When buyers walk into a home, they are focused, naturally, on everything the eye can see. That’s why design and photography is so important when marketing a home.
But increasingly, as this bout with Atmos Energy in some Dallas neighborhoods has taught us, the focus needs to be on the things we cannot see with the naked eye: upgraded components such as electrical wiring, new switches, roof shingles, insulation, HVAC, sub flooring and of course, pipes inside, pipes outside.
9606 Losa in Casa Linda Estates Lake and Garden District fits the bill of perfection more than most “pretty picture” homes you see. The builder has years of experience remodeling homes, knows what works, knows that in the end, quality work is not just where you see it, but where you don’t, that makes a house rock solid.
The home was born in 1947…
but extensively remodeled and enlarged, adding about 1400 square feet to create a dream master suite, to-die for master closet, spacious kitchen (with oodles of storage) and den opening to a beautiful, lush, almost one-third acre lot flush with mature trees. The home is on a large corner lot that, despite the proximity to a commercial building next door, is part of a very quiet neighborhood. That commercial building next door is pretty well buffered by foliage and owned by the Chamber of Commerce and cannot be sold, so pencil noise is all you’ll get.
I would not just ask them for a cup of sugar, but how about permission to park the overflow during birthday parties and other celebrations? Every home could use overflow parking. PS: Ask DCAD for a break on the property taxes, too.
But back to the house: walk into a cool, smooth palette of grey and white tones with designer light fixtures, tiles, wall finishes and flooring, which happens to be refinished natural hardwoods in a beautiful grey tone. Kind of like what I just put in my house. All windows are new with energy efficient panes, plumbing is new (as you can see), and the hidden treasures that make this home so desirable include the new roof, new electrical panel, new HVAC ducts, new appliances, foam insulation, security lighting, and Smart wireless systems everywhere. You get three bedrooms, two full and one half bath, two living areas, all that in 3048 square feet — see, I told you those rooms are ginormous!
The kitchen is a gourmet’s delight, right off the family room, while the large mudroom — yes, a real mudroom! –features a full dog shower. The two car garage is attached to the home for secure and easy access. This home is as easy-living as a $2 million dollar showhome.
But it’s only $725,000.
And get ready to watch your rear disappear. Since the home is so close to Casa Linda Plaza, you can walk over there for Highland Park Cafeteria, Torchy’s Tacos, Dugg Burger, Chili’s, Albertsons, Natural Grocers, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Starbucks. Eat all you want, walk it off!
Listed with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s John Jones and Conner Cromeens, who are christening the home with an open house launch party this Friday from 4:30-6:30 pm. Brokers, agents and the general public welcome as long as they bring a canned good (or goods) to donate to Our Calling: a non-profit ministry to the homeless. Providing food to the homeless is part of their mission. John and Conner did this at their Peavy Road listing (be still my heart) last year and ended up donating several large boxes of food to a fantastic organization.
Hopefully, Friday evening will produce the same results. I’ll see you there, running to clean out my pantry RIGHT NOW!