904 Clermont

Hollywood Heights is one of those picturesque neighborhoods filmmakers love. It’s quaint, charming, and has a unique character. The vast majority of homes were built in the 1920s and ‘30s in a variety of styles, from Spanish eclectic to Craftsman, but the most coveted are the classic Tudor homes. In fact, speculation runs high that it has the largest collection of stone-embellished Tudor cottages in America. Finding one is tricky enough, as once people move in, they stay a good long while. Finding one that’s been fully renovated and for sale is a dream come true. Our Saturday Six Hundred at 904 Clermont is just that. It’s listed by Jim Costello with Costello & Associates.

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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.

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Real Estate Story

The holiday sales slump is well known in real estate. People get busy with shopping, parties, and festivities, and put off their home-buying decisions so they won’t have to move in this busy season.

For hard-working Realtors, this lag time can be frustrating (plus it hits the pocketbook!). But could our remarkably robust market and unprecedented low inventory offset the traditional sales lag this year?

We talked to some seasoned real estate professionals to get their take on the market, and what they do to boost sales from November to January.

“This year, I am actually putting five new listings on this month, which is very odd for this time of year,” said Britt Lopez, a Realtor with Dallas City Center Realtors. “We see many investor buyers this time of year—I think because they are trying to get their money into a project before the end of the year for tax purposes.”

Lindsay Thomas, an agent with Russell Trenary, Realtors, said she’s watching the market with curiosity to see how the unusual demand will affect sales.

“It will be interesting to see if there truly is a big lag this holiday season since inventory is still so low,” she said. “But yes, typically during the holidays, real estate transactions slow down a bit and therefore it’s extremely important to market your properties. However, the same marketing tactics used during slow times should be used year round. I think you should always put forth the max effort with every client at every time of the year.”

Mark Manley, an agent with Virginia Cook Realtors, said he’s having a different experience this year.

“Sales do tend to slow down—thankfully, I haven’t had that experience so far at the end of this year,” Manley said. “I do several things that I think help me—first and foremost, I answer my phone when it rings and I have had agents actually say they were shocked someone answered…It’s not customer service if you don’t answer the phone. I also call people back almost immediately when possible but always within 24 hours, or sooner.”

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Santa Monica Home

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Some of the best pre-sale renovations owners can do on older homes is to make sure they have things today’s buyers value: more than one bathroom; an updated kitchen with new fixtures and appliances; an open floorplan; and a fresh, updated look everywhere.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred at 7014 Vivian Ave. is located in East Dallas’ Santa Monica neighborhood. Built in 1940, this home was taken by its owner from a 3-1 to a 2-2 with an ensuite master bathroom. He refinished the oak hardwood floors in his 1,260-square-foot home and painted both the interior and exterior. The kitchen is now open with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, white custom cabinets, and a subway tile backsplash. The result of all these renos is an adorable cottage feel with vintage charm, and amenities that make it a standout property in the housing market.

This house was listed Oct. 23 by Britt Lopez with Dallas City Center Realtors for $375,000. (There’s a broker open house next Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon, so let us know what you think if you go!)

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When Dallas City Center Realtor Britt Lopez sent me a link to her newest Hollywood Heights listing, I knew we had to have it on the blog because it was absolutely love at first sight.

Ya’ll already know that I’m not the craziest about Tudors. They’re cute, but a lot of times they fall into two categories: Mostly original with claustrophobic rooms or completely gutted into something completely unrecognizable from its former self.

This home, though … I was speechless. If you know me, that’s a feat in and of itself because I rarely shut up. It’s a Tudor on one of the cutest streets in Hollywood Heights and has the perfect combination of original details and smart, timeless updates that you’ll just swoon.

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I love that the original brick-and-stone facade has been preserved, and thanks to smart landscaping and annuals that add pops of color, this home has outstanding curb appeal. The arched plate-glass windows in the sunroom are just divine and add so much character, and the front door, which is also arched, is just pristine.

Of course, inside there are even more lovely details …

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6918 Patricia Avenue

6918 Patricia Ave. (Photos: Shoot2Sell)

My first house, which became my home, is on the market today. It’s a hip pocket the amazing Britt Lopez of Dallas City Center Realtors is handling for me.

I can’t go into detail about how kind Britt Lopez is – I will save that for my book – but know that she is not only a smart, clever Realtor with a sharp mind, but she is a gracious person whose true colors shine ever so brightly.

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Originally built in 1938, this Hollywood Heights jewel underwent renovations from 2007 – 2012 which included all new electrical, recessed lighting, hidden speakers in every room, fabulous insulation, a 2012 roof and gutters, a 3-ton Amana furnace and air conditioner (2010), a Rinnai gas tankless water heater (2007), and a Rain Bird programmable sprinkler system (2011). This was no DIY or Home Depot reno.

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622 Newell Ave. Dallas, 75223

622 Newell Ave. Dallas, 75223

Last week my fabulous friend Karen Eubank, who I met through the Dirt Queen herself years ago and is a staging mastermind (read: if you are selling or have an event, you NEED her – she was my secret & saving grace in preparing for our home tour), invited me over to a house a block away from me to take a sneak peek before it hit the CRAZY market. I was blown away. And jealous. Seriously jealous. 622 Newell Ave. is in Hollywood Heights, is tastefully done, and has 2,883 square feet of space. In our historical ‘hood, it’s basically a mansion! (more…)

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Britt Lopez was quick to point out that you shouldn’t get turned off by this home’s address. This house is on the sleepy side of Skillman Street, near Lipscomb Elementary. It’s not the busy side, which is north of Live Oak Street, instead it’s inside Munger Place, a fantastic district with an abundance of different architectural styles.

And this home is beautiful both inside and out, thanks to the sellers’ hard work. Truly, 707 Skillman is an example of sellers who have done everything right, using great design and materials, but still needed the networking and sales power of a well-connected Realtor. In fact, Britt sent this listing to us last week, and we had already planned on featuring a different Thursday Three Hundred, but as things happen in this amazingly hot market, and as it goes with homes that have finish-out that will make any homebuyer salivate, this incredible property is already under option contract.

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