Brettonwoods

Driving into the Brettonwoods neighborhood of Oak Cliff, it’s hard to believe you’re just ten miles southwest of downtown Dallas.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred sits on a third of an acre at 2515 Gladiolus Ln., near West Ledbetter Drive and South Hampton Road. It’s heavily treed with a quaint picket fence in front, cozy outdoor living space, and small, gently rolling hills nearby. It’s a few blocks from the 263-acre Kiest Park, offering a mix of nature and sports facilities, including tennis and swimming, as well as a rec center and trails.

This home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and 2,475 square feet on one story, built in 1957. There’s an open house this Sunday, May 21, from 1-4 p.m. Let’s get a sneak peek! 

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Elmwood cottage

A friend of mine is looking to buy a house in the under-$300K range in Dallas and it is proving to be incredibly difficult and frustrating. In her experience, homes in that range go under contract lightning fast and almost always for over asking price. Sometimes there’s even a cash offer as competition.

I’ve had the same realization writing this Tuesday Two Hundred column for the last few years. I’ll find a property over the weekend and by Monday, it’s got an active open contract. The prettier the place, the bigger the interest.

So I’m predicting huge activity around today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 1603 Homewood Pl. The midcentury design elements and cute curb appeal of this Elmwood cottage will have buyers speed-dialing their Realtor for a showing. From the red brick and turquoise front door to the light-filled and renovated interior, it hits all the “must haves” and a lot of the “would be nice,” too.

This home has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,236 square feet on one story, built in 1954. Let’s take a look!

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1001 Turner Ave Front

Though it sat unchanged and rather unremarkable for years, 1001 Turner Avenue never lost its vintage charm. It just needed a skilled person with a vision to bring it back to its splendor. Built in 1925, this two-story traditional in the sought-after Kessler Highlands neighborhood has so much personality and character. Now it really shines, thanks to a buyer with great sense and vision.

The transformation from hodge-podge to sleek and beautiful has earned it the title of High Caliber Home of the Week, that’s for sure. If you have your heart set on this home, I sadly report that it’s already under contract, though it wouldn’t hurt if you went ahead and called Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans to get pre-approved and ready to put in your highest and best offer should the deal fall through.

Jump to see what this home looked like before its stylish transformation!

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Kessler Woods 796 Kessler Woods 1

Our Saturday Eight Hundred is a Kessler Woods contemporary at 706 Kessler Woods Trail, perched at the top of the neighborhood. Listed by David Griffin for $849,500, it’s a rare opportunity to own a home for under a million dollars in what has become one of the hottest neighborhoods in Dallas.

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Kessler Park Estate
Privacy and space are hot commodities today. It’s hard to find one, much less both, but we have. Our Inwood House of the Week, at 1402 Yakimo Dr., is a Kessler Park Estate in Oak Cliff, set in almost an acre of woods. It’s hard to believe a property like this still exists only minutes from downtown Dallas.

Becky Frey and Jenni Stolarski with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s have this one-of-a-kind 5,363-square-foot secluded estate listed for $1.695 million.

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Elmwood Cape Cod Transformed from Dumpy to Darling | CandysDirt.com

Every now and again, a house undergoes a total transformation. Not your average flip, these changes take downtrodden properties and make them shine.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred shows off its total rejuvenation with a top-to-bottom renovation. The house is unrecognizable from its previous state (“before” photos after the jump). What was once an eyesore is now one of the prettiest houses in the neighborhood.

Located at 1622 Melbourne Ave. in Oak Cliff, this Elmwood Cape Cod will charm your pants off with lovingly restored period details, high-end newer features, and an overall look that feels chic and approachable.It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,585 square feet on one story, built in 1948. All this for well under $300K. This house won’t last long!

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130 N. Edgefield Front

The old house life is one coveted and enjoyed by legions of history buffs and appreciators of fine craftsmanship. To love an old home is to accept one of the most fundamental things about them — they’re old, and they’ll need fixing.

But in the hands of a true lover of aged architecture, an old house turns into a breathing, living structure full of history and life. That’s what we love about a brand new listing from David Griffin & Company Realtors agent Diane Sherman in historic Winnetka Heights. It was lovingly restored by its more recent owners, including sellers Barry Binder and Tracie Dockwell. The before-and-after shots will floor you!

Find yourself falling fast for our High Caliber Home of the Week? Contact Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans today to get pre-approved and ready to put in your highest and best offer.

But to really appreciate how far this incredible, 1914-built prairie foursquare has come, you have to see where its new life started.

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Elmwood

Over the past year, the Elmwood neighborhood of Oak Cliff has surged in popularity. Here, houses are around 1,500 to 1,600 square feet, usually three bedroom, and often under $300K. That affordability, coupled with the lovely topography and proximity to downtown Dallas, have buyers snatching up the Elmwood homes that hit the market (you can see three recent listings I’ve written about here, here, and here).

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is a great example of what’s available, located at 1715 Lansford Ave., near W. Claredon Drive and S. Edgefield Avenue. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,459 square feet on one story, built in 1947. This same house further north in Oak Cliff would be in the mid-$400s, says listing agent Crystal Gonzalez with David Griffin & Company Realtors.

“It’s hard to find a 3-2 brick house in Oak Cliff that’s in good condition for under $300,000,” Gonzalez said. “Elmwood still has a lot of character, with Tudors and cottage-style homes, but it has affordability — you can buy these great houses for less, which you really can’t do from I-30 down to 12th street.”

With recent renovations and cute curb appeal, this home offers a lot to buyers.

“The cool thing about this house is it has two living areas, which is great because you can still keep a formal area and have a big open space to entertain in with the kitchen and den,” Gonzalez said. “It’s near walking trails and in the heart of Elmwood, which has nice topography and lots of trees.”

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