Exploring Cochran Heights

Urban houses that shine are the stars of this unique Dallas home tour


5029 Milam, 2019 ‘Uniquely Urban’ Home Tour
Photo by Michael Hamtil
5207 Pershing, 2019 ‘Uniquely Urban’ Home Tour
Photo by Michael Hamtil
5110 Milam, 2019 ‘Uniquely Urban’ Home Tour
Photo by Michael Hamtil
5206 Homer, 2019 ‘Uniquely Urban’ Home Tour
Photo by Michael Hamtil
5027 Mission, 2019 ‘Uniquely Urban’ Home Tour
Photo by Michael Hamtil

Cochran Heights may be one of the smallest neighborhoods in Dallas, but it hosts a home tour that packs big personality. This year's "Uniquely Urban" home tour takes place on April 6 from 2-5 pm and features five homes that range from classic Dilbecks to a magical modern and everything in between.

Homes on this walkable tour are located within four blocks of each other in the neighborhood, which is just east of North Central Expressway and south of Henderson Avenue. Tickets are $20 and proceeds will help fund a major neighborhood vitality project that will convert an abandoned alley into a pedestrian walkway connecting to a park.

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5029 Milam St.
This pre-war, Charles Dilbeck home is lovingly referred to as "the castle house" for obvious reasons. And while its turret and Juliet balcony are instant, awe-inspiring attributes, this cozy charmer boasts even more beauty inside. The home is estimated to have had nine owners; however, they all have chosen to keep it true to the period in which it was built. Original moldings, floors, doors, trim, and walls composed of horse hair plaster are still intact. An expansion project doubled the home, bringing it to nearly 2,800 square feet as it measures now. 

5207 Pershing St.
This quitssential Charles Dilbeck has all of the quirks and characteristics that it did when it was constructed in 1936, in addition to some modern upgrades that make the house more liveable. While the owners say "the soul is pure Dilbeck" with its noticeable lack of hallways, funky split-level layout, oversized fireplace, and large windows, through the years it has undergone some changes. Think changing the attic into a bonus room, converting the "too small for a modern car" garage into an office, and most recently a refreshing coat of exterior paint. Admirers are particularly fond of the picteresque pecan trees that flank all sides of the lot. 

5110 Milam St.
This 1931 home features a unique split-level design and originally was said to resemble a "Californian." The home, since being purchased by new owners in 2017, has undergone an extensive remodel. It's now being described as a modern farmhouse. This renovation included restoring floors, painting, new countertops, bathroom renos, moving two staircases, and adding a third bedroom. The front of the home also got a facelift with the application of German smear to the existing brick.

5206 Homer St.
This may be an orginal Austin stone cottage built in 1940; however, the current owner has a distinct affinity for New Orleans, which is immediately evident by the Jazz Festival posters that hang on the walls throughout the downstairs of the four bedroom home. And while the interior is packed with soul, the owner bought the property for its outdoor oasis that features a custom pool, hot tub, and basketball and pickleball courts. 

5027 Mission Ave.
A lone modern masterpiece makes a major mark on this year's tour. The current owners, at age 50, decided that they wanted to grow old where everyone around them was young and snatched up this single-family, attached home that requires little to no yard work. A favorite area of the home is the rooftop, which is ideal for entertaining. Luxury amentities include Cole and Sons' wallpaper, Spanish Porcelanosa tile, Calcutta gold marble countertops, Miele appliances, and a Liebherr German built-in refrigerator.