Midway Hollow home

Midway Hollow is a neighborhood in transition, with a lot of renovations going on among the 2,600 or so houses there. It’s an appealing area in northwest Dallas, with mature trees, affordable homes in several price ranges, nearby shopping, and a healthy, involved crime watch.

Flippers have made their mark among many a Midway Hollow home, and some people are wary of the quality of work offered by them. That may or may not have any basis, but it still causes pause among a few potential homebuyers.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 3703 Cortez Dr. is not a flip — this beautiful work was done by the owner for herself, says listing agent Barbara Arredondo with Clay Stapp + Co. 

“This is such a neat house — it was taken to the studs for a renovation and it sits on a larger corner lot,” Arredondo said. “All of the bedrooms are a big surprise — usually in a home of this era, they are small, but these are not.”

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,044 square feet, built in 1951. There’s an open house this Saturday, May 27, from 2-4 p.m. Here’s your sneak peek. (Be sure to check out the “before” photos below for a look at the hot mess this house was before the owner started renovations!)

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M-Streets Tudor

If you’ve always wanted to live in a home that looks like it belongs in a fairytale, then today’s Thursday Three Hundred is your wish come to market.

The M-Streets Tudor at 5355 McCommas Blvd. captivates with corner-lot curb appeal, from the steeply pitched roof and bright red door to stone-and-wood siding and arching shade trees. This 1946 house is pure romance and charm, both inside and out, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,485 square feet. It is listed by Julie Coats Frakes with Allie Beth Allman for $395,000.

Located just two blocks from Glencoe Park, it’s situated in a coveted neighborhood, on the northern edge of Greenland Hills. The picturesque streets are filled with historic revival houses, many of which are also Tudor-style versions of English cottages. This architectural continuity, along with the gently rolling hills and canopy of pecan and oak trees, makes for a congenial, enchanting feel.

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1548 Eastus Front

The frost is still on the ground this morning, and while I’m cozy in my 1950s post war in East Dallas, I know my husband wants to live the Midcentury Modern life in Oak Cliff. So, in 2013, we might find ourselves with a new address on the other side of town.

That means I’m starting the hunt, I guess. We haven’t even started getting our house prepped for the market, but that doesn’t mean a girl can’t look, right?

That brings me to today’s Thursday Three Hundred, which is on the very high end of the price range at $399,000. I can see why the owners are optimistic about 1548 Eastus Drive, though. It’s a beautiful Midcentury Modern in East Kessler Park, which is close to everything a family like mine wants to be near while still benefiting from the privacy of larger lots and mature trees that North Oak Cliff offers.

1548 Eastus Kitchen

I know that this home is beautiful, but I wish that the photos reflected the care and planning the owners put into renovating this 63-year-old home. Sorely lacking is a decent photo of the home’s exterior, which really sells curb appeal and lot size.

1548 Eastus Living

Still, this three-bedroom, three-bath home is gorgeous. It’s been completely repainted with museum-finish walls. The floors have been restored, too. There’s a new offset fireplace in the living room, featuring gorgeous mosaic tile. While each room gets decent light from the large windows, I’m kind of put off by the cheap mini blinds.

1548 Eastus Den

That’s not enough, however, to keep me from imagining my furniture in this 2,300-square-foot home. I am also fantasizing about entertaining in the kitchen, which features a gigantic island with bar seating and a really cute mosaic glass backsplash.

The bedrooms and bathrooms, well, they’re kind of typical of what you’d find in any home, which is a bit of a letdown when you consider this house’s potential.

So what do you think: Should I keep it on the list?