All eyes are on Oak Cliff as well-kept, well-priced homes hit the market. And with more buyers flocking to the area for a good deal, competition is stiff. So this week we give you a leg up with three open houses you can’t afford to miss! Whether you’re on the hunt for a Bungalow, a Midcentury Modern, or a Historic Tudor, Oak Cliff has a home for you. And all three of these beauties are open this Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. Give them a tour then tell us what you think!

Majestic Montclair Bungalow

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Affordable homes continue to be listed in the Dallas area in the wake of the devastating tornadoes late last month. The four-bedroom pad at 3031 South Marsalis Ave. is recently renovated and ready for immediate move-in, according to Realtor Alicia Toney. It’s a short hop to Interstate 35 East. Oh, yeah, and it’s $179,000.

Affordable homes continue to be listed in the Dallas area in the wake of the devastating tornadoes late last month, as residents ranging from apartment-dwellers to estate-owners look to find temporary or semi-permanent housing.

The four-bedroom pad at 3031 South Marsalis Ave. is recently renovated and ready for immediate move-in, according to listing agent Alicia Toney. It’s a short hop to Interstate 35 East. Oh, yeah, and it’s $179,000.

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One glance around Dale Dietert and Hank Hammett’s sitting room at 616 Blaylock Drive reveals a gem of a Mexican art collection. (Photos: Courtesy of Heritage Oak Cliff) 

Dale Dietert and Hank Hammett’s home at 616 Blaylock Drive oozes with undeniable Bohemian charm. The warm and welcoming kitchen plays the perfect backdrop to the couple’s frequent house parties. The chairs in each room tell a story of their own. But this stop on the Heritage Oak Cliff Home Tour delights with an enthusiastically curated Mexican art collection. One glance at the colorful art and antiquities tells you you’ve stumbled on something special. Even better, the homeowners love to talk about it.

Dietert and Hammett generously provided us with some snapshots and descriptions of some of their beloved pieces. If you’re coming along on the home tour, why not make a game of it?  Join us after the jump for a game of art-and-seek.

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If you’re in the market for something in the $200s, there is a completely updated home that sits atop a lushly landscaped hill in the incredible enclave of Beckley Club Estates that’s waiting for you. The precise price? Keep reading. Lucky for you – and all of us that want to tour this adorable stacked brick home with modern updates – it’s back on the market.

Extensively remodeled with a new roof, foundation repairs with a warranty, new kitchen, coveted double gas oven and engineered bamboo flooring throughout, this perch is move-in ready.

The terraced, elevated perch at the Beckley Club Estates home gives you great views.

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Photo courtesy of Heritage Oak Cliff

Long before the Midcentury Modern and Oak Cliff were having their big moments, homeowners Enrique Montenegro and Michelle Reyna chose their home on Evergreen Hills for the most practical of reasons: it checked the right box. Dr. Reyna needed to be near Methodist hospital for her work and Oak Cliff was an easy commute. The Midcentury Modern home they chose, well, that was more about a feeling. After seeing several houses one morning, they walked into the one-story ranch and just knew.

“I realized this is it,” said Montenegro. “We felt really lucky. We still do.”

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If you haven’t been to the Bishop Arts District lately, it’s probably because you couldn’t find a place to park, but here’s some good news if you’re not afraid to hop on a 10-speed.

You can buy the cutest little house, move in, and ride on over to the Bish, la Arts, the BAD, or whatever other nicknames you want to call arguably one of the hottest spots in all of Dallas.

Listing agent Jenni Stolarski of Compass lives in Oak Cliff herself. She knows the area and always seems to snag the best houses.

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Heritage Oak Cliff announced the 10 homes that will make up the 2019 home tour on Monday evening. (Photo courtesy Heritage Oak Cliff)

After 44 years, Heritage Oak Cliff knows how to gin up some excitement for a 45th home tour — you have a party to debut the latest 10 homes to join the ranks, and celebrate that there are 10 more homes from diverse neighborhoods to showcase in a city that can be a bit bulldozer-friendly.

And that’s just what HOC did Monday, announcing the 10 homes that will become the 45th home tour, which will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. October 19 and 20. Ticket prices are $15 to $20.

This year’s 10 homes showcase a variety of architectural styles. Check out this year’s homes on our handy interactive map: (more…)

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Currently in the middle of a complete remodel and upgrade, South Oak Cliff High defied expectations this year and actually increased enrollment (photo courtesy Dallas ISD)

Just a few scant years ago, saying you were buying a house in Oak Cliff would elicit what some called the “Oak Cliff Oh,” as if moving to the area required a thoughtful, tactful response. But times have changed.

And perhaps one of the biggest success stories in Oak Cliff is the public school choices available there. For instance, take South Oak Cliff High. Almost two years ago, the community banded together to demand that the school building reflect the school’s successes. Now, as the students reported in August to temporary quarters at Village Fair School, the 70-year-old building they fought for is now being renovated and improved.

But even more important is its increased popularity. Dallas ISD reported last week that the school’s fall enrollment jumped from 1,096 last school year to 1,322 — a 200-student increase. It’s also significantly higher than the district’s projected enrollment of 963 students. (more…)