Belmont Addition Tudor

During the turn of the century, Tudor-style architecture was the barometer of a family’s wealth and class. If they could afford to build a large Tudor-style home, they had arrived. Many of the original Tudor-style homes in Dallas once played host to some of society’s most famed families, but rarely do you see this style emulated in today’s new builds. Marked by high-pitched roofs, exposed timbers, and stucco, Tudor-style architecture definitely has a certain cachet, and this listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Robert Kucharski is a stunning example of an extremely well done recent build in the style.

“The quality of the home surpasses most others with an abundance of quality wood windows, traditional Tudor exterior with brick, stone, and half timbering, extensive interior wood mouldings, and custom crafted cabinetry,” Kucharski said of this Belmont Addition listing. 

We’re thrilled to shine a light on this property, built in 2005 by English Heritage Homes, as our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Once you see inside this beauty, you’ll understand why it’s such a fantastic opportunity. Where else can you find such great build quality with superb details, a full-featured floor plan, plus a family friendly backyard in such a walkable location? It’s so rare!


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.


There are a lot of neighborhoods in North Texas that have rather euphemistic names, using terms like “hills,” “bluffs,” and “ranch” that are a stretch worthy of an Olympic gymnast. However, Oak Cliff is truly an area filled with both oak trees and rambling cliffs of stone throughout, and some of the most interesting houses are set into its varying topography with aplomb.
One such example is this listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Courtney Tauriac.  It’s a gorgeous Austin Stone traditional in East Kessler that, while rather unassuming from the curb, packs a punch inside and in the backyard. It’s an obvious choice for this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. Though it’s a beautiful house, what really makes it unique is the large lot, Tauriac says.
“Finding a third acre lot in Kessler Park is a rarity in itself,” she notes, “but to have a pool, outdoor wet bar with large pergola seating area, large yard, and two-car garage all for under $900,000? This home is such a gem!”
We agree!


On a day-to-day basis, there are two things that make me happy: a glass of good prosecco and Realtors that are genuinely jazzed about their listings. And I know when I choose a property represented by David Griffin & Company agent Sam Saladino, I will always get the latter. And there’s plenty to be excited about with his new listing at 5304 Livingston in West Highland Park, making it a shoo-in for this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

“From the moment you step onto the sidewalk, the house exterior and landscape welcomes you in a way reminiscent of post-World War II optimism, and the beginnings of the sophisticated suburban lifestyle,” Saladino said. “Classic brick, shutters, huge picture windows, and shake shingles combined for a restrained, cultivated exterior devoid of tension. Everything is ordered, balanced, in its place.”

Of course, once inside, you start to notice that there’s a level of taste and adventure that is irresistible!


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!


Splurge vs. Steal: Two Homes Zoned for Lakewood Elementary School |

As beleaguered as Dallas ISD can seem, there are standout schools that draw people to buy in their attendance zones. Today, we’ve found at two houses zoned for Lakewood Elementary, a coveted school in DISD, for our Splurge vs. Steal. Both East Dallas houses are family friendly and move-in ready. 



Midway Hollow Modern New Build Tops Dallas Open Houses this Weekend |

The weather is finally cooled off and it’s the perfect time of year to spend the weekends visiting Dallas open houses. That’s why you’ll want to take the time to read our Open Houses of the Week post. Every Thursday, we pick three fabulous open houses you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $341K to $850K. Mark your calendars! 




So rarely does a home blend with its surroundings so well that it feels native to the land, but that’s the perfect way to describe this gorgeous midcentury modern on more than an acre in Forest Lane Estates. Designed by noted modernist architect Herschel Fisher in 1955 for a doctor and his family, this stellar example of post-war modernism was renovated and expanded in 2000 by AIA award-winning architect Russell Buchanan, adding a master bedroom suite, a pool house, and a three-car garage.

The additions, much like how the home connects with the park-like setting that surrounds it, are seamless. The attention to detail is incredible, making it an easy pick for our High Caliber Home of the Week, presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

To many, this home, with its beautiful carpentry and huge walls of floor-to-ceiling picture windows, is a dream house. “It is rare to find a midcentury design on such a grand scale,” notes David Griffin, who is listing 11550 Wander Lane for $2.75 million. “This home is around 5,700 square feet, and that doesn’t include the guesthouse/cabana.”