During World War II, the Elmwood house at 1420 Brunner Ave. in Oak Cliff was a refuge for British pilots here for training. The Royal Air Force was getting creamed by the Germans and needed help, which was available here. 

The first of the training schools was created in Terrell, about 1.5 hours east, and many flyboys made their way to Dallas on the weekends. A few of them ended up at their home-away-from-home, the Craig house on Brunner Avenue, where a little girl, Paula, lived with her folks. 

“The boys were so fond of little Paula that they gifted her with a RAF patch, one Mrs. Craig sewed on the sleeve of Paula’s dance costume — a miniature U.S. Army uniform,” said Gayla Brooks, who wrote about the house in 2009. “Between the ages of 4 and 7, the little dancer wore the costume when she performed at war bond rallies.” 

This storied property is our Thursday Three Hundred today, and Paula, all grown up now, is a Montessori teacher who continues to live in the neighborhood. The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,806 square feet on two stories, built in 1940.

The home is of considerable size by Elmwood standards, and it has a genuinely spacious lot of almost one-third of an acre.

“It manages to roll in the new —Bertazzoni gas range, a light color palette, and tons of natural light — with the original — crystal doorknobs, hardwood floors, original built-ins throughout — and has a large finished-out attic that would be perfect for a bedroom,” said Emily Ruth Cannon with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who has listed the house with Jennifer Stolarski.

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8240 Stony Creek extWhen I saw this house last weekend, Dallas was freshly moistened from that Saturday-afternoon rainfall that kept our temperatures more Maine-like than Texas-in-August. So maybe that’s why I thought I was in another place, like a secret garden. 8240 Stony Creek was not yet in MLS, and had the most incredible back yard I have seen in ages. Listed with the cuteness that is Shannon Saunders at Clay Stapp & Company. The home is located East of Central in that hot hot Claremont ‘hood. I had never heard of Stony Creek. So over I went and what I saw blew my mind:8240 Stony Creek yard1 (more…)

1119 Valencia extThis little angel hits MLS on Friday, and I bet there is a contract or two come sundown. Such is the state of our market.

How about a Hollywood Heights mid century charmer with all the updates done! How about 1119 Valencia? Open floor plan from a recent remodel, abundant windows, a whopping 1868 square feet which is huge for this neighborhood. Built in 1953, there are two bedrooms, two baths (also unusual) and even two living areas! The kitchen has a breakfast bar, tons of cabinets, silestone counters, glass and ceramic tile backsplash, stainless KitchenAid appliances and an extra deep double sink with a picture window overlooking the immense back yard.  Both bathrooms were tastefully renovated A+++, and here is another rarity in this neck of the woods: both bedrooms are large enough for king sized furniture, aka a king bed!  The large lot (60 by 147)  has been cleared and is ready for a deck, pool and patio. Two car carport in back, and a one car garage attached in front. How much? $355,000. By the way, all the photos are from Shoot to Sell Photography. Listed with Britt Lopez of Keller Williams, who rocks!1119-valencia-st-dallas-tx-High-Res-2[1] 1119-valencia-st-dallas-tx-High-Res-3[1] 1119-valencia-st-dallas-tx-High-Res-6[1] 1119-valencia-st-dallas-tx-High-Res-21[1] 1119-valencia-st-dallas-tx-High-Res-20[1] 1119-valencia-st-dallas-tx-High-Res-16[1] 1119-valencia-st-dallas-tx-High-Res-13[1] 1119-valencia-st-dallas-tx-High-Res-10[1] 1119-valencia-st-dallas-tx-High-Res-9[1] 1119-valencia-st-dallas-tx-High-Res-7[1] 1119-valencia-st-dallas-tx-High-Res-4[1]1119-valencia-st-dallas-tx-High-Res-25[1]

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From the street, 6319 Velasco Avenue looks like another great Lakewood home.

Lakewood is hot. But, dearest Dirt-o-phile, you already knew that. Homes are under contract before they hit MLS in some cases, and in others, they’re sold within weeks of listing.


But sometimes you can find a deal where no one else is looking. That’s the case with 6319 Velasco from our fine friends at Rogers Healy and Associates. Maybe, on the other hand, it’s a deal because the bathrooms are problem areas. I wouldn’t be able to tell, though, because the listing for this home doesn’t have a photo of either of the two baths in this quaint, 2,056-square-foot home with three bedrooms. It’s kind of a pet peeve of mine.

The listing does boast “original details,” such as a telephone nook and stained glass. Methinks the cupboards inside the “country kitchen” might need a little sprucing up, though. Unless you’re into wood paneling. The apron sink is a keeper, though!

Otherwise, it’s exactly what you’d expect from a Lakewood traditional: archways, trees, and tons of charm. And the price just went down, too, to the tune of $5,100. Sounds like a steal to me!