Kings Highway started as a holding tank of a neighborhood as new Oak Cliff residents waited for their Winnetka Heights homes to be completed. The area has since found a flavor all its own.

Diversity is more than a buzz word in the Kings Highway neighborhood of North Oak Cliff. It’s a way of life that describes the people, the architecture, the vibe, and more than a century of cohesive imagination.

The early days of Kings Highway are reminiscent of a teenager trying to find himself. As the neighborhood that’s now bordered by Stewart Drive, Davis Street, Tyler Street, and Mary Cliff Road transitioned from 19th century cottonfields, it became the temporary home for future Winnetka Heights residents who were awaiting construction of their new homes.

The City of Dallas initially platted the holding-tank area as “Oak Cliff Annex,” and its first structures were apartment buildings constructed around 1910. At the eastern entrance where the trolley stopped, a brick archway provided the gateway to the neighborhood. Though the archway no longer stands, its welcoming message remains.

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Can you believe this home was built in 2010

Yellow homes sell faster than homes painted other colors! (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

While Valentines are pink and red, can you guess what the most pleasing color to paint the exterior of a home might be?

White?  No.  Gray?  Nope.  Blue?  Nein mein freund.

Studies show that homes painted a warm shade of yellow are the most pleasing, and report that yellow homes sell quicker than others. It’s true, and we can tell that you’re already falling in love with this adorable yellow home in Fort Worth. Of course, you should always trust a bow tie-wearing Realtor!

Benefits of Yellow Homes

Not only do yellow homes give people the warm and fuzzies, they offer a plethora of perks.

How are you with directions?  If you didn’t have your GPS system on your phone would you be able to find an unfamiliar location?

Yellow homes are very pleasing

Usable front porches are rarely found with newer homes — not so at 1800 Lipscomb Avenue in Fort Worth.

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When considering an older property, what defines move-in ready? Renovated kitchens and baths? Yes. Refinished hardwoods? Of course. New HVAC, plumbing roof, and electrical to prevent unpleasant, and expensive surprises down the road? Yes, PLEASE. A 1924 Craftsman bungalow at 2712 College Avenue in Ryan Place ticks all of those boxes. Freshly painted with a new front porch, the 1,765-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath cottage beckons with loads of curb appeal. (more…)

Homes in historic Dallas neighborhoods are selling like hotcakes, mostly for the reason they were preserved in the first place: character. These areas fit a human scale that has long since been rendered incompatible with modernity, but still, that comfortable nostalgia makes them all the more desirable. 

And while East Dallas is already phenomenally popular, the Vickery Place area is coveted even more so, thanks to its prime location near Greenville Avenue, it’s fantastic proximity to downtown Dallas, and the walkable nature of this neighborhood, originally platted in 1891. What’s really great is all of the investment happening here now, with families buying up homes and taking the time and care to bring them up to today’s standards. An absolutely stellar example of this is the beautiful one-story Craftsman bungalow at 5417 Willis Ave.

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The Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, one of the gems of living in Oak Cliff.          Canine Model: Big Turkey

Oak Cliff covers about one third of Dallas, with a lot of variety throughout. You’re probably familiar with the small craftsman homes around Bishop Arts, the historic homesteads of Winnetka Heights, and the eclectic estates of the Kessler neighborhoods. A little further west near Hampton and south of Jefferson you’ll find many neighborhoods like the North Cliff Conservation District: adorable homes with classic architectural details and three key amenities close by.

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6110 Bryan a

The Swiss Avenue Historic District is one of Dallas’ treasures. Our Friday Five Hundred is located in its boundaries, near Skillman Street and Swiss Avenue, in the Munger Place neighborhood.

The East Dallas Craftsman bungalow at 6110 Bryan Pkwy., is an absolute beauty, with looks and location. It was built in 1921 and has been carefully and lovingly updated to offer modern luxuries that make it totally appealing.

This home has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and 2,119 square feet, quite large for the home’s era. It has been featured in the Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour, and sits on a street full of other architecturally significant homes.

It was listed yesterday by Brent Germany with Keller Williams Realty Plano for $525,000.

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Winnetka Heights Craftsman

Big front porches are social by nature, and a neighborhood full of them means homeowners who know each other’s names, kids who race across the lawns together, and a gracious, welcoming atmosphere.

Find that front porch lifestyle in North Oak Cliff’s Winnetka Heights, the city’s second largest historic district with 600 Craftsman-style bungalows and Prairie-influenced Four Square homes. Advertised in 1911 as “Dallas’ Ideal Suburb” by the Russell Realty Company, Winnetka Heights stands today as Dallas’ best example of preserved, turn-of-the-century housing.

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 416 S. Winnetka Ave. is a great example of a Winnetka Heights Craftsman, a 3-2 with 1,734 square feet, built in 1945.

It was listed Jan. 29 by Crystal Gonzalez with David Griffin & Company for $349,000. (There’s a broker open house this morning from 10 a.m. to noon, so hurry over and report back with your thoughts!)

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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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