Before and After: Head to Hurst to Find a Lot of House for the Right Price

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Mid-Cities living never looked so good as in the Hurst house we’ve discovered with big style and a budget-friendly price tag. 

Located at 725 Thousand Oaks Dr., this house is better than new, recently updated for a total reimagination. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 1,875 square feet on one story, built in 1965. 

“It’s been redone from the studs, so the floorplan has changed and created an open concept look, so it’s a lot more modern look,” said listing agent Bernice Maez with Vivo Realty. “It’s also in the attendance zone for HEB schools, which is a big draw for families.” 

We’ve got some “before” photos that show just how massive of a transformation this home underwent. Jump to see them all. 

The lot is almost a quarter are — 0.220 acres — and it is heavily treed, a major selling point for the property. 

“A lot of modern houses in Dallas don’t have many trees and this one does,” Maez said. “At this price point, you just can’t beat it.”

The exterior has freshly painted brick and a new contemporary front door in a fetching aqua color. It hints at the mod look inside. New low-E windows look marvelous. 

The interior was formerly dark with wood paneling and a seriously outdated vibe. The bones were great, but it badly needed freshening up. Now it has a whole new look with a light color palette, recessed lights, hardwood floors, new carpeting, contemporary tile treatments, and a kitchen and bathrooms that are completely new. 

The front living and dining areas flow to the second living room toward the back of the house, with the kitchen to the right. The second living room is anchored by a fireplace with a large brick surround, painted white, with a rough-hewn wood mantel. 

The kitchen is the star of the show with Shaker-style custom cabinets, a walk-in pantry, and a cement tile backsplash with a graphic, fun feel. Granite countertops look marvelous and the island offers a breakfast bar and three fun pendant lights above it. The farm sink and appliances are stainless steel, including dual ovens. Just off the kitchen is a utility/mud room. 

In the master, an ensuite bathroom is revamped and looks great, as does the secondary bath. 

In back, what was a a bunch of dirt now looks better with dual French doors leading from the house, a privacy fence, and mature trees. 

This home was listed June 12 for $289,000. Check out the before-and-after photos below to be impressed! 


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

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  1. Juan Reymundo Reyes says

    Hey, Lake Highlands in northwest Dallas has some competition very comparable in quality! Finally, more mature neighborhoods have some curb appeal and nice homes at reasonable prices! Great job!

    JR/Prosper, TX.

    • LonestarBabs says

      I rarely see a painted brick done well, and primer gray looks like….auto bondo. At least some color accents on the front facade would help, even shutters or ironwork to break up the blah. There are some beautiful large all-brick ranch homes (4000sq ft+) in my neighborhood that have been painted awful shades of bluish gray and white — the flippers thought that would modernize a home built in the 1970s. Instead, they stand out — and not in a good way. Are we trying too much Fixer Upper ? Chip and Jo paint brick all the time.

    • Anion says

      That brick is ugly. It’s an ugly color. Our Hurst home was a similar color–several different similar colors, in fact, none of them the classic, beautiful red–with a section of even more ugly river rocks glued to the facade around the front door, too. It was hideous.

      We had the entire exterior, bricks and rocks, painted a beautiful shade of gray. It looks so much better now. This idea that bricks, no matter how ugly, must never, ever be painted is nonsense. We’re not forced to live in a house whose exterior we find horribly unattractive just because it’s brick. These weren’t lovely turn-of-the-century red brick or old St. Louis brick, they were cheap, tacky mass-produced tan and brown bricks–not even real full-sized bricks, but half-width bricks designed to just be stuck to walls–from 1964. Who are you or anyone else to tell us we can’t paint them?

      They were ugly. Now they look nice. It’s our house and we’ll paint it if we like, and I’ve never watched an episode of any of those flipper/fixer-upper shows.

  2. Brandon says

    Major selling point: when the next recession comes along, you can rent out your living area to a Cessna owner!

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