Put the Paintbrush Down and Step Away From the Exposed Brick

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Interior brick walls that aren’t painted over? Gasp, what will the Millennials say? Decades ago, interior brick walls were a major selling point and for some homebuyers, they still are. Yet it seems many homeowners can’t pick up a paintbrush fast enough to whitewash over it. These three homes for this week’s Suburb Sunday show the texture and personality that exposed brick walls can give a home.

2318 Custer Parkway

  • Address: 2318 Custer Pkwy, Richardson
  • 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
  • 4,574 square feet
  • $925,000

This 1965-built Prairie Creek home, which sits on a quiet, tree-lined section of Custer Pkwy near Campbell Road, was remodeled down to the studs in 2015. Listing agent Angela Green with Keller Williams Central describes it as, “Beautiful drive up with covered porch, balcony, and circle drive. Awesome vaulted ceilings with beams and hand-scraped wood floors. A second living room off the kitchen makes a great game room or den. Sunroom with skylights and views of the backyard.” It’s got a spa-like master bath with clawfoot tub, dual-head shower, separate vanities, and walk-in closet. The chef’s kitchen has Thermador stainless appliances, including six-burner gas cooktop, granite counters, tile backsplash, farmhouse sink, and exposed brick.

See more photos of 2318 Custer Parkway on the listing.

2917 Forest Hills Lane

  • Address: 2917 Forest Hills Lane, Richardson
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • 1,935 square feet
  • $369,000

Listing agent Robert Wong of Coldwell Banker Realty Dallas calls this 1968-built home a “light and bright, charming home.” It’s conveniently located across an 8-acre park and Plano ISD’s Alridge Elementary. Updates include master bath, fresh interior and exterior paint, flooring, windows, plantation shutters, roof, plumbing, attic insulation, custom board on board cedar fence and more.

See more photos of Forest Hills Lane on the listing.

3313 Creekbend Drive

Address: 3313 Creekbend Drive, Garland
3 bedrooms, 2 baths
2,278 square feet

Listing agent Stephen Crawford of Keller Williams Realty Dallas Preston Road highlights the midcentury modern-inspired elements throughout this 1979-built home in Creek Bend Estates. “An abundance of windows allows natural light to flow into the home from a variety of angles and brings the outdoors inside with expansive creek and park views from most rooms. Other standout features include floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace, wood floors, two living areas, expansive deck, LED lighting, and fresh neutral paint throughout to accommodate any decor.”

See more photos of Creekbend Drive on the listing.

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Shelby Skrhak

Shelby is Associate Editor of CandysDirt.com. She's a journalist and podcaster turned full-time freelance writer based in Plano. She comes to CandysDirt.com after 12 years with SUCCESS magazine as digital content director. After hosting two top-rated iTunes Top 200 podcasts, she launched her own podcast called the Secret to My Success. She's a Lake Highlands native and graduate of UT-Dallas.

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  1. Norma Minnis says

    Candy, thank you so much for pointing out the painting brick dilemma. This practice of painting the exterior brick is destroying the integrity of our inner-city pre WW2 neighborhoods. Thanks for all your comments.

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