A little south of White Rock Lake, the Hollywood Heights neighborhood is a conservation district full of 1920’s Tudor-style houses. The appeal is enormous to homebuyers, and families love that the area is in the attendance zone for the beloved and award-winning Lakewood Elementary. 

Our Splurge vs Steal this week takes us to Hollywood Heights to look at two Tudors. Which one is your favorite? 

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This is one of those Dallas homes worth dropping your fingernail file for. In fact, 1905 Old Orchard is worth dropping about 1,000.

Are we in Pebble Beach? We are right here in Dallas, but in Stevens Park Estates, one of the best neighborhoods in town that has always been a bit of a secret. A good secret where neighbors live, work, and play just minutes away from Bishop Arts District, downtown Dallas, and Uptown.

First of all, it is a very close-knit community: some neighborhood associations have meetings, Stevens Park has “First Friday” happy hours. There is a “toddler park” for kiddos and an annual Easter Egg hunt that has evolved into a full-fledged party over the years. Forget Swiss Avenue, there are more Halloween trick-or-treaters (and better treats) in this area than any ‘hood south of I-30. If you borrow an egg from a neighbor, that egg will be freshly hatched from a backyard chicken. Everyone knows everyone’s pets and kids and in the most iconic blend of artists and intellectuals, the kids roam, playing freely from house to house until it’s time for bed. I have even heard of summertime camp-outs under the stars, reading and bridge groups in this ‘hood. And if you or someone in your family likes golf, well swing the clubs across the street at the Stevens Park Golf Course or ride your bike or take a run along the paved trail.

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I sorted through at least a dozen homes before I landed on this week’s Saturday Seven Hundred treasure. The drive-up is so charming. But it was the first interior shot that made me say, “Oh, yes. This is a goodie.” It came as not a bit of a surprise that this 1925 Tudor was completely rebuilt from its foundation by an architect. There’s just something about the way the spaces are laid out and the use of light that made it obvious someone with know-how got their hands on this Perry Heights home.

The top-down renovation delivers a combination of contemporary appeal and historic charm with admirable deftness. With three living spaces, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms in in 2,141 square feet, 4411 N Hall Street is listed with Virginia Cook’s Nancy Martinez for $749,000. Join us after the jump for a bonus space that will not disappoint.

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The Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, one of the gems of living in Oak Cliff.          Canine Model: Big Turkey

Oak Cliff covers about one third of Dallas, with a lot of variety throughout. You’re probably familiar with the small craftsman homes around Bishop Arts, the historic homesteads of Winnetka Heights, and the eclectic estates of the Kessler neighborhoods. A little further west near Hampton and south of Jefferson you’ll find many neighborhoods like the North Cliff Conservation District: adorable homes with classic architectural details and three key amenities close by.

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We love a great before-and-after, and our Tuesday Two Hundred tells a compelling story. This 1928 North Oak Cliff Tudor was uninhabitable until 2015, when huge renovations restored this beauty and made it into the cozy, stylish home you see today.

Located at 502 S. Westmoreland Rd. in the Irwindell neighborhood (just south of West Jefferson Boulevard), this Tudor is completely reimagined with an open concept floorplan and modern amenities buyers love, like a brand new kitchen with farm sink and open shelving. But the original character of the home shines, too, with details like glass doorknobs and restored fireplace.

“All the improvements were completed in August 2015 and made to reflect the charm and character of this late 20’s-built home in Irwindell,” said listing agent Mark Lucisano with Keller Williams—Dallas Park Cities. “This home is located one mile from Westmoreland DART station and all of the great shops and eats in Bishop Arts.”

It’s a modest footprint, with two bedrooms, one bathrooms, and 1,105 square feet, but this home packs a lot into that space and makes the most of its size. We’re impressed!

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M Streets Tudor Sees Remarkable Transformation | CandysDirt.com

I’ve fallen head over heels for a 1928 M Streets Tudor, and I know you will, too.

Located at 5350 Monticello Ave. in the coveted Greenland Hills neighborhood, this stunner was taken to the studs for a whole-house renovation that reimagined every space and expanded the footprint to five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two living areas, and 3,497 square feet on two stories.

“This house has all the charm and character of an old home—something that can’t be re-created with new construction—plus the functionality and amenities of new construction,” said Minnette Murray with Minnette Murray Properties, who is representing the property. “I love the 9-foot ceilings throughout, custom finishes, the perfect floorplan, and outdoor living options. This is an amazing house.”

The renovations were designed by renowned Dallas architectural firm Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro, and the quality shows through in high-end finish outs and details everywhere.

One of the challenges of older homes is a lack of space and too few bathrooms. This house solves all that with remarkable style and era-appropriate updates. I can’t wait to show it to you.

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This stunning 1925 Hollywood Heights Tudor at 6932 Santa Monica Drive is so spectacular, it was featured in the 2013 Hollywood Heights Neighborhood home tour. But life wasn’t all glamour for this adorable Tudor angel. It’s very hard to imagine, but once upon a time she stood vacant for two years. A family of raccoons even had to be evicted when the home was purchased by the present owners. Originally a duplex, the owners, both former architects, had a clear vision of the property’s potential. Working together with Perrin Scudder, of Scudder Construction, they created a wonderful single family home with immaculate style and grace, and retained the charm of the era.

Of course, they introduced modern functionality where it was needed. The result is an amazingly modern home with the bones and charm of yesteryear.

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home problems and solutionsSometimes, a darling home comes on the market and its potential is marred by cosmetic problems, poor staging, and too much clutter.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is just such a house. This North Oak Cliff Tudor is a three-bedroom, two-bath home with 1,410 square feet, built in 1924. From the outside, it’s cute as a button, and the interior has so much promise. But as you’ll see in the photos, there are numerous problems with the listing. It’s undoubtedly one of the reasons it was just reduced $10K (it is now listed for $249,000).

If you add up the cost of staging (generally 1 to 2 percent of list price) and the cosmetic fixes, it would likely ring in under that amount, in my opinion. Listing a house with these kind of issues is like throwing money out the window.

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