To love a bungalow in North Oak Cliff‘s Winnetka Heights Historic Conservation District is to accept imperfections. But not every bungalow requires a full-on restoration, and not every homeowner is up to the task.
This home at 315 N. Clinton, says listing agent Ged Dipprey, was a whole different ball of wax. When it was purchased, the front porch had been enclosed and made into an additional living area. But for the seller, that just wouldn’t do.
“Restored to original splendor at great expense, the expansive front porch boasts pine flooring and reestablishes the integrity of the Craftsman form,” Dipprey said, adding that the home now fits better into the fabric of the neighborhood. Sure, it sacrificed some square footage, but to those who love Arts & Crafts architecture, it’s totally worth it.
From the curb, it’s absolutely perfect. Inside, it only gets better.
While the floor plan of this three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,001-square-foot home is open and airy for a structure of this age, no detail was overlooked. “I love the attention to detail and I love the fact that while most bungalows from this era have small or non-existent closets, this one has large walk-in closets,” Dipprey said. “It’s a very unique floor plan.”
The restoration included opening up the doorways between the formal living and dining areas, as well as creating a family-friendly kitchen and den at the back of the house. Casework, built-ins, and mouldings are all in perfect shape, and the home features original windows and wavy glass. Beautifully refinished hardwood floors serve as a grounding, warm element to the home. Dipprey has this stunner at 315 N. Clinton
listed for $535,000. Considering the finish out and amenities, it’s worth every penny.
Here in the formal dining room you can see how open the floor plan is to the formal living and the kitchen. That’s pretty revolutionary for a home built in 1927.
There’s so much to love about the kitchen and family room, but I’d be remiss to ignore how perfect the floor plan is for entertaining. “It just flows so well,” Dipprey noted. From the formals through to the kitchen and on to the family room and then to the backyard, you can host parties with ease. And as for cooking for the aforementioned party? This kitchen will handle whatever you throw at it, and with aplomb. I love the clean white quartz counter tops, white subway tile backsplash, and the lovely warm gray cabinets. It’s so much better than an all-white kitchen, and it lets those beautiful wood floors stand out, too. You also get a gas range, contemporary stainless steel ceiling vent hood, and beautiful pendants flanking the sink, which is perfectly centered between the two kitchen windows — a delight for those who have a thing about symmetry.
Just off the family room is the master suite, which is so perfectly sized. It’s so rare to have a bedroom like this in a home of this size, and we’re in love with that gilded drum pendant that adds some glamour to the space.
And if you loved the master bedroom, you’ll absolutely freak out over this stellar five-piece ensuite master bath that features some beautiful tile in the freestanding shower, a claw-foot tub, and separate blue lacquer painted vanities. But wait! There’s more!
“The massive walk-in closet is the stuff that dreams are made of,” Dipprey said. We have to agree. It’s incredible to have a master closet this large, and there’s plenty of storage for all of your clothes, and a few square feet for your significant other, if you’re feeling generous.
And while the rest of the home has so much going for it — do yourself a favor and check out the guest bathroom! — I’ve fallen in love with the backyard, which includes a huge detached garage that functions as party central.
Send the party outside! Look how perfect that space is! It could use a flat-screen TV, maybe some comfortable seating, and if you’re feeling chilly, you could easily find a spot for a fireplace somewhere in there. Keen eyes will notice a small studio area next door.
“The oversized carport is begging to be used as a party-pavilion like no other!” Dipprey exclaimed. “When the party’s over and work beckons, the 397-square-foot studio space will be the perfect retreat!”
I absolutely love that idea! It could also be used as a guest bedroom if you feel up to the task of renovating, but I’d be claiming this as my home office, for sure. What a great property!