The Lee Harvey Oswald rooming house, a 1900 Spanish eclectic home and a nightclub with a great location but a deadly legacy are all on the market in Oak Cliff.
Remember Passions? Not the dearly departed daytime soap opera, but the infamous nightclub where two people were killed in separate incidents in June 2009? The Fort Worth Avenue Development Group succeeded in getting the place shut down that summer. Since then, no other business has opened there. Now the building at 1922 Fort Worth Avenue is on the market for $179,000. Sure, it’s a little rough around the edges, but it’s got high visibility, at the corner of Fort Worth Avenue and Interstate 30. The 2,000-square-foot former bar was built in 1954 and has a downtown view. “Great for office, floral shop and other options that would be great for a developing neighborhood and area,” the listing states.
Perhaps the oldest house on the market in Oak Cliff is the 113-year-old Spanish eclectic home at 1934 Lansford in Elmwood. The house was featured in the Advocate in 2011 as part of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League home tour.
The house backs up to a creek, and previous owners have claimed it was, at different times, a convent and a speakeasy. Among its unique features are 1-foot thick walls that keep it cool in summer and warm in winter. It also has a relief over the living room fireplace, along with other architectural details, including a cupola off the master bedroom, pictured below. On the market for $289,000, it includes the 2,167-square-foot main house, updated about 10 years ago, as well as a guest house on a .85-acre lot.
The rooming house at 1026 N. Beckley, where Lee Harvey Oswald lived at the time of the Kennedy assassination, is not listed. But the Dallas Morning News reported earlier this month that the home’s third-generation owner, Pat Hall, wants to sell it.
The 2,078-square-foot house, built in 1935, is valued for tax purposes at $65,830. But it is at Zang and Beckley, the gateway to Oak Cliff, and it’s a couple of blocks from Lake Cliff Park. Plus there is the invaluable if infamous historical significance. Hall hasn’t named her price publicly, but she told the DMN she hopes a bidding war breaks out.
Tell us your real estate fantasies, Oak Cliff. Which of these properties would you most like to buy, and what would you do with it?