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Hot Property: This Oak Cliff Modern Is Walkable to All Your Favorite Places

Just steps from Bishop Arts, the 2,179-square-foot home has a 21st-century feel, with plenty of transitional sensibilities, too.
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With 633 Strong St., “you've got a beginning palette that really lends itself to transitional design,” listing agent Ged Dipprey says. Laura Serrato
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Hot Property: This Oak Cliff Modern Is Walkable to All Your Favorite Places

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The then-one-story home at 633 Strong St. was deep in renovations when the current owners stumbled upon it in 2018. “They were Oak Cliff folks who just fell in love with the walkability of the property,” listing agent Ged Dipprey says. 

Its easy walkability makes you briefly forget about the Dallas sprawl. Stroll about 200 yards down the block, and you can have a cocktail at Tiny Victories on Davis. Or get sweet treats at Joy Macarons and Encanto Pops. In 300 yards, you can grab a morning pick-me-up at Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters. “And then, if you want to venture out, you could certainly go walk less than half a mile to be right in the heart of Bishop Arts,” Dipprey says.  

They said yes to the ’50s-era property and got to work finishing the add-ons and bringing it into the 21st century. For example, over the past year, they added a porch, which is set back about 50 feet from the curb, and moody front exteriors. “I think [it] grounds the home a little bit,” Dipprey says, “It gives some symmetry. And obviously, it’s super inviting and architectural.” Design and landscaping help came courtesy Sara Garza of Sara Garza Interiors, and the owners made the concrete pathway themselves. 

Inside, there’s a refreshing blend of modern and classic elements, Dipprey says. The front door opens to an open-concept living-dining space. There’s a wood-burning limewashed fireplace—“it’s a little flair of the old”—and hand-scraped hardwood floors. But there’s also modern lighting over the dining table and bar seating. Over in the kitchen, there’s open shelving and the subway tile backsplash reaches the ceiling, however the shaker cabinets add a touch of transitional.

All these elements are great, says Dipprey, but that’s not what makes this 72-year-old house special. “What stands out the most, just knowing older homes, is you don’t find homes that have the bedroom count that this one does and the flexible space of that floor plan.”

Downstairs, the house has two bedrooms with full bathrooms, the primary suite, and a sizable flex space, which was part of the 2018 renovations. It was the old garage, but you’d never know that now. “What it is today is a beautiful and spacious flex room that can function as a guest bedroom, home office, [or] home gym,” Dipprey says. The nearly 200-square-foot room has 10-foot vaulted ceilings, large windows, extra closet space, and the washer-dryer in its ensuite. 

The other two bedrooms, each with dormer windows, are upstairs. “It’s quite spacious” up there, Dipprey says. “It’s got a neat little vibe to it.” There’s a little nook area, plus a den, which is currently used as a media room. This space could be another office or home gym, or it could be left as a kids’ sanctuary, completely detached from the parents downstairs. 

Besides the deep front yard, the house has a private backyard. The back is gated, has a gravel drive, and a patio space just off the kitchen that’s perfect for grilling. At 75 feet in width, the lot as a whole “gives us a wonderful, wide setting,” says Dipprey, that, along with the location and floor plan, really sets the whole property apart. 

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