Need architectural inspiration? Then head to Old Oak Cliff Conservation League's popular fall home tour October 12-13, where a dozen enviable abodes are open to the public's gaze. Discount tickets ($20) are available until Friday, October 11, or pay $25 the day of the tour.
Here is a first look at some select tour sites, from midcentury gems to Georgian head-turners.
1645 Junior Dr.
Architect David Braden built this sprawling, midcentury modern home on a wooded hillside in the early '60s. The East Kessler Park dwelling boasts 4,200 square feet of living space, a hidden theater and skyline views.
Glass walls, organic building materials and lush landscaping create a tree-house effect at 1645 Junior Dr.
701 S. Clinton Ave.
Because its walls run 10 feet underground, this nearly century-old beauty has a history as a neighborhood storm shelter.
These days, it's home to a large family with many animals and a penchant for reusing materials — including kitchen tiles from an old Van Zandt County saloon.
This isn't a typical bedroom at 701 S. Clinton Ave. — it's a sleeping porch practically nestled in the treetops.
811 Evergreen Hills Rd.
A modest exterior doesn't betray the veritable treasure trove of antiques and collectibles behind this midcentury home's doors.
Its biggest quirk, however, is out back: a bonafide 1950s fallout shelter.
The owners of 811 Evergreen Hllls Rd. have a range of quirky collectibles, including this mint condition Bob's Big Boy, which greets visitors at the front door.
2847 Ivandell Ave.
Official designation as a "Spanish eclectic" home saved this property from the wrecking ball about a decade ago. It has since become a warm backdrop for unique art and a hodgepodge of native Texas plants.
Built in 1927, this charmer was once the only house on its street, with an original footprint of just 1,000 square feet.
Renovations have breathed additional space into 2847 Ivandell Ave., but the fireplace, doors and hand-scraped floors are all original.
1325 Kings Hwy.
This 1923 "airplane bungalow" has a pop-up second floor with panoramic views — hence the playful comparison to a plane's cockpit.
Personal touches — including artwork by the homeowner and her friends — make for a unique decor scheme at 1325 Kings Hwy.
1939 W. Colorado Blvd.
Established architect Hoke Smith built this Georgian head-turner for this family in 1939 and supposedly changed the address to match the year. Recent landscaping has paired boxwoods and Asian jasmine with massive live oaks that have long graced the grounds.
Current owners of 1939 Colorado Blvd. took care to blend their new pool's design with the historic home's existing stonework and walkways.