Splurge vs. Steal: Two Historic Craftsman Homes with Big Character and Fresh Updates

Splurge vs. Steal: Two Historic Craftsman in Dallas with Character and Big Updates | CandysDirt.com

We adore the look of a historic Craftsman and certain neighborhoods in Dallas contain quite a few beautiful examples. 

For today’s Splurge vs. Steal, we’re looking at two Craftsman houses, one in North Oak Cliff and the other in Old East Dallas. They have the hallmarks of this style of house, including a cozy feel, welcoming front porches with supporting square columns, shingle siding, remarkable handiwork, and a simplicity of design that emphasizes natural elements. What’s not to love? 

American Craftsman houses started showing up around the turn of the last century and made their way to Dallas as early as 1909. Some of the examples are grand, like our splurge; others more modest. Which one of these houses is your favorite? 

 

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The Old East Dallas Munger Place Craftsman at 5007 Victor St. was built in 1909 by Edward Seay Lauderdale and Ursula Hall Lauderdale, a county judge and local attorney. It’s full of Texas tales and historic architecture, which the current owners have respected while adding numerous modern touches. It has four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, three living areas, two dining areas, and 3,340 square feet on two stories.

A gorgeous walk-up with dual porches spanning the entire width of the house leads to the a charmed interior. Rich hardwoods carry through most of the first and second stories and original architectural features remain. Some of the new amenities include a Wolf gas stovetop range, Wolf convection and steamer ovens, Wolf recirculating vent system, KitchenAid Pro dishwasher, and KitchenAid refrigerator/ freezer. A new downstairs gas furnace keeps it cozy, as does the fireplace in the front living area. In back, find new privacy fencing, a one-car detached garage with opener, a stone patio, and mature trees. 

This home was listed Jan. 3 by Paul Rabago for $689,500.

 

STEAL: WINNETKA HEIGHTS BEAUTY  WITH INCREDIBLE CURB APPEAL, INTERIOR

The curb appeal of the Winnetka Heights historic Craftsman at 117 S. Montclair Ave. in North Oak Cliff is undeniable. The color palette was chosen brilliantly, reflecting one that was common when the house was built in 1925. The steeply pitched roof is an unusual element that was probably added after original construction. This home has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, and 2,252 square feet on two stories. 

This home has the classic elegance of 1925 and modern touches of 2017. The original hardwood floors run through most of the house and look marvelous, as does custom millwork, built-ins, soffit ceiling in the dining room, and an elegant staircase. The renovated kitchen features wood tile flooring, white Shaker-style cabinetry, granite countertops, custom subway tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. The secondary living area is perfect for entertaining and has an attached bath. Love the second story sunroom and updated bathrooms. 

This historic Craftsman was listed Nov. 7, 2017, by Sean Thomas with Door Texas Realty for $465K, reduced to $459,900.