For decades, a four-lane road connected Jefferson Boulevard with 12th Street in Oak Cliff. But in 2019, a grassroots group of Winnetka Heights residents successfully convinced the city of Dallas to demolish the Jefferson-Twelfth Connector. It had been built in the 1960s to help motorists headed downtown, but it cut “like a Nike swoosh through the neighborhood, demolishing dozens of homes, deflating value, and disrupting the quaint, early-20th-century grid of shady streets,” Peter Smiek wrote for D Magazine in 2019.
Now the former road will be transformed into a park, and whoever buys 300 S. Clinton Ave. will reap the benefits.
The connector hugs the north side of the lot, listing agent Jeremy Whiteker says. Once it’s officially torn out, it’s going “to bring the neighborhood back together and restore the grid.” And the planned Kevin W. Sloan Park will wrap in an L-shape around the Clinton Avenue property. A future homeowner will be able to enjoy park views from all its bedrooms. “That house in particular is going to be just kind of sitting pretty right, basically, in a park.”
And although the new owners will have to wait a little while longer for the park, the home itself is certainly worth waiting in. The classic Oak Cliff craftsman, which was built in 1945, was completely flipped in 2020 and restored to its original postwar feel. “There’s a lot of nostalgia because they really paid attention to detail in the renovation,” Whiteker says.
The then-owner added an additional 462 square feet, lifted the house, rebuilt the pier and beam foundation, and opened up the floorplan. There’s a covered front porch, white oak hardwood floors, transom windows between rooms, and lots of windows.
“It has a real cozy feel inside,” Whiteker says. “It feels very homey.” But besides the charm of its original era, the house still has all the conveniences of the modern age, including flex spaces and an updated kitchen and bathroom.
Listed just under $600,000, the house is already under contract. But you can scroll through the gallery to learn more about the home.