GetMedia.ashxThere is so much to love about this 1926 Tudor I barely know where to begin. Oh wait, yes I do — on the street. Talk about curb appeal making you do a double take. Palm trees? Are we California dreaming? Is this a secret celebrity hideaway?

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Sometimes people just get it completely right when they put their home on the market. The updates are spot on, the colors are great and the house has just the right amount of furniture, so it’s not detracting from the architecture but enhancing it. I can tell you after having staged thousands of homes and after trolling through hundreds of homes each day on MLS to find something blog-worthy, that this is not the norm. So it’s more than refreshing when a picture-perfect home pops up on my screen, and 5635 Monticello is just that.

In fact, we’re sure that if we had to measure this home up, we’d get something like this:

Practically Perfect in Every Way

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What comes to mind when you hear the words “charming” and “storybook”? A Tudor of course.

This Greenland Hills home fits the bill on every front, but it’s definitely not your grandma’s Tudor. It’s a hip mix of Southampton meets the south of France. Built in 1928, 5223 Merrimac Avenue is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage oozing with charm at every turn. In fact, it’s a curated marvel that is photo-ready for the next Ralph Lauren advertising campaign. If you do some sleuthing, like we always do, you’ll figure out that the Ralph Lauren connection is spot on. Can you tell who has been living the charmed life in this adorable abode?

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Though she is no longer a reporter at CBS 11 covering City Hall, Sarah Dodd Kunkle kind of stays in our hearts as the darling news anchor she once was when she met and fell in love with hubby David Kunkle, then Dallas’ police chief.

Theirs was the love affair that rocked City Hall.

Actually, Sarah and I first met because of housing. I was editing DallasDirt for D Magazine, and she was putting her Midway Hollow home on the market just as she and David were falling in love.  She wanted me to write about that house, and I did. The girl has amazing taste in homes and an eye for spotting quality dirt, both residential and commercial.

Now Sarah has her own communications & consulting firm, Dodd Communications, of which she is president. She works with some of the highest profile developers in town and is getting a strong reputation as the go-to gal if you want to get City Hall on your side of a development.

But now, it’s time for a move. Sarah and David Kunkle are listing the 9 year old Tudor home they have enjoyed in Greenway Hills, at 5538 Ridgedale. Though the home is practically brand-new, it was built with painstaking care to meld perfectly into the heart of Greenland Hills. Tudors, Tudors and more Tudors.

“The M Streets has the largest collection of Tudors in the U.S.,” David told me when I popped in to see their personal paradise. The area is a conservation district David credits Angela Hunt for creating. He loves the character of the homes, ranging from the original 1920’s charmers to striking new construction but all, every one of them, are in line with the original standard form the neighborhood is famous for: tidy Tudors that do not overpower lots or encroach.

New homes must be built with a one-story appearance in the front. No McMansions out here, no way, no sir. Lots of about .18 an acre are running $250,000 to $300,000 for dirt lot and one of these days, mark my word: a home is going to break the one million dollar record for this hot ‘hood.Sarah and David Kunkle (more…)

 

5135 Vanderbilt FrontSome homes are beautiful, and some homes are charming. The homes that are my favorites, though, are the cute ones. They are the ones that somehow manage to be both beautiful and charming at the same time. They have little details that make you gasp in delight. They are they homes you picture your furniture in.

5135 Vanderbilt Sunroom

Marketed by Nancy Johnson of Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, this Greenland Hills Tudor at 5135 Vanderbilt is so cute, and I am imagining my furniture inside this house as I type this. I’m thinking that I’ll put some bright Adirondack chairs with some cozy cushions and foot rests in the sunroom, perhaps with a chaise lounge, so I can soak up some warm sunshine while I read a good book, or catch up on a few real estate blogs.

5135 Vanderbilt Living

I know that this two-bedroom, two-bath home will accomodate most of my things. It has an ample 1,416 square feet — enough room if we toss out half of my husband’s baseball memorabilia and most of his Star Wars action figures. It wouldn’t be hard to do considering how often I fantasize about it (kidding, dear!). It’s listed for $349,900.

5135 Vanderbilt Dining

There’s plenty of room for a family of three, or perhaps even newlyweds who want to be close to shopping, restaurants, and within 10 minutes of downtown. Greenland Hills is adjacent to the M Streets, which is a well-established neighborhood where well-maintained homes hold their value.

5135 Vanderbilt Kitchen

Now there’s really only one thing I would change about this house, and that’s the tile in the kitchen and breakfast area. When you’re renovating a space, you have to be careful about making your choices too personal. Now, if you don’t plan on being buried somewhere on the property, I would say that green 12-inch tile would be a less-than-stellar choice. Still, it doesn’t put me off from the house as a whole.

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I do like the size of the bedrooms, and I can definitely appreciate the windows and the renovated bathrooms. Tudors tend to have non-existent storage, so I am glad to hear that there is some solid closet space in this home. Bathrooms also tend to be small in Tudors, but at least the master bath has a large shower to make those mornings feel a little less cramped.

5135 Vanderbilt Master Bath

The backyard is a great spot for entertaining. Tons of lush grass that leads to a fabulous deck will have your guests asking for another Guiness, because there’s no way they’re leaving your backyard for Greenville Avenue this St. Patrick’s Day — it’s where the party’s at!

5135 Vanderbilt Backyard

Cameron Holland

Cameron Holland, Broker at Howell Holland Real Estate, is a young gun at just 29 years old. And yet, he’s got an eye for real estate and he knows what sells. That’s why friends and clients enlist his expertise to help them flip homes in the higher-end markets of Dallas. Holland just finished consulting on 5514 Monticello Avenue, which is now on the market for $498,000. This Greenland Hills Tudor is so fresh and so clean on the inside that you’d never guess the home was built in 1926. Read on for the skinny:

Address: 5514 Monticello Avenue

Subdivision: Greenland Hills (M Streets)

City: Dallas

Price Range: $498,000 (high 400’s)

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Amenities: Travertine entry way, stacked stone fireplace, original wood floors, hand embellished custom millwork and cabinetry, recessed lighting throughout, absolute black granite countertops, LG stainless steel appliances, separate study/nursery in master suite, restored 1930’s claw foot tub, glass shower wrapped in hand beveled travertine, covered rear porch

How long has this home been on the market? Any offers? 25 days and yes

5514 Monticello Living

Tell us a little background on this home: My clients purchased this 1,468-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath 1920s Greenland Hills Tudor as a short sale in December 2012. Once we closed I drew up the new floor plan and the fun really started. A few months later, 5514 Monticello Avenue was transformed into a three-bedroom, two-bath, 2,169-square-foot French Eclectic Tudor that infused the charm of 1920s Dallas with the best of today.

“Flipping with Training Wheels”: My good friends and clients asked me to help them start flipping houses in Dallas. We spent a month looking at all the great flip neighborhoods such as Devenonshire, Greenway Crest, Lakewood, and M Streets. We selected the Monticello house because it had great bones and oozed potential. I drew up the plans for the renovation along with some renderings. Then I took my clients to the design centers for inspiration and introduced them to my contractor. During the renovation process I would be out at the house about three or more times a week dealing with quick fixes and hurt feelings. The owners and their bulldog Lucy even stayed in my guest bedroom for a week because the contractors needed to shut the water off.

5514 Monticello Kitchen

Did you stage it or do anything special? The house was staged by the owners, I helped move furniture around. We made many trips to Home Goods and furniture stores.

What are your best marketing tricks? Hiring a professional photographer. In this case, Stuart Sandlin at NREDS.com

5514 Monticello Master Bath

Where are your clients moving? These clients have already purchased another project on Willis Avenue in Vickery Park.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently? Tell my clients not to live in the house while they are renovating it.

Know someone with a great real estate story? Have them contact us at jo@candysdirt.com. 

 

Cameron Holland

Cameron Holland, Broker at Howell Holland Real Estate, is a young gun at just 29 years old. And yet, he’s got an eye for real estate and he knows what sells. That’s why friends and clients enlist his expertise to help them flip homes in the higher-end markets of Dallas. Holland just finished consulting on 5514 Monticello Avenue, which is now on the market for $498,000. This Greenland Hills Tudor is so fresh and so clean on the inside that you’d never guess the home was built in 1926. Read on for the skinny:

Address: 5514 Monticello Avenue

Subdivision: Greenland Hills (M Streets)

City: Dallas

Price Range: $498,000 (high 400’s)

5514 Monticello Front

Amenities: Travertine entry way, stacked stone fireplace, original wood floors, hand embellished custom millwork and cabinetry, recessed lighting throughout, absolute black granite countertops, LG stainless steel appliances, separate study/nursery in master suite, restored 1930’s claw foot tub, glass shower wrapped in hand beveled travertine, covered rear porch

How long has this home been on the market? Any offers? 25 days and yes

5514 Monticello Living

Tell us a little background on this home: My clients purchased this 1,468-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath 1920s Greenland Hills Tudor as a short sale in December 2012. Once we closed I drew up the new floor plan and the fun really started. A few months later, 5514 Monticello Avenue was transformed into a three-bedroom, two-bath, 2,169-square-foot French Eclectic Tudor that infused the charm of 1920s Dallas with the best of today.

“Flipping with Training Wheels”: My good friends and clients asked me to help them start flipping houses in Dallas. We spent a month looking at all the great flip neighborhoods such as Devenonshire, Greenway Crest, Lakewood, and M Streets. We selected the Monticello house because it had great bones and oozed potential. I drew up the plans for the renovation along with some renderings. Then I took my clients to the design centers for inspiration and introduced them to my contractor. During the renovation process I would be out at the house about three or more times a week dealing with quick fixes and hurt feelings. The owners and their bulldog Lucy even stayed in my guest bedroom for a week because the contractors needed to shut the water off.

5514 Monticello Kitchen

Did you stage it or do anything special? The house was staged by the owners, I helped move furniture around. We made many trips to Home Goods and furniture stores.

What are your best marketing tricks? Hiring a professional photographer. In this case, Stuart Sandlin at NREDS.com

5514 Monticello Master Bath

Where are your clients moving? These clients have already purchased another project on Willis Avenue in Vickery Park.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently? Tell my clients not to live in the house while they are renovating it.

Know someone with a great real estate story? Have them contact us at jo@candysdirt.com.