I had the unexpected pleasure of attending the Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour last weekend. This annual event has occurred for decades, but this was my first visit. I've been appraising in Kessler Park and Stevens Park since the beginning, so I am well aware and appreciative of the stately grand ol' dames of post-WW1 south Dallas. But this year, tour organizers decided to display a wide variety of styles and designs of homes that comprises the nearly 30 neighborhoods represented by the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League.
Twelve homes were selected from almost 50 applicants, making it the largest tour ever. The homes selected ranged in age from 1912 to 1957, as small as 1,200 sqft. to over 5,000. Styles also ran the gamut from Tudor to Ranch to Modern Contemporary to Prairie Mansion. Most homes had recently completed a significant and thorough renovation and/or rehabilitation, in historic accuracy and/or modern style, or a mix of both. But a couple were just as they always have been - we call these "time warps". Each house also showcased a vintage automobile as a bonus; the 1968 Lamborghini Espada was my favorite.
I highly recommend the tour to everyone. The homes are spectacular, and you will probably come home ready to redecorate. Not to mention the entertainment provided by the voyeuristic comrades touring these home with you. After seeing one fabulous gentlemen for the third time of the day, each time with a drink in his hand, I inquired where the bar was: "In the trunk, sweetie!" But be forewarned for next year, food and drinks are really not allowed - inside, anyway.
www.ooccll.com, www.whhometour.org, www.turnerhouse.org, www.oakcliff.com