Merriman Park dallasThe increasing property values in East Dallas’ Merriman Park neighborhood are the stuff of happy homeowners.

The house at 6852 Freemont St., our Thursday Three Hundred, is a totally renovated midcentury with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,473 square feet, listed last week by Jennifer Friedman Ackerman with Virginia Cook, Realtors for $399,900, or $162 per square foot.

It was last sold in 2011 for $249,900, or $113 per square foot. That’s big appreciation in four years! 6852 Freemont A BEFOREThis “before” shot of the exterior gives you an idea of the transformation this house has undergone. Hardly looks like the same place. Let’s take a look at the rest of the changes, which include opening up the rooms, a new kitchen, hardwood floors, and contemporary, stylish touches everywhere.

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7012 Wakefield ext 2

Warning: what you are about to see may not be pretty. You may find these photos disturbing. Maybe send the children off to bed, maybe keep a box of Tums nearby, because this is a house that has not been loved. This is a house that you would call Child Protective Services on if it were a person. These pictures may even depress you, remind you of distant times when life was not so rosy, oil prices were even lower than they are now, and interest rates were 18%. You drank a lot more then, had a cigarette or two, and wondered how you would make it to the next month.

Forget the Tums, we need a heap of Prozac in order to look inside this house.

But I’m telling you, if ever there was a house with potential, this one is it.

First of all, location DING DING DING! 7012 Wakefield Street, Merriman Park, on an interior street just west of Abrams, south of Northwest Highway. Square footage: 2052. Can you imagine? For a starter home? (We had 1500.) Almost a quarter of an acre, two-car attached rear entry garage, four bedrooms, two and a half baths, and pier and beam foundation. Built in 1964, the kitchen is plumbed for gas and has, in fact, a gas cooktop.

But it needs work, Come on folks, let’s use our imaginations here before we start losing it and start drinking.7012 Wakefield ext (more…)

Welcome Home to 8031 Abramshire Avenue !

I talked to a friend of mine the other day who lives in Merriman Park, and he was absolutely gushing about the home values in his neighborhood. He told me that I needed to see this house at 8031 Abramshire, which has undergone a bit of a transformation since it was first listed a couple of months ago. It’s now back on the market and the price for this East Dallas home may make your eyes pop a bit: $525,000.

That’s right: Here’s a three-bedroom, three-bath home with more than 3,100 square feet in the Alexanders Village area of Merriman Park listed for $168 per square foot. Just three years ago, this home was listed for $269,000. How’s that for appreciation?

Jump to see it for yourself!

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Ed Murchison has established himself as the go-to Dallas Realtor for midcentury modern properties. He’s marketed and sold some amazing homes that are not only gorgeous, but some are like walking on a Mad Men set — completely preserved in their shag carpet and glitter Formica splendor.

If you’ve wanted to own a midcentury modern home, but have missed all your chances, then you might be able to snatch up this amazing home in East Dallas’ Merriman Park — a fantastic family neighborhood. This home was just featured on Retro Renovation as one of their “time capsules,” and we can see why. Many original details of this lovely home have been preserved, but it’s not without some modern touches.

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6936 Kingsbury Front

 

We were driving to the SuperTarget at Skillman and Abrams this weekend when I screamed at my dear, sweet husband, Dave, “STOP THE CAR! I NEED TO GET THIS ADDRESS!”

Poor guy. This happens all the time with us. We’ll be on a family outing to the grocery store, or to Target (the place where you go when you only need one thing and leave with a cart full of stuff) and all the sudden I’ll see a “For Sale” sign in the front of an adorable home and I’m full-on shrieking to “STOP THE CAR!” The first few times Dave thought he had just run over a squirrel or that our sweet son, Cooper, was about to puke or something. Now it doesn’t even phase him.

6936 Kingsbury Living

So we were driving down Kingsbury and I had a “STOP THE CAR!” moment in front of this adorable little ranch at 6936 Kingsbury, a listing from Dave Perry-Miller agent Scott Jackson. I was in love with the landscaping, the location, the painted shutters, and the beautiful picture window. I thought to myself: I bet this home is listed for about $350K. And dudes, I was almost right! This super-cute updated ranch in Merriman Park is on the market for $359,900.

The entryway has been updated with travertine, and the windows are all vinyl low-e glass. You get formal living and dining at the front of the home, and a beautiful den that opens to the kitchen. The hardwood floors really stand out thanks to the recessed lighting, and the fireplace in the den is just beautiful thanks to the fresh tile. It could use a mantle, but that’s just my personal opinion.

6936 Kingsbury Den

The kitchen features fresh maple cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, gorgeous granite counters, and a beautiful-yet-understated gray glass tile backsplash. There’s a breakfast bar and separate eating area adjacent to the built-in pantry and storage area. Just off the kitchen is a great lounge or office area with French doors that access the back deck.

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The master, one of three bedrooms in this house, is kind of underwhelming, but my small gripe is about the vanities in this home. At this price range, I’m not expecting something opulent or custom, but I am a little turned off by the Ikea vanity in both the master and the second bath. I feel like the seller could have done much better.

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The backyard, with the rear-access garage and ample driveway, is where this home truly shines. A small lawn with tons of room for a basketball goal and a huge deck for parties and lounging make this backyard just perfect for a family.

What do you think?

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6855 Arboreal Front

Merriman Park is a fabulous neighborhood. It’s just off Northwest Highway, south of Skillman and east of Abrams, so you’re a short drive from everything. It’s actually within walkin distance of the White Rock DART Rail station, too.

It’s close kin to it’s neighbor across Northwest Highway — University Manor — except that the topography is a little more hilly and the streets are a little better maintained. I do love how this is a fabulous enclave of 1960s ranch architecture.

6855 Arboreal Dining

One of my longtime friends lives in Merriman Park and wouldn’t live anywhere else. They’ve renovated their ranch to make it more modern and definitely more livable, just as the owners of 6685 Arboreal have. This home has tons of fabulous updates that make it feel absolutely posh, such as that awesome chandelier in the dining room!

6855 Arboreal Living

Here are the stats: four bedrooms, two bathrooms, formal living and dining, and a two-car garage with 2,220 square feet. Every inch is just fantastic, no? There are new hardwoods throughout, gorgeous designer paint, and a new roof, too. It’s marketed by Alan Hamilton of Dallas City Center Realtors for $359,000.

6855 Arboreal Kitchen

The kitchen is gorgeous, with new cabinets, coordinating granite counters and tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. Really, the only thing that bugs me about the kitchen is the electric range. If you’re going to upgrade your appliances, real home chefs want gas! Still, it’s a beautiful galley that feels sleek.

6855 Arboreal Master

The master bedroom is modest at 15×12, but it’s still a looker. But that’s not why I love the master suite. I love because, holy heck, that bathroom is incredible. I love the angled shower with the window, the platform atop which sits a claw-foot tub, and that wainscotting is so stinking cool! AND LOOK! THERE’S A CHANDELIER IN HERE TOO!

6855 Arboreal Master Bath

The backyard is great, too, with lush landscaping and a great deck for entertaining. There’s also a small shop in the backyard for working on projects, because hey, that’s a thing! (We’ll forgive that Texas Tech emblem hanging on their back wall, though!)

Don’t you love this home, too?

6855 Arboreal Backyard

 

Walling FrontThis home is open, beautiful, updated, and did you see that private pond?

Merriman Park is a really fabulous enclave, and this home is the perfect example of what a great value this area is. Not only is 6952 Walling Lane close to shopping and parks, accessible thanks to Northwest Highway, close to the White Rock Trail if you love to cycle, and it’s within walking distance of the White Rock DART Rail station, if you prefer to avoid traffic when heading downtown.

Walling Living

This home has a wonderful open floor plan, three bedrooms, three baths, and lots of great updates! Check out the mosaic tile around the living room fireplace, the gorgeous hardwood floors, and the designer light fixtures. With more than 2,200 square feet, there’s plenty of room for a family of four.

Walling Sunroom

The kitchen is fantastic and features lovely cherry cabinets and a mosaic backsplash. There’s a breakfast area and all stainless steel appliances, too. The kitchen leads to a laundry area, which separates the main part of the house from the sunroom. This area has a slate tile floor and a huge wall of windows that have views of the pond just outside.

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The bedrooms all have carpet, and two of the three bathrooms have frameless glass shower enclosures and new tile. Truly, this home, priced at $319,992 is a great value! Love it? Contact Virginia Cook Realtor Jennifer Ackerman!

Walling Pond

1964 was a very good year, I remember it well. That was the year this “darling” home at 6856 Blackstone was born in Merriman Park.  Looking at that furniture reminds me of the house we had when I was a baby, and oh can’t you just tell that this is an original owner home? Designed by architect Harry Hoover, the home features long sleek lines, walls of glass, original cypress — CYPRESS!!! — paneling, and the typical flexible open floor plan: TV dinner in the kitchen or living room?

The home engages the gently sloping site as a split level while creating outdoor living spaces. Technically, there are 3 bedrooms, but two additional potential bedrooms on the 2nd floor share an adjacent closet, unusual, usually it’s the Jack and Jill bathroom they share. 2848 square feet, she’s a good size. Three bedrooms, three and a half baths, a study, clerestory windows, A-line ceiling, but is that corner freestanding fireplace original? And good news: there is a two car garage, a real one, not a carport, rear detached. Asking $392,500, she just squeezes in this category, but oh my, are we not so glad she did? Special thanks to Michael Holmberg of Darling Homes for sending this pup my way!