Our Heavenly Hip Pocket is a Turtle Creek Tudor

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Turtle Creek Tudor
If you want all the perks of city living, but crave a historic home with a large lawn and a pool, have we got a heavenly hip pocket for you! Our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is a fantastic Turtle Creek Tudor at 4344 Avondale Avenue.

This is one of those rare blocks between Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek that is within walking distance of just about everything you could ever need. It’s perfect for a buyer relocating from a major city like London, Paris, or New York because it offers location, space, and history!

Built in 1933, this 2,365-square-foot Turtle Creek Tudor was extensively renovated in 2014 by Les Owens with LRO Residential, a third-generation Texas builder.

“What I think is just incredible about the house is the way the renovation has respected the honor, beauty, and history of the original 1933 Turtle Creek Tudor home,” Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate listing agent Garrett Holloway said. “Keeping the stained-glass windows, the original white oak hardwood floors, and the staircase paid so much respect to the home while totally updating it to the luxurious standards of modern living today.”Turtle Creek Tudor

Turtle Creek Tudor
Digging through The Dallas Morning News archives as far back as 1942 I discovered this beautiful Turtle Creek Tudor was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Gilbert, who owned the Majestic Fruit Store on Cedar Springs for 30 years. I bet the Rubens would be thrilled to see their home in such great hands.

Turtle Creek Tudor
The original stained glass window showcases the house number.

The original majestic, arched, stained glass living room window is actually operable! You seldom see that in any historic home today.
There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder bath, and an oasis of a backyard with a gorgeous pool.
Turtle Creek Tudor

Turtle Creek Tudor

“While it’s a cozy footprint, it delivers everything you need,” Holloway said. “The home lives bigger than you’d expect and it does a good job of checking all the boxes buyers want. There is a study downstairs, an eat-in kitchen with a built-in desk area, and a great bar area.”

The kitchen has imported Italian marble countertops and appliances by Wolf and Sub-Zero. The Ralph Lauren light fixture over the island is swoon-worthy!

Farrow & Ball wallpaper graces the powder bath.

Heading upstairs, the master bedroom is a tree-top sanctuary with a vaulted-and-beamed ceiling. The master bathroom has Ann Sacks marble tile, a Victoria + Albert bathtub, and two separate walk-in closets. There are two more bedrooms upstairs with a shared bathroom. One is currently being used as a den.



The unique 175-foot-deep lot, designed and installed by Marlin Landscape, provides a wonderful outdoor sanctuary that is completely unexpected in the heart of Dallas. Mature landscaping provides privacy whether entertaining on the covered patio or enjoying the saltwater pool.

This Turtle Creek Tudor home is a wonderful blend of old rich history and all the modern comforts of today.

Holloway has it listed for $1.549 million. Remember this is a hip pocket listing, so we don’t expect it to last!

Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager and writer for over 25 years. She teaches the popular Staging to Sell class and is the creator of the online course, The Beginners Guide to Buying Wholesale. She loves dogs, international travel, history, white paint, champagne, artificial turf, and homes with personality. Her father was a spy, and she keeps secrets very well. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com


Karen Eubank

Karen is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and a professional writer for over 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying for his masters at The New England Conservatory of Music. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap.

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  1. hmm? says

    it’s so great for the sellers of the house when realtors limit the views of the inventory by holding their listings hostage as hip pockets. wouldn’t it be better for the sellers to have their property broadly marketed so more people would see it?

    In what world would it be better to limit the buyer pool to the hip pocket holding broker’s network?

    Keep posting hip pockets like it’s a good thing – no one will ever figure out that it’s a scam.

    • mmKaren Eubank says

      It is not the Realtor that makes this decision. Realtors advise, but they are directed by their sellers. Hip pocket properties are not “held hostage.” Nor is this sort of listing a “scam.” We publish hip pockets regularly so potential buyers have the opportunity to get in touch with the Realtor and see them. There are many reasons hip pocket listing work better for sellers. Although these are not the reasons this particular home is a hip pocket listing, imagine if you had a child with a challenge or an elderly parent living with you. You would want control over who came, and when. Often appointment only is not the best option. There are also sellers waiting on their companies to iron out moving details, so hip pocket work better for them. There are a multitude of reasons that this sort of listing benefits the seller. We are always excited to share these listing with our audience.

  2. Barry Design Williams says

    The Rubes want their house back. I am certain that it didn’t look as good when they owned it. Brilliant redo on a charming old house. Bravo. Great article from Karen, as always.

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