Don't Miss This Open House: Get A Swiss Avenue Mansion for Under One Million Dollars…

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5215 Swiss extYou love character and charm in a home, right? Red brick, high ceilings, beautiful wood and moldings, classic lines, and how about an historic plaque right on your front door?

Try this classically elegant home at 5215 Swiss Avenue. Built in 1920, perched upon almost two-thirds of a leafty acre in the heart of the Swiss Avenue Historic District, this prairie style mansion exudes the historical charm that defines the home and many of it’s neighbors. Old, charming, takes you right back into the world of the Roaring 20’s and flapper girls.

But every inch of it’s 5515 square feet meets the challenges of life in the 21st century quite nicely.

5215 Swiss LR 5215 Swiss kitchen 5215 Swiss breakfast 5215 Swiss denLike most homes on this beautiful, historical home street, all saved by the family of Virginia McAlester, the entrance brings you right into the perfect flow for entertaining. The kitchen is updated with Carrera marble, a Wolf range, fresh paint, dual dishwashers and an expansive pantry with lots of storage. The kitchen is open to the breakfast room and sitting area and overlooks the lush, expansive grounds, cabana, and peaceful pool. A study with beautiful original pocket glass doors overlooking historic Swiss Avenue and is the perfect place to work from home.

In fact we know: we have several blog posts written in that very office!

Upstairs, the relaxing master suite features a cozy fireplace — this winter weather reminds me to put a fireplace in my next master bedroom! Clearly, in 1920 they knew how to keep warm. There is a spacious adjacent sitting area here (potential office or yoga room) and walk-in closet. Also upstairs, three bedrooms, two baths, plus an expansive third floor bonus space which could be a ballroom, playroom, exercise room or even a guest suite with full bath.

It can also be the place where kids like Macaulay Culkin sleep in the attic! Sorry, this home really reminds me of the “Home Alone” house!

Outside, you have peaceful grounds in the midst of an urban setting. There is a heated pool, spa and cabana equipped with full kitchen and sitting area. Above the cabana are full quarters with a full bath, bedroom and kitchen area.

5215 Swiss master 5215 Swiss bedroom 5215 Swiss pool 5215 Swiss guest 5215 Swiss guest2 5215 Swiss playThis happens to be the beautiful home of our newest contributor, Candace Tharp. We told you she was obsessed with real estate: two homes in Dallas, and a lake house in East Texas. Girl after our own hearts! The home is listed with Jen Woods at Briggs Freeman Sothebys, asking price is $899,000, which we think might very well be highway robbery circa Bonnie and Clyde!

5215 Swiss will be open this Sunday, January 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. See it to believe it!5215 Swiss plaque


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, 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, and, 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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