Paige Morse

Dallas interior designer Paige Morse is selling her Oak Cliff home, which has been featured on Design Sponge, Elle Decor and the book The New Bohemians. All textiles and furnishings are for sale, too.

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Oak Cliff basementBasements in North Texas are about as rare as a cat that likes to swim, but today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is that unusual exception.

The reason you don’t find basements in DFW is because our clay soil moves too much and building one is usually cost prohibitive. But in North Oak Cliff, there are a few. The house at 924 Lausanne Ave. in the Kings Highway Conservation District has a finished basement that adds about 650 square feet to the home, which is 2,144 square feet.

Built in 1921, this house has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a half bath. The current owners bought it in 2013, and love it dearly, but a job offer out-of-state is too good to pass up. So it’s on the market as of Oct. 30, listed for $299,000 by Kay Wood with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

They’ve made a lot of updates, and there are more that could be made—this house has big potential. Additionally, it’s walking distance to restaurants, Stevens Park Golf Course, and the Kessler Theater, so location is prime (and check out the stately million-dollar homes just one street over).

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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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928 Lausanne Front

It’s really, really hard to find a home for less than $300,000 in some of the more desirable North Oak Cliff neighborhoods. Some of them need a lot of TLC, others are prime tear-down candidates. And then there are homes like 928 Lausanne. This adorable little cottage in Kings Highway could be such a super cool little house. And it could be your little project for just $250,000! Just think: Living small in Dallas would be so much fun in this home and neighborhood …

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Windomere Front

I think the $200K price range is the sweet spot for North Oak Cliff right now. You can find so many great homes with fabulous updates in this price range, and as the neighborhood gains popularity and grows its infrastructure, prices are only going to get higher.

Case in point: This adorable house at 626 N. Windomere is listed for $244,500 by Dave Perry-Miller InTown agent Michael Bates. This home is totally worth that, and thanks to how accessible North Oak Cliff is becoming (Thank you, D-Link, North Oak Cliff Streetcar Project, DART, Bishop Avenue bike lanes, etc.), more and more people are going to want to live there.

Windomere Living

I think this house, which is in the Kings Highway area, is great for someone who is looking for a place that is in a walkable, urban neighborhood poised for growth. Besides oodles of curb appeal and a fantastic front porch, this home has plenty of room inside with 1,340 square feet. It has two bedrooms, one and a half baths, and an updated kitchen. The hardwood floors have been refinished with one of my favorite stains — a dark walnut shade with tons of sheen, and the living room has a wonderful red brick fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases.

Windomere Dining Windomere Kitchen

Although it was built in 1922, the master suite is a far cry from antiquated. I love all of the light filtering in through the windows, which makes those gorgeous hardwood floors really glow. The paint is subtle, but not plain. And the master bath has granite counters and two sinks — something you wouldn’t dare see inside a home like this 90 years ago.

Windomere Master Windomere Master Bath There’s also a sizable backyard that is a blank slate. Put in a garden, a chicken coop, pretty much anything you want. And considering the price, you’ll have a budget to do so.

Windomere Backyard

What do you think?

1030 Kings Hwy Front

I read about the brand new, two-way buffered bike lanes that were installed on Jefferson Boulevard today and I thought, “As a way to honor this long sought-after accomplishment, we should feature an Oak Cliff home for our Tuesday Two Hundred.” I started rummaging through MLS and my jaw dropped. Folks, you will not believe what I found.

1030 Kings Hwy Living

This prairie four-square at 1030 Kings Highway is just an unbelievable value. People, I am pinching myself. Priced at just $249,000, this home boasts 2,320 square feet with three bedrooms, two full baths, an incredible upstairs sunroom, renovated downstairs, and a gorgeous kitchen.

Marketed by Cox Partners of David Griffin Realtors, this house is perfect for a family that wants all the charm of living in a historic home without all the work! It’s in a great neighborhood, as the Kings Highway Conservation District is incredibly active and is taking steps to make the area even better.

1030 Kings Hwy Dining

This house was built in 1925 and the sellers have maintained all that charm through an extensive renovation. The stained glass windows, painted beams, arched doorways, and hardwood floors have all been restored. This home also has a gorgeous kitchen with brand new cabinets that feature task lighting and glass doors.

1030 Kings Hwy Kitchen

The master suite is downstairs, which is great for a family with older kids. The downstairs bedroom is a modest size, though, at only 11-by-11. If you are conscientious, you could make it work. I do like how the owners have used the same tile throughout the home. I’m sure it saved them on materials costs, and it does keep the home cohesive, a problem with many renovated historic structures.

1030 Kings Hwy Bath

Upstairs there are two bedrooms — one a whopping 25-by-13 — that share a full bath. Also upstairs is an incredible sunroom. This spot would be perfect for a play area. Stick the kids TV upstairs with all their toys and you can keep your downstairs detritus free! (Wishful thinking, I know, but it’s possible!)

1030 Kings Hwy Windows

The backyard is quaint, but has a lovely deck that will be great for outdoor gatherings. There appears to be quite a lot of shade, so it’s doubtful you’ll be able a huge garden. Still, there’s room for that chicken coop!

1030 Kings Hwy Backyard

Of course, the best part about this house and its location is that now, because of the bike lanes on the Jefferson Viaduct, you can cycle to your office downtown without having to negotiate dangerous drivers. What more can you ask for?

Jefferson Bike Lanes(Photo: Evans Caglage/Dallas Morning News)

 

1030 Kings Hwy Front

I read about the brand new, two-way buffered bike lanes that were installed on Jefferson Boulevard today and I thought, “As a way to honor this long sought-after accomplishment, we should feature an Oak Cliff home for our Tuesday Two Hundred.” I started rummaging through MLS and my jaw dropped. Folks, you will not believe what I found.

1030 Kings Hwy Living

This prairie four-square at 1030 Kings Highway is just an unbelievable value. People, I am pinching myself. Priced at just $249,000, this home boasts 2,320 square feet with three bedrooms, two full baths, an incredible upstairs sunroom, renovated downstairs, and a gorgeous kitchen.

Marketed by Cox Partners of David Griffin Realtors, this house is perfect for a family that wants all the charm of living in a historic home without all the work! It’s in a great neighborhood, as the Kings Highway Conservation District is incredibly active and is taking steps to make the area even better.

1030 Kings Hwy Dining

This house was built in 1925 and the sellers have maintained all that charm through an extensive renovation. The stained glass windows, painted beams, arched doorways, and hardwood floors have all been restored. This home also has a gorgeous kitchen with brand new cabinets that feature task lighting and glass doors.

1030 Kings Hwy Kitchen

The master suite is downstairs, which is great for a family with older kids. The downstairs bedroom is a modest size, though, at only 11-by-11. If you are conscientious, you could make it work. I do like how the owners have used the same tile throughout the home. I’m sure it saved them on materials costs, and it does keep the home cohesive, a problem with many renovated historic structures.

1030 Kings Hwy Bath

Upstairs there are two bedrooms — one a whopping 25-by-13 — that share a full bath. Also upstairs is an incredible sunroom. This spot would be perfect for a play area. Stick the kids TV upstairs with all their toys and you can keep your downstairs detritus free! (Wishful thinking, I know, but it’s possible!)

1030 Kings Hwy Windows

The backyard is quaint, but has a lovely deck that will be great for outdoor gatherings. There appears to be quite a lot of shade, so it’s doubtful you’ll be able a huge garden. Still, there’s room for that chicken coop!

1030 Kings Hwy Backyard

Of course, the best part about this house and its location is that now, because of the bike lanes on the Jefferson Viaduct, you can cycle to your office downtown without having to negotiate dangerous drivers. What more can you ask for?

Jefferson Bike Lanes(Photo: Evans Caglage/Dallas Morning News)