Dreamy Dorothy Lane Cottage in Monticello is Quite The Find

Dorothy Lane

Quite the find — that’s what I would call this precious 1945 cottage at 3517 Dorothy Lane. Not only does it have a choice Monticello location right across from Monticello Park, but it is definitely priced to move, at nearly 20 percent below the average square foot Monticello average.

The listing treats this enchanting charmer as a near fixer-upper. Admittedly the kitchen and baths would benefit from a redo but the rest of the residence has a near picture-perfect pristine aura. Attractive stone hardscape leads to the front entry.

Dorothy Lane

Abundantly fenestrated rooms fairly shimmer in museum white with well-tended vintage oak hardwood floors throughout. The living room centers on a wood-burning fireplace.

Dorothy Lane

The house has fully 2,718 square feet and four bedrooms and four full baths. The flexibility of floor plan means rooms can have multiple uses. A second living area off the formal living room now serves as a relaxed study. An addition — not shown, added yet a third living. In total, there are fully four living areas, some with closets, which could be reworked to create a ground-floor master suite.

Dorothy Lane

As is often the case in Monticello, houses of this vintage have all four bedrooms located upstairs. Again, there is potential to rework the floor plan and combine spaces to make a large master suite.

Dorothy Lane

Dorothy Lane

Bathrooms are rather hybrids, retaining some original tile and fixtures sprinkled with occasional updates.

Dorothy Lane

Dorothy Lane

The roof has been recently replaced. The backyard is large and private. There is a detached covered garage for one car at back. At this price, “quite the find” might actually be an understatement for this home.

Mathew Rice of The Trophy Group has priced 3517 Dorothy Lane to move at $499,000.


Eric Prokesh is an interior designer whose work has appeared on HGTV, and in books and publications including D Home, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, and House and Garden. In January 2005, HGTV named Eric one of the 50 tastemakers in America and D Home has included him as one of Dallas’ Best Designers for 10 years. Having lived most of his life in Dallas, he now calls Fort Worth home and is one of our experts on beautiful Fort Worth Dirt. His own home on historic Elizabeth Boulevard has been featured in 360 West.