One of the largest concentrations of intact midcentury houses in Dallas can be found in an Oak Cliff neighborhood many people have never heard of, Kiestwood Estates.
Our Thursday Three Hundred at 2529 Woodmere Dr. is a 1955 ranch-style midcentury in this wonderful part of the city, set among rolling hills and wooded lots. Custom landscaping and an amazing drive-up is just the beginning in this home, which has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, two dining areas, and 1,860 square feet on one story. There is an open house this Sunday, Feb. 18, from 2-4 p.m. Would you like a sneak peek?
Houses in Kiestwood were generally built between 1950 and 1965 and you’ll find a mix of builder houses (primarily Fox and Jacobs) and custom-built contemporaries, according to the Kiestwood Historical Homeowners Association. The area is bounded by Kiest Boulevard to the north, Southwood Drive to the south, Cedarhurst Drive to the west, and Hampton Road to the east.
Architectural details like wrought iron and iron lace trimmed porches, ceramic tiled baths, formal living areas, dens with knotty pine paneling and fireplaces, and large open yards are typical here. Some of the first Dallas area homes that included master bedrooms with walk-in closets, vanities, and dressing room built-ins were built in areas like Kiestwood. These features set this area’s homes apart from most of the other upper-middle class neighborhoods. The 400+ homes contained within these boundaries represent the largest, intact concentration of Mid-Century (1950’s) ranch styled structures in Dallas.
One of the area’s most popular aspects is Kiest Park, a 248-acre public park, as well as neighborhood proximity to other North Oak Cliff spots, like the Bishop Arts District. Downtown Dallas is about 8 miles away, making for a quick commute.
Let’s start with the behind-the-scenes updates in this Kiestwood Estates renovation, which include a newer HVAC (2016), roof (2015), and exterior paint (2015). Updates in 2017 include new water heater, new windows, refinished hardwood floors, new garage door, and fresh interior paint.
Mature trees and custom landscaping make for wonderful curb appeal, as does that big picture window. The floorplan is partially opened up, allowing for easy flow from the front living-dining rooms to the back gathering areas.
One of those is the updated kitchen, an on-trend reno with wood accents, granite countertops, farm sink, subway tile backsplash, second pantry, coffee bar, and stainless steel appliances, including a built-in refrigerator-freezer and gas range. This is open to the second living area with its floor-to-ceiling contemporary fireplace.
A one-of-a-kind master bedrooms is designed with a hand-crafted bed wall as well as barn door closets. The room has access to the back patio and its ensuite bathroom has floor-to-ceiling subway tile, a wood ceiling, custom vanity, and body jets in the shower.
The guest bathroom features a fabulous arabesque tile treatment with dark grout, imported marble, and a jetted tub.
In back, find an open patio, large yard with lots of grassy green space, and mature trees.
This Kiestwood Estates renovation was listed Feb. 12 Hedda Layne with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $319,000.