I see so many houses day in and day out, week after week, that I’m pretty jaded. It takes some real creativity to get me excited about a home. So when I say that this Kessler Parkway home designed by Lake | Flato is exciting, I’m not exaggerating. 

First, we have to tip our hat to Lake | Flato for not tearing down the original 1948-built structure. Instead, the firm used the terraced backyard to create a unique feature in this week’s Inwood National Bank Home of the Week. The catwalk leads from the second-story addition to the backyard casita, which has gorgeous tree-top views and a relaxing outdoor shower. 


Kessler House. Dallas, Texas. Image license: RG/D+B, Inc and Gayla Interiors Inc. © Copyright 2017 Benjamin Benschneider 

When Rene Gracia bought his Kessler Parkway home, everything was completely wrong with it. The floor plan didn’t work for modern family life, and the home itself didn’t take full advantage of the hilltop lot and treetop views it afforded. Not wanting to throw the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak, Gracia enlisted his firm, RG/D+B, and set to work to make the tired 1950s-era ranch into a modern home fit for family life.

The results speak for themselves, as Gracia’s work has netted his family’s home a spot on this weekend’s AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, the only citywide tour in Dallas curated exclusively by architects. The tour, which is slated for Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include seven residences in neighborhoods all over the Dallas area. Oak Cliff, the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Lake Highlands, and East Dallas will host the stops of this two-day, open-to-the-public tour highlighting the work of some of the city’s most talented architects and the area’s most innovative and outstanding residential design. 

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1810 Kessler Pkwy Front

It’s the weekend, and you’re probably busy scouring your dream neighborhood for open houses so you can imagine what it’s like to live in one of the amazing homes that are on the market right now. But we have a little treat for you, dear readers.

1810 Kessler Pkwy Living

This Kessler Park modern is listed by Brandon Fleeman of Dave Perry-Miller for $625,000 and it’s worth every bit of that. This home is so amazing, that I’d see if I couldn’t get some of the amazing furniture and decor squeezed into the contract.

1810 Kessler Pkwy Family

At 2,584 square feet, 1810 Kessler Parkway has plenty of room for even the biggest soiree, and trust me, you’ll want to throw a party every weekend to show off this stunning North Oak Cliff home.

1810 Kessler Pkwy Kitchen

There are three bedrooms, two full baths, and an open floor plan that will have you waltzing through the house. In the living room there is a beautiful curved stone fireplace — a fantastic original touch maintained in this 1955-built home. I love the expansive front lawn, too, with grass so perfectly trimmed it’s begging for you to do a few cartwheels.

1810 Kessler Pkwy Master

The backyard is fantastic for grilling and chatting when the crowd inside gets too animated. Imagine a group of close friends around that patio set with a few bottles of wine and a great conversation.


1810 Kessler Pkwy Backyard

Jenni Stolarski and Robb Puckett are a regular dream team. You can just feel the excitement and enthusiasm radiate off of them. The two Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agents are passionate about Oak Cliff and the beautiful homes inside one of the most popular resurgent neighborhoods in Dallas.

I really do believe that Jenni and Robb are at least partly responsible for the enormous turnaround Oak Cliff has experienced in the past decade. The neighborhood that was once derided for being perceived as crime riddled and dilapidated is now the place to be for the new generation of homeowners.

In fact, I am fairly certain that unique homes such as 930 Kessler Parkway will grow in value as the area continues on its inevitable path toward gentrification. So I guess what I’m saying is that if you are in search of an amazing home and don’t want to over-pay, East Kessler is a great place to buy, especially this Juris Laivins-designed contemporary.

This home is beautiful inside and out, and with all of the gorgeous windows it feels like living in a treehouse as you look out onto the heavily forested one-third-acre lot. You get three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and more than 3,000-square feet of space that is perfect for entertaining even the largest crowds. And at $635,000, it’s a great way to get all of the beauty, luxury, and convenience of living in the East Kessler!

Cool things about this house: The ladder rail bookcase in the living area, the two-sided vanity in the master bathroom, and the tons of cabinetry that will make every neat freak swoon!

Hurry! Snatch this beauty up!