East Kessler Park Traditional

Our Inwood Home of the Week is an East Kessler Park traditional at 435 Allison Drive, and it has quite a story. Let’s begin with the fact it was built for John Stemmons. Yes, that John Stemmons.

When Steve Kettering of Kettering Ideas and his partner (and daughter), Neysa Font, found this East Kessler Park traditional, they knew it had a lot of potential.

“This was a stunning house, even in the purchase condition,” said Kettering. “We found the original blueprints in a closet and discovered the house was built for John Stemmons. We don’t know if he ever moved in, or built it to sell but his name is on the documents.”

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Put on Your Running Shoes to Catch this Incredible Casa Linda Estates Remodel | CandysDirt.com

If you want a chance of owning a rare nearly acre creek lot in Casa Linda Estates, better put on your running shoes. We’ve found a gorgeous remodel by Kettering Ideas, LLC, that just hit the market and is sure to get snatched up by a fast bidder. 

The East Dallas house at 9330 Alta Mira Dr. has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, two dining areas, and 2,027 square feet, built in 1948 and sitting on 0.8 acres. Represented by Jacqui Bloomquist with Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors, this property is one happy surprise after another with a wonderfully reimagined floorplan, red oak hardwood floors, and a high-end finish out that’s of the moment. 

“Quality, craftsmanship, and amazing attention to detail set Kettering Ideas apart from the competition and [they showcase] the newest styles and trends, and giving the luckiest of buyers the opportunity to own a true gem,” Bloomquist said. “Every home is treated as its own entity, unlike any other remodeler or builder I have ever worked with — this is Kettering’s signature and each home is truly one-of-a-kind.”

 There will be an open house this Saturday, June 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. Would you like a sneak peek? 

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5234 Ponderosa a

Just how how is the North Texas under-$300K market right now? The Buckner Terrace home at 5234 Ponderosa Way was listed Saturday and the deadline for all offers (plural) is today at noon. That’s how hot.

Part of its appeal is its top-to-bottom renovation by Kettering Ideas. We’ve written about them before here, here, and here, and owner Steve Kettering does simply marvelous and memorable work. You’ve got to see the “before” pictures below to properly appreciate the scale of this flip. It’s night and day.

This house has gone from dumpy to divine, a higher-end transitional remodel with a sleek, on-trend feel and new everything. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,919 square feet, built in 1965.

Now you’ll find low-E windows, rich hardwoods, new doors and fixtures, new sheetrock and insulation in some areas, recessed lighting, new privacy fence, fresh landscaping…there’s not an inch of this corner-lot property that’s not been made appealing.

What do you want to bet it goes for way over asking price?

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dallas open house

The restoration of 5628 Miller Ave. in Vickery Place is a thing of beauty, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $240K to $945K. You’ll find a range of properties, from an updated ranch in Northwest Dallas’ Les Jardins neighborhood, to a jaw-dropping restoration of a 1921 Prairie-Tudor home in Vickery Park. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

 

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Swananoah FrontI think you know how I feel about this house: 8519 Swananoah, another creation by Kettering Ideas, is honestly one of the most beautiful new builds outs I have seen. The genius behind these homes is a former airline pilot who wanted to build the perfect home for himself, so he did. Then he just kept on building, every home as perfect and precise as the landing of a 747 on ice.

This masterpiece of contemporary construction is surrounded by three to five million dollar homes. It’s a soft contemporary that is quite honestly a perfect home in floorplan, size, and energy efficiency. The home has what I can best describe as an “Austin light” feel, created of very light wood and unusual stone. Walk in to an efficient foyer, tall clerestory windows and a solid free-hanging stairway that displays like a work of art. The study is on the left with a direct vent fireplace — these are necessary with airtight homes because they seal the fireplace off from losing interior air. The living room features a curved wood ceiling, total talking piece.

Don’t take my word for it, see it yourself! 8519 Swananoah will be open Saturday, January 25th, from 1 to 4 pm…Swananoah Living 1 Swananoah Living 2 Swananoah Staircase Swananoah Kitchen 2 Swananoah Family Swananoah Porch Swananoah Master Swananoah Master Bath Swananoah Fitness Swananoah gameroom Swananoah Office Swananoah Media Swananoah Pool Swananoah Cabana 8519 Swananoah master bath Swananoah Dining

Swananoah FrontI think you know how I feel about this house: 8519 Swananoah, another creation by Kettering Ideas, is honestly one of the most beautiful new builds outs I have seen. The genius behind these homes is a former airline pilot who wanted to build the perfect home for himself, so he did. Then he just kept on building, every home as perfect and precise as the landing of a 747 on ice.

This masterpiece of contemporary construction is surrounded by three to five million dollar homes. It’s a soft contemporary that is quite honestly a perfect home in floorplan, size, and energy efficiency. The home has what I can best describe as an “Austin light” feel, created of very light wood and unusual stone. Walk in to an efficient foyer, tall clerestory windows and a solid free-hanging stairway that displays like a work of art. The study is on the left with a direct vent fireplace — these are necessary with airtight homes because they seal the fireplace off from losing interior air. The living room features a curved wood ceiling, total talking piece.

Don’t take my word for it, see it yourself! 8519 Swananoah will be open Saturday, January 25th, from 1 to 4 pm…Swananoah Living 1 Swananoah Living 2 Swananoah Staircase Swananoah Kitchen 2 Swananoah Family Swananoah Porch Swananoah Master Swananoah Master Bath Swananoah Fitness Swananoah gameroom Swananoah Office Swananoah Media Swananoah Pool Swananoah Cabana 8519 Swananoah master bath Swananoah Dining

Swananoah FrontGrab your smelling salts and get ready. I have homes that just might make you forget the wrapping, baking, even the parties and flat out MOVE right now. I know we are all holiday crazed, but this one is worth stopping for!

8519 Swananoah, another creation by Kettering Ideas, is one such house. You have seen Kettering’s work before, but by the time you get to see it more closely, it’s usually gone. The genius behind these homes is a former airline pilot (stay tuned for a profile) who wanted to build the perfect home for himself, so he did. Then he just kept on building, every home as perfect and precise as the landing of a 747 on ice.

Speaking of ice: 8519 Swananoah was on open house tour the weekend of Dallas’ ice storm. More than 200 people came by each day, some from as far away as Southlake on icy roads! “We had music, we had wine, we had great food,” says agent Jacqui Bloomquist with Coldwell Banker. This girl knows how to throw a party, as much as Kettering knows how to build a house.

Swananoah Living 1 Swananoah Living 2 Swananoah StaircaseThis time, he took a perfect lot in a fabulous location: sought-after Bluffview, on a quiet side-stretch of Midway road (not the busy part), on the corner of Swananoah and Midway. This masterpiece of contemporary construction is surrounded by three to five million dollar homes. He grabbed an almost half-acre lot loaded with trees and constructed a soft contemporary that is quite honestly a perfect home in floorplan, size, and energy efficiency. The home has what I can best describe as an “Austin light” feel, created of very light wood and unusual stone. Walk in to an efficient foyer, tall clerestory windows and a solid free-hanging stairway that displays like a work of art. The study is on the left with a direct vent fireplace — these are necessary with airtight homes because they seal the fireplace off from losing interior air. The living room features a curved wood ceiling, total talking piece.

Swananoah Dining Swananoah Kitchen 1 Swananoah Kitchen 2 Swananoah FamilyStraight ahead is the huge, loaded kitchen that has the name “Wolf” stamped on every appliance, and family room. There is a large wet bar/Butler’s pantry, and first floor master off its own vestibule. Let me tell you about the master bedroom — you do not see retreats like this, not even in $7 million dollar homes. The master is almost the central focal point of the entire house, and why not? The main bedroom is huge, 22 by 17 or more, with a breakfast/coffee bar on one side. The bath is beyond words — it’s just one big O! The graceful soaking tub is the dramatic focal point, while there are two water closets off each side holding — actual water closets, or commodes! HE gets a commode and a urinal, SHE gets a commode and a bidet. Brilliant!

Swananoah Master Swananoah Master Bath Yes, that is a car-wash shower behind the tub!Swananoah FitnessThere are oceans of graceful counter space, storage and two huge closets with built ins and those easy-to-lower high rods. Off the master bathroom is an exercise room. This room features a giant steam shower, more like a steam room. A nearby powder room boasts an exterior door to serve as the pool bath.

Back to the family room, overlooking the pool: this home does not stop with a downstairs master, a study and call it a day. Yes, you could use the study as an extra bedroom I guess, it has the storage, but you won’t need it. There are five bedrooms in total, including a lovely guest room downstairs (with en suite bath) behind the family room. I would be a guest here 24/7: the wine closet would be right across from my bedroom door! Thus this would be a perfect home for empty nesters who may have an aging parent under the roof — hell, let them nip all they want — or a busy family with a live-in nanny.

Not to worry: the wine “cellar” does have a nanny-lock.

Swananoah gameroom Swananoah Office The hallway leading to the garage and laundry room is called the “Owners Foyer” in Ketterings’ book, and I love it. What is an Owner’s Foyer? It’s the place where you de-junk, de-load stuff, sometimes even dis-robe upon coming home with your arms full of the day’s activities. There are closets here, counters, sometimes even cubicles. In this home, there is something else for the whole family to enjoy: a powder room with the latest Kohler technology commode, a Kohler Numi Toilet. kohler-numi-toilet-1This starkly modern, box-shaped loo is motion activated, plays music, washes, dries, deodorizes, glows and warms your feet.

I would not be at all surprised if it also gave you a pedicure.

Swananoah Media Swananoah Pool Swananoah CabanaDo you see what I mean about this house? Every inch has been used wisely, adroitly, no wasted space or boasty, braggy hallways. The laundry room is efficiently loaded with built-ins, counters and a panic/safe/tornado room, so you can get in quick from the garage or pool. There is also a  closet. Up the back stairs is another flexible room with a kitchen/bar that could be a game room and even has a dishwasher, with an efficient media room off this. There is a half bath up here as well as the fifth bedroom and en suite bath.

On the front end of the second floor, accessible by that free-standing stairway, there are two large bedrooms with en suite baths, and a loft overlooking the living areas below.

This home has room to house four cars, in each of two structures. The second garage is a one-car and yields yet more space on the second floor that could be a cute studio or office. In all, there are 6032 interior square feet which you really won’t believe because there is just so much freaking space in this home. There are many decks, and the patio boasts invisible retractable screens which nets even more entertainment space. Of course the back patio is decked out with a full kitchen, grill, storage, sink and refrigerator — I think there is even a kegerator out here, no? Well, one could be added. Honestly, have not seen an exterior kitchen like this since Mike and Jan Davis’ home, Michael being the CEO of Capital Distributing!

The salt water pool is a tranquility infinity that provides the constant soothing sound of water. Don’t forget, this is off the master so you may even fall asleep to this soothing sound. There is also a spa, and a rear cushion cabana with fireplace, ceiling fans, and acrylic panels that make this a haven in the cold or a refuge from the August sun.

As if this epistle isn’t enough, I must tell you the home is created of natural stone, stucco and cedar with a metal seam roof and fully encapsulated with thick spray foam insulation. Energy costs for a home this size will be peanuts.

Everything is state of the art and created with conservation in mind, from the NEST Learning thermostats, to the recovery ventilation systems. Even the appliances are efficient.

Asking price is $3,450,000. I’m not sure any other home is Dallas gives you as much bang for your buck as this one does — just ask Rudolph!