Oak Cliff

Nowadays, it’s getting harder and harder to hear the Oak Cliff “Oh” — that pause you used to get when you mentioned you lived in Oak Cliff, or wanted to go to Oak Cliff. In the year 2019, Oak Cliff is a highly sought after spot, and while living near Bishop Arts, Kessler Park, and other neighborhoods might be out of your price range, Cedar Crest is a great neighborhood full of charming homes.

We’ve told you about Cedar Crest before — a well-established neighborhood close to downtown, with a busy neighborhood association and the historic Cedar Crest Golf Course. It’s also home to a more affordable pocket of Oak Cliff, as this home at 2207 Alabama Avenue confirms.

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Cedar CrestDays on market for move-in ready homes in the $100,000 to $200,000 range around North Texas are tiny little pockets of time, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them openings. So when this Cedar Crest cutie landed in our inbox this week, we knew it was our next Weekend One Hundred.

And we also know you should probably shake a leg if you’re looking for something in that price range — Cedar Crest is a great neighborhood full of charming homes.

A well-established neighborhood close to downtown with a bustling neighborhood association and the Cedar Crest Golf Course, which hosted the first PGA tour in 1927.

“For decades the Cedar Crest neighbors have demonstrated pride in home ownership, which is discernible by many of the uniquely designed custom built homes,” the association’s website said. “The community is well noted for community and political involvement and has produced many business owners, educators, and dignitaries.” (more…)

cedar crestSometimes you flip through listings and a house just … stands out — like this funky Cedar Crest home with a fun facade and a well-updated interior with a price point that will make some family very, very happy.

Unfamiliar with Cedar Crest? We’ve written about listings in the charming neighborhood before, but for the uninitiated, Cedar Crest is a well-established neighborhood in Dallas that is, we think, a hidden gem. Close to downtown (in fact, you can see the skyline from many points in the neighborhood), the community also boasts a very busy neighborhood association, and is home to the Cedar Crest Golf Course, which hosted the first PGA Tour in 1927.

You can even see a great tour of the golf course here.

“For decades the Cedar Crest neighbors have demonstrated pride in home ownership, which is discernible by many of the uniquely designed custom built homes,” the association’s website said. “The community is well noted for community and political involvement and has produced many business owners, educators and dignitaries.” (more…)

MillsWhile moving to Oak Cliff is on the wishlists for many, you generally hear about one, maybe two schools that people desire buy near. But what if we told you just down Corinth sits a school that earned five out of six TEA distinctions last year — Roger Q. Mills Elementary?

Photo courtesy Dallas ISD

And what if we told you that it will be a magnet school next year?

Last week, we checked out Dorsey Elementary in Pleasant Grove, but this week we took a look at Dallas ISD’s weekly Best Schools video series and found this look at Mills, and hunted down a great listing close by. (more…)

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Recognize this hotbed of danger in Northwest Dallas?

So, dear readers, remember that time when I had to tell that writer from the Atlantic decided to talk about the dining options in Dallas suburbs, while only actually spending most of her time in Wichita Falls and the airport that she was super wrong?

That hot sports opinion is about to look remarkably measured and well researched. Hold my prosecco, y’all.

Last week, someone slid a year-old piece of aggression across my metaphorical desk, and I decided to ask some readers what they thought.

They had many thoughts. I had many thoughts. At the end of this piece, you can share your thoughts.

So there is this site called Roadsnacks. According to their flagship site’s about us page:

“HomeSnacks combines recent data from the Census, FBI, OpenStreetMaps, and dozens of other sources into bite-sized studies to help you understand what it’s like to live in different communities across the country.
We have been professionally ranking cities, neighborhoods, counties, and states across America for over three years.”

They’re based in Durham, North Carolina, which is super close to Dallas when you’re dead set on being wrong on the Internet. (more…)

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2553 Kathleen Ave., Dallas

Last month, we went on a search to find the cheapest habitable home in Dallas — not only to prove they exist but also to highlight a market that doesn’t get the attention it needs.

And after that story was published, we heard from readers who asked for more. Today, we’re going to take a look at two houses, with one needing a little more spit and shine than the other, but both immediately habitable. (more…)

cheapWe often show you some of the fanciest houses for sale in Dallas, but we got to thinking recently — have we ever shown our readers the cheapest habitable houses in Dallas?

Statewide, houses sell fastest in a particular sweet spot right now — homes between $200,000 and $300,000 sell in about 54 days on average, recent statistics show. Homes priced less than $200,000 sold in about two months. (more…)

Recent developments surrounding the Golf Club of Dallas, formerly the Oak Cliff Golf Club, bring to mind a panel discussion at June’s National Association of Real Estate Editors confab.  Seems golf clubs are not as popular with the young as they are with their parents’ and grandparents’ generations.  There are several reasons for this, including shifting socialization patterns, negative perceptions of the game’s culture, and cost.

It seems that as society has picked the pockets of young people for everything from student debt to over-priced apartments, there’s simply less in the kitty for expensive pastimes like golf.  And golf is an expensive activity.  Aside from the stereotypically garish ensembles, it’s not difficult to drop a grand on a set of clubs, a couple of hundred on shoes, and upwards of $50 for every dozen balls. And that’s before you hit the links.

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