A Modern Home For Art and Life in Kessler Woods

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Photos: Tracy Allyn Photography
You’ve probably heard us fawn over this spectacular development of modern, sustainable architecture in Oak Cliff called Kessler Woods. It’s an enclave full of gorgeous homes designed and built by a who’s who of modern architecture and construction. The materials selections are amazing, as is the landscaping and views from the immense panes of glass covering these beautiful homes. It reminds us a lot of Urban Reserve in the northern reaches of Lake Highlands.  
Our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is special, though, even among its exceptional neighbors.  Constructed in 2005 as the residence of Kessler Woods’ own developer, Matt Holley, 2203 Kessler Woods Court was a commission for notable Dallas architect Patrick Hammers. He was tasked with designing a spectacular modern home with three stories of soaring glass that offer panoramic views from just about every room in the home. 
“The home has often been referred to as ‘The Terrace House’ as it offers three terraces, one for each floor,” says David Griffin & Company listing agent Courtney Tauriac. “These outdoor spaces offer a unique experience specific to their location.”
One of the unique experiences is the views of downtown Dallas’ iconic skyline.

You can see our technicolor skyline from the terraces of 2203 Kessler Woods Court.
As our columnist Karen Eubank says, if you get a chance to buy a home built by a builder or developer, jump at the chance. The reasoning is that a home built for a builder or developer will have up-to-the-minute trends, materials of the highest quality, and the very best design you can get. Truly, 2203 Kessler Woods Ct. typifies this thinking, three bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, three private terraces, multiple water features, fire fireplaces, a roof-top deck with those stunning downtown views, a pool, and Crestron home automation. Tauriac has listed this incredible 4,349-square-foot property for $2 million. That’s a huge bargain for a home of this caliber!
“As you enter the terrace on the first floor you will fell a sense of calm due to the Zen-like garden with a 3,700-gallon koi pond, water features, outdoor fireplace and sitting area all surrounded by granite tiles,” Tauriac said. “The second floor terrace extends from a large sliding-glass door, which opens right to the pool and deck, which continue to another patio covered in granite tiles. The third terrace is a rooftop deck which features another fireplace and incredible views of the Dallas skyline.” 
This home is a feat of modern design, as it is built on a cantilever with more than a quarter of the home’s square footage extending outward, defying gravity. “This type of construction is not only incredibly complicated to build, but to reconstruct today would cost you well over the $2 million asking price,” Tauriac notes.
There isn’t a detail that has been overlooked. The home has been updated extensively to include the redesigned Ornare gourmet kitchen, which now allows for an open entertaining area blending the living and dining areas while also allowing one to enjoy views of the beautifully lit pool at night and views of the tree tops and neighborhood from the dining room. The enormous quartz counter offers plenty of prep space and room for casual dining, though there’s a lovely breakfast nook and a great family room space with the pool just on the other side of a floor-to-ceiling window.
The exposed brick is a lovely, grounding, touch, too, adding some warmth to the stone floors and white cabinetry. 
“The home is a seamless blend of midcentury modern and modern design,” Tauriac said. “Throughout the home you’ll see nods to Richard Nuetra and Frank Lloyd Wright with the brick walls that extend through the home to the exterior.” There’s also the way in which the windows bring the outside in, providing a cohesive experience between the natural surroundings and the clean lines of this modern masterpiece. 
The master suite is beautiful, too, clad in stone and fitted with a huge floating vanity in the master bath and enormous mirrors. Frosted glass windows let light in while maintaining some privacy. 
But it’s the outdoor spaces, the namesake for our High Caliber Home of the Week, that are really stunning. What an incredible home!

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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  1. Jerry Johnson says

    I just love glass houses ! Transparency and enjoyment of the surroundings ! Thank you Phillip Johnson . How I need an interior designer that can think outside the box and give me the warmth and comfort of a traditional interior in my glass box . No ‘ Barcelona ‘ chair allowed . Jerry Johnson

  2. mateli says

    Hi Becky, You are right about the granite – look up Canadian Shield . I did not want to go into the local geography, but my property sits on a granite spur. Most of the lakeshore is sand, but not my place. The excavator said that I should be able to get in a basement, but there were issues. The real problem came with digging a well in solid granite. That was very expensive and the water was not very good. The whole water system ended up costing 5x normal. mark P.S. Becky is an engineer on my team. freelance copywriter

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