Faubion House 2

Tyler and Caitlin Faubion with their Vizsla John Wayne outside their Patricia Ave. Tudor. The Faubions have opened their homes for the annual Hollywood Santa Monica home tour, which benefits local schools. (Photo: Jo England)

Caitlin and Tyler Faubion fell in love with the potential inside their Hollywood Heights Tudor on Patricia. Right when they walked in the front door they could imagine open spaces, a lovely updated kitchen, and a sunroom that brought in the beauty of the outdoors.

There are so many wonderful touches in this home that make it feel absolutely classic, like those mahogany French doors and windows hewn by a close relative of the Faubions, as well as the subtly elegant details like crystal chandeliers and perfectly refinished hardwood floors. And while this home clocks in at about 1,260 square feet, the openness that allows you to easily navigate the common areas of the house make it feel much larger.

This will definitely be a popular property on this year’s Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association Home Tour, so don’t wait to buy your tickets and show your support of this active historic conservation district in East Dallas! You can purchase your tickets to the April 25-26 home tour online, as well as register for the silent auction on April 24 hosted by the Dallas Arboretum.

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One of the reasons I’m not a huge fan of Tudors is that they are notoriously cramped and crowded on the inside, with wall, after wall, after wall separating rooms from one another. I love the way they look on the outside, though, with the high-pitched roofs and the brick exteriors, and there are tons of them in Kessler Highlands.

This one, though, feels very European on the inside with white on white walls and tile and tons of open space. It feels a lot brighter than most Tudors, too, thanks to the huge windows throughout the first floor of this 2,725-square-foot home.

Built in 1928 and fully renovated, 1217 N. Tyler St. is marketed by Susan Melnick of Virginia Cook Realtors for $475,000. Considering the location — the very hot North Oak Cliff area — the size and interior condition, I think that’s a pretty fair price for this home.

I think this house, while a great home for children, is an excellent house for entertaining. The bar, which has some really cool stools, would be a great place to belly up as the host is in the kitchen. The dining room is outstanding, too, as it faces an entire wall of windows.

The master suite is an interesting bird, mostly because it has two full baths. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of such a thing. I guess when the owner was renovating, he wanted to give one full bath a tub and another a shower? I like the idea, and the execution is pretty cool, but I’m not sure it’s a great selling point.

There are a total of four bedrooms and four baths in this home, which is pretty significant for a Tudor. Even more significant is the huge backyard with a gigantic deck. There’s also a fish pond with waterfall in the professionally landscaped, organic outdoor space.

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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?



6626 Lakeshore Drive

Because I prefer wide open floorplans and more sleek finishes, I tend to dislike most Tudors. Sure, there’s plenty of character and lots of charm, but the small rooms tend to make me feel claustrophobic.

However — HOWEVER! — I think I found the Tudor of my dreams. This gem feels cozy, not claustrophobic. I want to curl up in every room and open a good book! And there’s a wonderful studio/guesthouse in the backyard, perfect for someone who needs a home office.

The guesthouse at 6626 Lakeshore has plenty of views.

It’s 6626 Lakeshore, a Dines & Kraft designed by Bertram Hill in the Country Club Estates area of Lakewood proper (for real this time!). It’s one of the many Tudors just off of Gaston Avenue east of Lakewood Country Club. This area is likely second only to the M Streets when it comes to the high number of restored Tudors. Also, Tudor is a very funny word. TUDOR, TUDOR, TUDOR.

This cozy loft, complete with balcony, is perfect for a teenager or a guest.

Anyway, built in 1931, 6626 Lakeshore is cozy, but it’s not a small home at more than 2,600 square feet. There are three bedrooms — one is a very comfortable loft — and two full baths. I love the stained glass windows and the tile in the kitchen, both of which are original features!

The original stained-glass windows on this Dines & Kraft 1931 Tudor are adorable!

The backyard, landscaped by the Dirt Doctor himself, Howard Garrett, is a sight to behold. It’s lush without looking overgrown, right? And there’s a killer patio and a spa, too!

The patio is the perfect spot for an outdoor dinner party.

The backyard was landscaped by the Dirt Doctor, Howard Garrett.

The bathrooms are nothing to sneeze at, either. The arch over the tub in the master suite is so beautiful, and the hardware is lovely, too.

The master bath is full of great details.

The arch over the tub is so chic!

This house is just full of details that carry my eyes all over the place. There’s nothing boring or cliche here, either. Take the kitchen, for instance; the cabinets are painted a distinct slate color, and the backsplash is reminiscent of an MC Escher drawing.

The kitchen is small, but it's jam-packed with character.

Of course, you already know about the schools in Lakewood. They are some of the highest rated in the region!

Often, when you come across a historic home that has been update, it feels devoid of personality. There’s a splash of granite here and there, some stainless steel in the kitchen and a little marble in the bathrooms, but you can get that anywhere. On the other hand, 6626 Lakewood is a home that speaks for itself, and for $595,000, you get plenty of luxury without sacrificing a home that can really speak to you.

The sunroom offers another great nook to curl up and read.