Teardowns are a contentious topic in Little Forest Hills, an East Dallas neighborhood that has tried twice to get a conservation district overlay, failing both times. But not every home is worth saving, especially those tiny, ramshackle structures that appear ready to blow sideways at the slightest breeze.
In a neighborhood with a motto like “Keep Little Forest Hills Funky,” a new build can follow that creed no matter what was razed to make room for it. There’s no better example of this than the bright, colorful, quirky contemporary at 8702 San Fernando Way.
The 2,700-square foot home in the Shamrock Shores area has three bedrooms and two full baths. It has some fantastic features that really make the most of the small lot, like the wide apron of the driveway and the two-sided carport. It gives the owner access to the garage from the backyard, which could also make the carport double as a covered porch for entertaining.
In the kitchen are mint green cabinets, which you don’t see much outside of midcentury moderns, though this house is definitely inspired by the period. Countertops are quartz, and you can choose your own appliances.
The kitchen is open to the living room, and the color of the built-ins surrounding the fireplace echoes what’s found in the kitchen. Warm, wide-plank hardwood floors complement the soft museum-finish walls and exposed beams in key areas.
The master bedroom is spacious, with super-tall ceilings that make the space feel grand. No need to worry about your furniture fitting in here, and two ceiling fans help keep the air moving. The attached bathroom has double sinks, lots of vanity space and a shower stall with a river-rock floor.
It’s still awaiting finishing touches, making it great for someone who wants a custom feel. Constructed by SunCraft Design/Build, this home has plenty of eco-friendly features, including maximum R-value insulation, radiant barrier sheathing, and low-e windows that let in plenty of natural light during the day and make the home glow at night.
If the new owner is so inclined, there’s even room for a pool.
It’s marketed by Clay Stapp + Co. agent Chase Huddleston for $589,000.
A version of this story originally was published on Candy’s Dirt.