Back in my single days, I loved living in East Dallas. Everything about that part of the city appealed to me, from the proximity to White Rock Lake to the beer biscuits at Barbec’s.
The last place I lived before meeting my husband was one of my favorites, a townhome in Old East Dallas’ Bryan Place, near North Munger Boulevard and Live Oak Street. I worked in downtown Dallas and played in East Dallas, and this townhome made it easy to get everywhere I wanted to go. It is totally walkable, just a short jaunt to Trader Joe’s or restaurants on Lower Greenville. I walked my dog around the neighborhood and marveled at one person’s massive fig tree, visited with other dog owners, and felt completely at home and safe.
The owner, Meredith Moore, is getting married herself and has made some beautiful renovations to my former pad at 5505 Live Oak St. Unit 115, which is our Tuesday Two Hundred. It still has the welcoming red front door, which makes the Bryan Village Condos stand out as you drive down Live Oak Street, but the interior is reimagined. While its address says “Live Oak,” the townhome is actually located on the backside of the U-shaped complex, on Hubert Street, and it’s quiet inside.
“This was my first house I ever bought and I love the crap out of it — I’ve owned it for 10 years and watched the whole neighborhood change,” Moore said. “I would sell this to a friend because we did that kind of a job [with renovations].”
This townhome has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, and 962 square feet on two stories, built in 1982. Let me give you a tour of a place I loved dearly.
This property has an attached two-car garage, but I always parked in front, under one of the many pretty shade trees. Walking past the threshold, the powder room is on the left, as is a closet for a stackable washer-dryer and a pantry. On the right, the kitchen, with white cabinetry, new countertops, and white appliances. There’s a pass-through to the dining-living room, which makes conversation with guests easy.
“We painted the entire place gray and white and redid the floors a slightly darker finish,” Moore said. “The can lights are all LED, because I like my electricity bills low.”
In the expansive main room, you’ll find new wood beadboard on the ceiling, an open staircase with a nook below, hardwood floors, and a wood-burning fireplace with a carved mantel. There are lots of other upgrades, too, like a new roof and new siding in 2014, dual-zone HVAC with new blowers in 2015, R15 insulation, and a smart electric meter. Moore says all these upgrades made for low energy bills: “The most I ever paid was $150, and that was the worst month.”
The door off this room leads to the cozy patio, which I found to be a wonderfully relaxing spot after a long day at work. The space is shaded, but gets enough light for growing a pot of basil or other plants. It’s also got a screen door so you can get fresh air inside without the bugs, and the bottom panel can be replaced with a dog door. The courtyard has pavers and a small strip of pet grass, all with a drainage system.
Upstairs are the two bedrooms, each with its own ensuite full bathroom. The hardwoods extend to these rooms, too, and the sunlight in each space is wonderful.
Another benefit of this Bryan Place townhome? A local homeowner’s association.
“We have a self-managed HOA and I’m actually the president now — we determine what we want to do with our property, not some faceless group of people,” Moore said. “This is a great place — it’s the hottest area of town right now and it’s totally walkable.”
This property was listed March 1 by Sandy Delaunay with Ebby Halliday Realtors for $270,000. HOA dues are $185 per month and include blanket insurance, management fees, reserves, sprinkler system, trash, water/sewer, and maintenance of exterior, common areas, and front yard. I hope whoever buys this Bryan Place townhome will be as happy as I was there.