Fall Home Tour 2013 Preview III
This wonderfully preserved Airplane Bungalow built in 1923 sits discretely amid the hustle and bustle of Kings Highway’s traditional yet modern neighborhood. The Airplane Bungalow is an early 20th century architectural style that came out of the Craftsman movement and was popular on the west coast and in the southwest. It is characterized by a “pop up” second floor (cupola style) from which you can see 360° and resembles the cockpit of an airplane over wings.
The current owners immediately fell in love with the house at first site and have only lived here for a little over one year. They have filled their home with original art done by the owner and her friends – their varying art styles compliment the contrasting antique as well as modern approach to decorating the home.
Enter the home from the tastefully landscaped front yard with just enough grass to be pleasant and a large variety of flowerbeds along the walkway. The large wooden front porch looks as though it’s inviting you in for neighborhood parties and family reunions! Typical of the Airplane Bungalow, on the lower floor are the living room, dining room, master bedroom/bath, kitchen and sun parlor; two bedrooms (guest and study) and a bathroom are located on the second floor.
The first floor is spacious and has the original windows, fireplace and oak floors. The bathrooms are partially updated but notice the original tiles both on floors and walls. The kitchen was recently updated with modern fixtures for culinary convenience.
From the kitchen you will enter the pop-up feature of the bungalow. Ascend the stairs and you immediately have the feeling of being totally separate from the first floor: the overlook view is wonderful. As you come back down the stairs you realize there are no barriers from kitchen to sun room and this open approach completes the perfect bungalow feel. The sun room is currently in a den configuration, but is open to interpretation and can serve many functions such as reading room, plant room, art studio, or children’s playroom.
From here you can exit into the back yard. The back yard itself resembles several rooms with areas portioned off for various activities: an elevated sitting space, a wonderful green walking path, a smoker/BBQ section and of course plenty of native Oak Cliff trees. Enjoy this unique King’s Highway jewel.