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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Oak Cliff is just lousy with beautiful historic homes, but it can be somewhat of a crapshoot buying a flip that is older than a certain age. And some neighborhoods have a diverse array of homes from different periods, none quite so striking as the Dells District. This neighborhood, according to Heritage Oak Cliff, features brick and stone cottages from the ’20s and ’30s originally developed by a Mr. Irwin — hence the name of one of the major streets, Irwindell. More houses were built after World War II in the ranch vernacular.

The Dells District is also home to this adorable, exceptionally renovated listing from Phillip Murrell of Compass, which is also our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. 

“One sure-fire way to recognize a solid remodel is when the builder thoughtfully reconfigures and modernizes a historic home, but restores as much of the distinct, original features as possible,” Murrell said. “The next lucky owner will enjoy a ‘like-new’ home without sacrificing the soul and story that makes it extraordinary.” 

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Oak Cliff has been the native home to so many famous and talented people, including Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, but I had no idea it was also where blues great Stevie Ray Vaughan grew up.

About a week ago, I was looking at the homes owned by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez, and I saw 2557 Glenfield Avenue pop up as the childhood home of Vaughan. Then I heard it was on the market,  It appears to have an option contract on it already… with a purple kitchen!

The 1,100-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath house at 2557 Glenfield Ave. listed at $159,900, is where Jimmie and Stevie Ray were raised. Amazing how comfortable people once were raising two children in an 1,100 square foot home years ago.

Here is how the agent, Ian Flannigan of eXp , describes the 63 year old home – Jump to see the interiors and the PURPLE kitchen!

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midcentury

It is no secret that midcentury modern homes fetch more eyeballs, interest and buyers these days. Discriminating lovers of well-maintained and lovingly updated midcentury moderns are familiar with the name William E. Benson — his name became synonymous with significant Dallas architecture in the fifties and sixties. Truthfully, owning a home with a William  E. Benson signature would be a coup in any city.

Benson, who graduated from the University of Illinois in 1947 after a year of graduate work in design, moved to Dallas and hung up his shingle in 1952, quickly making a name for himself. Another home designed by Benson, in collaboration with interior designer Louise Kahn, is 5848 Colhurst. The home is well known as one of the most significant midcentury modern homes in Dallas.

Congruently, during a period of rapid church expansion, Benson designed nearly fifty church projects, from master plans and first units to complete sanctuaries.

And now, the luck of market is upon us. A Bishop Arts District abode Benson designed — 524 N. Manus Drive — has just been listed with Suzanne Warner of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury. Even more, the home has been updated to perfection with a serious effort to maintain Benson’s original midcentury modern aesthetic. Built in 1952, 524 N. Manus Drive home was constructed by a Dallas custom builder who hired personally Benson to design his own private home.

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Before and After: From Dark and Outdated to Darling in Oak Cliff | CandysDirt.com

We love a great before and after in real estate and there’s a home in Oak Cliff’s Oak Park Estates that fits the bill. It has gone from dumpy to darling with a recent renovation that created an open floorplan. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 1529 Briarcrest Dr. sits on a corner lot of almost a third of an acre with lovely mature trees, a 2017 roof, and a location that is walking distance to Kiest Park. This home has four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, two dining areas, and 2,055 square feet on one story, built in 1961.

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