George Lanier with Land Here Realty has listed 3612 Herschel Avenue for $525,000. Open House, this Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Built in 1927 yet beautifully restored for modern-day, this Bungalow brings the drama and low maintenance living to North Oak Lawn. It’s also a rare find for the area.

“This is one of the very few last standing single family homes surrounded by townhouses, condos, and apartments in the North Oak Lawn area,” says listing agent George Lanier with Land Here Realty. “There are so many unique features about this home. Though it was built in 1927, it has smart home technology, such as a Nest thermostat and Green Air UV purification for the HVAC.”

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Our Steal: Jill Russell with Ebby Halliday Realtors has listed 627 Woolsey Drive for $400,000.

For those who want something haute and historic, this week’s Splurge vs. Steal is for you. We located two historic Oak Cliff beauties that are perfectly priced and both have interiors that are hot, hot, hot! The only difference? Exactly $99K stands between the two. Which is more you, the Craftsman cutie Splurge or the single-story Steal? The choice is all yours.

Splurge: Winnetka Heights Craftsman Cutie For $499K

Who doesn’t appreciate the delightful nature of a Craftsman done right? This one, built in 1925 in Oak Cliff, is filled with charm, plus updates for modern-day. And you know we are suckers for a large wrap-around front porch! There are fabulous classic touches, from plantation shutter windows to an elegant archway that transitions from room to room.

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A new familiar sight in North Oak Cliff.

In the first part of this overview we covered the big development projects under construction immediately around the Bishop Arts District (projects numbered 1-8 on the map below.) Driving through the neighborhood, it’s unbelievable how much construction is occurring simultaneously. Over $330 million according to my calculations. Not to mention all the road work and utility work: the extension of parallel parking further south on Bishop Ave has wrapped up, Adams Street has been widened, Melba and Madison will get a facelift as soon as the utility work is complete, and Jefferson’s having new brick crosswalks and beautified medians constructed.

Real Estate projects under construction or in development in North Oak Cliff.

The road reconstruction in North Oak Cliff isn’t over yet though: soon the Tyler-Polk Two-Way conversion will be under construction (planned completion in 2019) and a “complete streets” redesign of Davis Street was on the agenda in 2014 when the City Design Studio completed a thoroughfare study. Who knows when that will get funded. Hopefully not for a while — we’re all getting a bit of construction-fatigue.

Here’s the skinny on the development projects sprinkled all over the North Oak Cliff neighborhood, in various phases of development. Note the project numbers corresponding to the map above.

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Most Endangered Historic Places in Dallas

Preservation Dallas today held a conference to announce their 2016 most endangered listoric places in Dallas list. Photo: Irene Allender

“Historic preservation is the dynamic and deliberate process through which we decide what to keep from the present for the future, and then working to keep it.” —W. Brown Morton

Many historic buildings in Dallas face an uncertain future. Today, Preservation Dallas held a press conference to announce their 2016 “Most Endangered Historic Places in Dallas” list.

These are properties too important to lose, for their historic integrity to be diminished, or for the loss of their ability to be used to their full potential, said David Preziosi, Executive Director of Preservation Dallas.

“This list is a roadmap for advocacy, education and development of programs in the preservation community that address the needs of these endangered properties,” Preziosi said. “We must work diligently to protect the places on the list as they are important to the history and fabric of Dallas, for once they are gone, they are lost forever.”

These historic places are irreplaceable community assets that tell the story of the city’s development.

“We hope this list of endangered properties makes the citizens of Dallas aware of how many important historic buildings are at risk of being lost forever,” said Nicky DeFreece Emery, Board President of Preservation Dallas. “Preservation Dallas sees this list as an opportunity for all of us to be more thoughtful in how the city grows and develops.”

Some of them, like East Dallas’ Elbow Room, won’t surprise you. But others will. Read on to see the list.

 

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mayrath house

Ahead of the demolition of iconic Mayrath house at 10707 Lennox Lane, midcentury modern lovers will be given the opportunity to pick over the bones of the Truett A. Bishop-designed home. Once lauded as one of the most innovative homes in the country, it will soon be razed to make room for a new build on the 2.29 acre lot.

I’m a little gobsmacked. This style is only growing in popularity, with more and more of these structures being updated and remodeled by caring and clever craftsmen. It’s truly a sad day for Dallas.

“This is such a unique and historical house — they are going to have a heck of a time tearing that down … because my dad made things to last forever,” Anne Christian, one of Martin Mayrath’s children, told CandysDirt.com writer Leah Shafer.” He spared no expense to add all the wonderful touches to the house. The steel piers going down into the bedrock would be the most interesting part—I would think it would make the ground unstable [for a future home built there] to have them torn out.”
The Mayrath family in the grand entryway, late 1950s. Martin Mayrath made his fortune by inventing the grain auger. Photo: Preservation Dallas

The Mayrath family in the grand entryway, late 1950s. Martin Mayrath made his fortune by inventing the grain auger. Photo: Preservation Dallas

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Photos showing some of the original details of this 1940 home by noted architect Charles Dilbeck, located at 5106 Milam Street in the Cochran Heights neighborhood. (Photo © Michael Hamtil)

This 1940 home by noted architect Charles Dilbeck, located at 5106 Milam Street in the Cochran Heights neighborhood, will be on the April 3 home tour. (Photo © Michael Hamtil)

Fans of Charles Dilbeck’s quirky, brick-and-timber aesthetic will probably already have tickets to the inaugural Cochran Heights Home Tour on Sunday, April 3, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The home tour, a fundraiser for the neighborhood, will help celebrate the brand new Texas Historical Commission marker signifying the tremendous collection of Dilbecks in this East Dallas neighborhood. You can come to the marker unveiling on Henderson Avenue at 1 p.m., and then head to the five incredible tour homes afterward.

Tickets are $15 in advance through the neighborhood website, or $20 the day of the tour. Or you could try your luck and enter to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away right here on CandysDirt.com!

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Stacey Warnix in front of her Hollywood Heights home on Hammond Avenue. (Photo: Jo England)

Stacey Warnix is opening her Hammond Ave. home to tourgoers for the neighborhood home tour this month. (Photo: Jo England)

If you think you’ve seen Stacey Warnix’s home at 6934 Hammond Ave. before, you’re not having deja vu. Our own Cassie Evans featured this home as an off-market listing just weeks ago. This five-bedroom, three-bath renovated Tudor is in one of the mos picturesque areas of Hollywood Heights and has such fabulous finish-out thanks to Warnix’s own superb tastes.

While she absolutely adores this home, Warnix is ready for a fresh start in a new house. After a previous offer fell through due to financing woes, she’s putting this beauty on MLS hoping to get more bites. Surely, buyers will love some of the creative uses of space in this lovely abode, and the second floor, a converted attic, is just so cozy and chic.

In fact, she’s had so much interest in this remodel that Warnix is planning to launch her own firm that will do upscale renovations. To get a sample of her style, don’t miss the Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association Home Tour April 25-26, where you can tour Warnix’s home as well as several other gorgeous Hollywood Heights houses. Hurry and buy your tickets today!

To see what makes a great historic renovation, jump for more photos of Warnix’s terrific Tudor.

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Emily Larkin of EJ Interiors with her pup Zoe in the backyard of her Hollywood Heights home at 707 Cordova.

Emily Larkin of EJ Interiors with her pup Zoe in the backyard of her Hollywood Heights home at 707 Cordova. (Photo: Lance Selgo)

Emily Larkin, AKA “The Chair Whisperer,” could not be more thrilled about being on the Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association Home Tour this year. In fact, when I visited her adorable brick Tudor at 707 Cordova, the interior designer who works out of her backyard guesthouse had several paint swatches taped up around her home and painters tape outlines where newly designed furniture will go. Truly, for an interior designer as inspired by historic architecture as Emily Larkin is, a home tour is like the Olympics and she wants her home to win a medal. However, it’s only three and a half weeks until the two-day home tour celebration on April 25 and 26, so Emily has her work cut out for her. Luckily, this young and ambitious designer works well under pressure.

Emily and Ben Larkin's home at 707 Cordova.

Emily and Ben Larkin’s home at 707 Cordova. (Photo: Kim Leeson)

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