Some homes have backyard guest quarters for mother in laws, college kids, or kids who never left the nest. But the guest quarters behind this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week, sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, was built as a sound-proof recording studio in the early 2000s for its previous musician owner.

You can just imagine the notes of original folk songs would waft out the door of the double-wall guest quarters turned sound studio. Today, it’s an 800+-square-foot detached living quarters with cabana bath, exercise studio, and a spacious guest suite above — a cherry on top of a fantastic 1936-built Kessler Park Conservation District beauty.

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Spring Branch Drive in White Rock Valley is one of those streets that buyers often ask their agents about, so when one of those homes goes on the market, it’s an opportunity, says White Rock Lake area expert agent Jenny Capritta, a RE/MAX DFW Associates Realtor. Her listing, our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week, is a perfect example of what White Rock Valley has to offer and is an opportunity to purchase a home with great bones that you can make your own.

First off, the location is outstanding. This 1962-built home is nestled in a coveted neighborhood with mature trees, great Richardson ISD schools, and access to the White Rock Creek Trail and White Rock Lake. White Rock Valley is also home to White Rock Stables, a 14-acre full care horse stable near Flag Pole Hill.

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A backyard with a pool and 2,500-square-foot home on Lower Greenville? Yes, it’s possible with this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Phillip Murrell of Compass RE Texas has this 1999-built Tudor-inspired transitional home with four bedrooms, three baths, and 2,532 square feet on a 9,000-square-foot lot that’s walking distance to Blue Goose and Trader Joe’s. It was custom built to fit the beautiful Tudor and Craftsman-style homes along Palo Pinto Avenue.

Inside you’ll find hardwood floors, designer lighting, custom stone fireplace, and subtle color on the walls that make this home feel very soft and comfortable like a pair of your favorite yoga pants (sleek enough to be contemporary and dressed up, but comfortable enough to crawl under the covers with). The large open living area that features built-in bookcases flanking the fireplace flows into casual dining and the kitchen.

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You can tell the homes in Oak Cliff’s Kessler Woods are special. Clearly architect-designed. Mid-century inspired. Breathtaking location. Stunning attention to detail. But David Griffin of David Griffin & Co Realtors is dead on when he says Kessler Woods is one of the most significant modernist developments in the city. That’s why this 3,320-square-foot masterpiece on Kessler Woods Trail is our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. 

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Most of the homes inside Urban Reserve have sleek, linear facades and metallic sheathing. All with different shapes, sizes, and elevations, they follow a common theme of modern sustainability in an urban environment. But it just so happens that one of our favorite homes in Urban Reserve is the stone-and-wood clad modern in the Texas Hill Country vernacular designed by Scott Marek. 

This one-story on one of the prettiest lots in Urban Reserve stands out — and in a very good way. It’s our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans because not only is it unique, sustainable, and expertly designed, but it offers the rare opportunity of getting into Urban Reserve for less than $1 million.

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Wide-open spaces are becoming more and more valuable, and when you park an architecturally fascinating structure on a broad swath of peak Texas soil that’s within commuting distance of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, you can see the obvious attraction. But this beautiful Victorian in Waxahachie is so much more than just a house, or just an equestrian property. It’s living history. 

“When you’re on the property, you feel like you have stepped back in time will all of the modern conveniences,” says David Griffin and Company Realtor Lori Ericsson, who is co-listing this unique Waxahachie Victorian with Jack Carter. “The atmosphere takes you back to a time when a horse and buggy could easily trot down the driveway to pick you up to take you the general store.”

The seamless merging of Old World style and modern amenities makes this Waxahachie Victorian an easy pick for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. And considering the 178 acres of exceptionally maintained land, plus the many outbuildings and structures, makes this home ideal for those who want a true country retreat.

“Between the eclectic home, the large art studio, horse facilities, hayfields, and large forest area with a nature path, the home has something for everyone,” Ericsson said.

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For lovers of natural light, clean lines, urban convenience, and low-maintenance living, this incredible listing from Jarrad Barnes will be exceptionally satisfying.

This Lionel Morrison-designed home perfectly located near the Knox-Henderson area is easily our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

“This low-maintenance half-duplex home was designed for the urban dweller with a lock and leave lifestyle,” says Barnes, and agent at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. “Sophisticated modern is best used to describe the use of clean lines, glass walls and marble finishes found throughout this property.”

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The high-rise buildings that line the Turtle Creek corridor typically fall into two groups: Midcentury designs by icons of architecture, and newer buildings that sport a lot of classical details. But one of my favorite buildings on Turtle Creek falls into a group all its own. It’s the George Dahl-designed Gold Crest, which has such great lines and huge terraces and lots of great floor plans. This building has aged well, and thanks to its prime location on Turtle Creek, this particular unit will have excellent views of another starchitect-designed building: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kalita Humphreys Theater.

To live in a building designed by George Dahl with excellent views of a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright? That’s part of what makes this exceptionally stylish Gold Crest studio our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. The other reason we’re in love with this unit is the clean design and beautifully minimalist decor.

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