Splurge vs. Steal: Two University Park Tudor Revival-style Houses with Big Character

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From roughly the 1890s through the 1940s, America had a love affair with Tudor Revival-style houses. So much so that during the 1920s, about a quarter of all new residential builds across the country were Tudor-styled. These houses offer true craftsmanship and attention to detail, which is part of their appeal. 

The Depression tanked new construction, so the Tudor went on the back burner. A decade later, when we needed to build a lot of houses fast for returning GIs, this labor- and material-intensive house was passed over for other styles. 

Many still stand in North Texas neighborhoods. In this week’s Splurge vs. Steal, we’ve found two University Park Tudor Revival-style houses. Each offers quintessential elements of the style, from steeply pitched and asymmetrical rooflines to a hand-crafted look you just can’t fake. Which one is your favorite? 



Near Mockingbird Lane and Preston Road, the updated Tudor at 4229 San Carlos St. is an exceptional example of how this style can work for modern-day buyers. The classic exterior is married with a 2015 remodeled and expanded interior. It now has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, one half bath, and 3,534 square feet on two stories, built in 1939.

Original details charm in our splurge — like stained glass windows, arched doorways, and vaulted ceilings — while modern amenities work beautifully for both entertaining and family living. The original living room with high beamed ceilings, brass sconces, and a wood-burning fireplace, is adjacent to a light-filled study and formal dining room. The kitchen, featuring Olympic white marble, new cabinets, and Thermador stainless steel appliances, opens to the breakfast room and den. A dreamy master bath has an elegant soaker tub against a backdrop of marble and contemporary tile treatment. Hardwoods flow throughout. 

This home was listed Feb. 26 by Lezley Nugent with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $1.695 million.



About 1.5 miles away, our steal at 3703 Granada Ave. sits on the east side of Dallas Country Club, a half block from Highland Park Middle School. This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,017 square feet on two stories, built in 1930. 

Darling curb appeal entices and the entryway opens into a spacious dining room and kitchen with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, double Thermador ovens, a gas cooktop, granite countertops, and a vaulted, beamed ceiling. This area is also open to the family room with its high ceilings and wood-burning fireplace with stone surround. In the master, find those same hardwoods as well as dual closets and vanities, white cabinets, jetted tub, and an oversized walk-in shower. Attached to the master bedroom on a separate floor is a light-filled study.

This University Park Tudor was listed Feb. 9 by John Prell with Creekview Realty for $849,000.


Leah Shafer

Leah Shafer is a content and social media specialist, as well as a Dallas native, who lives in Richardson with her family. In her sixth-grade yearbook, Leah listed "interior designer" as her future profession. Now she writes about them, as well as all things real estate, for CandysDirt.com.

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