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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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It’s amazing what you’ll find when you’re just browsing around MLS, and boy, are there deals to be had! I cannot tell you how thrilled — THRILLED! — I was to see that yes, you can still buy a great home in Oak Cliff for under $200K.

Check out 322 S. Oak Cliff Blvd, listed by Virginia Cook agent Susan Melnick. This home is just adorable inside and out! Lovely front porch with a swing, and the fresh paint with bright white trim really makes this home pop. Walk inside and it’s super cozy! Here’s the real shocker, though: this three-bedroom, two-bath home has more than 1,200 square feet and is priced at …

… $165,000!

I know! I can’t believe it either! Seriously, this home is adorable and the perfect way for someone who wants to live in Oak Cliff but doesn’t have the budget for a huge Craftsman or Prairie-style home in Winnetka Heights or Kings Highway.

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You’ll love the way this home flows, too, and the kitchen was recently remodeled to make it both gorgeous and functional. A lot of homes in this area, which is called Sunset Hill, still have ancient kitchens with the washer and dryer right in the middle of them. Not only do you have sleek stainless steel appliances with gorgeous cabinets, but you get room for your washer and dryer OUTSIDE OF THE KITCHEN! Brilliant!

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The bedrooms are a great size, and you’ll love the huge windows, too. Another bonus to this house is the refinished hardwood floors that look just breathtaking throughout the home, and make the bedrooms feel cozy and elegant at the same time.

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There are two baths in this home, one of which has an awesome claw-foot tub and the other has a pre-fab corner shower unit. I am not a fan of those, but you know what? There are two bathrooms in this home, which is practically unheard of for a house built in 1924, so I’ll just appreciate that there’s a second one and leave it at that. Both baths feature new hardware and updated vanities, too.

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The backyard is where you’ll really start to warm to this home, and boy, isn’t it just gorgeous in the fall with that lovely maple tree? This cottage sits on an absolutely immense corner lot, giving you 1.26 acres all to yourself. How amazing is that? You’ll love the detached two-car garage, too, which faces the adorable brick patio accessible by both the laundry area and the master bedroom’s french doors.

Honestly, in Dallas right now, this home will give any buyer the most bang for their buck. What do you think?