I thought I’d done it: I finally found a house that was literally too cute for words.
But then I realized that this is me we’re talking about — a person who talk at length about which cartoon characters would most likely win in a no-holds-barred cage fight against Caillou. All that to say, let me tell you why 512 W. Hunt Street is so heart-burstingly cute.
If the curb appeal wasn’t enough (Just look at that ironwork!), this house has some interiors that just might charm the pants right off of you.
Right from the living room, you get the sense that this home is packing some serious style. I love the silvery, warm neutral on the walls, the plush furniture, and the warm refinished oak floors. It’s luxurious and quaint at the same time, and it all goes perfectly with the antique tile fireplace. This is the first of at least six chandeliers I counted, and though I am not one for crystals or swag, the little girl who wanted to pretend she was a princess really loves it.
Through the distressed door with an arched transom is the dining room, which is absolutely fabulous.
Listing agent Kenneth Collins of Legacy DFW Real Estate notes that there are original wavy glass windows just about everywhere. I love the interior shutters, which add a bit of privacy but don’t obscure the view of these divided pane windows. They are stunning! Also, I love the gold ceiling and rich teal on the walls. It’s definitely dramatic, and adds a little opulence to the otherwise traditional feel of the room.
An additional breakfast room with a built-in sideboard separates the formal dining room from the kitchen. I’d add a little open shelving above the built-in to add a place to show off my Fiestaware collection.
While I love the kitchen, which sports another chandelier, an adorable niche, and the cutest cottage cabinetry I’ve ever seen, there are a couple of changes I’d make. First, I’d swap out the countertops and backsplash with a granite or quartz that resembles marble. Jon laid out several options for those of us who love the look of calcite and marble, but won’t do the hard work to keep it pristine. Most homes from the 1920s had enormous cast-iron stoves that were pieces of furniture in the room — rather monolithic as they were — and with smaller, more advanced stoves replacing them has left a vacuum of space. The solution? More cabinetry, topped with whatever stone I end up going with for the counters and backsplash, preferably with a spot for a built-in microwave. And that’s it! The kitchen is completely cozy and adorable and a wonderful place to play domestic goddess and bake a latticed pie and set it to cool on the windowsill.
Now, while 512 W. Hunt Street is definitely quaint, it’s not small. With three bedrooms, two baths, and 2,160 square feet, you have plenty of space for your family, or perhaps guests. Collins has listed this 1922 cottage for $424,900, which comes out to $197 per square foot — not a reach for this sought-after historic area!
The first bath is just off the hallway, which has a phone niche. It’s super cute and, though a bit tight.
The bathroom connects to an adjacent bedroom via a pocket door.
The master suite is glorious. You get tons of light flooding in through the French doors, which open to the backyard. And then there’s the master bath, which is basically almost exactly what 14-year-old me always wanted:
It’s not only adorable, but the clawfoot tub, penny tile, and wainscoting are all period appropriate to the letter. Note all the pocket doors, which make the home feel much larger.
To the side of the home is a lovely screened porch — perfect for enjoying the neighborhood without being eaten alive. And of course, the backyard is just perfect. Why would you ever leave?
What do you think? Is this cottage in McKinney not perfect?