Rare Real Estate Find

Rare finished basement lurks beneath this $300,000 Oak Cliff abode

Rare finished basement lurks beneath this $300,000 Oak Cliff abode

924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale finished basement
Downstairs is the finished basement, which adds 650 square feet to the home.  Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale exterior
This North Oak Cliff home boasts a rare finished basement.  Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale entry way
Period details define the Oak Cliff gem. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale living room
Living room features a large bay window.  Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale dining room
High ceilings and windows make the living/dining area of house feel bright and open.  Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale kitchen
The kitchen boasts great bones.  Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale master bedroom
The master bedroom, located on the main floor.  Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale second bedroom
A second bedroom is also located on the main floor.  Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale
The balcony is located off an alcove near the kitchen. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale finished basement
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale exterior
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale entry way
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale living room
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale dining room
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale kitchen
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale master bedroom
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale second bedroom
924 Lausanne Avenue Dallas home for sale

Basements in North Texas are a rare find, but in North Oak Cliff, there are even fewer. This home at 924 Lausanne Ave. in the Kings Highway Conservation District has a finished basement that adds about 650 square feet to the home, which is 2,144 square feet.

Built in 1921, this house has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a half bath. The current owners bought it in 2013 and love it dearly, but a job offer out of state is too good to pass up. So they listed it for $299,000 with Kay Wood of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. 

This house has big potential: A lot of updates have been made, and there is room for more. 

From the entrance, located on the second level, the dining room is on the left and the living room is on the right. All of the first floor has beautiful hardwood floors (except the bathrooms, which maintain their original vintage tile). This is a spacious area, with period details like fantastic doorway arches and a large bay window out to the front. The high ceilings and many windows make this part of the house feel bright and open. 

The kitchen was on the current owners’ to-do list before they had to list this home. The bones are great, and the large space has lots of storage. As a bonus, the balcony is located off a little alcove between the kitchen and the master bedroom.

The master and a second bedroom are located on the main floor, along with full and half bathrooms. The master is large and has beautiful architectural detail in the ceiling and woodwork. It shares a full-size bath with the second bedroom.

The large, finished basement boasts a 220-square-foot bedroom that could easily be a mother-in-law suite with an added kitchenette. Three different doors from the basement — including one in the bedroom — lead to the spacious backyard. The basement also has a full-size bathroom and built-in cabinets.

The lot is 0.18 acres, the bulk of it in the backyard, which feels welcoming with mature shade trees and a small patio. It has a privacy fence along two sides and room for a swimming pool, if the next owners are so inclined. Additionally, the home is within walking distance to restaurants, Stevens Park Golf Course, and the Kessler Theater, so location is prime.

With such a fantastic location and big interior space, this North Oak Cliff home was destined to fly off the market from the start — and it appears it has, because it is already under contract.

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A version of this story originally was published on Candy's Dirt