Splurge vs. Steal: An Ode To Oak Cliff

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Our Steal: 720 Elsbeth Street is listed by Shana Acquisto of Acquisto Real Estate for $450,000.

This week we take you to Oak Cliff, one of Dallas’ most vibrant and desirable areas. Whether it’s convenient access to the trendy Bishop Arts District or lush parks and golf you’re after, Oak Cliff is a place where people go to thrive. And this tight-knit Dallas enclave makes for one fantastic Splurge vs. Steal. Here we demonstrate the neighborhood’s versatility by showcasing two outstanding Oak Cliff properties. Each have great locations and floor plans, but price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose? The Kensington Lane Splurge or the Elsbeth Street Steal? We would love to hear in the comments.

Splurge: Hilltop Contemporary Overlooking Stevens Park Golf Course For $2.35M

When you find a home this good it’s hard not to splurge, and 1124 Kensington Lane in Oak Cliff is worth every penny! This architectural gem has all the trappings of a move-in ready home with tons of luxurious upgrades and plenty of indoor-outdoor space to entertain.

Karen Eubank wrote a fabulous post on this property when it was featured as the Inwood House of the Week in 2017. Now it’s back on the market with a new price tag, currently listed for $2.35 million by Amy Detwiler of Compass – a $100K price cut from when we covered the home last year.

The exceptionally designed Oak Cliff estate affords a generous footprint. It’s nestled on a lush 0.42-acre lot with five bedrooms, five full and two half bathrooms, and a sprawling 6,029 square feet. Located in the coveted Kessler Park neighborhood of Oak Cliff, it overlooks the iconic Stevens Park Golf Course offering spectacular hilltop views. We love the outdoor conversation area by the built-in outdoor fireplace. Imagine the outdoor parties you’ll host!

According to the listing, the home “was thoughtfully built to showcase its superb hilltop locale and offers the highest standard of luxury living.” A bright and open floor plan, sparkling pool, patio, and sauna, plus a prime location minutes to Bishop Arts, make this one a keeper!

Amy Detwiler of Compass has listed 1123 Kensington Lane for $2.35 million.

Steal: Cutie Craftsman in The Heart of Bishop Arts

This four-bedroom, two-full-bathroom Craftsman is listed at a much smaller price point, but don’t let the price tag fool you — it is not short on style.

The Oak Cliff craftsman has been tastefully updated with a brand new kitchen! It comes well-appointed with stunning quartz countertops, custom white shaker cabinets, and new stainless steel appliances.

Other highlights include hand-scraped hardwood floors, oversized bedrooms with huge walk-in closets, and views of the Dallas skyline from the spacious back deck.

A 1,978-square-foot floor plan also means there’s plenty of room to gather with family and friends over the holidays.

The home is ideally located but a short walk to Bishop Arts and there is a Dallas Streetcar stop one street over for easy access to downtown. With a list price of $450,000 this Oak Cliff cutie is too good to be true!

Shana Acquisto of Acquisto Real Estate has listed 720 Elsbeth Street for $450,000.


Amy Puchaty

Amy Puchaty is founder and principal writer of Amy Puchaty Communications, a freelance copywriting firm specializing in luxury real estate marketing. As a real estate writer and communications specialist, Amy's marketing campaigns and copywriting work have appeared in numerous print and digital publications including The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Inman News, The Denver Post, and Dallas Business Journal. Follow Amy at www.amypuchaty.com

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  1. Stephanie M. says

    RE: 720 Elsbeth Street – you cannot be serious. $450,000 for a cramped, 1978 s.f. Craftsman bungalow?? you can’t be serious. I grew up in South Oak Cliff. There’s no way in the world I would pay that kind of money for a tiny little house like that. That house should cost no more than $90,000.

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