During World War II, the Elmwood house at 1420 Brunner Ave. in Oak Cliff was a refuge for British pilots here for training. The Royal Air Force was getting creamed by the Germans and needed help, which was available here. 

The first of the training schools was created in Terrell, about 1.5 hours east, and many flyboys made their way to Dallas on the weekends. A few of them ended up at their home-away-from-home, the Craig house on Brunner Avenue, where a little girl, Paula, lived with her folks. 

“The boys were so fond of little Paula that they gifted her with a RAF patch, one Mrs. Craig sewed on the sleeve of Paula’s dance costume — a miniature U.S. Army uniform,” said Gayla Brooks, who wrote about the house in 2009. “Between the ages of 4 and 7, the little dancer wore the costume when she performed at war bond rallies.” 

This storied property is our Thursday Three Hundred today, and Paula, all grown up now, is a Montessori teacher who continues to live in the neighborhood. The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,806 square feet on two stories, built in 1940.

The home is of considerable size by Elmwood standards, and it has a genuinely spacious lot of almost one-third of an acre.

“It manages to roll in the new —Bertazzoni gas range, a light color palette, and tons of natural light — with the original — crystal doorknobs, hardwood floors, original built-ins throughout — and has a large finished-out attic that would be perfect for a bedroom,” said Emily Ruth Cannon with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who has listed the house with Jennifer Stolarski.

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Kessler Park Tudor

If you’re in the market for a Kessler Park Tudor with a backyard that has no less than five areas for entertaining, stop reading and call Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s listing agent Jenni Stolarski immediately. This is one hot property, and mark my words — it will be pending by next week.

It’s always a challenge to bring you move-in ready properties, especially under a million dollars. And when we find them, they go fast.

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Well, the house I was going to feature today got snapped up so fast it made my head spin! Thank goodness I called Jennifer Stolarski of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s to find out from the horse’s mouth that 715 Tenna Loma was optioned just hours before I called her on Monday.

It goes to show just how hot Oak Cliff is that a two-bedroom, one-bath house with a backyard living quarters would get snagged so fast. Stolarski, though, not one to disappoint, said she had another listing in Kidd Springs that was right up our alley — 815 Kidd Springs Drive.

This house, priced at just $189,900, has three bedrooms, one bath, and a workshop. It’s a great opportunity to live right next to Kidd Springs Park and in a very bike friendly area of Dallas. You’re within a mile of great shopping in the Bishop Arts District and you’re just down the road from downtown!

This Tudor has a lot of windows and plenty of character. The living and dining rooms are clean and show well, with the neutral paint contrasting from the dark finish of the hardwood floors, which have been recently redone.

If you don’t mind a bit of elbow grease and you want to put your own stamp on a house, the kitchen could use a lot of help. The cabinets, linoleum, and countertops hearken from the late ’80s, but it’s livable until you save some scratch to do a major overhaul.

The bedrooms are pretty typical, and the bathroom doesn’t need too much work besides perhaps upgrading the vanity counters with something a little more sleek than laminate. There are two sinks, which is a definite plus.

There’s plenty of outdoor space, too. Besides the huge side porch, there’s a pretty big rear patio, perfect for a backyard barbecue on cooler nights.

As for schools, Kidd Springs feeds into Rosemont Elementary, Greiner Middle School, and Sunset High School, all of which are experiencing a surge of community support!