Team JenniSto members Miranda Ashley, Jenni Stolarski, and Emily Ruth Cannon

After a decade with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, Jenni Stolarski has joined Compass real estate.

“It was a hard decision because we had been at Briggs Freeman a long time and had gotten used to the support that we had,” she said. “On the other hand, when the technology and the marketing services and support staff that were offered to us were laid out in full, it was pretty clear what decision was going to be best for our clients.”

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Val Haskell and Jenni Stolarski are moving into a box down by the river, and they couldn't be more happy about it.

Val Haskell and Jenni Stolarski are moving into a box down by the river, and they couldn’t be more happy about it.

Even though the Dallas real estate market is scorching hot, Jenni Stolarski and her wife, Val Haskell, are soon going to be living in a box down by the river.

And it’s entirely by choice, too.

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Jenni Stolarski knows Oak Cliff better than almost every other Realtor in the area. She lives in Kings Highway and works to better the neighborhood as if her next meal depended on it.

And in a way, it does. She, along with her partner Val Haskell, have worked their fingers to the bone to flip homes in Oak Cliff that keep the character of the neighborhood intact. Not only that, but with all of the upgrades and care that go into their homes, Stolarski and Haskell have managed to sell these babies super fast. Their most recent flip at 806 N. Windomere was sold in a matter of days.

“After that remodel last summer, I said to Val, ‘OK, that’s it. I’m never doing this again,'” Stolarski said. And yet, here they are, with another home that could hit MLS as soon as next month. With Stolarski as the visionary and Haskell as the number-crunching realist, they’ve managed to turn brass into gold once more.

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So, Jenni Stolarski is kind of my hero. Not only is this amazing Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s VP a business powerhouse, but she just flipped the most amazing home that had me pinning just about every single room (OK, every single room, no lie) to my Pinterest pin boards. Yes, y’all, it’s that beautiful.

Stolarski, who is so awesome she plants trees in her spare time, bought this house from a little old lady five years ago, and it was pretty much in its original condition, she said. At the time, 806 N. Windomere was a steal — a property like that, with great bones and tons of charm, was becoming rare in Oak Cliff. Young couples and investors who were looking for great investments were snapping up properties all over North Oak Cliff like $200 iPads at a Black Friday sale. This one, in the up-and-coming Kings Highway Conservation District, was kismet.

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“I actually tried to sell it a few years back,” Stolarski said over the phone yesterday. It’s a good thing it didn’t sell before she and her partner could gut the thing and make it the supermodel it is today. Don’t believe me? Check out these amazing “after” pictures!

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Bye-bye, ugly siding and purple trim! Hello, sexy gray paint! With 10-foot ceilings throughout it’s 1,588 square feet, a gorgeous custom finish on the hardwood floors reminiscent of whitewash, and Carrara marble just about everywhere, it’s no surprise that this home went under contract just as soon as it hit the market.

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It was listed at $319,000, and honestly, this two-bedroom, two-bath stunner is worth every stinking penny. Built in 1906 and fully modernized for today’s needs, this home pretty much fulfills everything on my dream home list. Apron sink? Gray cabinets? Commercial appliances? Tons of windows? Yes to all of that.

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The hall bath is the perfect mix of traditional and modern elements, with a claw-foot tub and plank walls with chrome sink stand and luxurious tile floors. I love all of the details, especially the outdoor light fixtures that look at home flanking the bathroom mirror. These women have an eye for style, that’s for sure, and Stolarski can swing a hammer with the best of them.

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The master bath will make you swoon. The marble everywhere, the incredible shower, the dual vanity, the pocket door that leads to the wall of wardrobes in the hall (love that!). Well, I am just impressed.

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The screened in back porch is amazing, and a wonderful feature for anyone who appreciates our spring and fall temperatures but could do without the bugs. (That is pretty much everyone, right?)

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Stolarski said she worked with an outstanding general contractor, Gary Roberts, who did a fantastic job. We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations on the incredible transformation, Jenni, and we can’t wait to see what you do next!

 

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You can tell that Jenni Stolarski has a lot to be excited about. The Kings Highway Conservation District resident and Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agent is hard at work making her neighborhood a better place to live. How does she do it? By putting down roots. Literally.

Stolarski started an effort last year to plant hundreds of trees in North Oak Cliff. The program is called reTree Oak Cliff, and has already had its first successful planting in Stolarski’s very own neighborhood. The next planting is scheduled for April 6 in the Summit Lawn neighborhood. Stolarski said that the group, sponsored by TXU Energy, Texas Trees Foundation, Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professionals, and the City of Dallas, will plant 100 trees in the neighborhood.

Want to volunteer with the likes of Mayor Rawlings? Find out more and register here.

CandysDirt.com: Where are you from?

Jenni Stolarski: I grew up in San Antonio, TX. When I lived there it was boring, but now they have invested so much into their art scene and the Pearl Area, it’s amazing.

CD: How did you get into real estate?

Stolarski: Kind of a funny story. When we moved here from Manhattan, I didn’t have a job. We purchased an investment property and wanted to have a few more. So I did all the training to become a Realtor to get MLS access (this is before the days of Zillow, kids). Turns out, I loved it. So I started working with buyers and sellers almost immediately.

CD: As a Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agent, you’ve carved out a niche as an expert in Oak Cliff real estate. How do you stay on top?

Stolarski: Am I on top? Wow, someone call my mom, please! (CD: You’re so modest! )

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

Stolarski: I live in North Oak Cliff, in a saltbox home that backs up to Stevens Park Golf Course. The neighborhood is called Kings Highway.

CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Mercedes Benz?

Stolarski: My dream car is a Tesla, but I drive a BMW Z3.

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

Stolarski: Mine. The trees, the hills, the architecture and great neighbors. What’s not to love?

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

Stolarski: The best sales are the ones where I help someone find a home & make a friend in the process.

CD: Likewise, what was your most difficult/memorable transaction?

Stolarski: The most memorable transaction was a personal investment purchase. When we showed up for the final walkthrough, the house was STILL full of car bumpers, leftover house parts and (no lie) a foot and a half of clothing, paper and other stuff. We had to delay the closing until the seller cleaned it out. Blech.

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?

Stolarski: The last 6 houses I have listed sold in less than 7 days and three of those before they hit MLS.

CD: How much did you sell last year?

Stolarski: (Do people really answer this?) (CD: Yes! And sometimes they really surprise us!)

CD: What have you learned about selling that makes you so successful?

Stolarski: I learn something new every time. So I bring expertise, but always stay open to the fact that each sale has some new moving part. That also keeps me on my toes!

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

Stolarski: …be the head gardener at some giant estate or castle.

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

Stolarski: My second home is rental property … four blocks from my house. Great house. Not really a place I plan to “summer.”

Jenni Stolarski and Robb Puckett are a regular dream team. You can just feel the excitement and enthusiasm radiate off of them. The two Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agents are passionate about Oak Cliff and the beautiful homes inside one of the most popular resurgent neighborhoods in Dallas.

I really do believe that Jenni and Robb are at least partly responsible for the enormous turnaround Oak Cliff has experienced in the past decade. The neighborhood that was once derided for being perceived as crime riddled and dilapidated is now the place to be for the new generation of homeowners.

In fact, I am fairly certain that unique homes such as 930 Kessler Parkway will grow in value as the area continues on its inevitable path toward gentrification. So I guess what I’m saying is that if you are in search of an amazing home and don’t want to over-pay, East Kessler is a great place to buy, especially this Juris Laivins-designed contemporary.

This home is beautiful inside and out, and with all of the gorgeous windows it feels like living in a treehouse as you look out onto the heavily forested one-third-acre lot. You get three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and more than 3,000-square feet of space that is perfect for entertaining even the largest crowds. And at $635,000, it’s a great way to get all of the beauty, luxury, and convenience of living in the East Kessler!

Cool things about this house: The ladder rail bookcase in the living area, the two-sided vanity in the master bathroom, and the tons of cabinetry that will make every neat freak swoon!

Hurry! Snatch this beauty up!

 

 

 

2041 Mayflower (left) and 2036 Old Orchard (right) in Stevens Park Village

Jenni Stolarski and Rob Puckett of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s are marketing two Stevens Park Estates homes that back up to one another and sit next to the fifth green of Stevens Park Golf Course —2036 Old Orchard and 2041 Mayflower — as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a family to be really close without moving in with each other.

Think of it like that final scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding where the newlyweds move in next to the Parthenon-like home of the Portokaloses — you can have your mother and father (or in-laws!) right next door to hang out with the kids, but they’re not hanging around in their underwear, griping about the plumbing in the mother-in-law suite of your very own abode.

 

Here’s what you do: Set the family up in the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on Old Orchard and have the grandparents in the two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath bungalow on Mayflower. Both homes are in tip-top shape, with the Old Orchard house marketed for $335,000 and the Mayflower home (goes on MLS Friday) in the neighborhood of $339,000. Those are amazing prices for corner lots in a very popular area!

There’s no alley to separate the two homes, which together, Stolarski says, sit on around 3/4 of an acre. That’s plenty of room for everyone to run around.

Now, the Mayflower home is gorgeous and updated, with tons of great finishes. Every room is lovely, and it’s just asking for someone with a whole lifetime’s worth of beautiful objects to fill its shelves and nooks.

The Old Orchard home screams “family,” with the brick floors, eat-in kitchen, and vegetable garden. There’s tons of character, too!

And the location is amazing. North Oak Cliff is booming, and it really doesn’t get much better than living next to Stevens Park Golf Course, which was recently redesigned and is such a gem.

Personally, I think it’s a great idea for the family who wants to stay super close. However, I prefer my in-laws in Forney. IJS.

To see photos of both properties, check out the gallery below:

 

It’s every seller’s nightmare. Your home is gaining interest on MLS and it looks like you might have some solid offers coming to the table. You lay your head down thinking that the process is unfolding smoothly, only to be awoken moments later by tornado sirens. 

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If your home is on the market and it has been damaged by a tornado or other natural disaster, what should you do? 

“There are two basic steps if your property has been impacted by the storm,” says veteran Dallas Realtor Jenni Stolarski. “First, be sure to document everything. Secondly, notify key people. After your insurance agent and your mom, your next call should be to your listing agent, even before you post it on social media.”

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