vickery park

The old-feel new construction at 5214 Richard Ave. is one of our five featured open houses this week.

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $320K to $1.095 million. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

 

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5518 Miller Front

Allie Beth Allman agent Julie Coats Frakes had me raked in when she said this lovely home near the M Streets area had been updated recently, and included an upstairs master suite with its own elevated deck and entry.

I am as much as sold!

“One of my favorite features of the home is the private deck and entrance that the second level bedroom is spoiled with,” Frakes said. “You can’t miss seeing the incredible backyard!”

5518 Miller Patio

Seriously, though, 5518 Miller is a perfect family home with a location that just can’t be beat. Gorgeous house, too, with tons of curb appeal and a neat and tidy front porch where you can easily soak up the vibe and meet your cool new neighbors.

Inside you’ll find a space that is unexpectedly spacious. Seriously, you’ll have one of those moments in my favorite show, Doctor Whowhere a person walks into his tiny and unassuming blue police box only to find it “bigger on the inside.” Apparently, I’m not alone in this thought.

5518 Miller From Landing

“This rare M Streets gem was taken from ashes to beauty in 2012,” Frakes said. “The large front porch immediately invites people into the home, where many are surprised to find a second level bedroom adorned with skylights and charm.”

That’s the best way to describe this cute three-bedroom, two-bath cottage with more than 1,500 square feet indoors. It also has an immense two-car garage, as well as a large backyard. Simply charming, no? The kitchen is open to the living room, which benefits from the expanded second floor with a vaulted ceiling, making the room feel practically enormous.

5518 Miller Kitchen

In the kitchen you’ll find fresh cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and a hidden laundry area. It’s bright and open and has tons of storage. So much to love about this cute home, and I know that considering its location (awesome!) and price, ($314,500!) it will go fast!

5518 Miller Master 5518 Miller Master Bath

 

5226 Richard Front

How I love this home! Seriously, how could you not love this Prairie-style one-story in Vickery Park just from the curb. I bet people hit the brakes when passing 5226 Richard Ave. all the time, just to slow down and admire shutters, bright white porch, and the rich “Stiffkey Blue” exterior paint on the broad wood siding. This is the only blue Valentine I’d ever want!

5226 Richard Porch

And would you check out that front porch? The scored concrete and the darker blue doors are just perfect. I imagine that this porch would be just amazing with a swing or hanging daybed such as these amazing designs from Low Country Originals.

5226 Richard Living

Inside, it’s cuter than cute, with cozy spaces that belie its 1,500-plus square feet. And with two bedrooms and only one bath, the pool of buyers of this oh-so-adorable home is somewhat limited to singles, downsizing empty-nesters (though the area, which is near Henderson Ave. and Highway 75, is high-traffic and somewhat busy after 9 p.m.), and small families or childless couples. Still, It has me wondering why this adorable property has sat on the market for more than 150 days. Could it be that, even in the trendy and up-and-coming Henderson Avenue area, $294,990 is still a bit high? This home hit the market at more than $319,000, so I suppose time or money will tell.

Still, I love this home and its gracious layout. The fireplace in the living area is so perfect — bright and quaint, I don’t even mind that it’s been painted, although I’m sure that the brick beneath is beautiful, too. The lighting has been upgraded too, with some that echo the 1920s time period and Craftsman design. I love all of the windows and the floor-skimming drapes, which make this petite bungalow feel even bigger.

5226 Richard Dining

The dining room is such a fantastic size — perfect for intimate dinners with friends before enjoying the nearby nightlife. You’ll also love the two-way swinging glass panel doors between the dining room and the breakfast area/butler’s pantry. Such a perfect detail that is often overlooked.

5226 Richard Pantry and Breakfast 5226 Richard Kitchen

The kitchen has been updated with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and fresh shaker-style cabinets, but this is a room that would have benefited so much more from a professional photographer who could have really emphasized the space, and shown how versatile it is. You have to have a good eye for how a photo relates a space, and considering how the kitchen and breakfast area are closed off from the rest of the home, it’s hard to understand the size and capacity of the kitchen.

5226 Richard Master 5226 Richard bath

The rest of the home is just adorable. The “master” bedroom is so pretty with plenty of windows and gorgeous paint that is so perfect for this home and these gorgeous floors. The bathroom is quaint, with a pedestal sink and a shower/tub, with cute tile and border on the floor. It’s small, but considering it’s the only bathroom in the home, it does well to not cram in a huge vanity or use up every single inch with a separate tub and shower.

The backyard sports a fantastic little deck for enjoying a mild spring or autumn night with friends. Too bad we don’t see the rest of the lot. Still, I love this home and I hope it finds the perfect buyer soon!

5226 Richard Back Deck

Godwin Front

Does staging to sell have to be an expensive strategy to help your home stand out? Not so much, says Karen Eubank of Eubank staging. She consulted with Ebby agent Carolyn Albers Black on 5242 Godwin, a Vickery Park home that has tons of character.

Photographed by real estate photo pros Shoot2Sell, this property shows like a dream.

Godwin Front Porch

“This is another great example of a staging consultation DIY where I consult, send a detailed report and the seller does the work,” said Eubank. “I did go back for an hour to hang pictures and rework a few pieces but the sellers did a fabulous job of following the report.”

Godwin Living

The staging definitely helps some of the home’s fantastic details stand out, such as the spacious front porch, beautiful fireplace, huge windows, and lovely kitchen. This 1926 Craftsman-style home in Vickery Park has more than 1,900 square feet, three bedrooms, two baths, and a huge walk-in master closet that the owners added on. It’s listed for $439,000.

Godwin Dining

Other incredible details include the beautiful kitchen floor, which is made of cork, and the lovely apron sink with gorgeous green backsplash that really sets off the kitchen cabinets and granite counters with an eat-in peninsula for a quick breakfast.

Godwin Kitchen Breakfast Godwin Kitchen

“For an M Streets-area home, they’ve done everything that buyers look for,” Eubank added. “I was very impressed by the size and the updates and I’m a hard sell, as you know!”

The master suite will really impress, as it includes a huge five-piece bath with a gigantic double vanity. And of course, in an area with homes that have little to no closet space, you’ll have to pick your jaw up off the floor when you see the gigantic walk-in closet.

Godwin Master Godwin Closet Godwin Master Bath

The backyard is spacious, too, and has an elevated deck with room for a hot tub. There’s a carport, but no garage here, which isn’t a bad deal when you consider it.

There’s no question about the value that staging a home like this will add! What do you think of the final result?

Godwin Backyard

5542 Longview Front

Demand is high and prices for rentals are usually higher in the Lower Greenville area. Why? It’s practically party central! It’s where the M Streets and much of Vickery Park goes to get down. There are restaurants, entertainment, bars, and lovely homes with tree-lined streets and fabulous neighbors.

At 5542 Longview Dr., you’re within walking distance of Dallas institutions such as the Granada Theater, Gloria’s, Aw Shucks, and many more fabulous restaurants. You’re super close to Glencoe Park, too, and it’s a straight shot to North Central Expressway. This is also a sought-after area for SMU undergrad and graduate students and young professionals who are new to the region.

5542 Longview Porch

So color me surprised that you can find a 975-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath duplex in Lower Greenville for just $1,100. That’s such a steal! Duplexes are ideal properties for renters who want more privacy than an apartment but don’t want all of the responsibility of renting a single-family home.

5542 Longview Living

This duplex is adorable, too. You’ll love the front porch, a perfect spot to sip and nosh with neighbors! This is also a pet-friendly rental, so Fido and Felix will feel at home, too. There are hardwood floors throughout, and the second bedrooms is a great size for an office.

5542 Longview bedroom

You get washer and dryer connections, and this unit comes with appliances. Sound like your cup of tea? Get in touch with Jason Lucas at LocalDwelling.com.

5542 Longview Front

Demand is high and prices for rentals are usually higher in the Lower Greenville area. Why? It’s practically party central! It’s where the M Streets and much of Vickery Park goes to get down. There are restaurants, entertainment, bars, and lovely homes with tree-lined streets and fabulous neighbors.

At 5542 Longview Dr., you’re within walking distance of Dallas institutions such as the Granada Theater, Gloria’s, Aw Shucks, and many more fabulous restaurants. You’re super close to Glencoe Park, too, and it’s a straight shot to North Central Expressway. This is also a sought-after area for SMU undergrad and graduate students and young professionals who are new to the region.

5542 Longview Porch

So color me surprised that you can find a 975-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath duplex in Lower Greenville for just $1,100. That’s such a steal! Duplexes are ideal properties for renters who want more privacy than an apartment but don’t want all of the responsibility of renting a single-family home.

5542 Longview Living

This duplex is adorable, too. You’ll love the front porch, a perfect spot to sip and nosh with neighbors! This is also a pet-friendly rental, so Fido and Felix will feel at home, too. There are hardwood floors throughout, and the second bedrooms is a great size for an office.

5542 Longview bedroom

You get washer and dryer connections, and this unit comes with appliances. Sound like your cup of tea? Get in touch with Jason Lucas at LocalDwelling.com.

5527 Richard Front

This is exactly the kind of home I like. It’s in a quaint and accessible historic district near a ton of amenities, and it’s got absolutely none of the problems you often find with historic homes, such as horrible ventilation, mis-matched kitchens, sloping foundations, a complete lack of closet space, and antiquated bathrooms.

5527 Richard Living

This home, at 5527 Richard Avenue, is gorgeous inside. It hast three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a beautiful eat-in kitchen with a monster island, a gigantic master suite with a wet bar (yes, you read that right! A wet bar in the master!) and a wonderful balcony and back porch. This 2,999-square-foot stunner is on the market for $499,000 and listed by Nancy Speck of the Speck Realty Group.

5527 Richard Kitchen

Although the listing info says this Craftsman-style home was built in 1922, much of the house is completely remodeled. The only problem with this is that in the course of remodeling, Historic homes often lose some of their charm. Still, don’t let that keep you from marveling at some of the great updates on this home, like the open floor plan on the first level that connects the living area to the kitchen just about seamlessly.

The kitchen is beautiful, especially the oversized island. The counters are granite and the backsplash is marble and the cabinets are custom. All of it is gorgeous. The appliances are all stainless steel, too, which you would expect from a home in this price point.

5527 Richard Sunroom

There’s a sunroom right off the kitchen that is a perfect spot for a chaise lounge, or maybe a little conversation set to enjoy the rays during the winter months. It also gives you a great view of the backyard, which is a good size for a family of 4.

5527 Richard Master

Upstairs you’ll find a gigantic master suite. I mean, this is the largest master I have ever seen in a home this old. The room is a whopping 28 x 16! Incredible! It has a ton of windows and room for a separate sitting area.

5527 Richard Master Wet Bar

Another great feature of this master is the coffee wet bar just outside the oversized balcony. This is a great feature you don’t see very often. It’s perfect, because if you put a little bistro set on the balcony, you have a great spot for a morning cup, which you don’t have to go downstairs to get! Genius!

5527 Richard Master Bath

The master bath is huge, and is a five-piece outfit. The shower and tub combo is a little weird for me. I’m not sure what the idea was to put the tub in the same divided area with the shower, which is huge. Still, I’ll get over that because, man, did you see the size of that shower?

5527 Richard Back

Want to find out more about this house? You can get a glimpse inside on April 7 during the open house!