It’s not every day you come across a Kidd Springs Craftsman with this level of improvement. But thanks to the owner, it has been meticulously maintained and updated to the highest degree. Just ask listing agent, Cody Farris with Coldwell Banker. He says, “It’s rare to find a fully updated home in Kidd Springs, where not only the kitchen, but all baths are updated.”

Civil Engineer With An Eye For Restoration

In fact, the owner is a civil engineer and went beyond cosmetic items to include numerous infrastructure improvements.

“Not everyone has an eye for renovating an old home in a manner that is faithful to the period, but this seller did,” adds Farris. “They even kept pieces of the home’s original wallpaper which they have hanging in the living room.”


Kidd Springs is a mix of yesterday, today, and Oak Cliff natural resources rolled into one trendy lifestyle package. Likewise, Kidd Springs Park and Recreation Center is not only the current gathering spot for neighbors, but the site is also where the neighborhood began.

According to Heritage Oak Cliff, formerly the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, Kidd Springs Lake is the namesake of Colonel James W. Kidd Sr., who purchased 200 acres of farmland adjoining the natural spring in the 1870s. By the turn of the 20th Century, the site contained an upscale country club where the elite socialized in Oak Cliff.

Kidd Springs Park and Recreation Center continues the social tradition today. In addition to the small lake, the expansive complex includes a swimming pool, tennis courts, and baseball field, as well as Oriental and butterfly gardens.


If you don’t know the name Hewitt & Habgood by now you should. This dynamic Dallas duo has been crushing it for decades, churning out listings with a combined, 48-plus years of experience and a spotless reputation as one of the hardest working and most successful real estate teams in Dallas. With over $535 million sold, and over 90 percent of their business coming from repeats and referrals, you can bet they’ll soon be getting this Kidd Springs beauty sold, too!


dfw open houses

The contemporary stunner at 6959 Dalhart Ln. in Bob-O-Link Downs is a thing of beauty, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every week, we pound the pavement to find you the best and most marvelous DFW open houses that weekend. It’s Thursday, so it’s time to show off what we’ve found.

Today in the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column, we’ve got five homes that range from $230K to $1.049 million, including a a Santa Monica/Hollywood Heights Tudor with quintessential charms, a modern marvel in Uptown, and the contemporary Bob-O-Links Downs stunner, located just west of White Rock Lake (pictured above). Let us know what you think of our choices and if you know of any open houses we should feature next week.




Woodlawn Front

Today’s dispatch is written from the comfort of a home with electricity and from under one of these. Our power was finally restored at 6 p.m. Monday evening after more than 85 hours of becoming displaced from winter storm Cleon. Our home is thawing, and there are murderous-looking icicles hanging from our eaves. In all, we’re lucky we didn’t end up with a more serious electrical problem, as folks in our neighborhood dealt with service panels ripped from their home’s exterior as the weight of downed limbs sent lines to the ground. A special shout-out goes to the crews with Alabama Power, who worked hard to restore electricity to our neighborhood. Those linemen are going on my Christmas card list, that’s for sure.

Woodlawn Living Woodlawn Loft

Now that Icemaggedon (or Icepocalypse 2013, if you prefer) is waning, my thoughts return to cozy homes now that my own home is cozy. This completely remodeled Craftsman bungalow in North Oak Cliff really caught my eye, and you’ll understand why. Sometimes folks do hodge-podge remodels of these homes and they just turn out ugly. This one at 915 Woodlawn is beautiful and modern, with a cool loft over the living room.

Listed for $299,000 by Chris Arnold’s Premier Realty Group, this home has some really stunning features. It’s inside Kidd Springs, too, and just a couple of blocks from the recently renovated Kidd Springs Recreation Center, the Bishop Arts District, The Kessler X+ area, Tyler/Davis, and Lake Cliff Park. It’s a lovely neighborhood with fantastic homes in a variety of architectural styles just minutes from downtown. With more than 1,500 square feet, three bedrooms and two full baths, this home is fantastic for a family who wants to live in North Oak Cliff but doesn’t want to put in the sweat equity it takes to rip one of these homes down to the studs and start over.

Woodlawn Dining Woodlawn Kitchen

This home fulfills almost everything on my wishlist — stainless steel appliances and new cabinets, hardwood floors and tile in the kitchen, two full baths, two dining areas, and vaulted ceilings in the living room — but one very crucial thing is missing: a fireplace.

Now, that wouldn’t be a big deal to me, but after not having power in a 1950s-era home without a fireplace, this is one feature that I can’t compromise on. Good thing there are some really cool, really reasonably price stand-alone fireplaces you can put in. Maybe you want to do a wood-burning stove, or just a gas fireplace. A lot of these can be purchased and installed for less than $5,000 and are totally worth every penny. Put one in the living room and keep the flue exposed for a wonderful transitional look.

Woodlawn Bedroom Woodlawn Master Bath Woodlawn Sunroom

I do love the windows in this home, and the front porch, which is a fabulous feature that, with the right furniture, will help you get to know your neighbors. You’ll appreciate the decent-sized corner lot, too.

What do you think of this home?


811 Turner Front

We haven’t ventured south of the Trinity in a while. Let’s fix that with our Thursday Three Hundred today, a cute cottage on Turner Avenue with tons of updates and plenty of room to spread out.

811 Turner Living

Yes, Oak Cliff is becoming quite a competitive market these days, and it’s hard to find a home under $300K that is move-in ready. This Kidd Springs home has brand new windows, updated interiors, and is very accommodating with more than 3,000 square feet inside. Yes, 811 Turner Avenue is a lovely old house with a very modern interior.

811 Turner Dining

Another great feature is the four-bedroom, three-bath spread in this house — almost completely unheard of for a home built in 1920. It feels bright and modern inside, with beautiful oak floors that are au naturel. We see a lot of dark stained floors, but this, my friends, is just breathtaking.

811 Turner kit

Bathrooms are updated, too, and the master has a frameless shower door and some ceramic tile in a very beigey beige. No risk taken there. Still, I won’t hold that against this home, which has some great lighting and a really cool kitchen.

811 Turner Gameroom 811 Turner Deck 811 Turner Backyard

Add to that the great neighborhood and proximity to downtown Dallas and you have a clear-cut winner for a great family home in Oak Cliff. And while this home has an almost 10,000 square foot lot, the price of this home — a recently reduced $399,000 — still seems a little optimistic.

What do you think?

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!

Check out this darling Craftsman treasure at 1028 Haines just two blocks from the Bishop Arts District, a hop, skip and jump from Kidd Springs Park. I have never seen a 1344 plus square foot home make such great use of space — the designer could teach space planning! The kitchen boasts granite counters, a slate floor, stainless appliances and a generous wall of windows opening to a leafy deck, spacious backyard, and a surprise: your very own climate-controlled storage. There is abundant natural light, hardwoods, and a great open floor plan. The home is sensitively updated yet retains old-time charms. Negative: only one bathroom, but the owners have made it  a “wow” bath with rainfall shower head, sleek fixtures and travertine. New green additions include a radiant barrier roof, extra blown insulation, tankless hot water heater (those really free up space to boot!). $189,000 and yes, I am wearing my glasses.