On Trend Vickery Place Craftsman With Income Potential

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The sky’s the limit when it comes to prices for close-in, predominantly single-family neighborhoods in East Dallas. Those with historic overlays — Vickery Place, Munger Place, Junius Heights, and so on — seem to have appreciated at a breakneck pace, as bungalows and prairie-style homes built in the 1920s get a good freshening up. Today’s Friday Five Hundred is one such example. 

This adorable three-bedroom, two-bathroom Craftsman bungalow in Vickery Place has received a top-to-bottom update that makes use of several design trends while still keeping it between the ditches of historic vernacular. And there’s a bonus — the home comes with a detached converted garage that is a studio apartment with income potential.

This bright and airy Craftsman at 5610 Richard Ave. in Vickery Place packs a lot into its 1,474 square feet, especially in the kitchen. With designer lighting, hardwood floors, French doors, and skads of built-in cabinetry, it’s priced at a whopping $575,000 by flat-fee broker Door.

What I love about this home is that the scale of the rooms remains the same. No walls have been taken down, which keeps the intimate feel of the house intact. Thanks to the copious windows, these small, cozy rooms remain bright and light feeling.

The white paint allows for the sunlight to bounce and reflect around the surfaces, making the floors glow. You’ll also appreciate the wood-burning fireplace with marble tile surround, flanked by built-in shelves. If you want to up the ante, add some glass cabinet fronts to these beauties.

The dark walls and designer lighting in the dining room add a bit of drama to the space.

You’ll also love the location, which is just a block from Greenville Avenue, within biking distance of Mockingbird Station, and is a solid 10 minutes from downtown Dallas. It’s worth pointing out why there’s a crane in the front elevation shot — behind this home was once Vickery Towers, a senior retirement community that was razed to make room for an apartment community encircling a larger condo building. That development is under construction, slated for completion in summer of 2019.

A barn door with a glass pane is perfect for a pantry.

In the kitchen, the you’ll notice that the basic white/white color scheme helps keep the hardwood floors from feeling too heavy. But what’s really special about this kitchen is that the renovation preserved the archway near the new Bertazzoni range. A countertop-to-ceiling subway tile looks perfect with the marble countertops and industrial-style lighting. The farm sink, which also has an arch above it, is the perfect foil for the barn door on the pantry, offering some Fixer Upper style to the room.

Even more built-ins in the master suite offer extra space in what is a somewhat tight floor plan. No need for tons of extra furniture here, thanks to the wall of drawers and cabinets. 

And the master bath, with its very stylish Crittal windows on the shower — one of 2017’s top design trends — go perfectly with the marble-topped double vanity and the marble tile on the floor. Note the lights above the vanity, a repeating theme as they are the same fixtures used to illuminate the kitchen range nook.

The backyard is tidy, though it’s a blank slate for landscaping. But what you’re really going to love is the guest cottage, which is a perfect opportunity for rental income, with its studio floor plan. I love the reclaimed wood accent walls in the kitchenette and bed nook. What an adorable little apartment or guesthouse! It would also be perfect for those who work from home and need a studio or office space outside of the main living areas. I could definitely see myself in it!


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 CandysDirt.com. 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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