Thursday Three Hundred: In The Heart of West Kessler, This Tudor Shines Bright

614 Tenna Loma Court Front

There are so many people looking for a move in-ready home inside 635, and thanks to a shortage in available inventory, prices are going through the roof. But some economists still warn of “shadow inventory” that could make a mess of residential housing markets as investors bring properties to the market in a blitz of ready-to-sell homes. That could have dire effects on prices and demand.

But on a more local note, let’s talk about the high demand for homes in Oak Cliff. Two years ago, you’d be crazy to price a two-bedroom, two-bath Tudor in West Kessler for $325,000. It would sit on the market for month after month with no bites at all. But now, with our market and inventory as it is, it’s not a reach to see a Tudor like 614 Tenna Loma Court on the market at $325K. Truly, Dave Perry-Miller Realtor Mike Bates knows the price is right.


1154 N Edgefield Front

Here’s another fantastic opportunity to live in Oak Cliff: This beautiful Kessler Square traditional offers lush landscaping and a fantastic neighborhood experience. At the southeast corner of Edgefield Ave. and Colorado Blvd. in Kessler Park, you’ll find this gorgeous home at 1154 N. Edgefield. It’s a stone-clad 1938 traditional that has been carefully updated and lovingly preserved. And if a 30-year mortgage is too much commitment for you, you can lease this property!


Mayflower Front

With more than 2,600 square feet, this gorgeous two-bedroom, three-bath home from Dallas-Fort Worth property management experts is just the home you need to celebrate this season.

Located at 2010 Mayflower Drive inside Stevens Park Estates, this home is in a superb location for someone who wants to be close to all the great amenities, shopping, and culture North Oak Cliff has to offer. Not only does this home have a great kitchen, formal dining room, and lovely two-story living area, but it’s close to the newly renovated Stevens Park Golf Course. You’ll love your neighbors, too, who are active in the community and really watch out for one another.

Mayflower Living Mayflower formal dining

The formals feature lovely warm faux finishes on the walls and plenty of windows to let in a lot of natural light. If you’re looking for a great place for your family and Fido or Fifi, this would be a great fit!

The kitchen has some great updates, including fresh cabinets, granite counters, and stainless steel appliances. I love the cool wallpaper, too, which is high-impact and very abstract. This is a fresh listing from, as you can see from the ice still on the ground outside this lovely stucco home.

Mayflower Kitchen Mayflower Kitchen 2

This house, which has a lovely fireplace and plenty of room for entertaining all sizes of crowds this Christmas, is available today for $2,500 a month. Is this the lease you’ve been looking for? Contact Jason Lucas with

1424 Junior Front

Candy forwarded me this home last week, and the subject line of the email was, “Cutie pie with built-ins galore!” She sure does know how to sell me on a home, because I love a good bungalow with a high cute factor.

You guys, she wasn’t lying. This East Kessler bungalow is totes adorbs. I mean, just look at all that curb appeal! The shabby chic paint on the exterior with the olive green shutters and the adorable porthole vent above the front door just kills me. I die. The trees in the front yard make this home feel like it’s in a lovely little grove, too. And it’s in the very hot North Oak Cliff zip code of 75208. Close to shopping and downtown, and a great family area. This adorable house at 1424 Junior is marketed by the Oak Cliff experts at Hewitt & Habgood for $350,000.

1424 Junior Living

I know what you’re thinking now. “Sure, lots of homes have great drive-up and location. But what about the inside?” Well, hold on to your socks, folks, because you might just get them knocked offwhen you check out some of the fantastic architectural details inside this 1947 traditional.

1424 Junior Dining

First thing you’ll notice is the archways between rooms. The most dramatic are the scalloped archways flanking the dining room between the kitchen and living room. I just love them. It is a fantastic detail that is simple and yet very dramatic. Of course, there are tons of great built-ins, just like Candy said. In fact, they’re pretty much in every room, with corner cabinets for your china collection in the dining room, a floor-to-ceiling bookcase in the living room, and then another set of shelves in the breakfast area off the kitchen.

1424 Junior Kitchen

If you love older homes but hate their kitchens, well, you’ll love this house for it’s updated scullery, that’s for sure. Stainless steel and rich custom cabinets with granite counters and backsplash are a dream come true. Now, there’s a breakfast nook, too, which will have you start to think that this home seems kind of big for its age. It’s true, that it’s on the larger end of what you’ll find in this area, with three bedrooms, two baths, and 2,000 square feet.

The backyard is a little underwhelming, but hey, you can fix that easily with a little garden. What do you think of the whole shebang?

1424 Junior Master 1424 Junior Master Bath 1424 Junior Backyard

417 Allison Front

Who would have thought that a home just south of downtown Dallas would be a certified wildlife habitat? Not me, that’s for sure, but this adorable East Kessler traditional is. It has enough creature comforts inside to be a refuge from a hard day at work, too.

At 415 Allison you’ll find a great North Oak Cliff traditional with tons of updates and plenty of character. This East Kessler home is marketed by David Griffin for $384,900. It has three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and 1,937 square feet of space. Built in 1956 and renovated to include a practically brand-new kitchen and master bath, this home is a wonderful place to move to if you’re ready to try Oak Cliff on for size.

417 Allison Living

According to Griffin, this home is owned by an organic gardener who had their backyard certified by the National Wildlife Federation. But there’s nothing wild about the interiors, which are calming and flow easily from one room to the next. I love the cabinets in the kitchen, which are white-washed to give a country home type feel. The appliances are all high-end, featuring a Viking cooktop, Jenn-Air oven, Bosch dishwasher, and solid surface work surfaces that are a gorgeous antidote to the common granite counter.

417 Allison Kitchen

The kitchen opens to the den, which has a beautiful stacked-stone fireplace that reaches the ceiling. This is one of my favorite features of 1950s traditional ranches. It’s classic, it adds drama, and the architectural interest of these fireplaces is irrepressible. The biggest faux pas I see when it comes to these gorgeous fireplaces is when people paint them. Just don’t do it, folks!

417 Allison Den

The master bedroom is what you’d typically see in a home from this period — four walls, a few windows and a bed. The first thing I’d do is put in some light-tight Roman blinds and a stylish ceiling fan. I do like the furniture in this home though, and that trunk with the glass top as a bedside table? I’m stealing that idea.

417 Allison Master

The master bathroom has only one sink and an oversized shower with frameless glass surround. I am not big on glass surrounds, because they are a) a real b*tch to clean, b) they give you zero privacy, and c) tend to cost way more than they’re worth. With some great tile you could get some privacy and you won’t constantly be spraying weird chemicals in your bathroom. I’m just sayin’.

417 Allison Master Bath

Everything else about the house? I love it. The two-car garage that is below level that includes a utility area? Love it. The backyard and stone patio? Love it. The lot? Adore it. And it’s priced right, too. What do you think?

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The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League has announced the locations for its 2013 home tour, which benefits neighborhoods and nonprofits in the district.

The tour is one of the oldest of its kind in the city. This year, from noon to 6 p.m. on Oct. 12 and 13, visitors can view 12 homes from seven historic neighborhoods. The houses range from solid craftsman homes to stately colonials, post-modern ranches to stunning contemporaries.

“This year’s tour stretches from Kessler to Kiestwood and includes homes from the 1917 to 2007,” said OOCCL president Philip Leven. “We’re especially pleased to have a home in North Cliff which has not been represented on the Tour in several years, and a home in South Winnetka, which is a first-ever for that neighborhood.  Our goal is to showcase the quality and variety of the homes and the neighborhoods of Oak Cliff. You’ll see beautiful historic restoration, repurposed older structures, and sensitive new construction, in everything from a 1,600-square-foot bungalow to a 4,500-square-foot contemporary.”

The OCCL recently announced the beneficiaries of the 2012 home tour, which included neighborhood grants for street sign toppers, sidewalk improvements, school uniforms, crime watch signs, and murals. Oak Cliff nonprofits that received grants included Fort Worth Avenue Development Group for Western Heights Cemetery Maintenance, Hampton-Illinois Library Friends, the Turner House, Friends of Oak Cliff Parks and The Well Community.

Home tour tickets cost $25 for adults and $15 for seniors 60 and older on the day of the tour, and can be purchased at W. 7th Street and Bishop Ave in the Bishop Arts District. Discounted advance tickets ($20 adult and $12 senior) are available at Tom Thumb stores located at 315 South Hampton Road, 5809 East Lovers Ln., and 6333 E Mockingbird Ln. You can also buy tickets online at the OOCCL website.

Here are the homes in this year’s tour:

1347 Cedar Hill in East Kessler Park

1347 Cedar Hill in East Kessler Park

1645 Junior in East Kessler Park

1645 Junior in East Kessler Park

1811 Evergreen Hills in Kessler Park

1811 Evergreen Hills in Kessler Park

2916 W. Greenbriar in Kessler Park

2916 W. Greenbriar in Kessler Park

2526 W. Tenth in Kessler Plaza

2526 W. Tenth in Kessler Plaza

2450 Five Mile Circle in Kiestwood

2450 Five Mile Circle in Kiestwood

905 N. Montclair in Kings Hwy

905 N. Montclair in Kings Hwy

1325 Kings Hwy. in Kings Hwy.

1325 Kings Hwy. in Kings Hwy.

2847 Ivandell in North Cliff

2847 Ivandell in North Cliff

701 S. Clinton in South Winnetka

701 S. Clinton in South Winnetka

1910 Marydale in Stevens Park Estates

1910 Marydale in Stevens Park Estates

1939 W. Colorado in in Stevens Park Estates

1939 W. Colorado in Stevens Park Estates

Bison Trail Front

Backyards are great and all, but sometimes you just don’t have the wherewithal to mow the lawn every Saturday, or deal with the hassle of a pool. That doesn’t mean you have to give up having a backyard, per se. If you want lovely, relaxing views without all that hassle, then you should consider this gem at 919 Bison Trail in Stevens Wood.

Bison Trail Living

This is a great neighborhood right off of Stevens Park Golf Course, a public course in North Oak Cliff that has been recently restored to epic beauty and playability. This home has two bedrooms, two baths, almost 1,700 square feet, a two-car garage and fantastic golf course views from its elevated deck. Just below the deck is a wonderful stone patio with fire pit — no better place to roast marshmallows during the first cold snap!

Bison Trail Kitchen

Marketed by Phillip Walker of Keller Williams Elite for $399,000, this North Oak Cliff home is recently updated with tons of great features that make it move-in ready. While the listing calls this home a Midcentury Modern, I’d say it fits more in the realm of post-war contemporary. It lacks a lot of features you would usually spot in a mid-mod, including a flat or angled roof, open floor plans, wood grain accents, and atomic-era lighting.

Bison Trail Master bath

Still, this home has a wonderfully bright, warm, contemporary feel with updates in the kitchen and baths that will make any new owner happy. Fresh tile, counters, and a luxury master suite make this home a real catch. Add in the amazing view and it’ll fly off the market!

Bison Trail Deck Bison Trail Fire pit

dave-perry-millerCongratulations to Dave Perry-Miller & Associates! Dallas’ biggest boutique real estate firm just closed $1 billion in sales to date in 2013, establishing itself as Dallas’ powerhouse for luxury and niche properties.

“Thanks a billion to our outstanding clients and exceptional team of Associates who helped us reach this exciting milestone,” founder Dave Perry-Miller said in a press release.

What kind of homes will you find in the DPM sales rolls? The highest of high end in the most sought-after neighborhoods including Uptown, the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, East Dallas, and Kessler Park. And the agents at Dave Perry-Miller are hard working, too, with total sales up more than 40 percent since 2012 — an amazing feat.

Purchased by Ebby Halliday Realtors in 2007, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates has a deep pool of resources from which to draw, setting records over the past two years in sales and client satisfaction.

“Our agents are working harder than ever and have made these record-setting months possible,” general manager Bud Bush added. “We are proud to share that each of our five offices had its best months ever, and we are grateful to our Associates and loyal clients.”

We can see that all the hard work is paying off, especially considering that the firm has some fabulous listings right now, including some hip-pocket listings that will make your head spin!

Have a glass of bubbly! You deserve it!