Snapshot of some Southern Dallas neighborhoods east of the Dallas Zoo.

Recently, I wrote that buyers looking for reasonably-priced homes close to the Dallas core needed to start looking south, specifically south of I-30 from I-35E to east of Fair Park. These are the areas that particularly fell prey to redlining. Once thriving areas in the midst of renewal, they offer some fab bargains and the opportunity to be part of rebuilding some neglected areas … deals unheard of in Oak Cliff and further north these days.  My self-imposed challenge was to use the DART’s light rail stops as a guide to southern Dallas.  Part of using DART was obviously the catchiness of the hook, but also because the folks most likely to move to this area are of a generation wanting more transit options outside a personal automobile.

It’s worth noting that there is an element of political will required as areas revitalize.  Because of that, it’s equally worth noting that notes were sent to the Dallas City Council members representing these districts (Rick Callahan, Dwaine Caraway, Kevin Felder, and Tennell Atkins) seeking community contacts and perhaps a chat about the areas they represent.  Over a week later, none have responded. Thankfully, I have blundered into some neighborhood contacts to add color and educate me.

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Beckley Club Beauty

Bishop Arts is an “it” destination of North Oak Cliff, but prices there have increased hugely in recent years. Head southeast a short jog and you’re in the much more affordable and super charmed neighborhood of Beckley Club Estates. Here, you’ll find lots of bungalow- and cottage-style homes built from the 1930s to 1950s. 

Our Tuesday Two Hundred at 1630 Ramsey Ave. is a 1951 beauty taken to the studs for a whole-house reimagination. The extensive updates focus on smart technologies and creating a sense of spaciousness in its three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,891 square feet. The home feels as through its new, but its in an established, character-filled, and fast-appreciating neighborhood. Best of all worlds. 

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beckley club tudor

Home renovations can be hit or miss. And when they miss, they often fall spectacularly short.

But our Tuesday Two Hundred absolutely shines. It’s one of the most stylish renovated properties on the market today, and it’s a steal at just over $200K.

This Beckley Club Estates limestone Tudor at 1610 Seevers Ave. is a three-bedroom, one-bathroom home with 1,740 square feet, built in 1928. It features reclaimed 1920’s subway tile in the bathroom, a vintage O’Keefe & Merritt gas range in the kitchen, original oak hardwoods throughout, and shiplap wall accents. Absolutely darling!

It was listed June 24 by Reggie Walker with Keller Williams Urban Dallas for $235,000.

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1511 Seevers D

It’s not news that real estate in North Oak Cliff is hot, hot, hot, especially Kessler Park, Bishop Arts, and Winnetka Heights.

But there’s an up-and-coming neighborhood east of Interstate 35E and a half mile south of the Dallas Zoo that is darling and much less publicized: Beckley Club Estates. This community of about 150 houses, described as “a quiet haven of winding, tree-shaded streets, one-lane bridges, and gently sloping hills” is home to the newly listed property at 1511 Seevers Avenue.

This 2-2 Craftsman-traditional hybrid was built in 1935 and renovated this year by owner and listing agent Greg Hutchinson at Ebby Halliday Realtors. The main house is 1,259 square feet, with a 400-square-foot finished basement, and 250-square-foot guesthouse with full bath and kitchenette. Its list price is $260,000. (more…)