This East Kessler charmer reduced me to giddiness. Avoiding the temptation to over-modernize, its owners have created a lovely balance between the home’s original charm and contemporary conveniences. And it’s a great size for the area at 2,613 square feet.

The walk-up is just lovely. The wide porch makes me hope that it’s just one of many in a neighborhood full of front-porch neighbors who spend temperate evenings out there waving to dog walkers and kids on bikes. Sigh. Leave me to my imagination!

This three-bedroom, three-bathroom ranch situated on a lush hilltop, 1623 Oak Knoll Street is listed by Ged Dipprey of Dave Perry-Miller In Town for $740,000.


Expanded Austin Stone English Estate Home in East Kessler |

Our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is an expansive and impressive Austin stone English estate home in East Kessler Park. The North Oak Cliff beauty at 1052 Kessler Pkwy. sits on 0.6 terraced acres framed by arching shade trees and a swimming pool, guest quarters, and outdoor entertaining center. 

With over 7,300 square feet on two stories, this property is not lacking for space — it was expanded substantially in 2007 in a way that complements its 1940 design. This home has five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, one half bath, eight living areas, and two dining areas. 

“This beautiful home would work exceptionally well for a large or growing family, but with its [oversized] entertaining spaces, it could work just as well for a young professional couple that enjoys entertaining for business or pleasure,” said Steve Habgood, one of the listing agents with Dave Perry-Miller InTown. “It sits within the estate section of the rolling hills of East Kessler Park and affords a very private & serene setting, with a lush backyard and pool.” 




“If they could pick this house up and move it to a bigger lot, they would,” says 1618 Eastus Drive listing agent Courtney Tauriac. It was a passion project for them, and everything within this midcentury ranch was hand picked.

So it’s with a tinge of sadness and a whole lot of admiration that we name this 1952-built stunner in East Kessler our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Thanks to their hard work, we’re pretty sure these sellers will get an offer on this beautiful North Oak Cliff home in a jiffy, so if it’s speaking to you, better call Lisa Peters today to get pre-approved and ready to bid!


1518 Oak Knoll Front

Most people with kids have a wish list when it comes to home shopping. Casual entertaining, open floor plans, outdoor living, and a sweet master retreat all make homebuyers with children weak in the knees.

This brand new listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Crystal Gonzalez has every single one of those things, plus a stellar backyard that will make summer a much cooler season. Check out our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans!


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East Kessler Park is one of Dallas’ storied neighborhoods, established in 1937 by developer Roy Eastus and the Stemmons Family. It has one of the most eclectic blends of architecture in the city, from late 1930′s Austin stone homes and ranchettes, to midcentury modern homes and ultra modern masterpieces.

The neighborhood is just lovely, with rolling hills, arching shade trees, and meandering creeks, and it’s just a few miles from downtown Dallas.

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Our Thursday Three Hundred, at 1407 Eastus Dr. near Sylvan and Colorado, is a 1952 cottage with midcentury charm and a welcoming feel.

It’s a 2-2 with 1,598 square feet, listed Jan. 16 by Jim Walsh with Allie Beth Allman & Assoc. for $390,000, or $243 per square foot. This is right on par with neighborhood comps, nine of which range from $211 to $266 per square foot. Let’s take a look inside!


Josh and Hannah were brave enough to re-do their master suite on the DIY network's "Renovation Realities" show.

Josh and Hannah Ramsey were brave enough to re-do their master suite on the DIY network’s “Renovation Realities” show. They’ve decided that, while they love their East Kessler home, it’s time for them to simplify.

Josh and Hannah Ramsey have loved North Oak Cliff since they bought their first home just off of W. 8th Street in 2009. That was back when the Oak Cliff “Oh…” was almost a reflex when the Ramseys told their friends where they lived. It didn’t bother Josh and Hannah, though, as they felt right at home from the moment they moved in.

“Our house was a block from Bolsa, and we fell in love with the neighborhood, the amazing food, and the entrepreneurs making this place great,” Josh said. “We preemptively sold our home for a job relocation that fell through and then bought a home in Lake Highlands. It never felt like home, so we started house hunting and found a giant gem. It was way too big, but we saw the beauty here.”

Josh, a corporate director for Hilton Worldwide, and Hannah, a trauma nurse at Parkland, bought a 1946 neoclassical and set to work making it a place to raise a family. The home had already had a history of entertaining kids, as the previous owners of 15 years raised all six of their children there. Before that, Josh noted, the home housed nuns that volunteered at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

“When marathon training a few years back, I remember running by this house thinking, ‘I’d sure love to live there one day,’ ” Josh mused. “We knew it was well loved and couldn’t believe the charm.”

But the home needed a lot of work.


1418 Eastus Front

We’re going to try to get our minds off of all the horrible flooding in Dallas with house porn. We got this little cutie in our inbox from none other than Steve Habgood, one of the best Realtors in North Oak Cliff. Habgood, a Dave Perry-Miller Realtor who is partnered up with Kathy Hewitt, says that this Austin stone cottage is a superb opportunity to move in and put your own stamp on a home with already fabulous bones.

This home has some updates, including fresh paint, refinished hardwood floors, and an updated kitchen. There’s some work to be done, namely updating light fixtures, re-doing the ceiling in the living and dining rooms, updating the sunroom, and perhaps fixing up the wood-burning fireplace in the living room.

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But those are cosmetic projects, and this home was built extremely well with good-sized rooms considering that it was built in 1948. Jump for more photos and information on our Friday Four Hundred.


417 Allison Front

Who would have thought that a home just south of downtown Dallas would be a certified wildlife habitat? Not me, that’s for sure, but this adorable East Kessler traditional is. It has enough creature comforts inside to be a refuge from a hard day at work, too.

At 415 Allison you’ll find a great North Oak Cliff traditional with tons of updates and plenty of character. This East Kessler home is marketed by David Griffin for $384,900. It has three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and 1,937 square feet of space. Built in 1956 and renovated to include a practically brand-new kitchen and master bath, this home is a wonderful place to move to if you’re ready to try Oak Cliff on for size.

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According to Griffin, this home is owned by an organic gardener who had their backyard certified by the National Wildlife Federation. But there’s nothing wild about the interiors, which are calming and flow easily from one room to the next. I love the cabinets in the kitchen, which are white-washed to give a country home type feel. The appliances are all high-end, featuring a Viking cooktop, Jenn-Air oven, Bosch dishwasher, and solid surface work surfaces that are a gorgeous antidote to the common granite counter.

417 Allison Kitchen

The kitchen opens to the den, which has a beautiful stacked-stone fireplace that reaches the ceiling. This is one of my favorite features of 1950s traditional ranches. It’s classic, it adds drama, and the architectural interest of these fireplaces is irrepressible. The biggest faux pas I see when it comes to these gorgeous fireplaces is when people paint them. Just don’t do it, folks!

417 Allison Den

The master bedroom is what you’d typically see in a home from this period — four walls, a few windows and a bed. The first thing I’d do is put in some light-tight Roman blinds and a stylish ceiling fan. I do like the furniture in this home though, and that trunk with the glass top as a bedside table? I’m stealing that idea.

417 Allison Master

The master bathroom has only one sink and an oversized shower with frameless glass surround. I am not big on glass surrounds, because they are a) a real b*tch to clean, b) they give you zero privacy, and c) tend to cost way more than they’re worth. With some great tile you could get some privacy and you won’t constantly be spraying weird chemicals in your bathroom. I’m just sayin’.

417 Allison Master Bath

Everything else about the house? I love it. The two-car garage that is below level that includes a utility area? Love it. The backyard and stone patio? Love it. The lot? Adore it. And it’s priced right, too. What do you think?

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