The Park Cities home at 12101 Madeleine Cir. is one of five we're featuring in our open-house roundup this week.

The Park Cities home at 12101 Madeleine Cir. is one of five we’re featuring in our open-house roundup this week.

The Dallas housing market this week offers some particularly beautiful homes, many of which have open houses this weekend.

We’ve rounded up five that would make for a great visit. They range in price from $217,000 to $949,000, and include everything from a stately traditional Prairie in Munger Place to a Lakewood Contemporary by Durham Builders. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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Photo: Lance Selgo/Unique Exposure Photography

Historic districts are some of my favorite neighborhoods. When my husband and I first moved in together, it was a Craftsman bungalow in Junius Heights that set the scene for some of our first days and weeks as a married couple. That huge, open front porch was a great place from which to meet our neighbors, and we loved the cool little details that evoked the home’s own memories.
Sunlight filtered in through the wavy glass in the almost 100-year-old windows, and the hardwood floors were patched with an old yardstick from a neighborhood hardware store now long gone. It’s that built-in character that makes these homes treasures to be cherished.
When restored, of course, these prestigious homes become gems that glisten in the hearts of towns that are growing fast. While newer models are popping up like mushrooms overnight in nearby developments, these homes will stand the test of time. That’s what I love about Historic Downtown McKinney. While the Collin County suburb has fabulous schools and plenty of great new home developments to choose from, everyone gathers at the heart of this neo-Mayberry that calls itself “unique by nature.”
And this prairie home, a diamond that shines so bright, has been restored to wonderful results. Jump to see the perfectly staged interiors within this listing from Christine Hogan of Ebby Halliday Realtors.

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(Photo: Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association)

Winnetka Heights is a fabulous community that takes pride in the fact that it’s the oldest designated historic district in Oak Cliff, designated in 1981 and comprised of an amazing array of Prairie four-squares and Craftsman bungalows built in the early 1900s. Each year they put on a whimsical and fun home tour that really lights up the area.

This year they’re going a step further and hoping to bring some cheer to even more houses by photographing the front doors of wreath-bedecked homes in the neighborhood during the Dec. 7 home tour. The photographs will be made into a coffee table book that will be available for sale later. If you live in Winnetka Heights and want a stylish evergreen wreath of your own, find out how you can get a locally made one from Troy Lonion here.

If you want to see inside some of the amazing homes on this year’s tour, you can buy tickets for $12 each at Bishop Street Market inside the Bishop Arts District. Tickets are $15 on the day of the tour, and can be purchased at Turner House at the start of the tour. Turner House will also host a silent auction from noon to 6 p.m. during the tour, featuring items from Oak Cliff businesses and artists. Find out more about Turner House here.

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(Photo: Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association)

Winnetka Heights is a fabulous community that takes pride in the fact that it’s the oldest designated historic district in Oak Cliff, designated in 1981 and comprised of an amazing array of Prairie four-squares and Craftsman bungalows built in the early 1900s. Each year they put on a whimsical and fun home tour that really lights up the area.

This year they’re going a step further and hoping to bring some cheer to even more houses by photographing the front doors of wreath-bedecked homes in the neighborhood during the Dec. 7 home tour. The photographs will be made into a coffee table book that will be available for sale later. If you live in Winnetka Heights and want a stylish evergreen wreath of your own, find out how you can get a locally made one from Troy Lonion here.

If you want to see inside some of the amazing homes on this year’s tour, you can buy tickets for $12 each at Bishop Street Market inside the Bishop Arts District. Tickets are $15 on the day of the tour, and can be purchased at Turner House at the start of the tour. Turner House will also host a silent auction from noon to 6 p.m. during the tour, featuring items from Oak Cliff businesses and artists. Find out more about Turner House here.

This prairie-style home at 402 N. Rosemont Ave. is an incredible value at $359K.

When you buy a home in Winnetka Heights, you’re getting so much more than a building on a piece of land. You’re buying into a very active community that looks out for one another, one that takes pride in its landscape.

One of the four living spaces inside 402 N. Rosemont.

Trust me: Oak Cliff was my beat in my reporting days. Winnetka Heights has an active neighborhood association which is an asset when you buy a home in a historic district.

And with one look at 402 N. Rosemont Ave. marketed by the Hewitt & Habgood group, you’ll have your pen and checkbook out. This prairie home is such a beauty (and a value!), with mature trees all over the lot, a gorgeous front porch made for sipping cold drinks during a hot summer and a cool koi pond in the back, three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and a sleeping porch perfect for curling up with a good book!

The sleeping porch at 402 N. Rosemont has an excellent view.

Also, this stunner, built in 1912, has one of my favorite features in its master bathroom: A claw-foot cast-iron tub! It’s just begging for you to take a nice long soak and forget about your hard day!

One of my favorite old-timey features is claw-foot tubs!

Another selling feature is the second-story fireplace inside the master bedroom. So cozy!

And while I am not a fan of the cabinets, the kitchen is very clean, with a subway tile backsplash, granite countertops, and an amazing pantry perfect for showing off colorful jars of homemade preserves.

And you get all of this, folks, for $359,000. It’s an incredible price for such a well-maintained, immaculate home inside the popular 75208 Zip code.

Add to that, you’re crazy close to the Bishop Arts District, which is growing by leaps and bounds with new, chef-driven restaurants, popular bars, and fabulous shopping! And all you’ll need to get around is a bicycle! Can’t beat that!