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For this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we’re venturing out to the L.O. Daniel neighborhood of North Oak Cliff, to a renovated Craftsman at 229 N. Brighton Ave.

Listed at $225,000, this bungalow is a 3-1 with 1,378 square feet and a saltwater pool. The neighborhood is north of W. Jefferson Boulevard and adjacent to Winnetka Heights, near the intersection of W. Eighth Street and N. Rosemont Avenue. It is listed by Jenni Stolarski with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International.

Built in 1921, this house sits on a tree-lined street and has wonderful curb appeal, with a wide, wood-plank front porch, hanging swing, and a ceiling fan. It also has authentic details, like painted dentil molding above the doors and along the roofline, as well a soft green, cream, and brown color palette. Jump to read more!  (more…)

Are Flips Really That Hard to Find? Top Agents Say it Depends on Where You Look

Jenni Stolarski has flipped some amazing properties in North Oak Cliff.

Jenni Stolarski has flipped some amazing properties in North Oak Cliff, including this one at 806 N. Windomere.

We were intrigued by a story from Bloomberg News citing RealtyTrac figures reportedly showing a nationwide decrease in flipping:

Home flipping, in which a buyer resells a property quickly for a profit, is on the decline as U.S. residential price gains slow and foreclosures dwindle.
Almost 31,000 single-family houses were flipped in the second quarter, representing 4.6 percent of U.S. home sales, RealtyTrac said in a report today. That’s down from 6.2 percent a year earlier and the smallest share since the first three months of 2012, when prices bottomed after the crash, according to the Irvine, California-based data company, which defines a flip as a property sold within 12 months of purchase.

Of course, I had to consult the two best “flippers” I know to see what the local perspective is on flipping. First I got in touch with Jenni Stolarski of Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s. Stolarski does high-end flips in Oak Cliff, producing some of the most gorgeous homes I’ve ever seen. One of the most recent ones was an amazing Tudor transformation that was awash in marble and chrome. Total jaw-dropper.

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Twigg Realty's Travis Horton is Planting Trees All Over Dallas For Free

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I didn’t realize that planting trees adds so much value to homes and neighborhoods until my hero, Jenni Stolarski, told me. I was interviewing her for a story regarding her reTree Oak Cliff project. As it turns out, Stolarski isn’t the only Realtor committed to a Johnny Appleseed-like tree-planting project. In fact, Twigg Realty broker Travis Horton not only plants trees for free, but his family grows them, too.

Horton, whose family owns an East Texas tree farm (pictured above), is a certified Citizen Forester who plants trees free of charge all across Dallas. The Park Cities-based Realtor says that trees offer a lot more to homeowners and neighborhoods than beauty.

Studies show that not only do trees boost home values approximately 10 percent and help decrease environmental toxins and carbon dioxide, but they also foster a “sense of place,” decrease crime, and provide a buffer to noise and traffic.

Imagine if you could get all of these great benefits for nothing at all … Well, you can! Just contact Travis, and he can help you get a free tree in your yard. He’s offering several different varieties of hardy oak trees, including live oak, Shummard oak, cherry bark oak, Southern red oak, and burr oak.

Why oaks? “They are the longest lasting, hardiest, strongest, and largest trees that can thrive in our climate zone in Texas,” Travis said.

Want your free tree this fall? Contact Travis today!

 

 

 

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So, Jenni Stolarski is kind of my hero. Not only is this amazing Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s VP a business powerhouse, but she just flipped the most amazing home that had me pinning just about every single room (OK, every single room, no lie) to my Pinterest pin boards. Yes, y’all, it’s that beautiful.

Stolarski, who is so awesome she plants trees in her spare time, bought this house from a little old lady five years ago, and it was pretty much in its original condition, she said. At the time, 806 N. Windomere was a steal — a property like that, with great bones and tons of charm, was becoming rare in Oak Cliff. Young couples and investors who were looking for great investments were snapping up properties all over North Oak Cliff like $200 iPads at a Black Friday sale. This one, in the up-and-coming Kings Highway Conservation District, was kismet.

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“I actually tried to sell it a few years back,” Stolarski said over the phone yesterday. It’s a good thing it didn’t sell before she and her partner could gut the thing and make it the supermodel it is today. Don’t believe me? Check out these amazing “after” pictures!

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Bye-bye, ugly siding and purple trim! Hello, sexy gray paint! With 10-foot ceilings throughout it’s 1,588 square feet, a gorgeous custom finish on the hardwood floors reminiscent of whitewash, and Carrara marble just about everywhere, it’s no surprise that this home went under contract just as soon as it hit the market.

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It was listed at $319,000, and honestly, this two-bedroom, two-bath stunner is worth every stinking penny. Built in 1906 and fully modernized for today’s needs, this home pretty much fulfills everything on my dream home list. Apron sink? Gray cabinets? Commercial appliances? Tons of windows? Yes to all of that.

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The hall bath is the perfect mix of traditional and modern elements, with a claw-foot tub and plank walls with chrome sink stand and luxurious tile floors. I love all of the details, especially the outdoor light fixtures that look at home flanking the bathroom mirror. These women have an eye for style, that’s for sure, and Stolarski can swing a hammer with the best of them.

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The master bath will make you swoon. The marble everywhere, the incredible shower, the dual vanity, the pocket door that leads to the wall of wardrobes in the hall (love that!). Well, I am just impressed.

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The screened in back porch is amazing, and a wonderful feature for anyone who appreciates our spring and fall temperatures but could do without the bugs. (That is pretty much everyone, right?)

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Stolarski said she worked with an outstanding general contractor, Gary Roberts, who did a fantastic job. We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations on the incredible transformation, Jenni, and we can’t wait to see what you do next!

 

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You can tell that Jenni Stolarski has a lot to be excited about. The Kings Highway Conservation District resident and Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agent is hard at work making her neighborhood a better place to live. How does she do it? By putting down roots. Literally.

Stolarski started an effort last year to plant hundreds of trees in North Oak Cliff. The program is called reTree Oak Cliff, and has already had its first successful planting in Stolarski’s very own neighborhood. The next planting is scheduled for April 6 in the Summit Lawn neighborhood. Stolarski said that the group, sponsored by TXU Energy, Texas Trees Foundation, Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professionals, and the City of Dallas, will plant 100 trees in the neighborhood.

Want to volunteer with the likes of Mayor Rawlings? Find out more and register here.

CandysDirt.com: Where are you from?

Jenni Stolarski: I grew up in San Antonio, TX. When I lived there it was boring, but now they have invested so much into their art scene and the Pearl Area, it’s amazing.

CD: How did you get into real estate?

Stolarski: Kind of a funny story. When we moved here from Manhattan, I didn’t have a job. We purchased an investment property and wanted to have a few more. So I did all the training to become a Realtor to get MLS access (this is before the days of Zillow, kids). Turns out, I loved it. So I started working with buyers and sellers almost immediately.

CD: As a Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agent, you’ve carved out a niche as an expert in Oak Cliff real estate. How do you stay on top?

Stolarski: Am I on top? Wow, someone call my mom, please! (CD: You’re so modest! )

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

Stolarski: I live in North Oak Cliff, in a saltbox home that backs up to Stevens Park Golf Course. The neighborhood is called Kings Highway.

CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Mercedes Benz?

Stolarski: My dream car is a Tesla, but I drive a BMW Z3.

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

Stolarski: Mine. The trees, the hills, the architecture and great neighbors. What’s not to love?

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

Stolarski: The best sales are the ones where I help someone find a home & make a friend in the process.

CD: Likewise, what was your most difficult/memorable transaction?

Stolarski: The most memorable transaction was a personal investment purchase. When we showed up for the final walkthrough, the house was STILL full of car bumpers, leftover house parts and (no lie) a foot and a half of clothing, paper and other stuff. We had to delay the closing until the seller cleaned it out. Blech.

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?

Stolarski: The last 6 houses I have listed sold in less than 7 days and three of those before they hit MLS.

CD: How much did you sell last year?

Stolarski: (Do people really answer this?) (CD: Yes! And sometimes they really surprise us!)

CD: What have you learned about selling that makes you so successful?

Stolarski: I learn something new every time. So I bring expertise, but always stay open to the fact that each sale has some new moving part. That also keeps me on my toes!

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

Stolarski: …be the head gardener at some giant estate or castle.

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

Stolarski: My second home is rental property … four blocks from my house. Great house. Not really a place I plan to “summer.”

Jenni Stolarski and Robb Puckett are a regular dream team. You can just feel the excitement and enthusiasm radiate off of them. The two Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agents are passionate about Oak Cliff and the beautiful homes inside one of the most popular resurgent neighborhoods in Dallas.

I really do believe that Jenni and Robb are at least partly responsible for the enormous turnaround Oak Cliff has experienced in the past decade. The neighborhood that was once derided for being perceived as crime riddled and dilapidated is now the place to be for the new generation of homeowners.

In fact, I am fairly certain that unique homes such as 930 Kessler Parkway will grow in value as the area continues on its inevitable path toward gentrification. So I guess what I’m saying is that if you are in search of an amazing home and don’t want to over-pay, East Kessler is a great place to buy, especially this Juris Laivins-designed contemporary.

This home is beautiful inside and out, and with all of the gorgeous windows it feels like living in a treehouse as you look out onto the heavily forested one-third-acre lot. You get three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and more than 3,000-square feet of space that is perfect for entertaining even the largest crowds. And at $635,000, it’s a great way to get all of the beauty, luxury, and convenience of living in the East Kessler!

Cool things about this house: The ladder rail bookcase in the living area, the two-sided vanity in the master bathroom, and the tons of cabinetry that will make every neat freak swoon!

Hurry! Snatch this beauty up!