1415 Lansford Front

I was complaining to a friend recently about how far prices have gone up in North Oak Cliff, putting many homes — even the ones that aren’t perfectly updated — out of reach for many people. Of course, when I was at an event showing off a brand new modern custom home in Kessler Park — more on that later! — I lamented the lack of truly affordable real estate in the area.

It was none other than Steve Habgood that set me straight. According to Steve, principal at the Hewitt & Habgood team at Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, you just have to know where to look. Just south of where Tyler Street turns to Vernon, and close to the DART rail tracks and Cedar Creek is this fantastic little neighborhood in a private-feeling and heavily treed pocket of Oak Cliff. It’s called Elwood, and I’m sure you’ve heard us talk about it before!

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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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This home is such a wonderful example of treasured architecture in Oak Cliff, and it’s one of those houses that has such fun, incredible details that will capture your imagination and make you fall in love. It’s a gorgeous, romantic English Tudor in Kessler Park, framed by majestic trees with whimsical landscaping and a well-preserved exterior.

This hip-pocket listing from Steve Habgood and Kathy Hewitt has four levels with amazing updates and finish-out that retains the character this style and neighborhood are known for. I mean, just look at this home! Perfection! Jump for more details on this amazing property.

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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.

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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!

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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1955 Fallout Shelter

This is just the kind of cool feature that sets older homes apart. Word comes from Rachel Stone of the Oak Cliff Advocate that Don Sanders’ Cold War-era atomic bomb shelter in the backyard of his Kessler Park home will be on this year’s Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Fall Home Tour.

I am so fascinated by fallout shelters, especially those that have the eerie feel that Sanders’ does. You are seriously doing yourself a disservice by not checking out the slideshow from the March issue of the Advocate, all photographed at night by Danny Fulgencio.

LIFE mag Fallout suitStay tuned to find out more about what homes will be on the OOCCL’s home tour. The organization will announce the full list on Sept. 9.

2854 Claudette Front

 

Things that make me happy when I’m surfing MLS:

Interesting ceiling treatments

Huge windows

Unique outdoor spaces

Bookcases. Lots of bookcases.

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This house — 2854 Claudette in Ravinia Heights — has all of these things. The warm, gorgeous beadboard ceilings throughout the common areas really make the rooms feel huge without being cold. There are tons of oversized windows letting in natural light and views of the private backyard. And the backyard, which is smaller than average, has a hot tub and a unique deck.

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Of course, built-in bookcases are a weakness of mine. My husband is a book collector, and I have my own fair share of hardbacks — mostly style guides, reference books, and classics — that I like to have on display. There isn’t a room in our home that doesn’t have books in it, to tell you the truth!

Another cool feature of this house is the gas fireplace. It doesn’t look toddler friendly, but man, can you imagine having a fire in that sucker? How lovely would that be? Marketed by the Hewitt & Habgood group, this property has tons of Midcentury Modern charm without being outdated.

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The kitchen is completely remodeled with new cabinets, granite counters, and glossy black appliances. It’s a galley style kitchen, which is OK considering that it’s open on both sides and doesn’t seem too claustrophobic.

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The master suite has a recently remodeled bathroom with glass enclosure, and the second bath has a vessel sink and granite counter. The bedrooms are a little underwhelming, but at this price point — $228,000 — you have plenty of leeway to remodel. Honestly, it’s getting harder and harder to find an affordable home in North Oak Cliff! The market is brisk, so you have to move fast! Some buyers have said that if you’re not putting in an offer the day you tour a home, you can kiss it goodbye!

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What’s really great about this home is the North Oak Cliff neighborhood. You’re not so close to the Bishop Arts District to be suffocated by cars every weekend, but you’re not so far that you can’t enjoy a little bike ride over there to enjoy some delicious coffee at Oddfellows or have lunch at Hattie’s, or even brunch at Tillman’s Roadhouse.

What do you like best about this home?