It’s My Mansion: Updated Azalea Park Ranch Offers Cute Curb Appeal, Cottage Charms

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Think finding a house for under $200K is impossible? Think again. It’s certainly getting much harder, but today, we’ve found a cute cottage in Richardson’s Azalea Park neighborhood that’s totally affordable, super cute, and move-in ready.

The home at 521 Shirley Ct. is an updated ranch, located just east of Central Expressway near E. Main Street and Grove Road. This home has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,267 square feet, built in 1954. It has a wonderful circular floorplan, great staging to show off function and flow, and delightful drive-up appeal.

The curb appeal of this cottage is charmed, with a wide, grassy, irrigated lawn, manicured landscaping, and flower beds.

Inside, there are two two living rooms and hardwood floors run throughout the home, except the bathrooms. There’s a spacious master with a private ensuite bath and lots of windows. The kitchen has tons of white cabinets and stainless steel appliances, including a gas range. The backyard has a gravel grilling area, herb garden, mature shade trees, and a board-on-board fence.

This cottage was listed Sept. 2 by Jennifer Shindler and J.L. Forke with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $189,900.

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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. dormand says

    Many in Preston Hollow would love to have that spacious a back yard.

    In Seattle, this house would be scraped and six homes built on the lot and scarfed up immediately by a voracious
    group of buyers discouraged by losing out on their last two dozen offers to purchase.

  2. Gibberish says

    Stop calling these houses “cottages.” This is not a “cottage.” It is a house. To you it is “cute.” To others it is where they live.

      • Gibberish says

        It invokes realtor vernacular designed to sell houses only. A “Cottage” is “cute” and it’s a “bungalow” (often misused) or it is a “starter house.” All of these imply the house is insufficient and something less of a sufficient house.

        A “cottage” by definition is typically found in rural or almost rural areas which this is not.

        What we “need more of” is real estate folks that describe homes accurately.

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