Bigger may be better in some people’s books, but we love cozy cottage style that invites intimacy and conversation. These kinds of properties can be found in neighborhoods all over Dallas. 

In this week’s Splurge vs Steal, we’re looking at two houses that fit that description perfectly. Which one is your favorite? 

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University Manor Midcentury The moment you lay eyes on the house at 7140 Wild Valley Dr., you know you’re in for some serious Midcentury style.

This University Manor Midcentury Modern’s exterior is the first glimpse at its retro perfection, from geometric concrete walkway and horizontal wood fencing on both sides of the front, to a low-pitch gable roof and pink brick with chocolate brown accents.

Built in 1955, this house was one of the earliest in University Manor, a 3-2 on a heavily treed lot. The interior exudes atomic-era character, with 2,157 square feet of sleek, open, light-filled rooms.

This house’s value has been rising sharply over the past decade. It sold in 2006 for $209,900 and in 2012 for $290,500. There’s an active open contract on it today, listed for $375,000 by Lisa Johnson with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

Let’s take a closer look at our Thursday Three Hundred and see what had it go under contract within days of hitting the market.

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5841 Morningside Front

Oh my gawd I LOVE this house! I’ve seen a lot of renovation jobs — some turning out bland, some just plain butt ugly — and when you see a complete, to-the-studs renovation go right it’s like nirvana. Your toes get all tingly and your check-writing finger gets itchy and, well, you just have to have it!

5841 Morningside Living:Dining

This adorable home, 5841 Morningside, is marketed by Dave Perry-Miller agent Lisa Johnson for $465,000. That’s a great value, folks, especially considering the fact that you don’t have to change a thing about this unbelievable home. It’s been opened up to have a large living and dining area that flows to the kitchen, which will make for effortless entertaining, which you’ll want to do constantly to show off the fresh interiors!

This home has three bedrooms, two baths, and just more than 2,300 square feet. There’s a two-car garage as well as an excellent rear patio that is accessible through the kitchen.

5841 Morningside Kitchen

Speaking of kitchen, I love that while everything inside this home is new, the owners didn’t lose their sense of historic character and included some great details such as the apron sink and the farmhouse faucet. There are brand-new GE Profile appliances in the kitchen, including a wine refrigerator to keep your whites at the perfect temp. There’s a great wine rack for your reds, too.

5851 Morningside Master

Built in 1940, you’d expect that a home like this wouldn’t have a master suite, much less any closet space to speak of. You’d be wrong, though. This home has a gorgeous master with a five-piece bathroom that will make you squeal! Look at that claw-foot tub! An oversized shower! A gorgeous double-sink vanity! The stained-glass window! I’ve run out of exclamation marks.

5841 Morningside Master Bath

The second bathroom continues the theme of retaining some historic sensibilities. The tiny sink, with its chrome pedestal, is so cute. Paired with the mirror, the wainscoting, and the gray walls with a slight patina, it’s a page out of Restoration Hardware, no?

5841 Morningside Second Bath

What you won’t see on this listing is the backyard, which is a bummer, but I think I’m sold on the rest of the house regardless of what they have back there. What about you?