Every week, as I research this Tuesday Two Hundred column, and I can always count on finding lots of properties in the $200,000 to $300,000 price range in three Dallas locations: East of White Rock Lake, Northwest Dallas inside 635, and North Oak Cliff.
Certain neighborhoods rarely show up, like the location of today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 6424 E. Lovers Ln. This Ridgewood Park Midcentury near Lovers and Abrams is in a sweet spot. It’s two blocks from Greenville Avenue and Central Expressway, 1.5 miles from White Rock Lake, 6.5 miles from downtown, and 8 miles from Love Field.
The number speak to the neighborhood’s desirability: Comps on nine nearby properties show an average price-per-square-foot of $205, and an average sale price of $320,436. This house is $170 per square foot, listed by Sandy Maltese with DFW Urban Realty, LLC for $299,900, reduced from $325,000.
Ridgewood Park is bounded by Lovers Lane, Abrams, Fisher Road, and the DART Blue Line on the south. The area feels friendly and safe, and an active neighborhood association hosts family-centered activities like an Easter egg hunt, block parties, Halloween gathering, and July 4th parade.
This house is right on Lovers Lane, which is a six-lane street west of Abrams, but narrows to two lanes east of Abrams, where the home is located. That’s good news for potential buyers, because it indicates less traffic. Across the street is an elementary school.
Let’s take a closer look at this Ridgewood Park Midcentury.
The curb appeal is pretty neutral, a blank slate for the next owners to enliven. The photos don’t show two large Bradford pear trees near the street’s sidewalk, and we only have a small glimpse of another mature tree in the front yard. The pink brick has an architectural feel, with a decorative rectangle built into the wall, and three permanent planters along the facade. With the unadorned windows and low-sloping roof, the house has a distinctly structural look, typical of the era in which it was built.
The house is a 2-2.5 with 1,754 square feet. The interior, like the exterior, has a neutral feel and good bones. Original hardwood floors run through much of the house, and carpeting hides them in the bedrooms and hallway. Sounds like a home improvement project waiting to happen.
The front living room and dining room are one large space, with recessed lights and clean lines.
The kitchen is surprisingly large, with an eat-in area and door leading to the backyard. The cabinets are original and in good shape, as are the tile counters. New tile floor is modern and bright.
A den off the kitchen feels a little cut off—opening up that space between the kitchen and den would offer a lot of possibilities. But as it is, the windows flood the room with light and the view of the backyard is lovely.
The crowning glory of the master bedroom is actually its bathroom. Whoo, those are some gloriously retro pink-and-gray tiles. Built-in cabinets and a vanity add needed storage.
The second bedroom and study are joined by a door. Like I mentioned before, there’s hardwood under that carpet, just waiting to be revealed.
The other two bathrooms, a full bathroom with a shower (more original tiles!) and a powder room, make this house stand out against other 1950’s properties, which often have just one.
In the backyard is a detached two-car garage, an arbor-covered patio, and pecan and peach trees. A dog run along the side, and the play gym/swing set is negotiable with the sale of the house.
If this isn’t enough outdoor space, the nearby Ridgewood Park on Trammel Drive is 10.9 acres with a playground, garden, sculpture area, outdoor basketball court, picnic pavilion, sprayground, tennis court, and trails. The Ridgewood/Belcher Recreation Center on the property has a fitness center.
Exciting to find this Ridgewood Park Midcentury in the $200K range—leave a comment with your thoughts!