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Fresh facelift restores East Dallas Victorian home with storied past
These days it’s not uncommon to find a home that has been gutted and remodeled. But what about a meticulously restored, architecturally significant 1890s property that sits on land once owned by the man credited as the founder of East Dallas? That’s the story of 4317 Worth St.
“It actually sits on the land where Jefferson Peak, the founder of East Dallas, built his first brick home in Dallas in 1855, on his plot of 200 acres,” Realtor and renovator Kristen Martin says. “Edward Dudley Foy, a druggist whose store was by the Neiman Marcus downtown, then bought the land and built this fantastic, folk Victorian farmhouse.”
Martin has spent countless hours restoring the classic home, incorporating new materials while still respecting and keeping a lot of the original details that make the home timeless and beautiful. The five-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom home has 12-foot ceilings, all of its original fireplaces, stained-glass windows, reclaimed wood, and a massive wraparound porch.
Fans of Fixer Upper undoubtedly will love the exposed shiplap on the dining room ceiling, which has been painted white.
Modern updates include stainless-steel appliances, subway tile, quartz, decorative tile, and freestanding tubs. There has also been extensive foundation, plumbing, and electrical work, so the new owners can move in with confidence.
While restoring this property, Martin has witnessed the transformation taking place in the Peak Subdivision, and she’s confident that the area is going to see a boom in popularity over the next couple of years.
“Buckner Park is getting a $3 million facelift, and the old Davy Crockett School is undergoing reconstruction and being turned into luxury condos,” Martin says. “Just from Gaston to Worth in a three-block radius, I’ve counted 14 rehabs taking place right now, with permits on the door. This is going to be a new hot area in no time.”
The price for living in an up-and-coming real estate hotbed? Martin is asking $649,900, which for 3,410 square feet and less than 2.5 miles from downtown, could turn into quite the investment, should this promising area prosper once again.