Steps away from Texas Christian University

2718 Cockrell Avenue is a 1926 bungalow with wonderful wrap-around porch. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

There’s something about living in a university town.  While there is much more to Fort Worth than Texas Christian University, the city benefits greatly from having a beautiful campus smack-dab in the middle of town.

Kitchen of 2718 Cockrell Avenue features double ovens, open feel and lots of counter space

If you’ve never been to the TCU campus, you certainly need to check it out.  While they might have overdone the blonde brick all over the place, the campus is spacious, filled with mature trees, and fits nicely within the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

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307 N. Winnetka Front

When Winnetka Heights was still full of crumbling rentals and dilapidated structures, Diane Sherman saw the beauty in the North Oak Cliff neighborhood. A resident of Winnetka Heights since 1979, Sherman was one of the vocal proponents of the city measures that would make Winnetka Heights a verified, protected historic district.

Sherman’s not one to brag, so I’ll do the work for her: She’s a member of the city’s Landmark Commission, she was one of the first to receive Preservation Dallas’ Advanced Historic House Specialist designation, she authored the Historic District addendum for MLS listings in protected neighborhoods, and she teaches courses on preservation. It’s really quite impressive!

But Sherman was a preservationist long before she became a Realtor, and over time she found that preserving homes and marketing them go hand-in-hand.

“There were very few Realtors at the time that cared about preservation or wanted to do anything about it,” Sherman said. She decided to get her license in 1995 and has since then encouraged the kind of high-end renovations and restorations for which Winnetka Heights is now known. She has watched people pour into her little slice of historic heaven, fixing up rattle-trap homes and duplexes and restoring them to period-appropriate splendor.

Sometimes, though, a renovation goes above and beyond even Sherman’s high expectations for the district. That’s the case with this beautiful bungalow. All of the details, done by a master woodworker and expert craftsman, easily earns this home the title of High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Caliber Home Loans. In fact, this home is bound to make history when it closes, Sherman says.

While this house is under contract, you don’t want to miss the chance to put in your highest and best offer on the renovation of your dreams the moment it hits MLS. Call Lisa Peters with Caliber Home Loans to make sure you sail through closing without a single hiccup.

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North Oak Cliff bungalowIt’s not often in our Tuesday Two Hundred we get to wonder if a house was designed by noted Dallas architect Charles Dilbeck, but today we can.

The California-style bungalow at 914 Westmount Ave. near Fort Worth Avenue and Westmoreland Road has irregular brickwork and woodwork that has led some to believe this may have been designed by Dilbeck himself. North Oak Cliff bungalowWhether it’s a Dilbeck, or Dilbeck-inspired, this North Oak Cliff home is simply stunning. It’s a 2-2 with 1,445 square feet built in 1946, and it has undergone an impressive transformation with recent renovations. Think polished concrete floors, original refinished hardwoods, an open floorplan, spa-like bathrooms, sexy light fixtures, and a backyard with a lovely pergola surrounded by fruit trees and flowers.

It gets even better when you see the list price: $199,500, almost too low for the Tuesday Two Hundred! It’s newly listed by Brian Davis at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and I’ll bet it goes under contract quicker than you can say, “Great location, great price, gorgeous amenities!”

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229 N Brighton A

For this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we’re venturing out to the L.O. Daniel neighborhood of North Oak Cliff, to a renovated Craftsman at 229 N. Brighton Ave.

Listed at $225,000, this bungalow is a 3-1 with 1,378 square feet and a saltwater pool. The neighborhood is north of W. Jefferson Boulevard and adjacent to Winnetka Heights, near the intersection of W. Eighth Street and N. Rosemont Avenue. It is listed by Jenni Stolarski with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International.

Built in 1921, this house sits on a tree-lined street and has wonderful curb appeal, with a wide, wood-plank front porch, hanging swing, and a ceiling fan. It also has authentic details, like painted dentil molding above the doors and along the roofline, as well a soft green, cream, and brown color palette. Jump to read more!  (more…)

928 Lausanne Front

It’s really, really hard to find a home for less than $300,000 in some of the more desirable North Oak Cliff neighborhoods. Some of them need a lot of TLC, others are prime tear-down candidates. And then there are homes like 928 Lausanne. This adorable little cottage in Kings Highway could be such a super cool little house. And it could be your little project for just $250,000! Just think: Living small in Dallas would be so much fun in this home and neighborhood …

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5410 Vickery Blvd. is a stunning Craftsman bungalow with tons of updates!

So, I think I’ve already admitted this, but I am a sucker for Arts & Crafts architecture. When I saw this $549K listing from Haley Wagstaff at Dave Perry-Miller INTOWN, well, my heart went all aflutter!

First: Love the exterior color scheme! The red door adds just the right amount of personality! So thoughtful! So Feng Sui!!

The livingroom features a fireplace and plenty of light.

But inside, you’ll find tons of great updates that don’t take away from the Craftsman charm. Tray ceilings, gorgeous fixtures, subtle paint, and wonderful wood trim make this Arts & Crafts abode a stunner.

Check out those beautiful wood-trimmed windows and pocket doors!

This home has something that’s pretty rare for its 1920s time period: THREE FULL BATHROOMS! Can you tell I’m excited about that? There are four bedrooms and a study that’s being used as a fifth, too, but — THREE FULL BATHS! OK, I’ll rein it in.

Find respite in the large master bedroom.

The master bedroom is big and clean, and so is the dining and living areas. The kitchen, well, it’s got granite counters, a gas cooktop and custom vent hood, gorgeous subway tile backsplash, plenty of cabinet space, an eat-in island and — my favorite feature — a wine fridge!

The kitchen has all the updates you could want!

Add in the lovely pool in the backyard and, well, I don’t see this $549K Craftsman on the market for too long!