There are pockets of delightful, historic architecture throughout Dallas, and North Oak Cliff is rich with them. One neighborhood, Hampton Hills, was billed as “Oak Cliff’s Ideal Home Place” in ads from the mid 1920s, and is comprised of about 320 craftsman bungalows, Tudor houses, and pre- and post-war cottages, making it one of the most undisturbed areas of original architecture in the city.
Hampton Hills is bounded by Clarendon Drive on the north, Wright Street on the south, Oak Cliff Boulevard on the east, and Hampton Road on the west. For today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we’re looking at a lovely Tudor on a quiet street in the area, 1325 Hollywood Ave. This house at is a 2-2 with 1,313 square feet, built in 1930, and it is listed for $240,000 by Mary Beth Harrison at Keller Williams’ Park Cities office.
This house was likely built by original neighborhood developer Alf W. Sanders and it’s full of the kind of original details that make me swoon. Take, for instance, the front of the house with its unusual, decorative brickwork and steeply pitched, cross-gabled roof. This style of Tudor revival in Hampton Hills is called English Cottage and it lends a storybook feel to the neighborhood. Jump to read more and see tons of pics!
The covered front porch is warmly welcoming, with its arched openings, ceiling fan, and ample space for an outdoor living area.
The front door opens into the living room and you get a glimpse of the good-looking hardwood floors, which run throughout the house. The room measures 14-by-13 and has a gas fireplace, the mantel of which is flanked by two built-in bookcases, a thoughtful detail by the builder. Above those are two original stained glass windows with fleur-de-lis centers.
The living room flows seamlessly into the dining room, measuring 12-by-11, with three large windows on one wall. All the windows in the house have been recently replaced and are now Low-E or double pane, so the buyer will get increased energy efficiency.
The door leads to the kitchen and eating area with its awesomely vintage feel, from white and black ceramic tiles to glass-front cabinets. The room measures 15-by-10 and has a nonstandard, but quite functional, use of the space, like the sink and dishwasher on the island. One entire wall is made up of pantry and built-in cabinets, so there’s ample storage.
The outstanding feature of the kitchen is a working Chambers gas stove in a pretty butter color. This type of stove has a devoted cult following for good reason: these babies are built to last, add classic charm, and are totally fantastic for a modern cook once you know the features of this Depression-era appliance. For example, its cast iron oven floor and complete interior insulation create so much retained heat, you can cook in the oven with the gas turned off, and three 9,000-BTU daisy burners on top create super-uniform heat distribution. This oven is in pristine shape! (I saw a similar eBay listing recently for almost $7,500, by the way.)
At the back of the kitchen is an enclosed six-by-six laundry room with newer built-in cabinets and a counter over the space for a full size washer and dryer. The back door leads to the deck and yard.
The two bedrooms are similar in size, each with a full bathroom. The master measures 14-by-13 and looks out to the backyard. Its ensuite bathroom has a large jetted tub, wall paneling, and a creamy neutral color on the walls.
Second bedroom measures 13-by-11 and is at the front of the house, opening onto the porch. The bathroom has a great vintage-feeling tub, built-in shelves, beadboard paneling, penny tile, and ice blue paint.
Out back, the large, landscaped yard has a wood and stone wood deck, an outdoor lighting system, in-ground sprinkler system (which is in the front, too), a small shed, and trees along the back fence. Many of the houses in Hampton Hills have detached one-car garages in back—it looks like a past owner tore it down for more yard space. Instead there is a carport.
Hampton Hills has an active neighborhood association and this area offers quick access to major thoroughfares, mass transit, downtown Dallas, and the Bishop Arts District. It’s got charm to spare and, like this house, has so much to offer a buyer.
So do you love this Oak Cliff Tudor as much as I do? What do you think of its vintage style and the neighborhood?