I am obsessed with the Waterview neighborhood, in Richardson Heights. Trees, creeks, stone—it’s like a slice of the Hill Country one mile west of Central Expressway, just north of Belt Line Road. I was perusing the cul de sacs in the area I found this listing for—are you sitting down?—$365,000. Don't stand up yet: 10 Shadywood Place offers more than one-quarter of an acre, it's fully remodeled—in fact, a new roof is being installed this week—and it has five bedrooms and three baths in its 2,950 square feet. It shares this cute lane with just four other homes, and this wooded cul de sac overlooks Cottonwood Creek. Plus this home is adjacent to larger homes backing up to the same creek in chichi nearby Waterview Preservation. Those pups are much pricier, if they come on the market.
This home was built on white rock with bell-bottom piers (not to be confused with bell-bottom pants) in 1969, by its original owners. He was in the building products manufacturing business: door entrances. He sold to Pella Windows, which is every small-company owner’s dream. Thus the owners, who raised their family in this home, had both a keen eye and an “in” for high-quality materials. The exterior doors are solid Andean walnut from Bolivia; the double spiral banister on the front stairway was imported from Sedrina, Italy; the plentiful crown molding is imported from Cremona, Italy—well, you get the picture. The owners also installed an elaborate outdoor lighting system and a new HVAC and hot water heaters in 2007. But last summer they really went to town: scraped hardwoods in the living room, granite counters in the kitchen, new faucets, and new light fixtures. In other words, this home is turnkey.