Updated Caruth Terrace

Caruth Terrace has long been a favorite neighborhood for first- and second-time homebuyers who love being near the dining and shopping of Lakewood. Now, you’ll just need to decide if you’re more of a Big Shucks or a Burger House family when you move into this lovely remodeled ranch-style home at 6308 Woodcrest Lane, listed for $600,000 by Michael Brink of Keller Williams Urban Dallas. (But really, you can’t go wrong either way.) (more…)

Have your wish list at the ready folks, because this one is going to check off all the boxes! We are putting the spotlight on an idyllic, three-bedroom, two-full-bathroom, family home in desirable Caruth Terrace.

“This home is on the best block in the neighborhood,” says listing agent, Justin Farmer with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.“You can walk to Starbucks, the grocery store, and donut shop without ever crossing a major street!”

And the Caruth Terrace gem has all the bells and whistles. We are talking a huge fenced backyard, light and bright interiors, and plenty of room to host a crowd.

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Splurge vs. Steal: Two Caruth Terrace Homes | CandysDirt.com

Caruth Terrace is an East Dallas neighborhood on the rise. Houses there tend to go under contract fast, and some of the midcentury homes there are getting flipped or torn down for new builds. 

Situated west of White Rock Lake, Caruth Terrace is bounded by Skillman Street on the west, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit light rail Blue Line on the north, Abrams Road on the east, and Mockingbird Lane on the south. Talk about a great location. 

Today’s Splurge vs. Steal features two Caruth Terrace homes. One is brand new, one is remodeled, both are appealing for their own reason. Which is your favorite? 

 

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When 6907 Sperry  in Caruth Terrace was built back in 1964, one of the biggest decisions a homeowner had to make was the tile and fixture color schemes in the bathrooms. There were no master retreats, no vessel sinks, and no vast oceans of marble. You got seafoam, baby blue, or the ignominious pink tile in most cases. Other popular choices were mint green, gray, and white. But these bathrooms, with their half-tile walls and tile counter tops with color-matched sinks are growing rarer as the cult of Carrara proselytizes the liturgy of white on white on white.

So it’s a real treat to see a midcentury ranch with not one, not but two intact vintage bathrooms!

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dallas open houses this weekend

The boutique contemporary townhouse at 4962 Fuqua St. in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood is one of our five featured open houses this week.

If you’re wanting an insider’s take on Dallas open houses (and the ‘burbs from time to time), look no further than our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick five fabulous open houses you shouldn’t miss. Each one has something unique and compelling about it, something that makes for eye candy and real estate revelry.

This week, our houses range in price from $369K to $695K, from Stevens Park in North Oak Cliff to the Henderson corridor in East Dallas. Let us know what you think of our choices!

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6248 Ravendale Before Front

 

Ravendale After Front

Are you ready for a stunning before-and-after? Let’s start off with the vitals on 6248 Ravendale, a cottage built in 1950 in Caruth Terrace. It’s a 1,397-square-foot traditional with two bedrooms, one bathroom and a single garage. It’s marketed by Jan Baldwin of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s for $299,500.

Ravendale Before Living

Ravendale After Living

Now, to you, this cute little house may not sound like much, but wait until you get a peek at the remodel that made this so-so house into a cozy, cute cottage that would be the envy of any neighborhood.

Ravendale Before Dining

Ravendale After Dining

 

The first thing you’ll notice is the fresh paint and landscaping outside the home, which raises the profile to a whole different level by making the shutters and doors neutral, adding more inviting furniture to the porch, and tidying the front to add crucial curb appeal.

Ravendale Before Kitchen Ravendale After Kitchen

Of course the interiors have been brightened up, too, with neutral paint and white furniture, and lovely accessories. It’s a far cry from the dark, uninviting interiors in the first listing photos.

The kitchen has had a facelift, too, with bright cabinets replacing the dark ones, opening the space and making it much more photogenic. The paint on the walls makes this modest kitchen look much bigger, too, and adding  beadboard for the backsplash instead of the eclectic tile makes the space look much more unified.

Ravendale Before Sitting Ravendale After Sitting

Really, the backyard is the same, but what is different is the cozy furniture that makes the area show much better. Now tell us: Which house would you buy for almost $300,000? The before or the after?

Ravendale Before Master Ravendale After Master

6270 Saratoga

I would totally paint the brick – you?

So my daughter and son-in-law are looking for a new home in Dallas. Oh yes, you will be hearing more about this, maybe even from her! I have been enlisted to check out a few properties and as you can imagine, jump to the task. One of the cute ones I rather fell in love with was 6270 Saratoga in Caruth Terrace. $365,000. This little angel just took me back to our very first home at 3550 Ainsworth. In fact, I would swear the homes were built by the same builder. The floorplan, save for the connected two-entry rear car garage and laundry room in this listing, were identical and Ainsworth was constructed of the same orange-y Mexican brick in 1957. Saratoga is slightly larger at about 1900 square feet built in 1959 . Both are solid as a rock! In our first home I had my washer in the kitchen and dryer in the attached one-car garage. I hated tripping down the step with an armload of wet laundry but then, I was in my twenties and tripping was no big deal!

Also, 6270 is on the good side of Saratoga Circle, does not back up to the Dart Line. It has been recently redone, and though I venture to say it’s not a professional job, it is charming and the quality of materials is top notch.

Of course, I do have a few issues with the thought processes of the remodeler, which we shall surely address.

The home is billed as updated, which it is, with gleaming clean baths (two) and kitchen. The master bath is small, one of the those corner shower units, commode and a pedestal sink. While I am a fan of pedestal sinks in powder rooms, why didn’t this remodeler build a nice vanity in this tiny little bath for more storage? He thoughtfully etched out little shelves for shampoo bottles in the showers. No, instead he went with the quick fix pedestal. Just not a fan when you need more counter and storage space! He also made a cute little kleenex box out of leftover tile. Very creative.6270 Saratoga LR 6270 Saratoga kitchen 6270 Saratoga bath 6270 Saratoga FR 6270 Saratoga Master bath 6270 Saratoga patio 6270 Saratoga yard

The home has three bedrooms, and typical 1950’s closet space which is to say, nada. Did people own clothes in the 1950’s? I was a baby so suppose mine did not take up much room but now I know why my mother could never get her bedroom organized. The hardwoods are stunning and beautifully finished, may I please have your floor man’s name? The lights are nicely recessed with dimmers, and there is a tankless water heater. The “built-in media cabinet wired for home theater w Bose speakers” is really the flat screen TV and speakers above the cute rock stone fireplace. There are new thermo windows in the bathrooms and bedrooms, and an updated electrical panel. The yard is as neat as a pin and I think the rear-entry attached two car garage is a Godsend. It even has an electric door. Kids, when we were young we had to lift the garage door in our first house on Ainsworth. My, how times have changed!

But this is what really made me scratch my head and pop this house into the “what were they thinking” department: the breakfast room. So we have this nice kitchen with granite counters and nicely painted original cabinets, stainless appliances and a slate floor. Look at the breakfast room floor: there is carpet sort of bordered by tile. I really wonder if this remodeler has ever experienced a meal with A TODDLER or very messy friend who dribbles red wine the moment the cork is popped. I used to put a plastic shower curtain under my kids when they were in high chairs. Why in the work would you bring in carpet to the room floor that gets the toughest beating in the house?

Maybe you ran out of tile?

On the huge plus side: this smart agent post a floorplan of the house on MLS. Big bonus points — I have heard people asking for agents to do this. Agents, please, give us blueprints if you have them!6270 Saratoga floorplan

 

Sometimes you see traces of what an older home used to look like through the slick veneer of fresh paint and new flooring. Perhaps the cabinets in the kitchen get a refacing and the paneling in a bedroom is stripped and recoated, but under decades of haphazard updating is a mystery.

If the anthropologist in you is always curious about these things, head over to 6509 Prince in Caruth Terrace on Sunday to check out a 1955 ranch in original condition for $334,900.

This house has four good-sized bedrooms and three baths, and totals more than 2,500 square feet. Other than your typical replacements — flooring, windows, sprinkler system, and I think one appliance — this home looks just like it did when it was purchased almost 60 years ago.

Each of the bathrooms, which have the original Daltile of course, have a different color scheme. The largest bathroom is a lovely combination of pink and gray, while the other bathrooms feature a more neutral cream and a pea soup/evergreen scheme.

In the backyard you’ll see a built-in grill and a carport with storage, but no garage. Want to see it in person? Head over to 6509 Prince on Sunday, Sept. 30, between 1 and 3 p.m.