Privacy and space are hot commodities today. It’s hard to find one, much less both, but we have. Our Inwood House of the Week, at 1402 Yakimo Dr., is a Kessler Park Estate in Oak Cliff, set in almost an acre of woods. It’s hard to believe a property like this still exists only minutes from downtown Dallas.
Built in 1991, the owners wanted it to fit into the neighborhood and feel as if it was an original home from the 1920s, with a few exceptions, of course! There are four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a powder bath, perfect for a large family. A home theater, billiards room, state-of-the-art gym, chef’s kitchen, and a wine room capable of storing over 2,000 bottles of your finest vintages round out the indoor features.
The house is great, but frankly, it’s the grounds that seal the deal. If ever there were a storybook home in the enchanted forest, this is it. Every window has a view of the trees. Multiple porches and patios mean you have a quiet, contemplative spot regardless of what’s going on, and nature trails into those woods create a serene atmosphere most people can only find by getting on a plane and heading out of town.
A lagoon pool is the drop-dead gorgeous center of the back yard. An outdoor kitchen makes it easy to host those Texas-OU weekend parties for over 300 that have been a yearly event here.
If you don’t know a lot about Oak Cliff, here’s the lowdown on why this is such a great place to live.
Oak Cliff was originally developed by John S. Armstrong and Thomas L. Marsalis as an elite residential neighborhood. To give you a bit of a history lesson, Armstrong went on to develop Highland Park — hence Armstrong Parkway.
Oak Cliff lingered as an almost time capsule of life. For years, the most important thing about it was that Bonnie Parker met Clyde Barrow here, fell in love and started a crime spree that went down in history.
Things began to change when the Belmont Hotel came back to life in 2005. It hummed along slowly, but surely, until the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opened. Then it’s as if an entrepreneurial explosion happened. If you want to test a new restaurant concept, a coffee shop, an art gallery, pretty much anything, Oak Cliff will embrace you and your ideas.
It’s hip, it’s hot, and it’s happening, and you have a chance now to own one of the best properties in the area. Give Frey and Stolarski a call and tour this Kessler Park estate before it’s snapped up!
Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years. She’s been a professional writer for 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying music at The University of Miami. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com.