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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Splurge vs Steal: Two Kessler Park Beauties | CandysDirt.com

Kessler Park is one of our favorite parts of North Oak Cliff, a neighborhood with history, topography, winding streets, arching shade trees, and so much more.  

In this week’s Splurge vs Steal, we’re looking at two Kessler Park beauties. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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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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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!

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Kessler Park Colonial
This Kessler Park colonial is precisely the sort of home people dream of finding when they decide to move to the rolling hills of Oak Cliff. It embodies all of the original 1935 New England charms but has undergone an extensive remodel, which means no work for you!

Featured on the Oak Cliff Home Tour, it’s clear 1006 Lausanne Avenue has been not only well-loved for over 80 years, but also beautifully maintained and continually and carefully updated.

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When you have location — you have it all. Our Inwood House of the Week at 1123 Kensington Lane is not only in one of the best locations in Dallas, but it’s also one of the finest Texas Modernist homes you’ll find anywhere. Located on a hill about thirty feet above Stevens Park Golf Course, architect Aaron Angle created a vision in dry stack stone for a client that had fallen in love with Oak Cliff. (more…)

There are many reasons why I love 1545 W. Colorado Blvd, aka the Kessler Park House With The Blue Tiled Roof. There’s the step-up from the street, so very majestic. You’re on top of the world every time you walk up, and you rev your quads to boot.

The front porch!  Balcony!

The front door. The foyer. The sweeping staircase and bannister. The rich, dark hardwood floors. The mosaics over the windows. The tiles. The bathrooms. The woodwork and moldings — check out the square door panels, rounded door moldings and hinges. All straight from 1927 when the Spanish colonial home was first constructed. The plaster walls. The master bath: huge vessel tub, two wall-mount sinks, two art deco white chests for storage, walk-in shower, did I say the tile?, wood floors in the master bath, kitchen, library, living and dining room. Progressive preservation is alive and well in Kessler Park, a neighborhood unlike any other in Dallas. Architectural Digest has figured this out, too, which is why they are taking a serious look at this home …

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Cher

Our Wednesday WTF this week needs lots of Chers.

Our Wednesday WTF on MidlandDirt.com is a reader suggestion. We’re glad he Cher’d it. We think you’ll be glad he did, too, and will want to Cher it with your friends.

So pull up a Cher, and check out this Kessler Park home.