For today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we’re venturing to the East Dallas neighborhood of Eastwood. The house at 8917 Sweetwater Dr. just hit the market last week and is simply lovely, from its well-imagined floorplan and thoughtful details like built-ins, to totally renovated kitchen and bathrooms and towering shade trees on the lot.
This 1962 ranch was just listed last week and went under contract within days—one look inside and you’ll see why. The neighborhood is also a big selling point: Eastwood is minutes southeast of White Rock Lake, near the Claremont area. (There’s a better-known neighborhood nearby also called Eastwood, which is roughly bounded by East Lake Highlands, Peavy, Garland Road, and Easton. Not that same area as this one.)
It’s a three bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house with 1,986 square feet, listed by Patricia Sterling at The Michael Group Real Estate for $265,000.
I love the curb appeal of this house, with the green grass, painted brick and a new roof installed this month, along with beautiful shade trees. But for the love of man, get that metal security gate off the front door. Nothing screams, “You’re in Scarytown!” like bars over a door, and in the case of this neighborhood, it’s not true.
To the right of entryway is the large formal living/dining room. They’ve made a bold move, with the deep gray on the walls, and it looks modern, especially with the hardwood floors, sparkly chandelier, and chic furniture. They’ve staged the entire house well to emphasize entertaining possibilities, as well as cozy areas for relaxation.
The second living area has a large woodburning fireplace, painted beams on the ceiling, recessed lights, and lots of original built-ins. The sliding glass door leads to the backyard, and the doors in the room are to the entryway and the kitchen.
The kitchen is a total reno, and it feels spacious and stylish, with custom cabinets with brushed nickel hardware and under-counter lights that shine on the Caesarstone quartz countertops. The stainless steel appliances are by Bosch (oven, cooktop, and dishwasher), and the stone backsplash looks adds to the contemporary look. The natural stone tile floor visually connects the kitchen to the breakfast area, with its built-ins and new light.
The master bedroom is 14-by-14 with walk-in closets, recessed lights, and ceiling fan. The bathroom is another big reno, with glass tiles, Corian countertops, and new hardware and lights.
The other two bedrooms and two bathrooms (one of them a powder room) are freshly painted and updated.
The backyard makes me happy, with all those trees and grass for kids or pets. The patio has space for a table and grill, and the nearby two-car garage has a new door, installed this month.
The owners of this Eastwood house made smart renovation choices and staged it beautifully, which undoubtedly helped with the quick contract—buyers respond to a beautifully presented space, and there’s no doubt this fits that description.