Squee! I feel like this custom craftsman-style home at 5848 Prospect Avenue could easily serve as the set for some adorable prime-time TV family. How cute is this house? Cute and smart, apparently! Built in 2011 by JLD Custom Homes, this beauty is Energy Star Certified, with an interior as precious as its drive-up. The location is hard to get over, too. It’s walking-distance to Lower Greenville and just two short miles to White Rock Lake. If you work downtown, that adds up to a pretty painless commute.

Listed by Jan Baldwin with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $679,900, this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath stunner features a modern floor plan wrapped up in the ultra-charming exterior of a bygone era. And every inch of its 2,372 square feet feels warm and inviting.

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You don’t even have to go inside 2508 5th Avenue to know that this home was designed to be a part of Americana.

Nestled in Ryan Place, near the Fairmount National Historic District of Fort Worth, and within walking distance to Magnolia Avenue (the best area for local restaurants in the city), this 2,834-square-foot, two-story, Craftsman-inspired home built in 1922 is a reminder of how solid construction and classically designed homes certainly stand the test of time.

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Craftsman home in the historic Ryan Place neighborhood of Fort Worth

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Historic Craftsman style home in Winnetka Heights. Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Historic Craftsman style home in Winnetka Heights. (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

One of the hardest things in the world is finding the perfect neighborhood and home to call yours. When I moved back to Dallas from Arizona, I wanted what I had there — diversity, architecture with character, and a place that I could grow a garden. Yes, I’m an urban gardener. Guilty as charged!

I was about to give up on my search until I happened to drive past a big old building that looked like a YMCA — stucco, flat roof, and trees. It took almost a year to make it happen, but my dreams came true in Oak Cliff.

My neighborhood is still “emerging,” but I’ve been lucky enough to have the Winnetka Heights gang adopt me as one of their own, and now I don’t plan on ever leaving my own Home Idea Factory.

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I pass by this house on the way to my daughter and son-in-law’s Hollywood Heights abode, and have thus watched it being raised from the foundation up. It’s kind of like a kid you car-pooled who you are ever so proud of when you see them get their wings and take flight.

This is new construction that proves new doesn’t have to be McMansion stucco’ed to death stone and stucco Old World Mediterranean mess. Hello, we welcome the Craftsman style home in the heart of East Dallas, which kind of resembles the Craftsmen homes that were actually original to the area. 6115 Richmond, listed with that dynamo Brandon Travelstead at Dallas City Center Realtors,  is a perfect blend of historical characteristic with high-end, circa 2014 interior finish out. From pure marble floors, Restoration Hardware lighting, Thermador appliances, thick 8-inch base moldings, solid core doors, stunning crown molding, and those coffee-with-chocolate colored wood floors that just make me want to eat them up. (God I love dark hardwoods!)

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314 S. Motclair Front

Well, crud. I’ve fallen in love again. Only this time I know it’s not going to work out. It’s like when you’re single and you see that really cute guy in the gym/grocery store/bank and, while the attraction is there, you play out the relationship in your head and you see it ending with a breakup text and one too martinis the next weekend with your girlfriends.

That’s my love affair with this super cute Craftsman bungalow at 314 S. Montclair, a two-bedroom, one-bath Arts & Crafts bungalow in the beautiful Winnetka Heights Historic Conservation District.

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(Photo: Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association)

Winnetka Heights is a fabulous community that takes pride in the fact that it’s the oldest designated historic district in Oak Cliff, designated in 1981 and comprised of an amazing array of Prairie four-squares and Craftsman bungalows built in the early 1900s. Each year they put on a whimsical and fun home tour that really lights up the area.

This year they’re going a step further and hoping to bring some cheer to even more houses by photographing the front doors of wreath-bedecked homes in the neighborhood during the Dec. 7 home tour. The photographs will be made into a coffee table book that will be available for sale later. If you live in Winnetka Heights and want a stylish evergreen wreath of your own, find out how you can get a locally made one from Troy Lonion here.

If you want to see inside some of the amazing homes on this year’s tour, you can buy tickets for $12 each at Bishop Street Market inside the Bishop Arts District. Tickets are $15 on the day of the tour, and can be purchased at Turner House at the start of the tour. Turner House will also host a silent auction from noon to 6 p.m. during the tour, featuring items from Oak Cliff businesses and artists. Find out more about Turner House here.

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(Photo: Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association)

Winnetka Heights is a fabulous community that takes pride in the fact that it’s the oldest designated historic district in Oak Cliff, designated in 1981 and comprised of an amazing array of Prairie four-squares and Craftsman bungalows built in the early 1900s. Each year they put on a whimsical and fun home tour that really lights up the area.

This year they’re going a step further and hoping to bring some cheer to even more houses by photographing the front doors of wreath-bedecked homes in the neighborhood during the Dec. 7 home tour. The photographs will be made into a coffee table book that will be available for sale later. If you live in Winnetka Heights and want a stylish evergreen wreath of your own, find out how you can get a locally made one from Troy Lonion here.

If you want to see inside some of the amazing homes on this year’s tour, you can buy tickets for $12 each at Bishop Street Market inside the Bishop Arts District. Tickets are $15 on the day of the tour, and can be purchased at Turner House at the start of the tour. Turner House will also host a silent auction from noon to 6 p.m. during the tour, featuring items from Oak Cliff businesses and artists. Find out more about Turner House here.

(Editors Note: Please welcome Marc Lee to the CandysDirt.com team! Marc is an experienced writer with a love of real estate that makes us girls swoon. Read on for more, and send him a note at marc@marcsclips.com)

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Pre-owned homes in desirable southern neighborhoods seem to pop on and off the market as quickly as craft beer bottle caps in the Bishop Arts District.

Only a few years ago, scoring a great deal on a house, like this stuccoed Winnetka Heights craftsman listed at $275,000 by Gia Marshello of Coldwell Banker, seemed almost too easy. But Dallas real estate prices have zoomed past pre-recession highs, according to surveys like the S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index, and solo professionals and young families have to keep an eye on value like never before.

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“Winnetka Heights and Kessler Park are the neighborhoods that people flock to now,” says Marshello. “There are several nice streets and they’re close to downtown.”

This three-bedroom, two-bath 1925 bungalow with breezy wrap-around porch sits on a secluded, shady, tree-lined street that seems miles away from anything urban. But it’s close enough to Oak Cliff’s entertainment districts to hop on a bike and grab a slice of pizza. And it’s an easy pedal over the bridge to work. Children could attend the well-regarded Rosemont Elementary a short walk away, or The Kessler School, a private elementary campus in Kessler Park.

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Two bedrooms and a bath with claw foot tub downstairs belong to kids or guests, while the master suite perches on the second story. Windows on all sides of the bedroom provide sweeping views of the architecturally significant homes in the neighborhood and a green swath of the back yard.

Multiple built-ins, hardwoods, heavy wood-and-glass entry doors, and detailed millwork bring out the historical charm of every one of the home’s 1,921 square feet. But the tile-faced living-room fireplace and its flanking bookshelves make the most elegant statement.

The original kitchen has been replaced and updated with cherry-faced cabinetry, granite countertops, and a matching stainless steel appliance package that will give the new owners a modern place to make a meal. And a study just off the living room — somewhat rare for this kind of house, Marshello says — is a cozy place to pay the bills.

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Back to the nuts-and-bolts of value: The water heater, plumbing, insulation, and HVAC at 218 N. Rosemont Ave. have all been recently replaced or updated over the past few years. While not quite worth their weight in gold, they’re pretty close.

The home’s value has steadily risen, even during the recession years, according to tax assessments and Marshello’s own calculations.

“A year ago, it would have been listed at $235K to $250K,” she says, but compared with similar homes in the neighborhood, it’s priced in a solid middle ground. A quick look at listings of similar properties show prices range from $245,000 to $312,000.

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The average sale price for a single family Oak Cliff home is $270,000, according to the latest figures from online real estate database Zillow, down about 7.2% from a year ago. As a comparison, the average sale price for Dallas as a whole is $277,700, up 15% from the same time last year. Oak Cliff seems to have slightly more stable prices than the rest of the city, which is definitely a consideration for buyers if we are caught up in a regional housing bubble.

But it’s all-too-easy to get caught up in the money game and forget about quality of life issues. With its amenities, spacious rooms and proximity to entertainment, schools and jobs, this may be a perfect starter home.

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The neighborhood association even has complimentary beer and wine tastings at its meetings. Makes it easy to get to know the neighbors. And get to know the neighborhood better, too.

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