I see so many houses day in and day out, week after week, that I’m pretty jaded. It takes some real creativity to get me excited about a home. So when I say that this Kessler Parkway home designed by Lake | Flato is exciting, I’m not exaggerating. 

First, we have to tip our hat to Lake | Flato for not tearing down the original 1948-built structure. Instead, the firm used the terraced backyard to create a unique feature in this week’s Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. The catwalk leads from the second-story addition to the backyard casita, which has gorgeous tree-top views and a relaxing outdoor shower. 

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It seems like it was just a short while ago that people would recoil upon hearing someone say that they lived in Oak Cliff. But look at us now. North Oak Cliff has become a magnet for homebuyers, with some areas becoming heavily sought-after for the location’s convenience and its litany of amenities.

But not everyone has it in them to buy an older home that may need some work and attention. Luckily for these folks, there’s a beautiful new build in North Oak Cliff that happens to be only four years old. It’s our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

“The location is incredible,” says listing agent Phillip Murrell with Compass. This particular 2015-built home is part of the North Oak Cliff development from StoryBuilt (formerly PSW). “It’s adjacent to Kessler Park in the Kings Highway neighborhood.”

Besides being a great-looking home, this location is so perfect because of its proximity to everything everyone loves about North Oak Cliff. You can walk or ride your bike to the Bishop Arts District, Twelve Hills Nature Center, and even hit the links in your free time, Murrell noted. “Vaughan Court is steps from one of the best public golf courses in Dallas — Stevens Park,” he added. 

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Compass Dallas has signed a lease for three floors at 6220 Gaston Ave., the former Faulkner Tower building. The tower is across the street from Lakewood Shopping Center in the heart of Lakewood with a pretty neat view of the Lakewood Country Club golf course.

According to the landlord, Carl Anderson, the three floors of office space will be more than enough room for 120 agents. And the Compass name will be on the Lakewood landmark.

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Kessler Square is one of our favorite areas of North Oak Cliff, and if you drive down the shaded avenues, draped with hanging boughs from the beautiful, old trees in this arboreal enclave, you’ll see why. The homes are so adorable, many of which have been updated in a loving manner, preserving the character of the neighborhood by keeping the vintage façades intact. 

Our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is a listing from Compass Dallas Summit Group Realtor Mohammed Jaber that is the perfect example of what Kessler Square has to offer. This adorable Kessler Square Tudor, complete with leaded glass and beautiful brick, is an absolute classic.

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If you want to buy a home in the Turtle Creek area, you have a few options. You can choose a high-rise unit, a low-rise unit, or the typical alternative — the three- to four-story townhome. While we like the privacy of townhome options in the Turtle Creek corridor, we have to say that our knees say “nope!” 

Luckily, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is the perfect compromise. This fresh listing form Missy Woehr of Compass Dallas gives us another alternative in the striking modern at 3275 Gilbert Ave.

“It’s an incredibly rare two-story home, versus the typical vertical townhome that may eliminate many buyers with third- and fourth-floor stairs,” Woehr said. 
 
Plus, the lot gives you plenty of room for a generous outdoor entertaining area that will be popular at your many parties.

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If I’m being completely honest, I didn’t buy my home with the thought of having a family, and yet here we are. Now, if I had purchased a home with having a family in mind, I probably would have made many different decisions on what is really a “must-have.” Or, I could have saved myself a lot of time (and my Realtor even more time) if I had just gone out and bought our High Caliber Home of the Week Presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.
 
Why is this listing from Compass Dallas agent Phillip Murrell so appealing for a family?

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Devonshire When you get the opportunity to purchase the personal home of a builder, architect, or interior designer, you know you’re getting something special — and this Devonshire Modern is an excellent exemplar of that.

This three-bedroom, four-bath home is 3,560 square feet of light and surprises concocted by two powerhouses in residential design to be the perfect showcase of the aesthetic of its designer-owner.

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Merrell

Artist renderings courtesy The Texas Builders

Rachel Norris recently made a big move to the O N E Group and Compass, and she thinks she has the perfect home for a family looking to make a big move of their own — construction on Merrell Road so new you can still pick the finishes out yourself.

That’s pretty darn new.

The home is built by the team at The Texas Builders, who have been a part of the Dallas construction landscape since 2012 and have more than 10 years of experience altogether. You see their homes in the Preston Hollow area, including their latest new build at 4407 Merrell Road (you should check out their Facebook page for fun videos and photos of the house as it was going up).

The Contemporary Modern home sits in a perfect spot. How perfect? First, let’s talk about amenities. You’re close to shopping and dining at Midway and Northwest Highway (including Central Market, Fernandos, Howard Wangs, The Original Pancake House, and more). You’re close to Bachman Lake and its improved jogging/walking/biking trail (and rowing). (more…)