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Hot Property: A Creekside Mid-Century Oasis in East Kessler 

Surrounded by trees, the secluded 1956 home is a world of its own.
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“When the lights are on inside, you get this soft glow coming from all the windows,” Wood says of 1434 La Senda Pl. Full Package Media
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Hot Property: A Creekside Mid-Century Oasis in East Kessler 

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From the top of the drive at 1434 La Senda Pl., only a smidge of the home’s roof can be seen. “All you really see is trees,” listing agent Kay Wood says. “You are in your own little world.” 

Sitting at the end of a sparsely populated, L-shaped cul-de-sac, the mid-century property feels more like the Pacific Northwest than Dallas, she argues. A creek runs below the side of the driveway, and there are trees everywhere—oaks, cedars, laurels, and more. “As you go through the seasons, you get different experiences,” Wood says. 

The secluded property was property was built in 1956 by George Sebastian. Originally, it was just a five-room house—two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an open kitchen-living space. In true mid-century fashion, it had big windows and sliding glass doors, inviting the outside vistas in. 

“Every time I go over, they have sliding doors wide open, kids running in and out, pets running in and out,” Wood says. “They take advantage of the outdoor as much as the indoor and utilize both spaces equally.” 

Not too much has changed about that original blueprint, besides a “period-sensitive” kitchen and bathroom update, and filling in the carport, Wood says. The sliding glass doors are original, she says, as are the terrazzo floors.

But, when the current owners bought the home 10 years ago, they needed more space. “They didn’t want to change any of the original footprint of the house,” though, Wood says. So, they brought in a University of Texas-Arlington architecture professor to help them add on. 

The addition is connected to back of the original house with a brick-walled gallery hallway. It’s two stories, with a new garage, utility room, flex space, two more bedrooms and bathrooms, including the primary suite. The owners wanted to make sure the new rooms flowed well with the originals, so they added clerestory windows, big picture windows, wood tones, and more to connect to the two halves thematically. 

All these things “give some more continuity between the original house, updates, and the new part of the house,” Wood says. 

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