Jason Roberts

Always on the go, Roberts is involved in myriad projects and groups in Oak Cliff and around Dallas. Photo courtesy Jason Roberts

Much has been written about community activist, urban planning enthusiast, and Oak Cliff resident Jason Roberts. His energy is infectious as he spreads the gospel of urban revitalization around the world: building better neighborhoods by transforming vacant and underused properties into vibrant, thriving blocks abuzz with business, activity, and local participation.

His Better Block concept started in spring 2010 in a small part of North Oak Cliff, where Roberts asked the questions, “why are these buildings vacant and what can we do to rapidly transform them in days, not years, into bike- and pedestrian-friendly places that people love?”

The answer was a rapidly planned weekend project that created pop-up shops, filling underused or vacant spaces with the businesses he wished the area had: coffee shops, flower shops, and cafes, among others.

Better Block has since gone from a local experiment to a national and international model for urban redevelopment that showcases the possibilities in a neighborhood, no matter its current state.

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The Ross Avenue area is on its way up, at least that’s what all of the developers investing in mid-rises and empty lots think about the long stretch that takes folks out of downtown and into East Dallas.

It wasn’t too long ago that the stretch of Ross that borders North Central Expressway and the Dallas Arts District was temporarily transformed with pop-up parks, shops, and even a dumpster pool as part of the 72-hour Ross Avenue Better Block challenge.

If you’re looking to move into a place that’s within walking distance of award-winning architecture, cultural amenities, excellent restaurants, all with easy access to anywhere else in Dallas, don’t pass up 4413 Roseland.

This home is on trend. The lower floor is wide open, and upstairs you have warm wood floors and tons of light. There are three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a two-car garage, and 2,300 square feet all for $274,500.

Where are you going to see the value in this house? In the kitchen, of course. Check out that slick countertop on the island! Perfect for entertaining. In fact, all it needs is a few elegant trays of hors d’oeuvres and a few bottles of bubbly on ice and you’ve got a party! There’s plenty of cabinet space, too!

There are huge windows everywhere throughout this home, including the master bedroom, which is significantly larger than the other two bedrooms. The master bath has two cube-shaped vessel sinks, and there’s probably a commode and a shower or tub in there, but you can’t see that from the angle in the listing.

For a townhouse, this home has a gigantic backyard with an incredibly tall privacy fence, making this place an awesome buy for someone accustomed to apartment living but tired of taking fido down two flights of stairs to go to the bathroom (and you won’t have to face the poo police either).

So, what do you think? Is this a great buy in a great location or what?