For people interested in homes with stories and personality, the Winnetka Heights neighborhood in North Oak Cliff offers hundreds of beautiful examples.
Today’s Thursday Three Hundred is a Craftsman bungalow at 214 N. Edgefield Ave., near Davis and Polk streets. Built in 1924, it has doubtless seen generations of people sit on its wide front porch, looking out at the arching shade trees that line the street.
At 2,212 square feet on two stories, this Craftsman is large, with four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one powder room. It sits on a heavily treed lot, and is walking distance from the Kessler Theater and restaurants like Nova; the entire Bishop Arts District is just one mile away.
The neighborhood has its own stories to tell, too. Winnetka Heights is the largest historic district in Dallas, with 600 houses and 20 commercial structures in its 50 city blocks. In 1911, several prominent Dallas investors developed Winnetkta Heights as a tony area, full of one-story frame bungalows and two-story Prairie-influenced Four Square homes.
Let’s take a look at this Craftsman, both beautifully maintained and renovated in key areas, and newly listed by Erin Young with Allie Beth Allman & Assoc. for $399,900.
The curb appeal of this home beckons, “sit and chat a while.” This is the kind of street where you know your neighbors. Wonderfully, it’s just one of many in the area showing off its vintage charm. For a little history of the area, Winnekta Heights Neighborhood Association is a good resource:
Advertised as “Dallas’ Ideal Suburb” by the Russell Realty Company in 1911, Winnetka Heights stands today as Dallas’ best example of preserved, intact turn-of-the-century housing. Originally included in the Midway Addition to the city of Oak Cliff in 1890, it was replatted as Winnetka Heights in 1908…Wonderful examples of Arts and Crafts/Prairie architecture, they stand as a bye-gone reminder of these first families and their lifestyles. As time went by, lots were subdivided to allow for the construction of bungalows and cottages. Each home, be it two-story Prairie or bungalow, was constructed with the finest materials and craftsmanship throughout. All the houses had distinctive exteriors and rich details inside.
The front living room gives us the first view of those gorgeous hardwoods, and an original fireplace, now decorative. Banks of windows allow for ample natural light, and renovations added recessed lighting, as well. The oversize master bedroom and bathroom downstairs includes double vanities, retro tile, separate shower, and a walk-in closet. And look at that claw foot bathtub! Love it. The updated galley kitchen and breakfast room look like they belong in a magazine. In the kitchen, you’ll find stainless steel appliances, including a gas stove, as well as granite countertops, farmhouse sink, tile floor, a large walk-in pantry, and barrel ceiling.
An oversized doorway leads to the breakfast room, a stylish space with modern light fixture and easy flow. Plus, we get a first glimpse of the beautifully refinished staircase, leading upstairs to the bedrooms on the second floor.
The backyard is heavily treed, with lots of green space, too, and stone pavers coming off the wood deck. Mass production of the automobile only begin in the U.S. ten years before this house was built, so cars weren’t yet standard for families. That’s why you won’t find a garage here. But with so many other amenities—like a shed in the yard for storage you might put in a garage—it hardly a sacrifice.
This property just hit the market, and we think it will be under contract in short order. Leave us a comment with your guess.