Oak Cliff Annex Craftsman

There’s something about a Craftsman house that’s just so endearing. Simple, elegant lines; big, framed out windows ; decorative trim; and a welcoming front porch are just some of the elements that woo buyers.

Our Thursday Three Hundred is a classic Craftsman at 730 N. Montclair Ave. Built in 1923, it is lovingly maintained and recently updated in a few key area, like the kitchen and bathrooms, to make it more appealing to modern buyers.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,560 square feet on one story in the Oak Cliff Annex neighborhood, near West Davis and North Tyler streets. It’s a real gem that just hit the market Oct. 20. Let’s take a look before it goes under contract.

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Saturday Seven Hundred

Nothing makes us happier than to see a historic home beautifully updated for the benefit of another generation.

This Vickery Place Craftsman at 5639 Richard Avenue, built in 1916, was fully restored and renovated by Brian Gream. Gream has been designing, building, and renovating homes for 15 years, and the Craftsman style is his specialty. He’s particularly adept at preserving original architectural details while updating not only what you can see, but what you can’t see — often the most important aspects of a home. Gream restored, reinvigorated, and reinvented this $724,900 beauty, just listed by Kyle Williams of Williams Real Estate & Construction.

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GetMediaCraftsman homes are a distinctly American style. Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, architects in California at the turn of the century, are credited as being instrumental in creating the look we associate with the Craftsman bungalow. The low-pitched, gabled roofs are well suited to warm climates, so it’s not surprising that once people started seeing this new look in magazines it transitioned quickly from California to Texas.

From 1905 through the 1920s, the Craftsman bungalow became the most popular style of small house in America. Lucky for us, Dallas still has plenty of these homes, many beautifully restored like our Friday Four Hundred at 5823 Richmond Avenue, listed by Eve Holder of Keller Williams for $450,000. (more…)

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…)

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…)

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. 

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4936 Victor Front

I’ve lived in a 1921 Craftsman home in Junius Heights, and while I loved all of the cool details, such as the hardwood trim around the windows, the expansive front porch, and the window seat in the master bedroom that overlooked the garden, I hated how drafty it was and the awful water pressure.

4936 Victor Living

Still, living in a historic district is amazing. The homeowners tend to care more about their neighborhood and their community, and they work hard to maintain the standards. I miss that part of living in a historic conservation district, but I do not miss living in a historic home. If only you could have a new home in a historic district that blends in with its surroundings pretty much seamlessly …

4936 Victor Kitchen

If that’s what you want, you’re in luck. Marketed by Borman and Zahn team at Dave Perry-Miller and Associates for $485,000, 4936 Victor is a prairie style two-story built in 2008 that looks like it belongs in a whole ‘nother era. It has four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and 3,184 square feet, and that’s not including the huge front porch where you’ll spend spring evenings waving at neighbors as they walk past.

4936 Victor Den

This neighborhood, Munger Heights, is an absolute gem, featuring a pretty extensive collection of prairie and Craftsman architecture. It’s just across Gaston Avenue from the Swiss Avenue Historic District, and it’s about 10 minutes from downtown. It’s perfect for someone looking to simplify, maybe ditch a car and go on two wheels. And it’s close to Baylor University Medical Center, too.

The kitchen in this home was just updated and it shows. Featuring a Carrera marble backsplash, custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances, you might just eschew the many takeout options around you for cooking at home.

4936 Victor Master

The rest of the home has hand-scraped hardwood floors and an open floorplan that will be great for family gatherings or get togethers. The real treat is upstairs, where the master suite is located. There you’ll find vaulted ceilings, a five-piece bath, and a sitting area with a fireplace. The paint color is a little loud for me. But to each his own, you know?

4936 Victor Master Bath

The backyard is huge, and it has a great little back porch, just the spot where you’ll want to sip coffee. There’s plenty of room for a playset, a pool, or pretty much anything else you can imagine.

4936 Victor Back Porch

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!