In the real estate market, as in life, money gives you choices. If you’re house hunting in the seven-figure range, you have — pardon the pun — a wealth of options in charming Dallas neighborhoods. We decided to take a dive into what $2 million can buy. (Spoiler: It can buy a backyard putting green, an Instagram-ready bathroom and a lush oasis in the city.) Whether you’re in the luxe market or just like to peek into that lifestyle, here are three homes on the market now.
8462 San Fernando Way, Dallas
Neighborhood: Forest Hills | Square footage: 4,266 | Listing price: $1,995,000
Nestled in the heart of Forest Hills sits a timeless Tudor, originally built in 1936 yet completely remodeled and, in many areas, reimagined. The home sits in the center of a treed corner lot that’s over half an acre, while a stone facade offers quaint curb appeal that gives way to a beautifully restored interior. “It’s got a comfortable, sophisticated vibe with lots of charming original details, such as coved barrel ceilings mixed with current design styling and amenities,” says listing agent Kyle Brinkley of Brinkley Property Group.
In the chef’s kitchen, golden and copper-toned touches can be found in the vent hood, cabinetry hardware, sink and light fixtures — a color story that repeats in many of the high-end fixtures and hardware throughout the home. Natural light pours in through the many windows. “The sprawling floor plan allows for views of multiple courtyard spaces, with walls of windows in every room,” Brinkley notes.
Juxtaposed against the retained charm are the clean lines and crisp blue colorways of the spa-like primary bath; all the bathrooms were clearly remodeled with thoughtfulness and intention. In the outdoor living area, a rich wood-toned screened-in dining room waits for guests, along with a couple of sitting areas, a fire pit and plenty of play room. When you’re ready to get going, you can walk to the Arboretum and White Rock Lake, the gems of East Dallas.
6928 Lloyd Valley Lane, Dallas
Neighborhood: Jan Mar | Square footage: 4,895 | Listing price: $1,999,000
Situated on 170 feet of frontage along Buffalo Creek, this home takes full advantage of its pastoral setting. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the half-acre lot, with its collection of mature trees, shrubs and flowers.
“This lot just takes your breath away when you walk into the house,” says Becky Oliver, the listing agent with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “You can’t really capture the views going down the creek with photography. It’s something you’ve got to see to believe. It’s just spectacular.”
Originally built in 1973, the home’s recent updates include marble counters in a completely renovated white kitchen that sits in the center of a large first-floor entertainment area. Also on the first floor, the master bath has been updated with Carrera marble, a wine fridge and a large chandelier for extra glam. The primary bedroom itself has French doors that lead to a sizable screened-in porch with a white-paneled ceiling and an eyebrow window built into the roofline.
Adjacent to the porch is a stone back patio, just waiting for a party to spill into the backyard. “The feeling you get when you sit in that yard is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in Dallas. It just doesn’t feel like you’re right in the middle of the city,” Oliver says. “It’s so peaceful and serene. And there’s so much wildlife back there. Birds and ducks and turtles. It’s a spring-fed creek, so it’s a living body of water with nature all around you.”
4408 Southwestern Blvd., University Park
Neighborhood: Park Cities | Square footage: 3,234 | Listing price: $2,000,000
Right in the center of the Park Cities, this 1940s cottage sits on a street canopied with mature trees. A large, rocking-chair-ready porch greets you in the front, but it’s the outdoor living space in the backyard that really makes this home family friendly. A large stone patio area includes a fireplace for roasting marshmallows, while a turfed putting green and a dog run complete the space.
“Indoors, the home lives much larger than its square footage,” says Maggie Neely, the listing agent with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. A formal dining room with a wood-burning fireplace stands ready to host celebrations with meals prepared on the wood countertops in the kitchen. The adjoining den has brick flooring, and the rest of house has been thoughtfully updated by the current homeowners who have lived there for almost 20 years.
“They’ve made tasteful updates over time without sacrificing the home’s integrity,” says Neely, who notes the Highland Park ISD address zoned for Hyer Elementary. “This home suits multiple ages and stages of life. It’s ready for its next family.”
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