Updated Midcentury Ranch Corners the Market For The Perfect First Home

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first homeWhen you’re a young family, you look for certain things in your first home — and first and foremost, you’re probably going to be looking for the home that can give you the most bang for your buck.

It’s one of the reason we bring our readers regular features like the Tuesday Two Hundred and the Thursday Three Hundred — and this week’s Thursday offering is a great example of how the $300,000 range can get you a great move-in ready first home with loads of potential for putting your stamp on the abode as well.

This North Dallas Midcentury Ranch at 3179 Jubilee Trail was built in 1961 and has a lot of the hallmarks we expect from the Fox & Jacobs era of Dallas — an open floor plan, a focal point fireplace, and bedroom layouts that provide generous bunking spaces.

It’s a floor plan that holds up to the ever-changing and cyclical vagaries of popular design choices over decades. The wallpaper may change, the tile may go from a country style mosaic to a sleek subway tile, and flooring choices may go from shag to laminate to Berber to wood, but that floorplan? What was family and entertaining-friendly in the sixties is just as family and entertaining-friendly today.

The sellers have completely updated the home, meaning some lucky family will get to walk in and begin decorating. We’re talking new floors, new paint, new carpet, new granite countertops, new cabinetry and more.

And a stunning double-sided fireplace provides warmth and interest to the formal living room and dining and kitchen area, which has been updated with new stainless steel appliances, counters, cabinets, and more storage. The living areas have durable vinyl plank flooring, and the bedrooms have new carpet.

Both bathrooms have also been updated, one with a tub and one with a stand-up shower.

Located on a large corner lot, children can play in the huge backyard while parents relax (really, there’s probably room for a great pool and a deck). The drive leading to the garage placed at the rear of the home is private and gated as well.

And as if the home itself wasn’t perfect for a family, it’s also an easy drive (or possibly even bike ride) to DeGolyer Elementary.

The home is listed for $350,000 by Scott Kirkpatrick with Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors.


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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