Before and After: Lake Park Estates Home Transformed Into Fabulous Space

Lake Park Estates

We love a good “before and after,” and today’s Thursday Three Hundred is a beautiful example of renovations done right.

The home at 1010 Tipperary Dr. just hit the market Monday morning, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, built in 1953. The owners updated the entire space, but the kitchen received the most dramatic transformation. It went from clunky and outdated to dreamy and bright with lots of desirable amenities. Kitchens sell houses, and the owners put their renovation dollars in the right places with their work in 2015.

Located in Lake Park Estates, this home is near N. Buckner Boulevard and E. Lake Highlands Drive. The smart layout maximizes the modest footprint and it feels much bigger than its 1,286 square feet, in part due to the abundant natural light, fresh paint in shades of white, and crisp plantation shutters. This listing won’t last long, so let’s take a look before it gets snatched up.

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Lake Park Estates is a neighborhood in Old Lake Highlands, with 288 homes built mostly in the 1950s and 1960s. The neighborhood includes ranch-style homes, Austin stone homes, and eclectic houses designed by notable architects like Glen Allen Galaway, a protégé of modernist Philip Johnson.

All but one of the streets in the area are named after Irish locations or themes: Athlone, Bridget, County Cork, Donegal, Erin, Galway, Kilarney, Limerick, Tipperary, Tralee, Waterford, and Wicklow. Lake Park Estates is close to the northeast shores of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum, and Casa Linda Shopping Center. This particular property is just one block from the Dixon Branch Greenbelt Park, almost 71 acres of gardens, trails, picnic tables, and a nature observation platform.

With adorable curb appeal, this house has a cottage feel, from the painted brick in a soft sage to the crisp white eaves and an arching shade tree near the street.

The front living room gives you the first glimpse of the hardwoods, which flow throughout the home, except the bathrooms, where there is tile. No carpet in sight. This area has recessed lights and flows to the dining area, which looks over the backyard through sliding glass doors. Big changes from the dark red room it was to the bright, light space it is today.

Stroll from the dining area into the kitchen and feast your eyes on the new custom cabinets and under-cabinet lights, Italian quartz and butcher block countertops, white subway tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances, including a gas range. It’s a crisp, clean aesthetic with a touch of farmhouse appeal.

Other features of the house include a new tankless water heater, sprinkler system, storage shed, and a 25-by-18 wood deck in the large, landscaped backyard with mature trees.

This home was listed Jan. 6 by Phillip Tilger with Nathan Grace Real Estate for $357,000. There is an open house Sunday, Feb. 12 from 2-4 p.m.

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6 Comment

  • mm

    What a cutie! I can’t believe how much this area has appreciated, though. I remember when people were shocked to see these homes listed in the upper $200k range.

  • It just looks to me like a can of white exploded all over the interior (which I guess is better than a can of gray?). Finishes seem sharp and cold. The deck needs paint/stain touchup. The bushes in front entry landscape bed obscure that nice window. Brown garage door might look better and match the shutters. Nice size yard.

  • I thought the kitchen was fine. Yes the red needed to go. I still do not know if I like non-carpet in bedrooms. I think it looks good and of course you can add a rug but I feel it makes the room cold. Plus is it a slip hazard if you you leave a shirt or something on the floor?

    • I agree — the “before” kitchen was warm, felt solid and well-constructed, with nice finishes and materials. Perhaps just updating the cabinet hardware and adding pops of color with accessories would have been fine. The “after” kitchen is cold, sharp, and IMHO looks cheap. Reminds me of IKEA kits.

    • mm

      I had hardwoods in our previous home and about to rip out my bedroom carpet and have them again. Should I?
      We never slipped on the floors, but “dented” them when bottles etc. fell.

      • Yes, you should. If you need softness, get a rug. I don’t miss carpeted bedrooms at all.

        And the original kitchen had 30″ uppers and nothing but dust catching space above it. Check the oven wall. No big deal to lose what was there.