This Charming Lakewood Cottage is a Perfect Starter Home

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Lakewood Cottage 6910-wildgrove-ave-dallas-tx-MLS-1 copyLakewood is a neighborhood that’s hard to leave. It’s also one that’s hard to get into — at a price point south of a million dollars. So, when this charming Lakewood cottage at 6910 Wildgrove Avenue popped up in our email, there was a flurry of excitement here at

This cutie is not even listed in MLS yet. If you’re in the market for the perfect starter home or are downsizing back into the neighborhood, your hand should already be reaching for your cell phone. We’re sure Allie Beth Allman listing agents Santina Kornajcik and Nancy Dietrich are going to have a hard time keeping up with calls about this one. At $625,000 it won’t be around long.

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In 2008 a developer bought the 1941 Lakewood cottage from the original homeowner. It’s always refreshing to see a sympathetic renovation that stays faithful to the nature of a home. The house is now 1,770 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Many original details were preserved, such as the wonderful hardwood floor border, and the built-ins in the dining room. Lakewood Cottage 6910-wildgrove-ave-dallas-tx-MLS-10 copy

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Although Godfrey uses the third bedroom as a home office, it’s perfect for a nursery.

The kitchen was updated with subway tile and Carrara marble — a classic look. Keeping hardwoods in the kitchen is inspired. Retaining one style of flooring throughout a home always creates a greater sense of space. And who doesn’t love a hardwood floor in a kitchen?

Lauren Godfrey is only the third owner of the cottage. When she was looking for her first home in 2013 and discovered Lakewood, there was no need to look further.

“I fell in love with the area,” Godfrey said. “It’s breathtaking when you enter the neighborhood, especially in the fall. You don’t feel like you’re in the city with all of these trees. I can walk the dogs to White Rock Lake, and I’m only 11 minutes from downtown and the Arts District.”

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Godfrey added her touch with gorgeous colors. The bedroom is painted with Behr’s Mirror Ball and Best in Show on the accent wall.

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Godfrey used Ralph Lauren’s Bespoke in the guest room


6910-wildgrove-ave-dallas-tx-MLS-25Lakewood is also one of the friendliest neighborhoods you’ll find in Dallas. We weren’t kidding when we mentioned people don’t like to leave. When they do, they come back. Two of Godfrey’s neighbors grew up here and moved back to their original childhood homes.

This particular area of the neighborhood is filled with original homes, and as it’s located just off of Auburn, the only traffic will be your neighbors and of course a lot of kids and dogs!

Although Godfrey is wistful about leaving the neighborhood, wedding bells beckon, and you never know, she may be back one day in the future — because it’s Lakewood!

Open House: April 23, 1-3 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


Karen Eubank

Karen is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and a professional writer for over 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying for his masters at The New England Conservatory of Music. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap.

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