Kessler Parkway front

This just drives me crazy. Here we have a nice house at 1506 Kessler Parkway in a great neighborhood, obviously last owned by an elderly couple. Asking is $450,000 though it’s on DCAD for $268,000  but then we know how behind DCAD is.

I’ll bet this home has had very few owners. Built in 1955, it sits on a huge .37 acre wooded lot with great trees. The home is a two bedroom, two bath 2310 square feet deal with a two car garage. It is very perplexing why there are only two bedrooms. There are three living areas, so maybe one of the bedrooms was converted to the sitting area off the master. Whatever. It’s been loved, but loved by someone who really liked Formica, linoleum and carpet on the added on sunroom. Oh and early American furniture.

So why I ask, why did this agent put up these crappy pictures in MLS? I mean, look at them.

House with traffic cones in front!

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Do you remember when you were young and someone told you not to judge a book by its cover? Now, the saying is just a giant cliche, but sometimes you come across something that really typifies this expression. This week’s Friday Four Hundred marketed by Keller Williams City Center’s Vicki White is a perfect example.

Interestingly enough, I have driven past this Gaston Avenue home almost every day for the past 5 years and I never had a “Wow” moment. Why? Because it’s pretty plain from the outside, and it’s kind of hidden by the landscaping, which is good for a house on Gaston Avenue.

However, get a load of those interiors! This place is packed with “Wow” moments, and you can tell, as the listing says, that this house was owned by architects. There’s a ton of well-preserved mid-century charm, as well as modern touches and interesting design elements, like a cool geometric feature wall.

And at 2,500 square feet, it’s a perfect home for a family with older children. In fact, it’s in the Woodrow Wilson High School attendance area. Wilson, which has experienced a resurgence in community support lately, is housed in a historic building in Lakewood.

I could definitely see a young professional couple making this home their own, too. Heck, I could see someone like me making this home their own. But alas, I have a mortgage!

And get a load of this: It’s only $475,000! Less than a half-mil! In Lakewood!