The fireplace at 13809 Green Elm Road is a direct vent — so there’s no chimney for Santa to come down.

How does he do it?

How is Santa not only able to deliver toys to all the good little girls and boys of the world, but how does he manage to get down the chimney? I have so many questions for Santa. Does he have a favorite type of fireplace?  What about a direct-vent fireplace? How does he handle homes with no fireplace?

Reviewing the homes of Tarrant County Tuesday from 2018, I wanted to share some of the vast options that jolly old St. Nick will have in a few short weeks.

While a tall flue , the actual fire box might be a tight squeeze for St. Nick at 312 Verna Trail

(more…)

Davilla Drive Estates homeNatural light is the best accessory in any home, and our Thursday Three Hundred has it in abundance.

Located at 3983 Gaspar Dr., near Midway Road and West Northwest Highway, this Davilla Drive Estates house is a 4-2 with 1,699 square feet. Skylights in the kitchen and living room bring in abundant amounts of sunshine, as do the many windows throughout the space.

This house has been a rental since 2012, and the current tenants have a lease for $2,300 per month through February 29, 2016. This home presents an opportunity to buy an income property, or make it your own space in just over two months.

Built in 1951, this home is full of new updates and refreshed original features, like refinished hardwood floors, granite countertops in the kitchen and master bathroom, fresh interior and exterior paint in a neutral palette, new exterior doors, a wood-burning fireplace, and a covered porch across the back of the house.

This home was listed Dec. 19 by Michael Lorra with Barclay Real Estate Group for $399,000.

(more…)

kessler plazaKessler Plaza is the southernmost “Kessler” neighborhood in North Oak Cliff. This lovely area offers homes in a broad range of architectural styles, from eclectic Tudor and colonial revival to 1950’s ranches.

Development began here in the late 1930s, and the wide, curving streets, arching shade trees, and big green yards give the area an amicable, happy feel. Kessler Plaza has a lower profile than its popular sisters to the north, but offers many desirable properties, like today’s Tuesday Two Hundred.

The house at 2606 Marvin Ave. is a 2-1 with 1,265 square feet, built in 1940, located near Jefferson and Hampton. This lovely traditional retains original details, married beautifully to updates that make the home move-in ready. It was listed Nov. 4 by Ric Shanahan with Keller Williams, Turtle Creek for $245,000, and reduced on the 19th to $239,900.

(more…)

3309 Citation AToday’s Thursday Three Hundred takes us to Northwest Dallas, to a friendly, spacious, 1962 ranch, updated with modern amenities, but retaining lots of original charm.

Located at 3309 Citation Dr., near Walnut Hill and Webb Chapel, this home is 2,254 square feet with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a powder room. This house, like the others in the Chapel Downs neighborhood, is a pleasant space with great curb appeal; comfortable front, back, and side yards with mature trees; and plenty of green grass. It’s perfectly suited for a family.3309 Citation BChapel Downs is a neighborhood of 334 homes established in the early 1960s. The original developer was a horse racing fan and named many of the streets after winning ponies at the Kentucky Derby, like Carry Back (1961 Kentucky Derby and Preakness), Citation (1948 Triple Crown Winner), Venetian Way (1960 Kentucky Derby), and Pensive (1944 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes).

Most homes here are single-story ranch-style homes ranging from 2,000 to 2,500 square feet. The borders of Chapel Downs are loosely Walnut Hill Lane on the south, Webb Chapel Road to the East, Carry Back Circle to the North, and Goodyear Drive to West.

This home was listed Nov. 11 by Chris Columbus with Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors for $369,000.

(more…)

Hollywood Heights TudorAcross America from around 1890 to 1940, European-trained architects helped create a homebuilding trend influenced by Old World styles. These people brought the eclectic, asymmetrical Tudor revival style to the U.S.

In Dallas, there are several pockets of these beautiful solid masonry homes, with steeply pitched gable roofs, elaborate decorative stone and brickwork, and oversized fireplaces. One of the largest is in the Hollywood Heights/Santa Monica area of East Dallas. (Yes, we visited this neighborhood last week, and this listing is only block over, but this Tudor is too good not to mention today!)410 Valencia AToday’s Thursday Three Hundred at 410 Valencia St. was built in 1939, and is large for its era at 1,964 square feet. That extra space comes from walling in the sunroom and creating the master suite. This is a slightly unorthodox move, but it added a couple of hundred extra square feet and another bathroom, taking this from a 2-1 to a 3-2, a big difference for the residents and potential asking price.

From the street, you can see the leaded glass windows, just to the left of the porch, the arch of which is framed with decorative stonework. Mature shade trees and lovely architectural details, like the three steep gables in the roofline, create a welcoming vibe.

This house is newly listed as of Oct. 9 by David Bush of David Bush Realtors for $399,000.

(more…)