On the east side of White Rock Lake, the Lochwood neighborhood doesn’t feel like the rest of Dallas. “It’s got some rolling hills and trees,” says realtor Blake Damron. “That’s much different than a lot of other areas of the city due to the proximity to the lake.”
One of which is 12023 Brookmeadow Ln. Built in 1965, the mid-century home has had just one resident owner throughout its lifetime. When the current owner, an investor, bought the house last summer, “everything was original,” Damron says. “Nothing had been touched,” right down to the shag carpets.
The house was “a statement piece,” and had “really good lines that are tied through the entire first floor of the property.” The current owner wanted to preserve as much as possible. It took six months to update the property, Damron says. But the current owner kept many of the original details, like the fireplaces and the terrazzo floors in the entryway. They kept the original cabinets in the dining room and kitchen “because they are very of the period” as well as many of the window placements.
They did, however, update the bathrooms and refresh the kitchen, Damron says. The old shag carpeting was ripped out. They installed more windows to add more natural light, and painted part of the façade to give it a fresher look. A new HVAC system, roof, and EV charging station were also installed. Upstairs, they reconfigured the layout to create a second primary suite and two full bathrooms.
The goal, says Damron, was to preserve the original character while giving it modern amenities. “From the moment we pulled up to the house the very first time and walked in the front door, it definitely felt like we were in the Brady Bunch’s house,” Damron says. “And they just wanted to take that and make it as if the Brady Bunch was now the cool family on the block.”
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