Adorable Greenbelt Home In Oak Cliff’s Elmwood Proves That Less Is More

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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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The greenbelt near this Elmwood cottage is open space full of mature pecan, oak, elm, and hackberry trees and is home to a variety of birds and wildlife, according to the Elmwood Neighborhood Association. This property is a two-minute walk from Elmwood Parkway, a 16-acre park with trails, a playground, basketball court, and picnic tables. This house features a big backyard, so the theme of getting cozy with nature is continued there.

The layout of this cottage follows a fairly traditional format for the era: front living area leading to a dining room and then the kitchen. The owners have staged this home well, decluttering and providing furniture and accessories that highlight function and flow without distracting.

A surprisingly commodious kitchen features updates like granite countertops, white cabinets, lots of storage, recessed lighting, and fresh paint in a cheery, buttery yellow color.

The bedrooms and bathrooms bring more pleasant surprises, like hardwoods that extend into the sleeping quarters and lots of windows that make the rooms bright and welcoming. Many homes in this area only have one bathroom, so this property’s two are a major bonus (who wants to share a bathroom, anyway?). Both are updated with new vanities and sinks, fresh paint, and light fixtures.

Mature shade trees arch over the private backyard, where there are multiple seating areas and a patio.

This home was listed Jan. 22 by Heath Olinger with Rogers Healy And Associates for $239,000.

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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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  1. LonestarBabs says

    Powerwash the front porch – it’s a dingy landing. What’s with the pergola in the back yard — is it falling down on one side? Love the interior colors — so nice to see something other than gray! That’s a big honkin’ refrigerator in the kitchen but I realize it likely doesn’t convey with the house, so the buyer can bring something sleeker for the space.

    • mmCandy Evans says

      My thoughts exactly on the fridge, sticks out like a big wad of gauze bandage. Buyers need a counter-top sized one. Maybe gray is finally gone, everywhere except my hair!

  2. karen says

    If these pictures are any indication, it looks to me like the inspection on this home would scare the bejeezus out of potential buyers.

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