Our Steal: 720 Elsbeth Street is listed by Shana Acquisto of Acquisto Real Estate for $450,000.

This week we take you to Oak Cliff, one of Dallas’ most vibrant and desirable areas. Whether it’s convenient access to the trendy Bishop Arts District or lush parks and golf you’re after, Oak Cliff is a place where people go to thrive. And this tight-knit Dallas enclave makes for one fantastic Splurge vs. Steal. Here we demonstrate the neighborhood’s versatility by showcasing two outstanding Oak Cliff properties. Each have great locations and floor plans, but price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose? The Kensington Lane Splurge or the Elsbeth Street Steal? We would love to hear in the comments.

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lawndaleIf you find an adorable Austin stone-clad home in Dallas that maintains the charm of its 1941 roots from the curb to the interior, but also embraces the open-floor plan sensibilities of modern living, there’s a good chance you are on Lawndale Drive.

The rock-clad slices of city coziness that line this street have caught our eyes over at CandysDirt.com a few times, in fact.

Located at 2214 Lawndale Dr., our Thursday Three Hundred has the ubiquitous rock facade, punctuated by a bright turquoise door.

Inside, an open floor plan flows from a living area to a dining area to a large, open gourmet kitchen with gas cooktop, double ovens, granite counters, and plenty of space for cooking. Every single room benefits from large windows that let in light and make this 1,884 square foot home feel even more spacious. (more…)

ElmwoodAs property values climb in Dallas, the $200,000 range is often considered the sweet spot now for first-time buyers — and we found a perfect perch in Elmwood for this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred.

But it’s not just a perfect location (more on that in a minute) that sets this two-bedroom, one-bath home apart from the other starters out there — it’s also been updated extensively.

“What makes this house so special is its charm and character,” listing agent Brian Davis with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s said of 2042 Rugged Drive. “From the moment you drive up, the color of the shutters and front door, the white picket railing on the front porch, the covered sitting area, and the views of the greenbelt draw you in.

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Kessler House. Dallas, Texas. Image license: RG/D+B, Inc and Gayla Interiors Inc. © Copyright 2017 Benjamin Benschneider 

When Rene Gracia bought his Kessler Parkway home, everything was completely wrong with it. The floor plan didn’t work for modern family life, and the home itself didn’t take full advantage of the hilltop lot and treetop views it afforded. Not wanting to throw the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak, Gracia enlisted his firm, RG/D+B, and set to work to make the tired 1950s-era ranch into a modern home fit for family life.

The results speak for themselves, as Gracia’s work has netted his family’s home a spot on this weekend’s AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, the only citywide tour in Dallas curated exclusively by architects. The tour, which is slated for Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include seven residences in neighborhoods all over the Dallas area. Oak Cliff, the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Lake Highlands, and East Dallas will host the stops of this two-day, open-to-the-public tour highlighting the work of some of the city’s most talented architects and the area’s most innovative and outstanding residential design. 

Want to win one of two pairs of tickets courtesy of CandysDirt.com? Keep reading!

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Hampton HillsThe Hampton Hills neighborhood is one of the few remaining mostly undisturbed groups of post-war cottages left in Dallas — and many of them were built by one family.

According to local lore, Oak Cliff Realtor Wiley Roberts and his sons took on the post-war housing shortage by committing to building in Hampton Hills. Although the neighborhood was established in the early-to-mid 1920s, the Roberts family put their stamp on the finish-out of the neighborhood, so to speak, by building homes that were asymmetrical in style with an off-center entry, and generally on corner lots.

Our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is a Hampton Hills cottage, circa 1950, on a corner lot. The spacious three-bedroom, two-bath home has all the original charm you’d expect of a Hampton Hills post-war home, but has been carefully and smartly updated for today’s needs and sensibilities, and is listed by Jason Melton of David Griffin & Company. (more…)

Fall home tour season approaches, and we here at CandysDirt.com can’t wait to show you all of the wonderful events showcasing the diverse and exceptional architectural palette this city offers! First up is the reveal of the 2018 Heritage Oak Cliff Home Tour stops!

On Sept. 10, Heritage Oak Cliff’s members and guests will get a first look at the nine beautiful homes selected for this year’s tour. The reveal party is planned for 6:30 p.m. at the Bishop Arts Theater (215 S. Tyler).

“There will be light refreshments from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and then the ‘reveal’ will be from 7 to 8 p.m.” said tour chair Stan Aten. “This year the tour includes nine homes with a wide variety of architectural styles.  The oldest home on the tour was built in 1909 and the newest home was built in 2015.”

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In the $300K range, Dallas houses rarely come with more than a quarter of an acre of land, and often less than that. So imagine our delight when we came across an Oak Cliff midcentury modern home sitting on 1.27 acres for only $310,000. 

Located at 3421 S. Ravinia Dr., our Thursday Three Hundred is in the boundaries of the Kiestwood Historical Homeowners Association, near West Kiest Boulevard and South Westmoreland Road. The house feels secluded, surrounded by mature trees, yet it’s only 10 mile from downtown. 

This home has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,412 square feet on one story, built in 1954. There is an open house this Sunday, Sept. 2, from 2-4 p.m. Want a sneak peek?  (more…)

East Kessler Park TraditionalWhen I came across this charming East Kessler Park traditional home at 1518 Oak Knoll St., I did a double take. It checked every box I could think of for our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week, great location, sizable home, character, updated, a pool, and look at that yard! There are 12 trees over 100 years old that canopy the lot, with nine of them in the front yard. Where else in Dallas do you get that? Nowhere!

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