Ladies and gents, I present to you an elegant slice of M Streets Dallas history. If you’ve always dreamed of a life on Dallas’ historic M Streets, now is your chance. Meet 5314 Mercedes Ave. – a stunning 1920s Tudor currently listed for $575,000 by Scott Jackson with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. This darling three-bedroom, two-bathroom Tudor offers all the charm and charisma of a bygone era with a number of thoughtful updates for modern-day life.
Nestled on a sizable 7,797-square-foot lot, you’ll enjoy a fenced lawn with spacious back deck and pergola, while a smattering of mature trees add to the charm. But it’s what is on the inside that will blow you away.
The Tudor welcomes you in traditional fashion with a magical entry, affording a pitch-gabled roof and embellished rounded doorway. Inside, a formal sitting area with cozy brick fireplace sets the tone. Here you’ll find gleaming hardwoods, beautiful crown mouldings, classic archways, and an adjacent formal dining room that is just begging for a dinner party.
At the heart of the 1,720-square-foot home rests the kitchen, outfitted with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and ample cabinetry. We love the arched window above the sink for peering out at the lush landscape. It’s met by a vaulted ceiling for a light and airy feel, plus recessed and under-cabinet lighting.
For some much-needed rest and relaxation, the gracious master suite affords plenty of space with tall windows offering nice views of the tranquil and secluded backyard.
An oversized bath with double-sink vanity, deep soaking tub, and separate shower round out the space, which Jackson defines as a “larger-than-typical master bathroom.” Definitely a bonus considering the footprint of the home.
Take the double French doors out to the expansive deck or curl up with a book by the fire – this M Streets charmer is filled with intimate spaces to unwind. And bonus, it comes complete with covered parking!
Now I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the incredible history of this tight-knit M Streets community. According to Preservation Dallas the story goes like this:
In 1923 brothers Frank and Fletcher McNeny joined the trend of suburban development in Dallas when they bought, platted, and subdivided 98 acres of the Bennett farm on the eastern fringes of the city to create Greenland Hills Addition. The McNeny brothers installed water, sewer, and gas mains, as well as arranged the newly paved streets and sidewalks in such a way as to preserve the area’s natural topography. Today, M Streets East Conservation District is part of the Greenland Hills Addition, and is bound by Skillman Road on the east, Greenville Avenue on the west, McCommas Boulevard on the north, Vanderbilt Avenue on the south.
When it opened, the M Streets area (named for the concentration of streets beginning with the letter M) proved very popular among young professionals new to the Dallas area who were looking for a neighborhood that offered both proximity to downtown and affordable houses. With its collection of period revival houses, shaded streets, and lots that could accommodate garages, the M Streets area retained its popularity among buyers even during the Great Depression.
In 2003 the eastern portion of the M Streets neighborhood separated to become M Streets East Conservation District in order to preserve the neighborhood’s original collection of Craftsman bungalows, Colonial, and Tudor Revival houses.
Thanks to the M Streets East Conservation District, homes like this 1920s Tudor are still around – more than 80 years after the neighborhood’s original development.
With the look and feel of an early twentieth century American suburb marked by towering oak and pecan trees, the M Streets neighborhood is a treasure trove of historic architecture. 5314 Mercedes Ave. is one of its rare jewels.