Stevens Park Village

Graceful, stylish living claims its space as our Thursday Three Hundred, a 1941 stone cottage in North Oak Cliff’s Stevens Park Village.

Sitting on an elevated lot, the property at 2311 Lawndale Dr. is one of the original houses in the area. It retains an authentic feel of that era with its architectural details and some vintage features. But the owners’ recent renovations brought it up to date and created the kind of features that make buyers speed-dial their Realtor. Think marble hexagon tile in the guest bathroom, rich cabinetry in the kitchen (and plenty of it), and refinished original hardwoods.

“There’s a very nice layout and for the size of the house, you’re getting a lot of openness,” said listing agent Ged Dipprey with Dave Perry-Miller Intown. “There’s great flow from living to dining room with an original arch that opens into the kitchen.”

The marriage between original and updated is flawless in this two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage. Its 1,544 square feet are indeed well appointed and create the perception of much more space.

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Santa Monica Home

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Some of the best pre-sale renovations owners can do on older homes is to make sure they have things today’s buyers value: more than one bathroom; an updated kitchen with new fixtures and appliances; an open floorplan; and a fresh, updated look everywhere.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred at 7014 Vivian Ave. is located in East Dallas’ Santa Monica neighborhood. Built in 1940, this home was taken by its owner from a 3-1 to a 2-2 with an ensuite master bathroom. He refinished the oak hardwood floors in his 1,260-square-foot home and painted both the interior and exterior. The kitchen is now open with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, white custom cabinets, and a subway tile backsplash. The result of all these renos is an adorable cottage feel with vintage charm, and amenities that make it a standout property in the housing market.

This house was listed Oct. 23 by Britt Lopez with Dallas City Center Realtors for $375,000. (There’s a broker open house next Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon, so let us know what you think if you go!)

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Stevens ParkStevens Park Village is one of my favorite areas of North Oak Cliff, nestled between Colorado Boulevard and the edge of the cliff. The wide, heavily treed streets are welcoming and the Austin-stone-and-brick-houses that predominate have an intimate, quaint feel. You’ll glimpse killer views of downtown from Stevens Park Village, and neighbors get friendly at two local parks.

The older residences in the neighborhood of 176 houses were built between 1939 and 1941. Fifteen were built by Charles Dilbeck, an architect who had a way of creating imminently livable, friendly spaces.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred at 2329 W. Colorado Blvd., although not a Dilbeck, is a perfect example of what Stevens Park Village has to offer. Built in 1941, this three bedroom, two bath stone-and-wood cottage has beautiful hardwood floors, a fireplace, arched doorways, and corner cupboards. It is 1,541 square feet, and newly listed by Nancy Gonzales with David Griffin & Company for $249,900.

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