Craftsman homes are a distinctly American style. Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, architects in California at the turn of the century, are credited as being instrumental in creating the look we associate with the Craftsman bungalow. The low-pitched, gabled roofs are well suited to warm climates, so it’s not surprising that once people started seeing this new look in magazines it transitioned quickly from California to Texas.
From 1905 through the 1920s, the Craftsman bungalow became the most popular style of small house in America. Lucky for us, Dallas still has plenty of these homes, many beautifully restored like our Friday Four Hundred at 5823 Richmond Avenue, listed by Eve Holder of Keller Williams for $450,000.
Built in 1926, the 1,696-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in the Belmont Suburban Addition near Lowest Greenville has been carefully maintained over the years and beautifully updated without losing any of its character. You can tell the signature wrap-around front porch has been the perfect spot to catch a breeze, have a lemonade, and visit with the neighbors for past generations and many to come.
These homes were so well designed that they’re just as popular today as they were in the ‘20s. A new generation is finding the open layout — considered innovative back then — is perfect for today’s lifestyle. Simple and practical design considerations like built-in bookcases flanking the fireplaces, a hallmark of Craftsman homes, are another timeless element.
The kitchen has been renovated in a manner that retains the period charm, with a dine-in butcher block counter and open shelving, yet offers the latest in modern conveniences. Quartz countertops, a Viking professional gas range, a Bosch silent dishwasher, and an ultra-cool Kohler touchless, pull–down faucet, are all going to be large factors in your entertainment future. If you don’t cook now, buying this house will definitely inspire you to consider culinary endeavors.
Outdoor entertaining has become a large factor in home purchases. Having a decent-sized backyard for parties, kids and dogs is important. This one is large enough for a huge gathering and in fact, you could easily install a pool and still have plenty of green space.
Just a block and a half from Greenville Avenue, the location could not be better. Trader Joe’s, Steel City Pops, and a whole host of great shops and restaurants are within walking distance and you can be in the Arts District in under 15 minutes. Perfect house, perfect location, great price, what are you waiting for?