Friday Four Hundred: This House is So Charming It Ought to Have It’s Own Reality Show — Real Houses of Preston Hollow

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Forget those rich broads — Diane, Lisa, Rhonda, Tiffany and  Desiree. This home is so dang cute, IT should be the star of its own show. We could call it The Real Houses of Preston Hollow. I know when you think Preston Hollow, you think about all the estates lining Park Lane, about Randall Stephenson’s family fortress over on Walnut Hill Lane, and those 7800 square foot McMansions crammed onto the lots east of Preston. But this is the REAL Preston Hollow, before hip roof injections and silicon wall enhancements. Somehow, in 6835 Woodland , you get four bedrooms in 2306 square feet, three baths, formals and a den and no one dies because they only have one en suite bathrooms and don’t have twenty twenty toilets!

This is your typical Leave-It-To-Beaver 1950s cottage, just one block from Preston Hollow Park. The living room has a fireplace and bookshelves, and is open to the dining room for as many Supper Club guests as you’d like. The kitchen is a knock-out with island breakfast bar to the large vaulted ceilinged den with built-in entertainment center. And oh June Clever might have dropped her apron in this kitchen: granite countertops, ceiling height cabinetry, double ovens. Maybe, just maybe she’d have dialed up Ward at work: “honey, the kids are at school, and I’m all alone in this kitchen…” The family room gazes into the landscaped back yard with patio.

And there’s already conflict: it’s on a corner!

June would also have shed those twin beds with this Master: sitting area, dual walk-in closets and bath with oversized marble shower and marble-topped antique chest vanity. There are three additional bedrooms, and hey, this house was ahead of it’s time! One even has an “en suite bath”! Hardwood floors, full utility room, double-paned thermo windows, newer hot water heater and fence, floored attic spaces, electric gated driveway, oversized two-car garage with wall A/C unit — nice touch, and back patio wired for sound. Priced at $439,000. I’ll take TWO! Open Sunday, from two to four.

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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  1. Susan Lowery says

    Love! My kind of house! I love these old homes. In fact, I have lived in two old homes in PH…vintage 1926 and 1946. I hate to think what will happen to our Waggoner charmer when we sell…I am surrounded by some really poor attempts at proving one's "wealth"! 😉

  2. Susan Lowery says

    Love! My kind of house! I love these old homes. In fact, I have lived in two old homes in PH…vintage 1926 and 1946. I hate to think what will happen to our Waggoner charmer when we sell…I am surrounded by some really poor attempts at proving one's "wealth"! 😉

  3. Nat says

    I'm new to the area but noticed that one side is next to Hillcrest. Would that cause problems with resale and noise?

  4. Nat says

    I'm new to the area but noticed that one side is next to Hillcrest. Would that cause problems with resale and noise?

  5. mmCandy Evans says

    Good question: I've dialed up an appraiser to make sure, but that corner would affect values and property taxes somewhat. As far as the noise, you will hear sirens and traffic anywhere in the area. I call it my "urban waterfall".

    • anonymous says

      Siding to a busy street does in fact reduce land value greatly. As an appraiser in the area, lots that front to busy streets can sell at (up to) a 50% discount when compared to core interior lots with no traffic influences. Siding to a busy street, as is the case with this property, impacts the land value less. The typical range is plus or minus 35% when compared to the core interior lots. I would also note that historically speaking, properties with any sort of busy street influences are the hardest to sell in a down market and sometimes the easiest to sell in an up market. Based on the great activity levels in the last 75 days, one can argue that things are improving rapidly!

  6. mmCandy Evans says

    Good question: I've dialed up an appraiser to make sure, but that corner would affect values and property taxes somewhat. As far as the noise, you will hear sirens and traffic anywhere in the area. I call it my "urban waterfall".

    • anonymous says

      Siding to a busy street does in fact reduce land value greatly. As an appraiser in the area, lots that front to busy streets can sell at (up to) a 50% discount when compared to core interior lots with no traffic influences. Siding to a busy street, as is the case with this property, impacts the land value less. The typical range is plus or minus 35% when compared to the core interior lots. I would also note that historically speaking, properties with any sort of busy street influences are the hardest to sell in a down market and sometimes the easiest to sell in an up market. Based on the great activity levels in the last 75 days, one can argue that things are improving rapidly!

  7. Alex Roostaei says

    i've had a listing 4 houses off of Hillcrest for 2+ yrs now, started at 1.7 million now down to 1.2 million….that last block (Thackery to Hillcrest) is a TOUGH sell

  8. Alex Roostaei says

    i've had a listing 4 houses off of Hillcrest for 2+ yrs now, started at 1.7 million now down to 1.2 million….that last block (Thackery to Hillcrest) is a TOUGH sell

  9. Cassie says

    Well, if lots that front to busy streets can sell at (up to) a 50% discount, then at $219,500.00 I will TAKE IT!!!

  10. Cassie says

    Well, if lots that front to busy streets can sell at (up to) a 50% discount, then at $219,500.00 I will TAKE IT!!!

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