Rosemont Elementary School draws students from the most-desirable neighborhoods in North Oak Cliff: Kessler Park, Stevens Park Estates, and Winnetka Heights. The talk of those neighborhoods has to be today’s news that Rosemont principal Anna Brining will lose her job at the end of this semester. Some parents told The Dallas Morning News they’re going to do everything they can to keep Brining at the school, while others said they will be happy to see her go. With so much parental involvement at the school, there’s sure to be more news in the coming weeks.
Residents of Oak Cliff who care about the state of Dallas’ public schools should be at Salon Las Americas at 7 p.m. on Thursday. That’s when Dallas Independent School District trustees Eric Cowan, Lew Blackburn, and Joyce Foreman — whose districts all include portions of Oak Cliff — will host a town hall meeting to hear their constituents’ concerns.
You could tour properties all over Dallas this weekend and not see anything like 1803 Marydale Drive in Stevens Park Estates. This Dilbeck-inspired home, offered for $460,000 by Ged Dipprey of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, provides a first-hand experience with Dilbeck’s influence on design.
Upon your arrival, follow the meandering stone pathway that leads you through whimsical double front doors and invites you to exchange the coziness of the vestibule for the home’s spacious formals with gleaming hardwood flooring.
A light-filled hallway guides you to an impressive beamed-ceiling bonus room that makes for a terrific art gallery or a possible third bedroom. The hallway continues to a comfortable den that connects to both the master and guest bedrooms. French doors provide access from the den to an expansive dry-stacked courtyard that anchors the home to its beautiful natural setting. Spend some time there on a cool spring evening and it won’t take long to find out what a neighborly community North Oak Cliff is.
Many facets of the home have been lovingly restored to pay homage to yesteryear, such as the awesomely vintage kitchen with eye-popping colors and a quaint eat-in breakfast nook. The modern chef is sure to appreciate the vintage Chambers stove, which offers an unrivaled cooking experience.
Adjacent to the kitchen, and hidden behind original wood double doors, you will discover the charming “chess room,” as it is referred to by the owners. The room’s romantic fireplace and built-in shelves make for a perfect study, children’s play room, or secondary living space. A charming Dutch door provides convenient access to the breezeway that connects to the brilliantly redesigned garage that functions both as an entertainment pavilion and functional workshop complete with an artistic steel cargo cage.
With close proximity to Stevens Park Golf Course, the Bishop Arts District, Downtown, and the new Sylvan Thirty retail development, this home presents its new owners the opportunity to experience the best North Oak Cliff has to offer!
To schedule a showing of this unique property, contact Ged Dipprey at 214-924-3112 or firstname.lastname@example.org or attend this Sunday’s open house from 2 to 4 p.m.
Via our friends at the Oak Cliff Advocate, we learned of some news today that will dampen the spirits of our agents and clients who live in North Oak Cliff neighborhoods such as Kessler Park, Stevens Park Estates, and Winnetka Heights: Lucky Dog Books has lost its lease and must move out by April 1. Given the date, we have our fingers crossed that is just a long-planned April Fools’ prank.
If you live and/or work in North Oak Cliff and you’re not checking out the Advocate‘s website every day, then you’re missing out. For example, editor Rachel Stone is keeping tabs on five different North Oak Cliff matters that are on the City Council’s agenda today.
“We have a five-bedroom house with two people living in it,” Sheri said.
The Mathises are looking to downsize, so their extensively renovated house in Stevens Park Estates is for sale. But even though they’re selling the house in which their kids grew up, the couple has no plans to leave the neighborhood.
“This is Mayberry. We can’t leave,” Sheri said. “Or Bedford Falls, if you want to look at it that way.”
“He never really gets out of town,” Sheri said, “but that’s kind of the point. You know, home is where the heart is.”
The Mathises have a soft spot in their hearts for North Oak Cliff, which many residents consider a small town in the best sense of that phrase. Sheri works for Good Space, the company responsible for revitalizing so many properties in and around the Bishop Arts District. Their kids attended the Kessler School and Rosemont Elementary, long before those campuses expanded through sixth and eighth grades, respectively. And Sheri has held leadership positions with the Methodist Hospitals of Dallas Guild and the Rosemont Early Childhood PTA.
In fact, Sheri was on the Stevens Park Estates Neighborhood Association’s fundraising committee when the Annie Stevens Children’s Park was established about 20 years ago. She said the project was jointly funded by City Hall and the homeowners.
“There was a little bit there when we first moved in, and then we rebuilt the playground,” she said.
That park, which is just three blocks south of the Mathises’ home, inspired a story Sheri likes to tell about what a tight-knit community Stevens Park Estates is. When the oldest kids were 4 and 3, they and Sheri were going to meet their next-door neighbors at the park. Her daughter got impatient as Sheri helped her son get his shoes on, so she decided to take off on her own.
“Before she got there, I got three phone calls from neighbors,” Sheri said. “One was ‘I just saw Erin go by on her bike. She doesn’t have her helmet on.’ The second one was ‘I just saw Erin go by on her bike. It looks like she’s headed for the park, but your neighbor is there.’ And the third one was ‘I see Erin’s at the park, but it looks like your neighbor’s there, and she’s having fun with her.’”
That sounds like one heck of a place to raise a family to me.
Golf enthusiasts agree that Stevens Park Golf Course (“Little Augusta,” as it’s known to many locals) is the pride and joy of North Oak Cliff. Renovated in 2011, Stevens Park is considered one of the finest public courses in the state.
Homes located on golf courses are always in demand, which is why Dave Perry-Miller & Associates presents four gorgeous estates within walking distance of Stevens Park Golf Course.
Located in Kessler Park, 1022 N. Montclair Avenue is a Tudor situated on a .33-acre rolling-terrain lot. The recently restored home features hardwood floors, medallion ceilings, stained-glass windows, stone and mosaic inlays, and double-brick construction. The five-bedroom home also boasts a wine cellar, dual balconies, a foot bridge, a pond, and a fire pit.
The home at 1042 Lausanne Avenue in Kessler Park is a beautiful Tudor with 15-foot cathedral ceilings, a gas fireplace, and stained-glass windows. The kitchen features pearl-granite countertops and custom cabinetry. In the backyard, there’s a waterfall pool and a spa.
Down the street is 1133 Lausanne Avenue, a remodeled ranch-style home situated on a .32-acre corner lot. The home features cove ceilings, formal living areas with hardwood floors, oversized windows, tiered moldings, and double-sided fireplace bridging the living room and den. The backyard has a recently refinished pool with a waterfall.
Located in Stevens Park Estates is 1932 W. Colorado Boulevard, a beautiful five-bedroom home that was extensively renovated in 2003. The home features an open floor plan, rich hardwood flooring, a large family room, a covered patio, and an expansive backyard with mature trees.
A version of this article also appears on Culture Map Dallas.