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Hot Property: An Updated ’20s Beauty Near Highland Park Village

On a street that blends old and new aesthetics, this house is right at home.

Just blocks from Highland Park Village lies Potomac Avenue, a shady street within one of Dallas’ oldest neighborhoods. Some homes stand proudly with old-fashioned brick exteriors, framed by gnarled branches that have survived for generations. Others sport updated contemporary features, with picket fences hugging their green lawns. The sidewalks, often filled with a flurry of leaves, are lined with 2018 Audis and 1990s Mustangs alike. The street is a study in contrasts.

4248 Potomac fits in perfectly, yet stands out from the rest. It isn’t kitschy, nor is it overly modern. Instead, it marries old and new beautifully, with a 1920s frame that was taken down to the studs in 2016 for a full renovation. White-painted bricks and dark gray shingles honor the vintage exterior’s shape, but still feel fresh. Two rectangular sconces next to the front door mimic the lines of the large inviting windows, further bathing the front in light. Small shrubs and flowers line the front for a subtle touch of homeyness. Its simplicity is what is most striking.

Step inside, and you’ll see a continuation of the old-meets-new feel. A white marble fireplace, for example, has an antique mirror resting on the mantle, while the office’s dark wood beams are balanced by modern, slate-gray built-ins. Contemporary lighting fixtures illuminate the multiple living spaces and the bedrooms, and light wood floors throughout offer consistency.

The kitchen’s primary focus is a navy center island with gold hardware flanked by acrylic bar stools that anchor the space in present-day. Spacious glass cabinets offer the opportunity for a pop of color depending on what you shelve inside. The bathrooms are most often all-white, with standing bathtubs, glass showers, and subtly patterned tile.

Finally, with a big backyard, a back patio, four bedrooms, and a few spaces for fun (an attic/game room, for example), the house is as kid-friendly as it is chic. And with Bradfield Elementary and the Park Cities YMCA close by, it’s easy to see why other families choose to call Potomac Avenue home.

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