Lakewood is one of those neighborhoods that offers that small-town, know-your-neighbors experience. Finding a house here, however, is not always easy. Finding one under a million, that’s move- ready, is even harder.
But we’ve done it! Our Friday Five Hundred, at 6926 Kenwood Ave., is a sophisticated Lakewood midcentury home that has been beautifully remodeled. Stephanie Pinkston and Margie Harris with Allie Beth Allman have it listed for $599,000.
Built in 1950, just before the midcentury modern craze, this home, like all post-war homes, is more functional than funky. Remember, these homes were constructed for the soldiers coming home from World War II. They were made affordable by new government legislation.
You’re probably familiar with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans. Yep, that’s where all that began. The legislation refueled the economy and builders could not keep up with demand. So, while these homes were not Mad Men trendy, they were, and continue to be, stable investments. Characterized as sturdy and dependable they included picture windows overlooking the front yard and a kitchen that overlooked the backyard, to keep an eye on the kids, of course.
This adorable two-bedroom, two-bathroom Lakewood midcentury home has all the hallmarks of the dependable post-war house but, with those remarkable updates we all crave.
I mean, have you seriously seen anything this beautifully remodeled in a month of Sundays?
Creating distinguishing features starts at the front door, and this one is decidedly midcentury modern. The facade numbers also add an aesthetic vibe that says “Hey, I’m not your average house!” That’s the beauty of remodeling; you can add those style elements that command attention.
The 1,829-square-foot house has been opened up to create a modern open plan everyone wants, allowing for great sight lines and light to flow through the home.
“The master bedroom is really cool,” Harris said. “Many of these homes don’t have a lot of storage. The sellers maximized storage by adding built-ins and reconfiguring the closets. And check out those clever updates to the closet exteriors—immediate update!”
“The 6900 block of Kenwood is very desirable,” Harris said. “This block has larger lots so you can easily add on to the back or go up. You can walk to Lakewood Park and White Rock Lake. It’s also a bike ride from Lakewood Elementary School. It’s a lovely unique property, and we don’t think it will last long!” Neither do we!
Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years. She’s been a professional writer for 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying music at The University of Miami. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com.