ElmwoodWe’ve written a lot about Elmwood — a great Oak Cliff neighborhood that’s having a bit of a resurgence thanks in part to its proximity to Bishop Arts District and its own small business district.

And despite the popularity of BAD, Elmwood is quite the force in and of itself, with about 1,373 houses and 4,426 residents, making it the most populated single-family home neighborhood in Oak Cliff.

Not ready to buy? That’s quite all right — we’ve found this adorable Elmwood Cottage that has been well-maintained and updated — the ordinary rental it is not. (more…)

1227 Cascade Avenue – Circa 1922

What do pasteurized milk, Tom Cruise, and Dixie Cups have in common? Answer: the Elmwood neighborhood.

Between about 1,373 houses and 4,426 residents, Elmwood is the most populated single-family home neighborhood in Oak Cliff, and it all started with 20 cows.

According to Heritage Oak Cliff, the neighborhood began in 1907 as a 640-acre Tennessee Dairy with less than two dozen cows. Founded by Lindsley Waters, the modern, corporate operation was not only the first dairy in Dallas to deliver pasteurized milk in glass bottles, it won the “most sanitary dairy farm” prize at the 1908 State Fair of Texas.

But in 1919, a fire destroyed the dairy. Rather than lose valuable business while rebuilding, Waters moved the production facility to Deep Ellum, which helped accelerate deliveries. Five years later, real estate developer Frank G. Jester purchased the farmland and had it platted for Elmwood Addition, a quality new home development with a serene, park-like setting.

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ElmwoodWhen Debbie Williams with Dave Perry-Miller-Preston Center told us about this adorable Midcentury Cottage in Elmwood with a fantastic price point, we knew we had to take a look.

For one, in a city where move-in ready inventory in the $200,000 to $350,000 price point can be a bit dear, Elmwood is still a place where you can reliably find a Dallas starter home. And unlike other locations at this price point, Elmwood is near plenty of fantastic amenities, and a fantastic commute for anyone working in the downtown area.

With it’s proximity to Bishop Arts and Trinity Groves, plus a soon-to-be revitalized Wynnewood Village (including a movie theater), Elmwood is a great option for a new homebuyer.

“This charming two-bed, one-bath home is in the heart of desirable Elmwood Addition, an area in the process of a great rebound,” Williams told us. “It’s a great time to get in at the beginning of the curve.” (more…)

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[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

During World War II, the Elmwood house at 1420 Brunner Ave. in Oak Cliff was a refuge for British pilots here for training. The Royal Air Force was getting creamed by the Germans and needed help, which was available here.

The first of the training schools was created in Terrell, about 1.5 hours east, and many flyboys made their way to Dallas on the weekends. A few of them ended up at their home-away-from-home, the Craig house on Brunner Avenue, where a little girl, Paula, lived with her folks.

“The boys were so fond of little Paula that they gifted her with a RAF patch, one Mrs. Craig sewed on the sleeve of Paula’s dance costume — a miniature U.S. Army uniform,” said Gayla Brooks, who wrote about the house in 2009. “Between the ages of 4 and 7, the little dancer wore the costume when she performed at war bond rallies.”

This storied property is our Thursday Three Hundred today, and Paula, all grown up now, is a Montessori teacher who continues to live in the neighborhood. The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,806 square feet on two stories, built in 1940.

The home is of considerable size by Elmwood standards, and it has a genuinely spacious lot of almost one-third of an acre.

“It manages to roll in the new —Bertazzoni gas range, a light color palette, and tons of natural light — with the original — crystal doorknobs, hardwood floors, original built-ins throughout — and has a large finished-out attic that would be perfect for a bedroom,” said Emily Ruth Cannon with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who has listed the house with Jennifer Stolarski.

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ElmwoodAs property values climb in Dallas, the $200,000 range is often considered the sweet spot now for first-time buyers — and we found a perfect perch in Elmwood for this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred.

But it’s not just a perfect location (more on that in a minute) that sets this two-bedroom, one-bath home apart from the other starters out there — it’s also been updated extensively.

“What makes this house so special is its charm and character,” listing agent Brian Davis with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s said of 2042 Rugged Drive. “From the moment you drive up, the color of the shutters and front door, the white picket railing on the front porch, the covered sitting area, and the views of the greenbelt draw you in.

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All eyes are on Elmwood, it seems, as investors make big waves in this historic Oak Cliff neighborhood. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 2210 Melbourne Ave. is an example of a flip done right in Elmwood, with sleek style and attention to every detail. The renovation is by Eligra LLC, a husband-and-wife team of Michael and Victoria Jones, and we’ve admired their work before

In this house, they’ve opened up the floorplan with clean lines of sight and a long list of updates. Those include a new 30-year roof, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, low-E windows, water heater, Elfa closet systems, and new insulation in interior walls, exterior walls, and in the attic.

This kind of attention to detail and quality of improvements is normal for renovation by the couple, said listing agent Adam Murphy with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. 

“Every single flip is extraordinary and they pay incredible attention to detail, like moving the wall back six inches to put in a full-size refrigerator and giving homebuyers a big binder with every single manual and thing they’ve done, from a light fixture to a garage door opener,” Murphy said. “There’s not something comparable on the market in Oak Cliff that is in this price range.”

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,644 square feet on one story, built in 1952. There’s an open house Friday from 5-7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 p.m.. Want a sneak peek?

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Deep in the heart of Oak Cliff, there’s an Elmwood brick cottage with sweet style, big updates, and a friendly price tag. 

Our Tuesday Two Hundred, at 1918 Newport Ave., has many of the upgrades you’d expect to find in new construction, but all the personality and charms of its era. Plus, it is only three miles from Bishop Arts, seven miles to downtown Dallas, and walking distance to a DART light rail station. 

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two dining areas, and 1,522 square feet on one story, built in 1951. Let’s take a look.

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During World War II, the Elmwood house at 1420 Brunner Ave. in Oak Cliff was a refuge for British pilots here for training. The Royal Air Force was getting creamed by the Germans and needed help, which was available here. 

The first of the training schools was created in Terrell, about 1.5 hours east, and many flyboys made their way to Dallas on the weekends. A few of them ended up at their home-away-from-home, the Craig house on Brunner Avenue, where a little girl, Paula, lived with her folks. 

“The boys were so fond of little Paula that they gifted her with a RAF patch, one Mrs. Craig sewed on the sleeve of Paula’s dance costume — a miniature U.S. Army uniform,” said Gayla Brooks, who wrote about the house in 2009. “Between the ages of 4 and 7, the little dancer wore the costume when she performed at war bond rallies.” 

This storied property is our Thursday Three Hundred today, and Paula, all grown up now, is a Montessori teacher who continues to live in the neighborhood. The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,806 square feet on two stories, built in 1940.

The home is of considerable size by Elmwood standards, and it has a genuinely spacious lot of almost one-third of an acre.

“It manages to roll in the new —Bertazzoni gas range, a light color palette, and tons of natural light — with the original — crystal doorknobs, hardwood floors, original built-ins throughout — and has a large finished-out attic that would be perfect for a bedroom,” said Emily Ruth Cannon with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who has listed the house with Jennifer Stolarski.

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