oak lawn heightsNestled on the west side of Dallas’ vibrant Oak Lawn area is a delightful enclave of cottages and Tudor-revival homes in the area’s  Oak Lawn Heights neighborhood. This is the largest single-family neighborhood in Oak Lawn, and it was developed in the 1920s.

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 5114 Bradford Dr. is a 1935 Tudor with 1,674 square feet, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. It has many hallmarks of the Tudor revival style, from its stucco exterior with half-round arches to a steeply pitched, asymmetrical roofline.

It was listed Feb. 8 by Ryan Booth with Ebby Halliday, Realtors, for $349,900. There’s an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, this Sunday, Feb. 14. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to fall in love with this Oak Lawn Heights Tudor.

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Oak Cliff TudorNorth Oak Cliff is one of the most sought-after areas in the DFW housing market, which makes it hotter than a fur coat in July. Houses regularly go under contract in a matter of days, and prices have increased substantially over the past five years in many of its neighborhoods.

The list of reasons to love North Oak Cliff could be its own blog post, but here are a select few:

  • The huge array of houses, in a variety of architectural styles
  • Unusual topography—actual hills!—and mature trees
  • The kind of neighborhoods where people know the names of the kids two doors down, like Ravinia Heights, West Kessler, and Winnekta Heights
  • Walkable neighborhoods, like Bishop Arts and Trinity Groves
  • An abundance of older homes with character, stories, and distinct looks
  • Proximity to downtown Dallas, Uptown, and other central areas of the city
  • The sense of it being an “up-and-coming” area of Dallas, with charisma and energy

Because so many people have realized the charms of the area, finding a property for under $200K can be a challenge. But there are still neighborhoods in North Oak Cliff where’s that’s possible. Sunset Hill is one of them, where the 2-1 at 2752 Catherine St. is located, near Hampton and 12th Street.

This North Oak Cliff Tudor is 1,263 square feet, updated with a new kitchen, but still retaining wonderful vintage charm, like arched doorways and original light fixtures flanking the fireplace. It is newly listed by Matt Watson with Dallasy.com, LLC for $175,000.

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Stevens ParkStevens Park Village is one of my favorite areas of North Oak Cliff, nestled between Colorado Boulevard and the edge of the cliff. The wide, heavily treed streets are welcoming and the Austin-stone-and-brick-houses that predominate have an intimate, quaint feel. You’ll glimpse killer views of downtown from Stevens Park Village, and neighbors get friendly at two local parks.

The older residences in the neighborhood of 176 houses were built between 1939 and 1941. Fifteen were built by Charles Dilbeck, an architect who had a way of creating imminently livable, friendly spaces.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 2329 W. Colorado Blvd., although not a Dilbeck, is a perfect example of what Stevens Park Village has to offer. Built in 1941, this three bedroom, two bath stone-and-wood cottage has beautiful hardwood floors, a fireplace, arched doorways, and corner cupboards. It is 1,541 square feet, and newly listed by Nancy Gonzales with David Griffin & Company for $249,900.

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Kessler Cottage

North Oak Cliff is one of Dallas’ oldest established neighborhoods and it’s full of community gems, from multiple annual festivals and historic districts to family friendly outdoor areas and a streetcar system newly revived earlier this month.

Its diversity of architecture is one of its most appealing aspects for those who live there—the range of styles and eras makes for distinct, memorable neighborhoods with a range of options for homeowners.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a West Kessler cottage at at 638 Tenna Loma Ct.—the neighborhood is bounded by Stevens Park Golf Course on the north, Davis Street on the south, Hampton Road on the west, and the Twelve Hills Nature Center to the east.

West Kessler is one of North Oak Cliff’s marvelous neighborhoods, home to about 150 households. You’ll find lots of late-1930s Tudor cottages, as well as newer Austin stone-and-brick houses in traditional and ranch styles.

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One of many stained glass insets throughout this West Kessler cottage, located in the entryway.

This 1941 Tenna Loma cottage has 1,381 square feet with two bedrooms and one bathroom. It harmoniously marries vintage charm, like original light fixtures and stained glass insets, with modern updates, like stainless steel appliances and granite counters in the kitchen.

It is listed by Ged Dipprey at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and recently reduced $6,000 to $279,000.

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In a word, ahhhhhh! This updated Lakewood stone Mediterranean sits on a DEEP 237 foot lush lot that you will never get out of your mind. The home was built in 1939, ergo the charm and character of a by-gone era, but renovated with a deft touch by a very talented owner. You get arched doorways, tiled floors, wood and moldings. You also get 3714 square feet, four bedrooms, two and a half baths, large, elegant formals, a gorgeous kitchen with custom cabinetry, center island, and breakfast room with not one but TWO wine coolers (stay-at-home Mommy’s dee-light!) plus Butler’s pantry. You will have so much space, you won’t know what to do with it. Three large bedrooms are all up & can be accessed by the GORGEOUS center hall staircase or  working elevator. Then there is the guest house– wowzers. 1300+ square feet that holds the 4th bedroom, a music room, study, 2 full baths, a balcony and 3 car garage. Be sure to tell your appraiser not to miss the third bonus house: a tree house! This home is perfect for a burgeoning family or empty nesters with tired knees. And wait until you see the Master suite: private bath with old-fashioned soaking tub, plus great walk-in with built-ins galore. And look at the design: every room in this house is ready for a magazine photo shoot 24/7.  Priced very well at $899,000 and listed with Nancy Johnson over at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates. Fairly new to market so run — but do stop at the stop signs!