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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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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Charming Cabin Near Deep Ellum & Fair Park

Hey, have you heard? It’s hot outside, which leaves most of us dreaming of cooler climates like the mountains or the beach or anything near water or possibly a glacier.

Unfortunately, that’s not always on the itinerary because of work, commitments, and lack of bags of cash. The good news is, you can still get away and enjoy the cool comforts of someone else’s A/C.

Check out this handful of Airbnbs we handpicked for their unique look, location and again, the opportunity to enjoy cooler temps inside not-your-house.

Charming Cabin Near Deep Ellum and Fair Park

Escape the city in a real live cabin (pictured above). Conveniently located less than a gas tank away in Urbandale in Southeast Dallas.

Why It Made The List: It’s out there, but like near here and Superhost Grady said the cabin is “Crafted from pine felled and hand-planed in Boone, N.C.” New rule: If you use the word “felled,” you’re going to make the list.

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Our Steal: Thani Lam with Compass has listed 725 Melba Street for $419,900.

Living in hip and trendy North Oak Cliff puts you in a prime location close to Bishop Arts and downtown Dallas. And with these two gems, you’ll never be short on space for outdoor entertaining during the summer — especially July Fourth. One has a rooftop terrace with views for catching the fireworks. The other, an expansive deck for grilling out with all your friends. The only question is which would you choose?

Splurge: North Oak Cliff Condo Brings High Style For 4th Of July 

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The Bishop Arts District has a long and colorful history, some of which is still reflected in murals throughout the area. (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

What a difference a century makes. Generations of real estate developers have banked on converting North Oak Cliff’s stunning countryside into the most affluent residential area of Dallas. After all, nothing said success more than a sweeping three-story Queen Anne mansion on a hill surrounded by limestone cliffs, natural springs, and lush native greenery.

In 1887, partners Thomas Marsalis and John Armstrong purchased 2,000 acres that were platted Dallas Land and Loan Additions #1, #2, and #3. Located on the western bank of the Trinity River, Marsalis and Armstrong planned the addition as the residential neighborhood for the incorporated city of Oak Cliff. Due to brisk land sales and hundreds of new Victorian homes, the population skyrocketed to 2,500 residents by 1890.

426 Melba Street is a listing from Dave Perry-Miller InTown.

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Bishop ArtsIf you’re looking to live near Bishop Arts, but have struggled to find something at a reasonable price point, we may have the rental for you.

This adorable blue and white house sits on Kings Highway, close to Kessler, Bishop Arts and Winnetka Heights — and the rent is well worth the ability to hop on your bike and ride over to plenty of shopping and dining (no valet worries for you).

This upstairs unit, listed by Will Butler with Butler Property Company, has been completely redone — hardwood floors throughout, a brick fireplace, and neutral paint colors provide a perfect backdrop for your own furnishings and decor. (more…)

Vance Wampler of Real Estate Reformation has listed 828 Melba Street for $455,000. (Photos: Scott Endersby/Endersby Photography)

You won’t believe what you get for the price in this updated Bishop Arts beauty! We spoke to the owner Daniel Alvarado, an agent at Real Estate Reformation, who rehabbed the home himself. He tells us: “This home is perfect for the first-time or experienced home buyer looking for that Bishop Arts experience!”

The three-bedroom, two-full-and-one-half-bathroom home in a fantastic Oak Cliff area is turning heads for its meticulous renovation, location, and unbeatable price. It just hit the market for $455,000!

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Builders of Hope CDC’s affordable condo project in the Bishop Arts District, the Saragosa (seen in the foreground), will make homeowners of Dallasites that might not otherwise be able to afford to enter the market (Photos courtesy 3D Immersion Tours).

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

As new construction of single-family homes continues to become more expensive, even existing homes in affordable price points can be as fine as hen’s teeth in high-demand areas like the Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff. But one community development corporation is aiming to change that — starting with one condo development.

It’s been a steady refrain for almost a year among economists and builders — construction nationally isn’t getting any cheaper, with tariffs, skilled labor shortages, increases in land costs, and increased costs in construction materials. In February, it was almost certainly the consensus at an affordable housing conference at the Dallas Federal Reserve that one entire segment of new single-family home construction — homes priced less than $200,000 — had virtually disappeared from the market. A study in May of the area all but confirmed it. (more…)