white rock cottage

There are a fair number of small houses in East Dallas near White Rock Lake. Many of them were built in the 1950s and 1960s, when closets were tiny, floorplans were divided up with lots of walls, and families were perfectly happy with just one bathroom.

As homeowners renovate some of these houses, they’re rethinking the use of space. Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred exemplifies smart reno choices that make the most of the small footprint of a midcentury house.

The White Rock cottage at 6464 Fisher Rd. near Northwest Highway and Abrams Road measures a modest 1,124 square feet. But nothing feels cramped or confined in the house. Owner and listing agent April McGowan at Keller Williams’ Park Cities office took the house to the studs in 2013 and reimagined a bright, modern interior. The living room and kitchen share one open space that’s multifunctional and well conceived. She tore apart the outdated bathroom and added a second, and they’re both luxe: think Carrera marble floors and a frameless shower with freestanding soaker tub.

Because of its small size, this house will naturally have lower energy bills than larger builds. But McGowan took that a step further, installing low-E windows, new insulation, new electrical wiring, and a tankless water heater to make monthly bills feel like pocket change.

Oh, and did I mention it is zoned for the coveted Lakewood Elementary? I predict this house, newly listed for $269,000, will go fast.

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9003 Groveland Front

We wrote about 9003 Groveland when it was still a Friday Four Hundred. But last weekend, when my husband was out on a run through the neighborhood with our son in the stroller, he snagged a bright yellow flier advertising this four-bedroom, two-bath home for $389,000. Whoa! That’s a huge reduction from the last time we wrote about this cool house, which was priced at $435,000, and a significant reduction from its original $449,000 price.

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2001 N. Buckner Front

Everyone in East Dallas knows about the “Underground House.” But maybe it’s time to re-brand this White Rock Lake-area landmark? That’s what Keller Williams Elite agent Vicki White thinks. Now priced at $870,000 (down from $1 million), this Frank L. Moreland-designed earth-sheltered home at 2001 (as in 2001: A Space Odyssey) N. Buckner is an absolute steal!

This home is a fantastic “green” home, and thanks to the before-its-time design and solar panel array on the roof, it only costs an average of $200 a month to power this 23-year-old, 4,561-square-foot home. Not only that, it would cost almost twice its listing price to build a home of this caliber today.

2001 N. Buckner Living

So, what’s turning people off?

“Several people have been tempted, however at the original price buyers did not want to take on updating the bathrooms. The bedrooms are small, but almost none of the interior walls are load bearing so the house could be easily reconfigured,” Vicki said. “It is built sort of like a circus tent, load bearing around the perimeter of the house and two center concrete supports.  The living room is almost 2,000 square feet, so many possibilities.”

If this wasn’t out of my price range, I would totally jump at the chance to buy this home. It just makes financial sense, as Vicki explained: “With this reduction, a buyer could spend $100,000 in updates and still not be at our original price. I really feel this would have sold if it had updated baths and perhaps some reconfiguration of  bedrooms.  Kitchen has already been done and is lovely.”

2001 N. Buckner Kitchen

Vicki is right — there is so much potential in this home. I really, really love it, especially the almost 2 acre lot. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a sort of earthship thing going on here? Add on a cool greenhouse, maybe a water collection system, a chicken coop, and see how close you can get to self-sufficiency right in the heart of East Dallas!

2001 N. Buckner Roof

“This house is great for someone wanting ultimate privacy and seclusion, or a ‘prepper’ that feels there could be a time he needs to hunker down in a safe place, or a totally ‘green’ type person that would never use a plastic grocery sack, or someone paranoid of tornados, etc.,” Vicki said. “It is so very peaceful on the side of the house that is open and looks out at heavy wooded area, the banks of a creek.”

I’m sure this fantastic landmark will find the perfect buyer soon!

2001 Buckner

2001 N. Buckner Front

Everyone in East Dallas knows about the “Underground House.” But maybe it’s time to re-brand this White Rock Lake-area landmark? That’s what Keller Williams Elite agent Vicki White thinks. Now priced at $870,000 (down from $1 million), this Frank L. Moreland-designed earth-sheltered home at 2001 (as in 2001: A Space Odyssey) N. Buckner is an absolute steal!

This home is a fantastic “green” home, and thanks to the before-its-time design and solar panel array on the roof, it only costs an average of $200 a month to power this 23-year-old, 4,561-square-foot home. Not only that, it would cost almost twice its listing price to build a home of this caliber today.

2001 N. Buckner Living

So, what’s turning people off?

“Several people have been tempted, however at the original price buyers did not want to take on updating the bathrooms. The bedrooms are small, but almost none of the interior walls are load bearing so the house could be easily reconfigured,” Vicki said. “It is built sort of like a circus tent, load bearing around the perimeter of the house and two center concrete supports.  The living room is almost 2,000 square feet, so many possibilities.”

If this wasn’t out of my price range, I would totally jump at the chance to buy this home. It just makes financial sense, as Vicki explained: “With this reduction, a buyer could spend $100,000 in updates and still not be at our original price. I really feel this would have sold if it had updated baths and perhaps some reconfiguration of  bedrooms.  Kitchen has already been done and is lovely.”

2001 N. Buckner Kitchen

Vicki is right — there is so much potential in this home. I really, really love it, especially the almost 2 acre lot. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a sort of earthship thing going on here? Add on a cool greenhouse, maybe a water collection system, a chicken coop, and see how close you can get to self-sufficiency right in the heart of East Dallas!

2001 N. Buckner Roof

“This house is great for someone wanting ultimate privacy and seclusion, or a ‘prepper’ that feels there could be a time he needs to hunker down in a safe place, or a totally ‘green’ type person that would never use a plastic grocery sack, or someone paranoid of tornados, etc.,” Vicki said. “It is so very peaceful on the side of the house that is open and looks out at heavy wooded area, the banks of a creek.”

I’m sure this fantastic landmark will find the perfect buyer soon!

2001 Buckner

8934 Eustis Front

This adorable one-and-a-half-story Little Forest Hills Cottage was on the market a few months back and had a ton of potential, but it looked like a lot of work for the small two-bedroom, one-bath footprint. So I can understand how an investor might want to come in and do a few upgrades to the property, or if the owners changed their minds and decided to fix it up and sell it at a premium.

Listed for $204,900 with Michael Schmitt of White Rock Lake Real Estate, 8934 Eustis is cozy and cute and ready for someone to fall in love with it! Of course, you’ll love the neighborhood, which has a motto I can really get behind: “Keep Little Forest Hills FUNKY!” In fact, I love the way Schmitt describes this listing: “This wonderful unique Little Forest Hills 3 level cottage reminds you of a home you would see in South Austin, but without the South Austin price!” I’ll second that!

8934 Eustis Kitchen

And this home falls right in line with that motto. Sure, it’s been upgraded. You can see that in the kitchen and bathroom. But it’s not your granite counters/white subway tile/run-of-the-mill cabinets type upgrade. The kitchen has gorgeous cherry cabinets on top and bottom with a farm-style tile countertop and backsplash. A huge window behind the sink brings in tons of light, and there’s plenty of prep space in this galley.

8934 Eustis Bath

The bathroom feels new without looking bland, with emerald green ceramic tile on the walls and tub surround, and cute red accents that really pop. The single sink vanity and matching Mission-style mirror cabinet are lovely additions, too.

8934 Eustis Living

In the living area you’ll find a brand new red Intrepid free-standing wood stove infront of the decommissioned fireplace. This is ingenuity, right here. Not only is a freestanding wood stove more efficient than a built-in fireplace, but I love that the owners have repurposed the hearth, covering it with slate and giving room for the adorable wood-burning stove. If we have another multi-day power outage during sub-freezing weather, this little wood stove will heat the entire 1,122-square-foot structure quite well.

8934 Eustis Bedroom

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While there are sleeping accommodations upstairs and down, I could easily see the area currently used as an office as a dining room. The upstairs loft-style bedroom could be a great studio, too, thanks to the copious windows.

8934 Eustis Dining:office

It’s outside that this home really makes you feel like you’re in East Dallas. The large covered deck that opens to a sizable backyard is just perfect for sipping something cold with neighbors and friends once the weather heats back up.

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What do you think this adorable home would go for in South Austin?

What’s flying off MLS faster than you can say “Hip Pocket Listing?” Modern everything. Midcentury Modern, Contemporary, and plain ol’ modern homes are so in demand right now. What’s even better, especially for 7117 Lyre Lane, is that if it’s remodeled, it fetches top dollar, too.

I’m pretty sure this 3/3, priced at $450,000, won’t be available very long. This house, at almost 2,000 square feet, was completely gutted in 2008. Everything you can lay eyes on is pretty much new, including all of the gorgeous honey maple cabinets and the jetted tub in the master bathroom. The arched front windows and tall ceilings are a dead giveaway that this home, built in 1971, was once a Spanish Revival. Not anymore, though!

The backyard is fantastic, too, with a raised fire pit surrounded by stone seating. It’s just perfect for entertaining guests of any age.

This house is in a fantastic area for a family. Schools in this area include Lakewood Elementary, J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School. You’ve got Lakewood Park just down the road, and you’re super close to White Rock Lake.

The clock is ticking! I can’t wait to see how fast this one is snatched up!