2011 Fall Home Tour - TOUR NETS $30,006.00
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This year's 2011 OOCCL Fall Home Tour has netted a record $30,006.00 in funds for the organization.

Under the direction of OOCCL Exec VP and Home Tour Chair Michele Cox and even with the current economy and one day of solid rain, the tour was a phenomenal success! 

Some of the most consistent positive feedback centered on the 111 year old Lansford convent/speakeasy property (above) and the Oak Park Estates neighborhood (below) Many knew nothing about Oak Park Estates before the area had 2 homes featured on this year's tour.

2011 Tour BONUS Property - Twelve Hills Nature Preserve
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Twelve Hills Nature CenterAs an additional bonus property this year - after the tour - please stop by the Twelve Hills Nature Preserve.  Twelve Hills is an urban nature preserve right here in the heart of Oak Cliff.   It serves as an outdoor classroom and passive recreational area. It seeks to educate both adults and children about environmental stewardship and community-building through the grassroots creation and maintenance of a native Texas blackland prairie, and small wetland.
Twelve Hills is a very beautiful addition to our local urban environment that seeks to keep a part of our blackland prarie topography pure and untouched.    

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Lansford - Elmwood

Dallas Morning News Article

This wonderful Spanish-style villa was constructed in 1900 as a convent. For the last 110 years, the house has had various owners, including the City of Dallas. It was also known to have served as a railroad storage depot, a gambling casino, a section of an amusement park, and a speak-easy that was rumored to have been visited by Bonnie and Clyde. This historical treasure was saved from demolition in 1970 and was named “House of the Week” by the Dallas Times Herald in 1973. It occupies 3/4 of an acre of land that includes a creek offering seasonal foliage, beautiful trees, a small detached cottage, and an old water well near the back patio. The current owner has created meditation and sitting gardens that maintain the historic landscape ambiance.

When you enter the house you will find the original brick walls covered with stucco. The two blue glazed fleur de lis on the door to the master bedroom are also original. Wonderful high arches have been created by the current owner and the floors are concrete with Arkansas Pink vintage marble in the foyer, hall bathroom & kitchen. The wood floors are antique shiplap pine from an old sugar mill in East Texas. There are two original functioning fireplaces, original windows, and a cupola tower that has served a variety of functions for each owner including at one time, a cistern. Renovations include a modern kitchen, updated bathroom, and bedroom space. The furniture and artwork compliment the colorful interior and create a calm yet distinguished living experience.

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This traditional home was built in 1937 on two lots in Kessler Park. The half-acre property, which boasts 200 feet of street frontage, faces the Stevens Park Golf Course, tennis courts and Coombs Creek Trail greenbelt.

The original part of the house was large for its day, with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a library, butler’s pantry and a two-car garage. There was also an additional bedroom and full bath in the quarters above the original garage, which was connected via a gated breezeway. (The arched doorway in the current kitchen is located where the breezeway once stood.) The home has been significantly remodeled and expanded over the years. The most recent previous owners nearly doubled the home’s size to close to 7,000 square feet by enclosing the breezeway between the house and garage, adding two additional bedrooms, an upstairs kitchen, a gym with bathroom, an enormous walk-in pantry, two additional garages and a vaulted family room with large windows overlooking the heavily wooded backyard. The master suite was also renovated by adding the mahogany storage closets at the entrance, expanding and updating the master bathroom and creating a sunroom from an adjacent previously enclosed screened porch.

2011 BONUS Property - Stevens Park Golf Course
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After you visit our amazing 14 home tour homes this year, you're invited to stop by the newly remodeled Stevens Park Golf Course.  The beautiful 1920's course has been closed for the past year for renovations and it is due to open next week.  A complete new design was undertaken complete with new tee-boxes, greens and 38 new sand bunkers.  

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