6935 Lakeshore Inwood HOTW

You have heard of Dines & Kraft style homes, yes? They are those rock-solid, sturdy homes with fascinating detail, stained glass and a Tudoresque-feel clustered in what is now known as the Lakewood Conservation District. They were designed by Dines & Kraft in the 1920s and 30s, Dines and Kraft simply being Dallas developers who built exceptionally well-constructed spec homes. Though these were spec homes, they were not assembly line abominations. Talented architects such as Anton Korn designed each home first, lending each a strong architectural brand, design and following.6676 Lakewood Blvd

Take 2627 South Boulevard, built in 1921: a good example of their approach to even a compact residence. 2627 South Boulevard

Now the original Kraft home of Dines & Kraft is on the market with the guy who all but owns Lakewood, Scott Carlson. Seriously, I am going to throw on my Lululemon and go meditate in this house. This one is a unique Dutch Revival of 2719 square feet, set high on a hill in the most beautiful part of Deep Lakewood on a name-dropper street.  Even better, this home is on the market for the first time in over 50 years! Classic architecture, leaded and stained glass, original period bathrooms, thick hardwood floors, beautifully updated kitchen, a slate roof, balconies, and guest house with kitchen and full bath abound in this home. There are four bedrooms total, two and a half baths and one of the full baths is in the guesthouse.

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One of my favorite details of this period is the glass door knob, and 6935 Lakeshore has both original glass knobs and etched mirrors. Asking price is $895,000. Please note DCAD lists this home in “Poor” condition, interesting noting the updated kitchen, but perhaps because the bathrooms have not been updated. I think they are perfect!

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I think Tudors are growing on me. It wasn’t too long ago that I got hives just looking at the walled-in rooms and steep-pitched roofs. It all seemed so confined. Now, however, it all feels so cozy. The brick exteriors, the stained glass accent windows, and the lovely archways are all alluring to me, as is 1049 Turner Ave.

While traditional decor isn’t my thing, I love just about everything about this Kessler Highlands home, which is on the market for $349,900. It clocks in at a not-too-small 1,777 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths. This home was built in 1925, so don’t be shocked if there’s a deficit of closet space. The parts of this home that have been renovated were done with resale in mind, too.

A perfect example of this is the kitchen, with the custom vent hood coated in mosaic tile, the backsplash with a pot filler mounted above a Wolf range. It’s a thoughtfully designed kitchen, too, with cabinetry that harmonizes with the wood floor. The glass cabinet doors are perfect to show off china, and hang over a modest-but-functional spice rack. And boy is there plenty of storage!

The master bedroom, while not exactly small, feels a little cramped. I think that’s more a symptom of the owner’s furniture and paint choice rather than the actual size of the room.

The master bath, well, it has A LOT of tile. This can either be an asset or a little overwhelming in the space. I guess that’s up to the prospective buyer. I feel, though, that this bathroom is a bit of a missed opportunity. Wouldn’t it be the perfect candidate for a claw-foot tub? I think so!

The backyard is supremely private, as it’s one of the only ones in the neighborhood with a brick fence. You also have an outdoor fireplace, too, which only ups the cozy factor. This is a particularly friendly neighborhood, too, so expect to have friends to sit around the fire with!

So, what’s your opinion? Are Tudors claustrophobic or cozy?