Just like the impulse to nibble on a baby’s cheeks, I feel an uncontrollable urge to take a bite out of this adorable Greenland Hills Tudor. With the adorable roofline, arched stained-glass windows, scalloped awning, and precious pea green front door, how could you not love this brick and stone classic cottage at 5206 Merrimac?
First off, let’s admire the lovely brickwork and front porch that greets you at 5206 Merrimac, which is on the end of the block closest to North Central Expressway. Now, being that close to a significant thoroughfare can be convenient for commuters, but what’s great is that there’s still a home and a wall separating you from the road itself. Yes, the exterior of this 1930-built Tudor-style home could use a good cleaning, don’t let the discolored stone distract you form the gorgeous stained glass window on front. And I love the enclosed side porch, which brings a little extra room indoors to this 1,415-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home.
I just love the rounded and arched doorways, niche, and fireplace in this living room, all echoing that lovely stained-glass window. The hardwood floors, which have some wear but are in good shape, match the original stained wood trim, mantle, and mouldings — a great detail.
Just off of the living room is a sunroom, complete with red tile floors. This is a great spot for a home office, says listing agent Kenna Lemon of Elite Texas Properties, who has listed 5206 Merrimac for $534,000.
The formal dining room is a lovely size, complete with a chair rail opposite the bank of windows. The archway, when you stand on the opposite side of the room, perfectly frames that stained glass window in the living room, creating a romantic, deep sight line. Fabulous.
The kitchen, which has an eat-in breakfast nook, is a little tight, but benefits from bright white cabinetry and glass-front doors, as well as easy-to-love granite countertops, a stainless steel gas range, and trendy subway tile backsplash. A buyer could easily put their stamp on this area with designer light fixtures and upgraded pantry doors.
The master bedroom has a modest attached bath, though considering the windows and view to the backyard, as well as the larger size, it definitely has potential. Some cabinetry upgrades and perhaps a more stylish sink could make the bathroom really shine.
The backyard, which has a quaint patio covered by another adorable fabric awning, feels exceptionally private, with plenty of shade from the mature trees and fantastic access to the detached two-car garage. It’s just enough outdoor space to give you a place to run around, but not so much that you have to fret about maintenance.
Considering the popularity of this area, and the tremendous gains at the neighborhood school — soon to be Geneva Heights Elementary (nee Robert E. Lee) — families will soon be flocking to this area. We don’t expect this charming Tudor in Greenland Hills to stay on the market long!