Photo courtesy of Heritage Oak Cliff

Long before the Midcentury Modern and Oak Cliff were having their big moments, homeowners Enrique Montenegro and Michelle Reyna chose their home on Evergreen Hills for the most practical of reasons: it checked the right box. Dr. Reyna needed to be near Methodist hospital for her work and Oak Cliff was an easy commute. The Midcentury Modern home they chose, well, that was more about a feeling. After seeing several houses one morning, they walked into the one-story ranch and just knew.

“I realized this is it,” said Montenegro. “We felt really lucky. We still do.”

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I see so many houses day in and day out, week after week, that I’m pretty jaded. It takes some real creativity to get me excited about a home. So when I say that this Kessler Parkway home designed by Lake | Flato is exciting, I’m not exaggerating. 

First, we have to tip our hat to Lake | Flato for not tearing down the original 1948-built structure. Instead, the firm used the terraced backyard to create a unique feature in this week’s Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. The catwalk leads from the second-story addition to the backyard casita, which has gorgeous tree-top views and a relaxing outdoor shower. 

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Our Splurge: Justin Croft with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty Texas has listed 1419 Haines Avenue for $690,000.

Here’s what’s new and notable in North Oak Cliff! Two treasures, both equally stunning and ideally situated, with price points under $700,000. The only question is which will you choose? Our Splurge vs. Steal this week, features a magnificent modern and a corner-lot restoration that are definitely worth a look. Tell us which one is your favorite in the comments.

Splurge: Magnificent Modern With Balcony In East Kessler Park For $690K 

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Saladino

Sam Saladino is on the move.  In July, the popular Dallas agent joined Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s International.

“I had a positive experience at Keller Williams with a good management team and training support,” he said. “Ultimately though it was time for me to return to a heritage brand.”

Saladino believes his experience and connections within the luxury world make him an ideal fit for the Sotheby’s. Formerly a star salesperson at Neiman Marcus, the experience taught him the value of customer service. It’s a skill he believes is even more important today as many clients simply don’t have time to visualize and execute the preparation required to sell their home. Saladino takes pride in getting homes ready for the market and being frank and creative with his expertise. When the furniture needs to be moved or the rugs needs to be vacuumed, he’s ready to roll up his sleeves and get the job done.

“I provide concierge service, and these are all services that a good Realtor should be doing in this market,” he said. “I’m certainly not the only Realtor doing this but I do have my own point of view and a serious work ethic.”

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This North Oak Cliff California contemporary won’t make you choose between spaces made to entertain and a place to retreat!

When someone describes a home as “a retreat,” my mind automatically imagines a spa day. However, most homes are not at all like a trip to the spa. But this Oak Cliff California-style contemporary actually does feel like a trip to the spa, which is why it’s earned the title of Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. 

As an added bonus, this home is perfect for any party you can dream up, says listing agent George W. Hawkins II of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. 

“With the spacious open floor plan, it’s an entertainers dream,” Hawkins said. ” Plus, it has a master retreat that is separate from your guest wing.”

If that doesn’t say “relaxing retreat,” you might need to check your thesaurus. 

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Towering trees soar over the red tile roof of this beautiful 1920s Spanish Colonial home at 1215 N. Winnetka Avenue in Kessler Park, but peeking behind is a classic stucco beauty that can be yours for $849,900. The three-bedroom, two-and-half bath home listed by Robert Kucharski of David Griffin and Company has an impressive 2,720 square feet spread across two stories.  (more…)

Some homeowners see a house as so much more than a place they come home to at the end of the day. For that special breed of owner that falls in love with a historic home for its charm and character, they become stewards of its history. 

Thankfully, the owners of 1215 N. Winnetka were the kind of stewards that poured so much time and so many resources into this stunning Spanish Colonial. This home, a fresh listing from David Griffin and Company Realtor Robert Kucharski, was an obvious choice for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

“The stucco exterior and the tile roof are defining characteristics of this classic Spanish Colonial,” Kucharski said. “And it’s located in the heart of Kessler Park, too.”

 There are so many incredible historic details in this 1921-built home that it’s an endless feast for the eyes no matter what room. 

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In North Oak Cliff, location is everything. And when a home has an excellent location like this Kessler Park traditional, it’s worth a mention.

Any Realtor worth their salt will impress upon a potential buyer that the one thing that you cannot change about a property is its location. Paint, interiors, landscaping — all of those things that make a house feel like home — are easily changed. Picking up a house and moving it? Not so easy. 

“I love the location of this house,” notes Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Cynthia Paine-Drennan. “I can just zip on Interstate 30 going either way. We can get to Six Flags, a Rangers or Cowboy game in 16 minutes one way or an FC Dallas game in Frisco in 23. We can get to our office in Preston Center in 8 minutes and Lake Ray Hubbard in 24 minutes, Northpark Centre in 12 minutes,  and 3 minutes from the new Central Market they are building.”
 
That’s just one of the selling points for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. This Kessler Park home has such a stellar location that you might almost forget how adorable it is.
 
 
“Since the homeowners changed the exterior paint from cream to dark gray with black shutters and doors and white dentil moulding, the property has just popped and brought out the gas lanterns,” Paine-Drennan said of her listing at 1323 N. Edgefield.

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