Nestled into a grove of mature trees on a double lot in the Parks Estates section of East Dallas lies a stunning Tudor treasure at 6347 Tremont Street. Built in 1927 by Dines & Kraft, it overlooks the Lakewood Country Club and is absolute perfection. David Bush has the two-story, four-bedroom, three-full-and-one-half-bath Tudor listed for $1.65 million.
“One of the great things about this home is that it’s a mid ‘20s Tudor with all the original architecture, and a downstairs master,” Bush said. “That’s almost impossible to find.”
The house underwent two remodels over the years. The transition between the original home and additions are seamless.
Owners Julie and Ford Keith bought the house in 1997 knowing they would put their own stamp on it.
“I loved the setting of the house,” Ford said. “It’s just beautiful, sitting in the midst of all those trees. Although we’re in an urban environment, it feels estate-like.”
A family room and a completely new kitchen were added shortly after they purchased the home. About six years ago they hired Rick Carter to add a master suite and a downstairs game room with a vaulted ceiling leading to the second floor living area and secret room — more about that later — increasing the square footage to 4,256.
If you’re going to be in construction mode, you might as well go full tilt, so they decided to erect an enormous three-car garage with an apartment above at the same time.
The original part of the home is what everyone longs for in an East Dallas Tudor. Plaster coved ceilings, Batchelder tile fireplaces, and at least one original bathroom, because we all need a 1920s pink-and-green-tile bathroom, otherwise, what’s the point of buying vintage? The remodeled bathrooms look like they should be on Houzz.com or in the pages of Architectural Digest.
The Keiths added a Japanese soaking tub to their master bathroom, which also sports radiant-floor heating, after seeing one at a friend’s home. If you are not familiar with the concept, these tubs are extra deep and always put in a wet environment, as the whole idea is the water will run over the top. This one sits a full foot-and-a-half below grade, so you step down into it and sit on a built–in seat.
“It’s very luxurious, frankly it’s a bit decadent,” Ford said. “We have this big spout of water that comes out of the ceiling to fill it up, and of course, we put in a tankless water heater so you never run out of hot water. You get in and you could stay there all day.”
Oh, and it’s designed for two, so that’s a deal-sealer right there.
The second-floor study and home office area has a built-in bookcase. That bookcase leads to the secret room we mentioned. How cool is that? A secret room! Right now the family uses it for crafts and storage, but at 17 x 17, it’s large enough to be another generous bedroom.
The guest house is over 800 square feet with a full kitchen and bath. It has a huge terrace that overlooks the grounds on one side and the country club on the other. It’s a perfect perch for Fourth of July fireworks.
“I was very pleased with the way the garage apartment turned out. Our kids loved it and when they were younger, hung out there constantly,” Ford said.
Of course this area would make a great nanny flat or even an Airbnb rental, so buyers take note.
The backyard is made for entertaining. It was designed by Glenn Puddy with multiple tiered patios. A gas firepit and outdoor kitchen add comfort and practically to the lush setting. There’s even a treehouse for the kids.
The Parks family settled the neighborhood in the 1920s. If you’ve been in this neck of the woods for any amount of time, you’ll know their home was the former East Dallas YMCA.
“Mr. Parks was one of the original members of Lakewood Country Club,” Bush said. “To incentivize buyers he offered the lot next door to a purchased property as part of the deal as well as a free membership to the club.”
We’re sorry to say that perk ended in the mid 1960s, but those double lots remain an amazing bonus.
This is one of those homes we know won’t be on the market long, so if you’re looking for an urban oasis in the Lakewood School District, minutes from the Dallas Arts District and White Rock Lake, give David Bush a call sooner rather than later.