Elmwood Cottage Elevates Rustic-Chic Style with Imaginative Renovations

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If you appreciate a house with history, character, and serious style, then feast your eyes on our Thursday Three Hundred, which has all in abundance.

The 1924 Elmwood cottage at 1227 Lansford Ave. is a masterpiece, a perfect marriage of its vintage charms with modern amenities, creating a stylish farmhouse look for just over $300K. It totally nails to “barnitecture” trend. And like any farmhouse, this house has wonderful outdoor spaces — the front of the home overlooks the Elmwood greenbelt and Cedar Creek, and the backyard has a large entertaining areas and firepit.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,516 square feet, fully reimagined with an decorator’s eye: think hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, shiplap walls and ceilings, and chic barn doors.

It was listed June 24 by Brian Davis with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $319,000.

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From the front of the house, you can see the Elmwood greenbelt, with Cedar Creek, and a field of wildflowers.

Elmwood is in North Oak Cliff, about six miles south of downtown Dallas. It’s close enough to Bishop Arts and Jefferson Boulevard to “bask in their momentum,” so the location is prime.

The neighborhood offers a diverse range of architectural styles, including Tudor cottages, Craftsman bungalows, and ranch-style homes, built mostly from the 1920s to 1950s. Bounded roughly by the DART Red Line, Illinois Avenue, Polk Street, and Hampton Road, Elmwood surrounds a central greenbelt (visible from the front porch of this home) and is full of mature shade trees and gently rolling hills, with Cedar Creek meandering through the area.

This cottage has cute curb appeal, with elevated location, mature landscaping, and big trees. The house has new low-E windows and a new front door with beveled glass. The living room is gorgeous, with a vaulted ceiling, decorative brick fireplace, built-in shelving, and shiplap paneling to add character. Hello, rustic charm! The room is filled with natural light, and additional brightness is provided by recessed lights and a trendy orb chandelier. There are also built-in speakers above the windows. One room back, the dining room wows with a retro gold chandelier.

The kitchen features a large farmhouse sink, gas cooking, new stainless steel appliances, herringbone tile backsplash, pretty pendant lights, butcherblock counters, and a large island with breakfast bar. The whole space is perfectly on point.

The center hallway of this home is clad in shiplap on the walls and ceiling, and includes both a coat closet and a linen closet. An on-trend barn door provides privacy between the master bedroom and ensuite bathroom, which looks luxe with a twin set of shower heads and sprayers in the beautifully tiled shower. The vanity has a marble countertop, and a set of barn doors lead to the large walk-in closet with custom shelving system and tiled floors. Built-in shelving also allows the guest room to easily serve as a home office, with views to the greenbelt. The guest bathroom doesn’t play second fiddle, with its elegant tile work and a shower system with multiple nozzles and sprayers.

The family room at the rear of the home features French doors with built-in blinds, leading to the backyard, clerestory window, and barn doors allowing for the space to be closed off and used as a third bedroom.

An impressive backyard offers raised area of grass, and a carport that can also serve as a covered entertaining area. The backyard is filled with mature trees, a brick firepit, brand new fence and gate, and direct access to both the kitchen and family room for easy entertaining. The home is within easy walking and biking distance to the Tyler/Vernon DART rail station, as well.

If you’re interested in this reimagined Elmwood cottage, you’re going to have to get in line: it went under contract three days after it went on the market. And no wonder with its looks, location =, and list price: this home is the whole package.

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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 CandysDirt.com.

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