Oak Cliff TudorNorth Oak Cliff is one of the most sought-after areas in the DFW housing market, which makes it hotter than a fur coat in July. Houses regularly go under contract in a matter of days, and prices have increased substantially over the past five years in many of its neighborhoods.

The list of reasons to love North Oak Cliff could be its own blog post, but here are a select few:

  • The huge array of houses, in a variety of architectural styles
  • Unusual topography—actual hills!—and mature trees
  • The kind of neighborhoods where people know the names of the kids two doors down, like Ravinia Heights, West Kessler, and Winnekta Heights
  • Walkable neighborhoods, like Bishop Arts and Trinity Groves
  • An abundance of older homes with character, stories, and distinct looks
  • Proximity to downtown Dallas, Uptown, and other central areas of the city
  • The sense of it being an “up-and-coming” area of Dallas, with charisma and energy

Because so many people have realized the charms of the area, finding a property for under $200K can be a challenge. But there are still neighborhoods in North Oak Cliff where’s that’s possible. Sunset Hill is one of them, where the 2-1 at 2752 Catherine St. is located, near Hampton and 12th Street.

This North Oak Cliff Tudor is 1,263 square feet, updated with a new kitchen, but still retaining wonderful vintage charm, like arched doorways and original light fixtures flanking the fireplace. It is newly listed by Matt Watson with Dallasy.com, LLC for $175,000.

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2757 Ivandell A

With ever-increasing home values in North Oak Cliff, househunters are quick to snatch up a good deal, and the darling Tudor at 2757 Ivandell Ave. is no exception. It’s been on the market for just nine days and is already under contract!

But as a 2-2 with 1,504 square feet for $189,900, and loads of original character and style, I can see why. The house is located in the North Cliff Conservation District, an up-and-coming pocket of woodframe bungalows, Austin stone and brick Tudors, traditional cottages, and ranchettes adjacent to Ravinia Heights. It is listed by Brian Davis at Dave Perry-Miller InTown’s Quadrangle office.

The house is beautifully maintained, with details like original hardwoods, fireplace, and glass doorknobs, and the kitchen alone could kill with cuteness. Newer styles details, like bright pops of lime and mint green on the exterior and retro light fixtures, keep in line with the feel of this 1927 beauty.

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300 S Montreal Front

In a lot of the more gentrified neighborhoods throughout North Oak Cliff, finding a deal is getting harder and harder. Many of the homes in decent shape throughout Winnetka Heights, Kings Highway, Kessler Plaza, and Ravinia Heights have been bought up and fixed up, and sometimes even flipped by folks with the know-how to do so. And of course, because of the sought-after neighborhoods in which these gorgeous homes rest, well, there’s a price to go along with that address.

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Not so in the up-and-coming Sunset Hill neighborhood. This is a fantastic and often overlooked neighborhood that has tons of active homeowners within its borders. It’s bounded by Hampton Road on the west, Jefferson Boulevard on the north, Waverly Drive on the east, and Clarendon Drive on the south. It’s the neighborhood surrounding Sunset High School, which is on its way to being declared a historic landmark just like Adamson High School, another North Oak Cliff DISD campus.

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This fantastic neighborhood is just next door to Winnetka Heights, but the prices of the homes in Sunset Hill are much more reasonable. Check out this prime example at 300 S. Montreal, listed by Dallas City Center Realtor Christina Bristow for a recently reduced $239,000. That’s a steal for a home with tons of great historical details such as this one. This home has tons of room and fantastic location, putting you within biking distance of both the Hampton Road Tom Thumb and the Bishop Arts District to the east. You’re also just south of Jefferson Boulevard, which is a straight shot into downtown should you need a close commute into the city center.

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“It is one of the first renovations to this level in Sunset Hill, which is a neighborhood that flanks Winnetka Heights,” Bristow said. “This Arts and Crafts home has a huge wrap-around porch and eye-catching drive up. Situated on a huge corner lot, this home features a new fence and landscaping. Interior renovations include hand scarped hardwoods, crown moulding, renovated kitchen with granite and stainless, renovated bathrooms, and a huge master suite.”

We agree with Christina that this home has some really fantastic updates, including fresh paint that is a wonderful neutral gray/green, a popular shade right now. Several areas of this home have been opened up, especially the living and dining rooms, which now have tons of light moving through them. With three bedrooms and three full baths over 1,850 square feet, this home has plenty of open space without sacrificing a cozy atmosphere. There are two living areas, two dining areas, an updated kitchen and a wonderful backyard with a privacy fence. There is only one downside to this property, and that’s covered parking. It’s easy to add though, and considering the price, you’ll have plenty of budget to do so.

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I do love the tons of windows in this home, which benefits from that extra light most noticeably in the living room, breakfast area, and kitchen. Still, strategic lighting provided by recessed fixtures, as well as windows, help keep the rest of the home airy. The French doors that lead to the back patio also add more light and a great way to appreciate the backyard, a blank slate perfect for a gardener.

There’s tons to love about this home, and I’m sure everyone can find something they adore about it, not the least of which is its location. What do you think?

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2854 Claudette Front

 

Things that make me happy when I’m surfing MLS:

Interesting ceiling treatments

Huge windows

Unique outdoor spaces

Bookcases. Lots of bookcases.

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This house — 2854 Claudette in Ravinia Heights — has all of these things. The warm, gorgeous beadboard ceilings throughout the common areas really make the rooms feel huge without being cold. There are tons of oversized windows letting in natural light and views of the private backyard. And the backyard, which is smaller than average, has a hot tub and a unique deck.

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Of course, built-in bookcases are a weakness of mine. My husband is a book collector, and I have my own fair share of hardbacks — mostly style guides, reference books, and classics — that I like to have on display. There isn’t a room in our home that doesn’t have books in it, to tell you the truth!

Another cool feature of this house is the gas fireplace. It doesn’t look toddler friendly, but man, can you imagine having a fire in that sucker? How lovely would that be? Marketed by the Hewitt & Habgood group, this property has tons of Midcentury Modern charm without being outdated.

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The kitchen is completely remodeled with new cabinets, granite counters, and glossy black appliances. It’s a galley style kitchen, which is OK considering that it’s open on both sides and doesn’t seem too claustrophobic.

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The master suite has a recently remodeled bathroom with glass enclosure, and the second bath has a vessel sink and granite counter. The bedrooms are a little underwhelming, but at this price point — $228,000 — you have plenty of leeway to remodel. Honestly, it’s getting harder and harder to find an affordable home in North Oak Cliff! The market is brisk, so you have to move fast! Some buyers have said that if you’re not putting in an offer the day you tour a home, you can kiss it goodbye!

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What’s really great about this home is the North Oak Cliff neighborhood. You’re not so close to the Bishop Arts District to be suffocated by cars every weekend, but you’re not so far that you can’t enjoy a little bike ride over there to enjoy some delicious coffee at Oddfellows or have lunch at Hattie’s, or even brunch at Tillman’s Roadhouse.

What do you like best about this home?

2839 Burlington Front

Immensely cute. That’s my shoot-from-the-hip description of this Oak Cliff cottage. Located in Sunset View, just outside Ravinia Heights in the North Cliff Conservation District, this home is in an excellent location for anyone who wants to be both in close proximity to downtown Dallas and be near the festivals and shops in the Bishop Arts District.

2839 Burlington Living

This adorable house clocks in at 1,464 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and tons of updates and upgrades. Several major components have been replaced recently, including the HVAC system, the roof, and the windows. That will save a new buyer tons of money in the long run. Speaking of money, 2839 Burlington Blvd. is priced at an affordable $198,000. I think that’s a great price point for this home, which is marketed by the knowledgeable Brian Davis of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.

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The kitchen has granite counters and stainless appliances, as well as gorgeous cabinets and designer paint. I love how this home has plenty of color but doesn’t seem overwhelming. It’s not all beige and gray, but it’s not exactly fuschia and tangerine, either.

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The original hardwood floors throughout this home have been restored, which adds to the vintage charm of this home. While this home was built in 1939, the open layout of the living and dining areas belies a careful renovation.

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The master bedroom is a decent size considering the age of the home, and the master bath is modest. But it’s the rich color on the walls and the modern tile selections that make this master suite stand out.

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The backyard, which is a landscaper’s dream, is a blank slate save for the party-friendly deck. It’s large enough for Fido to enjoy and still leave plenty of room for a vegetable garden and maybe even a chicken coop.

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