kessler plaza home for sale

It’s tough to resist the charms of a Tudor, and our Tuesday Two Hundred is tempting, priced well under $300K.

This Kessler Plaza charmer, located at 2623 Marvin Ave., was built in 1941 and is one of the cutest homes on the block. It’s got two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,354 square feet full of original details, like built-ins niches, arched doorways, and an original fireplace. There are also plenty of well-conceived updates that will appeal to buyers.

It was listed June 3 by Diane Sherman with David Griffin & Company for $264,900.

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home problems and solutionsSometimes, a darling home comes on the market and its potential is marred by cosmetic problems, poor staging, and too much clutter.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is just such a house. This North Oak Cliff Tudor is a three-bedroom, two-bath home with 1,410 square feet, built in 1924. From the outside, it’s cute as a button, and the interior has so much promise. But as you’ll see in the photos, there are numerous problems with the listing. It’s undoubtedly one of the reasons it was just reduced $10K (it is now listed for $249,000).

If you add up the cost of staging (generally 1 to 2 percent of list price) and the cosmetic fixes, it would likely ring in under that amount, in my opinion. Listing a house with these kind of issues is like throwing money out the window.

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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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