Historic Craftsman style home in Winnetka Heights. Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Historic Craftsman style home in Winnetka Heights. (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

One of the hardest things in the world is finding the perfect neighborhood and home to call yours. When I moved back to Dallas from Arizona, I wanted what I had there — diversity, architecture with character, and a place that I could grow a garden. Yes, I’m an urban gardener. Guilty as charged!

I was about to give up on my search until I happened to drive past a big old building that looked like a YMCA — stucco, flat roof, and trees. It took almost a year to make it happen, but my dreams came true in Oak Cliff.

My neighborhood is still “emerging,” but I’ve been lucky enough to have the Winnetka Heights gang adopt me as one of their own, and now I don’t plan on ever leaving my own Home Idea Factory.

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307 N. Winnetka Front

When Winnetka Heights was still full of crumbling rentals and dilapidated structures, Diane Sherman saw the beauty in the North Oak Cliff neighborhood. A resident of Winnetka Heights since 1979, Sherman was one of the vocal proponents of the city measures that would make Winnetka Heights a verified, protected historic district.

Sherman’s not one to brag, so I’ll do the work for her: She’s a member of the city’s Landmark Commission, she was one of the first to receive Preservation Dallas’ Advanced Historic House Specialist designation, she authored the Historic District addendum for MLS listings in protected neighborhoods, and she teaches courses on preservation. It’s really quite impressive!

But Sherman was a preservationist long before she became a Realtor, and over time she found that preserving homes and marketing them go hand-in-hand.

“There were very few Realtors at the time that cared about preservation or wanted to do anything about it,” Sherman said. She decided to get her license in 1995 and has since then encouraged the kind of high-end renovations and restorations for which Winnetka Heights is now known. She has watched people pour into her little slice of historic heaven, fixing up rattle-trap homes and duplexes and restoring them to period-appropriate splendor.

Sometimes, though, a renovation goes above and beyond even Sherman’s high expectations for the district. That’s the case with this beautiful bungalow. All of the details, done by a master woodworker and expert craftsman, easily earns this home the title of High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Caliber Home Loans. In fact, this home is bound to make history when it closes, Sherman says.

While this house is under contract, you don’t want to miss the chance to put in your highest and best offer on the renovation of your dreams the moment it hits MLS. Call Lisa Peters with Caliber Home Loans to make sure you sail through closing without a single hiccup.

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115 S. Clinton Front

Is that not the cutest little Craftsman you’ve ever seen? Seriously. The. Cutest.

It seems like David Griffin Realtor Crystal Gonzalez is getting all of the cutest listings in Winnetka Heights, where this adorable blue bungalow is located. From the  color scheme to the wrap-around porch to the lovely French doors, this home is just as sweet as pie.

Inside it is perfectly transitional, with stained hardwood floors, bright white paint, and a brand new kitchen that will keep your dinner guests comfortable well past dessert. For all of these reasons, we’re happy to feature this Cutie Pahtootie Craftsman in North Oak Cliff as our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Caliber Home Loans. Is this the home of your dreams? Don’t waste time — call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today to get the right loan for your dream home.

115 S. Clinton Porch

Jump to see the adorable interiors of this sweet little casa!

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Lower Greenville CraftsmanBefore the construction of North Central Expressway in 1950, Greenville Avenue one of four major roads leading into Dallas, and was the main route to northern cities like Richardson, McKinney, and Plano. It used to be called “Richardson Pike” or “Richardson Road,” and was the main route into Dallas from the Texarkana.

The neighborhood of Lower Greenville runs adjacent to Greenville Avenue south of Mercedes Avenue and north of Belmont Avenue. Many of its houses were built in the 1920s when Greenville Avenue was a big thoroughfare, like our Thursday Three Hundred, located at 5739 Morningside Ave.Lower Greenville CraftsmanThis Lower Greenville Craftsman bungalow was constructed in 1925, and is a beautiful example of the Arts and Crafts style, from a wide front porch with thick square columns and its low-pitched, gabled roof, to numerous windows, original fireplace, and arched doorway.

You can walk to the Granada Theater from this house and all sorts of other fun restaurants, boutiques, and live music venues on Lower Greenville. It’s also close to the 9-acre Tietze Park, which has a swimming pool, a sandstone picnic pavilion, lighted baseball field, tennis court, basketball court, a second ball field, playground, and more than 75 mature oak and live oak trees, cedars, and a few “kneeling” bois d’arc trees.

This house has two bedrooms, one bathroom, 1,512 square feet, and is newly listed by David Bush at David Bush Realtors for $399,000.

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Junius HeightsThe Junius Heights Historic District in Old East Dallas is home to the largest collection of Arts and Crafts/Craftsman-style houses in the southwestern United States. As Dallas’ largest historic neighborhood, Junius Heights is a treasure trove of handsome architectural designs, like the rare “airplane bungalow” at 722 N. Beacon St., our Thursday Three Hundred today.

“Airplane bungalows” became popular in the 1920s, an Arts and Crafts style named because the “pop-up” second story was thought to resemble a cockpit over its wings.

This house was built in 1913, so it’s an early example, and a rarity in Dallas—these types of “airplane bungalows” are mainly found on the West coasts of the U.S. and Canada. The exterior is a faithful representation of the style, with its low-pitched, gabled roof; oversized eaves with exposed rafters; wide, welcoming front porch; and open soffits. The color palette is perfectly Arts and Crafts, in sage, cream, and a deep red accent color.

The interior has been renovated in the last year to expand the master suite and update the kitchen and second bathroom. But you’ll still find historic features throughout its 2,020 square feet, like decorative leaded windows, hardwood floors, and an original fireplace.

This three bedroom, 2.5 bath beauty is listed by Peggye Johnson at Group One Realtors for $339,000.

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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.

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5524 Victor Front

Junius Heights is the neighborhood that stoked my love affair with Dallas real estate. My husband and I moved to Junius Heights shortly before we were married, living in a great little craftsman cottage on Glendale Street. We would walk down Junius street to Garden Cafe, and take our dogs for walks around the neighborhood. We knew all of our neighbors and enjoyed stretching our legs on Swiss Avenue. The commute downtown was a breeze, and I took the No. 19 bus every day as we were a one-car household.

And sometimes, when I see the right house, I really think about moving back.

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Gray is the hottest neutral right now, and I am loving how it’s just popping up everywhere and in every conceivable shade. All 50 of them.

Trashy adult novel puns aside, this gorgeous Junius Heights Munger Place Arts and Crafts home is the perfect example of how neutral doesn’t mean boring. With all of the wonderful cool slate, marble, and pearl grays, all of the details stand out.

Really, this house is begging for a hipster couple to move in. I mean, the furniture is so eclectic and cool-without-trying that it appears that a skinny-jeans-wearing couple has done quite well for themselves.

Just like any of the historic homes in the Junius Heights Munger Place district, 4912 Worth St., built in 1910, is very segmented. There are tons of walls and rooms and nooks, but with the incredible number of windows in this home, you wouldn’t really care. This house was built for finding a quiet spot and getting some “me” time.

There are three bedrooms, two and a half baths, three living rooms and a study. Surely you can find a place to sit down with your eReader or tablet and catch up on CandysDirt.com and Second Shelters, right?

A few years ago this neighborhood was hot with the fixer-upper crowd, and as a result, prices increased and have mostly stabilized. With a total of 2,528 square feet, the asking price of $399,000 seems more than fair. In fact, it was recently reduced from $425,000.

I do love the furniture and finishes in this home. The light fixtures are interesting, especially the hanging lamp over the claw-foot tub in the master bathroom, but overall I like it. In fact, I like the kitchen cabinets and countertops so much that I don’t mind the mismatched appliances and open laptop.

This house is great for kids, especially teenagers as you are within walking and biking distance of the Lakewood library branch, there’s White Rocke Lake nearby, and it’s in the Woodrow Wilson High School attendance zone.

In all, I’d call this two-story beauty a winner!