredible property,” Mast said via phone this morning. The home on La Vista, which sits just at the northeastern end of Swiss Avenue, has stunning original details, including pocket doors, millwork, and etched glass all over the home. It’s amazing how much of the original details have made it through the home’s past life as a piece-meal boarding house, but many bathrooms sport vintage tile, too.

“It has survived everything,” Mast said of the home, which has a solarium, a carriage house, pool, and porte cochere. It has more than 5,500 square feet of interior space, according to Dallas Central Appraisal District, which values the 1927 landmark at $874,300.

Sure, this would be an amazing home for a history buff, but what Mast wants to emphasize is that this house is perfect for any family. Considering its amazing structure and age, this home could be carefully updated to accommodate any modern family’s lifestyle. And it would do so beautifully.

“This home has such a great deal of warmth to it,” Mast said. “And the more you’re in the home, the more you feel it.”

We can’t wait to see it, both before it hits MLS and during the incredibly popular, not-to-be-missed  May 10-11 Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour, of which this incredible property will be the star.

5226 Richard Front

How I love this home! Seriously, how could you not love this Prairie-style one-story in Vickery Park just from the curb. I bet people hit the brakes when passing 5226 Richard Ave. all the time, just to slow down and admire shutters, bright white porch, and the rich “Stiffkey Blue” exterior paint on the broad wood siding. This is the only blue Valentine I’d ever want!

5226 Richard Porch

And would you check out that front porch? The scored concrete and the darker blue doors are just perfect. I imagine that this porch would be just amazing with a swing or hanging daybed such as these amazing designs from Low Country Originals.

5226 Richard Living

Inside, it’s cuter than cute, with cozy spaces that belie its 1,500-plus square feet. And with two bedrooms and only one bath, the pool of buyers of this oh-so-adorable home is somewhat limited to singles, downsizing empty-nesters (though the area, which is near Henderson Ave. and Highway 75, is high-traffic and somewhat busy after 9 p.m.), and small families or childless couples. Still, It has me wondering why this adorable property has sat on the market for more than 150 days. Could it be that, even in the trendy and up-and-coming Henderson Avenue area, $294,990 is still a bit high? This home hit the market at more than $319,000, so I suppose time or money will tell.

Still, I love this home and its gracious layout. The fireplace in the living area is so perfect — bright and quaint, I don’t even mind that it’s been painted, although I’m sure that the brick beneath is beautiful, too. The lighting has been upgraded too, with some that echo the 1920s time period and Craftsman design. I love all of the windows and the floor-skimming drapes, which make this petite bungalow feel even bigger.

5226 Richard Dining

The dining room is such a fantastic size — perfect for intimate dinners with friends before enjoying the nearby nightlife. You’ll also love the two-way swinging glass panel doors between the dining room and the breakfast area/butler’s pantry. Such a perfect detail that is often overlooked.

5226 Richard Pantry and Breakfast 5226 Richard Kitchen

The kitchen has been updated with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and fresh shaker-style cabinets, but this is a room that would have benefited so much more from a professional photographer who could have really emphasized the space, and shown how versatile it is. You have to have a good eye for how a photo relates a space, and considering how the kitchen and breakfast area are closed off from the rest of the home, it’s hard to understand the size and capacity of the kitchen.

5226 Richard Master 5226 Richard bath

The rest of the home is just adorable. The “master” bedroom is so pretty with plenty of windows and gorgeous paint that is so perfect for this home and these gorgeous floors. The bathroom is quaint, with a pedestal sink and a shower/tub, with cute tile and border on the floor. It’s small, but considering it’s the only bathroom in the home, it does well to not cram in a huge vanity or use up every single inch with a separate tub and shower.

The backyard sports a fantastic little deck for enjoying a mild spring or autumn night with friends. Too bad we don’t see the rest of the lot. Still, I love this home and I hope it finds the perfect buyer soon!

5226 Richard Back Deck

6324 Pemberton Front

Classic. That’s how I’d describe this stunning traditional near Saint Mark’s School of Dallas. It’s a beautiful home that is grand without being pretentious in an area that is safe, accessible, and filled with caring neighbors and families.

This particular home has so many wonderful details, too, including an open floorplan and spiral staircase that makes the living area feel a little magical. Listed by Yvette Grove, 6324 Pemberton is a wonderful home on a private cul-de-sac in which to make a fresh start for 2014. Leave behind the clutter and claustrophobia and move your family into this bright and beautiful house. It’s on the market for $1.3 million and is worth every bit thanks to the tons of windows, beautiful woodwork, and top-notch kitchen.

6324 Pemberton Living

Two living areas, an upstairs billiard or play area with a wet bar, a huge dining room, and an open kitchen make this home great for hosting all sorts of parties, especially those fundraisers you’ll be organizing should you send your kids to any of the amazing private schools within throwing distance. Tall ceilings with designer light fixtures make this home feel luxurious and spacious without being too big for its britches, if you know what I mean. And a fantastic wine cellar is just the perfect addition for anyone doing any amount of entertaining.

6324 Pemberton Dining 6324 Pemberton Den

The kitchen is exceptionally well-appointed with commercial-grade appliances including a range with double oven and a spare prep sink in the petite-yet-functional island. Granite counters and copious counter space will give even the most discerning home chef enough room to create Michelin star-worthy meals. You’ll also appreciate all of the rich wood cabinetry, the built-ins, and the cozy breakfast nook overlooking the backyard.

6324 Pemberton Kitchen

And with five bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths, this house can fit a family of any size. This 1999-built custom is ideal for households with children who are a bit older thanks to the main-floor master suite. The master, which has a bank of floor-to-ceiling windows that make the room feel so light and bright it seems twice as large as its 16×21 size, has plenty of scenic appeal.

6324 Pemberton Master

The five-piece master bath has impressive amounts of cabinetry and a lovely soaking tub and separate shower. I love the color scheme and how neutral and classy it is without going overboard with the swag. The frameless full-sized shower falls in line with the design, sporting oil-rubbed bronze fixtures.

6324 Pemberton Master Bath

The backyard has a courtyard-type feel, and with fountains and a beautiful little pool, it is exceptionally relaxing and private. With a covered rear patio, a lovely spa, and landscaping that transitions well between seasons, this garden is a fabulous retreat from a fast-paced life.

6324 Pemberton Back

Lennox Front

Just a block away from the much-famed Strait Lane is Lennox Lane, a street brimming with homes just as amazing and luxurious in an area that is known for its exclusivity. You’ll find some of the most unique architecture in this talked-about neighborhood — Roxbury Park — and 10427 Lennox Lane is no exception.

Lennox Living 1

 

Lennox Living 2

Originally built in 1983 and recently renovated, this home is contemporary without losing its Texas accent. So, where does this house say “y’all” instead of “you all”? Let’s start with the stone pillars surrounding the front of the home, the port cochere, and are echoed on the rear covered porch. The standing seam roof, which is copper and not your typical zinc-coated metal, also has a Hill Country flavor to it. The stucco exterior, painted a really fabulous blue gray, is 100 percent contemporary, though.

Lennox Dining Lennox Kitchen

Inside you’ll notice the abundance of light right away. The huge windows throughout this stunning home let in oodles of light, making this home feel bright and open and warm — quite the opposite of many contemporary homes. The walls of windows also allow the outdoors to filter inside, too, and considering the lot’s 1.27 acre size, you’ll have plenty of nature to appreciate. The warm neutral paint on the walls and ceiling add to the home’s warmth, which is reflected on the gorgeous wood floors and accents. It’s a home for a collector or someone who appreciates interesting angles, that’s for sure. It’s listed by Ralph Randall of Dave Perry-Miller and Associates for $3.85 million.

 

With six bedrooms, eight full baths and one half bath, and more than 10,000 square feet, this home is an ample estate that has a completely different feel that what you would anticipate in a home this size with all of the amenities you’d expect. There are four living areas, five fireplaces, a fabulous outdoor kitchen, cabana and pool for entertaining, and a partridge in a pear tree (well, considering the private and heavily treed landscape, there could be a partridge in a pear tree, but we can’t guarantee it).

Lennox Kitchen

The wine tasting room, great room, dining room, kitchen, and family room anchor the first floor, while most bedrooms with the exception of the guest suite occupying the second floor. On the third floor you’ll find the game room and media room and exercise area, as well as a bathroom.

There are some really fantastic finishes in this home, especially the immense and curvy island in the very contemporary kitchen, which makes a great place for gathering family during the holidays. Imagine everyone drinking some wine, preparing dinner together, sharing stories, swapping photos … it’s just a vision. And it’s spacious, too, considering the breakfast area and the huge lot of cabinets. You’ll find, of course, state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances throughout this kitchen, and a heck of a vent-hood, too.

Lennox Master Lennox Master Bath

 

Another really fun feature in this home is the master bath tub. This is the first time I’ve seen a stainless steel tub in a listing, and I love its visual impact. The bathroom is where you’ll also notice the complete lack of window covering throughout the home. Considering the heavily wooded lot, there’s no need to put in blinds, shutters, shades, or curtains. You could, but considering how much light you get from these double-pane windows, why would you? There’s a gorgeous balcony attached to the master suite, too, which faces southwest. It’s an ideal place to have your first cup of coffee and really soak in the landscape.

Truly, this is a fun, unique, and luxurious estate for anyone who knows how to pronounce “fixin’ to.” What about you?

Lennox Game Room Lennox Media Lennox Cellar Lennox Backyard

3516 Greenbrier

My husband was absolutely grief stricken Wednesday evening when reports rolled in that Ian Kinsler, longtime infielder for the Texas Rangers, was traded to Detroit for Prince Fielder plus $30 million in cash.

Me? I was wondering whether Kinsler would be selling his University Park mansion at 3516 Greenbrier Drive (pictured above), a 7,777-square-foot (how’s that for luck?) home with five bedrooms and seven full baths and two half baths. Built in 2007, it’s on the tax rolls for almost $3.3 million, but it could easily sell for much more than that.

If he does, I wonder what Kinsler could get for the appraised value of his UP home in the very posh Grosse Pointe Farms?

There’s this stunning French-inspired estate at 992 Lake Shore with five bedrooms, five full baths, and three half baths for $3.9 million. It has adorable chimney pots and an unobstructed view of the lake.

992 Lake Shore

Then there’s 15600 Windmill Pointe, a beautiful red brick traditional with a huge lawn that will be perfect for playing catch with family during home stands. It has five bedrooms, four full and three half baths for $3.875 million.

15600 Windmill Pointe

Another option is 237 Lake Shore, a picturesque 2-plus acre estate with tons of charm and a really cool greenhouse or solarium. It has six bedrooms, seven full and four half baths and is listed for $3.9 million.

237 Lake Shore

If Kinsler wants to go bold and save some money in the process, there’s this cool modern Spanish-style estate that is a total time warp. Built in 1977, this home is completely dated but really awesome with four bedrooms and five full baths with three half baths and priced at $2.2 million.

916 Lake Shore

Which would you choose?

 

Rolling Rock Front

Sure, a fresh coat of paint is necessary for a home heading for the market, but it won’t make a $250,000 home into a $325,000 home. And while 8806 Rolling Rock is a good, balanced contemporary home, it’s a listing that’s fallen victim to optimistic pricing.

Rolling Rock Living

There’s no reason why this three-bedroom, two-bath home in Lakeland Hills should be on the market for three months. This is a good area with tons of other great 1950s-era homes that are close to White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum, with access to tons of great shops and restaurants. Still, I just don’t get how someone could price this home at $325K all things considered.

Rolling Rock Dining

Still it’s a great home, and it’s definitely getting warmer when priced at $254,000. There is more than 1,800 square feet of space, a great car port with storage behind a wooden gate, and a generous backyard. Truth be told, the interiors are kind of choppy, with a mix of flooring, ceiling detail, and finishes from room to room. Also, I want to love the den, but the weird painted brick section is just getting to me.

Rolling Rock Den

There is a very bright spot to this home, and that’s the kitchen. It’s updated with fresh cabinets and granite counters with a mosaic tile backsplash. Add in stainless appliances and a nice-sized breakfast room and it definitely carries the title of best room in the house.

Rolling Rock Kitchen

There are two bathrooms in the home, and well, the master is just overwhelming. There’s way to much tile in this room, and it’s too dark. The upside is that it has a huge shower with glass tile instead of a door — a bonus if you hate how quick frameless glass shower doors get dirty (I know I do!).

Rolling Rock Master Bath

You’ll also love the huge backyard, which sports an immense patio that is begging for some kind of pergola or sun shade. With that it’ll be fantastic in any weather. Truly, in the right hands, this home could be an absolute stunner. What do you think?

Rolling Rock Backyard

Oswald House Vernon Bryant DMN

 

(Photo: Vernon Bryant/DMN)

I understand Pat Hall’s need to pay the bills on the Oak Cliff home where alleged JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald lived, but I doubt opening its doors to tourists will get the house sold. Hall, whose mother rented a room in the Beckley Avenue home to Oswald for $8 a week, is seeking $500,000 for the whole shebang according to DMN reporter Roy Appleton.

But why buy when you can be a looky-loo for $20?

For $20 you can see Oswald’s tiny bedroom and metal-frame bed plus the living room and dining room he shared with others – all with furnishings from his days.

“I’ll answer questions about the house,” Hall said. And “they’re going to be able to touch,” she said, maybe even sit on the bed. But the kitchen and bathroom he used will be off limits.

So, do you think that this is counter-productive for someone who wants to sell a ostensibly historic property? Also, I wonder if this requires some kind of special permit from the city.

Let’s hope she’s able to keep this place from meeting the same fate as the apartment building where Oswald once lived.

boulder front

Southlake is such a fabulous town, with great schools, incredible shopping, and beautiful neighborhoods. I just love this area, which is perfect for families with school-aged kids. But what if your nest is empty and you’re not expecting a boomerang kid? Downsizing has probably crossed your mind.

That’s what Merlene Ingraham and her husband are doing. They’re selling their barely-lived-in Southlake home and heading closer to Dallas, like many Baby Boomers, so they can be close to the arts.

Boulder staircases

This house is just magnificent, with four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and one half bath, more than 5,800 square feet and the most amazing finish-out you can imagine. Really, I am in awe of 517 Boulder Drive, which is marketed by Dave Perry-Miller agent Christine McKenny for $865,000. Plus, it’s hardly been lived in at all. This home has so much visual impact, from the pristine, white exterior to the twin staircases in the foyer, your eyes will just pop.

Boulder Kitchen

My favorite part of this home, which will surprise absolutely no one, is this bright and beautiful kitchen with cottage-style white cabinets and stainless steel appliances. There’s an ample island, too, for preparing feasts for all occasions or perhaps just being a gathering space for girlfriends as you gab over glasses of Pinot. It’s open to the living area, too, which has high ceilings and huge windows.

Boulder pool:backyard

The master bath is amazing, too, with a soaking tub and luxurious tile, but the place I can see myself relaxing is the backyard. I just love the garden, which has a great English feel with short, wandering hedges. The pool is just beautiful, too. But it’s pretty large for just two people, right? I’m sure Merlene and her husband will find a gorgeous condo near the Dallas Arts District that will give them everything they need.