1001 Turner Ave Front

Though it sat unchanged and rather unremarkable for years, 1001 Turner Avenue never lost its vintage charm. It just needed a skilled person with a vision to bring it back to its splendor. Built in 1925, this two-story traditional in the sought-after Kessler Highlands neighborhood has so much personality and character. Now it really shines, thanks to a buyer with great sense and vision.

The transformation from hodge-podge to sleek and beautiful has earned it the title of High Caliber Home of the Week, that’s for sure. If you have your heart set on this home, I sadly report that it’s already under contract, though it wouldn’t hurt if you went ahead and called Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans to get pre-approved and ready to put in your highest and best offer should the deal fall through.

Jump to see what this home looked like before its stylish transformation!

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dfw open houses

The contemporary stunner at 6959 Dalhart Ln. in Bob-O-Link Downs is a thing of beauty, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every week, we pound the pavement to find you the best and most marvelous DFW open houses that weekend. It’s Thursday, so it’s time to show off what we’ve found.

Today in the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column, we’ve got five homes that range from $230K to $1.049 million, including a a Santa Monica/Hollywood Heights Tudor with quintessential charms, a modern marvel in Uptown, and the contemporary Bob-O-Links Downs stunner, located just west of White Rock Lake (pictured above). Let us know what you think of our choices and if you know of any open houses we should feature next week.

 

 

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North Oak Cliff Tudor

The Kessler Park neighborhood in North Oak Cliff is comprised of 10 separate developments dating from 1923 to 1979. The first was the Kessler Square Addition in March 1923. In November of that year, the Kessler Highlands Addition, east of Kessler Square, was added. It has long, rectangular blocks that run east-west, including Thomasson, Stewart, Kidd Springs, and Salmon, where our Thursday Three Hundred is located.

The Tudor revival at 834 Salmon Dr. is a 3-2 with 1,840 square feet, built in 1926 and beautifully renovated. The vintage charms shine through, with the original fireplace, appealing facade, and and lovely hardwoods.

It was listed March 4 by Grant Vancleve with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $389,000.

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Kessler Highlands TudorOne of the most appealing areas in North Oak Cliff is Kessler Park, with gently rolling hills, historic houses, and lovely, tree-lines streets. The area is made up of multiple separate neighborhoods, each with their own personality, like Kessler Park Estates, Kessler Square, West Kessler, and Kessler Plaza.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred takes us to Kessler Highlands, the second oldest of the Kessler Park neighborhoods, and a gorgeous Tudor Revival house at 923 Thomasson Dr.

This 3-2 has 1,610 square feet and a highly functional layout, with original touches, like a working fireplace and a charming round-top front door with large circular window. Its also just three blocks from Kidd Springs Park and Recreation Center.

It is newly listed by Crystal Gonzalez at David Griffin & Company for $349,900. Like so many of the beauties I find to profile in this column, it went under active open contract within a matter of days, so take a look before it’s off the market!

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One of the reasons I’m not a huge fan of Tudors is that they are notoriously cramped and crowded on the inside, with wall, after wall, after wall separating rooms from one another. I love the way they look on the outside, though, with the high-pitched roofs and the brick exteriors, and there are tons of them in Kessler Highlands.

This one, though, feels very European on the inside with white on white walls and tile and tons of open space. It feels a lot brighter than most Tudors, too, thanks to the huge windows throughout the first floor of this 2,725-square-foot home.

Built in 1928 and fully renovated, 1217 N. Tyler St. is marketed by Susan Melnick of Virginia Cook Realtors for $475,000. Considering the location — the very hot North Oak Cliff area — the size and interior condition, I think that’s a pretty fair price for this home.

I think this house, while a great home for children, is an excellent house for entertaining. The bar, which has some really cool stools, would be a great place to belly up as the host is in the kitchen. The dining room is outstanding, too, as it faces an entire wall of windows.

The master suite is an interesting bird, mostly because it has two full baths. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of such a thing. I guess when the owner was renovating, he wanted to give one full bath a tub and another a shower? I like the idea, and the execution is pretty cool, but I’m not sure it’s a great selling point.

There are a total of four bedrooms and four baths in this home, which is pretty significant for a Tudor. Even more significant is the huge backyard with a gigantic deck. There’s also a fish pond with waterfall in the professionally landscaped, organic outdoor space.

Love it? Hate it? Let us know!

 

This is a first for me. I’ve seen and lusted after a lot of tubs in my years of househunting, but I have never in my life seen a wooden jetted tub. I scoured Houzz.com all morning looking and looking for another wooden tub like the one inside the adorable Tudor at 837 Stewart Drive. No luck!

So I guess you could say that this master bathroom, with travertine and all the trappings, is one of a kind. There’s lots more woodwork in this home, which was built in 1926. The den features a cathedral-like vaulted ceiling. There are three bedrooms, two baths, two living areas, and 2,055 total square feet all for $285,000. It’s marketed by some of the experts in Oak Cliff real estate, the Hewitt & Habgood Group.

Other cool things I love about this house: The wood floors, the manicured backyard, and did I mention the wooden tub? The only thing I really dislike about this home is the overhead light in the kitchen. This is 2012, folks! The overhead fluorescent light is so 1983!

Otherwise, this home is an absolute gem of a Tudor!

 

I think Tudors are growing on me. It wasn’t too long ago that I got hives just looking at the walled-in rooms and steep-pitched roofs. It all seemed so confined. Now, however, it all feels so cozy. The brick exteriors, the stained glass accent windows, and the lovely archways are all alluring to me, as is 1049 Turner Ave.

While traditional decor isn’t my thing, I love just about everything about this Kessler Highlands home, which is on the market for $349,900. It clocks in at a not-too-small 1,777 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths. This home was built in 1925, so don’t be shocked if there’s a deficit of closet space. The parts of this home that have been renovated were done with resale in mind, too.

A perfect example of this is the kitchen, with the custom vent hood coated in mosaic tile, the backsplash with a pot filler mounted above a Wolf range. It’s a thoughtfully designed kitchen, too, with cabinetry that harmonizes with the wood floor. The glass cabinet doors are perfect to show off china, and hang over a modest-but-functional spice rack. And boy is there plenty of storage!

The master bedroom, while not exactly small, feels a little cramped. I think that’s more a symptom of the owner’s furniture and paint choice rather than the actual size of the room.

The master bath, well, it has A LOT of tile. This can either be an asset or a little overwhelming in the space. I guess that’s up to the prospective buyer. I feel, though, that this bathroom is a bit of a missed opportunity. Wouldn’t it be the perfect candidate for a claw-foot tub? I think so!

The backyard is supremely private, as it’s one of the only ones in the neighborhood with a brick fence. You also have an outdoor fireplace, too, which only ups the cozy factor. This is a particularly friendly neighborhood, too, so expect to have friends to sit around the fire with!

So, what’s your opinion? Are Tudors claustrophobic or cozy?

 

 

It always happens when you have a baby: Relatives come to stay for an open-ended period of time to “help” you. More often than not, they end up crowding things, and leaving you with more dishes in the sink and rings on your coffee table (Trust me, I speak from experience). Wouldn’t it be great if you had room for them that was detached from the main house? A place where you both could have some privacy?

You may think that you’d have to break the bank for something like that, but it’s not true!  In fact, you can have a guest house and live in one of the cuter neighborhoods in North Oak Cliff for less than $300K!

I present to you, discerning readers, 915 Stewart Drive in Kessler Highlands. This adorable two-bedroom, two and a half bath is just adorable, with recently remodeled bathrooms that gleam and sparkle and a very open kitchen and dining area. Marketed by the talented Hewitt & Habgood group, this little gem is perfectly priced at $297,000.

The details are outstanding, like recessed lighting and gorgeous archways. This home feels much bigger than 1,542 square feet, too, thanks to the vaulted ceilings.

The living room has a great fireplace and a gorgeous stained glass window, too, which appears to be original to the home, built in 1932. The bedrooms, which are a great size, have plenty of room for a small family or two young professionals. It’d be a great home for a couple of artists, too, and you’ll find several of them in Kessler Highlands.

This is a great neighborhood because you get all of the wonderful amenities of living in Kessler Park without the crazy price tag. You’re a stone’s throw from the Kessler School, too, which is an excellent early education campus. And on the porch at 915 Stewart is a great porch swing, the perfect place to get to know your new neighbors!

But my favorite thing about this house, as you could probably tell, is the guest quarters attached to the two-car garage. It’s the perfect way to keep out-of-town guests comfortable without sacrificing your sanity! Of course, you could also use it as a home office or maybe an art studio, too.

What a neat house!