When some people hear the words “family home” when describing a house, they automatically expect a beige yawn-fest with builder-grade carpet and a bonus room that will eventually be lousy with toys and a minefield of mismatched Legos. And truth be told, not every family wants to live in a house that feels boring, tired, and just another place for kids to scatter shoes and backpacks.
Lucky for you, Sam Saladino with David Griffin & Company has a listing in Kessler Park that combines family living and plenty of style. It’s a house for parents who like to host parties and for kids who beg off the occasional sleepover. It’s a split level with a split personality, and this Oak Cliff cutie is a shoo-in as High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. If you are in the market for a family home that doesn’t look like a “family home,” look no further!



It may not catch your eye immediately, but there’s just something about this adorable traditional cottage in Stevens Park Estates. The tidy front lawn, freshly planted flower beds, and colorful dark teal blue front door — it’s an absolute classic.

It just hit the market today, as listing agent Sam Saladino with David Griffin & Company tells me. We’re just pleased as punch to feature it on CandysDirt.com as our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

And if you think the exterior of this classic cottage is on point, just wait until you see the bevy of built-ins — a true neat freak’s dream come true — throughout.


706 Kessler Woods Front

Noted eco-friendly architect Jonathan Delcambre designed this home at 706 Kessler Woods Trail to look like homes built more than a half-century ago, but with the addition of stained wood siding and perfectly proportioned masonry, this home stands out.

We love the lines, the presence on the lot, and the gorgeous interiors from Allison Brooks of B2 Architecture, all of which make this property worthy of being our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. Are you ready to buy the high caliber home of your dreams? Call Lisa Peters today to sail from bid to closing.

706 Kessler Woods Front Porch

If you’re ready to fall head over heels for this delightfully sunny riff on midcentury modern architecture, jump!


Bretton Creek Front

Easy there, tiger. If you’re looking for some of the sexiest digs in all of Dallas, you’ve come to the right place. Today we have the distinct privilege of featuring a blazing-hot, brand-new listing from Sam Saladino at David Griffin & Company Realtors.

Even from the curb you can see that this home in Bretton Woods near Midway Road and Northwest Highway just oozes that easy-to-love, California-style sex appeal. But just wait until you see inside this incredible home, owned and decorated by the incomparable Betsy Freeman, who once decorated a Cardinal’s residence at the Vatican. Incredible!

This property is obviously a High Caliber Home, and when you’re ready for a lender that will make your luxury home purchase sail from bid to closing, reach out to Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. She can make buying your dream home a reality.

Jump to get blown away by these sexy, exotic interiors!


Sam Saladino

What happens when someone who has tons of design background decides to get their real estate license? Ask Sam Saladino, a David Griffin & Co. Realtor who very literally had a now-or-never moment and has never looked back.

Saladino, who has a BA in Art History from Loyola and has an interior design business, is living his dream, selling amazing properties for friends, friends of friends, and enjoying every minute of it. He’s a full-service Realtor, that’s for sure, staging properties with a keen eye for what buyers want.

Find out more about this amazing Kessler Park resident after the jump!


CandysDirt.com: Where are you from?
Sam Saladino: Tampa, Florida

CD: How did you get into real estate?
Saladino: I had a significant birthday in 2012 and thought,”It’s now or never!”

CD: With a background in design, how does that frame your perspective on selling homes? Do you help clients stage their homes to sell?
Saladino: I did a lot of staging for various high-profile Realtors before obtaining my license. It gave me a great entrée into how important it is for a Realtor to advise the client and manage each property’s unique requirements. We live in a city that is design oriented and no matter what the price point, it’s important for the property to look well kept and edited.

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?
Saladino: Kessler Park

CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Mercedes Benz?
Saladino: Ha! I can dream can’t I!? I have a 2014 Kia Forte. A family friend owns the dealership and insisted I test drive one. It was love at first sight.

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?
Saladino: I’m lucky to have lived in Dallas long enough to have established friendships all over town. My partner and I have been welcomed into so many wonderful homes which has given me insight and interest into too many neighborhoods to call one a favorite. But I do love being a bicycle ride away from Bolsa!

CD: What was your best sale?
Saladino: A wonderful 1930 stucco bungalow in Lakewood which I sold for one of my oldest Dallas friends.

CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable transaction?
Saladino: I have to say my first sale in November 2012. I represented a friends mother who had sold her big home a few years before and had not found the right fit. She is chic, smart and exacting. Her son is an interior designer. I was in heaven. We placed her in one of my favorite vintage high rises on Turtle Creek. It has since been renovated and I’m ready to be invited to her first cocktail party!

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?
Saladino: Seven days.

CD: How much did you sell last year?
Saladino: $2 million. That’s in under a year in my first full year in the business.

CD: What words of wisdom do you often share with clients?
Saladino: I have been so fortunate to have had personal relationships with all but one of my clients so far. I want them to know that I am honest, trustworthy and will do everything it takes to get the deal done. If they are buyers I encourage them to look at as many properties within their price range as they can stand. “Knowledge is power,” to quote a line from one of my favorite stylish films, Auntie Mame! If they are selling, let’s polish your jewel box and get it sold!

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…
Saladino: Become an art consultant.

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?
Saladino: Cedar Creek Lake. My partner purchased a 70s ranch 3 years ago. We spent almost a year renovating. Think Doris Day and Rock Hudson in Carmel. Lots of books, brass and bravado!