We are floored by these fabulous open houses and we think you will be too! Who knew that North Oak Cliff could look this good for the price? All three of our open house picks are under $450,000. And each offers great locations, gorgeous updates, and room to entertain. See for yourself this weekend!

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One glance around Dale Dietert and Hank Hammett’s sitting room at 616 Blaylock Drive reveals a gem of a Mexican art collection. (Photos: Courtesy of Heritage Oak Cliff) 

Dale Dietert and Hank Hammett’s home at 616 Blaylock Drive oozes with undeniable Bohemian charm. The warm and welcoming kitchen plays the perfect backdrop to the couple’s frequent house parties. The chairs in each room tell a story of their own. But this stop on the Heritage Oak Cliff Home Tour delights with an enthusiastically curated Mexican art collection. One glance at the colorful art and antiquities tells you you’ve stumbled on something special. Even better, the homeowners love to talk about it.

Dietert and Hammett generously provided us with some snapshots and descriptions of some of their beloved pieces. If you’re coming along on the home tour, why not make a game of it?  Join us after the jump for a game of art-and-seek.

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Photo courtesy of Heritage Oak Cliff

Long before the Midcentury Modern and Oak Cliff were having their big moments, homeowners Enrique Montenegro and Michelle Reyna chose their home on Evergreen Hills for the most practical of reasons: it checked the right box. Dr. Reyna needed to be near Methodist hospital for her work and Oak Cliff was an easy commute. The Midcentury Modern home they chose, well, that was more about a feeling. After seeing several houses one morning, they walked into the one-story ranch and just knew.

“I realized this is it,” said Montenegro. “We felt really lucky. We still do.”

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If you haven’t been to the Bishop Arts District lately, it’s probably because you couldn’t find a place to park, but here’s some good news if you’re not afraid to hop on a 10-speed.

You can buy the cutest little house, move in, and ride on over to the Bish, la Arts, the BAD, or whatever other nicknames you want to call arguably one of the hottest spots in all of Dallas.

Listing agent Jenni Stolarski of Compass lives in Oak Cliff herself. She knows the area and always seems to snag the best houses.

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Heritage Oak Cliff announced the 10 homes that will make up the 2019 home tour on Monday evening. (Photo courtesy Heritage Oak Cliff)

After 44 years, Heritage Oak Cliff knows how to gin up some excitement for a 45th home tour — you have a party to debut the latest 10 homes to join the ranks, and celebrate that there are 10 more homes from diverse neighborhoods to showcase in a city that can be a bit bulldozer-friendly.

And that’s just what HOC did Monday, announcing the 10 homes that will become the 45th home tour, which will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. October 19 and 20. Ticket prices are $15 to $20.

This year’s 10 homes showcase a variety of architectural styles. Check out this year’s homes on our handy interactive map: (more…)

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Currently in the middle of a complete remodel and upgrade, South Oak Cliff High defied expectations this year and actually increased enrollment (photo courtesy Dallas ISD)

Just a few scant years ago, saying you were buying a house in Oak Cliff would elicit what some called the “Oak Cliff Oh,” as if moving to the area required a thoughtful, tactful response. But times have changed.

And perhaps one of the biggest success stories in Oak Cliff is the public school choices available there. For instance, take South Oak Cliff High. Almost two years ago, the community banded together to demand that the school building reflect the school’s successes. Now, as the students reported in August to temporary quarters at Village Fair School, the 70-year-old building they fought for is now being renovated and improved.

But even more important is its increased popularity. Dallas ISD reported last week that the school’s fall enrollment jumped from 1,096 last school year to 1,322 — a 200-student increase. It’s also significantly higher than the district’s projected enrollment of 963 students. (more…)

Our Splurge: Justin Croft with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty Texas has listed 1419 Haines Avenue for $690,000.

Here’s what’s new and notable in North Oak Cliff! Two treasures, both equally stunning and ideally situated, with price points under $700,000. The only question is which will you choose? Our Splurge vs. Steal this week, features a magnificent modern and a corner-lot restoration that are definitely worth a look. Tell us which one is your favorite in the comments.

Splurge: Magnificent Modern With Balcony In East Kessler Park For $690K 

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It seems like it was just a short while ago that people would recoil upon hearing someone say that they lived in Oak Cliff. But look at us now. North Oak Cliff has become a magnet for homebuyers, with some areas becoming heavily sought-after for the location’s convenience and its litany of amenities.

But not everyone has it in them to buy an older home that may need some work and attention. Luckily for these folks, there’s a beautiful new build in North Oak Cliff that happens to be only four years old. It’s our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

“The location is incredible,” says listing agent Phillip Murrell with Compass. This particular 2015-built home is part of the North Oak Cliff development from StoryBuilt (formerly PSW). “It’s adjacent to Kessler Park in the Kings Highway neighborhood.”

Besides being a great-looking home, this location is so perfect because of its proximity to everything everyone loves about North Oak Cliff. You can walk or ride your bike to the Bishop Arts District, Twelve Hills Nature Center, and even hit the links in your free time, Murrell noted. “Vaughan Court is steps from one of the best public golf courses in Dallas — Stevens Park,” he added. 

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