Old Lake Highlands Retro Remodel Shines With Masterful Updates

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Tamra Torres of the Shelly Seltzer Group at Ebby Halliday has listed 10421 Solta Drive for $425,000.

Attention Old Lake Highlands house hunters! Let your search for the perfect retro remodel be no more. We’ve locked onto a stylish 1950s gem that’s turning heads, and you’ll want to take a look! The three-bedroom, two-full-bathroom home is light, and bright, and sized just right with 1,602 square feet of newly refurbished interior space. And it’s one of the area’s longstanding husband-and-wife duos – Patrick and Jeanna McIntyre of New Creation Group – that brought this Old Lake Highlands gem back to life!

“My husband and I are the owners and sellers, and the ones who rehabbed this house. We have been restoring and selling homes in East Dallas for 17 years … long before ‘flipping’ became vogue,” says Jeanna. “Since, we have lived all over East Dallas, our passion is to buy and remodel classic 1950 – 60s homes to preserve the character and maintain property values through renovation and revitalization. We do top-quality renovations to attract good, responsible homeowners to the neighborhood. We are experienced contractors that do top-quality work, we go over and above on design and finish-out, we are respectful to neighbors and the people we hire, and we are committed to continue helping East Dallas to thrive!”

Tamra Torres of the Shelly Seltzer Group at Ebby Halliday is listing the property for $425,000, making it the perfect Friday Four Hundred! In fact, Torres has successfully sold over 20 properties for the McIntyres and soon will add this Old Lake Highlands beauty to her list!

Curb Appeal

The first thing we notice is the great drive-up appeal! A cozy front porch, new landscaping, and inviting entry signal to us that this is worth a tour.

Open Concept Layout

And the McIntyres share with us their overall goal. The project was centered on restoring the integrity, function, and visual appeal of this 1950s home. “We improved the layout and flow of the house for modern-day open concept, and created the master suite everyone wants,” adds Jeanna.

Elegant Updates

Mission accomplished! The open floor plan is ideal for entertaining. We think buyers will appreciate all the elegant upgrades throughout. These include natural wood floors, decorative lighting, fresh paint, and richly appointed kitchen, beds, and baths.

Stunning Chef’s Kitchen

In the kitchen, the home chef will be in awe! Sleek quartz countertops, 42-inch cabinets, stainless appliances, a gas range, plus an oversized island with seating and storage round out the culinary experience.

“Our favorite feature of the home is the kitchen and large island, which is perfect for entertaining,” says Jeanna. “In an effort not to create too much of a good thing with the trendy open concept, we were careful to keep some separation between the living room by adding a custom half wall featuring columns and bookshelves. The flow between the rooms, the spacious kitchen, and the oversized island are perfect for entertaining!”

Head-Turning Beds & Baths

In the master you’ll find a room that is generous in size with barn doors leading to an en suite bath. On the opposite side of the room, the image shows a set of doors. These are the bedroom entrance and also provide access to the master closet. The entrance to the bedroom is just left of the left closet door. In the bath, gorgeous blue, espresso, and white tones combine for a tranquil, spa-like retreat. We love the oversized glass shower with floor-to-ceiling blue tiles. And the guest beds and shared bath are equally impressive!

Stand-Out Features

Jeanna tells us there are several other unique features that make the home stand out. These comprise of: architectural planter boxes in cedar; an oversized laundry room; not one but two full bathrooms; a gracious master with large closet that is rare to the area; and the decision to leave some of the midcentury charm, such as original built-in closets in a secondary bedroom.

Fenced Backyard

Outside, a large backyard has an eight-foot cedar fence, covered and open patios, and plenty of grass for dogs to roam and kids to play. Jeanna says, “The living area has a triple sliding door opening to the patio and backyard. Since it is partially under the roof, it can be used rain or shine.” A two-car-garage and workbench means you’ll have room to dive into those hobbies.

Best of all, the price!

With an asking price of $425,000, we can’t help but think this one will go fast! You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more thoughtful retro remodel around.

Tamra Torres of the Shelly Seltzer Group at Ebby Halliday has listed 10421 Solta Drive for $425,000.


Amy Puchaty

Amy Puchaty is founder and principal writer of Amy Puchaty Communications, a freelance copywriting firm specializing in luxury real estate marketing. As a real estate writer and communications specialist, Amy's marketing campaigns and copywriting work have appeared in numerous print and digital publications including The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Inman News, The Denver Post, and Dallas Business Journal. Follow Amy at www.amypuchaty.com

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