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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.