Before & After: Midway Hollow Home Taken to the Studs for Reimagination

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Midway Hollow is a neighborhood in transition, with a lot of renovations going on among the 2,600 or so houses there. It’s an appealing area in northwest Dallas, with mature trees, affordable homes in several price ranges, nearby shopping, and a healthy, involved crime watch.

Flippers have made their mark among many a Midway Hollow home, and some people are wary of the quality of work offered by them. That may or may not have any basis, but it still causes pause among a few potential homebuyers.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 3703 Cortez Dr. is not a flip — this beautiful work was done by the owner for herself, says listing agent Barbara Arredondo with Clay Stapp + Co. 

“This is such a neat house — it was taken to the studs for a renovation and it sits on a larger corner lot,” Arredondo said. “All of the bedrooms are a big surprise — usually in a home of this era, they are small, but these are not.”

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,044 square feet, built in 1951. There’s an open house this Saturday, May 27, from 2-4 p.m. Here’s your sneak peek. (Be sure to check out the “before” photos below for a look at the hot mess this house was before the owner started renovations!)

This Midway Hollow home is in the heart of neighborhood, near Marsh Lane and Northwest Highway. It’s a curb appeal cutie, with new Haribacker siding, new exterior lighting, new porch decking and wood accents, and a mature tree and landscaping. It has a pier-and-beam foundation. 

Across the threshold, take in the original hardwood floors, refinished and gorgeous. They carry through every room except bathrooms and laundry room. Renovations have created an open floorplan for the living room, dining room, and kitchen, which makes the modest footprint feel bigger. 

Updates include new insulation, new sheetrock, fresh paint, new crown molding and baseboards, new exterior doors, new subflooring, flatscreen TV wiring, new double pane windows, new electrical panel and braker, new duct work, new HVAC, new gas line, and a new PEX plumbing system. Impressive. 

The kitchen is the heart of this renovation, with white quartz countertops, a counter-to-ceiling contemporary glass tile backlash, island with storage and seating, goose-neck faucet, white cabinets with brushed nickel hardware, new window over the sink, a new water heater, amber light pendants, and stainless steel appliances, including a gas range. The microwave station has its own isolated electrical outlet and there’s a separate pantry. 

The two bathrooms earn attention, too, with their elegant and on-trend changes. The ensuite master bathroom is a vision of marble-look white tile with a white vanity and new everything. The second bathroom’s updates create a serene space, too. 

Just off the master bedroom is a large laundry room with built-in shelving and two windows. 

In back, there’s a new wood porch, mature trees, and a detached one-car garage with extra storage and a parking pad for three more vehicles. The house is right on Marsh Lane, and Arredondo says any concerns about noise are easily addressed. There’s already one horizontal board-on-board wood fence acting as a barrier between the property and Marsh Lane. The backyard has a chain link fence, which could be upgraded to wood to further reduce any noise. 

“Some people like corner lots because you get a larger piece of land, and that’s true here,” Arredondo said. “If people are worried about the noise, I think a wood fence would cure that.” 

This home was listed Feb. 24 by Arredondo for $274,900. If you go to the open house this Saturday, leave us a comment and tell us what you thought of this adorable and elegant Midway Hollow home. 

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First bedroom off the hallway, featuring flat screen wiring, new blinds, double-pane windows, fan, and large closet.

Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and separate laundry area. Closet on the right of this photo is walk-in.
Master bedroom has a door leading to the ensuite bathroom and separate laundry room. Closet in master is a walk-in.
New ensuite master bathroom with a new vanity sink, hardware, faucets, mirror, toilet, and white tile.
Second bedroom, featuring a walk-in closet, new blinds, and double-pane windows.

Large laundry area off the master bedroom.

New electrical panel, new wood deck, and lots of room for additional parking.


Leah Shafer

Leah Shafer is a content and social media specialist, as well as a Dallas native, who lives in Richardson with her family. In her sixth-grade yearbook, Leah listed "interior designer" as her future profession. Now she writes about them, as well as all things real estate, for

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