A few years ago, Susan and Clay Phillips were looking for a bigger house. Their young family was growing, and they didn’t want to leave the neighborhood. When they spotted this gorgeous 1948 M Streets English Tudor at 6359 McCommas Boulevard, they knew they had found their next home.
As with most vintage homes, unless they have been remodeled, they don’t usually accommodate a large family. However, the Bella Vista Company, known for their sensitivity to period homes, had taken this one down to the studs in 2007. The remodel included adding a second story resulting in 2,960 square feet of gracious family living.
“We loved the area and didn’t want to leave,” Susan said. “The house is beautiful but what sealed the deal for me was the fact that it was the total package. Not only did it offer four bedrooms and four bathrooms, but they were all so spacious, and there were great closets.”
Three bedrooms are on the second floor while the fourth is essentially a private suite on the first floor, absolutely perfect for visiting relatives. There’s a home office off of the living area, also with a private bathroom so think about that — it could easily be another bedroom. There is an enormous amount of space in this home. But let’s get back to the closets. Seldom have we seen a house with this much closet space.
“They say closets sell a house, and this was a big part of the package for us,” Susan said. “Each bedroom has a large, walk-in closet, and the room we use as a nursery has three! I love having plenty of places to tuck away toys and linens.”
There’s also a great flow to the house that allows for easy entertaining but still maintains an air of intimacy. The kitchen overlooks the breakfast and den area, as well as the sizable deck and backyard, making it easy to keep an eye on the kids and this is certainly a kid-friendly home and neighborhood.
“There is a butterfly garden around our block on the corner of Alderson and Malcolm that my kid’s love,” Susan said. “There are neighborhood cookouts and a Little Free Library a couple of blocks down where we stop and borrow books. St. Thomas Aquinas is nearby and Tietze Park. We are really within walking distance to so many fun family activities. I’m going to miss that!”
The neighborhood is also served by one of the top public elementary schools in DISD, Stonewall Jackson and is in the J.L Long and Woodrow Wilson High School feeder pattern.
“We love our wide, tree-lined street, with smooth sidewalks perfect for strollers and scooters. Despite being a “boulevard,” McCommas is a quiet and very friendly street. Every time we walk out the door we visit with neighbors.”
Now that the family has expanded to three boys, it’s time to leave what has been the perfect home. However, it’s good news if you are looking for a great house in an excellent neighborhood.
Pam Dyer with Allie Beth Allman & Associates has the home listed for $789,000, and you can get a peek on Sunday.
Open House Sunday, March 26, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
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