Jenni Stolarski with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is marketing this adorable Hampton Hills home at 1426 S. Montreal for $329,000.

Hampton Hills is still living up to its 1924 branding campaign. When developer Alf W. Sanders kicked off his new home building venture 95 years ago, he ran an ad in the Dallas Morning News touting the small neighborhood “Oak Cliff’s Ideal Home Place.” His slogan not only attracted the middle management and tradesmen market that sought easy streetcar access to downtown jobs, but it also set the neighborhood vibe in stone for decades to come.

Besides convenient transportation, Sanders’ selling points ranged from permanently paved streets, water, gas, electricity, and sewer lines to well-drained higher ground, terraced lots, impressive views, and nearby schools.


Hampton HillsThe Hampton Hills neighborhood is one of the few remaining mostly undisturbed groups of post-war cottages left in Dallas — and many of them were built by one family.

According to local lore, Oak Cliff Realtor Wiley Roberts and his sons took on the post-war housing shortage by committing to building in Hampton Hills. Although the neighborhood was established in the early-to-mid 1920s, the Roberts family put their stamp on the finish-out of the neighborhood, so to speak, by building homes that were asymmetrical in style with an off-center entry, and generally on corner lots.

Our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is a Hampton Hills cottage, circa 1950, on a corner lot. The spacious three-bedroom, two-bath home has all the original charm you’d expect of a Hampton Hills post-war home, but has been carefully and smartly updated for today’s needs and sensibilities, and is listed by Jason Melton of David Griffin & Company. (more…)

Get Cozy in this Hampton Hills Cottage, Minutes from Bishop Arts |

Just minutes from the Bishop Arts District, find a cozy cottage in Hampton Hills with custom updates and a sweet, modern vibe. 

The home at 1618 Hollywood Ave. is our Tuesday Two Hundred and it makes the most of a modest footprint, featuring original refinished hardwood floors and tons of windows for plenty of natural light. It has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,260 square feet on one story, built in 1950. 


Wonderful Tudor home...

There are pockets of delightful, historic architecture throughout Dallas, and North Oak Cliff is rich with them. One neighborhood, Hampton Hills, was billed as “Oak Cliff’s Ideal Home Place” in ads from the mid 1920s, and is comprised of about 320 craftsman bungalows, Tudor houses, and pre- and post-war cottages, making it one of the most undisturbed areas of original architecture in the city.

Hampton Hills is bounded by Clarendon Drive on the north, Wright Street on the south, Oak Cliff Boulevard on the east, and Hampton Road on the west. For today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we’re looking at a lovely Tudor on a quiet street in the area, 1325 Hollywood Ave. This house at is a 2-2 with 1,313 square feet, built in 1930, and it is listed for $240,000 by Mary Beth Harrison at Keller Williams’ Park Cities office.

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This house was likely built by original neighborhood developer Alf W. Sanders and it’s full of the kind of original details that make me swoon. Take, for instance, the front of the house with its unusual, decorative brickwork and steeply pitched, cross-gabled roof. This style of Tudor revival in Hampton Hills is called English Cottage and it lends a storybook feel to the neighborhood. Jump to read more and see tons of pics!


I am constantly cruising listings, looking for properties that I love. I stumbled across 1503 S. Montreal Blvd. listed by Crystal Gonzalez of David Griffin & Company purely by chance (trust me, you can ask her!). There is so much I love about this house, like the blue awnings, the stone exterior, and the cozy front porch, that I couldn’t just pass it by. And neither should you, for that matter.

Don’t be put off by the fact that this is a three-bedroom, one-bath home. It’s another one of those homes that has one bath but could easily have a half bath put in for a marginal cost if you run some extra plumbing into the utility room, which is right off the kitchen. Even with factoring in that additional cost, this home is still a deal at $220,000. Besides that, the only other thing that kind of rakes me about this home is the chartreuse paint in the kitchen. But paint is an easy (and cheap!) fix.

The livingroom is stunning. The mosaic fireplace and white trim make this hearth a happy one. It’s so smart that the owners didn’t put the flat-screen TV above the mantel. I never feel like the two should have to compete for the same space.

The dining room is well-lit and easily accessible. You can enter via two separate doorways from the kitchen — a really smart idea that helps the home flow. I am not crazy about the light fixture, but that’s also an easy (and cheap, depending on what kind of cool contemporary fixture you can find at Lights Fantastic when they have one of their sales) fix.

Now the kitchen — I’ll give you some time to recover from the bright green walls — could use some paint and maybe some upgrades in the appliance department. Otherwise it’s a great little kitchen and a wonderful use of space. The way the backsplash and the tile floor coordinate is genius, and the color goes well with the granite counters and adds just the right amount of contrast to the white cabinetry.

The utility room, well, it’s a big space. It’s probably a sunroom, but there’s no furniture in it, so it’s up to your imagination. I could see someone putting in a cool jute rug and some low-slung furniture, but leave room for the WC you’ll be adding in that nook near the kitchen.

The bathroom is super cute, too and the tile colors feel modern without losing a really sweet vintage touch. I love how they did the blue hex tiles on the floor paired with the white ceramic around the walls.

Now, the backyard is the perfect family space. You can definitely see a couple of kids tromping around, playing catch while the parents chill under the canopy. it’s not big, but it doesn’t feel necessarily small.