Hampton Hills Home Embraces Original Charm, With A Few Updates

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Hampton HillsThe Hampton Hills neighborhood is one of the few remaining mostly undisturbed groups of post-war cottages left in Dallas — and many of them were built by one family.

According to local lore, Oak Cliff Realtor Wiley Roberts and his sons took on the post-war housing shortage by committing to building in Hampton Hills. Although the neighborhood was established in the early-to-mid 1920s, the Roberts family put their stamp on the finish-out of the neighborhood, so to speak, by building homes that were asymmetrical in style with an off-center entry, and generally on corner lots.

Our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is a Hampton Hills cottage, circa 1950, on a corner lot. The spacious three-bedroom, two-bath home has all the original charm you’d expect of a Hampton Hills post-war home, but has been carefully and smartly updated for today’s needs and sensibilities, and is listed by Jason Melton of David Griffin & Company.

Located at 1303 S. Montreal Ave., the 1,858 square foot home has gorgeous formal living and dining areas with plenty of windows to provide light, airy and sumptuous entertaining spaces. Beautiful wood floors and a fireplace bring warmth to the home.

The kitchen is open to the dining area, and the current owners wisely kept and maintained the original wood cabinetry, but gave it a current feel with modern stainless steel GE Profile appliances, a subway tile backsplash, and granite countertops.

An adjacent den connects to the attached garage, and has built-in shelving and a wine fridge.

The gorgeous master suite has two closets and an en-suite with separate granite-topped vanities and a large corner glass-enclosed shower.

And you can still spend some time outside even as the Texas summer does its unmerciful worst, thanks to a glass-enclosed front porch with HVAC.

When the weather is more hospitable, a lovely, private backyard beckons and is a virtual blank slate, ready for your garden, your outdoor dining space, or swing set.

And given that the house has a perfect layout for entertaining or family fun, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that the home is in the stellar Molina High School feeder pattern. Molina High met state standards with four distinctions last year, and Salazar Elementary met standard with six distinctions. Stockard Middle School is making similar strides, and met standard last year.

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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