Our Tuesday Two Hundred takes us to the southernmost of the Kessler neighborhood, Kessler Plaza in North Oak Cliff. The Austin stone cottage at 2631 Marvin Ave. sits pretty on this tree-lined street among an eclectic array of architectural styles, from Tudor revival to ranch-style. Its curb appeal coupled with interior’s appeal and the home’s pre-inspection make it particularly desirable.
Getting into any of the Kesslers for under $300K is harder than ever in our competitive real estate market, so this property stands out for that reason, too. The floorplan makes good use of its modest size — two bedrooms, one bath, and 1,324 square feet — and packs a lot of style into the house, which was built in 1941.
Located near West Jefferson Boulevard and North Hampton Road, this Austin stone cottage is part of a picturesque neighborhood. Here’s how the Kessler Plaza Neighborhood Association describes the area:
The area has a tranquil feel with wide, curving streets and tree-shaded yards offering attractive green spaces, belying the fact that the lots are urban-sized. This is one of those older Oak Cliff neighborhoods that has remained desirable over the years, while keeping a lower profile than its sister areas to the north.
They note that the area is known for its distinctive collection of picturesque cottages, most offering two bedrooms. According the association, Tenth Street and Marvin Avenue, where our Tuesday Two Hundred is situated, contain the largest concentration, which display exteriors of brick, Austin stone, or a combination of the two, and look quite eye-catching. We agree!
As you would hope in a home like this, there are beautiful original hardwoods in most of the house and a fireplace in the living room, located at the front of the house. But a pleasant surprise to the floorplan is the sunroom at the front of the house, being used by the current homeowners as a home office. Four large windows overlook the front lawn from this space.
A formal dining room leads to the kitchen, a renovated room with a decidedly on-trend feel. From its butcher block countertops and gray glass subway tile backsplash, it feels light and open. One question: why are there two refrigerator-freezers? They are stainless steel, as are the other appliances, but still. Odd.
Hardwoods extend into the two bedrooms, which feel bigger than you might expect. The one bathroom features some updates, like the new contemporary vanity, as well as some original features, like fabulous original tile.
A lot of homes from this era have no garage. No so with this property. It has a detached two-car garage in back, along with a rustic covered deck.
This Kessler Plaza Austin stone cottage was listed July 21 by Jeremy Moore with Keller Williams — Dallas Park Cities for $265,000.