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Historic Kessler Park home comes up for public sale for first time in 80 years

Historic Dallas home comes up for sale for first time in 80 years

Kessler Park Home for Sale
The home at 1115 S. Canterbury Ct., located in Kessler Park, was built in 1936 in a modern Cape Code style. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
The charming front porch is just one of several outdoor sitting areas. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
The formal living room has lots of natural light and original hardwood floors. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
An original fireplace and built-in bookshelves make the formal living feel quite cozy. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Many of the home's original detailing was left intact, like this woodwork around the doorframe of the formal living room. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
A family room is perfect for more informal lounging. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Hand-painted murals in the dining room depict scenes of Martha's Vineyard and are just one of many lovingly preserved details that are original to the home. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
The kitchen has been gorgeously updated. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
A Bertazzoni range, farm sink, quartz counters, and soft-close drawers round out the gourmet kitchen. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
With access to an ensuite bathroom, this downstairs bedroom could be used as either a master or a guest suite. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
The beautifully redone downstairs bathroom features a steam shower. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
One of three upstairs bedrooms. All of the rooms feature high ceilings and plenty of natural light. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
An upstairs bedroom features a cozy fireplace for chilly nights. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
The upstairs bathroom has benefitted from period-sensitive updates. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
The second-floor balcony overlooks the front of the home. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Several seating areas provide perches from which to admire your backyard, complete with mature trees and lovely landscaping. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
A koi pond and studio are bonuses in the backyard. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Kessler Park Home for Sale
Kessler Park Home for Sale

When it comes to real estate, the word “original” is music to many buyers’ ears — except when it comes to kitchens, baths, and roofs. The Kessler Park home at 1115 S. Canterbury Ct., then, is the perfect find for prospective homeowners who want historical charm mixed with modern amenities.

Built in 1936 by natives of Martha’s Vineyard, the 2,663-square-foot four-bed, two-bath home was designed to reflect the predominant style of the tony New England island. The property has been sold just twice in 80 years — and both times, neighbor to neighbor or friend to friend. So, this marks the first time in its history that the property has been available on the open market.

The home is a blend of original details and up-to-date additions, explains listing agent Kay Wood of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

“The whole house combines a nod to traditional Cape Cod architecture, with art deco millwork and detailing that would have been cutting-edge, ‘modern’ style at the time. The subsequent owners have maintained that pattern of combining traditional styling with cutting-edge details,” she says.

“Many of the updates have been done in period style, to preserve the original feel, but it's rare to find a home that still has so much of the original detailing.”

In addition to the intricate millwork, other original features include hardwood floors throughout and a hand-painted mural in the dining room depicting coastal scenes from Martha’s Vineyard. Intricate crown molding, detailing around doorframes, beautiful built-ins in the family and dining rooms, and unique railings along the stairs and balcony add to the home’s throwback charm.

On the main floor, the formal living features an original fireplace and plenty of natural light. A family room provides access to the attached two-car garage and spacious backyard, where you’ll find a koi pond, studio, and several seating areas.

A downstairs bedroom could be used as a master or a guest suite, with access to an ensuite bath that’s been gorgeously updated with a steam shower and a pleasing gray-and-white palette. The kitchen is similarly modernized, with quartz counters, soft-close drawers, a stainless-steel farm sink, and a Bertazzoni range. Off the kitchen, the current owners added a large laundry room.

Upstairs, the three remaining bedrooms are generously sized (there’s even a cozy fireplace in one) and share a bathroom, to which the current owners have made careful, period-sensitive updates. The second-floor balcony is accessible through the hall. And the home’s next owners will sleep easy under the recently replaced roof.

Located in the heart of the desirable Kessler Park neighborhood, this charming home is listed for $725,000.