It’s hard to live in North Oak Cliff and not know about the stately white manse in Winnetka Heights that hosts the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts. The Turner House, a beautiful modified Prairie Foursquare home built in 1912 for Winnetka Heights developer J.P. Blake, has become something of a cultural epicenter for North Oak Cliff, hosting all manner of artists, openings, and even private events. It was renamed “Turner House” in 2002 as an homage to the founder of the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts, E.P. Turner.

However, no 100-plus-year-old home is exempt from the toll time takes, and Winnetka Heights‘ Turner House has been in various phases of repair over the last several weeks, with the porch roof receiving special attention during the reconstruction. To support the Turner House and the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts, join Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans at Oak Cliff’s original High Caliber Home from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, for a Derby Day celebration. 

Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans and friends

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As more and more Baby Boomers are struggling to downsize from larger, family-oriented properties, the appeal of “aging in place” has grown. In AARP’s “Survey of Home and Community Preferences,” 76 percent of Americans aged 50 and older said that they wanted to remain in their current home as long as possible. So, if you’re already planning to make a move, choosing a home that will work into your retirement is key. 

A home that works well for Baby Boomers looking to “age in place” will have plenty of security, a first-floor master suite, an elevator to access the upper floors, a low-maintenance landscape, and plenty of room for visiting family and friends. Of course, many Baby Boomers don’t want to waste precious time redecorating or remodeling, so finding a home that is move-in ready is absolutely key.

Today’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is all of those things and stylish, to boot! It’s a gorgeous brick traditional listed by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Stewart Lee and it’s perfect for all of those beautiful Easter brunches with your loved ones! We’re also in love with the neighborhood — Glen Lakes

“Glen Lakes is a fantastic gated community conveniently located and close to major shopping,” Lee said. “It has friendly neighbors and wonderful recreational facilities including a spectacular 2.5-mile trail for walking in a park setting with private lakes and fountains. It also includes a pool, heated spa, and two tennis courts.”

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Realtors across Dallas are taking note as poorly conceived remodels and flips proliferate in the market. It’s not hard to find fault with some of them, as obviously uneven tile, shoddily installed appliances, and hastily painted walls are more common than we’d like to admit.

“Whatever happened to craftsmanship?” you might find yourself asking. The truth? Craftsmanship comes with patience and experience, and you’ll find in homes where a contractor works directly with an architect.

And that’s what you’ll find at this High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s a listing from David Griffin and Company Realtor Bart Thrasher, who is really a triple threat. Not only does his market homes, but he’s an experienced contractor and works side-by-side with his incredible wife, Karen, in their boutique design brand Thrasher Works.

“There was a great collaboration between builder and architect, and it shows,” Thrasher said of this beautifully remodeled ranch in the Lake Park Estates neighborhood of East Dallas. “Matthew Simons of Urban Dwellings LLC and Thrasher Works worked hard to create a home that stands out from the neighborhood.”

Bart says that he and Karen had a strong desire to create architectural significance in a home and to create something that will stand the test of time.

Mission accomplished.

 

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When I first fell in love with Winnetka Heights, I had those ambitious stars in my eyes about historic homes. You know the feeling, like you could transform a 100-year-old house into the stylish, cozy setting for the rest of your life. Today, I am tired. Really, really tired. I no longer have stars in my eyes, and my son has drained any energy and patience I could have spent on a long-term, romantic room-by-room historic renovation. However, I still love Winnetka Heights and its beautiful streets and undeniably charming character. 

Enter this listing from Compass Dallas agent Phillip Murrell. 

“It’s such a rare opportunity to find newer construction in such a popular historic district like Winnetka Heights,” Murrell said of our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. The house, though less than five years old, blends well into the historic fabric of the neighborhood with its large front porch and Craftsman touches. But the respect for the neighborhood from both the builder and the sellers goes much deeper than that, Murrell noted.

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 There are so many great Northeast Dallas neighborhoods, that maybe the L Streets slipped off of your radar recently. However, this High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is here to refresh your memory on why the L Streets is such a wonderful little enclave. 

Full to the brim of charming ranches and remodeled beauties, this neighborhood offers an accessible location, fantastic amenities, and a community of neighbors that truly loves their ‘hood.

Want to see what we mean? Check out this High Caliber Home of the Week listed by Keller Williams Urban agent Don Neilson.

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If you want to live close to downtown Dallas on the east side, you have a few choices: an apartment, a townhome, or one of the historic single-family homes in Old East Dallas. However, this listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Robert Kucharski is the exception to this general rule. This Bryan Parkway Tudor is a recent build in a cozy, quaint historic neighborhood close to downtown Dallas, offering easy living in a fantastic location.

What’s not to love about this High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans? With its stately brick facade, spacious lot, and fabulous details, we’re hard pressed to find any downside to this Bryan Parkway Tudor at 6122 Bryan Parkway.

“The home appeals to today’s buyer because it offers an open, versatile floor plan with an abundance of windows to welcome the outside into the home,” Kucharski said. “Located in a historic neighborhood, it is surrounded by beautifully unique homes and is located walking distance to area restaurants and boutique stores.”

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It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and we just can’t believe our luck. Not only were we able to find a truly high-caliber home to feature this week, but this huge house in Cedar Hill is so wonderfully secluded and private, with nature on all sides and a backyard that’s perfect for kids that we couldn’t ignore it. 

What’s not to love about 2424 Amberleaf Court, a listing from David Griffin and Company Realtors agent Lori Ericsson in the Lake Ridge subdivision. It’s such a stellar family home, complete with everything you could want and nothing you don’t — like neighbors! It’s another fantastic High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

“It’s a fun house located in Cedar Hill,” Ericsson said. “It has a family friendly floorplan with dual staircases, master bedroom downstairs, three bedrooms and a fantastic media room upstairs.”

That sounds like the perfect layout for epic family gatherings and slumber parties all year! Want to try your luck? Find out more about this gem after the jump:

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As more and more of Dallas’ urban core transforms from single-family homes to more dense, modern development, neighborhoods are seeing quite the renaissance, with more and more young professionals and city-dwelling families finding the perfect combination of location, amenities, and community. The area we call East Village — the residential neighborhood just east of City Place, near North Central Expressway — typifies this trend. 

This week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is the perfect example of a centrally located, well-designed, and superbly accessible townhome in East Village. It’s a listing from Compass agent Phillip Murrell that will show you that you can have it all, perfectly wrapped up in beautiful modern design.

“Buyers will love that this home is newer construction, but isn’t the same cookie-cutter, three-story townhome,” Murrell said of 2321 Rusk Court. “At two stories, this home has a true modern design that capitalizes on its lengthy floor plan to afford the homeowner an incredible amount of natural light.”

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