This University Terrace Family Home Is The Ultimate Friday Four Hundred

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Want to know how a home truly lives? Take a staging class and put your best foot forward next time you list. That is exactly what agent Genna Banta did for this University Terrace home, and now she’s watching the interest pour in!

Genna, a listing agent and current owner of this Midcentury beauty on Lehigh Drive, found her way into the class of our very own resident staging expert, Karen Eubank. And by using Karen’s tips, Genna was able to highlight the very best features of this week’s three-bedroom, two-full-bathroom pick.

A Cosmetic Rehab To Turn Heads

“There are several things that make this University Terrace home unique and special,” Genna says. “The extra space for living, the beautiful and established landscaping, and the cosmetic rehab made with fine materials.” 

Genna should know. She lived in the home with her family for two years before renting it out to an architect and his wife. Now it’s on the market with a fresh new look.

Updated Kitchen, Plus Three Living Areas!

“This house is a good buy because the quality of the materials used in its cosmetic rehab make it an elegant home,” she says. “In this 1,460-square-foot house, there are three living areas and that is unique and special. The kitchen is open and right next to the larger living space – open enough to feel connected but any kitchen mess is easily hidden from sight.” 

In fact, Genna says the kitchen is so spacious that you could add a wall and have another private room if you wish. It has been updated with granite counters, a gorgeous marble backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and travertine floors.

Access To Coveted Lakewood Schools

“The home could house a small family that is happy to be in the Lakewood school system,” says Genna. “And this is the least expensive neighborhood you can buy into to get into the Lakewood schools!” In addition, Genna tells us there is a lot of common space which is great when hosting family and friends.

Ample Space To Make It Your Own

“The den, living, and dining area in the front room and the room off the kitchen are the best rooms,” she says. “The front room has two living areas. You could place a dining room table as well as a den in this room or have two den areas. The kitchen also has a large space which is great for an office, kid space, or dining area.” 

Clearly, Genna was able to maximize every inch of the home. The neutral color palette throughout adds a dose of sophistication. And as a bonus, it’s one that nearly any buyer can see themselves in.

Versatile Layout For A Variety Of Buyers

“This home would be perfect for several different buyers which is also unique,” she adds. “A single person or a couple who like to entertain will love the spaciousness and connectedness of the living areas. An older couple looking to downsize, yet still want to be in the city, would also enjoy this home. Lastly, this home is good for investment as the neighborhood is appreciating in value quickly as people discover this little niche.”

Friendly Neighbors Make All The Difference

“The thing I love most in University Terrace are the neighbors,” says Genna. “Everyone is nice and there are lots of kids. There are also professionals without children living in the neighborhood, they are nice too. In my opinion, it has been challenging to find a neighborhood with children in inner-city areas, but on this street, there is a very active play group for smaller kids, and older kids can be seen on bikes tooling around the neighborhood.”

Proximity To White Rock Lake

The home is also close to White Rock Lake and popular Katy trail, making it great for active families and couples alike. “My husband and I would often bike to the trail around the lake. There is a shortcut!” says Genna. “Ridgewood Belcher is also just down the road! How lucky is that!”

For those new to the area, Ridgewood Belcher is a recreation center and offers many community opportunities, from involvement in activities to use of its facility.

Time To Make Your Move

Anyone looking for a move-in ready home with desirable Lakewood schools would benefit from seeing this in person. But you better act fast. This University Terrace gem can’t be beat!

Genna Banta with Banta Property Management has listed 7216 Lehigh Drive for $419,950.


Amy Puchaty

Amy Puchaty is founder and principal writer of Amy Puchaty Communications in Boulder, Colorado, a bespoke content services firm specializing in luxury real estate marketing. As a luxury 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

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