4936 Victor Front

I’ve lived in a 1921 Craftsman home in Junius Heights, and while I loved all of the cool details, such as the hardwood trim around the windows, the expansive front porch, and the window seat in the master bedroom that overlooked the garden, I hated how drafty it was and the awful water pressure.

4936 Victor Living

Still, living in a historic district is amazing. The homeowners tend to care more about their neighborhood and their community, and they work hard to maintain the standards. I miss that part of living in a historic conservation district, but I do not miss living in a historic home. If only you could have a new home in a historic district that blends in with its surroundings pretty much seamlessly …

4936 Victor Kitchen

If that’s what you want, you’re in luck. Marketed by Borman and Zahn team at Dave Perry-Miller and Associates for $485,000, 4936 Victor is a prairie style two-story built in 2008 that looks like it belongs in a whole ‘nother era. It has four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and 3,184 square feet, and that’s not including the huge front porch where you’ll spend spring evenings waving at neighbors as they walk past.

4936 Victor Den

This neighborhood, Munger Heights, is an absolute gem, featuring a pretty extensive collection of prairie and Craftsman architecture. It’s just across Gaston Avenue from the Swiss Avenue Historic District, and it’s about 10 minutes from downtown. It’s perfect for someone looking to simplify, maybe ditch a car and go on two wheels. And it’s close to Baylor University Medical Center, too.

The kitchen in this home was just updated and it shows. Featuring a Carrera marble backsplash, custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances, you might just eschew the many takeout options around you for cooking at home.

4936 Victor Master

The rest of the home has hand-scraped hardwood floors and an open floorplan that will be great for family gatherings or get togethers. The real treat is upstairs, where the master suite is located. There you’ll find vaulted ceilings, a five-piece bath, and a sitting area with a fireplace. The paint color is a little loud for me. But to each his own, you know?

4936 Victor Master Bath

The backyard is huge, and it has a great little back porch, just the spot where you’ll want to sip coffee. There’s plenty of room for a playset, a pool, or pretty much anything else you can imagine.

4936 Victor Back Porch

Cameron Holland

Cameron Holland, Broker at Howell Holland Real Estate, is a young gun at just 29 years old. And yet, he’s got an eye for real estate and he knows what sells. That’s why friends and clients enlist his expertise to help them flip homes in the higher-end markets of Dallas. Holland just finished consulting on 5514 Monticello Avenue, which is now on the market for $498,000. This Greenland Hills Tudor is so fresh and so clean on the inside that you’d never guess the home was built in 1926. Read on for the skinny:

Address: 5514 Monticello Avenue

Subdivision: Greenland Hills (M Streets)

City: Dallas

Price Range: $498,000 (high 400’s)

5514 Monticello Front

Amenities: Travertine entry way, stacked stone fireplace, original wood floors, hand embellished custom millwork and cabinetry, recessed lighting throughout, absolute black granite countertops, LG stainless steel appliances, separate study/nursery in master suite, restored 1930’s claw foot tub, glass shower wrapped in hand beveled travertine, covered rear porch

How long has this home been on the market? Any offers? 25 days and yes

5514 Monticello Living

Tell us a little background on this home: My clients purchased this 1,468-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath 1920s Greenland Hills Tudor as a short sale in December 2012. Once we closed I drew up the new floor plan and the fun really started. A few months later, 5514 Monticello Avenue was transformed into a three-bedroom, two-bath, 2,169-square-foot French Eclectic Tudor that infused the charm of 1920s Dallas with the best of today.

“Flipping with Training Wheels”: My good friends and clients asked me to help them start flipping houses in Dallas. We spent a month looking at all the great flip neighborhoods such as Devenonshire, Greenway Crest, Lakewood, and M Streets. We selected the Monticello house because it had great bones and oozed potential. I drew up the plans for the renovation along with some renderings. Then I took my clients to the design centers for inspiration and introduced them to my contractor. During the renovation process I would be out at the house about three or more times a week dealing with quick fixes and hurt feelings. The owners and their bulldog Lucy even stayed in my guest bedroom for a week because the contractors needed to shut the water off.

5514 Monticello Kitchen

Did you stage it or do anything special? The house was staged by the owners, I helped move furniture around. We made many trips to Home Goods and furniture stores.

What are your best marketing tricks? Hiring a professional photographer. In this case, Stuart Sandlin at NREDS.com

5514 Monticello Master Bath

Where are your clients moving? These clients have already purchased another project on Willis Avenue in Vickery Park.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently? Tell my clients not to live in the house while they are renovating it.

Know someone with a great real estate story? Have them contact us at jo@candysdirt.com. 

 

Cameron Holland

Cameron Holland, Broker at Howell Holland Real Estate, is a young gun at just 29 years old. And yet, he’s got an eye for real estate and he knows what sells. That’s why friends and clients enlist his expertise to help them flip homes in the higher-end markets of Dallas. Holland just finished consulting on 5514 Monticello Avenue, which is now on the market for $498,000. This Greenland Hills Tudor is so fresh and so clean on the inside that you’d never guess the home was built in 1926. Read on for the skinny:

Address: 5514 Monticello Avenue

Subdivision: Greenland Hills (M Streets)

City: Dallas

Price Range: $498,000 (high 400’s)

5514 Monticello Front

Amenities: Travertine entry way, stacked stone fireplace, original wood floors, hand embellished custom millwork and cabinetry, recessed lighting throughout, absolute black granite countertops, LG stainless steel appliances, separate study/nursery in master suite, restored 1930’s claw foot tub, glass shower wrapped in hand beveled travertine, covered rear porch

How long has this home been on the market? Any offers? 25 days and yes

5514 Monticello Living

Tell us a little background on this home: My clients purchased this 1,468-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath 1920s Greenland Hills Tudor as a short sale in December 2012. Once we closed I drew up the new floor plan and the fun really started. A few months later, 5514 Monticello Avenue was transformed into a three-bedroom, two-bath, 2,169-square-foot French Eclectic Tudor that infused the charm of 1920s Dallas with the best of today.

“Flipping with Training Wheels”: My good friends and clients asked me to help them start flipping houses in Dallas. We spent a month looking at all the great flip neighborhoods such as Devenonshire, Greenway Crest, Lakewood, and M Streets. We selected the Monticello house because it had great bones and oozed potential. I drew up the plans for the renovation along with some renderings. Then I took my clients to the design centers for inspiration and introduced them to my contractor. During the renovation process I would be out at the house about three or more times a week dealing with quick fixes and hurt feelings. The owners and their bulldog Lucy even stayed in my guest bedroom for a week because the contractors needed to shut the water off.

5514 Monticello Kitchen

Did you stage it or do anything special? The house was staged by the owners, I helped move furniture around. We made many trips to Home Goods and furniture stores.

What are your best marketing tricks? Hiring a professional photographer. In this case, Stuart Sandlin at NREDS.com

5514 Monticello Master Bath

Where are your clients moving? These clients have already purchased another project on Willis Avenue in Vickery Park.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently? Tell my clients not to live in the house while they are renovating it.

Know someone with a great real estate story? Have them contact us at jo@candysdirt.com. 

 


All I can really say is that the current owner of 114 N. Windomere has some very diverse tastes. You can’t tell from the curb, but woo wee! This homeowner is not afraid of color!

I count five rooms with completely different wallpaper, candy red cabinets in the kitchen (which has bright yellow walls, by the way), and a master bath that has some interesting tile choices.

And yet, I still really like the place! This two bedroom, two bath bungalow in the historic Winnetka Heights neighborhood of North Oak Cliff is marketed at $290,000 by the Hewitt & Habgood Group. Now, I can’t decide if the price is right on this home, especially considering how much elbow grease I would have to use to get this house in non-retina-searing condition. Still, at 1,925 square feet, this home is mighty attractive!

Of course, I’d peel all the wallpaper down after the ink has dried on the contract. From there, it’s a coat of paint in the dining room, kitchen, and master bathroom. I am not entirely sure I’d repaint the kitchen cabinets, though. Maybe the galley-style kitchen just needs some recess lighting to make it feel less claustrophobic.

The master bedroom is a great size and has a small sitting area. There’s tons of storage, too, which is really uncommon for homes built in the 1920s. Many Arts & Crafts bungalows have one or two small closets at the most.

The tile master bath resembles a Mondrian painting, but it’s a great size and has both a large shower and a jetted tub — modern amenities that you won’t find very often in a house this age. The second bath, which has a claw-foot tub and a wall-mounted porcelain sink, is more this homes speed in the historical sense.

The backyard, well, I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I love the deck, which is great for entertaining, and the landscaping is so well done. It’s welcoming and manicured without being rigid.

So, tell me: With these cosmetic changes, is $290,000 a good price?