Adorable Midcentury Elmwood Bungalow Perfect For First-Time Buyers

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ElmwoodAs property values climb in Dallas, the $200,000 range is often considered the sweet spot now for first-time buyers — and we found a perfect perch in Elmwood for this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred.

But it’s not just a perfect location (more on that in a minute) that sets this two-bedroom, one-bath home apart from the other starters out there — it’s also been updated extensively.

“What makes this house so special is its charm and character,” listing agent Brian Davis with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s said of 2042 Rugged Drive. “From the moment you drive up, the color of the shutters and front door, the white picket railing on the front porch, the covered sitting area, and the views of the greenbelt draw you in.

“It’s a nice contrast to see such a charming bungalow in such a commanding setting.”

Among the updates include the kitchen, which now boasts granite counters, subway tile, stainless steel appliances, upgraded lighting, and designer tile.

Plantation shutters now grace the brand new windows, and the hardwoods were refinished throughout the entertaining areas and bedrooms.

“Once inside, the warm colors, natural light, hardwoods, and fireplace add to the sense of coziness,” Davis said. “Simply put, it’s one of those homes you enter and just say ‘ah.’ It’s got a great feel to it.”

And the upgrades weren’t just aesthetics — the roof, electrical service, plumbing, and gas lines have all been updated or replaced.

“There’s a great backyard, and being in Oak Cliff means that there are mature trees in every direction,” Davis said.


And the location can’t be beaten, either. This Midcentury bungalow faces the Elmwood greenbelt and is close to the proposed hike and bike trail that will eventually connect Kiest Park to Coombs Creek Trail and the Katy Trail.

“Elmwood is a thriving pocket, and unique in Oak Cliff for its walkability to a DART light rail station,” Davis said.

It’s also not far from Wynnewood Village (which is being redeveloped), downtown, a light rail stop that can take you to both airports, and Bishop Arts.

“It’s close to all the action excitement of the Bishop Arts District, plus everything involved with the redevelopment of Wynnewood Village,” he added.

The home is listed for $289,900.


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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  1. Jared D says

    No offense, but that price is grossly over-inflated for a South Dallas address. Someone is going to be underwater on a mortgage in the next 5-7 years due to recent overpricing trends. 289,900 is WAY too much for a 2 bed 1 bath, no matter HOW upgraded it is. Sorry, but this one does not get a stamp of approval from me. Those are prices you’d pay in Grapevine.

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