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…)

Discovering Oak Cliff: Looking For a Value? Then Look to Elmwood!

1839 Tennessee Front Elev

By Patrick L. Boyd
Special Contributor

Ah, Oak Cliff – my how times have changed … and fast!

There was a time that there were only about two or three areas anyone outside of Oak Cliff had heard of, let alone would think about living in – those of us who have been over here a while called it the “Ooooo” factor. “Oooooak Cliff?” They’d say, with raised eyebrows.

The inevitable first question:
“Isn’t it dangerous”? No

Followed by the second and third questions: “Where do you shop for groceries,” and “Where do you eat”? We did have some decent options, actually.

Well, those times seem to in the rear-view mirror, as even national and international media is picking up on the “Brooklyn of Dallas.” We’ve even been called that hipster of hipster part of Brooklyn, Williamsburg. Not sure we’re there yet!

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Friday Five Hundred: A Home With a Dome in Kessler Park

1652 Sylvan Front

What a tremendous find! Kessler Park is one of my favorite neighborhoods. The incredible diversity in architecture, rolling topography, proximity to downtown Dallas and the Bishop Arts District, as well as the close-knit feel make this neighborhood a popular location for families and professionals.

And if you’re looking for a cool home in North Oak Cliff, Kessler Park is where you’ll find one to your taste. Take, for example, this 1970s contemporary at 1652 Sylvan Ave. that has a dome in the living room.

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2531 W 10th Front

I know that all of the staging advice we publish says, rather unequivocally, to make the home look as if only humans live there. It gives buyers an opportunity to picture themselves in the space, and not all buyers have furry friends. In fact, some people are not pet lovers at all.

But I do want to give big ups to the homeowner at 2531 W 10th Street in Kessler Plaza, because this person is letting their Cat Lady flag fly. And I still love the home!

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It’s amazing what you’ll find when you’re just browsing around MLS, and boy, are there deals to be had! I cannot tell you how thrilled — THRILLED! — I was to see that yes, you can still buy a great home in Oak Cliff for under $200K.

Check out 322 S. Oak Cliff Blvd, listed by Virginia Cook agent Susan Melnick. This home is just adorable inside and out! Lovely front porch with a swing, and the fresh paint with bright white trim really makes this home pop. Walk inside and it’s super cozy! Here’s the real shocker, though: this three-bedroom, two-bath home has more than 1,200 square feet and is priced at …

… $165,000!

I know! I can’t believe it either! Seriously, this home is adorable and the perfect way for someone who wants to live in Oak Cliff but doesn’t have the budget for a huge Craftsman or Prairie-style home in Winnetka Heights or Kings Highway.

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You’ll love the way this home flows, too, and the kitchen was recently remodeled to make it both gorgeous and functional. A lot of homes in this area, which is called Sunset Hill, still have ancient kitchens with the washer and dryer right in the middle of them. Not only do you have sleek stainless steel appliances with gorgeous cabinets, but you get room for your washer and dryer OUTSIDE OF THE KITCHEN! Brilliant!

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The bedrooms are a great size, and you’ll love the huge windows, too. Another bonus to this house is the refinished hardwood floors that look just breathtaking throughout the home, and make the bedrooms feel cozy and elegant at the same time.

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There are two baths in this home, one of which has an awesome claw-foot tub and the other has a pre-fab corner shower unit. I am not a fan of those, but you know what? There are two bathrooms in this home, which is practically unheard of for a house built in 1924, so I’ll just appreciate that there’s a second one and leave it at that. Both baths feature new hardware and updated vanities, too.

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The backyard is where you’ll really start to warm to this home, and boy, isn’t it just gorgeous in the fall with that lovely maple tree? This cottage sits on an absolutely immense corner lot, giving you 1.26 acres all to yourself. How amazing is that? You’ll love the detached two-car garage, too, which faces the adorable brick patio accessible by both the laundry area and the master bedroom’s french doors.

Honestly, in Dallas right now, this home will give any buyer the most bang for their buck. What do you think?

2839 Burlington Front

Immensely cute. That’s my shoot-from-the-hip description of this Oak Cliff cottage. Located in Sunset View, just outside Ravinia Heights in the North Cliff Conservation District, this home is in an excellent location for anyone who wants to be both in close proximity to downtown Dallas and be near the festivals and shops in the Bishop Arts District.

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This adorable house clocks in at 1,464 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and tons of updates and upgrades. Several major components have been replaced recently, including the HVAC system, the roof, and the windows. That will save a new buyer tons of money in the long run. Speaking of money, 2839 Burlington Blvd. is priced at an affordable $198,000. I think that’s a great price point for this home, which is marketed by the knowledgeable Brian Davis of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.

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The kitchen has granite counters and stainless appliances, as well as gorgeous cabinets and designer paint. I love how this home has plenty of color but doesn’t seem overwhelming. It’s not all beige and gray, but it’s not exactly fuschia and tangerine, either.

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The original hardwood floors throughout this home have been restored, which adds to the vintage charm of this home. While this home was built in 1939, the open layout of the living and dining areas belies a careful renovation.

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The master bedroom is a decent size considering the age of the home, and the master bath is modest. But it’s the rich color on the walls and the modern tile selections that make this master suite stand out.

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The backyard, which is a landscaper’s dream, is a blank slate save for the party-friendly deck. It’s large enough for Fido to enjoy and still leave plenty of room for a vegetable garden and maybe even a chicken coop.

2839 Burlington Backyard

This house, if it could say one word and one word only, it would be “AHHHH-DORABLE.” Just like that. In fact, it would be shouting it, so when you heard it from around the block, you would come jogging through Winnetka Heights until you found 314 N. Clinton, a butter yellow Craftsman with a porch swing just west of Tyler Street.

Once you step inside there is tons more to love. The home was remodeled with consideration for historical details, a renovation that won an award from Preservation Dallas in 2005. That’s really the impression you get when you step through the threshold.

Keep going and things get more and more interesting. Right off the bat you’ll notice the little markings on the blonde hardwood floor. Interesting, right? Well, it’s because the flooring is a recycled basketball court. How awesome is that? Not only is it eco-friendly, but it looks cool and is definitely a conversation starter!

The kitchen has some really great points, like the vent hood, the cute storage shelves, and the range. The rest of it could use a good shake-up. Perhaps extend the counters over to the range, add some more cabinet space, and change out the pendants. Minor fixes, in the scheme of things.

The kitchen opens to the living area, which has a pretty crazy fireplace, and I mean crazy in a very respectful and endearing way. This home, which is 2,016 feet, has two living areas, three bedrooms, and two baths.

It’s priced at $329,000, which I can’t really make a judgment call on. There has been a lot of renovation to this home, but it could still use some work. It’s in a pretty desirable location, though, and in one of the most active historic districts in the city.

I do know that this home has something that is pretty much unheard of in 1930s Craftsman homes: A walk-in closet.

The master bedroom is flanked by the closet and a cute little bathroom with a claw-foot tub. This is the kind of scene I think you would see in a little bed-and-breakfast cottage. At least that’s what it feels like.

This house oozes charm, and it’s sure to find the right buyer soon!

 

It always happens when you have a baby: Relatives come to stay for an open-ended period of time to “help” you. More often than not, they end up crowding things, and leaving you with more dishes in the sink and rings on your coffee table (Trust me, I speak from experience). Wouldn’t it be great if you had room for them that was detached from the main house? A place where you both could have some privacy?

You may think that you’d have to break the bank for something like that, but it’s not true!  In fact, you can have a guest house and live in one of the cuter neighborhoods in North Oak Cliff for less than $300K!

I present to you, discerning readers, 915 Stewart Drive in Kessler Highlands. This adorable two-bedroom, two and a half bath is just adorable, with recently remodeled bathrooms that gleam and sparkle and a very open kitchen and dining area. Marketed by the talented Hewitt & Habgood group, this little gem is perfectly priced at $297,000.

The details are outstanding, like recessed lighting and gorgeous archways. This home feels much bigger than 1,542 square feet, too, thanks to the vaulted ceilings.

The living room has a great fireplace and a gorgeous stained glass window, too, which appears to be original to the home, built in 1932. The bedrooms, which are a great size, have plenty of room for a small family or two young professionals. It’d be a great home for a couple of artists, too, and you’ll find several of them in Kessler Highlands.

This is a great neighborhood because you get all of the wonderful amenities of living in Kessler Park without the crazy price tag. You’re a stone’s throw from the Kessler School, too, which is an excellent early education campus. And on the porch at 915 Stewart is a great porch swing, the perfect place to get to know your new neighbors!

But my favorite thing about this house, as you could probably tell, is the guest quarters attached to the two-car garage. It’s the perfect way to keep out-of-town guests comfortable without sacrificing your sanity! Of course, you could also use it as a home office or maybe an art studio, too.

What a neat house!