Casual Comfort: University Park Home Offers Relaxing Atmosphere, Great Upgrades

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Sure, the Park Cities is full of great houses. Some of them are extremely ornate and exceptionally luxurious, perfect for impressive entertaining. But rarely do we hear about the great, livable, easy-to-love houses that families crave. Full-featured and unfussy, this University Park listing from Travis-Lee Moore of Century 21 Nathan Grace Fine Homes and Estates is the deep breath you take when the workday is over. It’s the warm sunshine on your skin on a Saturday afternoon. It’s the place you imagine making memories with your loved ones — a true family home.
“You just couldn’t ask for a better, more complete package of greatness if you’re looking for a fantastic new home,” Moore said. “The location can’t be beat — close to innumerable shopping and dining options — and feeding into coveted Highland Park ISD.”

Behind the classic silhouette of this two-story traditional is a casual-yet-polished house with plenty of space style at 3132 Stanford Ave. in University Park. Hardwood floors, oodles of built-ins, and fresh paint abound. And it shows extremely well, thanks to some artful staging from Joel Akins. 
“When I first entered the house, I was in awe of its volume of space and the number of windows allowing in so much natural light,” Akins said. “I knew my work in the house would be to highlight the space and open floor plan.  You want to capture the attention of the prospective buyer when they walk through the door, and create an atmosphere where they can imagine themselves living there.”
Well, it worked, because I can easily see my family enjoying the large living room with beautiful fireplace, and I’m already imagining the holiday dinners we could host in that effortlessly elegant formal dining room. And Akins hit the nail on the head — with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and 5,294 square feet, there’s a large volume of space.
“I used my eye for color and detail to create “wow” factor moments for the buyer,” Akins said. “By utilizing my understanding of space to rearrange the furniture to improve flow, I was able to visually create more space.”   
There’s also a gorgeous kitchen for whipping up meals of any variety, and a casual breakfast nook nearby. There are three living areas in total, and a two-car garage in addition to that great circle drive. And Moore has listed this property at a great value to those who want the Park Cities lifestyle at $1.6 million.
“The house is built for entertaining with its generous common areas and well-appointed pool and back lawn,” Moore said. “And the master suite (AKA Master Ballroom) is humongous and just waiting to be styled out and for you to curl up with a great book and a bottle of wine on the balcony looking out over the pool.”
“The master bath was meticulously upgraded last year — it’s great looking and includes a bubble jetted claw-foot tub!” Moore added. “Two other en-suite baths on the second floor were upgraded recently as well.”
Truly, this is such a great house and a fabulous location. Sure, it’s lovely on its own, but staging and marketing — a one-two punch in today’s higher-end real estate market — really makes this Park Cities home shine!
“I was very fortunate to have such a beautiful home, family, and Realtor to work with,” Akins said. “As an Accredited Staging Professional, I was able to use my talent, training and creativity to stage this beautiful house.  I have no doubt it will now appeal to the broadest market of Buyers and stand out from the competition!”
Of course, the pictures are gorgeous, but we suggest seeing this home in person, which you can do at the open house tomorrow, March 10, from 2 to 4 p.m.
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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 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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