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Hot Property: A Bright and Cheery Preston Hollow Ranch

The centrally located home has tray and vaulted ceilings throughout, plus more than 1,000 square feet of decking in the backyard.
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The 2019 tornado, which blew through Preston Hollow, skipped over this block of Gramercy, says Meadows. “They’re very lucky.” Although the owners had to replace the roof, they only lost one tree limb. Matrix Tours
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Hot Property: A Bright and Cheery Preston Hollow Ranch

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Besides a fresh paint job and new lights and a door, not much has changed about the mid-century ranch at 5831 Gramercy Pl. The house, built in 1956, is a “very welcoming, very charming, very warm home,” listing agent Lee Anna Meadows says. It has that classic ranch look, complete with a towering oak tree in the front.

The interiors, however, are a different story. After the current owners bought the home in 2013, they “completely gutted and remodeled it,” Meadow says. Working with architect Curtis Burlbaw, of Blue C Designs, they redid the floorplan by flip-flopping rooms, taking down walls, adding windows, and installing special features, like plantation shutters and a custom cast-stone fireplace in the living room. “One nice thing is they popped up a lot of the ceilings, so you’ve got vaulted and tray ceilings throughout,” she says. 

The result is a bright and airy home, with plenty of space for guests. “It’s a great entertaining home,” Meadows says. There are many different ways to arrange the 532-square-foot living room, the dining room can seat 10, and the breakfast nook can fit eight. Plus, out back there’s a 1,000-plus-square-foot deck with both covered and uncovered patios. The backyard is spacious with tall trees and “tons of little rabbits and squirrels in the backyard all the time.” There’s space for a pool and the owners have a garden behind the garage. 

One of the owners’ favorite things about the property, though, is the location. It’s “the reason my clients purchased a home in the first place,” Meadows says. “Anything that you want, it’s right there within a block or two walking distance.” Just off the Dallas North Tollway, the home is one block from the Preston Royal Shopping Center. It’s also near many private schools, including St. Mark’s School and Hockaday. 

Scroll through the gallery to learn more about the home. If you like the styling, much of the house’s furniture and décor is for sale, too, Meadows says. You can also see it all in-person at an open house 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 11.

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