Classic Traditional Cottage in Wilshire Heights

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In East Dallas, the neighborhoods with great schools, walkable streets, and adorable houses tend to be the hottest. One such neighborhood that has seen incredible appreciation is Wilshire Heights. 

“I live in the neighborhood so I’m particularly partial to it,” says David Griffin & Co. Realtor Sam Claussen. “It’s a quiet neighborhood with an active voluntary homeowners association. While there have been some tear-downs in the neighborhood it seems to have maintained much of it’s original charm from when it was initially conceived.”

If that original charm is what you’re after, you can’t do much better than Claussen’s new listing, which has yet to hit the market. It’s our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. Plus, if you’re a family looking to get into a great school attendance area, take note! This particular property is in the highly acclaimed Stonewall Jackson Elementary attendance area.  

We adore the curb appeal on 6212 Malcolm, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage in this East Dallas enclave with 1,791 square feet. Claussen will list this adorable home on Friday for $525,000.

“This house has charm for miles,” Claussen said. “At almost 1,800 square feet it is a particularly spacious two-bedroom home. Since Wilshire Heights is in between the M Streets and Lakewood you are extremely central to everything that draws people to the area and it’s a quick commute to downtown.”

Yes, it is very close to everything you need, which is one reason why values in this neighborhood are skyrocketing.  

“This location is extremely accessible to all the great restaurants and neighborhood amenities people love about East Dallas yet still very close to Uptown/Downtown,” Claussen added. “It’s a short 8 minute walk to the 9-acre Tietze Park and about a 10 minute bike ride to White Rock Lake.”

And inside? It’s positively cute as a button!

Fistfuls of fresh daisies are a pitch-perfect look for this charming cottage kitchen.

One word that comes to mind with this 1940-built cottage is “classic.” That’s because, though the home has had a few updates here and there, they were all done with a mind toward the home’s original character. Those details, such as original cabinetry and tons of natural light from the windows, were cleverly preserved and accentuated. I love that the dining room has almost floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the splendid tree-lined streets. The chandelier is a wonderful touch. In the living room, the original brick fireplace has a beautiful painted mantle, which gives the whole room a stately air.

“The living room is really spectacular and the high vaulted ceilings make it feel particularly spacious,” Claussen said. He’s also smitten with this cute little kitchen. “It’s extremely bright and cheerful. I can’t think of a better way to start the day than going to the kitchen for a cup of coffee, or better yet, ending it by preparing dinner and enjoying a glass of wine in there. The owner recently remodeled it with soapstone counters, slab white Carrera backsplash, a farmhouse sink, sky blue beadboard ceilings, and cork floors.”

If you’re bent on renovating, the bathrooms are where you should focus your efforts. Both could easily accommodate new vanity tops, though you may want to consider putting in pedestal sinks or something as equally classic as this cute cottage. Truly, it’s a spectacular find in the neighborhood, and we hope it remains!



Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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