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Pioneering in the realm of modern architecture, Kessler Woods offers a rare opportunity. This premier, gated community features modern homes, economical materials and low-maintenance landscaping. In Oak Cliff’s Kessler Park neighborhood, near Stevens Park Golf Course, as well as Downtown, Uptown and the Bishop Arts District, 830 Kessler Woods Trail is a modern marvel.
Perhaps you’ve been driving north on I-35 recently and glimpsed an odd graying building amid a jungle of overgrowth to your right. Dull grayish-brown walls rise three stories off a sloping dirt path, sandwiched between the interstate and Townview Magnet School’s campus. The inquisitive viewer might also discover the strange, complex detailing of this bizarre structure–pudgy-faced cherubs and arabesque ribbons coil around the front entryway and rear balcony. Besides its interesting location, shape, and artistic details, the most striking feature of this quirky home lies in its building material: concrete.
This unusual choice places 523 Eads Avenue as possibly the first precursor of modern architecture in Dallas. At the time of the Kovandovitch house’s construction in 1914, concrete structures–rare in the commercial industry–were virtually unheard of for residences. The first recorded concrete project had only been fashioned 45 years previously (1871-75) by builder William E. Ward and architect Robert Mook, and had not yet been widely adopted by Texans (see “Concrete Timeline“). While the region overflowed with traditional estates and Palladian architecture (see works by local favorite C.D. Hill), Czechoslovakian immigrant Joe Kovandovitch bucked Dallas-norms in favor of concrete. Kovandovitch was fascinated by the substance’s unique ability to mimic nearly any form while maintaining structural durability. Through utilizing a series of handmade molds, Kovandovitch and his family poured floors, walls, pillars, and decorative pieces alike.
Before you know it, it’ll be “fall back” time, when we set the clocks back an hour – and get an extra hour’s sleep in the process.
There’s no better time to plan a dreamy bedroom, so you can enjoy that extra hour even more.
We have collected a range of bedroom styles we love on our “Dreamy Bedrooms” Pinterest board. Click here to take a look at them all. (Or scroll through photos of some of the best, below.) Either way, sweet dreams …
Hoping to buy or sell a home? Here are five things you should know about this season’s vibrant real estate market.
Rising prices are slowing down—In 2013, sales prices rose 11.1 percent. Year-to-date in 2014, prices were up just 7.7 percent, according to the North Texas Real Estate Information Services.
Now more than ever, buyers and sellers need guidance from an experienced real estate professional. According to experts at Keeping Current Matters, having a Realtor is more important than ever, thanks to rising interest rates and home prices.
Here’s where a Realtor can offer the most help:
Oak Cliff has become a Dallas destination. Beautiful new bridges have created a gateway for residents and businesses to explore and enjoy this incredible Dallas treasure just a stone’s throw from Downtown. A strong sense of community flourishes here, and local shops and restaurants bustle in the Bishop Arts District. Walking paths, a public golf course and tennis courts offer exceptional amenities.
The home at 2142 Kessler Parkway sits on .633 acres of private and luscious landscaping in Kessler Park at the heart of this exciting area that attracts buyers from around the world.
More buyers definitely have an eye out for high-quality architecture in today’s market. In particular, the number of people looking for contemporary homes has grown in the past few years.
That’s part of the trend toward homeowners in general wanting more indoor-outdoor living space. People have a greater awareness of the freshness of the indoor-outdoor feeling provided by contemporary and transitional architecture. Old World style is out.
More than 14 years ago, Annie Sloan showcased Chalk Paint in her Oxford, England, shop – showing that it can transform just about any surface. Sloan invented Chalk Paint more than 20 years ago, and it is now trending in the US.
Think about those great tables, cabinets and chairs you have tucked into a corner of the garage or attic — good bones … but a little dated, right?
Transform them into showpieces using Chalk Paint. Really.
This paint has a velvety, matte finish that works wonders on floors, furniture, walls, trim, doors, metals, concrete, wood, plastic and much more. Chalk Paint requires very little prep work. It looks polished and pretty when applied straight up. But, if the mood strikes, you can use it to create a distressed look in several easy steps.
There are more than 30 colors to choose — from Antibes Green to Scandinavian Pink. You can use two or more colors for an aged, distressed look. And Sloan has a series of demo videos to show you how simple the process is.
Chalk Paint allows you to bring old wood furniture into your current current design palette. See what Peinture studio owner Deborah Waltz does with a dated buffet in the video below. Or gather up some ideas on Pinterest.
CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.
Whether you’re talking about sprawling ranchland, urban sites for luxury high-rise projects, or residential lots, interest in (and competition for) land in Texas has built steadily over the past several years.
It makes sense – especially when it comes to ranch and land, Texas has plenty of it. With a growing economy and highly rated quality of life in North Texas, we’re seeing a great deal of interest in land at all levels. We asked our expert agents at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty to give us some insight into the trend.