Splurge vs. Steal: Two Lakewood Homes in the Lovely Country Club Estates | CandysDirt.com

Our splurge at 6612 Lakeshore Dr. has a gorgeous master bath.

Splurge vs. Steal is a new feature on CandysDirt.com. Every week, we look at two properties that offer something in common, but are miles apart in their asking price.  

One of Lakewood’s most lovely neighborhoods is Country Club Estates, a close-knit community with incredible location, memorable architecture, and zoning for the coveted Lakewood Elementary. Our Splurge vs. Steal today looks at two houses on the same street, about a block apart, but almost $350K apart in price. 

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6675 Lakewood Boulevard

 

Lakewood is loved for its close-knit community, its easily walkable neighborhoods, and of course, its architecture. One of the best Lakewood neighborhoods to gawk at tons of gorgeous homes is Country Club Estates. This area, protected by a conservation district, has some of the most truly beautiful historic homes east of Swiss Avenue.

And this property, which has such fantastic presence on an over-sized lot, is such a gem. It’s on one of the prettiest streets in Lakewood, the neighborhood’s eponymous boulevard. And now you can own it. Jump to find out more!

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6426 Westlake Front

What a fantastic home that really typifies “move in-ready” for me! For a home to be move in-ready, it has to:

  • Have immaculate neutral paint and fresh baseboards and trim,
  • Have gorgeous floors that are in tip-top shape,
  • And have a kitchen that is ready to plug-in and go!

This home, a 1937 traditional cottage, has all of these things, as well as some fantastic light fixtures and beautiful living areas. There are three bedrooms, two full baths, an updated kitchen, and more than 1,800 square feet, making this home at 6426 Westlake a perfect, cozy family property. This home, located inside Lakewood’s Country Club Estates, is listed with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Karla Trusler for $515,000.

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3778 W. 6th Front

While they may not be my favorite homes ever, I do love houses that have a funky, Devil-may-care vibe to them. They’re the “anything goes” type of home, and their mish-mash of decor, colors, and materials proves a method to the madness of an artists’ mind. So I was happily surprised to see this cute bungalow in Fort Worth’s Country Club Heights neighborhood on the market.

This two-bedroom, two bath cottage is a home in which the seller has made full use of every color in the paint bucket. Combining patterns, wood, mosaics, and glass in a way that seems to have no rhyme or reason is a very fun way to keep your interest, and to make a small space (1,482 square feet!) feel much larger. There’s always another nook, another detail, another little surprise!

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6407 Richmond Front

Not only is this home updated and fresh as a daisy, but it has a spacious, fenced-in backyard as well as Lakewood schools (Lakewood Elementary, Long Middle School, Woodrow Wilson High School), as well as some of the best pre-schools in the area, such as East Dallas Developmental Center.

So yes, if you’re considering moving to Lakewood, think about this super cute two-story just off Richmond Avenue in a very walkable part of the neighborhood, Country Club Estates. Yes, Lakewood can be walkable! This home at 6407 Richmond, which has more than 2,000 square feet, three bedrooms, three full baths, and brand-new stainless steel appliances is listed by Dave Perry-Miller Realtor Scott Jackson for $2,950 a month. Pets are allowed, too!

6407 Richmond Living Dining

Sure, Richmond can be a busy street. It’s right between Abrams and Gaston — two significant thoroughfares in Lakewood. But consider that a selling point because there are tons of amenities nearby. You’re within walking distance of Whole Foods — literally just across the — Chipotle, Lakewood Shopping Center, Paciugo, Tietze Park, Lakewood Country Club, and the list goes on and on.

6407 Richmond Kitchen 6407 Richmond Downstairs Bath

It’s a fantastic home for someone used to a more dense neighborhood such as Uptown, who wants to upsize without having to deal with driving everywhere for everything. And besides being super close to great shopping, there are tons of fantastic community groups, especially the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA.

So what do you think of this rental? Is it good for someone who wants a place to live while they find their dream home in Lakewood?

6407 Richmond Backyard

6626 Lakeshore Drive

Because I prefer wide open floorplans and more sleek finishes, I tend to dislike most Tudors. Sure, there’s plenty of character and lots of charm, but the small rooms tend to make me feel claustrophobic.

However — HOWEVER! — I think I found the Tudor of my dreams. This gem feels cozy, not claustrophobic. I want to curl up in every room and open a good book! And there’s a wonderful studio/guesthouse in the backyard, perfect for someone who needs a home office.

The guesthouse at 6626 Lakeshore has plenty of views.

It’s 6626 Lakeshore, a Dines & Kraft designed by Bertram Hill in the Country Club Estates area of Lakewood proper (for real this time!). It’s one of the many Tudors just off of Gaston Avenue east of Lakewood Country Club. This area is likely second only to the M Streets when it comes to the high number of restored Tudors. Also, Tudor is a very funny word. TUDOR, TUDOR, TUDOR.

This cozy loft, complete with balcony, is perfect for a teenager or a guest.

Anyway, built in 1931, 6626 Lakeshore is cozy, but it’s not a small home at more than 2,600 square feet. There are three bedrooms — one is a very comfortable loft — and two full baths. I love the stained glass windows and the tile in the kitchen, both of which are original features!

The original stained-glass windows on this Dines & Kraft 1931 Tudor are adorable!

The backyard, landscaped by the Dirt Doctor himself, Howard Garrett, is a sight to behold. It’s lush without looking overgrown, right? And there’s a killer patio and a spa, too!

The patio is the perfect spot for an outdoor dinner party.

The backyard was landscaped by the Dirt Doctor, Howard Garrett.

The bathrooms are nothing to sneeze at, either. The arch over the tub in the master suite is so beautiful, and the hardware is lovely, too.

The master bath is full of great details.

The arch over the tub is so chic!

This house is just full of details that carry my eyes all over the place. There’s nothing boring or cliche here, either. Take the kitchen, for instance; the cabinets are painted a distinct slate color, and the backsplash is reminiscent of an MC Escher drawing.

The kitchen is small, but it's jam-packed with character.

Of course, you already know about the schools in Lakewood. They are some of the highest rated in the region!

Often, when you come across a historic home that has been update, it feels devoid of personality. There’s a splash of granite here and there, some stainless steel in the kitchen and a little marble in the bathrooms, but you can get that anywhere. On the other hand, 6626 Lakewood is a home that speaks for itself, and for $595,000, you get plenty of luxury without sacrificing a home that can really speak to you.

The sunroom offers another great nook to curl up and read.