North Oak Cliff’s Winnetka Heights is one of Dallas’ most popular front-porch communities, with street after street filled with Craftsman-style and Prairie-style homes that offer a friendly, shaded spot facing the tree-lined avenues. These porches are the perfect place to while away a warm afternoon with neighbors over conversation and cold beverages. 

Though some structures in the Winnetka Heights Historic District still require some significant help, this new listing from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Cynthia Paine-Drennan is a gorgeous, move-in ready Prairie-style home with a fabulous front porch, gracious interiors, and a backyard for everyone. It’s beyond worthy of the High Caliber Home of the Week title presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

The spacious front porch of 326 S. Edgefield Ave. is just begging for a cold glass of whatever whets your whistle and a conversation with neighbors. I’m sure the sellers got their mileage out of it when the power went out in Dallas recently, as it’s the perfect spot for catching up with neighbors and catching a cool breeze between dragging limbs from neighbors yards to the curbs. And it’s also a great bit of foreshadowing, as the attention to detail continues inside this Winnetka Heights home.

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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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The Bishop Arts District has a long and colorful history, some of which is still reflected in murals throughout the area. (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

What a difference a century makes. Generations of real estate developers have banked on converting North Oak Cliff’s stunning countryside into the most affluent residential area of Dallas. After all, nothing said success more than a sweeping three-story Queen Anne mansion on a hill surrounded by limestone cliffs, natural springs, and lush native greenery.

In 1887, partners Thomas Marsalis and John Armstrong purchased 2,000 acres that were platted Dallas Land and Loan Additions #1, #2, and #3. Located on the western bank of the Trinity River, Marsalis and Armstrong planned the addition as the residential neighborhood for the incorporated city of Oak Cliff. Due to brisk land sales and hundreds of new Victorian homes, the population skyrocketed to 2,500 residents by 1890.

426 Melba Street is a listing from Dave Perry-Miller InTown.

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The street-level experience provided by the Novel Bishop Arts building is unlike anything else that developers are creating, with fancy brick patterns and quirky-yet-functional bike racks.

With all the new development around the Bishop Arts District, there’s some steep competition coming online in the apartment market.

From the get-go, Crescent Communities has worked hard to set themselves apart. I remember sitting in Rob Shearer’s living room probably two years ago with a handful of other neighborhood residents, to meet with Michael Blackwell, Managing Director at Crescent Communities, and discuss their proposed project.

Unlike some developers in the North Oak Cliff area, Crescent Communities came out of the gate with more community support than expected. They brought in longtime Oak Cliff resident Andrew Howard of Team Better Block to consult on design and look into creative tenanting, then he built them the coolest Christmas Tree you’ve ever seen in a real estate development.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas-inspired Christmas tree at Novel Bishop Arts. (Installation and photo by Andrew Howard)

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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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632 N. Manus Drive, Wynnewood North

By all accounts, life was a think tank for Angus Gilchrist Wynne, Jr., who surrounded himself with creative, like-minded individuals. Whether he was conceptualizing his iconic development of Six Flags Over Texas or the Wynnewood neighborhoods in Oak Cliff, he was a master at envisioning the marketable future.

“He was an [inventive] entrepreneur who created an environment to [brainstorm] what people wanted,” said Wynne Jr’s son and namesake, Angus Wynne III.

When World War II ended, Wynne Jr. knew exactly what returning veterans wanted.

After his own discharge from the U.S. Navy – where he added six service medals to his uniform from duty in Europe and Asia – he came home to Dallas and served as president of American Home Realty Company, a partnership that he and his uncle Toddie Lee Wynne Sr. owned. Other returning vets took advantage of government-funded new home loans.

411 W. Clarendon Drive, Wynnewood North

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Historic Apartment Building
832 Blaylock Drive
Circa 1917

Lake Cliff may have the most colorful history of any neighborhood in Oak Cliff. It was once part of the original township of Oak Cliff that Dallas annexed in 1901, and it has been the gateway to Oak Cliff since the 19th century.

Named after the small freshwater lake created by the exclusive Llewellyn Country Club in 1890, Lake Cliff was part of businessman T.L. Marsalis’ vision to transform Old Oak Cliff into the most affluent suburb of Dallas. In 1889, he built his private grand mansion at Colorado Boulevard and Marsalis Avenue, and a string of affluent buyers began building the following year.

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Going through it? Eager for a transformation? Then out with the old and in with the new! This North Oak Cliff stunner is sure to get you excited for your next chapter.

The spectacular, three-bedroom, two-full-bathroom contemporary is bursting with architectural interest, including a fabulous butterfly roof. Plus, it’s positioned in the desirable Wynnewood North enclave in North Oak Cliff. Here, you’ll live large in a stunning residence with soaring ceilings and tons of natural light.

Perfect For Downsizers

It’s perfect for anyone looking for a change, or metamorphosis, so to speak. Just ask listing agent Ric Shanahan with Keller Williams Urban Dallas. He says it’s perfect for “Downsizers who want a home in an established neighborhood. It’s close to the Dart Red Line at Tyler-Vernon and Tyler Station, and only one-and-a-half miles to Bishop Arts and five miles to Downtown.”

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