Splurge vs Steal: Two Renovated Houses in Cochran Heights

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Cochran Heights is a wonderfully central Dallas neighborhood, walking distance to all the pleasures of the Knox-Henderson area with quick access to Central Expressway, making it minutes from downtown Dallas. Development started in the 1940s and many older homes are being renovated for maximum enjoyment. 

In this week’s Splurge vs Steal, we’re looking at two houses in Cochran Heights that description. Which one is your favorite?



The traditional-style home at 5211 Milam St. is spacious and inviting, expanded and rebuilt in 1995 and updated again in 2017. It has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living areas, a study, and 3,369 square feet on two stories, built in 1940. 

The landscaping is professionally done by Robert Bellamy Design and the entryway has dramatic 12-foot ceilings and is close to the formal living formal living room and an elegant dining room with Italian fabric upholstering the walls and a private patio. French doors open to expansive den, kitchen, library, bedroom, and bathroom. The kitchen is open to the den and has hardwood floors, a breakfast bar, built-in refrigerator-freezer, and stainless steel appliances, including a gas cooktop. The upstairs master has a large patio and space for a sitting area, as well as an ensuite bathroom with custom cabinetry, dual sinks, sitting area, and oversized shower with frameless glass wall. All bathrooms have gorgeous Porcelanosa Spanish tile. In back, there is a covered patio, privacy fence, and swimming pool. 

This home was listed June 21 by Mitch Deshotels with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $849K, reduced to $799,000.



Our steal is located at 5107 Pershing St. and has a list of renovations a mile long. It was taken to the studs, rebuilt and expanded with new electrical, plumbing, encapsulated foam insulation, roof, low-E windows, and more. This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 1,811 square feet on three stories, built in 194o. 

Inside, you’ll find arched doorways, hand-scraped hardwood floors, recessed lights, and vaulted ceiling. The front living area is anchored by a fireplace and is close to the kitchen, with its custom wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and large breakfast bar. The master suite has vaulted ceilings and an ensuite bath with a large bathtub and separate shower. Secondary bedrooms are good sized with easy access to an updated bathroom with frameless glass shower. The backyard offers a shaded wood deck, outdoor living-dining, fire pit, and board-on-board privacy fence. 

This home was listed July 6 by Jarrad Barnes with Dave Perry-Miller InTown for $575,000.


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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