Everyone who falls in love with Swiss Avenue’s gorgeous historic homes, should take note: Opportunity awaits on South Boulevard. Our columnist, Jon Anderson, has waxed about the historic South Boulevard-Park Row neighborhood in South Dallas. Once an enclave of Jewish families, this area fell on hard times several decades back. However, resurgence is just around the corner thanks to some TLC from homeowners.

Now this sweet 1931-built Tudor, complete with beautiful roof, adorable arched windows and doors, and lovely brick facade at 2601 South Blvd. is on the market as is. The home has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 4,296 square feet. For comparison’s sake, a similarly sized home in the Swiss Avenue Historic District will cost you around three times the asking price of this historic property, which is listed for an eye-popping $375,000.

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Toot-toot! End of the line! I have been riding myself ragged up and down DART’s Blue and Green lines in Southern Dallas for our Southern Dallas Buyer’s Guide. My goal was to see what kind of housing and neighborhoods are out there for those wanting a home close to the city without the North Dallas price tags.  Some neighborhoods are rougher than others, but many were surprisingly vibrant and full of housing stock many would recognize from more talked-about areas … near the Zoo might as well be called East Oak Cliff.  Of course, if you’re a renovator, there are cheap as sin gems in the rough awaiting new life.  Equally surprising (and a little saddening) were the number of new builds that are stylistically more at home in an exurb tract development. Sure, they’re better than an empty lot, but they hardly blend into the neighborhood (doubly true when they knock down old-growth trees in the process).

This last installment focuses on the area south and west of Fair Park serviced by the Hatcher, MLK, and Fair Park stations.  It seems like a large area (and it is), but there’s not a lot of homes for sale here.  I suspect the never-ending breath-holding for Fair Park’s revival plays some part in this.  But these days, it’s not only Fair Park that could drive a renaissance here …

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2501 South Blvd.: One of the great homes available in this historic area

Ever wish you’d bought on Swiss Avenue in the 1970s and 1980s, long before you needed nearly a million smackers to buy a mansion?  Well, step right up …

If Part One was a bit of a Cliff Notes version of the South Blvd and Park Row historic neighborhood, then this column gets you into the game.  While purchasing one of the current listings can’t be considered the “ground floor” of this burgeoning area, there’s still plenty of sweat to be turned into equity. For those truly seeking the ground floor, keep your eyes peeled one of the area’s derelict properties to hit the market.

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