This Kessler Park colonial is precisely the sort of home people dream of finding when they decide to move to the rolling hills of Oak Cliff. It embodies all of the original 1935 New England charms but has undergone an extensive remodel, which means no work for you!
The two-story Kessler Park colonial has 3,441 square feet with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a powder path, and a new kitchen and master bathroom completed in 2014. The current owners have continued making improvements that I particularly long for, including a covered outdoor kitchen and climate-controlled garage. Air-conditioned garages seem to be the latest thing as the desire for livable outdoor space increases. With our unpredictable Texas weather, having a garage where you can move the party, or set up catering if the weather holds, has become a must.
“It’s a textbook example of an A-plus version of rethinking an older home,” listing agent David Griffin said.
The layout stays true to the period in the front of the house. The living and dining spaces opening off of the generously proportioned central hall offer an expected traditional layout that works so well for formal entertaining. As you move through the house, it’s been opened up just enough to create a family-friendly arrangement for informal living and entertaining. A wall of windows overlooks the pool and opens onto an English court garden and a covered outdoor deck.
The modernist kitchen is an unexpected delight. If it’s one place you don’t want original anything, it’s in the kitchen! This one has been completely reimagined with rift-cut oak cabinetry and sleek metal hardware.
The master suite is on the second floor, and it’s a true suite with a living area, two walk-in closets, and that fantastic new master bathroom. The beadboard ceiling is another charming and unexpected nod to the home’s roots. There are also two more en-suite bedrooms on this floor.
“One thing we all love about Kessler Park is the beautiful topography,” Griffin said. “This house is in an especially lovely setting. It sits in a bit of a valley where several low traffic streets come together. There is a triangular pocket park in front of the house. The view from the front windows is into this mini valley, and it feels as if you are in a country setting.”
This Kessler Park colonial has exactly the right amount of sweet historical seasoning and spicy sensational updates. It’s listed at $1.225 million and you can see it for yourself this weekend!
Open house: Sunday, Nov. 12, 1-3 p.m.
Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and 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