The Bishop Arts District has a long and colorful history, some of which is still reflected in murals throughout the area. (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

What a difference a century makes. Generations of real estate developers have banked on converting North Oak Cliff’s stunning countryside into the most affluent residential area of Dallas. After all, nothing said success more than a sweeping three-story Queen Anne mansion on a hill surrounded by limestone cliffs, natural springs, and lush native greenery.

In 1887, partners Thomas Marsalis and John Armstrong purchased 2,000 acres that were platted Dallas Land and Loan Additions #1, #2, and #3. Located on the western bank of the Trinity River, Marsalis and Armstrong planned the addition as the residential neighborhood for the incorporated city of Oak Cliff. Due to brisk land sales and hundreds of new Victorian homes, the population skyrocketed to 2,500 residents by 1890.

426 Melba Street is a listing from Dave Perry-Miller InTown.

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Going through it? Eager for a transformation? Then out with the old and in with the new! This North Oak Cliff stunner is sure to get you excited for your next chapter.

The spectacular, three-bedroom, two-full-bathroom contemporary is bursting with architectural interest, including a fabulous butterfly roof. Plus, it’s positioned in the desirable Wynnewood North enclave in North Oak Cliff. Here, you’ll live large in a stunning residence with soaring ceilings and tons of natural light.

Perfect For Downsizers

It’s perfect for anyone looking for a change, or metamorphosis, so to speak. Just ask listing agent Ric Shanahan with Keller Williams Urban Dallas. He says it’s perfect for “Downsizers who want a home in an established neighborhood. It’s close to the Dart Red Line at Tyler-Vernon and Tyler Station, and only one-and-a-half miles to Bishop Arts and five miles to Downtown.”

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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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7110 Cliffdale Avenue

If you aren’t familiar with the El Tivoli Place neighborhood, you’re not alone. Touted as a hidden North Oak Cliff treasure, the neighborhood epitomizes the saying that “big things come in small packages.”

El Tivoli Place is big on beauty, charm, life, and style. Despite its proximity to downtown Dallas, the neighborhood maintains a quiet, serene vibe characterized by rolling hills, creeks, winding streets, and old-growth trees. And the history of El Tivoli Place is every bit as colorful as the tapestry of native spring flowers growing throughout the area.

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The historic Winnetka Heights neighborhood in North Oak Cliff had a big win this Wednesday at City Hall. The city’s thoroughfare plan was amended to take away the 12th St. Connector, knitting the neighborhood back together with parks and open space. It was a change 40 years in the making, with some of the original residents still part of the fight.

When cars became big in Oak Cliff and everywhere else, Tyler and Polk streets were made into a one-way couplet, and this connector, installed in 1967, allowed northbound traffic to reach West Jefferson Road by skipping the Jefferson St commercial core. More importantly it has allowed first responders (located at Polk and 12th streets) to access the neighborhood to the north more quickly.

The election of Dallas City Council member and mayoral hopeful Scott Griggs to the District 1 seat in 2011 is a big reason we’re seeing this change.

“The project got legs when Scott joined council” says Lee Ruiz, president of the Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association. “He understands the new urbanist feel of how neighborhoods should be.”

Conversations began with City of Dallas staff and elected officials in 1981 when the neighborhood association formed and work began to dedicate the area as a Conservation District. But the project wasn’t a priority.

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ChristmasThis week, the CandysDirt.com staff is on a quest to find the listings that provide the best opportunities to hang those stockings with care or display a Christmas tree (or four, we won’t judge).

That includes our Tuesday Two Hundred in North Oak Cliff, with the perfect sunny window for a Christmas tree, and a great layout for entertaining.

The home at 912 S. Rosemont Ave. was pitched to us by Kylah Boyd with Texas Urban Living Realty during our weekly call for pitches over in our Facebook group, Getting the Dirt.

Located between the Winnetka Heights and Elmwood neighborhoods, this three-bedroom, two-bath home has been completely remodeled, having been taken down to the studs, which means it is full of brand-new features despite being built in 1924.

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North Oak Cliff

1214 N. Clinton Ave.

Sometimes we get listings pitched to us that just don’t quite make it in time for one of our regular features, but when we take a look at them, we realize that they’re too good to pass up. Such is the case this week with two North Oak Cliff homes that were pitched by the same Realtor.

Because of the crazy holiday deadlines we were looking at, we weren’t able to include these two homes listed by Melissa O’Brien with Dave Perry-Miller InTown in this week’s Open Houses of the Week.

But if you are eschewing a second day of Christmas shopping sales for a house hunt instead, you really do owe it to yourself to check out these homes, which are a two minute drive or a seven minute walk from each other, making it super easy to visit both this Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

We should also mention that both homes are also zoned for North Oak Cliff’s sought-after Rosemont Elementary and Middle schools, and are just minutes from downtown, Bishop Arts, and Stevens Park Golf Course.

North Oak Cliff

1228 Lausanne Ave.

O’Brien’s first listing is a charming and well-maintained 1936 Traditional at 1228 Lausanne Ave. With five bedrooms, three bathrooms and 3,187 square feet of space, this abode has been home to only two families since it was built so many decades ago. (more…)

Our Steal: 1910 Marydale Drive, Dallas, Texas is currently listed by Ged Dipprey of Dave Perry-Miller InTown for $699,000.

Whether you’re looking for a luxurious retreat in the Kessler Reserve, or a charming historic in Stevens Park Estates, we have the home for you! This week’s Splurge vs. Steal takes us to the charming streets of North Oak Cliff – one of Dallas’ most sought-after neighborhoods in part due to its recent revival and close proximity to an eclectic mix of eateries, shops, and entertainment. It’s also a hot spot for Halloween, boasting some of the best trick-or-treating around! One look at these boo-tiful abodes and you’ll be dreaming of a North Oak Cliff home to call your own.

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