Stevens Park Village

Graceful, stylish living claims its space as our Thursday Three Hundred, a 1941 stone cottage in North Oak Cliff’s Stevens Park Village.

Sitting on an elevated lot, the property at 2311 Lawndale Dr. is one of the original houses in the area. It retains an authentic feel of that era with its architectural details and some vintage features. But the owners’ recent renovations brought it up to date and created the kind of features that make buyers speed-dial their Realtor. Think marble hexagon tile in the guest bathroom, rich cabinetry in the kitchen (and plenty of it), and refinished original hardwoods.

“There’s a very nice layout and for the size of the house, you’re getting a lot of openness,” said listing agent Ged Dipprey with Dave Perry-Miller Intown. “There’s great flow from living to dining room with an original arch that opens into the kitchen.”

The marriage between original and updated is flawless in this two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage. Its 1,544 square feet are indeed well appointed and create the perception of much more space.

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Under the Houston St Viaduct. Taken by Amanda Popken

Kayaking Under the Houston St Viaduct, 2013. (Photo: Amanda Popken)

This Wednesday you’re invited to join a discussion about the Trinity.
A river that has defined our city for over a century.
Yet its place in our lives still remains little more than afterthought.

Millions of taxpayer dollars funded a very extensive plan:
To build, beautify, and manage this park — has anyone actually read it?
Years have passed applying for approvals, securing bonds, political wars, a design contest, expert opinions and decades later we have:
A few more trails, fewer trees, stunning bridges, and a death-defying rapid.

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Irwindell

We love a great before-and-after, and our Tuesday Two Hundred tells a compelling story. This 1928 North Oak Cliff Tudor was uninhabitable until 2015, when huge renovations restored this beauty and made it into the cozy, stylish home you see today.

Located at 502 S. Westmoreland Rd. in the Irwindell neighborhood (just south of West Jefferson Boulevard), this Tudor is completely reimagined with an open concept floorplan and modern amenities buyers love, like a brand new kitchen with farm sink and open shelving. But the original character of the home shines, too, with details like glass doorknobs and restored fireplace.

“All the improvements were completed in August 2015 and made to reflect the charm and character of this late 20’s-built home in Irwindell,” said listing agent Mark Lucisano with Keller Williams—Dallas Park Cities. “This home is located one mile from Westmoreland DART station and all of the great shops and eats in Bishop Arts.”

It’s a modest footprint, with two bedrooms, one bathrooms, and 1,105 square feet, but this home packs a lot into that space and makes the most of its size. We’re impressed!

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Exxir - Bishop Arts - Interior

Rendering of interior plazas of the Bishop Arts Village project   (Source bishoparts.com)

Update 12/16/16 from yesterday’s Plan Commission meeting: after much conversation, commissioners voted to hold the motion until the January 19th meeting. Neighbors will be meeting with Rob Baldwin, the developer’s zoning rep after the New Year to clarify recent changes to the zoning amendment request.

Arts Village, LLC (aka Exxir Capital, aka the Nazarian family) will be going before the Dallas City Plan Commission Board this week to amend the zoning for Planned Development District No. 830, just south of the Bishop Arts District in North Oak Cliff.

Nazerian Subdistrict Map

In September, I reported on this zoning change request, and since then the developers have held at least one community meeting. Yet they failed to include two of the most important requests I heard at that meeting:

1) To word the 15,000-square-foot market use to prohibit one singular tenant, and …

2) To limit hotel and entertainment uses to the portion of the 11 acre site south of 9th Street, where these uses are currently planned to be built — away from the residential neighborhood north of 9th and surrounding the development site.

We must remember that in this PD, zoning change requests are not subject to a specific development plan. Once uses are allowed by right in an area, plans can change, even owners can change. And although the Nazerians have proven to have great ideas for this development, these changes effect the land use allowances for the indefinite future, regardless of who the owner is.

At Thursday’s meeting, their zoning request will include the changes listed below, to be applicable within this one new subdistrict which will cover the entire 11 acre site resting between Melba Street, Madison Street, 10th Street, and Bishop Ave.

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West Kessler Heights Austin Stone Home | CandysDirt.com

There seems to be a new trend in real estate photography, and that’s shooting a property more like an interior design magazine. It creates a romantic, beautiful view of a home, with lots of close-ups of the pretty staging details.

Our Thursday Three Hundred is the recipient of this style of photography, and the results are lovely. Located at 714 N. Hampton Rd., this Austin stone traditional sits pretty on an elevated lot in North Oak Cliff’s West Kessler Heights. Built in 1941, it retains classic architectural details of the era, like original hardwoods and arched doorways, married with more modern updates, like a renovated kitchen.

Located near W. Davis Street and N. Hampton Road, this home has three bedrooms, one full bathroom, one half bathroom, and 1,765 square feet on two stories with mature landscaping and charmed curb appeal (seriously, look at that house! Don’t you want to see more?). Let’s get started.

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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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Oak Park Estates Home for Sale | CandysDirt.com

Find the feel of an art gallery in a sleek North Oak Cliff midcentury home with our Thursday Three Hundred.

Located at 1521 Nantuckett Dr., this home is all clean lines, open spaces, and elegant finishes. Recently renovated, the property offers original red oak hardwood floors and mahogany kitchen cabinetry, restored to their original beauty.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 2,175 square feet, built in 1955. It’s in the Oak Park Estates neighborhood, close to everything great in the area.

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kiestwood estates

Oak Cliff is a Dallas area with a rich history, and some of the most storied neighborhoods in the city. Keistwood Estates is one of them, with gently rolling hills and mature shade trees. The more than 400 homes in the area represent the largest, intact concentration of midcentury ranch style houses in Dallas.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred, at 3306 S. Franklin St., offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 1,875 square feet on one story, built in 1955. This is a recent remodel with a fresh, updated feel, featuring one-inch oak hardwoods throughout, fresh paint, and lots of updates. Low-E windows, attic insulation, and a tankless water heater provide important energy efficient details for this home.

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