The increasing property values in East Dallas’ Merriman Park neighborhood are the stuff of happy homeowners.
The house at 6852 Freemont St., our Thursday Three Hundred, is a totally renovated midcentury with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,473 square feet, listed last week by Jennifer Friedman Ackerman with Virginia Cook, Realtors for $399,900, or $162 per square foot.
It was last sold in 2011 for $249,900, or $113 per square foot. That’s big appreciation in four years! This “before” shot of the exterior gives you an idea of the transformation this house has undergone. Hardly looks like the same place. Let’s take a look at the rest of the changes, which include opening up the rooms, a new kitchen, hardwood floors, and contemporary, stylish touches everywhere.
The entryway has major “wow” factor with a new front door that lets in tons of light and, along with a big window, illuminates the formal living room and entry hall. Those beautiful hardwood floors used to end in this room, but now they carry throughout the house, except the bathrooms and a back sunroom.
The staging of this property is commendable—they’re showing off the potential of each room and their many uses.
The kitchen is now built for an aspiring chef, with new quartz counters, a modern backsplash, a skylight, white cabinetry with glass fronts, stainless steel appliances (including a gas cooktop), double ovens, and a breakfast nook big enough for its own intimate party. Pocket doors can separate the kitchen from the formal living room in the front of the house, a thoughtful touch.
It’s rare a utility area is so nice it gets its own billing in a listing, but this one deserves it. The space is between the kitchen and family room, with a glass-front closet for hanging and sorting clothes. The family room has a totally new look, with a recessed ceiling, a wet bar with quartz countertops and a beverage fridge, and views of the swimming pool and landscaped backyard through floor-to-ceiling windows. The fireplace has been painted and expanded, making it a centerpiece of the room, instead of a dingy afterthought in the space. The painted paneling looks smart, as do new doors and windows. The three bedrooms all have new hardwood, fresh paint, and a contemporary look. Both bathrooms are updated, and a sunroom at the rear of the house is a cozy office space overlooking the pool. What a beautiful backyard! The pergola is like a cabana for the swimming pool , and there is space for multiple seating areas in other spaces around the yard. Bamboo and other landscaping makes this space seem private and secluded.
The overall feel of this Merriman Park midcentury is modern and fresh. They’ve nailed it with renovations that turned it from drab to fab and are likely to net a contract in no time.