Friday Five Hundred: Custom-built Colleyville Charmer Can’t Catch a Break

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WhittierAWe’ve found a great property that just isn’t selling, and we’re not sure why. This prairie-style, two-story house in Colleyville was listed at the end of August, and had a $25,000 price reduction in mid-October to $599,900, but still, no buyer.

Listed by Beverly Spillyards at Ebby Halliday’s Southlake office, this property at 6712 Whittier Lane is a custom-build, one of the first in the Whittier Heights subdivision in 2004. With 4,776 square feet sitting on over a third of an acre of land, this house has a lot of everything. It’s a four bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom house with a three-car garage and all sorts of luxury details. So what’s the deal?

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Part of the problem may be that this is a prairie-style house in a Tudor neighborhood; it’s different from its neighbors. But it’s a $600,000 house sitting in an $800,000 neighborhood, so it’s a good value. And the interior has a lot of aspects we know buyers want.

This house is walking distance to Liberty Elementary School—it’s in the Keller ISD, and this is a family-oriented neighborhood. The downstairs has hardwoods throughout, and tile in the entryway with a vaulted ceiling.

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The downstairs living room, pictured above, is between the entryway and kitchen. It has a gas fireplace and offers the perfect space for entertaining and large parties.

The kitchen is built for some seriously fun cooking, with commercial-grade stainless appliances and a gas range. Of course, there’s granite (would you expect anything else?), but the oversized walk-in pantry is a nice surprise. There’s a built-in refrigerator, built-in wine cooler, double ovens, and a warming drawer. And just off the kitchen is an oversized laundry room, measuring 12 feet by 11 feet. I think that was the size of my first apartment in Austin! (There’s even room for a second refrigerator in there.)

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The master bedroom is downstairs, and at 22 feet by 14 feet, it’s enormous, with its own sitting area and walk-in closets. The ensuite bathroom is also oversized, with marble tile and custom cabinetry.

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Each of the bedrooms upstairs has its own ensuite bathroom, a real rarity. Nearby is the spacious game room, 24 by 18 feet, with a separate media room and wet bar with space for a small refrigerator, so no trips downstairs necessary if you want a soda.

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The back is my favorite part of this property—I love a large, covered porch looking out over a yard. This has landscaping, a sprinkler system, and a privacy fence, as well.

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So why isn’t this Colleyville charmer selling? Could be the time of year—buyers aren’t as motivated in the winter, and several have told Spillyards they might buy in the spring if the house is still available. It could also be that pesky prairie-among-the-Tudors issue I mentioned above. But really, I’m not sure. What do you think?

 

 

Leah Shafer

Leah Shafer is a content and social media specialist, as well as a Dallas native, who lives in Richardson with her family. In her sixth-grade yearbook, Leah listed "interior designer" as her future profession. Now she writes about them, as well as all things real estate, for CandysDirt.com.

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  1. Bill says

    Two words – paint it.
    I think the brick is TOO BRICK (if that makes sense)
    I think a tasteful ivory or pale gray would make it a bit less harsh from the curb.

  2. Jeff Duffey says

    All these homes that can’t “catch a break”….give me a break. The agent priced it too high and didn’t educate their clients about staging and preparation. Paint it, clean it…it won’t help if the home is priced too high. Buyers are smarter than sellers when it comes to value. With such low inventory, if your home hasn’t sold in 60-90 days max, you priced it wrong. Period.

  3. Robyn Guajardo says

    Get rid of the mural, what a turn off as soon as you enter the house.
    Agree with Candy, except for the marble, not a fan!
    I would paint all the wood, the finishes are outdated.

  4. Lisa says

    The cabinet finishes and the marble color looks a little off to me. All the mixing of wood browns, greys in the marble and paint… just don’t do it for me.

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