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Rob Shearer leads panelists (left to right) Sarah Tillman, Councilman Scott Griggs, Michael Nazarian, Jim Lake Jr., Robbie Good, Mark Lamster, Allison Cuellar, and Patrick Kennedy.

Surprisingly, the discussion this past Tuesday (last week) over the future of Bishop Arts didn’t devolve into a gripe-fest. The evening began with a showing of The Human Scale at the Texas Theater. The film by Scandinavian architect Jan Ghel explores the state of cities and the evolution of our understanding of  the human habitat.

The tone of the conversation was “How do we get more of what’s great about Bishop Arts?” Rob Shearer, principal at Kickstand marketing and host of the program, pointed out that there are thousands of apartments and hundreds of square feet of retail planned for the North Oak Cliff neighborhood over the next few years.

In the lobby, two boards covered with butcher paper asked attendees what they fear losing the most, and how they feel about Oak Cliff. (more…)

 

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Dallas City Manager AC Gonzales stands with Luis Salcedo, Sylvia Salcedo, Councilman Scott Griggs, Jason Roberts, former OC Chamber President Bob Stimson along with board members and friends of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority.

The story of a neighborhood’s resurgence is always unique, but chances are it begins with the work of a handful of dedicated residents. North Oak Cliff‘s recent redevelopment has been just short of dramatic — and this month’s opening of the OC Streetcar may be the most impactful development yet.

It might appear to outsiders as though the trolly came as a blessing bestowed by City Hall or by the award of a federal grant, but in reality it was accomplished as most change happens — by a handful of dedicated residents.

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300 Edgefield FrontI am just loving some of the homes in North Oak Cliff right now! Excellent properties in wonderful, active neighborhoods that are growing by leaps and bounds. It’s like Lakewood down south, as more upwardly mobile families move in, become involved in the public schools, and create their own desireable neighborhoods. They’re doing it through organizations like the Rosemont Early Childhood PTA, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, and the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League. They’re bringing in small businesses, great restaurants, and developing empty lots and redeveloping vacant and decaying properties. They’re making their neighborhood a great place to live.

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And the houses, well, they are too cute to boot! My favorite neighborhoods in North Oak Cliff include Kings Highway, Kessler Park, Stevens Park, and Winnetka Heights. These are wonderful areas full of adorable homes, and so many of these great houses are in fabulous shape. For example, let’s take a look at this week’s Friday Four Hundred: 300 S. Edgefield Ave. in Winnetka Heights.

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This is a three-bedroom, two-full and one-half-bath prairie-style home built in 1912 that is cute as a button inside and out. It’s listed by Diane Sherman of David Griffin Realtors for $497,500 — a real steal considering what you get for the money. This home is in terrific shape as it was recently taken to the studs, adding new insulation, wiring, and updated trim. And check out that wrap-around porch! There’s no better way to get to know the neighbors than to bring out a few glasses and a pitcher of something cold and just camp out on the porch!

300 Edgefield Dining

The pine floors downstairs were refinished, and oak floors were added in other rooms. French doors, designer pendant lighting from Restoration Hardware, conversation nooks — just everything you love about historic architecture has been preserved and updated in this home to blend seamlessly in this 2,700-plus-square-foot home.

300 Edgefield Kitchen

The master suite runs the length of the upstairs, giving you plenty of room for oversized furniture and a sitting area. The master bath is drenched in marble and tile, with simply gorgeous fixtures including a claw-foot tub, full-size walk-in shower, and gorgeous vanities. The upstairs hall bath has beautiful tile work, too, and a cloverleaf mirror that will make you eat your heart out.

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Outside there’s a great engineered plank deck, perfect for entertaining crowds. And it’s build to last, too. There’s another huge bonus to this property. It’s the fabulous one-bedroom guest house with 682 square feet above the detached three-car garage. It’s beautifully finished out, too, with fresh paint and fixtures, and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.

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Add in the top-of-the-line security system, sprinkler system, gorgeous upgrades and you’ll be champing at the bit for this home! I know I am!

919 S. Franklin Front

We featured a cute little Tudor in Oak Cliff on Friday, and here’s another one, but this one is a lease! With two bedrooms, one bath, and tons of cute details, 919 S. Franklin St. in North Cliff is a great house for a young couple or someone who is tired of renting the same old apartment.

919 S Franklin Living

There’s 1,228 square feet inside this 1926 Tudor, and it’s every inch adorable. I love the fireplace in the living room, the hardwoods throughout the home, and the antique range in the kitchen is just a dream!

919 S. Franklin Dining

There’s a detached garage in the backyard, which is just fantastic for someone who has been Jonesing for some storage and covered parking. And top it all of with the neighborhood — a really fantastic place that is supremely bikeable and on the rise!

919 S. Franklin Kitchen

It’s leasing for just $1,025 a month, too! Interested? Contact Alma Alden at LocalDwelling.com.

919 S. Franklin Front

We featured a cute little Tudor in Oak Cliff on Friday, and here’s another one, but this one is a lease! With two bedrooms, one bath, and tons of cute details, 919 S. Franklin St. in North Cliff is a great house for a young couple or someone who is tired of renting the same old apartment.

919 S Franklin Living

There’s 1,228 square feet inside this 1926 Tudor, and it’s every inch adorable. I love the fireplace in the living room, the hardwoods throughout the home, and the antique range in the kitchen is just a dream!

919 S. Franklin Dining

There’s a detached garage in the backyard, which is just fantastic for someone who has been Jonesing for some storage and covered parking. And top it all of with the neighborhood — a really fantastic place that is supremely bikeable and on the rise!

919 S. Franklin Kitchen

It’s leasing for just $1,025 a month, too! Interested? Contact Alma Alden at LocalDwelling.com.