Ever on the lookout for a new build we can love, I stumbled onto a Monticello gem of a listing at 3710 West 6th Street that has timeless appeal in a perfect west side location. The style isn’t just traditional, it’s Texas Mediterranean vernacular that, at first glance, you might mistake for a 1920s’ era construction which happily blends with it’s older neighbors. The façade is rich in thoughtful architectural details like the symmetrically disposed windows, arches, and mirror curved peaks in the center. (more…)

amazing revival house

Before-and-after photos don’t do it justice at 3771 W. 4th Street in Monticello.  (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

I have a great idea! HGTV should make a TV show where they take a total clunker of a home and turn it back to its original greatness … they could call it “Revival House” or something like that.  (Of course I would star in the show, too!)

The first episode would feature the home located at 3771 West 4th Street in the beautiful neighborhood of Monticello in Fort Worth.

When the Seller of this charming 1,520-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bathroom home first bought it, it was … well … shall we say politely … it was in need of a drastic revival!

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4710 Dexter Avenue – brownstone townhome Cowtown style (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Isn’t it interesting that newer homes that look and feel like older, classically designed homes sell faster and for more money than homes that have no real architectural value or distinction?

Did you know that a brownstone townhome, when used in the urban residential vernacular, doesn’t technically mean the home is made of brown stone?  A wise person once told me to “learn something new every single day.”  A brownstone townhome can be made of brick or stucco of any color and still have the architectural resemblance of the townhomes built in New York City in the 1800s.

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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. 

 

by Karen Eubank

Good Monday morning! Lots of news to report today, most of it Realtor news in Dallas’ high-stakes broker biz. We heard that Ellen Terry has left Ebby Halliday for Briggs Freeman Sothebys. (Stay tuned for more on that.) Well, here’s more proof that dirt east of Central is not only outpacing the sluggish national real estate market, but highly sought after territory. The largest real estate office east of Central Expressway is moving and getting bigger digs! The corner of McKinney and Monticello on the Katy Trail will be home to Keller Williams Dallas City Center on January 31st.

“The future site is the perfect location to fulfill the namesake of Keller Williams Dallas City Center,” Team Leader Kevin Caskey said. “We will truly be in the center of it all!”

Agents find out about the move this morning, but a few have already had a sneak peek. “They called a meeting of our agency leadership council,” Realtor Danni Hanna said. “When we arrived, they said we’re going on a field trip, drove us over to 3100 Monticello and said this is where we’re moving! I looked around and started getting exited. I like change, change is good!”

There is more efficient and functional office space, a much larger training center and more high tech features.

“We also have room to expand as we continue to grow,” Caskey said.

KW Dallas City Center agency has been around for over a decade. Not only are they known for superior service, they also know how to have fun. Those of you worried about missing out on the great patio parties, have no fear. “The entertaining and events will continue,” Caskey said. “There are large common areas in the building and a highly functional floor plan that will allow great space for guests.”

“It’s a very exciting and important move for us,” said agent Juliette Bouchard said. “Not only will we have a great space, it’s a great location for our market center.”

“We’re proud of the diversity of our agents and their ability to successfully adapt to any market,” Caskey said. “This move aligns with that concept. We continually strive to elevate our agents to their next level of success. This move is just one of the vehicles that will help us do that”.

The new Keller Williams Dallas City Center will be at 3100 Monticello, Suite 200, 75205.