Wonderful Tudor home...

There are pockets of delightful, historic architecture throughout Dallas, and North Oak Cliff is rich with them. One neighborhood, Hampton Hills, was billed as “Oak Cliff’s Ideal Home Place” in ads from the mid 1920s, and is comprised of about 320 craftsman bungalows, Tudor houses, and pre- and post-war cottages, making it one of the most undisturbed areas of original architecture in the city.

Hampton Hills is bounded by Clarendon Drive on the north, Wright Street on the south, Oak Cliff Boulevard on the east, and Hampton Road on the west. For today’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we’re looking at a lovely Tudor on a quiet street in the area, 1325 Hollywood Ave. This house at is a 2-2 with 1,313 square feet, built in 1930, and it is listed for $240,000 by Mary Beth Harrison at Keller Williams’ Park Cities office.

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This house was likely built by original neighborhood developer Alf W. Sanders and it’s full of the kind of original details that make me swoon. Take, for instance, the front of the house with its unusual, decorative brickwork and steeply pitched, cross-gabled roof. This style of Tudor revival in Hampton Hills is called English Cottage and it lends a storybook feel to the neighborhood. Jump to read more and see tons of pics!

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It’s a glorious Monday morning in North Texas, the Rangers are in the World Series, it didn’t rain at Cattle Barons, I say what the H-E double hockeysticks let’s go buy us a $6 million mansion at 4215 Lakeside Drive! Face it: life in this Anton Korn designed estate is not just shouting out, but sends total fireworks to the world that you have arrived and really now have nothing else to do besides — bathe whenever you like and think about your villa in Cordoba. This home should be purchased alone for the custom marble sculpted bathtub in the master bath — to-die-for! Look at those rooms — the leopard-covered upholstery, the elegant rugs, hand-finished floors every single inch hand-crafted by Russian artisians flown in just to literally do the floors! Look at the columns, woodwork, panels, finishes — all marble, Venetian plaster, and granite. This home was built in 1923, designed by the venerable Korn who designed many elegant homes in Dallas, and was said to be the only high end architect of his day. Let’s say this: if it was an elegant, high-end home in the twenties, it had Korn’s name on it: Swiss Avenue, homes for Highland Park’s Hugh Prather, a host of homes on St. John’s, Beverly, Turtle Creek, Lakeside, Overhill and Maple Avenue. 4215 Lakeside was meticulously updated and remodeled in 1990. It is actually not a huge home, only 6023 square feet, and it has only three (huge) bedrooms, three and a half baths, three living areas and a two car garage. The exterior grounds and Grecian pool are right out of a Tuscan villa, and there is a pool house decorated to the nines in those rich, warm Italian hues. The home sits gracefully on one of the best Lakeside lots, 134 by 174, almost a half acre! Little dirt here: the owner is actually a Russian cellist who played with Yo Yo Ma for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The European influence she exerted on the home expresses her Russian background and flair. And if you see any touches of Italy, it may be from decorating pointers she picked up from another notable neighbor at their villa in Cordoba, Italy, Frances Mayes. No, the author of Under The Tuscan Sun has not moved to Lakeside, but owns the villa right next next door to this family’s Italian second home. Excuse me, villa. Asking: $6,995,000 listed with Dave Perry-Miller.