North Oak Cliff’s Winnetka Heights is one of Dallas’ most popular front-porch communities, with street after street filled with Craftsman-style and Prairie-style homes that offer a friendly, shaded spot facing the tree-lined avenues. These porches are the perfect place to while away a warm afternoon with neighbors over conversation and cold beverages. 

Though some structures in the Winnetka Heights Historic District still require some significant help, this new listing from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Cynthia Paine-Drennan is a gorgeous, move-in ready Prairie-style home with a fabulous front porch, gracious interiors, and a backyard for everyone. It’s beyond worthy of the High Caliber Home of the Week title presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

The spacious front porch of 326 S. Edgefield Ave. is just begging for a cold glass of whatever whets your whistle and a conversation with neighbors. I’m sure the sellers got their mileage out of it when the power went out in Dallas recently, as it’s the perfect spot for catching up with neighbors and catching a cool breeze between dragging limbs from neighbors yards to the curbs. And it’s also a great bit of foreshadowing, as the attention to detail continues inside this Winnetka Heights home.

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Historic Craftsman style home in Winnetka Heights. Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Historic Craftsman style home in Winnetka Heights. (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

One of the hardest things in the world is finding the perfect neighborhood and home to call yours. When I moved back to Dallas from Arizona, I wanted what I had there — diversity, architecture with character, and a place that I could grow a garden. Yes, I’m an urban gardener. Guilty as charged!

I was about to give up on my search until I happened to drive past a big old building that looked like a YMCA — stucco, flat roof, and trees. It took almost a year to make it happen, but my dreams came true in Oak Cliff.

My neighborhood is still “emerging,” but I’ve been lucky enough to have the Winnetka Heights gang adopt me as one of their own, and now I don’t plan on ever leaving my own Home Idea Factory.

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Lots of young folks moving to Oak Cliff are looking for a charming older home with great bones. They’re looking for fixer-uppers, diamonds in the rough, and plenty of room for sweat equity.

To me, however, that sounds like a lot of work. (If that makes me sound lazy, well, color me guilty.)

If I were looking for a home in Oak Cliff, I’d snag one of these adorable Winnetka Heights Craftsman bungalows where someone else has poured in the blood, sweat, and trips to the hardware store so I don’t have to. So you can see why 122 S. Rosemont Ave. is so appealing to me. And at $229,000, it is an incredible value.

Nevermind the curb appeal. I love the bright colors on the siding! It has so much character and literally makes me smile just by looking at it. I love the attention to detail, especially with the dentil trim and the railings on the adorable front porch.

Inside it’s just as bright and easy on the eyes. The living room is incredibly well lit and has a cute fireplace, too. There are wonderful and well-preserved built-ins, and French doors, too. I am sure Crystal Gonzalez of David Griffin & Company Realtors loved how much light and impact this home lends right when prospective buyers walk through the door!

 

Of course, I gauge a lot of my feelings about a home after seeing the kitchen. This house is no slouch in that department, with a top-to-bottom remodel including stainless fixtures, granite, tile, and super clean cabinets.

 

Both baths in this three-bedroom, two-bath home have been updated, too. There’s new hardwoods throughout, and fully redone electrical. If you’re buying a home that was built in the 1920s, you’re going to want to have a professional rewire it as this has been.

Now, the backyard has a great little deck, but otherwise it’s a blank slate. I can see some enterprising amateur gardener taking this on and turning it into a blanket of color. It’d be a great place for a chicken coop, too!

A word about the neighborhood: Winnetka Heights is probably one of the most active neighborhoods in all of Dallas. It is very well organized and has a Facebook page that’s more like a soundingboard than a neighborhood group. Because it’s a city-designated Historic District, you can count on stability as far as what the homes around you are going to look like in 10 or 20 years.

Also, there’s been a resurgence in parental participation in Oak Cliff schools, and for parents of young kids there’s the Rosemont Early Childhood PTA, which is the oldest PTA in the state of Texas.

Add to that the close proximity to the Bishop Arts District and West Davis Street, as well as the growing and changing Jefferson Boulevard area and, well, all you need is a new bike and you’ll never have to leave 75208!