229 N Brighton A

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…)

Workers complete Phase One of the Oak Cliff streetcar on Thursday, May 15. (Photos: Rick Lopez)

Workers complete Phase One of the Oak Cliff streetcar at Colorado Boulevard on Thursday, May 15. (Photos: Rick Lopez)

By Rick Lopez

CandysDirt.com Contributor

If a stranger talks to an Oak Cliff homeowner about the neighborhood for a few minutes, eventually he or she will boast about one of two things: the arrival of the newest critically acclaimed restaurant in the Bishop Arts District (which changes every few months) or a streetcar that will soon connect the neighborhood with downtown Dallas.

However, the latest development on the $51 million streetcar project set to debut early next year seemed to surprise some residents: It will only operate weekdays until 7 p.m., and make only four stops before it terminates at the corner of Colorado and Zang, just east of Methodist Medical Center.

Though the stops will service a swath of new apartment communities just south of the Jefferson Viaduct, the streetcar’s final destination isn’t exactly the nexus of North Oak Cliff.

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What has four bedrooms, three baths, and a gigantic backyard? It’s 719 North Madison Ave. in North Oak Cliff.

The cheerful and freshly painted prairie-style home marketed by Susan Melnick of Virginia Cook Realtors is the perfect place for someone looking to move across the Trinity. And at just $285,000, it’s affordable, too!

Of course, it’s got all the accoutrements you’d expect from a newly updated historic home — granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, energy-saving windows — and a completely blank slate for a backyard.

Seriously, you could do ANYTHING back there, which is what most Oak Cliff residents do. Chicken Coop, vegetable garden, or, if it gets too hot, you could put in a dumpster pool!

Yes, that’s right. DUMPSTER POOL!

But even without a dumpster pool, all 2,500 square feet of this home are super cool. Check out the French doors that separate the living areas. And the bathrooms are very sleek, and probably still smell like fresh paint!

But if you’re moving to Oak Cliff, it’s all about location, and 719 North Madison Avenue has it. This house is just two and a half blocks from all of the quirky restaurants and shops that call the Bishop Arts District home.

Of course, since you’ll be living so close, you won’t need to navigate the district’s abysmal parking lots. You’ll ride your bike or you’ll bring Fido along for a walk!

If it were possible to kidnap a house, I’d be down in North Oak Cliff in a heartbeat with a truck.

Actually, I want the fireplace and I want it NOW!

When I first saw the listing, which is new, I about died. I emailed the agent feverishly and asked who the interior designers were who owned this home — so talented!

“The owners are a wonderful young couple with an eye for the aesthetic,” said Brian.  “Where else can a person get 2700 updated square feet with a pool on an excellent block of an excellent neighborhood for $369k???” 

And as an indication of how wonderful the community is, the neighbor’s kids set up an OJ stand and played the violin for guests at Brian’s Open House this past Sunday!

I’m probably going to O/D you on photos, but here’s what you need to know about 1015 North Clinton Ave:

It’s in the beautiful Kessler area of North Oak Cliff, walking distance to the Stevens Park Golf Course and significant parks, as well as to the Bishop Arts District. Period details include a large brick fireplace in the sunny living room, hardwoods throughout, and spacious room sizes. A large first floor room serves as either a study or third bedroom, in addition to a great family room with access to the sparkling pool. Two-car garage has a bonus. Built in 1924, pier and beam, updated, three bedrooms, three baths.

We should really start a CandysDirt wager on how long before this angel goes under contract, but I think that might be illegal, especially when I post it. But seriously, I bet there’s a full price contract come Sunday.

Just tell that darling neighbor kid to get out his violin! (I played violin! It’s hard!)

Price — you won’t believe: $369,000.