A creative entrepreneur recently put her Casa Linda home on the market, and her loss could be someone's very stylish gain. Rachel O'Connor, founder of Party Made Pretty, needs more space for a studio, from which she makes all sorts of garlands and banners. So the buyer of her home at 2421 Springhill Dr. gets the benefit of her design savvy and smart upgrades.
The 2,200-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home still has the vintage vibe of its original 1959 construction — just look at those textured ceilings! — but an open floorplan makes it feel more livable and modern. "We changed almost every room in the house in one way or another," O'Connor says. "The way it was originally set up, we could see the potential for entertaining, but had a tiny galley kitchen."
So they gutted the kitchen and focused on creating one huge entertaining space. Dual masters continue the spacious theme, and the third bedroom is sized perfectly for guests.
While doing the renos, O'Connor slipped in rustic touches and hints of barnitechture, such as wood beams in the breakfast area and a reclaimed wood accent wall in the living room.
The backyard is big, with a nice patio off the kitchen and a hot tub. The garage has been converted into a bonus room — a negative for buyers seeking a garage, but a plus for those who just need more space.
The location is another plus; Dallas Arboretum and White Rock Lake are nearby. O'Connor says she will miss walking outside and seeing people actually talking to each other.
The house is listed for $348,500 with Kevin Caskey at Dallas City Center Realtors. Its price per square foot, $156, might seem a little high against comps, but this home is significantly bigger than most of others in the 'hood.
A version of this story originally was published on Candy's Dirt.