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The Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, one of the gems of living in Oak Cliff.          Canine Model: Big Turkey

Oak Cliff covers about one third of Dallas, with a lot of variety throughout. You’re probably familiar with the small craftsman homes around Bishop Arts, the historic homesteads of Winnetka Heights, and the eclectic estates of the Kessler neighborhoods. A little further west near Hampton and south of Jefferson you’ll find many neighborhoods like the North Cliff Conservation District: adorable homes with classic architectural details and three key amenities close by.

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There’s been a lot of attention lately to our North Texas real estate market—it’s one of the hottest in the nation, if not the hottest.

With that growth, prices have increased exponentially. It’s getting pretty hard to find a single family home for under $200K in Dallas. But they do exist! Proof: this cute traditional home in North Oak Cliff at 2615 Burlington Blvd.

Located near W. Claredon Drive and S. Hampton Road in the Crawford Park neighborhood (next to Winnetka Heights), this house has two bedrooms, one full bathroom, one half bathroom, and 1,175 square feet, built in 1945. Its curb appeal is darling, the interior is updated, and it retains a lot of vintage personality.

Another effect of our market’s popularity is that homes under $200K get snapped up quickly. So let’s take a look before it goes under contract.

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Elmwood Cottage | CandysDirt.com

It is getting harder and harder to find single family houses in the under-$200K range in Dallas. Developers certainly aren’t building them, and previously owned homes are selling for bigger bucks.

That’s why we love the It’s My Mansion column of CandysDirt.com. It features the less-expensive properties that shine.

Today, we’ve found a real cutie in North Oak Cliff at 1111 Cascade Ave. Located near W. Claredon Street and S. Tyler Street, this Elmwood cottage has Craftsman echoes and charmed style. It has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,133 square feet, built in 1923. It’s just a few blocks from Greiner Park, Winnetka Heights, Bishop Arts, and the greenbelt along the Elmwood Branch of Cedar Creek.

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Tyler and Polk Streets in Red, 1928. Thick black lines denote trolley and Interurban routes. (Source: MC Toyer, phorum.dallashotsory.org)

You have two more chances to add your input to the redesign of Tyler and Polk Streets in North Oak Cliff. They’ve been a couplet of one-way streets for decades and are under consideration for a conversion back to two-way. Tyler-Polk isn’t alone in this conversation either — next up, McKinney and Cole.

Even if you just work or play in North Oak Cliff you can submit input. Speakers at the last meeting tended to qualify their opinions with their address and tenure in the neighborhood, but anyone can submit a comment card, or even easier, shoot an email to Councilman Scott Griggs: scott.griggs@dallascityhall.com.

Here’s What You Should Know

“The [newly converted two-way streets will] function as part of a safer, more comprehensible, less intimidating network, one that promotes multiple forms of transportation and better serves economic development.”  – Southbend, Indiana discussing a similar road conversion project

The primary objectives:

  • enhanced economic development opportunities for existing businesses and potential future development along these roads
  • increasing safety of other modes of transportation, especially biking and walking, but also bus transit
  • improve pedestrian experience (accomplishing the other two objectives) by slowing car speeds

Remember the first ever Better Block at Tyler & 7th, April 2010? That’s basically the inspiration here — more street life, which is better for business. Only the sidewalk widths aren’t changing and we won’t be adding outdoor cafe seating.

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Mural by Ryan Rankin and Travis McCann (Photos: Rachel Stone)

The Nazerian family just broke ground on their mixed-use development in the Bishop Arts District, and to celebrate they are hosting a pop-up gallery from 5:30 to 8:30 tomorrow night. Brothers Michael and Farrokh Nazerian, heads of Exxir Capital, wanted to create a microcosm of the artistic spirit and talent that will be the heart of their 500,000-square-foot project.

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Historic Craftsman style home in Winnetka Heights. Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Historic Craftsman style home in Winnetka Heights. (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

One of the hardest things in the world is finding the perfect neighborhood and home to call yours. When I moved back to Dallas from Arizona, I wanted what I had there — diversity, architecture with character, and a place that I could grow a garden. Yes, I’m an urban gardener. Guilty as charged!

I was about to give up on my search until I happened to drive past a big old building that looked like a YMCA — stucco, flat roof, and trees. It took almost a year to make it happen, but my dreams came true in Oak Cliff.

My neighborhood is still “emerging,” but I’ve been lucky enough to have the Winnetka Heights gang adopt me as one of their own, and now I don’t plan on ever leaving my own Home Idea Factory.

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Good Fulton Farrell have debuted the first draft of its plans for the Oak Farms Dairy site. Oak Cliff residents are less than impressed.

Good Fulton Farrell have debuted the first draft of its plans for the Oak Farms Dairy site. Oak Cliff residents are less than impressed.

Well, You might as well call this round two of the battle over the look and feel of the Oak Cliff Gateway, as Good Fulton & Farrell just released a video of the firm’s initial plans for the redevelopment of the Oak Farms Dairy site. It’s a very visually prominent area, and what could be considered the true Oak Cliff Gateway.

And by all accounts, the architects didn’t learn a single thing from residents the last time they brought sterile, hospital-esque, red brick and stucco designs to North Oak Cliff.

And, just as quickly as the video was loaded, it has been removed.

This is even MORE frustrating than the Alamo Manhattan situation because GFF knows how our community feels about…

Posted by Amy Wallace Cowan on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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Rendering: Good Fulton & Farrell Architects

The proposed Bishop Arts Gateway project on one of the hottest corners in North Oak Cliff fueled quite the quibble between Dallas City Council members Lee Kleinman and Scott Griggs today, as the city of Dallas economic development committee voted to approve Alamo Manhattan’s request for more than $11 million in Oak Cliff Gateway tax increment finance (TIF) district funds for the site on Davis and Zang.

According to Rachel Stone at the Oak Cliff Advocate, the TIF district money is contingent on Alamo Manhattan making at least 20 percent of the project’s 209 apartments “affordable.” The 42 or so apartments would be available only to those making no more than 80 percent of the area’s median income, which is $45,000 for a family of four.

Alamo Manhattan Bishop Arts Gateway

The $57 million project will also include a streetcar plaza for the Oak Cliff streetcar line, 25,200 square feet for retail and restaurant space, and underground parking. So what will we get for the $11.25 million in TIF funds? Here’s what Wilonsky says:

City staff says about half that money will go toward, among other things, clearing and remediating the existing buildings along Zang and Davis, widening the sidewalks, planting trees, creating that open plaza and dealing with utility issues. The other half — approximately $5,846,400 — will act as an affordable housing grant, unless the city hears otherwise from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in coming weeks.

You’ll recall, after initial drawings for the Bishop Arts Gateway project were made public last year, there was quite the foofaraw from nearby residents over the building design. It was too out of character for the neighborhood and wasn’t particularly pedestrian friendly, some argued. But after a trip back to the drawing board, the revised development plans were widely lauded.

Of course, that didn’t stop Kleinman, who called Oak Cliff “the North Dallas of South Dallas,” from squabbling with colleagues over TIF money.

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