Rebuild in Casa Linda Brings Modern Touch to a Family Friendly Ranch

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More and more homes in the Casa Linda Estates area have been torn down, with towering two-story houses filling lots where rambling stone ranches once stood. That’s happening all over Dallas’ close-in neighborhoods, some may note. However, it’s laudable to see a builder come in and expand a home in a way that adds a fresh face to it without taking over the large lots for which Casa Linda Estates is known. 
That’s what makes this gorgeous rebuild from Tivoli Construction our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Taking an already great home with sturdy bones in a great neighborhood with a fabulous location and transforming it into a stylish, modern house fit for family life is no small task, said listing agent David Collier of David Griffin & Company Realtors.
Right from the spacious front deck, which wraps the front of this updated midcentury ranch at 1540 San Saba, you can tell that this rebuild is something completely different. Not only was the interior completely redesigned, but there are so many wonderful touches outside the home, cementing its status as a High Caliber Home. Spoiler alert: It’s priced under $1 million, too!

“We have worked together for many years and he consistently builds a quality product in an affordable price range,” Collier said of Kent Carpenter, Tivoli Contsruction president. 
And you get a lot in this rebuilt Casa Linda midcentury ranch, including four bedrooms, three full and one half baths, two living areas, a formal dining room, two fireplaces, and a two-car garage. And for a one-story home, it’s not petite, either, clocking in at 3,080 square feet.
Despite being 67 years old, inside, the home looks practically new — and it is. Of course, you’ll notice things like smooth walls, beautiful trim, clean lines, and a versatile neutral color palette that can accommodate pretty much any style.
“I love the clean lines that make this home feel so good,” Collier said, “and the simple, but sophisticated use of color really makes this home stand out.”

Beyond that, there’s a lot of peace of mind under foot and behind the walls, with fresh hardwood floors, new windows, new plumbing and electrical, and a flexible floor plan that flows wonderfully for entertaining. 

Vaulted ceilings in the open family room and kitchen make for a bright and open, casual place for family hangs, and built-in cabinetry with LED lighting offers an elegant way to showcase your collections and stow your media. 
You’ll also notice how spacious the rooms look, and how uncluttered the decor feels. That’s no accident, Collier pointed out.
“The scale of the room sizes are perfect for today’s style of living,” he said.
The kitchen is perfect for today’s style of home chef, with an oversized, eat-in island acting as a pivot point between the dining area and the family room. The white cabinetry is topped by both dark stone on the island and a lighter color scheme on the range side, which highlights the gorgeous backsplash and modern rustic vent hood. There’s gobs of storage and tons of detail, right down to the designer pendants.
And the master suite is a fabulous retreat with tons of texture. Warm hardwoods in the bedroom are a grounding force, and practically sparkle under the light pouring in through the windows. In the master bath, you get a very sexy shower with tons of storage and designer tile. There’s also a huge walk-in closet.
But the house isn’t the only selling point for this gorgeous Casa Linda listing, Collier noted. 

There’s so much potential here! The huge lot at 1540 San Saba could easily accommodate a pool and playscape.
“The other obvious stand out is the amazing lot, which is 100 feet by 255 feet,” he said. That comes out to just over a half acre, and you’re also right across the street from a fantastic park complete with a playground, baseball diamond, tennis court, basketball court, and plenty of open space. The house is inside the attendance zone for the award-winning Alex Sanger Preparatory, too, and it’s a stone’s throw from Casa Linda Plaza, which has recently benefited from a dramatic facelift. You’re also close to all of the wonderful amenities this area of our fair city has to offer!
“East Dallas is a very special place,” Collier said. “The trees are magnificent, the people are friendly and diverse, and the access to White Rock Lake and the Arboretum can’t be beat!”
We have to agree!
David Collier and Jennifer Riley Rice of David Griffin & Company Realtors have listed 1540 San Saba for $895,000.

Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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