Friday Four Hundred: Gorgeous Historic Craftsman-style Prairie Home in Peak Suburban Addition

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4826 Swiss Front

Just southwest of the storied homes on Swiss Avenue lies a more intimate, less popular Swiss Avenue in the gorgeous Gaston Heights neighborhood. Bounded by North Fitzhugh Ave. on the northeast and Peak on the southwest, sandwiched between Live Oak and Worth Street, is a lovely little enclave of historic homes that enjoys a distinction as Peak’s Suburban Addition.

This is a fantastic neighborhood for people who want an urban environment where you can see downtown from Gaston Avenue, and yet you can enjoy a quiet, walkable neighborhood close to shopping and mass transit. And there’s Jimmy’s Food Store just down Fitzhugh if you’re craving a Cuban sandwich. Man, that makes me hungry!


4826 Swiss Entry

4826 Swiss Kitchen

4826 Swiss Breakfast

4826 Swiss Living

4826 Swiss Living Gameroom

But today’s Friday Four Hundred sits on Swiss Avenue and is a beauty to behold. It’s a Craftsman-style Prairie Four-square that is just pristine! I love what the owners have done with this home, which is incorporate just a touch of modern amenities, upgrading critical issues, and yet maintaining the character of the home. At 4826 Swiss Ave. you get a large main house, a smaller guest house, a four-car garage with work space above, and gated entry. It’s marketed by Clay Stapp + Co. Realtor Angela Antonson for $499,900.

This neighborhood was once a very popular middle- and working-class neighborhood in the 1920s and 1930s, when the streetcars ran up and down many thoroughfares and criss-crossed downtown Dallas. Many of the larger manors were converted to apartments and sometimes boarding houses. Since then, the 22-block neighborhood has experienced a revitalization, with people moving in and taking on massive projects to help preserve the homes in this amazing neighborhood, one of the first residential developments in Dallas.

The district was once part of a plantation settled by Mexican War veteran Jefferson Peak who became a pioneer in Dallas real estate development,” according to Preservation Dallas. “In anticipation of suburban expansion in the far eastern sector of East Dallas, Jefferson Peak and his son, Junius, subdivided the family plantation into 16 blocks, portions of which were sold as Peak’s Suburban Addition beginning in 1879. Streets were named after the Peak children: Worth, Carroll, Junius, Victor and Flora.”

4826 Swiss Master Bedroom

4826 Swiss Master Bath

4826 Swiss Main House 2nd Bath

4826 Swiss Deck

4826 Swiss Deck to Backyard

Like I said, much of this home’s historic character remains. Inside the main house you’ll find large living spaces, a re-done kitchen that is functional and open, a breakfast area with a wall of French doors, and good-sized bedrooms with closets. Now, there’s also a guest house in the back that has two stories, with a bedroom and bath above a living and kitchen area. That provides a significant rental income opportunity for a smart buyer. Or if you’ve got family abroad that visits for long periods, this is a fabulous spot for them to stay.

The backyard features a huge deck, a hot tub, a koi pond, and a full privacy fence. It’s a lovely, functional urban home with tons of character! What a fabulous opportunity!

4826 Swiss Guesthouse Living

4826 Swiss Guesthouse Kitchen

4826 Swiss Backyard Koi Pond

4826 Swiss Garage


Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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  1. dormand says

    If you are a foodie, from this location it is an easy walk to the storefront where many of the city’s very top chefs source their epicurean produce.

    You might look at the piece in the DMN in which Dean Fearing mentioned that he sources his veggie at Tom Spicer’s FM 1410 Farm to Market Produce. It is at 1410 Fitzhugh, around the corner from Jimmie’s Market.

    There is no sign and there probably are no parking spots, but Tom’s place is between the two Urbano dining facilities. If you can get a reservation and some ear plugs, I recommend Urbano, but it is LOUD!!!

    There is nothing cheap at Tom Spicer’s but each piece is the absolutely highest quality available and was probably picked that morning. There is no waste as you only have to buy what you need for your meal.
    If you only need three world class squash for your special dinner, three world class squash is what you get.

    If you are going to Rudolf’s Meat Market for your steaks for a special dinner, Tom Spicer’s FM 1410 is the place to get your veggies.



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