While the home that Dallas City Center Realtor Tony Nuncio is sponsoring for the Heritage Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour is far from old, he won’t hold that against it. An Old Oak Cliff Conservation League (now Heritage Oak Cliff) member since 2007, a founding member of the Oak Park Estates Neighborhood Association, and now a proud resident of the Kings Highway Conservation District, Nuncio has long been dedicated to the area. 

In fact, he and his partner of 21 years, Terrance Nichols, opened their remodeled 1920s bungalow for the 2015 home tour — a sacrifice on the altar of neighborhood fundraising that all home tour participants know too well. Though we are in love with his adorable house, this year, Nuncio is proud to sponsor the gorgeous, modern take on the glass house at 804 Kessler Woods Trail. Trust — there will be no stone throwing coming from us, as we’re completely in awe with not only the house itself, but with the views. 

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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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If the shape of this home’s street-facing facade looks familiar, it’s because we posted about another, equally stately new build in North Oak Cliff last month. This home, located off of Kings Highway, shares many attributes with the previous listing, including the fantastic finish-out you’d expect in a new build.

It’s another great listing from David Griffin Realtor Crystal Gonzalez, who’s carved out a niche in North Oak Cliff that any Realtor would envy, becoming the go-to gal for the neighborhood. And it’s listings like this new build that will keep referrals coming, that’s for sure.

Be prepared to fall in love with this home, as it not only has a fabulous location right on Kings Highway near West Davis and Tyler Street, but it looks amazing inside. No wonder it’s our High Caliber home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home loans. If you or your client is ready to put in an offer on this lovely home, call Lisa today so you can sail through closing even with all of the craziness that TRID has caused.

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Jenni Stolarski knows Oak Cliff better than almost every other Realtor in the area. She lives in Kings Highway and works to better the neighborhood as if her next meal depended on it.

And in a way, it does. She, along with her partner Val Haskell, have worked their fingers to the bone to flip homes in Oak Cliff that keep the character of the neighborhood intact. Not only that, but with all of the upgrades and care that go into their homes, Stolarski and Haskell have managed to sell these babies super fast. Their most recent flip at 806 N. Windomere was sold in a matter of days.

“After that remodel last summer, I said to Val, ‘OK, that’s it. I’m never doing this again,'” Stolarski said. And yet, here they are, with another home that could hit MLS as soon as next month. With Stolarski as the visionary and Haskell as the number-crunching realist, they’ve managed to turn brass into gold once more.

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300 S Montreal Front

In a lot of the more gentrified neighborhoods throughout North Oak Cliff, finding a deal is getting harder and harder. Many of the homes in decent shape throughout Winnetka Heights, Kings Highway, Kessler Plaza, and Ravinia Heights have been bought up and fixed up, and sometimes even flipped by folks with the know-how to do so. And of course, because of the sought-after neighborhoods in which these gorgeous homes rest, well, there’s a price to go along with that address.

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Not so in the up-and-coming Sunset Hill neighborhood. This is a fantastic and often overlooked neighborhood that has tons of active homeowners within its borders. It’s bounded by Hampton Road on the west, Jefferson Boulevard on the north, Waverly Drive on the east, and Clarendon Drive on the south. It’s the neighborhood surrounding Sunset High School, which is on its way to being declared a historic landmark just like Adamson High School, another North Oak Cliff DISD campus.

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This fantastic neighborhood is just next door to Winnetka Heights, but the prices of the homes in Sunset Hill are much more reasonable. Check out this prime example at 300 S. Montreal, listed by Dallas City Center Realtor Christina Bristow for a recently reduced $239,000. That’s a steal for a home with tons of great historical details such as this one. This home has tons of room and fantastic location, putting you within biking distance of both the Hampton Road Tom Thumb and the Bishop Arts District to the east. You’re also just south of Jefferson Boulevard, which is a straight shot into downtown should you need a close commute into the city center.

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“It is one of the first renovations to this level in Sunset Hill, which is a neighborhood that flanks Winnetka Heights,” Bristow said. “This Arts and Crafts home has a huge wrap-around porch and eye-catching drive up. Situated on a huge corner lot, this home features a new fence and landscaping. Interior renovations include hand scarped hardwoods, crown moulding, renovated kitchen with granite and stainless, renovated bathrooms, and a huge master suite.”

We agree with Christina that this home has some really fantastic updates, including fresh paint that is a wonderful neutral gray/green, a popular shade right now. Several areas of this home have been opened up, especially the living and dining rooms, which now have tons of light moving through them. With three bedrooms and three full baths over 1,850 square feet, this home has plenty of open space without sacrificing a cozy atmosphere. There are two living areas, two dining areas, an updated kitchen and a wonderful backyard with a privacy fence. There is only one downside to this property, and that’s covered parking. It’s easy to add though, and considering the price, you’ll have plenty of budget to do so.

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I do love the tons of windows in this home, which benefits from that extra light most noticeably in the living room, breakfast area, and kitchen. Still, strategic lighting provided by recessed fixtures, as well as windows, help keep the rest of the home airy. The French doors that lead to the back patio also add more light and a great way to appreciate the backyard, a blank slate perfect for a gardener.

There’s tons to love about this home, and I’m sure everyone can find something they adore about it, not the least of which is its location. What do you think?

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Editor’s Note: Meet Georgia Fisher. She’s a talented writer, and we are just pleased as punch to have her on the CandysDirt.com team. A seasoned journalist and feature writer, Georgia is pulling up stakes and moving from Dallas to Reno, Nevada, with her surgeon fiancée, Matt. Here’s the very first installment of “Renting in Reno.” Enjoy!

By Georgia Fisher

Coming from Dallas, I had little interest in Reno real estate. Not at first, anyway.

It started with a glum sigh on the flight to Nevada from Love Field last December, when my fiancée brought me along for his big job interview. Sometimes the desert looks gorgeous from the air, like a moonscape or a giant, sediment-dragged fossil that’s been splashed here and there with gemlike water. Other times, it just makes you feel thirsty and alone. Or so says a native Texan who’s never lived more than a few hours from her mama.

Take this from the same genius who thought Las Vegas was a couple hours away — try seven and change — and that trees can’t grow in the desert. Actually, the Biggest Little City in the World has an artistic, outdoorsy soul all its own, with mild summers, countless festivals, and quick access to coveted hiking trails and ski slopes in luxurious Lake Tahoe.

Even so, if the property ads I’d found online were any indication, our home would probably be a beige-painted, beige-carpeted dwelling on a treeless lot with convenient beige gravel in place of grass.

I was wrong about that, too.

“There’s no shortage of beautiful homes,” said Reno real estate agent Paul Studebaker. “There’s a shortage of beautiful homes that are for sale.

And rentals — one of which we’d be needing — comprise more than half the houses on Reno’s market, which bottomed out famously a few years ago. In May, the city’s median sale price was up 32 percent from that of a year before, however, to $218,000.

It was through an indirect correspondence on CraigsList that we finally found our dream house — a three-bedroom, two-bath Chicago Bungalow with two studies and around 2,200 square feet that we’d kill to buy someday — in the city’s Old Southwest neighborhood.

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Architecturally, Old Southwest is a bit like the love child of Dallas’ Kings Highway Conservation District and the M Streets, perhaps with a Park Cities auntie in the mix, thanks to its insular feel and top-flight public schools.

It’s a walkable area near trendy businesses, the Truckee River, and a natural food co-op — a place where kids zip around on scooters in a bubble of Rockwellian safety, and where at least one street sign is overgrown with ornamental vines that turn all shades of fire in autumn. The houses are often small, built with brick and full of exquisite details from a bygone era.

Ours, as luck would have it, belongs to Nancy Gilbert, a construction attorney who’s made an art of bringing distressed properties back to life. She and her husband, Tim, recently pulled off an impeccable Spanish revival, among others. And right next door to it on Joaquin Miller Drive — one of various Old Southwest streets named for writers — is their picture-perfect English Cotswold cottage.

Decor is my obsession, but something about our new landlady rocks the little perfectionist in me to sleep. She’s combed the country and the world in search of the right vintage light and window fixtures, for one, and can rattle off the home’s historical stats in a long breath.

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Had Nancy not approved us as tenants, we would’ve debated taking a place in Reno’s Mayberry neighborhood with a dated, borderline-heinous 1970s interior that stands in contrast to its stunning mountain views (at a cost of around $2,200 a month, though we saw plenty of prettier, smaller Nevada homes listed for $1,200 or less), or a high-rise, two-bedroom apartment in a so-so, seedy-after-dark part of downtown for around $1,900 a month. That one was chic inside, but it wasn’t right.

Reno, however, is just fine. Or it will be if our Dallas friends come visit.

Y’all had better.

Georgia Fisher is a freelance writer currently vacationing in Europe before taking leave of her senses and settling in Reno, Nevada. Leave a nice note or freelance writing lead for her at georgia.fisher@gmail.com.

You’ve got to read this story about a woman in Baltimore, MD, who is embroiled with the city over property taxes on the lot holding her swimming pool. When she bought the lot next door to her home to install a $25,000 swimming pool, she consolidated the two lots into one and paid taxes on both of them. But the city screwed up, didn’t record the consolidation or re-platting, took her check but continued to bill her for the two lots. She ignored the bill since she’d paid it and they sold her lot to a debt collector, who chained up the fence around the pool, threatened to cement it in, and offered to sell her lot back to her. Yikes! Pretty soon the city is practicing CYA by saying oh, you just paid taxes on one lot, not two. Naturally she’s going to court but now says just paying the lien collector $10,000 would have been far cheaper — in other words, buying back the property she had paid for.

This story reminds me of the story of Josh Terry, who I visited with recently down at his Kings’ Highway home. Remember, the city first said yes, your property is “grandfathered” for multi-family, then, after he spent more than $100,000 to make it nice multi-family, they said no can do. We made a mistake. Well, Josh is still frustrated and I need to tell you what he’s up to — coming up.