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The Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, one of the gems of living in Oak Cliff.          Canine Model: Big Turkey

Oak Cliff covers about one third of Dallas, with a lot of variety throughout. You’re probably familiar with the small craftsman homes around Bishop Arts, the historic homesteads of Winnetka Heights, and the eclectic estates of the Kessler neighborhoods. A little further west near Hampton and south of Jefferson you’ll find many neighborhoods like the North Cliff Conservation District: adorable homes with classic architectural details and three key amenities close by.

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6110 Bryan a

The Swiss Avenue Historic District is one of Dallas’ treasures. Our Friday Five Hundred is located in its boundaries, near Skillman Street and Swiss Avenue, in the Munger Place neighborhood.

The East Dallas Craftsman bungalow at 6110 Bryan Pkwy., is an absolute beauty, with looks and location. It was built in 1921 and has been carefully and lovingly updated to offer modern luxuries that make it totally appealing.

This home has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and 2,119 square feet, quite large for the home’s era. It has been featured in the Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour, and sits on a street full of other architecturally significant homes.

It was listed yesterday by Brent Germany with Keller Williams Realty Plano for $525,000.

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Winnetka Heights Craftsman

Big front porches are social by nature, and a neighborhood full of them means homeowners who know each other’s names, kids who race across the lawns together, and a gracious, welcoming atmosphere.

Find that front porch lifestyle in North Oak Cliff’s Winnetka Heights, the city’s second largest historic district with 600 Craftsman-style bungalows and Prairie-influenced Four Square homes. Advertised in 1911 as “Dallas’ Ideal Suburb” by the Russell Realty Company, Winnetka Heights stands today as Dallas’ best example of preserved, turn-of-the-century housing.

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 416 S. Winnetka Ave. is a great example of a Winnetka Heights Craftsman, a 3-2 with 1,734 square feet, built in 1945.

It was listed Jan. 29 by Crystal Gonzalez with David Griffin & Company for $349,000. (There’s a broker open house this morning from 10 a.m. to noon, so hurry over and report back with your thoughts!)

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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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Kings Highway CraftsmanOne of the most appealing things about North Oak Cliff (in a long list of wonderful, charming things) is that every house is like a snowflake: special and unique. No cookie-cutter, boring real estate here.

So the fact that we’re in the same Kings Highway Conservation District neighborhood for this week’s Thursday Three Hundred as last week’s house might give you a moment of déjà vu, but these North Oak Cliff Craftsman houses each have their own personality and style.

Today’s house is at 906 N. Edgefield Ave., a 3-2 built in 1925 with 1,558 square feet and a master bedroom addition that adds a private retreat and second bathroom to the home.Kings Highway CraftsmanThe house is a half mile west of Kidd Springs Park, with its large spring-fed lake, a swimming pool, softball field, butterfly garden, and a rec center that overlooks the lake. A half mile to the east of the house is the Stevens Park Golf Course, often referred as the “Little Augusta” of North Texas.

The wide, open front porch is a friendly welcome for visitors, and a porch swing promises relaxing family time. This house is newly listed by Ged Dipprey at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $315,000.

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Oak Cliff Craftsman What a treat, to find a house this completely adorable and both beautifully maintained and remodeled. The North Oak Cliff Craftsman at 615 N. Clinton Ave. is the total package: location, curb appeal, personality, function, flow, and price. It’s our Thursday Three Hundred and it’ll knock your socks off.

Built in 1923, this bungalow is newly listed and offers three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and 2,298 square feet on two stories, huge for a home of this era. It’s one of the larger homes of its kind in the area.

Oak Cliff Craftsman

I mentioned the location, right? It’s in the heart of North Oak Cliff near Davis and Polk streets in the Kings Highway Conservation District. From here, you can walk to the Bishop Arts District, Kessler Theater, restaurants, and the Twelve Hills Nature Center, with its butterfly garden and a trail that runs the perimeter of its five acres through flowering native plants and shrubs.

The houses in this area were built primarily in the 1910s and 1920s. The most commonly represented styes are Craftsman, Prairie, Eclectic, and Tudor. It makes for an utterly delightful neighborhood with historic charm and memorable architecture.

The original list price in May was $435,000, reduced twice to its current list price, $385,000 (the listing agent is Melissa Oates with Allie Beth Allman). It’s currently under active open contract, so let’s enjoy a virtual tour before the final deal is closed.

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