This North Oak Cliff California contemporary won’t make you choose between spaces made to entertain and a place to retreat!

When someone describes a home as “a retreat,” my mind automatically imagines a spa day. However, most homes are not at all like a trip to the spa. But this Oak Cliff California-style contemporary actually does feel like a trip to the spa, which is why it’s earned the title of Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. 

As an added bonus, this home is perfect for any party you can dream up, says listing agent George W. Hawkins II of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. 

“With the spacious open floor plan, it’s an entertainers dream,” Hawkins said. ” Plus, it has a master retreat that is separate from your guest wing.”

If that doesn’t say “relaxing retreat,” you might need to check your thesaurus. 

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A glass house in the woods sounds like the kind of place where dreams come true.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom Dallas home at 2636 Gladiolus Lane could be the place where a novel is finished. It could be the site of a reception for a young, up-and-coming artist. It could definitely be a scary movie set – or a romantic comedy, if that’s more your taste. It already has been the site where a patented six-suit deck of cards was created and a real estate business was launched. (more…)

Thanks to the magic of social media, we found out about this Modern Contemporary zoned for the sought-after Rosemont Elementary in Oak Cliff a week or so ago — and now we’re bringing it to your attention, too.

The builder, 419 Reinvestments, has been quietly bringing modern design with clean lines and high quality, energy efficient construction to the North Oak Cliff area since 2012. Their latest home, located at 765 Evergreen Hills Road, is the latest in that string of successes.

Designed to take advantage of all the mature trees on the lot, the home manages to feel both ensconced in nature and urban at the same time, thanks to an immense third story rooftop deck and views from the second-floor master suite.

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Our Steal: Thani Lam with Compass has listed 725 Melba Street for $419,900.

Living in hip and trendy North Oak Cliff puts you in a prime location close to Bishop Arts and downtown Dallas. And with these two gems, you’ll never be short on space for outdoor entertaining during the summer — especially July Fourth. One has a rooftop terrace with views for catching the fireworks. The other, an expansive deck for grilling out with all your friends. The only question is which would you choose?

Splurge: North Oak Cliff Condo Brings High Style For 4th Of July 

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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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When the Margritzes moved to their Oak Cliff home, they thought it would be forever.

When Sandy Margritz left Little Rock, Arkansas, to move to Fort Worth to join her soon-to-be husband, Josh, she left a world behind. Not just the Ozarks and canopied treetops and mountains, she left an entire profession, too. She was an environmental scientist that traveled around after natural disasters to test water and soil and make sure it was safe for the locals and relief workers. She said, “I don’t know if this is interesting or not…” Hello? Of course, it is and what came next was just as fascinating.

She and her husband realized they both couldn’t travel like crazy – someone needed to call Texas home – so Sandy raised her hand. “I was a little burned out on travel, but I didn’t really have a clue what I wanted to do.” Then she told her husband, “Well, I really liked getting married, maybe I’ll do something with weddings?” She got a job with Boxwood Hospitality and that was that. Until it wasn’t.

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632 N. Manus Drive, Wynnewood North

By all accounts, life was a think tank for Angus Gilchrist Wynne, Jr., who surrounded himself with creative, like-minded individuals. Whether he was conceptualizing his iconic development of Six Flags Over Texas or the Wynnewood neighborhoods in Oak Cliff, he was a master at envisioning the marketable future.

“He was an [inventive] entrepreneur who created an environment to [brainstorm] what people wanted,” said Wynne Jr’s son and namesake, Angus Wynne III.

When World War II ended, Wynne Jr. knew exactly what returning veterans wanted.

After his own discharge from the U.S. Navy – where he added six service medals to his uniform from duty in Europe and Asia – he came home to Dallas and served as president of American Home Realty Company, a partnership that he and his uncle Toddie Lee Wynne Sr. owned. Other returning vets took advantage of government-funded new home loans.

411 W. Clarendon Drive, Wynnewood North

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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…)