Kessler Park Estate
Privacy and space are hot commodities today. It’s hard to find one, much less both, but we have. Our Inwood House of the Week, at 1402 Yakimo Dr., is a Kessler Park Estate in Oak Cliff, set in almost an acre of woods. It’s hard to believe a property like this still exists only minutes from downtown Dallas.

Becky Frey and Jenni Stolarski with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s have this one-of-a-kind 5,363-square-foot secluded estate listed for $1.695 million.

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beckley club estates

In North Oak Cliff, Beckley Club Estates is one of the older neighborhoods, established in 1926. Rarely does one of the historically notable homes of the area come on market. Our Tuesday Two Hundred was one of the original model home for the neighborhood (“Ramona Gates”). It sits on a corner lot, complete with private courtyard, two-car garage, and plenty of yard space.

Located at 1527 Seevers Ave., it has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,678 square feet, built in 1928. This is a rare find, and it just hit the market. Let’s take a look.

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1611 Cascade a

When it comes to curb appeal, few homes have it nailed as perfectly as our Tuesday Two Hundred.

The house at 1611 Cascade Ave. in North Oak Cliff’s Elmwood neighborhood offers a cottage feel and fabulous drive-up appeal, with painted white brick, a duck-egg blue front door, a nice front porch, and overall welcoming look.

The inside is as charmed as the outside, with sunny, bright rooms, hardwood floors, large living room, attached garage, and updated kitchen and bath. It has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,196 square feet, built in 1941.

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2819 W 9th A

North Oak Cliff is a treasure trove of architecturally significant homes. Charles Dilbeck is one notable name in Dallas architecture, and from 1932 to 1970, he designed more than 600 houses in the city, recognizable for their welcoming presence, rough-hewn architecture, and romantic details, like turrets, balconies, multiple chimneys and decorative brickwork, according to Preservation Dallas.

Several of his homes are in North Oak Cliff’s L.O. Daniel neighborhood. Our Tuesday Two Hundred is just west of this area, at 2819 W. 9th St., near Davis and Westmoreland, near Beverly Hills. This home is not a Dilbeck, but parts of it echo his style, a 1950’s 2-1 with 1,419 square feet, sitting on 0.33 acres of land on Coombs Creek.

It was listed Jan. 21 by Jenni Stolarski with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International for $209,000. Let’s take a look inside and see what makes it special.

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Val Haskell and Jenni Stolarski are moving into a box down by the river, and they couldn't be more happy about it.

Val Haskell and Jenni Stolarski are moving into a box down by the river, and they couldn’t be more happy about it.

Even though the Dallas real estate market is scorching hot, Jenni Stolarski and her wife, Val Haskell, are soon going to be living in a box down by the river.

And it’s entirely by choice, too.

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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…)

Jenni Stolarski has flipped some amazing properties in North Oak Cliff.

Jenni Stolarski has flipped some amazing properties in North Oak Cliff, including this one at 806 N. Windomere.

We were intrigued by a story from Bloomberg News citing RealtyTrac figures reportedly showing a nationwide decrease in flipping:

Home flipping, in which a buyer resells a property quickly for a profit, is on the decline as U.S. residential price gains slow and foreclosures dwindle.
Almost 31,000 single-family houses were flipped in the second quarter, representing 4.6 percent of U.S. home sales, RealtyTrac said in a report today. That’s down from 6.2 percent a year earlier and the smallest share since the first three months of 2012, when prices bottomed after the crash, according to the Irvine, California-based data company, which defines a flip as a property sold within 12 months of purchase.

Of course, I had to consult the two best “flippers” I know to see what the local perspective is on flipping. First I got in touch with Jenni Stolarski of Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s. Stolarski does high-end flips in Oak Cliff, producing some of the most gorgeous homes I’ve ever seen. One of the most recent ones was an amazing Tudor transformation that was awash in marble and chrome. Total jaw-dropper.

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Travis Horton 3

I didn’t realize that planting trees adds so much value to homes and neighborhoods until my hero, Jenni Stolarski, told me. I was interviewing her for a story regarding her reTree Oak Cliff project. As it turns out, Stolarski isn’t the only Realtor committed to a Johnny Appleseed-like tree-planting project. In fact, Twigg Realty broker Travis Horton not only plants trees for free, but his family grows them, too.

Horton, whose family owns an East Texas tree farm (pictured above), is a certified Citizen Forester who plants trees free of charge all across Dallas. The Park Cities-based Realtor says that trees offer a lot more to homeowners and neighborhoods than beauty.

Studies show that not only do trees boost home values approximately 10 percent and help decrease environmental toxins and carbon dioxide, but they also foster a “sense of place,” decrease crime, and provide a buffer to noise and traffic.

Imagine if you could get all of these great benefits for nothing at all … Well, you can! Just contact Travis, and he can help you get a free tree in your yard. He’s offering several different varieties of hardy oak trees, including live oak, Shummard oak, cherry bark oak, Southern red oak, and burr oak.

Why oaks? “They are the longest lasting, hardiest, strongest, and largest trees that can thrive in our climate zone in Texas,” Travis said.

Want your free tree this fall? Contact Travis today!