I may be in the minority on this view, but it thrills me to see beautiful, well-done, modern and contemporary homes dotting the landscapes that are awash in old ranches and clapboard homes. It adds texture to a neighborhood, showing how our collective tastes have evolved over time. Of course, North Oak Cliff has just recently become Ground Zero for new construction, with East Kessler becoming a hot spot for well-known architects. Our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is one such high-style home with a fantastic architectural pedigree.

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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!

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When a true midcentury beauty comes on the market, I almost instantly fall in love. This particular home is in one of my favorite North Oak Cliff neighborhoods, too, and on one of my favorite streets, to boot!

It’s an exceedingly private home on an enormous lot situated on Guggenheim Acres’ Rainbow Drive, and this listing from David Griffin is a shoo-in for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans

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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.

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Expanded Austin Stone English Estate Home in East Kessler | CandysDirt.com

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.” 

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“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!

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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!

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