Elmwood Cape Cod Transformed from Dumpy to Darling | CandysDirt.com

Every now and again, a house undergoes a total transformation. Not your average flip, these changes take downtrodden properties and make them shine.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred shows off its total rejuvenation with a top-to-bottom renovation. The house is unrecognizable from its previous state (“before” photos after the jump). What was once an eyesore is now one of the prettiest houses in the neighborhood.

Located at 1622 Melbourne Ave. in Oak Cliff, this Elmwood Cape Cod will charm your pants off with lovingly restored period details, high-end newer features, and an overall look that feels chic and approachable.It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,585 square feet on one story, built in 1948. All this for well under $300K. This house won’t last long!

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richardson midcentury

Richardson Heights is one of the hottest neighborhoods in DFW. It’s located just outside the LBJ loop, has great schools, and the houses are full of character.

I’ve found a just-listed Richardson midcentury modern ranch that is simply stunning! Located at 302 W. Shore Dr. near W. Belt Line Road and N. Waterview Drive, this beauty is listed by Anne Westphal and Morris Hanys with Ebby Halliday Realtors. It sits on a three-quarter-acre creek lot on a quiet street—this is one of the prettiest lots in the city.

The interior is renovated with luxury in mind, but keeping many classic, original elements and modernizing the floorplan. It’s a perfect blend of retro charm and on-trend appeal!

With four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, and 3,232 square feet, this 1959 Richardson midcentury is spacious and totally livable. I love the flow and airy feel inside, and the killer curb appeal outside. For families, it doesn’t get much better, with so much space for kids and pets in the house and yard. Let me give you a tour.

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3446 Saint Cloud a

Northwest Dallas is one of the hottest areas in Dallas when it comes to home renovations and flips. These residential properties, largely built in the 1950s and 60s, offer nice-sized footprints for stylish, refreshed digs, and lots of folks are taking advantage with engaging results.

Our Thursday Three Hundred, located at 3446 Saint Cloud Cir. near Forest and Marsh lanes, offers a beautiful combination of up-to-date character and old-fashioned charm. Sitting on over a third of an acre on a cul-de-sac, this 1959 ranch has four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bathroom, and 2,491 square feet on one story.

It has been tastefully—and thoroughly—renovated, resulting in a cohesive, curated look. The rooms flow easily from one space to the next, and the clean lines and natural light make the home feel spacious.

There’s an open house this Sunday from 1-3 p.m. Let’s take a peek before then.

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3615 Waldorf b

Our Thursday Three Hundred is cute from top to bottom, a stylish package for just over $300K.

Located at 3615 Waldorf Dr., near Royal and Marsh lanes, this is a 3-2 with 1,825 square feet, built in 1956. It has been beautifully maintained, and tastefully renovated to feel modern.

It was listed April 16 by Rockie Marvel with Keller Williams Central for $335,000.

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lake highlands homes for sale

All photos: MetroplexHD

Ready to be impressed? Our Thursday Three Hundred is an noteworthy property, built in 1955 and retaining fabulous reminiscent charm, enhanced by flawless updates.

The Midcentury Modern home at 10116 Woodgrove Dr. in East Dallas’ Lake Highlands Estates is a 3-2 with 1,653 square feet. It’s a beautiful marriage of old and new, from a refinished Terrazzo entry tile to new sliding barn doors in the master suite.

It was listed Feb. 16 by Barbara Arredondo with Clay Stapp + Co. for $389,000. Far out, Daddy-O!

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All photos: MetroplexHD

Editor’s note: This post was originally published Sept. 24, 2015, and features the incredible design work of Summer Riggins. You can read the profile we later wrote on her here.

Some home renovations go halfway, updating a few spots here and there. Today’s Thursday Three Hundred is not that kind of reno.

The owners of the home at 561 Classen Dr. have gone all in, updating and improving the place from stem to stern, and the results are marvelous. It has the clean, finished feel and amenities of a new, custom-build house, with the vintage charm and personality that befits its Lake Highlands Estates location in East Dallas.561 classen exterior beforeOriginally built in 1952, the house was showing its age before—the exterior “before” photo above and several other “before” photos throughout this post give you an idea.

Now, it’s a turnkey property, almost unrecognizable from before, with beautiful details and improvements. You’ll find custom soft-close wood cabinets; a modern, elegant kitchen; recessed lighting; chic light fixtures; a luxe bathroom, low E windows, a new roof, new gutters, new exterior A/C unit, foam insulation in the attic; landscaping, and exterior paint.

With 1,170 square feet, three bedrooms, and one bathroom, it’s a small footprint, and the reno maximizes the space. There’s an open house this Sunday from 2-4 p.m., if you want to check it out yourself after seeing these photos.

Barbara Arredondo with Clay Stapp + Co. recently listed it for $325,000, or $278 per square foot. Nine recent neighborhood comps range from $204,000 to $308,500, or $161 to $229 per square foot. So is this house ambitiously priced? Perhaps. But that’s not without reason. The professional renovations make it one-of-a-kind.

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2367 Highwood ADeep in the heart of East Dallas, Casa View Oaks is an up-and-coming neighborhood attracting first-time homebuyers, young professionals, and families with its affordable houses, sense of community, and proximity to White Rock Lake.

Development in Casa View Oaks started in 1954 when developer H. Leslie Hill built 200 ranch-style houses ranging in size from 836 square feet to 3,600 square feet. Prices back then started at $12,000 and went up to $16,500.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is at 2367 Highwood Dr., near Gus Thomasson and Ferguson roads. It’s a 3-2 with 1,746 square feet, built in 1954, recently remodeled by Wacasey Construction. It now boasts new low-E windows, fresh paint, refinished hardwood floors, new kitchen, designer bathrooms, decorative lighting, vintage built-ins, and a bonus room off the kitchen with an on-trend rustic wood ceiling. 2367 Highwood BLast year, Casa View Oaks celebrated its 60th anniversary. According to Preservation Dallas, this area boasts the largest collection of Cliff May designed houses in Dallas.

May, a significant American designer during the post war building boom, was considered the father of the California Ranch house. His designs received national attention and appeared on the cover of every major house magazine of the day. The mass appeal of the Ranch house led May and his partner, Chris Choate, to design a smaller, more modest version for distribution on a national scale. The houses were constructed from pre-fabricated modular panels, a revolutionary new building concept in which every part of the house was standardized and precut. Local builders were able to purchase Cliff May franchises, supplying them with house plans and the pre-fabricated modular panels, numbered and stamped with May and Choate’s names. Over 18,000 May plans were sold to local builders from around the country. Forty of those were constructed in Casa View Oaks.

Houses in Casa View Oaks are representative of May’s signature design: an open floor plan with an abundance of space and light beneath a low-pitched gable roof. Large expanses of glass—in both windows and doors—were used to create an open feeling and ease in circulation. Outdoor living was encouraged by the incorporation of patios and barbeque and picnic areas, in many cases doubling the “living space” of each house.

This home is not listed as one of the homes built by May, but shares many of its design attributes, which will undoubtedly help it sell quickly. It was listed Dec. 18 by Ryan Cox with Realty Executives Metroplex for $240,000.

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Durham Builders

These photos are of the Durham Builders home at 6924 Santa Barbara Dr., one of three modern houses now available in the new Santa Barbara development. Photos: MetroplexHD

East Dallas has a new modern enclave near White Rock Lake, with three houses built, and four more planned.

The Santa Barbara development, near Mockingbird Lane and W. Lawther Drive, creates a style that fuses native Texas materials with California-style architecture. The result is marvelous, something that’s being called “this-century modern.”

“When we were doing the original modeling, we were doing was more Midcentury Modern [style], but I felt  a Texas modern house would go better with the community,” said builder Miles Durham of Durham Builders. “It seems like the people around the lake and in Lakewood are open to this type and style of house.”

Durham’s father, Robert Durham, is the architect for the Santa Barbara development.

“He has modernist influences, and Frank Lloyd Wright,” Miles said. “He does all of the floorplan layouts and all of the elevations, I do all the finish selections and more. We’ve done a lot of houses and we work well together.”Durham Builders

The Santa Barbara houses are priced between $810K and $825K, and are around 3,200 square feet with four or five bedrooms. The designs include an abundance of large windows, open floorplans, fireplaces clad in Carrera Marble and wood, designer tile, concrete floors, and chef’s kitchens with high-end KitchenAid stainless steel appliances and Silestone quartz countertops.

“It’s extremely affordable by Lakewood standards, and that was important to us,” Miles said.

The photos throughout this post are of the home at 6924 Santa Barbara Dr. listed by Jennifer Baldwin with Clay Stapp + Co. for $810,000. It is a 5-4 with two living areas and 3,137 square feet.
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