A friend of mine is looking to buy a house in the under-$300K range in Dallas and it is proving to be incredibly difficult and frustrating. In her experience, homes in that range go under contract lightning fast and almost always for over asking price. Sometimes there’s even a cash offer as competition.
I’ve had the same realization writing this Tuesday Two Hundred column for the last few years. I’ll find a property over the weekend and by Monday, it’s got an active open contract. The prettier the place, the bigger the interest.
So I’m predicting huge activity around today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 1603 Homewood Pl. The midcentury design elements and cute curb appeal of this Elmwood cottage will have buyers speed-dialing their Realtor for a showing. From the red brick and turquoise front door to the light-filled and renovated interior, it hits all the “must haves” and a lot of the “would be nice,” too.
This home has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,236 square feet on one story, built in 1954. Let’s take a look!
The Elmwood area of Oak Cliff used to be the 640-acre Tennessee Dairy Farm. The area offers gently rolling, tree-shaded hills sit above the banks of Cedar Creek. This house is close to Elmwood Parkway, a 16-acre park with trails, playground, picnic tables, and an outdoor basketball court.
Here’s how Preservation Dallas describes the area:
Elmwood is located…six miles south of downtown Dallas and is an example of a development that is made up of a series of additions spanning four decades. Elmwood boasts a diverse range of architectural styles. These houses are set among mature trees making it a neighborhood of contrast and also of scenic beauty that includes Elmwood Parkway. This parkway, which runs along Rugged Street, is a scenic picture for houses built on this green strip. It is bounded on the north by DART Red Line, on the south by Illinois Avenue, on the east by Polk Street and on the west by Hampton Road.
In the middle of Elmwood is the unique commercial development Edgefield Avenue, a business district that includes offices, churches, and a Masonic Hall. It also has two DART rail stations with access to the freeway. Elmwood Park, which runs north on Cedar Creek and south on Elmwood Creek, is a pleasant neighborhood with its pecan, oak, elm, and hackberry trees. Elmwood may seem to be a quiet neighborhood far from the city, but the northeast view reveals a close Dallas skyline.
This Elmwood cottage is right on the greenbelt, and the formals offer sweeping views. Recent updates to the property include a new roof, hardwood floors, recessed lights, grasscloth wallpaper, and wainscoting.
The living area is divided from the dining area by a geometric divider, and the rooms are beautifully staged to show off function and flow. Cool look!
Speaking of cool look, check out that awesomely retro kitchen. The checkerboard floor is just the beginning — those turquoise cabinets are fresh and appealing. There’s a bench window seat, perfect for an in-kitchen table, and a gas range.
A paneled accent hallway leads to two bedrooms that share a vintage bath. The large study offers a plenty of workspace and leads to a beautifully landscaped backyard with wood deck and one-car garage.
This Elmwood cottage was listed April 27 by Ged Dipprey with Dave Perry-Miller InTown for $250,000.