Chapel Downs Reno Offers Light-Filled Interior in Hot Dallas Neighborhood

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3309 Citation AToday’s Thursday Three Hundred takes us to Northwest Dallas, to a friendly, spacious, 1962 ranch, updated with modern amenities, but retaining lots of original charm.

Located at 3309 Citation Dr., near Walnut Hill and Webb Chapel, this home is 2,254 square feet with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a powder room. This house, like the others in the Chapel Downs neighborhood, is a pleasant space with great curb appeal; comfortable front, back, and side yards with mature trees; and plenty of green grass. It’s perfectly suited for a family.3309 Citation BChapel Downs is a neighborhood of 334 homes established in the early 1960s. The original developer was a horse racing fan and named many of the streets after winning ponies at the Kentucky Derby, like Carry Back (1961 Kentucky Derby and Preakness), Citation (1948 Triple Crown Winner), Venetian Way (1960 Kentucky Derby), and Pensive (1944 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes).

Most homes here are single-story ranch-style homes ranging from 2,000 to 2,500 square feet. The borders of Chapel Downs are loosely Walnut Hill Lane on the south, Webb Chapel Road to the East, Carry Back Circle to the North, and Goodyear Drive to West.

This home was listed Nov. 11 by Chris Columbus with Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors for $369,000.

chapel downs dallas chapel downs dallas chapel downs dallas chapel downs dallas chapel downs dallasStarting with the exterior, the owners repainted the house and hired professional landscapers to trim trees, put in new grass where needed, and new shrubs. There are also exterior LED lights and a new stone walkway leading up to the house’s new front door. They also replaced the HVAC.

Entering this home, you’re greeted by an expansive front room and two-sided brick fireplace. Original brickwork remains intact, and three large windows flood the area with light. The entryway has new marble floors (as do the bathrooms and utility room), and new engineered hardwood floors run through the common areas, with new carpeting in the bedrooms. The whole house has fresh paint in a neutral palette, as well as new wall texture and crown molding in certain areas. There are also all new ceiling and light fixtures and ceiling fans throughout, and all new interior doors.chapel downs dallas chapel downs dallas chapel downs dallas chapel downs dallas 3309 Citation L 3309 Citation M 3309 Citation NOn the other side of the front room is a large living room (24-by-13) with a wall of windows looking out onto the backyard. Original built-in cabinets are situated to the right of the fireplace. To the left, the brick extends onto the wall.

The kitchen is completely new—what was there before was the original 1962 installment. Now it’s updated with lots of new cabinets, quartz countertops and backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and an island gas range and contemporary hood.

The nearby utility room has built-in cabinets, a full-size washer-dryer area, and hookups for either an electric or gas dryer.chapel downs dallas chapel downs dallas 3309 Citation Q 3309 Citation R 3309 Citation S 3309 Citation T 3309 Citation UThe three bedrooms are about the size you’d expect in an early 1960’s house: cozy, but big enough for all the necessities. The three bathrooms are completely updated. In the master, a garden soaker tub and frameless glass shower. All three have marble on floors and walls, custom vanities, decorative backsplashes, framed mirrors, and new toilets. 3309 Citation V 3309 Citation W 3309 Citation XThe backyard also benefitted from the landscaping, with new beds and shrubs to complement the mature shade trees. The attached two-car garage has a new door and opener, as well.

The list of updates for the Chapel Downs home is impressive. The owners have spent a lot of effort and money updating this house to make the most of the space. Tell us your thoughts in the comments.



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

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  1. Monica says

    This is such a great home, but those bathroom vanities are AWFUL! This needs to represent a modern appeal, not a “vanilla” traditional one. Some flippers really don’t understand how to do a flip that represents the character of the home. That kitchen is awful. They should have gutted it and added in more modern look and opened it up. Sad

  2. mmCandy Evans says

    Our very first home was on Ainsworth a bit east of this area. We just loved living there. The backyards are huge and loaded with trees. I had no idea the streets were named after Kentucky Derby winners! Great detail! PS: The Dallas Morning News’ Rudolph Bush is a neighbor.

  3. Amy Patrick says

    How did I not know where those streets got their names? My maternal grandparents lived on Venetian Way for the first twenty-odd years of my life.

    That fireplace is definitely original!! Strong memories of playing with dolls on a brick hearth just like that. 🙂

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