1545 W. Colorado Blvd. is a stunning Hutsell-designed home with beautiful curves and tons of history.

The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League has always had a mouthful of a name, which was even more cumbersome as an acronym — OOCCL. But that’s all in the past now, as the organization seeks to focus on the area’s heritage — Heritage Oak Cliff, to be exact.

This year’s historic home tour will show off the architectural diversity of Oak Cliff on Oct. 21 and 22, from noon to 6 p.m. both days. Tickets can be purchased through the website (which is still ooccl.org for now) as well as  Kessler Baking Studio, Lucky Dog Books or at participating Tom Thumbs (315 S Hampton, 6333 Mockingbird, 522 Preston Royal Center, and 633 W. Wheatland in Duncanville).

Read on to preview this year’s tour homes, which includes the impeccably restored Hutsell-designed mansion perched on a hill at 1545 W. Colorado Blvd.




Once an ugly and haphazard midcentury traditional, the homeowners took on the task of transforming this 937 Kessler Parkway into a stunning modern.

Oak Cliff is huge, diverse, and grand, and somehow the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League manages to paint such a sterling snapshot of the area with its fall home tour. The 42nd Annual Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour is no exception. The oldest and largest home tour in Dallas, the OOCCL Fall Home Tour is the league’s sole annual fundraiser that helps fill the coffers of the organization that gives out grants to neighborhoods and non-profits throughout this bustling burg.

With 10 homes and a spectacular bonus home, OOCCL might break last year’s fundraising record of $40,000. Why? Because it offers a glimpse inside the Bill Booziotis-designed home of Mary McDermott Cook.

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Candy and I have toured this incredible home, and trust us: Go ahead and throw down that extra 10-spot so you can see inside 1942 Malone Cliff View. It’s so worth it. Technically, this incredible feat of modern architecture with some of the most unbelievable sweeping views of downtown is in West Dallas, not Oak Cliff. But we don’t care. We’re thrilled that more people will have the opportunity to see how amazing this limestone, glass, and concrete marvel is.

Jump to see more of the homes on this year’s Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Fall Home Tour, from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18, and how you can purchase tickets.


300 Edgefield FrontI am just loving some of the homes in North Oak Cliff right now! Excellent properties in wonderful, active neighborhoods that are growing by leaps and bounds. It’s like Lakewood down south, as more upwardly mobile families move in, become involved in the public schools, and create their own desireable neighborhoods. They’re doing it through organizations like the Rosemont Early Childhood PTA, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, and the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League. They’re bringing in small businesses, great restaurants, and developing empty lots and redeveloping vacant and decaying properties. They’re making their neighborhood a great place to live.

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And the houses, well, they are too cute to boot! My favorite neighborhoods in North Oak Cliff include Kings Highway, Kessler Park, Stevens Park, and Winnetka Heights. These are wonderful areas full of adorable homes, and so many of these great houses are in fabulous shape. For example, let’s take a look at this week’s Friday Four Hundred: 300 S. Edgefield Ave. in Winnetka Heights.

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This is a three-bedroom, two-full and one-half-bath prairie-style home built in 1912 that is cute as a button inside and out. It’s listed by Diane Sherman of David Griffin Realtors for $497,500 — a real steal considering what you get for the money. This home is in terrific shape as it was recently taken to the studs, adding new insulation, wiring, and updated trim. And check out that wrap-around porch! There’s no better way to get to know the neighbors than to bring out a few glasses and a pitcher of something cold and just camp out on the porch!

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The pine floors downstairs were refinished, and oak floors were added in other rooms. French doors, designer pendant lighting from Restoration Hardware, conversation nooks — just everything you love about historic architecture has been preserved and updated in this home to blend seamlessly in this 2,700-plus-square-foot home.

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The master suite runs the length of the upstairs, giving you plenty of room for oversized furniture and a sitting area. The master bath is drenched in marble and tile, with simply gorgeous fixtures including a claw-foot tub, full-size walk-in shower, and gorgeous vanities. The upstairs hall bath has beautiful tile work, too, and a cloverleaf mirror that will make you eat your heart out.

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Outside there’s a great engineered plank deck, perfect for entertaining crowds. And it’s build to last, too. There’s another huge bonus to this property. It’s the fabulous one-bedroom guest house with 682 square feet above the detached three-car garage. It’s beautifully finished out, too, with fresh paint and fixtures, and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.

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Add in the top-of-the-line security system, sprinkler system, gorgeous upgrades and you’ll be champing at the bit for this home! I know I am!