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…)

Tuesday Two Hundred: Beckley Club Reno with Basement is Stunner in N. Oak Cliff

1511 Seevers D

It’s not news that real estate in North Oak Cliff is hot, hot, hot, especially Kessler Park, Bishop Arts, and Winnetka Heights.

But there’s an up-and-coming neighborhood east of Interstate 35E and a half mile south of the Dallas Zoo that is darling and much less publicized: Beckley Club Estates. This community of about 150 houses, described as “a quiet haven of winding, tree-shaded streets, one-lane bridges, and gently sloping hills” is home to the newly listed property at 1511 Seevers Avenue.

This 2-2 Craftsman-traditional hybrid was built in 1935 and renovated this year by owner and listing agent Greg Hutchinson at Ebby Halliday Realtors. The main house is 1,259 square feet, with a 400-square-foot finished basement, and 250-square-foot guesthouse with full bath and kitchenette. Its list price is $260,000. (more…)

Thursday Three Hundred: Darling Updated Home in Winnetka Heights

222 N. Montclair Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75208

222 N. Montclair Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75208

As many of you now know, I’ve become obsessed with East Dallas since moving to Hollywood Heights. However, I occasionally venture out of my ‘hood and most recently went to the West Side.

Winnetka Heights, right west of Bishop Arts in North Oak Cliff, is a darling neighborhood that reminds me of ours. Originally included in the Midway Addition to the city of Oak Cliff in 1890, it was replatted as Winnetka Heights in 1908. Four prominent businessmen – L.A. Stemmons, TS. Miller, Jr., J.P. Blake, and R.S. Waldron developed the 50 square-block area as a prestigious suburb. Sales were brisk, with several millionaires building opulent Prairie-style homes in the first wave of construction. All four of the developers built their homes here, but only the J.P. Blake home at 401 North Rosemont (home of the Oak Cliff Society for the Fine Arts), and the TS. Miller home at 101 North Montclair remain today. 


Tuesday Two Hundred: Eclectic Winnetka Heights Craftsman Will Woo You

314 S. Motclair Front

Well, crud. I’ve fallen in love again. Only this time I know it’s not going to work out. It’s like when you’re single and you see that really cute guy in the gym/grocery store/bank and, while the attraction is there, you play out the relationship in your head and you see it ending with a breakup text and one too martinis the next weekend with your girlfriends.

That’s my love affair with this super cute Craftsman bungalow at 314 S. Montclair, a two-bedroom, one-bath Arts & Crafts bungalow in the beautiful Winnetka Heights Historic Conservation District.


411 Montclair front

Sure, Winnetka Heights is one of the pricier neighborhoods in North Oak Cliff, with some of the larger Prairie-style homes going for $400K plus. If that’s a shade too rich for your blood, but you still want a spacious family home you can enjoy for years to come, then you’ll love this adorable traditional at 411 Montclair Ave.

This home is so adorable from the curb that you’ll just swoon when you see it! The bright red door and homey blue siding is so sweet! The arched stoop is just tremendously cute, too. But don’t let this home’s petite exterior fool you. Inside you’ll find three bedrooms, two full baths, and more than 2,100 square feet.

411 Montclair Living

I think this home is super cute, and definitely stands out among the Arts and Crafts homes and the Prairie Four-squares that are quite prominent in Winnetka Heights. It’s marketed by David Griffin Realtor Crystal Gonzalez for $379,000, and has been on the market for just one week.

There are hardwood floors and fresh paint throughout the first floor, and beautiful period-style light fixtures that fit this 1930s traditional just right! The fireplace is perfect, too, and it, along with the rest of the first floor, sports fresh paint.

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French doors separate the dining and living areas, and between the kitchen and dining room you’ll find a butler’s pantry that is perfect for storing your china collection and all those dishes you’re dying to use for your first dinner party. It eases you into the kitchen, which is completely updated with commercial-grade stainless steel appliances, fresh cabinets, and a breakfast area overlooking the covered rear porch and backyard.

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Upstairs is where you’ll find the master suite, an addition that brings in a huge bedroom with tons of light, a separate seating area, a gigantic closet with tons of built-in cabinets, and a five-piece master bath. Thanks to some thoughtful construction, the pitch of the roof isn’t so severe as to create awkward spaces.

411 Montclair Master


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Outside you’ll find a large, lush backyard and a fantastic little covered porch, but you’ll notice one thing is missing — covered parking or a garage. Sure, there’s a little storage building, but there’s no secure parking. For some people, that’s a deal-breaker, but for those who were planning to bike everywhere in the first place, it’s not a huge problem. Of course, if you wanted to add covered parking in the future, you’ll have to jump through a few hoops because this home is located inside a historic conservation district.

411 Montclair backyard

In all, though, this home is fantastic for someone who is looking for a family place in a great neighborhood in North Oak Cliff! What do you think?

300 S Montreal Front

In a lot of the more gentrified neighborhoods throughout North Oak Cliff, finding a deal is getting harder and harder. Many of the homes in decent shape throughout Winnetka Heights, Kings Highway, Kessler Plaza, and Ravinia Heights have been bought up and fixed up, and sometimes even flipped by folks with the know-how to do so. And of course, because of the sought-after neighborhoods in which these gorgeous homes rest, well, there’s a price to go along with that address.

300 S Montreal Living

Not so in the up-and-coming Sunset Hill neighborhood. This is a fantastic and often overlooked neighborhood that has tons of active homeowners within its borders. It’s bounded by Hampton Road on the west, Jefferson Boulevard on the north, Waverly Drive on the east, and Clarendon Drive on the south. It’s the neighborhood surrounding Sunset High School, which is on its way to being declared a historic landmark just like Adamson High School, another North Oak Cliff DISD campus.

300 S Montreal Kitchen

This fantastic neighborhood is just next door to Winnetka Heights, but the prices of the homes in Sunset Hill are much more reasonable. Check out this prime example at 300 S. Montreal, listed by Dallas City Center Realtor Christina Bristow for a recently reduced $239,000. That’s a steal for a home with tons of great historical details such as this one. This home has tons of room and fantastic location, putting you within biking distance of both the Hampton Road Tom Thumb and the Bishop Arts District to the east. You’re also just south of Jefferson Boulevard, which is a straight shot into downtown should you need a close commute into the city center.

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“It is one of the first renovations to this level in Sunset Hill, which is a neighborhood that flanks Winnetka Heights,” Bristow said. “This Arts and Crafts home has a huge wrap-around porch and eye-catching drive up. Situated on a huge corner lot, this home features a new fence and landscaping. Interior renovations include hand scarped hardwoods, crown moulding, renovated kitchen with granite and stainless, renovated bathrooms, and a huge master suite.”

We agree with Christina that this home has some really fantastic updates, including fresh paint that is a wonderful neutral gray/green, a popular shade right now. Several areas of this home have been opened up, especially the living and dining rooms, which now have tons of light moving through them. With three bedrooms and three full baths over 1,850 square feet, this home has plenty of open space without sacrificing a cozy atmosphere. There are two living areas, two dining areas, an updated kitchen and a wonderful backyard with a privacy fence. There is only one downside to this property, and that’s covered parking. It’s easy to add though, and considering the price, you’ll have plenty of budget to do so.

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I do love the tons of windows in this home, which benefits from that extra light most noticeably in the living room, breakfast area, and kitchen. Still, strategic lighting provided by recessed fixtures, as well as windows, help keep the rest of the home airy. The French doors that lead to the back patio also add more light and a great way to appreciate the backyard, a blank slate perfect for a gardener.

There’s tons to love about this home, and I’m sure everyone can find something they adore about it, not the least of which is its location. What do you think?

300 S Montreal Back Porch 300 S Montreal Backyard

326 Edgefield Front

We’re constantly on the lookout for great deals all over Dallas, and sometimes we find them where we least expect. Take this gorgeous Prairie-style two-story in Winnetka Heights for example. This neighborhood is so heavily sought-after, we thought for the longest time you couldn’t find a good-sized family home for under $300,000 in this historic district.

We’ll be the first to admit we were wrong!

This adorable home, which is back on the market, is at 326 S. Edgefield in North Oak Cliff’s most popular historic conservation district. It’s listed by David Griffin Realtor Diane Sherman for a more-than-reasonable $279,900. This home is spacious, with almost 2,600 square feet in its two-story layout. You get four bedrooms, two and a half baths, formals and a lovely open kitchen that leads to a fenced backyard.

326 Edgefield Living

The only downside I can see to this property is the upstairs carpet and the lack of covered parking. Now, if you’re resourceful, you’ll buy this property and put in a rear-access garage and workshop, one that will have an air-conditioned art studio. In fact, maybe you can get the amazing Winnetka Heights design-build team at ThrasherWorks to come up with an amazing plan that will stand the test of time and look absolutely brilliant, too.

326 Edgefield Dining

Tons of details remain in this tastefully updated 1940s home, including the archways that transition from room to room, and the lovely wood floors. Some of the light fixtures feel out of place, but that’s easily fixed. The kitchen has plenty of updates, with bright white cabinets, granite counters, an ample eat-in island, and a five-burner gas range and oven with built-in microwave.

326 Edgefield Kitchen

The master is a decent size, and both full baths are upstairs with the powder room down. It’s no secret that I despise wall-to-wall carpet. I just feel like if I want carpet, I want the option of laying down a rug instead of dealing with a carpet that ages so quickly and attracts allergens. Still, I love the dual closets and the windows.

326 Edgefield Master

The master bath is a vintage-looking remodel with gorgeous tile. Not so crazy about the configuration of the shower, the single pedestal sink, and the ugly frameless mirror, but the bathtub is perfect. I think this simple style should be used more often, that’s for sure.

326 Edgefield Master bath

The backyard, which you can access through the French doors off the kitchen, is shady thanks to the canopy of trees, but you’ll adore the deck. Otherwise it’s a bit of a project considering how many unruly saplings are popping up. Still, this home is a total value and with the right buyer, would be a fantastic investment!

326 Edgefield Back

Winnetka Heights To Get Decked Out For This Weekend's Holiday Home Tour


(Photo: Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association)

Winnetka Heights is a fabulous community that takes pride in the fact that it’s the oldest designated historic district in Oak Cliff, designated in 1981 and comprised of an amazing array of Prairie four-squares and Craftsman bungalows built in the early 1900s. Each year they put on a whimsical and fun home tour that really lights up the area.

This year they’re going a step further and hoping to bring some cheer to even more houses by photographing the front doors of wreath-bedecked homes in the neighborhood during the Dec. 7 home tour. The photographs will be made into a coffee table book that will be available for sale later. If you live in Winnetka Heights and want a stylish evergreen wreath of your own, find out how you can get a locally made one from Troy Lonion here.

If you want to see inside some of the amazing homes on this year’s tour, you can buy tickets for $12 each at Bishop Street Market inside the Bishop Arts District. Tickets are $15 on the day of the tour, and can be purchased at Turner House at the start of the tour. Turner House will also host a silent auction from noon to 6 p.m. during the tour, featuring items from Oak Cliff businesses and artists. Find out more about Turner House here.