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The Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, one of the gems of living in Oak Cliff.          Canine Model: Big Turkey

Oak Cliff covers about one third of Dallas, with a lot of variety throughout. You’re probably familiar with the small craftsman homes around Bishop Arts, the historic homesteads of Winnetka Heights, and the eclectic estates of the Kessler neighborhoods. A little further west near Hampton and south of Jefferson you’ll find many neighborhoods like the North Cliff Conservation District: adorable homes with classic architectural details and three key amenities close by.

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2819 W 9th A

North Oak Cliff is a treasure trove of architecturally significant homes. Charles Dilbeck is one notable name in Dallas architecture, and from 1932 to 1970, he designed more than 600 houses in the city, recognizable for their welcoming presence, rough-hewn architecture, and romantic details, like turrets, balconies, multiple chimneys and decorative brickwork, according to Preservation Dallas.

Several of his homes are in North Oak Cliff’s L.O. Daniel neighborhood. Our Tuesday Two Hundred is just west of this area, at 2819 W. 9th St., near Davis and Westmoreland, near Beverly Hills. This home is not a Dilbeck, but parts of it echo his style, a 1950’s 2-1 with 1,419 square feet, sitting on 0.33 acres of land on Coombs Creek.

It was listed Jan. 21 by Jenni Stolarski with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International for $209,000. Let’s take a look inside and see what makes it special.

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Stevens ParkStevens Park Village is one of my favorite areas of North Oak Cliff, nestled between Colorado Boulevard and the edge of the cliff. The wide, heavily treed streets are welcoming and the Austin-stone-and-brick-houses that predominate have an intimate, quaint feel. You’ll glimpse killer views of downtown from Stevens Park Village, and neighbors get friendly at two local parks.

The older residences in the neighborhood of 176 houses were built between 1939 and 1941. Fifteen were built by Charles Dilbeck, an architect who had a way of creating imminently livable, friendly spaces.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 2329 W. Colorado Blvd., although not a Dilbeck, is a perfect example of what Stevens Park Village has to offer. Built in 1941, this three bedroom, two bath stone-and-wood cottage has beautiful hardwood floors, a fireplace, arched doorways, and corner cupboards. It is 1,541 square feet, and newly listed by Nancy Gonzales with David Griffin & Company for $249,900.

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Kessler Cottage

North Oak Cliff is one of Dallas’ oldest established neighborhoods and it’s full of community gems, from multiple annual festivals and historic districts to family friendly outdoor areas and a streetcar system newly revived earlier this month.

Its diversity of architecture is one of its most appealing aspects for those who live there—the range of styles and eras makes for distinct, memorable neighborhoods with a range of options for homeowners.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a West Kessler cottage at at 638 Tenna Loma Ct.—the neighborhood is bounded by Stevens Park Golf Course on the north, Davis Street on the south, Hampton Road on the west, and the Twelve Hills Nature Center to the east.

West Kessler is one of North Oak Cliff’s marvelous neighborhoods, home to about 150 households. You’ll find lots of late-1930s Tudor cottages, as well as newer Austin stone-and-brick houses in traditional and ranch styles.

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One of many stained glass insets throughout this West Kessler cottage, located in the entryway.

This 1941 Tenna Loma cottage has 1,381 square feet with two bedrooms and one bathroom. It harmoniously marries vintage charm, like original light fixtures and stained glass insets, with modern updates, like stainless steel appliances and granite counters in the kitchen.

It is listed by Ged Dipprey at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and recently reduced $6,000 to $279,000.

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928 Lausanne Front

It’s really, really hard to find a home for less than $300,000 in some of the more desirable North Oak Cliff neighborhoods. Some of them need a lot of TLC, others are prime tear-down candidates. And then there are homes like 928 Lausanne. This adorable little cottage in Kings Highway could be such a super cool little house. And it could be your little project for just $250,000! Just think: Living small in Dallas would be so much fun in this home and neighborhood …

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