1135 Winnetka Front

I love guest cottages! It’s the perfect solution for older kids who come back home from college for winter or summer break and are too used to being independent to have them in close proximity with civilized people.

Oh, don’t pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about!

1135 WInnetka Guest

Seriously, though, they are great for long- and short-term guests, in-laws, and even as studios or offices for work-at-home types. So when someone else sees the value in a guest cottage and chooses to add one to their property, I give them a little virtual pat on the back. That’s exactly what the sellers of 1135 N. Winnetka Ave. deserve.

1135 Winnetka Living

Listed by Robert Kucharski of David Griffin & Co. Realtors, this Kessler Square Tudor is an excellent value at $549,900. There’s 3,182 square feet of living space — not including the 642-square-foot guest house — with three bedrooms and two and a half baths.

1135 Winnetka Dining

This was built in 1924 and renovated to a fantastic level of comfort. Thanks to the steep pitch of the roof, this house has some great little nooks, perfect for raising a munchkin or two. I also love the kitchen, which features Bosch, Thermidor, and Miele appliances along with gorgeous white cabinets.

1135 Winnetka Kitchen

If you even think you might have an inkling about buying this house, you need to move fast: Homes in North Oak Cliff — and Kessler Park, especially —are moving at a record pace, and soon all the updated ones that are priced right will be gone!



1548 Eastus Front

The frost is still on the ground this morning, and while I’m cozy in my 1950s post war in East Dallas, I know my husband wants to live the Midcentury Modern life in Oak Cliff. So, in 2013, we might find ourselves with a new address on the other side of town.

That means I’m starting the hunt, I guess. We haven’t even started getting our house prepped for the market, but that doesn’t mean a girl can’t look, right?

That brings me to today’s Thursday Three Hundred, which is on the very high end of the price range at $399,000. I can see why the owners are optimistic about 1548 Eastus Drive, though. It’s a beautiful Midcentury Modern in East Kessler Park, which is close to everything a family like mine wants to be near while still benefiting from the privacy of larger lots and mature trees that North Oak Cliff offers.

1548 Eastus Kitchen

I know that this home is beautiful, but I wish that the photos reflected the care and planning the owners put into renovating this 63-year-old home. Sorely lacking is a decent photo of the home’s exterior, which really sells curb appeal and lot size.

1548 Eastus Living

Still, this three-bedroom, three-bath home is gorgeous. It’s been completely repainted with museum-finish walls. The floors have been restored, too. There’s a new offset fireplace in the living room, featuring gorgeous mosaic tile. While each room gets decent light from the large windows, I’m kind of put off by the cheap mini blinds.

1548 Eastus Den

That’s not enough, however, to keep me from imagining my furniture in this 2,300-square-foot home. I am also fantasizing about entertaining in the kitchen, which features a gigantic island with bar seating and a really cute mosaic glass backsplash.

The bedrooms and bathrooms, well, they’re kind of typical of what you’d find in any home, which is a bit of a letdown when you consider this house’s potential.

So what do you think: Should I keep it on the list?

One of those East Kessler treasures built in 1948, updated to the hilt, but so beautifully preserved to retain 100% of it’s charm. Honestly, when I saw the beautiful pine ceiling and beams, I thought I was deja vu in a Carmel cottage! 1512 Sylvan sports freshly re-finished oak hardwood floors, an updated kitchen with granite, 5 burner gas stove, stainless appliances and slate tile flooring. Large stone patio areas front and back. The driveway goes through the property for easy access front or back, two car garage spaces. Two bedrooms, two nicely updated baths, and you coud not be closer to downtown Dallas if you, well, lived at the W. (Not at this price! And you are also close to Bishop Arts — I mean, walk!) This angele is priced at $229,000 listed with Sharon Hargett Keller Williams Urban. My God, it doesn’t get any cuter (or more perfect) than this!