A Split Level in Kessler Park With a Split Personality

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When some people hear the words “family home” when describing a house, they automatically expect a beige yawn-fest with builder-grade carpet and a bonus room that will eventually be lousy with toys and a minefield of mismatched Legos. And truth be told, not every family wants to live in a house that feels boring, tired, and just another place for kids to scatter shoes and backpacks.
Lucky for you, Sam Saladino with David Griffin & Company has a listing in Kessler Park that combines family living and plenty of style. It’s a house for parents who like to host parties and for kids who beg off the occasional sleepover. It’s a split level with a split personality, and this Oak Cliff cutie is a shoo-in as High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. If you are in the market for a family home that doesn’t look like a “family home,” look no further!

“On the one hand it’s a classic ranch with a twist,” says Saladino of this four-bedroom, three-full-and-one-half-bath home at 735 Rainbow Drive. “It has a great open floor plan with a fourth bedroom — the split above the garage — that can also be used as a children’s play space and/or office. It’s also a good spot for Monday Night Football or a chic Oscar party.”
To Saladino, so much of this house screams Palm Springs. “There’s the Dinah Shore traditional with the “shake” shingle trim, tons of ivy-covered walls, warm stone fireplace, and rolling lawn you’d expect to stumble onto the fairway,” he expounds. The living room is cozy, “great for overstuffed sofas and hand knit afghans.”
But while there’s plenty of comfort packed into all 2,820 square feet of this 1969-built split level, there’s tons of style, too. From the kitchen to the dining room and through the sliding glass doors to the gorgeous backyard — complete with a pool just large enough to cool off during a hot party — you can entertain like it’s your job.
“Then there’s the Rat Pack side of the Palm Springs vibe,” Saladino imagined. “Sinatra, Dino, and Sammy lounging poolside with a bevy of glittering guests, sipping Jack Daniels, cigarettes permanently between their fingers. Wives playing mahjong and canasta.”
Meanwhile, the children are tucked away in the second living room above the garage. Or they could be making a few hit records of their own with their band in the space below.
Of course, once the party dies down, it’s off to the master suite for some much-needed rest. You’ll find plenty of it in this beautiful, chic spot, complete with five-piece bath and walk-in closet.
Saladino has this family home suited for a hip household on the market for $825,000. You can see it for yourself at the open house Thursday, Aug. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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