Forest Place Transitional is Another Fabulous Flip From Spruce Designs

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On average, flipping a home takes between eight to 12 weeks in most markets. This, of course, includes extremely modest projects as well as those that are higher end. It doesn’t sound like a lot of time to really get the feel for a property, to really transform it, to realize its full potential. 
That’s what’s so refreshing about Spruce Designs, helmed by David Griffin & Co. agents Micky Carr and Brent Conner. Their latest project at 11705 Parwen in Forest Place is a 1983 ranch that has been carefully reimagined into a beautiful luxury home with so many engaging finishes. The tile alone in this artful single-story home is worth a small fortune, though the attention to detail with the finish-out and floor plan easily make this a worthy High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

The process, from sledgehammers to finishing touches, took the team at Spruce Designs a whole seven months. It’s a testament to the care and time the team took to really understand this five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath ranch. The home sits on a large .37 acre lot with a three-car garage, perfectly landscaped front and back yards, and a stunningly remodeled pool. In all, the home sports 4,562 square feet of beautifully remodeled interiors, a study, three fireplaces, brand new Andersen windows and doors, and a perfectly quiet street that families will love. Carr and Conner have listed 11705 Parwen for $1.889 million.
“At Spruce Designs, we continue to take these large executive Preston Hollow/North Dallas, one story homes and transform them to the way we live today,” Carr said. “It seems all new home builders have to construct large, two-story homes to justify the price of the dirt. But there is a strong market for large — but not gargantuan — single-story homes that live new.”
Carr is absolutely right. More and more homeowners are seeing the long-term value in homes that don’t require so much work to make them accessible for people of all ages and abilities. And for those who wish to age in place, these remodeled ranches are the perfect solution. This particular home has some great finishes that are just as durable as they are eye-catching, too. The European oak floors, for starters, are so understated and elegant. They allow the museum-finish walls to provide a backdrop to art collections and furnishings without making the room feel too dark. Of course, just as much thought has been put into what you don’t see as what you do.
“When we remodel these homes, we essentially start with a foundation, some framing, and some bricks. Everything else is replaced or updated, and it’s not just the high-end cosmetics,” Carr said. “Items like HVAC, electrical, roof, and all the things that make the house perform are also updated as if it were a custom home, not a flip house.”
One of my favorite parts about this home is the huge eat-in kitchen with gorgeous designer lighting, two-tone cabinetry, stone herringbone backsplash, and the enormous 10-foot island. The kitchen is a home chef’s dream, with SubZero refrigerator, Aga range, Bosch dishwasher, and a Hoshizaki ice maker. There’s also a walk-in pantry, a wet bar, and a custom range hood. I love how open it is to the formal dining and living areas, as well as the breakfast nook.
“The prior floor plan was challenged. We did the obvious, opening up the living areas, etc. But the guest room layout was disjointed,” Carr said. “Now, each bedroom practically has its own entrance and they all have private access to a bath.”
Another great feature is the outdoor access. There are two courtyard-type areas, offering space to entertain and relax with total privacy from neighbors. 
And how could you not love the huge master suite? It’s oversized and offers a path right to the remodeled pool, just past the sitting area, which comes complete with a beautiful contemporary chandelier. The master bath is completely glamorous in a modern, transitional way. Tons of stone, a refreshingly rectangular freestanding tub, and floating vanities keep the large five-piece bath from feeling overwhelming. 
Of course, the neighborhood is outstanding, too. And with a backyard like this one, you’ll be entertaining all summer.
“The neighborhood is incredible,” Carr added. “It’s one of those little pockets where you could have lived in Dallas all your life, but never driven these streets.  There are no through-streets — you can’t turn off Forest and get to Northaven or Royal, so it is a super quiet neighborhood. Homes rarely go on the market, and all the neighbors seemingly know each other.”

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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