Sometimes people just get it completely right when they put their home on the market. The updates are spot on, the colors are great and the house has just the right amount of furniture, so it’s not detracting from the architecture but enhancing it. I can tell you after having staged thousands of homes and after trolling through hundreds of homes each day on MLS to find something blog-worthy, that this is not the norm. So it’s more than refreshing when a picture-perfect home pops up on my screen, and 5635 Monticello is just that.
In fact, we’re sure that if we had to measure this home up, we’d get something like this:
This is a fabulous, move-in ready Tudor is tucked into Greenland Hills — one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Dallas. The neighborhood was planned and developed all at one time, unlike a lot of neighborhoods that have been created in phases. The houses are, in general, variations on the English Tudor cottage style. This lends a distinct and cohesive look to the area and the fact it’s now a Conservation District means no one can throw up a zero-lot-line monstrosity next door.
With three bedrooms and two bathrooms it’s the perfect size, and well placed for a young family as it’s only five minutes to Stonewall Jackson Elementary School. Skylar Champion and Heather Guild of Dave Perry Miller Real Estate have the 2,254-square-foot beauty listed for $599,900.
I am a bit of a Tudor aficionado, with pretty high standards for remodels, and I’m happy to say this exceeds my expectations. The Rookwood tile fireplace is one of those essential features on every Tudor lover’s checklist. If you can find an original, you’re halfway home. Tudor archways are another must-have, and this home has two — one between the sun porch entry and the other dividing the living and dining rooms. French doors let the light stream through the space and show off those gorgeous hardwoods to gleaming perfection.
There is a super cozy breakfast nook with a built-in bench and cabinetry. It’s a spot you’ll have to be pried out of once you’re settled in with The New York Times and a giant cuppa. The efficient, clean lined galley kitchen is a great example of how to maximize workspace without skimping on style.
The two downstairs bedrooms are both generously sized — in fact, I mistook one for the master until I got a glimpse upstairs. We’ve all seen attic renovations and most of them leave a lot to be desired, but this one is really well done. The best thing about this sort of renovation is it brings in an eclectic English charm with the varying heights of the ceiling and the creation of nooks and window seats as well as the clever built-ins.
There’s a large landscaped backyard with a deck, great for entertaining groups of all ages. I’ll be surprised if this one lasts until the open house this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.