dellsWhen this 1946 Minimal Traditional in the Dells District hit our desks Monday, we knew we had to share it before it disappeared.

After all, the Dells is one of the hidden gems of an increasingly gentrifying Oak Cliff, with hills and long, winding streets, and even a creek running through it, the neighborhood is a little slice of green, dotted with adorable cottages and homes that have been well-maintained and often still in possession of their post-war sensibilities, yet updated for the needs of 2019.


Oak Cliff is just lousy with beautiful historic homes, but it can be somewhat of a crapshoot buying a flip that is older than a certain age. And some neighborhoods have a diverse array of homes from different periods, none quite so striking as the Dells District. This neighborhood, according to Heritage Oak Cliff, features brick and stone cottages from the ’20s and ’30s originally developed by a Mr. Irwin — hence the name of one of the major streets, Irwindell. More houses were built after World War II in the ranch vernacular.

The Dells District is also home to this adorable, exceptionally renovated listing from Phillip Murrell of Compass, which is also our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. 

“One sure-fire way to recognize a solid remodel is when the builder thoughtfully reconfigures and modernizes a historic home, but restores as much of the distinct, original features as possible,” Murrell said. “The next lucky owner will enjoy a ‘like-new’ home without sacrificing the soul and story that makes it extraordinary.” 


A Smaller Footprint Is Packed with Style In this Dells District Cottage |

Things may be bigger in Texas, but we’ve found a Dells District cottage that proves a modest footprint can provide everything you need. 

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is located at 3518 Virginia Blvd. in this historic Oak Cliff neighborhood. It is wonderfully renovated with some big “behind the scenes” work, including new plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and foundation in 2015. That’s peace of mind for a potential buyer. 

This house has two bedrooms, one hath, and 1,112 square feet on one story, built in 1935. 


Dells District Darling Pulls Out All the Stops in Big Renovation |

We’ve found a Dells District darling in Oak Cliff that bats 1,000 with its big renovations. 

The interior of the home at 3520 Burlingdell Ave. is completely reimagined, creating an elegant show home. The exterior is updated, too, retaining its 1961 charms. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,458 square feet on one story. 


Dells District Home with Builder's Warranty, Feel of an Updated Vintage Cottage |

New construction in North Texas is not keeping up with demand, especially in the lower price brackets. Our Tuesday Two Hundred at 3526 Gibsondell Ave. in Oak Cliff’s Dells District is a charmed exception. Built in 2016, it comes with a builder’s warranty and everything is still all shiny and new. 

This home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,473 square feet on one story. There’s a lot to recommend this property — let’s take a look. 


Darling Dells District Home |

Our Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to the the heart of Oak Cliff’s Dells District to a darling abode just listed Friday. 

The house at 3327 Ivandell Ave. offers the opportunity to buy in this up-and-coming neighborhood before prices go through the roof. It’s an upgraded home with a lot of personality and two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,305 square feet, built in 1946. 

“The character of the houses is what is so unique to the area,” said listing agent Kristina Anderson with Ebby Halliday Realtors. “It’s got hardwoods, the footprint is great, it’s cozy, and you have the culture of the whole area — this is a fantastic house.”


3158 Virginia Front
For years, Oak Cliff was a neighborhood where you could score a great deal, with so many well-built Craftsman, Prairie, Tudors, traditionals and midcentury moderns on amazing lots going for a fraction of what one might pay up north or out east. Nowadays, if you want to find an amazing deal in Oak Cliff, you need a keen eye and sharp reflexes, because a good deal gets gone fast out here.
And what an amazing deal this Irwindell traditional is. Marketed by Crystal Gonzalez of David Griffin & Co., this little house packs quite the punch in style and amenities. It’s fresh as a daisy inside without losing the character that this neighborhood of post-war traditionals is know for, making it an ideal candidate for this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week.
When you’re ready to put in a bid on a home in this hot neighborhood, better talk with an experienced home loan professional first. That’s the first reason you should call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans when you’re starting your home search. The second reason is that no other mortgage professional knows our market like Lisa Peters does, and her expertise will come in handy whether you’re buying your first home, moving up in the market, or making an investment. Don’t waste time. Don’t miss out on your high-caliber home. Call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today.
Jump to see what this adorable house in a great Oak Cliff neighborhood has to offer.


Every week, we bring you some of our favorite properties having open houses that weekend. We pick three fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This is our Open Houses of the Week column and our houses range in price from $325,000 to $1.225 million today. Which ones will you visit?