Dallas

Everglade Park will be home to one community project to receive funding from the Dallas Neighborhood Vitality Grant Program (photo courtesy City of Dallas).

Which Dallas neighborhoods will receive grant dollars for community projects? What is holding many back from becoming homeowners in Dallas? We’ll look at that, plus see news on Opendoor’s newest round of funding and how it impacts North Texas in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Sixteen Dallas Neighborhood Projects Receive City Funding

Sixteen projects across Dallas will receive Dallas Neighborhood Vitality Grant Program dollars this year to implement community improvements. (more…)

Winnetka Heights is the second-largest historic district in the city of Dallas. (Photos: Joe Horner/Scout DFW)

By Deb R. Brimer
Contributing Writer

Winnetka Heights has the look and feel of a modern Rockwell-esque painting. Today’s canvas reveals stunning historic style, native North Oak Cliff beauty, and the vibrancy of a culturally diverse, urban neighborhood. But the picture wasn’t always pretty.

Some people make history. Others preserve it.

Formerly the Winnetka Heights Baptist Church, this historic sanctuary now hosts arts events and education.

According to the Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association (WHNA), the neighborhood dates back to 1890 when it was part of the City of Oak Cliff’s Midway Addition. Seven years after annexing Oak Cliff in 1901, the City of Dallas replatted the 50-square-mile area as Winnetka Heights.

Four prominent Dallas investors – Leslie Stemmons, J.P. Blake, R.S. Waldron, and T.S. Miller Jr. – made history by developing and marketing sprawling homesites to affluent buyers. While most things in 1911 were archaic compared to today’s standards – the adage of location, location, location wasn’t one of them.

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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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Winnetka Heights Craftsman

Big front porches are social by nature, and a neighborhood full of them means homeowners who know each other’s names, kids who race across the lawns together, and a gracious, welcoming atmosphere.

Find that front porch lifestyle in North Oak Cliff’s Winnetka Heights, the city’s second largest historic district with 600 Craftsman-style bungalows and Prairie-influenced Four Square homes. Advertised in 1911 as “Dallas’ Ideal Suburb” by the Russell Realty Company, Winnetka Heights stands today as Dallas’ best example of preserved, turn-of-the-century housing.

Our Thursday Three Hundred at 416 S. Winnetka Ave. is a great example of a Winnetka Heights Craftsman, a 3-2 with 1,734 square feet, built in 1945.

It was listed Jan. 29 by Crystal Gonzalez with David Griffin & Company for $349,000. (There’s a broker open house this morning from 10 a.m. to noon, so hurry over and report back with your thoughts!)

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Winnetka HeightsFor people interested in homes with stories and personality, the Winnetka Heights neighborhood in North Oak Cliff offers hundreds of beautiful examples.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred is a Craftsman bungalow at 214 N. Edgefield Ave., near Davis and Polk streets. Built in 1924, it has doubtless seen generations of people sit on its wide front porch, looking out at the arching shade trees that line the street.

At 2,212 square feet on two stories, this Craftsman is large, with four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one powder room. It sits on a heavily treed lot, and is walking distance from the Kessler Theater and restaurants like Nova; the entire Bishop Arts District is just one mile away.
Winnetka HeightsThe neighborhood has its own stories to tell, too. Winnetka Heights is the largest historic district in Dallas, with 600 houses and 20 commercial structures in its 50 city blocks. In 1911, several prominent Dallas investors developed Winnetkta Heights as a tony area, full of one-story frame bungalows and two-story Prairie-influenced Four Square homes.

Let’s take a look at this Craftsman, both beautifully maintained and renovated in key areas, and newly listed by Erin Young with Allie Beth Allman & Assoc. for $399,900.

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222 N. Montclair Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75208

222 N. Montclair Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75208

As many of you now know, I’ve become obsessed with East Dallas since moving to Hollywood Heights. However, I occasionally venture out of my ‘hood and most recently went to the West Side.

Winnetka Heights, right west of Bishop Arts in North Oak Cliff, is a darling neighborhood that reminds me of ours. Originally included in the Midway Addition to the city of Oak Cliff in 1890, it was replatted as Winnetka Heights in 1908. Four prominent businessmen – L.A. Stemmons, TS. Miller, Jr., J.P. Blake, and R.S. Waldron developed the 50 square-block area as a prestigious suburb. Sales were brisk, with several millionaires building opulent Prairie-style homes in the first wave of construction. All four of the developers built their homes here, but only the J.P. Blake home at 401 North Rosemont (home of the Oak Cliff Society for the Fine Arts), and the TS. Miller home at 101 North Montclair remain today. 

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