Winnetka Historic Beauty Is in Perfect Tune

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Some homes have backyard guest quarters for mother in laws, college kids, or kids who never left the nest. But the guest quarters behind this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week, sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, was built as a sound-proof recording studio in the early 2000s for its previous musician owner.

You can just imagine the notes of original folk songs would waft out the door of the double-wall guest quarters turned sound studio. Today, it’s an 800+-square-foot detached living quarters with cabana bath, exercise studio, and a spacious guest suite above — a cherry on top of a fantastic 1936-built Kessler Park Conservation District beauty.

From the covered front porch, you can look out onto the perfectly-manicured front lawn with two shady trees in front and take in the full charm of the Kessler Park neighborhood.  The renovated and expanded home has an impressive 3,073 square feet total on the nearly quarter-acre lot. It has three bedrooms and three and half-baths spread over two stories.

For a home in this historic part of town, you don’t just slap on extra rooms and call it a day. Renovation requires a lot of thought about a home’s practicality as well as its historical pedigree, or baseline if you will. That’s why the seller brought in top-rated general contractor Gary Roberts in 2003 to add 1, 400 square feet and extensively renovate the original one-story home.

This Winnetka home maintains its original architectural charm with all the modern convenience of bathroom and kitchen updates with the practicality of new electrical and plumbing kits.

The kitchen features granite countertops, tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances including a five-burner gas cooktop, Bosch dishwasher,  built-in rerigerator, and double ovens. Lots of cabinets, lots of counter space, and lots of room in the walk-in pantry.

The backyard is a beautiful oasis with pool, spa, mature landscaping, and a beautifully constructed guest quarters built to match the original home and materials whenever possible. The result is… well look at it, just lovely in your little piece of Oak Cliff heaven.

David Griffin of David Griffin & Company Realtors has listed 1218 N Winnetka Avenue for $865,000.


Shelby Skrhak

Shelby is Associate Editor of She's a journalist and podcaster turned full-time freelance writer based in Plano. She comes to after 12 years with SUCCESS magazine as digital content director. After hosting two top-rated iTunes Top 200 podcasts, she launched her own podcast called the Secret to My Success. She's a Lake Highlands native and graduate of UT-Dallas.

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