Find a Fabulous Home In Cedar Oaks, an Up-and-Coming North Oak Cliff Neighborhood

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The North Oak Cliff neighborhood of Beckley Estates receives a fair amount of attention as an up-and-coming area of Dallas. But its southern neighbor, Cedar Oaks, is a hidden gem where buyers can find character-filled, affordable houses from the 1940s and 1950s. The famous wandering peacocks of Beckley Estates make their appearance here, too, among the hilly streets and arching shade trees.

Cedar Hills is located just east of Interstate 35 near the Dallas Zoo, and our Tuesday Two Hundred at 1505 Arizona Ave. is a darling example of the kinds of houses in the neighborhood. Built in 1949, this home is the recent recipient of a full-on renovation that marries period-specific details and original architecture with contemporary amenities.

The remodel touched every space in this charmer, which has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,946 square feet.

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Located near East Claredon Drive and South Beckley Avenue, this is a corner-lot cutie with darling curb appeal. The brick and siding are freshly painted, and the curving sidewalk and low-E windows are new, too. The property has multiple mature trees and a side-entry two-car garage.

Behind the scenes, there is updated electrical and plumbing, 12-inch attic insulation, and a gas water heater.

A large foyer welcomes guests with wood plank style ceramic tile flooring and crown moulding. The front living area offers laminate flooring, recessed lighting and crown moulding. All windows and door openings have been framed out and look marvelous.

The kitchen is totally new, with white Shaker-style cabinets, marble countertops, glass tile backsplash, recessed lighting, ceramic flooring, and stainless steel appliances, including a five-burner gas cooktop with a pot filler. The upper cabinets are finished out with crown mounding on the tops and there is new stainless steel hardware on all cabinets. The kitchen offers open views of the second living area, and a door leading to the utility room and garage. The utility room is huge, with ample room for a second refrigerator or freezer, wood plank style ceramic tile flooring, and new shelving.

The second living area is the star of the show, with an oversized brick-framed fireplace with accent recessed areas, laminate flooring, wood beams on the ceiling, recessed lighting, and French doors to the patio and backyard. What a great space.

The bedrooms are good-sized: the master measures 15-by-13 and the second bedroom measures 14-by-13. Both have new carpeting and multiple windows. The bathroom is decked out with double sinks, marble countertops, accent lighting, and decorative mirrors. The bathtub has a custom tile surround with a shampoo nook.

In back, there’s a tiled patio with railing and elevated planter box leading to a grassy yard with lots of mature trees, a six-foot privacy fence, and a concrete patio with a sidewalk leading to the to back door or side gate.

This home was listed Oct. 21 by David Fain with Fain Properties for $299,500.

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Leah Shafer

Leah Shafer is a content and social media specialist, as well as a Dallas native, who lives in Richardson with her family. In her sixth-grade yearbook, Leah listed "interior designer" as her future profession. Now she writes about them, as well as all things real estate, for

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