Tuesday Two Hundred: The Perfect Starter Home For Lakewood Aspirations in Caruth Terrace

Published July 4, 2012 by Joanna England

Not many folks can afford to move into a stunning Lakewood abode when they’re just starting out. And of course, you have to start somewhere, right? Caruth Terrace is an excellent neighborhood for folks who want to be as close to Lakewood as possible without the huge price tag!

This neighborhood is full of Post War 1950s two-bedroom homes. You know the kind — Daltile bathrooms in a dizzying array of color schemes, paneling in the office/nursery, and a telephone nook in the hallway. Some of them have been lovingly preserved, and others have been remodeled to the point of looking brand-spanking new on the inside.

Now, 6231 Sudbury Drive — a two-bedroom, one-bath marketed by Drew Burroughs of Dallas City Center Realtors — is sort of half-way between being remodeled and preserved. While it feels light and airy on the inside with expert built-ins and molding, and the hardwood floors are gorgeous, the kitchen and the bathroom are pretty much 100 percent time warp.

Separating the breakfast nook from the prep area is a curved peninsula bookcase to hold your 40 copies of “The Joy of Cooking,” an original feature to the home. Of course, I see this kitchen as a big opportunity. For folks who love these kind of throwback details and craftmanship, you get that in spades. And for folks who want a pretty much blank slate to build a kitchen with some character — you really can’t do any better than a perfect rectangle of a room, can you?

Now, the bathroom, well, it’s peach and gray — not a shocker if you’ve stepped foot inside of one of these homes. It’s actually one of the more restrained color schemes I’ve seen, which tend to range from forest/pea green, teal/powder blue, purple/lavender, to maroon/pink. Like I said — you can keep it if that’s your thing, or you can remodel the heck out of it and come time for resale, you’ll definitely make your money back!

Of course, what really concerns you is location. Caruth Terrace is in the coveted 75214 Zip code, which is practically rubbing elbows with Lakewood and is super close to SMU and the Park Cities. This home is in the area bounded by Skillman Street on the west, Abrams Road on the east, Mockingbird Lane on the south, and Lovers Lane to the north. You’re also within cycling distance to White Rock Lake, and by extension, the White Rock Lake DART station, which is fantastic for downtown commuters. All this for $245,000. Yikes, eh?

Shopping isn’t too far either, and for that young couple just starting out, they’ll be thrilled about nearby Greenville Avenue.

Top it all off with a spacious backyard that is perfect for entertaining a few close friends and you’ve got a great house for a couple of newlyweds!

Do you know any other Dallas neighborhoods that are perfect for first-time homebuyers? Drop me a line!

— Daily Local Real Estate Dish By Dallas Real Estate Insider — Candy Evans at CandysDirt.com