I was sitting at dinner last night here in New York City with a man who lives in 1600 square feet with a family of four in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Very much a millennial, he told me that he and his wife made several conscious decisions when they bought their home: they wanted charm, character, and proximity. They did not want to drive. They wanted a park nearby where they could walk as a family. As we talked, I found the underlying drive (pardon my pun) behind this desire to walk: time. Millenials sure learned from their parents that time is the most precious resource on earth. And they sure as hell don’t want to spend it in a car.
So I present a home that is compact by most Dallas/North Texas standards, but close-in and walkable to several parks, because it is located in a Dallas neighborhood that is one BIG park: Greenway Park. 5412 Neola comes in just under 3,000 square feet and is filled with old fashioned charm and good looks — moldings, materials, nooks and crannies, original tile in impeccable condition, and even a screened sleeping porch! But it has also been renovated to 21st century functionality. This nugget just came on the market just this week, fresh meat, and listed with Allie Beth Allman’s Judy Willingham.
You get 2998 square feet but everything you need: four bedrooms (all upstairs), three full baths and powder, kitchen that was gutted and handsomely re-fashioned. I am particularly found of the marble countertops and beautiful woodwork. I am also gaga over the neat breakfast nook: antique table and two built-in benches as seating. Banquette dining is one of my favorite warm touches in a home and a huge space saver. The screened sleeping porch is off one bedroom upstairs and overlooks the large yard. Yes, all the bedrooms are upstairs, but guess what, millennials use their legs!
The home is on .28 leafy acres with huge trees and mature landscaping. With the close-in location hugging the Park Cities, consider this dirt as part of your 401K.
Huge bonus: this home comes with a two-room guest house with full bath. Lease it to a medical student, or use it for a home business. 5412 Neola could be a millennial’s dream: run your business from a home office, walk from the office to home a few steps away and get a move on to take your kids to the soccer game… right down the street! Asking $1,599,000, listed with Judy Willingham.