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Hot Property: A Homey East Kessler Estate with a Fairytale Backyard

The cozy 3,449-square-foot house includes multiple living areas, tons of wine storage, and a hard-to-forget outdoor space.
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With many indoor and outdoor living areas, plus an apartment-sized guest house, 1011 Kessler Pkwy. has a “wonderful flow for entertaining both inside and out,” listing agent Melissa O’Brien says. Laura Serrato

Hot Property: A Homey East Kessler Estate with a Fairytale Backyard

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Driving through the trees and hills of Kessler Park is enchanting, says realtor Melissa O’Brien, especially when passing by the large, dramatic lots of East Kessler. “It’s where everybody I think eventually hopes to end up.” Planted right in the middle of this magic is 1011 Kessler Pkwy., an elegant 3,449-square-foot home that is just as bewitching as the neighborhood itself. 

The main house has multiple living areas and beautifully updated features. There’s a spacious guest house and separate 81-square-foot office. The sprawling outdoor space could easily be found within the pages of a storybook.

From the street, stroll down a long brick pathway to the turreted portico. The arched front door has a stained-glass porthole window and is framed on either side with more stained glass. The foyer, which features stone inlay floors, opens to the home’s formal living and dining rooms. Both spaces feature hardwood floors, plantation shutters, and a nice amount of light. 

O’Brien described the current owners, who have lived on the property for six years, as meticulous in their upkeep. In the kitchen, they “elevated and lightened the space.” They added hand-scrapped hardwoods and refaced the cabinets. The “functional and elegant” space also boasts a massive window, pendant lighting, a gorgeous copper farmhouse sink, granite counters, a six-burner Thermador range, and more. There’s a breakfast bar and lots of dish storage. 

Before the current owners moved in, the informal living room had a Tuscan aesthetic and “a much heavier feel.” The owners lightened the space by painting the beams on the vaulted ceiling and removing the heavy iron doors to the game room. The game room is an addition that has a tremendous amount of wine storage, O’Brien says. 

The main house has three bedrooms. The downstairs primary is spacious, featuring built-in bookshelves, custom closets, and a deep soaking tub that easily holds two people. The two guest rooms upstairs have generous closets and share a hall bathroom. 

Meanwhile the guest house, which is attached to the garage, office, and cabana bathroom, “is like an apartment,” O’Brien says. The 675-square-foot space has a full kitchen, breakfast space, living area, and bedroom area. It also has a separate entry so anyone living back there could “maintain complete autonomy” from the main house, she says. 

While the interior of 1011 Kessler are certainly cozy and inviting, perhaps the true magic of the house is its outdoor spaces. Sitting on just over a third of an acre, the property has a deep front yard covered with trees. Through an archway and ivy-covered gate on the left, you walk down a well-lit, manicured, and narrow stone path to an outdoor seating area and the covered patio off the kitchen. The patio, which has another seating area, is “a great space to drink your wine and enjoy the sounds of nature,” O’Brien says. Like the owls that frequently hoot throughout the neighborhood. 

From there, a “fairytale pathway” takes you through the grass and more trees to the guest house, garage, cabana, and the pool. “It’s a beautiful place to be at night,” O’Brien says of the heated pool. It has a stone wall with inviting waterfalls and LED lighting, whose color you can change to fit the mood. At the very back of the property is the fireplace. “It’s a great place to retire at the end of the night,” she says. “Cook s’mores. Drink wine.” 

But whether you’re just relaxing with your family or entertaining guests, the whole home has the perfect flow, she says, inside and out.

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Catherine Wendlandt

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