Stunning Kessler Park Home Has Historic Roots, Updated Interiors

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Last week’s Oak Cliff MLS tour was a hot one. There were several great homes, but two very discerning agents reached out to me regarding one that stood head-and-shoulders above the rest. Both agents were enamored with the kitchen of 1321 Canterbury Court in Kessler Park, and for a really good reason.

And the kitchen alone is reason enough to name this listing from David Griffin & Co. Realtor Courtney Tauriac as our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. As luck would have it, this beautiful 1937-built home is already under contract, but if you fall in love with it (Spoiler alert: You probably will!), get in touch with Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today to get pre-qualified so you can put in a backup offer on this deliciously updated historic property in one of Dallas’ most sought-after neighborhoods!

Lovers of cool color palettes will adore this historic hideaway situated on a third of an acre on one of Kessler Park’s most storied streets — a cul-de-sac, no less! According to Tauriac, 1321 E Canterbury Court was built in 1937, designed by architects Thompson & Perry, and is beautiful example of Texas Regional design which has been thoughtfully updated and cared for by the current owners. 

Refinished hardwood floors, in the foyer, bright white trim and warm gray on the walls, and stellar accents make this entry a beautiful foreshadowing of the rest of the home. 

“The spacious living area is ready for entertaining with it’s large wood-burning fireplace and floor-to-ceiling bay windows,” Tauriac notes. You’ll also love that the living room connects to a lovely screened porch, perfect for entertaining in mild weather. As you can see, the home, though built in 1937, accommodates a diverse design sense. The decor is decidedly midcentury modern here, but we could easily see Mission, traditional, and contemporary pieces fitting in the space.

The dining room is stunning, too, with that rich royal blue above the wainscoting, which makes way for another large bay window on the opposite end of the room. It connects to the kitchen and foyer, providing easy flow for entertaining.

But it’s the kitchen that really steals the show in this four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home. The bold teal, L-shaped island coordinates perfectly with the flooring. The cabinetry is all custom, and the counters are Danby white marble, pairing perfectly with the walnut butcher block island. A built-in Liebherr refrigerator and a six-burner Bertazzoni dual-fuel stove and vent make for chef-quality appointments, but the vintage cast iron sink is what brings in the historical touch. Paired with the historically sensitive Art Deco lighting scheme, it’s a perfectly matched vintage accoutrement for the otherwise modern commissary.

“The kitchen showcases a beautiful 1937 vintage sink, which the sellers had restored,” Tauriac said.

If that’s not reason enough to put a contract on this 2,664-square-foot property, Tauriac is sure the vintage baths and bright bedrooms will do the trick. Of course, the listing price of $899,000 really shows just how much value you get in this deluxe renovation, with all four bedrooms upstairs, as well as ample closets and an additional 180-square-foot balcony off of the master suite, which Tauriac says can be enclosed for even more space. 

Of course, those who are sensitive to the needs of multi-generational families will appreciate the additional 230-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath quarters, Tauriac said. It has views of the lush backyard, which is planted with perennials. 

All in all, it’s a stellar property, definitely worthy of being our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans!


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 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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