Historic Craftsman style home in Winnetka Heights. Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Historic Craftsman style home in Winnetka Heights. (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

One of the hardest things in the world is finding the perfect neighborhood and home to call yours. When I moved back to Dallas from Arizona, I wanted what I had there — diversity, architecture with character, and a place that I could grow a garden. Yes, I’m an urban gardener. Guilty as charged!

I was about to give up on my search until I happened to drive past a big old building that looked like a YMCA — stucco, flat roof, and trees. It took almost a year to make it happen, but my dreams came true in Oak Cliff.

My neighborhood is still “emerging,” but I’ve been lucky enough to have the Winnetka Heights gang adopt me as one of their own, and now I don’t plan on ever leaving my own Home Idea Factory.


2308 W. Colorado Boulevard

From the outside, it looks like many of the Austin stone-clad 1930s bungalows you’ll find throughout North Oak Cliff’s Stevens Park Village. These homes, perched along the city’s award-winning, redesigned public golf course, all have a very Lakewood-esque character, thanks to the rolling hills and well-maintained homes. Developed by Annie Stevens between 1939 and 1941, you’ll find a great mix of single-story bungalows like this one with Prairie-style abodes and even some Dilbeck-designed residences.

This particular specimen, built in 1941, has a vintage feeling exterior and completely updated interiors. The care and attention to detail, both inside and out, make this home a High Caliber Home. If you’re already falling in love with this lovely home, contact Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today. She’ll help you sail through pre-approval, while making sure you find the right loan for your home purchase.

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229 N Brighton A

For this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we’re venturing out to the L.O. Daniel neighborhood of North Oak Cliff, to a renovated Craftsman at 229 N. Brighton Ave.

Listed at $225,000, this bungalow is a 3-1 with 1,378 square feet and a saltwater pool. The neighborhood is north of W. Jefferson Boulevard and adjacent to Winnetka Heights, near the intersection of W. Eighth Street and N. Rosemont Avenue. It is listed by Jenni Stolarski with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International.

Built in 1921, this house sits on a tree-lined street and has wonderful curb appeal, with a wide, wood-plank front porch, hanging swing, and a ceiling fan. It also has authentic details, like painted dentil molding above the doors and along the roofline, as well a soft green, cream, and brown color palette. Jump to read more!  (more…)

2854 Claudette Front


Things that make me happy when I’m surfing MLS:

Interesting ceiling treatments

Huge windows

Unique outdoor spaces

Bookcases. Lots of bookcases.

2854 Claudette Full Living View

This house — 2854 Claudette in Ravinia Heights — has all of these things. The warm, gorgeous beadboard ceilings throughout the common areas really make the rooms feel huge without being cold. There are tons of oversized windows letting in natural light and views of the private backyard. And the backyard, which is smaller than average, has a hot tub and a unique deck.

2854 Claudette Living

Of course, built-in bookcases are a weakness of mine. My husband is a book collector, and I have my own fair share of hardbacks — mostly style guides, reference books, and classics — that I like to have on display. There isn’t a room in our home that doesn’t have books in it, to tell you the truth!

Another cool feature of this house is the gas fireplace. It doesn’t look toddler friendly, but man, can you imagine having a fire in that sucker? How lovely would that be? Marketed by the Hewitt & Habgood group, this property has tons of Midcentury Modern charm without being outdated.

2854 Claudette Kitchen

The kitchen is completely remodeled with new cabinets, granite counters, and glossy black appliances. It’s a galley style kitchen, which is OK considering that it’s open on both sides and doesn’t seem too claustrophobic.

2854 Claudette master bath

The master suite has a recently remodeled bathroom with glass enclosure, and the second bath has a vessel sink and granite counter. The bedrooms are a little underwhelming, but at this price point — $228,000 — you have plenty of leeway to remodel. Honestly, it’s getting harder and harder to find an affordable home in North Oak Cliff! The market is brisk, so you have to move fast! Some buyers have said that if you’re not putting in an offer the day you tour a home, you can kiss it goodbye!

2854 Claudette Backyard

What’s really great about this home is the North Oak Cliff neighborhood. You’re not so close to the Bishop Arts District to be suffocated by cars every weekend, but you’re not so far that you can’t enjoy a little bike ride over there to enjoy some delicious coffee at Oddfellows or have lunch at Hattie’s, or even brunch at Tillman’s Roadhouse.

What do you like best about this home?