Best of: Entrepreneur Selling Fab Casa Linda Cottage—Her Change Is Your Gain

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It’s the time of year when we look back on our accomplishments and discoveries for 2016. This Thursday Three Hundred, published March 17, was a favorite of both readers and the author! Enjoy this flashback.

Our Thursday Three Hundred is the home of entrepreneur Rachel O’Connor and her young family. O’Connor is the founder and owner of Party Made Pretty, and she creates all kinds of paper decorations, garlands, and banners.

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Rachel O’Connor and family hate to leave their Casa Linda cottage, but her home-based business is booming and she needs a big studio

Party Made Pretty booming—she’s now filling more than 400 orders a month and her home-based business is busting at the seams. So she, her husband, 18-month-old daughter, and adorable, chubby dog need to move somewhere with a larger dedicated studio space.

Which brings us to their awesome house at 2421 Springhill Dr. near Ferguson Road and Lakeland Drive in East Dallas’ Casa Linda Forest. It would be hard to leave this place, a 3-2 with 2,220 square feet—large for the neighborhood, up on a hill with mature trees and a cute cottage feel.

O’Connor has worked magic with the interior—this is a 1959 home that has vintage charm, but feels modern and livable. The open floorplan makes the front rooms flow into one enormous, welcoming space.

“We changed almost every room in the house in one way or another— the way it was originally set up, we could see the potential for entertaining, but had a tiny galley kitchen,” O’Connor said. “We gutted the kitchen and opened it up and made it one big entertaining area. [Our renos were] centered around common living spaces.”

The backyard is big with a nice patio off the kitchen with a hot tub, and previous owners converted the garage into a bonus room. (This could be a negative for people who want a garage, but it sure makes for more space!)

It was listed March 7 by Kevin Caskey with Dallas City Center Realtors $348,500.

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The Casa Linda neighborhood is a big selling point for this house.

“We’ve always loved East Dallas, being so close to Arboretum and White Rock area,” O’Connor said. “There are tons of small, local business and funky restaurants and if you walk outside after work, you can see tons of families walking their dogs and talking to each other.”

Rustic touches and barnitecture in the decor make this house on trend—love that weather wood accent wall in the living room and wood beams framing the breakfast bar.

The layout features dual masters, which makes for a lot of living options.

“The secondary master is humongous—we had two queens in there at one point and still had tons of room,” she said.

Another thing that catches the eye is the fabulous ceiling texture: totally Midcentury.

This house is priced at $156 per square foot. Nine neighborhood comps average $149 per square foot (median: $139). It’s one of the larger homes, too: the comps average 1,833 square feet. It seems like this house is priced to sell at $348,500, and we won’t be surprised at all to see it go under contract soon. Tell us what you think of this Casa Linda cottage in the comments section!

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