Our Steal: 1910 Marydale Drive, Dallas, Texas is currently listed by Ged Dipprey of Dave Perry-Miller InTown for $699,000.

Whether you’re looking for a luxurious retreat in the Kessler Reserve, or a charming historic in Stevens Park Estates, we have the home for you! This week’s Splurge vs. Steal takes us to the charming streets of North Oak Cliff – one of Dallas’ most sought-after neighborhoods in part due to its recent revival and close proximity to an eclectic mix of eateries, shops, and entertainment. It’s also a hot spot for Halloween, boasting some of the best trick-or-treating around! One look at these boo-tiful abodes and you’ll be dreaming of a North Oak Cliff home to call your own.

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Cape Cod CottageOur Saturday Six Hundred is a Cape Cod cottage at 2030 Mayflower Drive in Stevens Park Estates that is absolutely charming.

This is one of the most established and desirable neighborhoods in Oak Cliff with about 200 homes — most built in the 1920s and 1930s. Enormous oak and elm trees shade every street, and the neighborhood is bounded by Stevens Park Golf Course. It’s peaceful and quiet, and it’s hard to believe you can be in the center of downtown Dallas in mere minutes. It also boasts some unique features. For instance, when the development was conceived in 1926, play parks were designed at the end of each block so children could play safely. That same thoughtfulness continues today with a dedicated neighborhood association that hosts gatherings throughout the year.

This is a terrific place to live and Melissa O’Brien with the Bleeker O’Brien Group at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate has the perfect home for you.

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Yes, there’s a house behind those overgrown bushes at 1231 Walter Drive. (Photos: Jo England)

On the other side of Fort Worth Avenue, just off of W. Colorado Blvd. is a quiet enclave of 176 homes called Stevens Park Village. The North Oak Cliff neighborhood, first developed by Annie Stevens between 1939 and 1941, feels homey and quaint, full of Austin stone Prairie-style cottages — even a few Dilbecks! – and bungalows with neat lawns and groomed hedges.

The homes are all sturdy, set upon the meandering tree-lined streets of the neighborhood. Though Cliff Manor Apartments, a public housing project, is just down Fort Worth Avenue from Stevens Park Village, there’s not much traffic and very little crime. It’s idyllic and charming with greenbelts and friendly neighbors.

But there’s one home that didn’t look tidy or loved, with overgrown hedges and peeling paint masking the rotted window frames. That’s the home that Donovan Westover fell in love with.

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1818 W. Colorado New Front

This red brick beauty at 1818 W. Colorado is one of Stevens Park Estates original Colonial-styled estates. Built in 1935, this gorgeous home was a real trendsetter. Today it is just as stylish, with three bedrooms, four baths, a detached two-car garage, and a gated drive.

The exterior of the home has been kept as true to period as possible, says owner John D. Murray of Dallas City Center Realtors, who has listed this beautiful 3,720-square-foot estate in one of Dallas’ most sought after neighborhoods for $775,000. The roof sports Ludowici tile that has a earthy patina you’d expect from a similar property in New England, and the curb appeal is unreal thanks to the expansive front lawn and lush landscaping. Inside, though, it’s colorful and full of texture and light.

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2308 W. Colorado Boulevard

From the outside, it looks like many of the Austin stone-clad 1930s bungalows you’ll find throughout North Oak Cliff’s Stevens Park Village. These homes, perched along the city’s award-winning, redesigned public golf course, all have a very Lakewood-esque character, thanks to the rolling hills and well-maintained homes. Developed by Annie Stevens between 1939 and 1941, you’ll find a great mix of single-story bungalows like this one with Prairie-style abodes and even some Dilbeck-designed residences.

This particular specimen, built in 1941, has a vintage feeling exterior and completely updated interiors. The care and attention to detail, both inside and out, make this home a High Caliber Home. If you’re already falling in love with this lovely home, contact Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today. She’ll help you sail through pre-approval, while making sure you find the right loan for your home purchase.

Jump to see inside this beautiful home!

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Mayflower Front

With more than 2,600 square feet, this gorgeous two-bedroom, three-bath home from Dallas-Fort Worth property management experts LocalDwelling.com is just the home you need to celebrate this season.

Located at 2010 Mayflower Drive inside Stevens Park Estates, this home is in a superb location for someone who wants to be close to all the great amenities, shopping, and culture North Oak Cliff has to offer. Not only does this home have a great kitchen, formal dining room, and lovely two-story living area, but it’s close to the newly renovated Stevens Park Golf Course. You’ll love your neighbors, too, who are active in the community and really watch out for one another.

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The formals feature lovely warm faux finishes on the walls and plenty of windows to let in a lot of natural light. If you’re looking for a great place for your family and Fido or Fifi, this would be a great fit!

The kitchen has some great updates, including fresh cabinets, granite counters, and stainless steel appliances. I love the cool wallpaper, too, which is high-impact and very abstract. This is a fresh listing from LocalDwelling.com, as you can see from the ice still on the ground outside this lovely stucco home.

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This house, which has a lovely fireplace and plenty of room for entertaining all sizes of crowds this Christmas, is available today for $2,500 a month. Is this the lease you’ve been looking for? Contact Jason Lucas with LocalDwelling.com.

1818 W. Colorado Front

Here’s a great listing to get you through the weekend. Dallas City Center Realtors co-founder John Murray has put his beautiful Stevens Park Estates home on the market. A tasteful traditional with tons of charm, this gorgeous red brick estate has updates and a killer kitchen for entertaining.

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Such a pretty house with a great location, 1818 W. Colorado Boulevard is an outstanding value, to boot at $797,000. With three bedrooms, four full baths, two living areas, and two dining areas, this home was built for hosting crowds. It has 3,720 square feet, which is large considering it was built in 1934. And if you don’t want worry about long-term guests, you can move them out to the guest house which has a full kitchen and bath.

1818 W. Colorado Dining

We love the neighborhood, Stevens Park Estates, which has some huge lots and fabulous architecture. It’s in North Oak — one of the hottest areas in Dallas real estate — with great shopping and culture, and some wonderful topography. You’re also close to the newly redesigned Stevens Park Golf Course, too.

1818 W. Colorado Kitchen

The kitchen is a wonderful spot for preparing holiday meals, outfitted with Dacor appliances and with a wine-fridge that is in just the right spot — next to the sink! You can keep your bubbly chilled for New Years Eve and pop a cork over the bar sink while friends and family belly up to the super long island.

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Of course, when the crowd of friends and family becomes too much, head to the master suite. It’s definitely a place to escape to, with a fireplace and plenty of windows. There’s also a huge master bath, with a double jetted tub and large shower with dual vanities.

The backyard is a great place for partying, too, with a covered porch that is perfect for enjoying a quiet evening with friends near the fire pit. Looks like a holiday party waiting to happen!

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1814 Marydale Front

Let’s talk about using video to market a home, OK? I am definitely pro-video. I dislike a lot of slideshow widgets. I do like color commentary from agents and brokers, but I am not a big fan of doing a walk-through, especially not with a shaky iPhone.

Which brings me to our Friday Four Hundred, 1814 Marydale Drive in Stevens Park Estates. I love the video marketing this property, which is listed by Ged Dippery of Dave Perry-Miller for $489,000. It has color commentary, a steady (not too fast!) flow of photos showing off the property’s amenities and location, and it doesn’t feel over produced. Of course, not everyone is going to need a professional real estate marketing firm to do a video tour, and there are some great websites that can help you produced a simple real estate marketing video for free.

Now, let’s talk about this super cute house, which, thanks to a great real estate marketing video, practically sells itself.The home, well, it’s just perfect. While this is in one of the more upscale neighborhoods in Oak Cliff, this house could easily fit in among the cottages of University Park. It’s super close to downtown, has great schools nearby, and this house has a fabulous pool in the backyard. It’s a great size for a family, with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and almost 2,600 square feet. The kitchen is well-appointed with stainless appliances, custom cabinets, and granite counters and backsplash. There are tons of built-ins, too. There’s an over-sized five-car garage, which is great for parking toys and having a studio/workshop.

So, what’s your preference when it comes to video marketing? Do you like walk-throughs or slideshows with commentary? Or do you like a host in front of the camera?