Basements 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).
The entrance to this home is the second level because of the basement. The curb appeal is cute, with mature trees and landscaping.
This home is in the Kings Highway Conservation District, bounded by Stewart Drive on the north, Davis Street on the south, Tyler Street on the east, and Mary Cliff Road on the west. The history of the Kings Highway District is interesting—it used to be cotton fields, and the development of nearby Winnetka Heights soon moved to this area.
Here’s what Old Oak Cliff Conservation League says:
It started with the construction of numerous apartment buildings for the residents awaiting completion of their new homes in Winnetka Heights. Platted as Oak Cliff Annex, the area was designed along the unique diagonal thoroughfare of Kings Highway…Many of the original 1910 apartments remain, but it is the diversity of the area that is so appealing. While much of the neighborhood has a 1920s middle class feel with single family Craftsman bungalows, Kings Highway is lined with examples of Tudor, late Queen Anne, Neoclassical and Prairie-style homes. Many of the smaller houses have been restored, but a number of the larger two story homes await creative hands to bring them back to their original splendor.
From the entrance, the dining room is on the left and the living room is on the right. All of the first floor has beautiful hardwood floors (except bathrooms, which maintain their original vintage tile). This is a spacious area, with period details like those fantastic doorway arches. The terra cotta painted wall is on the the stairs to the basement, and a large bay window out to the front. The high ceilings and many windows make this part of the house feel bright and open. The kitchen was on the “to-do” list of the current owners before they had to list this home. It’s style is outdated, but the bones are great, and this is a large space with lots of storage. As a bonus, the balcony is located off a little alcove between the kitchen and the master bedroom. The master and a second bedroom are located on this main floor, along with full and half bathrooms. The master is large, measuring 17-by-13, and has beautiful architectural detail in the ceiling and woodwork. The second bedroom measures 11-by-10. Both share the full-size bath. The basement is a large, finished space (about 650 square feet), with a bedroom measuring 20-by-11 (220 square feet). This could easily be a mother-in-law suite with an added kitchenette. Three different doors from the basement lead to the spacious backyard, one of which is from the bedroom. The basement also has a full-size bathroom and built-in cabinets.
The lot is 7,797 square feet (0.18 acres), the bulk of it in the backyard, which feels welcoming with mature shade trees and a small patio. It has a privacy fence along two sides, and room for a swimming pool, if the next owners are so inclined.
With such a fantastic location and big interior space, this North Oak Cliff home seems destined to fly off the market. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this listing—leave us a comment, or you can email Leah here.