Oak Cliff is just lousy with beautiful historic homes, but it can be somewhat of a crapshoot buying a flip that is older than a certain age. And some neighborhoods have a diverse array of homes from different periods, none quite so striking as the Dells District. This neighborhood, according to Heritage Oak Cliff, features brick and stone cottages from the ’20s and ’30s originally developed by a Mr. Irwin — hence the name of one of the major streets, Irwindell. More houses were built after World War II in the ranch vernacular.

The Dells District is also home to this adorable, exceptionally renovated listing from Phillip Murrell of Compass, which is also our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. 

“One sure-fire way to recognize a solid remodel is when the builder thoughtfully reconfigures and modernizes a historic home, but restores as much of the distinct, original features as possible,” Murrell said. “The next lucky owner will enjoy a ‘like-new’ home without sacrificing the soul and story that makes it extraordinary.” 

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Forney Historic House Represented by Ebby Halliday Realtors | CandysDirt.com

Only 22 miles east of Dallas, turn back time and find an utterly charmed, turn-of-the-century Forney historic home. Sitting on 2.337 acres with big shade trees and lots of landscaping, it has original features married beautifully to more recent updates. Very few of these grand historic homes remain in Texas, especially in such pristine condition.

Located at 303 S. Center St., this house was built in 1890 in the then-booming town of Forney, which had seen its first settlers in 1847. It belonged to the family of John A. McKellar and was called “McKellar’s Mansion” by locals. In fact, this property remained in that family until the 1970s. The painstaking maintenance and care taken with it is obvious. 

“It’s just off the downtown area of Forney and it’s a park-like setting with mature trees and a historic barn on the property, which would be perfect for parties or socials,” said listing agent Dee Evans with Ebby Halliday Realtors. “The rooms in these kinds of houses go on and on and you can turn parlors and sitting rooms into what you want, like a game room or study.” 

This home has five bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, six living areas, and 5,460 square feet on two stories, as well as separate guest quarters. 

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Historic Colonial RevivalThe happy yellow house in Highland Park at 3608 Drexel Drive is for sale! This historic Colonial Revival is one of those homes that makes you smile. Built for A. H. Davidson in 1928, it has been lovingly cared for and updated with respect to the classic features that only comes with history. (more…)

fair parkToday’s Dallas Under $100,000 is in the Fair Park area, and is an example of how the smallest, cheapest things can help sell a house.

The home we’re looking at this week is at 3815 Wilder Street, about 10 minutes from Fair Park. Built in 1927, this home has been on the market one day, and has three bedrooms and one bathroom. (more…)

Though I absolutely love the idea of loft living, the biggest turnoff, is the lack of easily accessible green space. But what if you could live in a historic commercial conversion that lived more like a single-family home? That’s what Jenni Stolarski‘s latest Kings Highway listing is, to a tee.

And the isn’t the first time Stolarski has listed this particular property, either. When homeowner Jennifer Waddell was ready to sell this two-bedroom, two-bathroom converted corner market at 805 N. Montclair in the historic Kings Highway Conservation District, her first and only call was to Stolarski. 

Vintage cast iron dragon lights flank the front door of 805 N. Montclair.

Truth be told, I’ve always been intrigued by this property. Back when I was an editor and reporter for Oak Cliff People, I would frequently drive by on my way to PTA functions at nearby Rosemont Elementary and play something of a guessing game with myself regarding this house. “I wonder who would live there? What does it look like inside? What did it used to be?”

Now, with all the answers, I can share with you that anyone who appreciates the rich texture of history could live here, that it is an absolute textural feast for the eyes inside, and that it used to be Moore’s Market for 30 years, after which it was used as a potato chip factory. 

Though many of the commercial aspects of the property have since been lost (sadly, including the potato chips), it still has a working phone booth, tall ceilings, and a few of the original window frames within the interior spaces. Let’s have a look:

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Bart Thrasher is nothing if not honest with his clients. And when Matt Simons wanted to renovate 5235 Vickery Blvd., Thrasher was reluctant to hitch onto the project. The home was in such a sad state that, as Thrasher admitted, it was a better candidate for a teardown. But Simons wouldn’t be dissuaded, and Thrasher, who is not one to back down from a challenge, fully signed on for the stem-to-stern renovation of this charming Vickery Place Craftsman bungalow. 

The results speak for themselves, and we couldn’t be happier to call this incredible project our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s a huge success story for Thrasherworks, the design/build firm helmed by Karen and Bart Thrasher that focuses on historic renovation and commercial spaces that inspire. We can’t wait to see what they do next, but first, let’s ogle the results of this completely redone 1923 Craftsman bungalow.  

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Historic Craftsman 6015 Bryan ParkwayEvery house has a story. Some are sad, some are funny, and then there are the love stories. Our Saturday Seven Hundred at 6015 Bryan Parkway is all about love. This historic Craftsman came close to just being a memory. (more…)

 

Georgian Bryan Place IHOTW

We’ve found the perfect home for anyone that longs for the era of gracious lawn parties, jazz drifting through the air, and the ever-present champagne glass in hand. Wait, that’s what the CandysDirt.com staff longs for. Wonder if we pool our resources …

Seriously though, this Georgian mansion on Gaston Avenue was built in 1925, just as F. Scott Fitzgerald was publishing The Great Gatsby. His words reflected the excitement of the “Roaring Twenties” just as this gorgeous home reflects the gracious lifestyle of a bygone era. Lucky for us, the era may be gone, but homes like this still allow us to capture the essence of that lifestyle.5422 Gaston Avenue

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