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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Elmwood Cape Cod Transformed from Dumpy to Darling | CandysDirt.com

Every now and again, a house undergoes a total transformation. Not your average flip, these changes take downtrodden properties and make them shine.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred shows off its total rejuvenation with a top-to-bottom renovation. The house is unrecognizable from its previous state (“before” photos after the jump). What was once an eyesore is now one of the prettiest houses in the neighborhood.

Located at 1622 Melbourne Ave. in Oak Cliff, this Elmwood Cape Cod will charm your pants off with lovingly restored period details, high-end newer features, and an overall look that feels chic and approachable.It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,585 square feet on one story, built in 1948. All this for well under $300K. This house won’t last long!

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130 N. Edgefield Front

The old house life is one coveted and enjoyed by legions of history buffs and appreciators of fine craftsmanship. To love an old home is to accept one of the most fundamental things about them — they’re old, and they’ll need fixing.

But in the hands of a true lover of aged architecture, an old house turns into a breathing, living structure full of history and life. That’s what we love about a brand new listing from David Griffin & Company Realtors agent Diane Sherman in historic Winnetka Heights. It was lovingly restored by its more recent owners, including sellers Barry Binder and Tracie Dockwell. The before-and-after shots will floor you!

Find yourself falling fast for our High Caliber Home of the Week? Contact Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans today to get pre-approved and ready to put in your highest and best offer.

But to really appreciate how far this incredible, 1914-built prairie foursquare has come, you have to see where its new life started.

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Elmwood

Over the past year, the Elmwood neighborhood of Oak Cliff has surged in popularity. Here, houses are around 1,500 to 1,600 square feet, usually three bedroom, and often under $300K. That affordability, coupled with the lovely topography and proximity to downtown Dallas, have buyers snatching up the Elmwood homes that hit the market (you can see three recent listings I’ve written about here, here, and here).

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is a great example of what’s available, located at 1715 Lansford Ave., near W. Claredon Drive and S. Edgefield Avenue. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,459 square feet on one story, built in 1947. This same house further north in Oak Cliff would be in the mid-$400s, says listing agent Crystal Gonzalez with David Griffin & Company Realtors.

“It’s hard to find a 3-2 brick house in Oak Cliff that’s in good condition for under $300,000,” Gonzalez said. “Elmwood still has a lot of character, with Tudors and cottage-style homes, but it has affordability — you can buy these great houses for less, which you really can’t do from I-30 down to 12th street.”

With recent renovations and cute curb appeal, this home offers a lot to buyers.

“The cool thing about this house is it has two living areas, which is great because you can still keep a formal area and have a big open space to entertain in with the kitchen and den,” Gonzalez said. “It’s near walking trails and in the heart of Elmwood, which has nice topography and lots of trees.”

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1512 Elmwood a

Deep in the heart of Oak Cliff is a swath of land that was once the Tennessee Farm Dairy. These gently rolling, tree-shaded hills sit above the banks of Cedar Creek and are now home to the Elmwood neighborhood.

On the Elmwood Branch greenbelt, our Tuesday Two Hundred is located near Wright Street and North Edgefield Avenue at 1512 Elmwood Blvd. This 1939 cottage sits among other 1930’s and 40’s homes, Tudors, and Craftsman bungalows.

This house is nicely updated in the kitchen and bathrooms, but maintains the charms of its era, like arched doorways and original hardwood floors. With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,178 square feet, it’s a modest footprint. But it packs a lot of punch into its petite size, making the most of the space and exuding a cozy, cottage chic that is, frankly, adorable.

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Elmwood Home

Historic, vintage appeal meets modern, hip style in our Tuesday Two Hundred, a 1935 Elmwood home in Oak Cliff.

Located at 1230 Elmwood Blvd., the renovations to this sweet spot create an upgraded, high-tech home with personality galore. The renovations are well above what you’d expect to find in a home under $300K. For example, a home automation system works in concert with smart light switches throughout the home, Amazon Echo, Nest thermostat, garage door, and smoke/carbon dioxide detectors. Another high-end splurge: quartz countertops in the kitchen, bathrooms, and bar area.

This home has two bedrooms, two living areas, one full bathroom, one half bath, and 1,616 square feet on two stories, located nearW. Clarendon Drive and S. Edgefield Avenue. It just listed New Year’s Day, so let’s take a look before some lucky buyer swoops in and makes an offer.

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2000 Mayflower Front

This traditional in Stevens Park Estates is rather unassuming from the curb, but it hides a wonderful surprise — a beautifully remodeled interior complete with attic conversion, all of which absolutely exudes that midcentury modern style that Millennials are so hot for.

Yes, this two-story, four-bedroom, three-bath home in one of my favorite neighborhoods in all of North Oak Cliff is spacious inside with a wonderfully open first floor, spacious and bright bedrooms, plus a first-floor master with a gorgeous private bath. What a great listing from the Hewitt & Habgood group at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate!

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W. Colorodo IHOTW

Our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is an Oak Cliff Colonial that is a perfect vision of genteel American living. It’s beautifully restored and styled with timeless good taste. We think it would be an ideal location for a Ralph Lauren commercial, so location scouts take note! The two-story home is located in Stevens Park Estates at 1939 West Colorado Boulevard and listed by Jessica Benson of Door Texas Realty for $1.1 million. (more…)